From the Pro Tour-Nagoya coverage by Scott Johns:
- "With one card left in hand, Shu drew what has to be one of the best top decks in Pro Tour Finals history. With Kodama's Might in hand, he ripped his next card off the top and didn't even try to hide his complete astonishment when he saw what he'd pulled.
Anton cringed at the reaction, holding a fist of good spells he was finally ready to start casting once he untapped. But that turn never came. Teller of Tales hit Shu's side of the table and the visibly excited Japanese player quickly slapped his Kodama's Might on the tapped
Orderof the Sacred Bell, untapping it thanks to the Teller! In almost the same motion Shu untapped the Orderand shoved it into the red zone, and suddenly the tournament was over! For a moment the crowd didn't even realize it was done, and a stunned Anton just sat there staring, unable to move, unable to believe it was somehow over . . . just like that."
Talking with Anton on Friday morning, he revealed that his play testing for this event consisted of getting together with Johan Sadeghpour. They both live in the same city in Sweden, and Anton only feels comfortable testing live. They ended up getting their green, black and white deck from a friend. Shu worked with legendary deck builder Itaru Ishida. Ishida's deck,
Shu started with a Polluted Delta, while Anton had a turn-one Birds of Paradise. Anton had a turn-two Sakura-Tribe Elder met with a Force Spike from Shu. Anton laid out a turn-three Sensei's Divining Top but when he missed his third land drop, Shu pounced by hitting the Birds of Paradise with a Putrefy. Shu's game plan appeared to revolve around keeping Anton manascrewed.A misplaced sideboard card cost Shu a game loss.
Shu didn't appear to have much countermagic in his hand but Anton was light on both threats and mana. Anton finally found his third land by searching with the Top and placing on top. Shu, meanwhile, just kept playing out lands.
With five lands out, Shu cast a Gifts Ungiven. He went for
After some double-checking the judge gave Shu a game loss in a game. After the match Anton said that Shu certainly would have won the game had he not received the penalty, but that his honesty must be applauded.
Anton 1, Shu 0
Shu laid out land for the first few turns of Game 2 while Anton developed his board with a first-turn Sensei's Divining Top, followed by a turn-two Birds of Paradise. The Top began to find Anton the card's he needed as he sacrificed a Flooded Strand to access new cards with the Top.
This game, the Gifts didn't mean instant death for Shu as he got a
Anton knew he needed to get busy before the
With the entirety of card tutoring out of the way, the discard kicked into overdrive. Shu played a
Shu decided to reclaim nightmare void and didn't like what he saw as Anton laid down Cunning Wish, Top and Genesis. Shu took the Cunning Wish. Anton played Genesis on his turn and sacrificed it to flashback a Cabal Therapy hitting Counterspell. When Shu dredged the
Anton won the match without either player attacking or dealing a single point of damage to the other.
Anton Jonsson 2, Shu Komuro 0