FINALS - FABRIZIO ANTERI VS. JAVIER DOMINGUEZ

Posted in NEWS on May 11, 2014

By Tobi Henke

This was Fabrizio Anteri's third run at winning a Grand Prix. In his first Top 8, at last year's Grand Prix London, he ended up in third place, in his second Top 8, later in the year in Antwerp, he made it all the way to the finals, so now it was time for a win, right? Definitely not agreeing with such frivolous superstition was Javier Dominguez who had won a Grand Prix in his first Top 8 in Paris three months ago and was now looking to claim a second trophy.

Anteri had drafted a blue-green deck with a tiny splash of white, whereas Dominguez was on Blue-White Heroic. White heroic decks had been the bane of Limited Grand Prix for the past months, but so far at this event, it appeared as if green was ready to take over. Would it do so now?

Game 1

Though Anteri missed a land drop, Font of Fertility and Sylvan Caryatid meant he still was able to cast Snake of the Golden Grove on turn four. Meanwhile, Dominguez combined Deepwater Hypnotist with Mortal Obstinacy—a lot of effort to create a power-3 attacker, though it managed to kill the 2/4 Snake of the Golden Grove with the help of Battlewise Valor. And Dominguez added yet more pressure in Supply-Line Cranes and Akroan Skyguard enchanted with another Fate Foretold.


Javier Dominguez

 

However, Anteri cast Nessian Game Warden and Aerie Worshippers, and equipped the latter with Siren Song Lyre to create a deadly combination of tapper/token producer which threatened to take over the game. Then, however, he tried to do one better and bestowed Hopeful Eidolon upon his Nessian Game Warden. Dominguez had Kiora's Dismissal. Anteri tried again on the next turn, and this time Dominguez had Voyage's End for Nessian Game Warden.

 

In the meantime, Anteri had fallen so low on life that he wasn't able to recast his 4/5, instead needing to spend his mana on Siren Song Lyre. And that would have been well enough, if it had not been for Dominguez's Oppressive Rays. Anteri was forced to move Siren Song Lyre to Hopeful Eidolon and found a new combo with Kiora's Follower.

Dominguez's own Hopeful Eidolon, however, turned Deepwater Hypnotist into a serious threat again. So now Dominguez had three creatures Anteri needed to deal with, but he could only tap two with Siren Song Lyre plus Kiora's Follower. He went down to 1 life.

Actually, though, with all his mana, Anteri could also do something else. Like, for example cast a hugely massive Mistcutter Hydra to attack for lethal damage. And that is exactly what he did now.

Fabrizio Anteri 1-0 Javier Dominguez

"That was a close one," said Dominguez, and Anteri agreed: "Phew. Yeah, it was."

Game 2

It had also been a long game, though the second would make up for it. To make it short: After a mulligan, Dominguez had a total of nine lands among his first 12 cards and his three spells were Crystalline Nautilus (which died to Sylvan Caryatid wielding Siren Song Lyre), Akroan Mastiff (which was subsequently always tapped via Siren Song Lyre), and Oppressive Rays (which didn't do a lot since both players had rather more than enough lands).


Fabrizio Anteri

 

In the end, it was again Mistcutter Hydra that finished the game, though that was largely academic.

 

Fabrizio Anteri 1-0 Javier Dominguez