Miracle Worker: Finals, Chi Hoi Yim (UW Miracles) vs. Joe Bass (UWr MiracleBlade)
Chi Hoy and Joe are two Texas players here in New Orleans looking to put another feather in their caps. Which control pilot has what it takes?
Chi Hoi wants the trophy!
Chi Hoi led with Sensei’s Divining Top on turn one and Counterbalance turn 2, which got Force of Will… but Chi Hoi had a Force of his own. Both players pitched Jace, the Mind Sculptor to the ubiquitous instant. Joe attempted Counterbalance of his own, but Chi Hoi has the run goods and hit another Counterbalance on top. So lucky!
The players played ‘land-go’ for a few turns after that initial flurry. Jace, the Mind Sculptor from Joe met Spell Pierce along the way. Chi Hoi miracle Entreat the Angels for two quite early on, but Detention Sphere threatened to end the fun. Chi Hoi shuffled with a Flooded Strand and found Trinket Mage on top to counter the Raturn to Ravnica enchantment to counter. The brace of Angels attacked Joe down to 9, and after Counterbalance countered Counterbalance by revealing Counterspell Chi Hoi was quickly up a game in the finals.
Chi Hoi 1, Joe 0.
Joe is ready for this one!
Joe and Chi Hoi played lands for a few turns. Neither player seemed interested in being the one to break the ice until Chi Hoi attempted Trinket Mage on his third turn, which Joe Counterspelled. Chi Hoi attempted a Vendilion Clique which resolved and revealed double Force of Will, Brainstorm, Spell Pierce and Snapcaster Mage. Chi Hoi sent a Force to the bottom and untapped. Joe went to 15 on attacks and Chi Hoi cast Counterbalance. Joe fetched and then cast Snapcaster Mage and Counterspell to remove the enchantment from the stack. Chi Hoi then cast Geist of Saint Traft, which resolved after he Spell Pierced Joe’s Force of Will. That was Chi Hoi’s plan all along with the Trinket Mage and the Counterbalance: to run Joe out of counter magic before landing the haymaker.
Joe added another land to his board and then Brainstorm-fetchland-Brainstorm to dig for answers. Finding none, he passed. Chi Hoi used Wasteland to take out Karakas before attacking for 3 with the legenday Faerie. Joe went to 9 and Chi Hoi passed, but in end step Joe miracle Terminus… but Chi Hoi had the Force of Will again! Both legends swung in, and Joe went to 2 after Snapcaster traded with Geist. Joe had the Oblivion Ring to avoid death, but Chi Hoi cast Snapcaster Mage as an Ambush Viper to finish him off.
That might be the fastest Miracle versus Miracles match I’ve ever seen, and that includes playtesting.