Shahar Shenhar is the reigning world champion. Currently ranked 16th in the world, Shenhar already has two Grand Prix victories and another Top 8 to his name. Shenhar enters this Top 8 as the highest ranked seed.
His opponent, Lucas Siow, has a pair of Grand Prix Top 8s and also once beat me in the finals of a PTQ. Siow entered this tournament without much knowledge of the Khans of Tarkir Limited format, but he's proven his Magic instincts and card evaluation skills are worthy of greatness with a Top 8 in this event.
Siow and Shenhar debated Siow's picks in an earlier draft while they waited for the match to start.
Siow gummed things up again when he surprised Shenhar with a main deck Windstorm.
The game continued as a stalemate, but Siow eventually drew Duneblast to sweep Shenhar's side of the table and he was able to ride that advantage to victory.
Siow 1 - 0 Shenhar
Both players established boards quickly in the early turns of the second game.
Neither player wanted to play the trading game.
Shenhar seemed to have the advantage early with a few attackers repeatedly getting in without much resistance from Siow.
Siow made a risky play by going down to a precarious life total to cast Bitter Revelation. The card choices were tight and Siow eventually decided to take Rakshasa's Secret over a better spell in fear that the remaining cards in Shenhar's hand were particularly powerful.
The next turn, Siow's intuition paid off when he got Duneblast and Smite the Monstrous out of Shenhar's hand with Rakshasa's Secret and had Kill Shot to deal with Shenhar's freshly cast Bellowing Saddlebrute.
Siow breathed a sigh of relief, "I knew I'd either look like a genius or an idiot taking that Rakshasa's Secret, I'm glad it turned out how it did."
Lucas Siow defeats Shahar Shenhar in two games to advance to the semifinals!