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