Both players are among the most accomplished in the room and I'm pretty sure both friends were not quite pleased to find out they were matched against each other.
Makihito Mihara is one of the two, or three, Hall of Famers in the room, if you count Kenji Tsumura and the newly-elected, but not-yet-inducted Shota Yasooka.
Armed with a White-Green deck laden with fatties but little removal, Mihara would need to find a way to race against Yuuta Takahashi's Blue-Black deck with a white Splash, incidentally stocked with a myriad of evasion.
Mihara went step further to secure his win, dropping Sentinel of the Eternal Watch. Takahashi decided he's seen enough, and scooped up his cards.
Makihito Mihara quickly locks up Game 1 with the help of a bunch of fatties.
Yuuta Takahashi 0 – Makihito Mihara 1
A timely Meteorite landed on Screeching Skaab, providing Mihara with the six mana source to recruit a foil Sentinel of the Eternal Watch, meaning that Mihara had two copies of the insanely powerful uncommon in his deck.
Tapping down Scrapskin Drake, Mihara crawled back into the game and took no chances, electing to kill Bonded Construct with Wild Instincts. Takahashi tried to find gas with Read the Bones but all that did was to bring him one step closer to death.
Yuuta Takahashi turns the table with a Sentinel of the Eternal Watch of his own.
When it looked like all was lost, Takahashi trumped with his own copy of Sentinel of the Eternal Watch. With Mihara down to just 4 life, Takahashi as able to even up the score with two attacks from Scrapskin Drake, coupled with some appropriate chump-blocking.
Yuuta Takahashi 1 – Makihito Mihara 1
Eyeblight Assassin finished off Stalwart Aven after Mihara blocked Tower Geist with it and Takahashi continued to aggressively activate Whirler Rogue's ability to make itself unblockable. With no way to counter attack effectively or remove the Whirler Rogue, Mihara succumbed to the overwhelming evasive forces.
Yuuta Takahashi 2 – Makihito Mihara 1
Yuuta Takahashi defeats Makihito Mihara and advances to 4-0.