Despite being known for all things Panda, Claire Cohen-Kowan decided to mix things up with a crazy Last Turn brew! It's clear that she wanted to catch everyone (including her opponents) off guard. I think it's safe to say that she definitely achieved this goal!
There's a decent chunk of changes here compared to the normal Last Turn lists we see every so often. Who better to explain them than the one who made them!
This was a last minute choice after expecting a field of all Warriors and Matt Uber's Steingate. This build of the deck is full of mainboard hate for both of these strategies while still playing my beloved Giant Trunade. The deck is versatile and also was guaranteed to surprise opponents.
It's one thing to bring an off-the-wall combo deck to the World Championship tournament. It's another thing entirely to try to innovate the strategy the night before! It's a high-risk high-reward choice. Sadly, it seems that in this specific case, the risk won out. Cohen-Kowan explained:
My God did I have a terrible run. James Arc turned out to be on turbo, which I was not entirely unprepared for. I am playing out the game and things look like they are going my way. I summon Jowgen and set LT with low enough life and clear backrow, but he has Tribe Infecting Virus. I am forced to use LT in the standby phase and he topdecked EXACTLY Sinister Serpent to kill me. In another game against Michele.Cimmino I tried to do the combo but needed to use King Dragun since I couldn't clear backrow and knew he had ring. He had a second Spirit Reaper in deck and caused a tie against me! Then after what felt like an hour-long game 2 I almost got to activate Stein twice but he summons his OWN Jowgen just after I Dustshoot one away. A Duo/Tdrag/BLS steamroll ended my day short.
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