Even the deck choices that these two made reflect the difference in generations. Ruel's deck was a Goblin deck with Living
Canali led with a first-turn Aether Vial off of a Darksteel Citadel while Ruel played a Shadowblood Ridge. Canali missed his second land drop but still managed to play a
Canali managed to find his second
Canali sacrificed his
Goblin Matron went into the red zone for Ruel. After the attack he played the previously fetched Mogg Fanatic and a Skirk Prospecter. Canali attacked with the Somber Hoverguard leaving the lives at Canali 15, Ruel 10. He then cast a Myr Enforcer before passing the turn.
Ruel had managed to get a small swarm of goblins out and he sacrificed the Fanatic and Matron to help cast a Siege-Gang Commander.
Canali sent in the Hoverguard and the Enforcer. Ruel chump blocked with a token and took three down to seven. The next turn Ruel sacrificed all of his goblins to the Skirk Prospector to cast a Living
Ruel 1, Canali 0
In the first game Canali stalled on one land. This prevented him from being able to swarm Ruel's Goblin Living
After Brian David-Marshall's comment that Canali's opening hand looked as if "someone had pulled seven random cards out of a box," it is no surprise that the Frenchman visited Paris for six new cards.
Ruel used a Cabal Therapy to first try for Engineered Plague and then he flashbacked the Therapy to get two Thoughtcast. Canali used his turn to play out both a Disciple of the Vault and an Arcbound Ravager. Ruel just passed the turn. Canali was merciless playing out a second Ravager and a Blinkmoth Nexus. If Ruel didn't do something about the beats soon it would be too late for a comeback.
While Canali did affinity/Ravager math, Ruel smiled about the dismal hand that he held. He conceded the game on the next turn playing out five or six more land from his hand to show how mana flooded he was.
Ruel 1, Canali 1
Ruel got to go first this game. Canali was thinking about mulliganing again as he looked at a hand that contained only two Glimmervoids for land. His second hand also contained only one land, a Glimmervoid, which would leave him vulnerable to any artifact kill so he sent it back once more. Canali finally kept a hand of five cards.
Ruel played a first turn Mogg Fanatic and a second turn Sparksmith. Canali had an Arcbound Worker but no second land. Sparksmith killed the Worker. Ruel used Duress on Canali taking one of his two Engineered Plagues. Ruel then used his Rishadan Port to tap down Canali's only land.
On the next turn Ruel played a
Olivier Ruel 2, Pierre Canali 1