Third ranked Seth Manfield is the reigning World Champion. Manfield has proven time and again that his greatest strength is the ability to navigate his way through complex forty card puzzles. This skillset makes him particularly dangerous in newer draft formats. Manfield already defeated teammate and Oath of the Gatewatch Champion JC Tao in the quarterfinals and he was seeing red as he sat down for the semifinals.
This may be Allen Wu’s first taste of success at a major event, but Wu absolutely crushed the swiss portion of the event and seems to have a very strong handle on the new draft format.
Could this 22-year-old student overcome the reigning World Champion?
Manfield had Ravenous Bloodseeker for the first play that affected the board.
Manfield was never able to successfully put together a favorable attack for the rest of the game.
The game featured a lot of lands drawn by both players and Wu was able to ride his Ghoulsteed to victory and put himself up a game in the match.
Allen Wu 1 - 0 Seth Manfield
Manfield was glad to be on the play in the second game of the match.
Wu had other plans, though, Silent Observer and a host of defensive bodies soon flooded the board and Manfield looked to be out of gas despite missing a lot of land drops in the early stages of the game.
It was enough to put Wu down to just three life.
Manfield knocked the top of his deck, perhaps looking for the finishing blow in the form of a burn spell. It wasn’t there and he extended his hand in defeat.
Wu 2 - 0 Manfield
Allen Wu defeats World Champion (3) Seth Manfield in two games to advance to the finals!