Round 8: Luis Scott-Vargas vs. (21) Jacob Wilson

Posted in NEWS on June 22, 2014

By Jacob Van Lunen

Jacob Van Lunen began playing Magic in 1995. He has participated in organized play at every level of competition and was a member of the winning team at Pro Tour San Diego in 2007, thanks to an innovative draft strategy. As a writer, Van Lunen has had more than three hundred Magic strategy pieces published

Luis Scott-Vargas needs little introduction. This Hall of Famer has a staggering eleven grand prix top 8s including four wins and five pro tour top 8s including two wins. Despite being one of the most exceptionally skilled Magic players in the world, LSV has been having a difficult year. A strong finish here at Grand Prix Chicago would certainly help his Pro Point total and put him in a better position to make Gold, or even Platinum status by the end of the year.

Hall of Famer Luis Scott-Vargas

His opponent, Jacob Wilson, is a rising star of the Magic community. Wilson already has three Grand Prix Top 8s, including a win at the most recent Grand Prix Chicago and one Pro Tour finals appearance in his very short career.

Blue Devotion is a well-positioned deck this weekend, and that didn't go unrecognized by these masters of the game. Both players were armed with nearly identical decks.

Game 1

Wilson won the roll, but he didn't make a play for the first two turns of the game.

LSV summoned a Frostburn Weird, but it was quickly outclassed by Wilson's Nightveil Specter.

Thassa, God of the Sea couldn't block Wilson's Nightveil Specter, and LSV was forced to surrender the top card of his library. Wilson's Master of Waves summoned four elemental tokens, and things were looking bleak for the Hall of Famer.

LSV's Nightveil Specter gave his Thassa, God of the Sea enough devotion to realize its tangible form. The 5/5 ran into the red zone, eating one of Wilson's elemental tokens.

Another Master of Waves from Wilson would not be overcome. LSV struggled to get on the table with his own Master of Waves, but Cyclonic Rift from Wilson ended the game in short order.

Jacob Wilson 1 - 0 Luis Scott-Vargas

No. 21 Ranked Player Jacob Wilson

Game 2

In the second game, LSV hit the air flying with Cloudfin Raptor and Judge's Familiar over the first two turns of the game.

Wilson had a Tidebinder Mage, but it couldn't get in the air to stand in the way of LSV's flyers.

LSV couldn't find a third land, but a pair of Gainsay helped him stave off Wilson's pressure.

Missing the land drop proved to be crucial as Wilson was able to empty his hand while LSV was stuck with a fistful of spells.

With LSV at 1 and Wilson at 8, LSV weighed his options. He had two Mutavault, two Island, Master of Waves, and an Elemental Token. He thought for a moment and sent one Mutavault and both creatures at Wilson. It was a brilliant move, if Wilson blocked, LSV would be able to swing the tides of the game with Cyclonic Rift and move on to a third.

There was a brief moment of silence.

"I'm at 8, right?" asked Wilson.

LSV nodded.

"I'll just take it."

Wilson untapped and attacked LSV for lethal damage, swimming to victory, unphased by the bait.

The defending Grand Prix Chicago Champion, Jacob Wilson, wins in two games!