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Finals: PS2 vs. 2020

Katsuhiro Mori vs. Steven Wolfman

 

Wolfman wanted to confirm that he won the flip and looked to Rune Horvik for confirmation, "So I will play first?"

"You will choose to play or draw," said Rune, laying down the law early.

"I will choose to play first," said a properly contrite Wolfman.

Game 1

Wolfman kept a two Plains hand and did not see a third land until after Mori had Laid Waste to one of his lands. When he finally got back to three lands a Shaleskin Plower razed another one. By the time Wolfman got some creatures into play a Covert Operative and a Clickslither finished him off.

Wolfman – 0 Mori – 1

Game 2

Wolfman sided out an Anurid Murkdiver in favor of a Spined Basher.

This game went much better for Wolfman as he was able to make a 4/4 Brawler on the third turn. Mori did little more than play morphs to clog up the ground. Dirge of Dread allowed Wolfman to break the stalemate with fatal results for the Converse-clad Mori.

Wolfman – 1 Mori – 1

Game 3

Mori went first but Wolfman got ahead on the morph front with a 2/2 Withered Wretch. He could have held off a turn to amplify the Embalmed Brawler but chose to play it as a Grey Ogre next turn. Mori wrecked him when his third turn morph attacked into the Brawler. Wolfman intended to trade but Mori had other plans. With damage on the stack he unmorphed Skirk Marauder to kill the Wretch. Wolfman was anxious to let damage resolve but Mori had another trick up his sleeve and Chain of Vapored the goblin back to his own grip.

Wolfman played an Aven Redeemer and Mori came back with Glintwing Invoker. Wolfman paid no heed to the Marauder in hand and swung his Redeemer in for 2 points in the air. Mori used six mana to kill the healer and attacked for 3.

Clickslither took Wolfman to 11 on the next turn and he played out Gravel Slinger and Grassland Crusader over his next turns. Skirk Commando face-up made blocking the Clickslither problematic and Wolfman slid to 8. Fleeting Aven fortified the air force but Wolfman Swatted it and played a morph. Aven Fateshaper threatened to make short work of Wolfman but he ripped a Celestial Gatekeeper with Aven redeemer and Withered Wretch in the bin. He didn't realize that Gatekeeper put them directly into play and was in better shape—or not quite as bad shape—than he originally thought.

He had cycled his Dirge of Dread earlier and had no way to break though unless Mori over-committed on an attack. Mori made sure he could never fall below one and it was up to Elijah to carry the team to victory.

Final Result: Wolfman – 1 Mori - 2

Katsuhiro Mori
PS2 "B" Seat
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Main Deck

40 cards

Island
Mountain

18 lands


Aven Fateshaper
Bloodstoke Howler
Clickslither
Covert Operative
Flamewave Invoker
Glintwing Invoker
Goblin Sledder
Mistform Dreamer
Riptide Biologist
Sage Aven
Shaleskin Plower
Skirk Commando
Skirk Marauder
Skirk Outrider
Slipstream Eel
Sparksmith
Voidmage Prodigy

18 creatures
Chain of Vapor
Choking Tethers
Future Sight
Lay Waste

4 other spells
Steven Wolfman
2020 "B" Seat
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Main Deck

40 cards

Barren Moor
Plains
Secluded Steppe
Swamp

18 lands


Anurid Murkdiver
Aven Redeemer
Aven Warhawk
Celestial Gatekeeper
Daru Lancer
Daru Sanctifier
Dawning Purist
Dive Bomber
Embalmed Brawler
Festering Goblin
Goblin Turncoat
Grassland Crusader
Gravel Slinger
Severed Legion
Shepherd of Rot
Smokespew Invoker
Wingbeat Warrior
Withered Wretch

19 creatures
Dirge of Dread
Smother
Swat

3 other spells


Brian David-Marshall has been involved in Magic since 1994 when he was violently shaken by someone searching for the game. He has organized tournaments, run a store, and is currently the Pro Tour Historian. His latest venture is Top8Magic.com, the publishing house that is releasing Michael J. Flores: Deckade.



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