Pro Tour Heartthrob Brian Kibler has recently made the jump to "Full Time Gamer", and hopes his Worlds performance will reflect that. Already he and his opponent Jens Thoren have three wins under their belts, so they have to be doing something right. Kibler is playing a black-white control deck packed with spot removal and Wraths. The ever-stoic Thoren is playing against type with Goblins. Don't be deceived by the look of Onslaught Block, this is Standard.
With that backbreaking move out of the way, Kibler seemed much less concerned about his opponent's actions. Thoren made a second Prospector, only to see them both Wrathed away. Undead Gladiator helped Kibler dig to a Decree of Justice, and two 4/4 angels earned him the scoop.
Kibler 1 – Thoren 0
"How is this matchup for you?" – Jens Thoren
"It was pretty good in playtesting, but you have some different cards that might change things." – Brian Kibler
"Not quite in time." – Brian Kibler
Kibler 1 – Thoren 1
Kibler led with three plains while Thoren beat in with Goblin Sledder and Warchief. He cycled a Decree of Justice and found a swamp. He shrugged as he threw down Sphere of Law. Thoren made a Goon and hit for four. Kibler was unafraid. He untapped and Therapied Thoren, stealing a Clickslither and leaving behind Siege-Gang Commander and Sulfuric Vortex. Then he dropped Wrath of God.
Thoren gamely continued on. He made his Commander and hoped to work his Goblin Burrows past the Sphere. He swung in on the next turn, and Kibler forced him to waste his time by cycling a Decree of Justice for two soldiers. Kibler untapped and Wrathed again. Another Decree of Justice made it a formality.
Final Result: Brian Kibler defeats Jens Thoren 2-1