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World Championship Finals
Jon Finkel (USA) vs. Bob Maher, Jr. (USA)

by Kim Eikefet

Game One:

Turn one:
Finkel: Play Island

Maher: Play Saprazzan Skerry
Finkel: Play Brainstorm during Maher's end of turn step

Turn two:
Finkel: Play Rishadan Port

Finkel: Port the Skerry during Maher's upkeep
Maher: Play Island

Turn three:
Finkel does nothing during his own turn.

Finkel: Port the Skerry during Maher's upkeep
Maher: Play Island
Maher: Play Grim Monolith
Maher: Play Grim Monolith
Maher: Play Phyrexian Processor, pay 19 life

Turn four:
Finkel: Play Voltaic Key
Finkel: Play Voltaic Key

Maher: Play Crystal Vein

Turn five:
Finkel: Play Rishadan Port
Finkel: Play Tinker, sacrifice a Key to get a Phyrexian Colossus
Maher: Make a Minion token during Finkel's end of turn step

Maher: Play Crumbling Sanctuary
Maher: Attack with one Minion Token
Finkel: Use Crumbling Sanctuary's ability to mill 19 cards off his library

Turn six:
Finkel: Attack with Phyrexian Colossus
Maher: Use Crumbling Sanctuary's ability to mill 8 cards off his library
Finkel: Play Tinker, sacrifice the Colossus, get a Thran Dynamo
Finkel: Play Phyrexian Processor, pay 19

Maher: Play Rishadan Port
Maher: Attack with a 19/19 Minion
Finkel: Use Crumbling Sanctuary's ability to mill 19 cards off his library

Turn seven:
Finkel: Play Voltaic Key
Maher: Make a Minion during Finkel's end of turn step

Maher: Play Rishadan Port
Maher: Attack with two Minions
Finkel: Make two Minions
Finkel: Block with two Minions
Maher: Play Tangle Wire
Maher: Make a Token

Turn eight:
Finkel: Make a token, tap the token and three lands to the Tangle Wire
Finkel: Play Crystal Vein

Maher: Tap the Sanctuary, the Wire and an Island to the Wire
Maher: Attack with a Minion
Finkel: Make a Minion
Finkel: Block the Minon with the Minion
Maher: Play Thran Dynamo
Finkel: Make a token during Maher's end of turn step

Turn nine:
Finkel: Tap three lands to the Wire
Finkel: Attack with the Minion
Maher: Block with his minion

Maher: Tap Sanctuary and Wire to the Wire
Maher doesn't do anything during his turn

Turn ten:
Finkel: Make a token
Finkel: Tap a token and a Port to the Wire
Finkel: Attack with two tokens
Maher: Block one token, take 19
Maher: Use Crumbling Sanctuary's ability to mill 19 cards off his library
Finkel: Play Grim Monolith
Finkel: Play Masticore

Maher scoops

Finkel 1 - Maher 0

Game Two:

Turn one:
Maher: Play Saprazzan Skerry

Finkel: Play Saprazzan Skerry

Turn two:
Maher: Play Island
Maher: Play Metalworker

Finkel: Play Island
Finkel: Play Brainstorm

Turn three:
Maher: Tap Metalworker, show Metalworker, Processor, Processor, Grim Monolith
Maher: Play Metalworker
Maher: Play Grim Monolith
Maher: Play Tinker, sacrifice the first Metalworker, get a Phyrexian Colossus
Finkel: Cycle a Miscalculation during Maher's end of turn step

Finkel: Play Island
Finkel: Play Grim Monolith
Finkel: Play Grim Monolith
Finkel: Play Voltaic Key
Finkel: Play Voltaic Key
Finkel: Cycle Miscalculation
Finkel burns for two

Turn four:
Maher: Attack with the Colossus
Maher: Play Tangle Wire

Finkel scoops

Finkel 1 - Maher 1

Game Three:

