Both Jasper De Jong and Magnus Lantto, the first and second-seed of the Top 4 players, showed off their knowledge of multiple formats all weekend. The two represent some very different strategies in all of the Constructed formats, which leads to some very interesting match-ups in the finals.
The two players both 3-0'd the Vintage portion of their tournament with blue control decks looking to gain advantage through token-generating creatures. While De Jong preferred a light number of Monastery Mentors, Lantto was all about Young Pyromancer, and the Cabal Therapy or four that go along quite nicely with it.
Magnus Lantto was in the driver's seat for the entirety of Game 1, leading with a blind call on Cabal Therapy to hit De Jong's Force of Will. De Jong, who had to mulligan to six, was card light, and Lantto's plays left him with few resources to combat what Lantto was capable of doing.
After a few turns, Lantto found a Young Pyromancer after a Gush, and the elemental tokens that followed made quick work of De Jong.
Jasper De Jong looks at some sideboarding options after a brutal first game.
The second game wasn't any better, as De Jong went to six cards, had his Preordain hit with Mental Misstep, and was left with four lands and a Force of Will. Lantto, meanwhile, had a hand full of gas. While De Jong was able to effectively "Ancestral Recall" with a Brainstorm, shuffling back some of his lands for the three spells he found off of the powerful cantrip, Lantto undid the damage with Young Pyromancer and another Cabal Therapy, stripping De Jong of anything relevant and locking up the match.
While De Jong demonstrated he could beat Elf Company, Lantto's deck, with his Melira & Company deck on Friday, this was not what happened in Game 1. Playing a land tapped rather than untapped left De Jong without the ability to leave white mana up when Collected Company in response to Chord of Calling for three. This proved devastating, as Eternal Witness got back a Path to Exile that he could no longer cast, while Lantto found Ezuri, Renegade Leader, which cemented the win.
Magnus Lantto steamrolled through the Vintage portion of the finals. Will he do the same for the Modern portion?
The second game went about as fast, with De Jong missing a land drop on a critical third turn, while Lantto flooded the field with elves. Multiple Collected Company and Ezuri, Renegade Leader locked up the game, the match, and the championship title for Lantto.
Congratulations to Magnus Lantto, 2014 Magic Online Champion!