FINALS: MATEJ ZATLKAJ VS. EINAR BALDVINSSON

Posted in GRAND PRIX STOCKHOLM 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on October 26, 2014

By Tobi Henke

This was it. Of the original 1,043 players only two remained to fight for the honor, the glory, the trophy, and the title of Grand Prix Stockholm champion. In one corner, there was Slovak Matej Zatlkaj, veteran of multiple Pro Tour Top 8s, in the other was little-known Einar Baldvinsson from Iceland. Actually, one should say "previously little-known" because by now Baldvinsson had clearly made a name for himself.

As for the decks which would be used here: Zatlkaj had dusted off an old favorite. Well, old-ish, seeing as Jeskai had only really been established two weeks ago at the Pro Tour, but with so much going on in the world of Standard right now, two weeks ago might as well be ancient times, right? Meanwhile, Baldvinsson was running the brand-new Temur Aggro that was first seen in the hands of Brian Kibler one week ago at Grand Prix Los Angeles.

Einar Baldvinsson

Game 1

The game began with several trades. The first creatures to actually survive were Elvish Mystic on Baldvinsson's side and Ashcloud Phoenix on Zatlkaj's. Over the next couple of turns, Baldvinsson added Heir to the Wilds and Polukranos, World Eater to his team, but at that point Ashcloud Phoenix had already taken him down to 7, and the game ended in a flurry of burn spells.

Matej Zatlkaj 1-0 Einar Baldvinsson

Game 2

Baldvinsson led with Boon Satyr, while Zatlkaj had Brimaz, King of Oreskos. Around them other creatures died but those two stuck around. Later, they were joined by Polukranos, World Eater and Mantis Rider, respectively.

Matej Zatlkaj

Polukranos turned monstrous and ate a token, but while the Temur deck's creatures were certainly bigger, the Jeskai Way was faster, lightning-quick, so to say. Zatlkaj's Stoke the Flames and Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker ended the game when Polukranos had barely gotten in one attack.

Matej Zatlkaj 2-0 Einar Baldvinsson

Congratulations to Matej Zatlkaj, champion of Grand Prix Stockholm 2014!