The champions retained just three players from the team that played Kariobangi Sharks, giving the likes of Joachim Oluoch and Eliud Lokuwam a chance to show what they can do.
That explains the reason why the brewers started the match strongly, as the back four of Innocent Simiyu, Harun Shakava, Charles Momanyi and Oluoch struggled to understand each other.
As the match progressed, K’Ogalo eventually gained their confidence, trying to play their game, and in the 11th minute, it almost paid dividends as Guikan Ephram picked Eliud Lokuwam on the right, but the latter's cross was headed out by Collins Shivachi.
In the 15th minute, Timothy Otieno was slipped in well, and despite having full time to find his target in the danger zone, he crossed poorly and the ball went out of play.
It could have been a costly miss four minutes later; Guikan did well to feed Lokuwam, who fooled the defenders, leaving him one on one with the goalkeeper, but his short went way over the bar.
With a few minutes to half time, Charles Momanyi gave away possession in the dangerous zone, and Otieno laid it to Amos Asembeka, but the former Sony Sugar man went for power and missed the target.
After the break, both teams reduced the tempo, but in the 60th minute or so, Gor Mahia was a better side, at times pinning the brewers in their own half. The Sam Timbe coached side resorted to counter attacks, a tactic that invited the opponent into their own half.
With coach Dylan Kerr looking for a goal, Meddie Kagere was introduced in place of Lokuwam, and Tusker reacted by bringing in Jackson Macharia for Asembeka.
It was Kagere, who had an immediate impact, he was fed the ball in the danger zone, did well to pass it to Guikan whose shot was saved by Duncan Ochieng’, but the ball fell kindly to the striker within a five yard distance or so, and with no obstacle on sight, the Ivorian smashed the cross bar.
That could have proved to be a costly miss, as Muchiri on the other side miskicked the ball after being cleverly set up. Oluoch failed to handle the ball well, and it fell to Jackson Macharia whose effort was cleared off the line.
However, after ninety minutes, neither of the two sides could walk home with maximum points.
Gor Mahia XI: Boniface Oluoch, Innocent Wafula, Joachim Oluoch, Charles Momanyi, Harun Shakava, Lawrence Juma, Ephraim Guikan, Humphrey Mieno, Eliud Lokuwam and George 'Blackberry' Odhiambo.
Subs: Peter Odhiambo, Wesley Onguso, Bernard Ondiek, Boniface Omondi, Meddie Kagere, Francis Kahata and Kevin Omondi,
Tusker XI: Duncan Ochieng, Collins Shivachi, Marlon Tangauzi, Eugene Asike, Bonventure Khasabuli, Hashim Sempala, Apollo Otieno, Robert Achema, Timothy Otieno, Amos Asembeka and Boniface Muchiri.
Reserves: Bryne Omondi, Lawrence Kasadha, David Mwangi, Edwin Lavatsa, Jackson Macharia, Peter Nzuki and Mathew Odongo.