It might be hard to believe that (4) Yuuya Watanabe has a nemesis. As it turns out, Tzu Ching Kuo has a great record against him.
Kuo has once denied Watanabe of yet another Top 8 at Grand Prix Kitakyushu, beating him in the win-and-in match. Not that he needs anymore, but one can never have enough Grand Prix Top 8s. At Grand Prix Kobe 2014, Kuo also defeated Watanabe in Round 4.
"I can't believe I am saying this, but I actually like to play against Yuuya Watanabe," Kuo smiled.
A battle between the Gold uncommons of Magic Origins.
Watanabe's White Blue deck was laden with fliers, including Stalwart Aven, Thunderclap Wyvern and triple Patron of the Valiant. Oh yea, Watanabe also had Sentinel of the Eternal Watch, one of the best uncommons in Magic Origins!
Today, will Watanabe exact revenge or will Kuo go 3-0 against Watanabe in three consecutive seasons?
Watanabe rebuilt with a pair of Patron of the Valiant, keeping all of Kuo's creatures at bay. Fleshbag Marauder got rid of one of them, but Kuo couldn't find the 5th land to cast Cruel Revival. When he did, it was countered by Clash of Wills.
Tzu Ching Kuo locks up the first game with a chain of unfair recursions.
Tzu Ching Kuo 1 – Yuuya Watanabe 0
Yuuya Watanabe faces his nemesis and looks visibly worried.
Cruel Revival took care of the 4/6 but Kuo had no elegant solution to the pair of 4/4 Angels. Priest of the Blood Rite's 5/5 Peanut token kept them at bay, and Kuo used the momentary breathing room to regrow Cruel Revival with Possessed Skaab.
Yuuya Watanabe offers his "Peanut" token for Tzu Ching Kuo to use as a 5/5 Demon.
Ampryn Tactician boosted the pair of Angels into 5/5s, allowing Watanabe to go on the offensive. With both players at 10 life, Kuo was forced to take the trade, taking 7 damage from the other Angel and a 2/4 Stalwart Aven.
Nantuko Husk started to peck away at Watanabe's life total, to a point where he was forced to begin blocking. A third copy of Patron of the Valiant was shoved in the way of a lethal demon token as sacrificial fodder.
It is never a good sign when you're chump-blocking with 4/4 fliers and the final outcome was clear as day. Watanabe had fallen to Kuo once again.
Tzu Ching Kuo 2 – Yuuya Watanabe 0
Tzu Ching Kuo defeats Yuuya Watanabe and eliminates him from Top 8 contention. Kuo is 9-2-1 and needs to win out!