oming into this round at 7-2, it was likely that the loser would be virtually eliminated from top eight contention. Gabriel is playing a mono-red land destruction deck, which should find a very favorable matchup against Antoine's Tooth and Nail
deck. (And by favourable, read, he'd have to try very very hard to ever lose).
Antoine mulliganned an opening hand containing Forest and Urza's Tower as it's only mana sources. The game when it came was a swift one. Antoine played Tranquil Thicket, Gab a Mountain. Ruel dropped an Urza's Tower, Nassif played a second Mountain and a Dwarven Blastminer earning an immediate concession as Antoine had the total of six basic lands in his entire deck and none in hand.
Gabriel Nassif 1 - Antoine Ruel 0
Nassif again had a turn 2 Blastminer but this time Antoine only had basic lands, two Forests and a sided in Mountain. It was Ruel who cast the first land destruction, with a Stone Rain on Nassif's Mountain, before Pyroclasming away the Miner. Unhindered by Gabriel, Antoine further developed his mana with a Reap and Sow to fetch the full set of Urza's lands. He then hardcast a Darksteel Colossus. Gabriel dropped an Arc Slogger which chump-blocked for a turn before they started Game 3
Gabriel Nassif 1 - Antoine Ruel 1
Gab had to mulligan, but this time he had some early land destruction. Molten Rain and Demolish took out a pair of Urza's Lands. With Antoine stuck on a Forest and a Tower, Nassif played a Blastminer and started to go to work. Ruel had a Wayfarer's Bauble to fetch a Mountain but no Pyroclasm for the Miner, and the Mountain fell to a Lay Waste in any case.
Nassif dropped an Arc Slogger with Antoine still stuck on two basic lands, and Ruel conceded.
Gabriel Nassif 2 - Antoine Ruel 1
Tooth and Nail