Fresh off a Top 8 at the last Constructed Pro Tour (Philadelphia), Mark Herberholz showed up to the event with a deck from Nick West. Nick made Top 8 in the Extended format Pro Tour-Columbus. Nick gave Mark a Gifts Domain deck designed by Stewart Wright. Mark was looking to improve on his 27 Pro Tour points this year.Game 1 raced past Herberholz.
Mark played a second fetchland as Isamaru hit him for 2. Arnost dropped down a Hearth Kami to go along with the Hound. Mark's first spell of the game was an Eternal Witness to bring back a fetchland. Arnost continued the pressure, killing the Witness with a Lava Dart and coming in for four more damage.
Mark just played a Temple Garden before passing the turn. Arnost attack for four again, which left Mark at 7. Arnost was smart enough to not over commit, fearing the
During Mark's end step Arnost threw a Char at Mark and a second Char, after Mark activated the Deed, finished the game.
Arnost 1, Mark 0The fires of Boros Deck Wins burned in Zidek's eyes.
Mark sent back his first hand to begin Game 2 and then again, going down to five cards. It was almost a direct reenactment of the Round 10 feature match with Jeff Novekoff, although Jeff went down to three cards before he finally kept a hand.
Another mulligan left Mark at 4 cards. He started with a Sensei's Divining Top but Arnost had a Pithing Needle ready. On his second turn, Arnost cast a
Mark hadn't done anything but play land since his Top was stopped. Arnost attacked for three and hit Mark for four more with a Char. An attack plus burn was all that was needed to finish Mark off.
Final Score: Arnost Zidek 2, Mark Herberholz 0