Eternal tourist Martin Jůza has done it again, flying ten thousand kilometers across the Atlantic in search for Pro Points from a distant Grand Prix. In response to the "Esper Dragon menace" witnessed at Grand Prix Warsaw, Jůza is adding Den Protector and Stratus Dancer to the Bant Ojutai shell and his plan was to play the "raptor game" this weekend.
Marcos Paulo de Jesus, who hails from Rio de Janeiro, was also in attendance at Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir in Brussels and Grand Prix Warsaw. Coincidentally, de Jesus also dropped by Jůza's country to attend the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier in the Czech Republic. He did not pick up a blue envelope there and was here in Sao Paulo to try and get one.
With the full set of Deathmist Raptors in both decks, this matchup would likely boil down to who could recur more dinosaurs, or break the stalemate with flyers.
Jůza declined to attack, adding a mystery Morph to the board. Of course, de Jesus had to guess what it was, but I took a sneak peek and it was a tricksy Stratus Dancer. When de Jesus added Xenagos, the Reveler to the board, Jůza flipped it over and flew in through the skies to send it to its gallows.
Jůza had no immediate solution to the 8/8 dragon, and was forced to take a hit. He had already expended Valorous Stance on Polukranos, World Eater, but he did have Den Protector to pick it back up a couple of turns later.
Now that Dragonlord Atarka was out of the way, the war of the dinosaurs ensued. de Jesus was able to bring recur his trio of Deathmist Raptor with the help of Whisperwood Elemental (manifesting Courser of Kruphix) and Rattleclaw Mystic. Jůza had Den Protector and Stratus Dancer to recur his two.
The difference however was that Jůza was gaining up while turning over his creatures, thanks to Mastery of the Unseen. de Jesus's life total was only going downwards. Eventually, Jůza was able to clinch Game One with the aid of a pair of Stratus Dancers.
Martin Jůza 1 – Marcos Paulo de Jesus 0
Both players spent their first couple of turns adding mana dorks to the board, before powering out bombs of their own. de Jesus had Whisperwood Elemental, while Jůza decided to race with Dragonlord Ojutai.
The ground was gummed up quickly soon after, with a bunch of dinosaurs, coursers and lions and whatnot, but de Jesus was unable to interact with Dragonlord Ojutai that was ripping chunks off his life total.
When he did find Polukranos, World Eater, Jůza was ready with Valorous Stance. Despite facing multiple Whisperwood Elementals, Jůza was able to seal the deal with the aid of Dragonlord Ojutai before a horde of manifested creatures caused any problems.
Ojutai makes short work of Marcos Paulo de Jesus.
Martin Jůza 2 – Marcos Paulo de Jesus 0
Martin Jůza defeats Marcos Paulo de Jesus and is now at 7-1.