Manuel Bucher vs. Bertrand Fagnoni
Bertrand still felt safe at four mana but Manuel Bucher launched another Reap and Sow, this time with entwine. Next the little Swiss decided he might as well start attacking.
Manuel: "Tooth and Nail with entwine?"
Bertrand: "Ok, you win."
Manuel 1-0 Bertrand.
They both kept their hands, although Bertrand seemed anything but happy. On his third turn he played Darksteel Ingot, but he missed his fourth land drop. Bucher fished with a turn four Leonin Abunas but the French had Condescend.
Bertrand dragged it along trying to figure out what his opponent had in hand by looking at the cards in his deck. He ended up taking a Solemn Simulacrum. Bucher played his own Simulacrum.
They traded Thorens and Fagnoni played March of the Machines. Sylvan Scrying gave Manuel his second Cloudpost, before he played Abunas. With the second Cloudpost online he tried Mindslaver. Bertrand allowed it.
The Witness chumped the Pendant, and Bucher used another Witness to fetch back Abunas. Again Fagnoni had the Condescend to try to stop the White creature. But this time he only got a chance to scry, because Manuel Bucher had enough mana for the whole Top 8 at this point.
The Swiss tried the Mindslaver again but this time the French had Annul. But when Manuel tried Oblivion Stone there was no answer. Standing behind his indestructibule artifacts-turned-creatures Bertrand tried desperately to find a way to regain total control of the table.
Accross the table Manuel Bucher was having the time of his life. Next he resolved Plated Slagwurm. Now that's something a Blue-Red can't really do much about. Still the French hardly blinked.
Manuel got rid of the March of the Machines and Bertrand's defense plan fell like a house of... well, cards. A Tooth and Nail with entwine convinced Bertrand Fagnoni he might as well concede before the White Keeper started recurring the Mindslaver.
Manuel 2-0 Bertrand.