He’s Only Human: Finals, Brad LeBouef (G/W Humans) vs.Alex Park (U/W/R Midrange)
So it comes down to this: Alex’s fairly stock U/W/R Midrange deck that’s been on top of the Standard metagame for a week or so up against Brad’s unique G/W Humans build featuring many spicy singletons like Riders of Gavony and Odric, Master Tactitian. Will the Humans be Geist-busters or phantom food?
The judge briefly counted Brad’s deck before the game, since Alex accidentally dropped a card on the ground, possibly out of nervousness. After it was confirmed that he had sixty cards, Brad and Alex got underway. The players played lands into play tapped on turn one, then Brad Gathered some Townsfolk on turn two. After no play from Alex, Mayor of Avabruck grew those tiny tokens to positively Glory Seeker sized proportions. The 2/2s dropped Alex to 16, and Detention Sphere took out the tokens. The 1/1 green political leader attacked alone and Brad had no third land but did add Avacyn’s Pilgrim.
Alex did not play a spell after his fourth land, so mister Mayor became Howlpack Alpha. The werewolf died in combat to Searing Spear, and after combat Silverblade Paladin caught the brunt of Essence Scatter. Alex played a fifth land and passed. Brad attempted Garruk Relentless, but it got Dissipated. Alex decided he wanted a creature now, so he played Geist of Saint Traft with three mana available. Brad only added Avacyn’s Pilgrim number two.
Brad’s the man with the Man Plan!
In came Geist of Saint Traft and dropped Brad to 14 (with Alex at 15). Brad, now armed with 5 mana available (including a Gavony Township) attempted Wolfir Silverheart. Unfortunately for the big bad wolf, Alex had Snapcaster Mage on Essence Scatter. Alex untapped and dropped the hammer: Thundermaw Hellkite. The trio of rares dropped Brad to 1, and unable to find sufficient funds in his account he decided to move to the decklists and game 2.
Alex 1, Brad 0.
Brad once more had the choice of play or draw and unsurprisingly decided to go first. He took a long time to decide whether to keep or not before deciding to go with it, while Alex snap kept. The first relevant play of the game was Brad’s Silverblade Paladin turn three, which was joined by Mayor of Avabruck. Silverblade Paladin also picked up a Rancor, and Alex quickly dropped to 10. John Avon’s alternate art Supreme Verdict cleared the board a turn later, and with no follow up play Brad looked to be in trouble.
Odric, Master Tactitian elicited a Reading Rainbow moment from Alex, who then set the M13 legend back down and said, “ok,” considering the Cavern of Souls he used to cast it. Alex, now on seven land, passed. Wolfir Silverheart resolved (off of another Cavern, naming Wolf) and paired with Odric. Restoration Angel chumped, and Izzet Charm dug to look for answers… which Alex found in Snapcaster Mage to flashback Supreme Verdict.
A third Cavern naming Angel was used to cast Riders of Gavony (which named Angels as well) and it suited up Rancor for Brad before he ended his turn. Alex, who was stuck with both Essence Scatters in hand facing three Caverns, cast Thundermaw Hellkite and attacked for his play. Brad tapped three for Silverblade Paladin, and unable to counter the knight the players moved to the final game of the tournament.
Alex 1, Brad 1.
Alex wants his Saints to keep marching in the finals!
Alex got to be on the play for the first time in a little while for the rubber match, but unfortunately for Team Geist he had to mulligan. Brad had a turn one Champion of the Parish this game as well as a turn two Gather the Townsfolk. Azorius Charm took care of that plan though, and the 3/3 went to the top of Brad’s deck. Champion came back down and the 1/1s attacked Alex to 18. Pillar of Flame took out the Champion before Brad’s next turn, who then cast Silverblade Paladin (which got its Essence Scattered). Tokens took Alex to 16 and that was the end of his turn four.
Still no main phase play from Alex (who needs those?), and Brad attacked with his tokens. Cavern of Souls naming Angel allowed Brad to resolve Sigarda, Host of Herons, so Alex dug deep with Snapcaster Mage Azorius Charm at EOT. He didn’t fnd the answer he wanted though, and could only pass back. Now armed with two 1/1s, a 5/5, and a Gavony Township Brad attacked. The Township activated after blocks and Snapcaster traded with a Human, dropping Alex to 6.
Desperate now, Alex cast a main phase Azorius Charm then a Pillar of Flame on the Human token. Brad had a flying hexproof 6/6 and Alex was at six life, so it was all but over. Alex had the Moorland Haunt to delay death for a turn, but it wasn’t enough and Brad dealt the final bit of damage for the win!
Brad 2, Alex 1.