David “Bus49” Buskirk defeated Mohamed “BackAgain” Kandil 2-1 to win AliasV’s Super Spiffy Tournament II on Sunday afternoon. Kandil and Buskirk finished third and fourth, respectively, at the end of eight rounds of swiss and fought their way through opposite sides of a traditional Top 8 single-elimination bracket to meet in the finals. (You can watch the Top 8 on AliasV’s Twitch channel.)

The Top 8 Bracket of the Super Spiffy Tournament II.

Buskirk played a new take on the Bant Ramp deck that first appeared in War of the Spark. The deck leverages multiple cards to produce a lot of mana very quickly, like Llanowar Elves, Incubation Druid, and Nissa, Who Shakes the World, and then uses that mana to cast powerful spells like Finale of Glory and Hydroid Krasis for massive values of X.

Buskirk added a strong Elemental sub theme to the deck, featuring some of the most powerful Elemental creatures from Core Set 2020. The addition Risen Reef gives the deck a card advantage engine that ramp decks typically lack, allowing the deck to draw cards or put lands into play when casting Elementals like Leafkin Druid and Cavalier of Thorns—both of which also help ramp.

David ''Bus49'' Buskirk's Standard Bant Ramp

Creatures (25)
Llanowar Elves
Incubation Druid
Leafkin Druid
Risen Reef
Voracious Hydra
Hydroid Krasis
God-Eternal Oketra
Cavalier of Thorns

Spells (1)
Finale of Glory

Enchantments (2)
Prison Realm

Planeswalkers (7)
Teferi, Time Raveler
Nissa, Who Shakes the World
Lands (25)
Glacial Fortress
Sunpetal Grove
Hinterland Harbor
Hallowed Fountain
Temple Garden
Breeding Pool
Temple of Mastery

Sideboard (15)
Baffling End
Aether Gust
Thrashing Brontodon
Deputy of Detention
Ixalan’s Binding
Shifting Ceratops
Time Wipe

Kandil, on the other hand, brought a Simic Nexus deck with two Core Set 2020 cards in the maindeck—three copies of Drawn from Dreams and two copies of Temple of Mastery. The deck’s goal is to cast Nexus of Fate as early and often as possible, using Growth Spiral and Wilderness Reclamation to ramp, Root Snare to stay alive, and Tamiyo, Collector of Tales and Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin to help find Nexus every turn, effectively allowing the deck to take infinite turns.

Mohamed ''BackAgain'' Kandil's Standard Simic Nexus

Spells (20)
Blink of an Eye
Root Snare
Growth Spiral
Drawn from Dreams
Nexus of Fate

Enchantments (7)
Search for Azcanta
Wilderness Reclamation

Planeswalkers (7)
Narset, Parter of Veils
Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
Nissa, Who Shakes the World
Lands (25)
Memorial to Genius
Breeding Pool
Hinterland Harbor
Temple of Mystery
Blast Zone
Mobilized District

Sideboard (15)
Veil of Summer
Aether Gust
Blink of an Eye
Callous Dismissal
Narset, Parter of Veils
Biogenic Ooze
Nissa, Who Shakes the World

The rest of the Top 8 included two copies of Esper Hero, one Esper Control deck, one Jeskai Control deck, one Temur Elementals deck, and one Mono-Red deck.

In Game 1 of the finals, Kandil assembled two Wilderness Reclamations, an Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin, Narset, Parter of Veils, and Tamiyo, Collector of Tales to take infinite turns and lock Buskirk out of the game.

After sideboarding, Buskirk was able even up the match by winning Game 2 on the back of early pressure in the form Llanowar Elves and Cavalier of Thorns and two Negates to counter Kandil’s key combo pieces. The deciding Game 3 played out in a similar manner, with Buskirk applying both pressure and disruption in the form of Thrashing Brontodon and Deputy of Detention. Kandil had a one-turn window to find a Nexus of Fate with Tamiyo, Collector of Tales to try and go off while Buskirk was tapped out, but he was unable to do so, allowing Buskirk to take the game, match, and tournament.

The players in the Top 8 of the Super Spiffy Tournament II were awarded a wide variety of prizes from the tournament’s 10 sponsors: Aetherhub, CFB Events, CompLexity Gaming, Elgato, Flipside Gaming, Face to Face Games, Hipsters of the Coast, Inked Gaming, Spikes Academy, and TCGPlayer.

Super Spiffy Tournament II prizes

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