The match started with a back-and-forth battle with a series of tight plays in combat, which left De Rosa saying, "I'm actually the worst player on earth." From a play perspective, Krempels was blowing Ant out, earning two-for-ones in back-to-back combats.
Sadly for Krempels, his men were all undersized and the champ kept drawing lands, putting him further and further behind in board position. Krempels still managed to keep things close until De Rosa drew his de facto untargetable dragon (Jetting Glasskite) to carry him to a win while a small horde of 1/4s kept the peace on the ground.
While shuffling up, De Rosa decided to lend some encouragement to Neil Reeves sitting next to him. "Come on Neil, win with that deck I drafted for you. Actually… win with that deck Craig drafted for you and that I kept passing!"
De Rosa led off Game 2 with Blinding Powder and Kabuto Moth, while Krempels played Nikko-Onna and Mothrider Samurai. Kitsune Loreweaver from De Rosa further gummed up the board and it looked like the two white decks would once again stalemate. Just like last game though, Krempels eventually stopped playing spells while he kept laying lands.De Rosa continued his undefeated ways.
"Just wait for that dragon to show up..." said Krempels.
"You have a dragon?" asked De Rosa.
"Ah… I have a dragon."
"God, I don't know what to do here," said De Rosa as he added another Torii Watchward to his growing army. He paused to consider attacking briefly but then said, "I'll figure it out next turn."
In the end, Krempels was absolutely blown out, not so much by De Rosa, but by the double-digit lands he drew each game. At this point, De Rosa remains the only undefeated player in the field and has dealt a minor blow to Krempels' chances to repeat as U.S. National Champion.
De Rosa 2, Krempels 0