Coming into the Top 4 of Magic World Championship XXVI through the lower side of the Top 8 bracket meant Manfield had his work cut out for him facing off against one of Magic legends: Grabiel Nassif. Mono-Red Aggro, in Manfield's hands, has been on fire throughout the weekend but Jeskai Fires, particularly in the hands of Nassif, isn't the kind of matchup the former World Champion wanted.
I’m worried about my hat game going into top 4 of #MTGWorlds— Seth Manfield(Envy) (@SethManfield) February 16, 2020
But you couldn't tell by how quickly he got to work.
In a quick set of turns, Manfield curved out with
The second game looked good for Manfield as he pushed Nassif down, but
The decisive third game of their first match was exactly what Mono-Red decks set out to do. With a perfect curve out into
The second match was a slower start for Manfield and Nassif cleared the battlefield again and again. But once the French Hall of Fame player ran out of cards to fuel
But as Manfield looked set to win next turn Nassif drew
Nassif breathed a sigh of relief as Manfield shook his head.
The second game was another narrow back-and-forth between Manfield and Nassif. While Manfield notched damage and pushed through to land
With the match score squared up it put everything on the line between the competitors: Just a handful of games stood between advancing further in the Top 4 or falling to the end. This time Nassif went first for the first game and worked to stay ahead of Manfield with a curve of
Back against the wall, Nassif ended up with an awkward hand as Manfield ripped
But a second
Oh well, I actually had my hopes up for the 1st time in the tournament going into today so that loss vs Seth is tough but he played tight and #MTGWorlds as a whole has been such an incredible experience. 4th place isnt too bad after such a crazy run and thanks for all the love <3— Gabriel Nassif (@gabnassif) February 16, 2020