Round 11 Feature Match – (18) Martin Jůza, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, (9) Shuhei Nakamura vs. Ori Horev, Boaz Havron, Yaniv Perry

Posted in Event Coverage on March 2, 2014

By Tobi Henke

In this round, Israeli team Ori Horev, Boaz Havron, Yaniv Perry met the international all-stars Martin Jůza, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, and Shuhei Nakamura. After starting 0-1-1 into the tournament, the latter had won a straight seven matches yesterday to clinch their berth in Day 2. However, now at 7-2-1, they were again facing possible elimination from Top 4 contention. "Shuhei's 10-0," Jůza admitted. "We're just dragging him down."

In the first pairing to finish, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa playing blue-white met Boaz Havron playing red-white.

First, Damo da Rosa's Favored Hoplite and Elite Skirmisher were no match for Havron's Vanguard of Brimaz and Archetype of Courage. On top the Vanguard was given Nyxborn RollickerDragon Mantle, and Ordeal of Heliod in exchange for three 1/1 tokens, and it was soon over.

For the second game Damo da Rosa kept five lands, Ornitharch and his own Ordeal of Heliod, just to encounter an even more aggressive opening from Havron: Firedrinker SatyrAkroan Skyguard,Nyxborn Shieldmate. Damo da Rosa's Voyage's End bought some time, but when his first creature, the Ornitharch, was met by Magma Jet and Lightning Strike he had fallen way to far behind and never got back into the game.

Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 0-2 Boaz Havron

Next, Shuhei Nakamura and his black-green deck met Yaniv Perry and his blue-black.

Perry started surprisingly aggressive with Fleshmad Steeds, Blood-Toll Harpy, and Erebos's Emissary, but with the help of Sedge ScorpionKarametra's AcolyteBow of Nylea, and Nessian Asp, Nakamura quickly took over the game and there was no comeback for Perry.

In game two then, it was Nakamura who took the role of aggressor or, more accurately, his Setessan Oathsworn did. It was targeted by Ordeal of Erebos (which was Annulled but still provided two counters), then by Mortal's Resolve, then got into a fight via Time to Feed. The 7/7 Oathsworn went all the way and was joined for the last few steps by Nessian Asp.

Thus, Nakamura had just won his eleventh consecutive match.

(9) Shuhei Nakamura 2-0 Yaniv Perry

Now it all came down to the pairing of Martin Jůza with red-white versus Ori Horev with green-black.

Jůza started off with Anax and Cymede and Borderland Minotaur but, facing Swordwise Centaur, Courser of Kruphix, and Graverobber Spider, wasn't yet able to get in any damage. He cast Oreskos Sun Guide  and Flamespeaker Adept instead, and attacked with all five of creatures next turn. There were some blocks, Jůza cast Thunderous Might on Anax and Cymede, Horev responded with Lash of the Whip, and Jůza in turn responded with  Battlewise Valor. The end result were two dead creatures and 13 damage for Horev, no losses whatsoever for Jůza. Almost needless to say that Horev did not recover.

The second game was a much longer and drawn-out affair, thanks in no small part to Horev's Akroan Horse. Initially, Jůza took a lot of damage from Horev's growing army of soldier tokens, partly because his creatures kept dying to things like Lash of the Whip and Sip of Hemlock. Finally, however, he managed to stabilize with Stoneshock GiantFlamespeaker Adept, and Borderland Minotaur, and was able to create his own, somewhat larger, tokens via Hammer of Purphoros.

(18) Martin Jůza 2-0 Ori Horev

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