Posted in GRAND PRIX MILAN 2015 on December 14, 2014

By Olle Rade

One match, nine turns in total. One quarterfinal was somewhat more explosive than the others when Polish Piotr Głogowski and his Amulet of Vigor deck took on Italian Dario Parazzoli, who turned up in Milan with the most explosive of Affinity Decks. It even has Contested Warzone, for the full all in attack strategy!

Głogowski was on the play for the first game, and thought for a long time before keeping an opener of Khalni Garden, Cavern of Souls, Azusa, Lost but Seeking, Hive Mind, 2 Tolaria West and a Primeval Titan. A decent hand, enabling a turn four Primeval Titan, but not fast enough, since the game was over in four turns when Parazzoli's Affinity deck played out as follows:

Turn one:Blinkmoth Nexus, Memnite, Vault Skirge

Turn two: Attack for two, drop Głogowski on 18. Play Mox Opal, Frogmite and Cranial Plating

Turn three: Cast Ornithopter and Signal Pest, equip Cranial Plating to Vault Skirge, attack for 9, dropping  Głogowski to 9.

Turn four: Attack for lethal.

As it turns out Affinity with fast draws is one of the hardest decks to fight for Głogowski's deck. He did however come prepared, and sideboarded in 3 Pyroclasm, 3 Seal of Primordial and 1 Engineered Explosives, taking out 2 Hive Mind, 2 Pact of Negation 2 Sleight of Hand and 1 Azusa, Lost but Seeking.

For game two, his opening hand was “slightly” less explosive, with 2 Amulet of Vigor, Radiant Fountain, Cavern of Souls, Simic Growth Chamber, Serum Visions and Azusa, Lost but Seeking.

He couldn't have asked for much more, and the second game he returned the favor of Parazzoli's fast start in the first game with the following turns:

Turn one: Radiant Fountain, Amulet of Vigor

Turn two: Play Amulet of Vigor, play Simic Growth Chamber, tap it for mana between triggers from Amulets, cast Serum Visions and Azusa, lost but Seeking, and play two more lands.

Turn three: Cast Summoner's Pact, find a Primeval Titan. Replay Simic Growth Chamber, tap it for mana between triggers, cast Primeval Titan, search out another Simic Growth Chamber and Tolaria West, return the Tolaria West to hand, transmute it to find a second Summoner's Pact, find and play a second Primeval Titan. Put Boros Garrison and Slayer's Stronghold into play, give both Titans haste and attack.

“Nice turn,” Parazzoli commented as he scooped to the Titan's attacking.

Two games down, seven turns. Things couldn't get more explosive than this? Could they? Surely not when both players took mulligans to six cards for the decider?

Parazzoli was first out with Memnite, Welding Jar and a Mox Opal, lacking a land to cast the Arcbound Ravager in his hand or enough artifacts to fuel out a Myr Enforcer.

Głogowski however, had the most explosive start possible:

Turn one: Radiant Fountain, Amulet of Vigor

Turn two: Amulet of Vigor, Selesnya Sanctuary, Summer Bloom, replay the Sanctuary three times, tap it for mana in between triggers and cast Primeval Titan. Titan searched for Boros Garrison and Slayer's Stronghold, which gave it haste and it attacked for 8, fetching Ghost Quarter and a Gemstone Mine.

Parazzoli, clearly flabbergasted could only smile and pack up his cards. And the fastest quarterfinal in Modern Grand Prix history was already over.

Result: Piotr Głogowski defeats Dario Parazzoli 2-1