Coming into the second day of Grand Prix Shanghai there were three players sitting with a perfect 9-0 record. After round 10 there were only two: Kazuaki Fujimura and Lin Yang. By the end of this round, there will be only one.
Grand Prix Shizuoka top 8 competitor, Kazuaki Fujimura, was looking to improve on his previous 5th place finish this weekend. Throughout yesterday, Fujimura could be seen with a smile on his face crushing opponent after opponent with Siege Rhinos. Different from the popular Abzan aggro decks, Fujimura opted for a more controlling version of Abzan, featuring 3 maindeck copies of Elspeth, Sun's Champion along with Crux of Fate and Ugin, the Spirit Dragon.
His opponent, Lin Yang, ran the tables thus far with Red Green Devotion. Similar to the deck Hugo Diniz used last weekend in Paris, Lin was running 4 maindeck copies of See the Unwritten. This allowed him to sneak early Dragonlord Atarkas and Hornet Queens into play thus far in Shanghai.
It didn't take long for Lin to cast Dragonlord Atarka. When he did, he wiped Fujimura's board. Not having an answer to the 8/8, Fujimura conceded one turn later.
Lin 1 - 0 Fujimura
In game 2, Lin started with a risky keep: a two land hand with a lot of power, but only Rattleclaw Mystic as a third mana source.
When Lin was unable to find a third land, Fujimura's army of rhinos quickly sent the match to a third game.
Lin 1 - 1 Fujimura
The third game began without much excitement; Fujimura began with a Fleecemane Lion while Lin had a pair of Courser of Kruphixes. Fujimura had answers for both, however, with a pair of Ultimate Prices.
Staring down a pair of Hornet Queens and a board full of insects, Fujimura had one turn to find an answer. He used a pair of Abzan Charms to draw some cards and eventually found a Bile Blight. He used it to wipe away the insects.
Lin continued the pressure with a Whisperwood Elemental on the following turn. Fujimura was able to find a Crux of Fate, but it wasn't enough. Thanks to Whisperwood Elemental, Lin was able to replace his board with an army of 2/2s and attack for the win on the following turn.
Lin Yang defeats Kazuaki Fujimura 2-1 and remains undefeated at Grand Prix Shanghai!