Had the match been determined solely on paper, Levy would win hands down. The Frenchman has 238 lifetime Pro Points. A Top 8 here would put him tied with Bob Maher, Jr. at sixth on that list. Already this weekend he had passed Kamiel Cornelissen, Ben Rubin, Justin Gary and Gary Wise … not a list to scoff at for sure.A crowd gathered around Levy for this make-or-break match.
Levy has nearly ten times the lifetime points of Chang, who had a mere 24. Chang had built his Red Deck Wins deck days before the tournament. If he won, he would be the first player from Taiwan to ever make a Pro Tour Top 8.
Everyone knew what Levy was thinking; with Top 8 on the line. The timing of a double mulligan couldn't have been worse.
Levy used a Cabal Therapy and named Lightning Helix. Chang revealed Grim Lavamancer, Slith Firewalker and Blinkmoth Nexus. To make matters worse for Levy, he didn't have a third land to play out against Chang.
Without a mana source, Levy had his back to the wall. Chang first hit Levy for 7 with the Genju and Frostling. The next turn Chang Pillaged Levy's Chrome Mox. Levy had no options left and died shortly after.
Chang 1, Levy 0
No, as Chang hit them with a Firebolt. Levy tried again on the second turn with a Llanowar Elf. The Elf got hit on the head by a Frostling. Turn three saw Levy without a land but he decided to place out a newly drawn Chrome Mox, removing Call of the Herd from the game. Then he placed out a Hypnotic Specter.Chang aimed to be the first player from Taiwan to make Top 8.
Chang killed the Specter with a Magma Jet and placed one card on the bottom and the other on top. Levy played a Call of the Herd. Chang Pillaged Levy's Mox to keep him off flashback mana for the Call.
All Chang did on his next turn was to attack with a Blinkmoth Nexus. Levy found a third land and a new Chrome Mox. The Mox was imprinted with Engineered Plague. This allowed Levy to flashback Call of the Herd.
One of the elephants met their demise from a Lightning Helix but the other continued to swing past a Blinkmoth Nexus. A second Nexus joined the team to pump the first as Chang started to throw burn directly at Levy. Levy showed no fear and dropped down a Dark Confidant.
Levy used a Putrefy on a Blinkmoth Nexus to protect his life total. He was on 7. When Levy flipped up an Engineered Plague from the Dark Confidant, Chang said, "Wait," and showed Levy a Char to make Pro Tour history with Taiwan's first player in a Top 8.
Final Score: Chih-Hsang Chang 2, Raphael Levy 0