Quarterfinals: Joshua Yang (Temur Delver) vs. Keita Kawasaki (Jund)

Posted in GRAND PRIX SINGAPORE 2015 on June 28, 2015

By Chapman Sim

Joshua Yang is one of most active players of the Singaporean community. As a matter of fact, he is such a dedicated player that he is 5th on Lifetime Planeswalker points in all of Asia Pacific. Aside from a Nationals Team appearance back in 2011, he has also a couple of 9th place finishes at previous Grand Prix. Today, he has finally broke through to the Top 8, but he finds himself facing his most dreaded matchup.

Keita Kawasaki's Jund deck was laden with removal. Terminate. Abrupt Decay. Liliana of the Veil. All the nasty cards that are great against Temur Delver!

Game One

Yang sculpted his hand with a pair of Serum Visions before dropping a pair of Delver of Secrets. Kawasaki tried to kill it with Lightning Bolt, but Yang countered it with Disrupting Shoal (exiling Thought Scour) for the tempo play.

Joshua Yang tries to beat the attrition.

However, that did not amount to any advantage, because Kawasaki was able to stabilize with Abrupt Decay, before adding beatsticks Tarmogoyf and Tasigur, the Golden Fang to the board.

Yang was out of gas prety quick. Within two turns, Yang was forced with chump with Delver of Secrets and Snapcaster Mage. He knew the writing was on the wall.

Joshua Yang 0 – Keita Kawasaki 1

Game Two

Kawasaki forced Yang to lose Mana Leak using Inquisition of Kozilek, but quickly faced pressure from Delver of Secrets and Tarmogoyf. Thought Scour grew it into a 5/6, thanks to it milling Blood Moon in the process.

Keita Kawasaki attempts to kill everything in sight.

This meant that Kawasaki's Tasigur, the Golden Fang was not good enough to keep Tarmogoyf at bay, so he added Scavenging Ooze to hold the fort and munch away at Yang's graveyard.

Kawasaki did have Kolaghan's Command to kill Yang's Huntmaster of the Fells before it could transform, before adding a pair Huntmaster of the Fells of his own.

Yang tried to stabilize with Tarmogoyf and Hooting Mandrills but the advantage from the pack of wolves and werewolves, backed up with spot removal, was too overwhelming.

Yang: What a terrible match up, I just don't think I beat that attrition.

Joshua Yang 0 – Keita Kawasaki 2

Keita Kawasaki defeats Joshua Yang and advances to the semifinals.