SEMIFINAL 2 - ASH WEBSTER VS. NAM SUNG-WOOK

Posted in NEWS on March 2, 2014

By Pip Foweraker

Sung-Wook gave Webster his only loss in the Swiss, adding a hint of dramatic foreshadowing to the match. Would this be a repeat of earlier in the weekend, or would Webster find reserves of skill and luck to power through the difficult matchup?

Sung-Wook had a trio of early Pack Rats, gaining valuable tempo by summoning the eponymous vermin from his hand rather than needing to discard cards to make copies. Webster got off to a relatively speedy start also, with a Sylvan Caryatid, Xenagos, Courser of Kruphix and a Stormbreath Dragon.


Sung-Wook deliberates whether to play his Nth Pack Rat.

Unfortunately, the rats were a mite too fast for Webster's army to be able to contain, as he was forced to chump-block to stay alive and conceded shortly after. Brow furrowed, he consulted some sideboarding notes and shuffled up for the next game.

Nam Sung-Wook 1 - Ash Webster 0

Sung-Wook tried an early Pack Rats, but this one got shot down by Dreadbore. He followed up with a Lifebane Zombie, stripping Webster of a vital Courser of Kruphix and leaving him with a Domri Rade and a Garruk, Caller of Beasts in hand.


Webster looks to the top of his deck for answers.

Webster dropped the Domri Rade, but Sung-Wook had a Thoughtseize for the Garruk and a Desecration Demon to put Webster on a tight clock. A Gray Merchant of Asphodel finished things off a turn later, sending Nam Sung-Wook onto the finals after a blisteringly fast match.

Nam Sung-Wook 2 - Ash Webster 0