Yuta Takahashi's having quite a nice quarter. Having just won Grand Prix Kyoto, he followed that up with a Top 8 here in Singapore to lock up Silver. He is piloting Temur Twin, a deck that he chose to battle the rise of combo decks.
His opponent is a relative unknown compared to himself and should also be rejoicing in the fact that he was now qualified for Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar. His Affinity deck has served him well all weekend, especially the full set of Etched Champion which he was running.
Takahashi's back was already against the wall but Masaaki was relentless and added a second Etched Champion.
Takashi killed Spellskite using a combination of Snapcaster Mage and Lightning Bolt but Masaki responded with Galvanic Blast on Deceiver Exarch, ensuring that Splinter Twin would not cost him the match.
Seeing no way out, Takahashi reached for his sideboard and they were on the the second game.
Yuta Takahashi 0 – Hitomi Masaaki 1
Takahashi had the combo and tried to wrap things up by casting Deceiver's Exarch (and hopefully untap for Splinter Twin).
Hitomi Massaki puts his opponent on a two-turn clock.
Yuta Takahashi 0 – Hitomi Masaaki 2