Immanuel`s first turn Sensei's Diving Top prompted a Mental Misstep from Julian. Julian on the other hand had a Delver of Secrets and his Gitaxian Probe revealed the following cards:

The opening hand in the first game of the semifinals!

The opening hand in the first game of the semifinals!

The Delver flipped and started attacking, while Immanuel's own Gitaxian Probe revealed this hand on the other side of the table:

Both players started the game with a peak at their respective opponent's hand

The opening hand in the first game of the semifinals!

Julian just cast Preordain and passed the turn. Delver kept attacking while both players passed without any action otherwise. Then Immanuel tried to trickily cast Engineered Explosives for two black mana, successfully dodging Mental Misstep, while theoretically still being able to take down Delver by sunbursting for one.

Julian used Force of Will, pitching the circumvented Misstep. Immanuel`s Gush in response got Flusterstormed. Immanuel continued the turn unfazed with Dark Ritual, tricking Julian into responding with Dig Through Time and Gush digging for answers but missing. Then Ritual resolved, before another Ritual and Demonic Tutor for Tendrils of Agony were able to win the game thanks to all the spells Julian added to the storm count.

Immanuel took the lead 1-0.

Immanuel started strong and won the first game in the semifinals!

Immanuel started strong and won the first game in the semifinals!

Julian started with Delver of Secrets once again, which flipped due to revealing Pyroblast. Immanuel got his Divining Top to resolve in the meantime though.

Julian tried to get ahead on cards with Ancestral Recall and Pyroblasted Immanuel`s Mental Misstep.

Both players used Force of Will as well, the end result still being Ancestral Recall resolving. Delver kept attacking and was joined by Young Pyromancer and another Delver of Secrets. Immanuel was already on nine life due to fetching and paying life for all those “free” spells. Defense Grid prompted Gush from Julian, but resolved.

Immanuel had Black Lotus, and Engineered Explosives for one to take care of the Delvers, but Pyromancer and the token kept coming. Immanuel used Mystical Tutor to search his own Ancestral Recall, but the three cards couldn't cause a miracle any more either.

The players were tied 1-1.

Julian had tied the score, did he now have the momentum he needed to advance to the finals?!

Julian had tied the score, did he now have the momentum he needed to advance to the finals?!

Immanuel kept his hand for the deciding game, while Julian got to start on six cards and a scry.

Immanuel had a fetchland and Mox Sapphire on turn one and tried to Brainstorm at the opposing end of turn when Julian just passed. Brainstorm resolved and “surprisingly” the fetchland got activated afterwards.

Julian`s Mystical Tutor was denied by a Mental Misstep. An evoked Ingot Chewer took out the Sapphire, but that was all the action from Julian.

Immanuel got “creative” as well by resolving Laboratory Maniac, starting the most ridiculous beatdown ever. Immanuel tried to Duress, which was unsuccessfully Flusterstormed for two. Julian lost his Force of Will to the Duress as well and sat on nothing but two lands then.

Immanuel cast Mystical Tutor for Demonic Tutor. Dark Ritual, Black Lotus, Demonic Tutor for Yawgmoth's Will caused Julian to extend the hand.

Immanuel won the match 2-1.

Immanuel advanced to the finals where he faced Mikael Linden to battle for the title of MKM Series Champion.