Round 6: Guillaume Wafo-Tapa vs. Andrea Mengucci

Posted in NEWS on June 28, 2014

By Tobi Henke

These players both had made it to the Top 8 of a Pro Tour in the 2013–2014 season, but while Andrea Mengucci's Top 8 at Pro Tour Journey into Nyx was his first major finish, for Guillaume Wafo-Tapa at Pro Tour Theros it had been his fifth. Appropriately enough, Mengucci was only just beginning the journey of his pro career whereas Wafo-Tapa had accumulated 37 Pro Points in the season this far, enough for Gold and with the option to finish the season on Platinum. Unfortunately, Wafo-Tapa as well as Mengucci had already taken one loss and could only afford one more. Unnecessary to say, neither one wanted to lose this match.

Mengucci had built a green-black deck starring Doomwake Giant, with quite a bit of deathtouch in Baleful Eidolon and Archetype of Finality and a surprising amount of reach with several copies of Servant of Tymaret. Wafo-Tapa's green-white deck included cards of greatly varying power levels. There were some fillers in it like Great Hart but also absurd bombs like Hydra Broodmaster, Fleecemane Lion, and Silent Sentinel.

Game 1

Mengucci brought quick beats with Swordwise Centaur, Leafcrown Dryad, and Cast into Darkness. Wafo-Tapa tried to stall the board with Snake of the Golden Grove, but was forced to trade away his 7/7 when Mengucci bestowed Baleful Eidolon. Wafo-Tapa's Nessian Game Warden eventually did stop the bleeding, but not indefinitely. Mengucci made further inroads with Doomwake Giant, Servant of Tymaret, and finally Archetype of Finality.

Andrea Mengucci

Wafo-Tapa put Silent Sentinel and Hydra Broodmaster against the onslaught, finally stabilizing except for Servant of Tymaret's inspired ability. Wafo-Tapa, at 6 life, was under the gun, but he certainly had the tools available to turn this game around. He pumped nine mana into Hydra Broodmaster, then seven into Ajani's Presence. When the smoke had cleared between the clashing—now somewhat smaller—armies, the game soon turned into a race between Wafo-Tapa's Silent Sentinel and Mengucci's Servant of Tymaret.

In a complete turnaround, it was now Mengucci who needed to pick up the pace of his offense. He tried his best but died not much later to Wafo-Tapa's alpha strike.

Guillaume Wafo-Tapa 1-0 Andrea Mengucci

Game 2

Mengucci's Servant of Tymaret again played a crucial role in the second game where it was joined by none other than another Servant of Tymaret. The pair of them didn't deal any actual damage to Wafo-Tapa (well, maybe a couple of points) but draining 2 life per turn, starting on turn five, put serious pressure on Wafo-Tapa. Thanks to Archetype of Finality Wafo-Tapa

Finally, Archetype of Finality sealed the deal for Mengucci.

Guillaume Wafo-Tapa 1-1 Andrea Mengucci

Guillaume Wafo-Tapa

Game 3

For a drastic change in pace, this time it was Wafo-Tapa who took an early lead in the damage race with his turn-two Fleecemane Lion. Moreover, he continued with Burnished Hart to cast a turn-five Hydra Broodmaster.

Meanwhile, Mengucci's deck was misbehaving quite severely, withholding Forests, and he could only watch Wafo-Tapa's deck on its best behavior.

Guillaume Wafo-Tapa 2-1 Andrea Mengucci