Kastle's opponent is Dario Minieri, the 17-year old Italian wonderkid. Minieri went 6-0 on the block constructed day at Worlds and helped the Italian national team post a very respectable finish. Then, two weeks later, Minieri posted his first high-level Top 8 at Grand Prix London. Minieri is running a Suicide Black deck while Kastle is running The Rock.
Minieri won the die roll, but he had to mulligan before game 1 and then his only creature got thrown off the boat by a Diabolic Edict. Minieri did manage to knock a Spiritmonger and a Pernicious Deed out of Kastle's hand with Duress and then Cabal Therapy, but by the time he found a second creature Kastle had already Living Wished for and played out a Stronghold Taskmaster – some good against Suicide Black. Kastle also had two Treetop Villages up and running so Minieri scooped 'em up and started shuffling for game 2.
When Minieri finally extended his hand, the biggest cheer came from Justin Gary. He had long since clinched his own berth in the Top 8, but he would have felt horrible if his teammate, who had conceded to him to put him into that position, had missed out. Kastle was doubly happy about his good performance this weekend because he actually came into this weekend unqualified for the next Pro Tour – Kastle's last good performance was a Top 8 at last year's Extended Pro Tour and with it falling off he was in danger of falling off the "gravy train." He is in danger no more – now he joins fellow YMGers Justin gary and Rob Dougherty in a star-studded Top 8 that the three of them got into with three radically different decks.
Final Result:Kastle – 2, Minieri – 0