Tom Martell arrived to the feature match area like a rock star. A line of spectators held their hands up and excitedly high-fived the Pro Tour Gatecrash Champion as he made his way to the table. Philip Yam walked around the table, sat down, and pensively studied his opponent's decklist. This may have been Yam's first Grand Prix Top 8, but he showed no sign of nervousness.
Ordeal of Erebos from Martell put Yam against the ropes, and Traveling Philosopher joined the team the same turn. Yam found an Island and used Griptide to pick up a valuable two-for-one against Martell.
An attack from Yam sparked Martell's curiosity. "Triton Tactics," he said aloud. He decided to only attack with his flyer after using a Scourgemark to give it three toughness and Yam had the Triton Tactics Martell suspected.
Yam's lifetotal was getting dangerously low, especially considering the Scholar of Athreos on the other side of the table. Martell did a bit of combat math, paused, and attacked with all of his creatures. Yam fell to three life and the six lands Martell had in play were enough to end the game with his Scholar of Athreos over the next turn cycle.
Both players remained silent between games.
Ordeal of Erebos let Martell get aggressive and he attacked through the Charlatan. Having seen Yam's decklist it was clear to Martell that he needed to win quickly and didn't have room to play around cards like Griptide.
Martell found Scholar of Athreos, a particular dangerous card in the current situation.
Martell found a Wingsteed Rider, though, and Yam didn't have the necessary flyer to block.
Dauntless Onslaught put Yam to a precarious three life. Unable to find and answer to Martell's flyer, Yam offered his hand, and the crowd exploded with applause.
Tom Martell is your Grand Prix Sacramento Champion!