Round 9: Gabriel Lapping vs. Michael Wong
Gabriel Lapping was armed with the popular and successful Heartless+Summoning/Grand+Architect deck that has given several players great records this weekend. His opponent, Michael Wong, was packing Esper Control, and both were looking for a way into the Top 8 with a win here.
Las Vegas player Michael Wong is very happy to be playing his Esper Control deck deep into the tournament.
Mana+Leak binned Gabriel’s attempt at Grand+Architect, but a second copy of the dangerous 1/3 landed safely, followed by Spellskite and Treasure Mage for Mindslaver. Day+of+Judgment cleared the board, but Gabriel refilled with Havengul+Lich. That was just food for Liliana+of+the+Veil, however, and suddenly it was Gabriel on the back foot, shy a land to play his powerful spells and forced to discard them to the planeswalker.
Consecrated+Sphinx tightened the noose, and after a flood of extra cards and a few attack steps, Michael had shut the door on game one with Gabriel unable to fight against the Esper tide.
Michael 1, Gabriel 0
Gabriel Lapping browses through the powerful Heartless+Summoning deck he and his friends played to great success.
A first turn Gitaxian+Probe revealed Michael’s hand of Consecrated+Sphinx, Lingering+Souls, Oblivion+Ring, Day+of+Judgment, two islands and an Evolving+Wilds, leaving a clear path for Heartless+Summoning to get to work for Gabriel.
Wurmcoil+Engine number one got Mana Leaked and the second got broken down by Oblivion+Ring. The third hit play, however, and it started getting in for five a turn, forcing Michael to blow Day+of+Judgment. The fourth Wurmcoil+Engine drew another Day+of+Judgment, but the resulting tokens kept Gabriel on offense through it all.
Consecrated+Sphinx changed that.
Then Karn Liberated slammed the brakes and the momentum quickly shifted in the other direction. Gabriel had blown all of his gas and somehow Michael had stayed standing through the worst of it. All he could do was keep turning his 2/2 deathtouch token sideways as he attacked Michael down to 8, but Karn ate the deadly token and Liliana+of+the+Veil took care of the other one, leaving Consecrated+Sphinx free to rule the board. It didn’t take long from there, and Michael even squeezed in a shout out for his mom and brother before completing the kill.
Michael 2, Gabriel 0