Turn one:
Finkel: Play Saprazzan Skerry

Maher: Play Island

Turn two:
Finkel: Play Rishadan Port

Finkel: Port Island during Maher's upkeep
Finkel: Play Brainstorm
Maher: Island

Turn three:
Finkel: Play Island

Finkel: Port Island during Maher's upkeep
Maher: Play Saprazzan Skerry

Turn four:
Finkel: Play Crystal Vein
Finkel: Play Tangle Wire
Maher: Play Annul

Maher: Play Rishadan Port
Maher: Play Grim Monolith
Maher: Play Metalworker

Turn five:
Maher: Port the Port during Finkel's upkeep
Finkel: Play Tangle Wire
Maher: Play Annul
Finkel: Play Voltaic Key

Maher: Tap the Metalworker, show three artifacts
Maher: Play Stroke of Genius for five

Turn six:
Finkel: Play Tinker, sacrifice the Voltaic Key, get a Phyrexian Colossus

Maher: Tap Metalworker, show four artifacts; Thran Dynamo, Phyreian Processor, Metalworker and ?
Maher: Play Thran Dynamo
Maher: Play Phyrexian Processor, pay ten life

Turn seven:
Finkel: Attack with the Phyrexian Colossus
Finkel: Sacrifice Crystal Vein
Finkel: Play Masticore
Maher: Play Annul
Maher: Make a token during Finkel's end of turn step

Maher: Play Crystal Vein
Maher: Play Metalworker

Turn eight:
Maher: Port the Port during Finkel's upkeep

Finkel scoops

Finkel 1 - Maher 2

Game Four:

Turn one:
Finkel: Play Rishadan Port
Finkel: Play Voltaic Key

Maher: Play Island

Turn two:
Finkel: Play Rishadan Port

Finkel: Port Island during Maher's upkeep
Maher: Play Island

Turn three:
Finkel: Play Saprazzan Skerry

Finkel: Port Island during Maher's upkeep
Maher: Play Saprazzan Skerry

Turn four:
Finkel: Play Grim Monolith
Maher: Play Annul

Maher: Play Rishadan Port
Maher: Play Metalworker
Finkel: Play Annul, one mana in pool
Maher: Declare attack phase
Finkel: Play Brainstorm

Turn five:
Maher: Tap Skerry during Finkel's upkeep
Finkel: Play Island
Finkel: Play Grim Monolith
Finkel: Play Voltaic Key
Finkel: Play Tinker, sacrifice one of the Keys, get a Phyrexian Processor, pay ten life
Finkel: Make a token

Maher: Play Crystal Vein
Maher: Play Phyrexian Processor, pay six life

Turn six:
Finkel: Attack with his Minion token
Finkel: Play Thran Dynamo

Maher scoops

Finkel 2 - Maher 2

Game Five:

Turn one:
Maher: Play Island

Finkel: Play Island

Turn two:
Maher: Play Island
Finkel: Play Brainstorm during Maher's end of turn step

Finkel: Play Island
Finkel: Play Voltaic Key

Turn three:
Maher: Play Island
Maher: Play Tangle Wire
Finkel: Play Annul

Finkel: Play Tinker, sacrifice the Key, get a Phyrexian Colossus

Turn four:
Maher: Play Island
Maher: Play Thran Dynamo
Maher: Play Tangle Wire

Finkel: Tap three lands and the Colossus to the Tangle Wire
Finkel: Play Island
Finkel: Pay 8 life to untap the Colossus
Finkel: Attack with the Colossus
Finkel: Play Voltaic Key

Turn five:
Maher: Tap the Wire and two Islands to the Wire
Maher: Play Tinker, sacrifice the Tangle Wire, get a Phyrexian Colossus
Maher: Play Tinker, sacrifice the Thran Dynamo, get a Masticore

Finkel: Play Voltaic Key
Finkel: Untap Colossus
Finkel: Attack with Colossus
Finkel: Untap the Colossus

Maher scoops

Jon Finkel 3 - Bob Maher, Jr. 2


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