Round 12 Feature Match: Yoshitaka Iwaide (Death and Taxes) vs. Kenta Harane (OmniTell)

Posted in GRAND PRIX KYŌTO 2015 on April 19, 2015

By Chapman Sim

It's lonely at the top, they all say.

Kenta Harane remains the lone undefeated player in the entire tournament. Piloting OmniTell, he was able to steamroll through the competition to rise to the top. Cheating out Omniscience and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn with Show and Tell makes the combo deck one of the most unfair in the format. Cheatyface would be so proud!

He was paired down to Yoshitaka Iwaide, who is at a 10-1 record .

On the other end of the spectrum, Death & Taxes was possibly one of the most fair decks in the format. Like a typical white weenie deck, it doesn't have particularly powerful cards. Yet, it is resilient enough to stand up against the rest of the format with its disruptive threats. Mother of Runes is great in the creature and control matchups, as is the entire Stoneforge Mystic package. Phyrexian Revoker, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Ethersworn Canonist and Karakas attempt to keep the combo decks in check .

At least, that is what Iwaide hoped to do against Harane.

Game One

Iwaide won the die roll and opened with Mother of Runes. Under normal circumstances it would be a nuisance, but not to Harane. The OmniTell player has little intention of interacting with the board, preferring to race towards their combo.

Iwaide's next creature was rather annoying and it resolved unmolested via Cavern of Souls. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, in conjunction with Rishadan Port, threatened to tie down Harane's mana as much as possible. The effect was felt immediately, as Harane practically spent his entire third turn to cast a single Preordain.

However, Harane managed to find Ancient Tomb and tapped out resolve Show and Tell. Omniscience and a relatively underwhelming Flickerwisp entered the battlefield. Despite all his spells now being free to cast, Harane was unable to win immediately. He had to wait for his next untap step in order to pay the “mana tithe”.

Another attack brought him down to just four life but the additional turn was all he needed. Using Cunning Wish to fetch Wipe Away, Harane managed to get rid of the opposing Thalia, allowing him to Dig Through Time. He eventually found Cunning Wish for Eladamri's Call, and in turn Emrakul, the Aeons Torn for the win.

Kenta Harane maneuvers around Thalia, Guardian of Thraben to secure Game One.

Yoshitaka Iwaide 0 – Kenta Harane 1

Game Two

The dynamic duo of Mother of Runes and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben were Iwaide's first creatures and they were soon joined by Stoneforge Mystic. Harane shrugged them off and simply used Pyroclasm to clear the board.

Yoshitaka Iwaide is wrecked by a sideboarded Pyroclasm.

Yoshitaka tried to jam up all future cantrips with Chalice of the Void set to one, but it was a futile attempt. Harane had the perfect combination of Show and Tell, Omniscience and Cunning Wish.

Cunning Wish fetched Firemind's Foresight from the sideboard granting Yoshitaka Brainstorm, Release the Ants and a second Cunning Wish. The second Cunning Wish provided Harane with Wipe Away for Chalice of the Void .

Now that Chalice of the Void was out of the way, it allowed Harane to use Brainstorm to put Omniscience on top of his deck, which in turn enabled him to cast Release the Ants enough times for Iwaide to extend the hand .

Pew pew pew!

Yoshitaka Iwaide 0 – Kenta Harane 2

Kenta Harane defeats Yoshitaka Iwaide and continues to reign as the sole undefeated player at 12-0, needing just one more win to lock up his berth in the Top 8.