Round 12: Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (Blue-Black Control) vs. Makihito Mihara (Black-Green Constellation)

Posted in PRO TOUR DRAGONS OF TARKIR on April 11, 2015

By Tobi Henke

This round, two members of the Hall of Fame faced off in the feature match area: Brazilian Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, and Japan's Makihito Mihara. With records of 8-3, both were still very much in contention for a Top 8 berth at this event.

Well, another Top 8, one should say. For Mihara, that would be his sixth, while Damo da Rosa, currently sitting at nine Pro Tour Top 8s, could reach double digits! Of course, all of that was at least four rounds away, a mere dream which shouldn't distract from the job at hand: winning this match.

To help him do so, Damo da Rosa had brought a Blue-Black Control deck, dabbling in white for Dragonlord Ojutai, one of the standards of the new Standard. Meanwhile, Mihara, known for his unusual deck choices, had brewed up an interesting version of Green-Black Constellation featuring See the Unwritten.

The two Hall of Famers from two different continents sought to keep their hopes of adding another notch to their Pro Tour Top 8 resumes alive.

The Games

Mihara opened with the infamous duo of Sylvan Caryatid and Courser of Kruphix. The latter met Dissolve, but Mihara's next play of Whip of Erebos resolved uncontested. As did See the Unwritten a couple of turns later, after some of Mihara's smaller creatures died to Damo da Rosa's removal spells. See the Unwritten put Polukranos, World Eater onto the battlefield and also put Doomwake Giant into Mihara's graveyard.

On his next turn, Mihara's Polukranos successfully attacked for 7. Damo da Rosa dug for answers via Dig Through Time. He found Dragonlord Ojutai and passed the turn with three lands untapped. Mihara reanimated Doomwake Giant, attacked with both of his creatures, and lost Polukranos to Hero's Downfall. He brought Damo da Rosa to 8, but also found himself without further attackers after that.

Mihara's Constellation deck has plenty of swingy cards to cast.

Damo da Rosa summoned another Dragon in Silumgar, the Drifting Death which matched up nicely with the Hornet Queen Mihara cast next. On the following turn, Silumgar joined Dragonlord Ojutai on offense, wiping all Insects off the table. The race was on.

Between Ojutai and further Dig Through Time, Damo da Rosa's deck was operating on full speed now. Mihara's creatures all died to removal, and getting one attack out of each with Whip of Erebos simply wasn't enough to keep up with the 8 flying points of damage coming in every turn.

Soon enough, Damo da Rosa attacked for lethal damage. Mihara nodded, picked up his cards, and said, "Very bad matchup."

Damo da Rosa disposes of his opponent's threats with the power of some very legendary dragons.

The second game began how the first had ended. In other words, it went badly for Mihara. He took one mulligan, a second, then a third, and finally kept Thoughtseize, Sylvan Caryatid, Courser of Kruphix, and Llanowar Wastes.

His turn one Thoughtseize took Silumgar's Scorn out of a hand which also included three lands, Anticipate, Drown in Sorrow, and Dig Through Time. When Mihara immediately hit more lands and was able to cast Sylvan Caryatid, Courser of Kruphix, and even Whip of Erebos all on curve, it appeared as if Mihara might overcome the disadvantage of his mulligans after all.

However, Dragonlord Silumgar removed any doubt as to what was really going on. A freshly summoned Polukranos, World Eater defected to the winning side. In tandem with Dragonlord Silumgar, it finished Mihara in short order.

"Very, very bad matchup," Mihara stated again. And three mulligans didn't help either.

Damo da Rosa 2- Mihara 0

Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa's Blue-Black Control

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Makihito Mihara's Green Devotion

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