Kenji Tsumura played a Mind's Desire deck at Pro Tour-Columbus to finish in 21st. That, plus back to back Top 8's in Atlanta and Philadelphia, have placed Kenji in fourth place for the Player of the Year race. Considering that Olivier Ruel only has a four-point lead, this Pro Tour could give either one a big advantage going into Worlds. Kenji played Psychatog with green for
At 11-2, both players were eager to start the match. Billy won the die roll but had to wait as they were deck checked.
The shuffling process began again as both players' decks came back without incident. Kenji had a problem with the orientation of his cards in their sleeves after the deck came back, but that matter was resolved with out any penalties or real problems.
Billy played a turn-one Careful Study and Madnessed out a Basking Rootwalla. The other card he discarded was a Wonder. A fine start for blue-green Madness, especially considering he had a turn-two Wild Mongrel as well. Another Rootwalla joined the team at the end of Kenji's turn.
That Rootwalla was met with a Darkblast as soon as Billy tried to give it +2/+2. Kenji tried for a Psychatog but Billy had a Circular Logic waiting. A second Tog from Kenji made it into play. Billy dropped down another Rootwalla to keep up the beatdown.
When Billy swung with all three of his creatures, Kenji dropped a Wonder of his own into the graveyard to give his Psychatog flying, killing the Wild Mongrel. Billy had a replacement but two
The second Deed sat on the table for a turn. When Kenji did decide to activate it, he had to counter an Arrogant Wurm as well. Kenji drew
Kenji 1, Billy 0
Billy started out strong again with a turn-one Wild Mongrel. The Mongrel hit for three as Billy dropped out a Basking Rootwalla. Kenji had out two lands when he played Duress. Billy, with an empty graveyard, used Madness for Circular Logic … a big mistake from Billy that let the Duress hit for two spells. Kenji saw a Cabal Therapy and a Gifts Ungiven and took the Therapy.
Billy dropped two Chrome Moxes in the graveyard to a Careful Study after Kenji had placed a
When Billy finally did turn over land, Kenji began to counter Billy's
Kenji continued to counter
Kenji's library was looking mighty small when he found a Psychatog. During Kenji's end step Billy resolved a Gifts Ungiven pulling out Wonder, Cephalid Coliseum, Smother and a Tog of his own. Kenji decided to give Billy the Wonder and the Coliseum.
Billy had no defense against that juicy of a grip and passed the turn. When Kenji attacked, Billy just offered his hand and a "good game."
Final Score: Kenji Tsumura 2, Billy Moreno 0