Samuele Estratti (White-Blue Delver) vs. Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (Wolf Run Ramp)
Samuele Estratti was virtually unknown outside of Europe when he won Pro Tour Philadelphia just a few months ago. After his win, many players questioned whether that finish was just a fluke, or if Samuele Estratti was going to become a force to be reckoned with.
Well, after Samuele Estratti started this weekend with a 9-0 record (making some amazing plays and on-camera bluffs to get there) most players have been convinced that Estratti has what it takes to become a Pro Tour powerhouse.
But if he's going to earn his second Pro Tour Top 8, he's going to need to beat a player who nobody wants to face in order to get there. Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (PV), an all-time great who now finds himself within arm's reach of the ninth Pro Tour Top 8 of his career.
With an abundance of mana at his disposal, PV decided that he could afford to play around Mana Leak, waiting until he got to seven lands to play his first threat of the game, a Huntmaster of the Fells.
A Midnight Haunting gave Estratti some pressure of his own, and a Gut Shot plus a Snapcaster Mage allowed the Pro Tour Philadelphia Champion to kill the Huntmaster and trade with the accompanying wolf token.
Suddenly Estratti was left without any creatures on his side of the board, and an attack step later he found himself reaching for his sideboard.
Samuelle Estratti 0, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 1
Estratti's turn one Delver of Secrets transformed into an Insectile Aberration at the first opportunity possible, and PV found himself under a very real clock before he had even played his second land.
Estratti's next attack left PV at 5 and forced the Brazilian Pro to pass a turn with no plays so that he would be able to block with an Inkmoth Nexus. Estratti didn't want to trade his 3/2 flier for PV's land that he could pump with a Kessig Wolf Run, so he passed his turn with no play as well.
Estratti did in fact Mana Leak the Inferno Titan, forcing PV to seriously think things over. After a bit of deliberation, PV, not wanting to die to a Moorland Haunt activation and a piece of equipment, decided not to pay for the Mana Leak, simply passing the turn ready to chump block with a Inkmoth Nexus.
Samuele Estratti 1, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 1
Phantasmal Image dealt with the Thrun, the Last Troll, but PV was ready to restock his board with a Huntmaster of the Fells, followed by a second Huntmaster of the Fells that he forced past Estratti's Dissipate with an Autumn's Veil.
Estratti stuck around for a few more turns, but he failed to draw anything that would let him overcome PV's army (let alone deal with the many titans that were sitting in his hand).
A shake of the hand later, and Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa had advanced to his 9th Pro Tour Top 8!
Samuele Estratti 1, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 2