QUARTERFINAL 1 - HUANG HAO-SHAN VS. WEI YIFAN

Posted in NEWS on March 2, 2014

By Chapman Sim

Game One

After a trip to Paris, Huang found himself on the receiving end of Thoughtseize, revealing that he had been forced to keep a one lander. After missing his second land drop, Huang bounced back with double Sylvan Caryatid and Xenagos, God of Revels but Wei was happy to suppress it with Detention Sphere.

Xenagos took form as a planeswalker this time round and Huang seemed to be back in the game, generating a couple of tokens and adding Ghor-Clan Rampager to the board. Unfortunately, the efforts were all undone with an "end of turn" Fated Retribution and Wei looked like he was firmly in control of the game, who proceeded to draw five cards off Sphinx's Revelation.

Soon after, each of Huang's threats were deftly maneuvered, one after another. Thoughtseize got rid of Stormbreath Dragon, Syncopate dealt with Domri Rade and Detention Sphere locked down Polukranos, World Eater.

When Jace, Architect of Thought flipped over another Sphinx's Revelation, it was enough to convince Huang to pack up his cards. There was no way he was beating another seven cards.


Wei buries Huang with card advantage, gifted by Sphinx's Revelation.
Game Two

Huang mulliganed again but managed to put up a strong start comprising Sylvan Caryatid, Xenagos, the Reveler as well as Xenagos, God of Revels. Both cards started to generate a steady stream of Satyrs, with one of them becoming a 4/4 each turn.

When Huang summoned a potentially lethal Ghor-Clan Rampager, Wei countered it with Syncopate, before untapping to drop Elspeth, Sun's Champion. However, Huang was ready with another copy of the bloodrush creature, allowing his trio of Satyrs to trample past Wei's soldiers for the win.


Huang equalizes the score, with the aid of Xenagos in both his incarnations.
Game Three

Although the gods were in his deck, they certainly weren't on his side as Huang proceeded to mulligan yet again. Wei used a combination of Dissolve and Syncopates to counter Huang's Domri Rade, Stormbreath Dragon and Ruric Thar, the Unbowed.

The attrition tango started once again, and Wei proceeded to nullify each of Huang's threats almost rhythmically. Thoughtseize plucked away Stormbreath Dragon from Huang's grip (again), and Chandra Pyromaster was rendered useless with Pithing Needle. Supreme Verdict swept the board clean, taking Ghor-Clan Rampager and Elvish Mystic with it.

With Wei sitting at ten lands, either of the Sphinx's Revelations in his hand would seal the deal for him. Refusing to concede, Huang lay in wait as he gradually got overwhelmed by Jace, Architect of Thought and Elspeth, Sun's Champion.

Wei Yifan defeats Huang Hao-Shan 2-1 on the back of his Sphinx's Revelations and advances to the semifinals.