Posted in GRAND PRIX KOBE 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on August 24, 2014

By Ben Swartz

With what was likely the most inventive deck in the top eight, Nagoya native Yuusei Gotou has been crushing all weekend long. After emerging from swiss with only a single loss, he has made it to the finals of Grand Prix Kobe without dropping a game. His "No Affinity" deck--an artifact based deck with all Affinity cards absent--has been slamming in with Tarmogoyfs and Ensouled Artifacts continuously in Kobe.

His opponent, Teruya Kakumae, had been gotten to the finals thanks to his White-Red Burn deck. The player from Osaka incinerated opponent after opponent with a flurry of burn spells--Shard Volley, Lightning Bolt, Lava Spike et al. He hoped to burn one final opponent this weekend and be left standing with the trophy.

The Games

Teruya Kakumae's first play of the finals was a Vexing Devil. Instead of taking 4, his opponent, Yuusei Gotou, spent a Galvanic Blast on the pesky 4/3.

Gotou played a Tarmogoyf, forcing Kaukumae to spend a Rift Bolt to remove it. Kakumae played an Eidolon of Great Revel and passed it back to Gotou.

Yuusei Gotou

Without his heavy hitter and out of cards, Gotou was resigned to attacking a point at a time with his Blinkmoth Nexus. By comparison, Kakumae's hand was full of Burn Spells. He used a Shard Volley and Grim Lavamancer activation to rid Gotou of his pair of Ornithopters and then started going for Gotou's throat.

Lava Spike, Skullcrack and Shard Volley went to Gotou's dome and Kakumae took the first game of the finals.

Kakumae 1-0 Gotou

Gotou's sideboard came out to play with a first turn Sunbeam Spellbomb. The Spellbomb entered the fray on the following turn when Gotou enchanted it with Ensoul Artifact. He followed up his attack with a Tarmogoyf.

Teruya Kakumae

Gotou quickly dropped Kakumae to 7 with his army. Though Kakumae was able to remove the Tarmogoyf, Gotou attacked again with his 5/5 Sunbeam Spellbomb and cleared his way to the third game with a Galvanic Blast.

Kakumae 1-1 Gotou

Kakumae started the third game of the finals with a Vexing Devil. Gotou took the opportunity to take four damage rather than let the 4/3 onto the battlefield. Kakumae was then able to land an Eidolon of the Great Revel on his second turn.

When Gotou wanted to recreate his combo from the last game--Sunbeam Spellbomb and Ensoul Artifact--he was forced to fall to 12. When Kakumae played a Vexing Devil on his third turn, Gotou thought for a while before falling to 8 to stop the Devil from entering the battlefield.

This was a mistake. After an attack with Eidolon of Great Revel, Kakumae used a pair of Lava Spikes to finish Gotou off and become Grand Prix Kobe Champion.

Teruya Kakumae defeats Yuusei Gotou to become Grand Prix Kobe Champion.