Masashi Oiso won the roll and laid an
Nassif made the first move with a Balancing Act for every permanent, floating enough to play
Oiso attempted the most powerful card in the matchup, Terravore, but Nassif had the Condescend. On Nassif's turn, he again played Balancing Act for every permanent, still with access to a
Unfaltered, Oiso continued to play lands. On his ninth turn, after having six lands blown up, he
Oiso decided to go for the throat with a Terravore. Nassif allowed it to resolve,
Nassif, with only cantrips and Condescends in hand, began to do some mental math on how much damage he was willing to take from the beast. Nassif had to let the creature continue to attack, as casting
Nassif did draw a Brushhopper of his own, but chose to try to bait a counter out of Oiso's hand with multiple
Nassif got his Brushhopper to resolve, although he was still at a very low life. Nassif's multiple
Oiso started an initiative in his turn with a Burning Wish for Cranial Extraction, followed by
With Masashi tapped out, Gabriel laid a gigantic Terravore. Oiso, in true mirror match fashion, laid one of his own. The key difference between the players was Nassif's six lands in play to Oiso's one.
Nassif offered his Terravore in trade and Oiso took killed them both off. Nassif then cast Burning Wish for Innocent Blood, simply to act as a Mind Swords. The plan worked as Oiso was left with one land, one Brushhopper, and no cards in play to Nassif's seven lands, Brushhopper, and two cards in hand At this point the game was in Nassif's hands. Terravore from Nassif earned the victory.
Nassif 1, Oiso 0Nassif knew his Pro Tour life was on the line in Round 13.
For Game 2, Masashi had to pause for a second on whether to play or draw, but took the standard route. Again, both players spent their first few turns laying out cantrips and Invasion sac lands.
Nassif played the first relevant card in the game: A Burning Wish that found the Game 1 MVP:
Oiso Wished for Cranial Extraction, but decided not to sacrifice two lands to play it that turn. Instead he waited until the next turn to
Nassif thought things were getting hectic and cast
Oiso did his best to find relevant cards with Top and Serum Visions, but it was looking like a repeat of Game 1 with fewer lands and cards than Nassif. Oiso still had a chance if he could get a Terravore to stick, it would be lethal in two attacks.
Oiso went for it and sacrificed a land to play a Terravore, leaving himself wide open for any kind of permission. Nassif did have the Condescend, but decided to go for
This is exactly what happened, with Oiso not able to attack or play any spells for the rest of the game. Nassif played a Top of his own to search for his three remaining victory conditions. Again,
Nassif kept his defenses strong with a second Brushhopper. At this point Nassif would probably win the long game, for which there simply wasn't time. Oiso threw out his Hail Mary final Terravore, but of course Nassif had another Condescend. Time was called and Oiso had five turns to deal 19 damage past Gabriel's two Brushhopper, four lands, and another counterspell. It didn't happen and Nassif won his match 2-0, keeping the Top 8 dream alive.
Final Score: Gabriel Nassif 2, Masashi Oiso 0