When Sawada used Ultimate Price to kill Nakamura's Desecration Demon, it felt like he was truly behind. Nakamura did have Hero's Downfall to deal with Brimaz but he was already down to a precarious 5 life.
Lyev Skynight and Mutavault mopped things up and both players reached for their sideboards.
Ken Sawada assembles a formidable army, championed by Brimaz, King of Oreskos.
Ken Sawada 1 - Shuhei Nakamura 0
Sawada was on the back-foot this time, facing Turn 2 Pack Rat and Turn 4 Desecration Demon from Nakamura. It seemed like Nakamura was ready to retaliate, using Ultimate Price to destroy Precinct Captain, and Thoughtseize to remove Ephara, God of the Polis once again.
Despite the resistance, Sawada proceeded to bolster his army with Brimaz, King of Oreskos and Keening Apparition. However, those were not effective solutions to a Desecration Demon, and Sawada was forced to sacrifice his smaller creatures just to keep the demon tapped, and himself alive. Bear in mind that the number of rats were also multiplying as we speak.
With the life totals at 13 to 7 in Nakamura's favor, Obzedat, Ghost Council arrived too late to make a difference.
Ken Sawada 1 - Shuhei Nakamura 1
Game Three was close to perfect for Sawada. He had Thoughtseize to deny Nakamura of his trusty Pack Rat and proceeded to assemble an army of Soldier of the Pantheon, Lyev Skyknight and Brimaz, King of Oreskos.
Nakamura draw of 5 Swamp, Pack Rat and Devour Flesh was not sufficient to beat Sawada's nearly perfect draw and congratulated Sawada in making the Top 4. Leaving Brimaz, King of Oreskos unanswered really did him in.
Ken Sawada 2 - Shuhei Nakamura 1
Ken Sawada advances to the semifinals, thanks to the help of Brimaz, King of Oreskos.