#### Games Haven Monthly $1K Series 2018

#### 29th Apr 2018

#### Games Haven Paya Lebar

###### Matthew (Lightning Bolt) Yee

We’re back to the original Magic plane! We welcomed players back to Dominaria after more than a decade of heavy planeswalking, and to usher in the new standard we had 31 players for the event willing to be the testers and test-ees for the new metagame! Of course, having some sweet cash on the line surely didn’t hurt either.

In this first week of DOM testing (and surely the week before via proxies) there was a wave of excitement surrounding a certain UW Historic deck that aimed to play basically everything except lands at instant speed. Many players were excited to try the deck out for themselves, and found themselves truth-or-dared to see what the hype was about. As such, we had plenty of UW decks littering the tables, both with and without the most controversial inclusion Raff Capashen.

The general comment seemed to be that the deck was extremely difficult to pilot, as pure draw-go decks had not been a significant force for some time, and also possibly because the deck was still very new. Because of this, pilots found themselves experiencing very varied levels of success. To quote a player at Round 5, “Actually hor, you see [truthordare]’s decks, always like this one. Only [truthordare] knows why [truthordare] plays some cards.”

Speaking of DOM cards, we had a lot of interesting brews based around Karn. As one of the most hyped cards of the set, players set out to do everything they said they wanted to do with him. From spamming artifacts to breathing fresh air into Heart of Kiran decks to giving midrange decks a meat shield/draw source , we had it all.

“Karn+56 cards” decks filled up a great deal of the tables as well and was the main contributor to deck diversity, an evident strength of having a colourless planeswalker with such high loyalty and generically powerful abilities. The potential is definitely there for the decks to be tuned, even though the spotlight is currently on the hero of Dominaria Teferi.

They say that to create a new metagame, you must first overthrow the old one. Without rotation to do the overthrowing job, defenders of the old metagame were also present to present a test for the new decks to overcome. Of course, ever present, was HazoRed, giving the steepest mountain for new decks to climb (of which no one succeeded, for now).

Alongside the last standing god of Amonkhet were UR GPG decks, Snek decks and BR aggro decks, and the old guard is still truly capable of putting up a fight. If you were hoping you could save money on Standard by just throwing a few synergistic DOM cards into your old deck, you might still be able to get away with it until the next set.

After 5 $1K Series tournaments, you guys are probably sick of this writer’s questionable sense of humour already, so instead of the regular blizzard of cold jokes, we’ve decided to present to you a Top 8 profile alongside the Top 8 decklists so you can get some insights (or snark, as the case may be) from our wonderful Top 8. A special congratulations goes to Faizal, who was our overall winner! If ever you were wondering about his well-known reputation as “No-Split Faizal”, it’s definitely because he has the chops to back it up!

1st place - Faizal Rosmaruddin

HazoRed - Main Deck

23x Mountain

1x Scavenging Grounds

4x Bomat Courier

4x Soul-Scar Mage

4x Earthshaker Khenra

2x Kari Zev, Skyship Raider

4x Goblin Chainwhirler

2x Hazoret the Fervent

2x Rekindling Phoenix

4x Shock

4x Lightning Strike

2x Abrade

4x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Sideboard

2x Magma Spray

2x Abrade

2x Dire Fleet Daredevil

2x Fight with Fire

2x Pia Nalaar

2x Aethersphere Harvester

1x Karn, Scion of Urza

2x Glorybringer

2nd Place - Joseph Tan

HazoRed - Main Deck

23x Mountain

1x Scavenger Grounds

4x Bomat Courier

4x Soul-Scar Mage

4x Goblin Chainwhirler

4x Rekindling Phoenix

4x Earthshaker Khenra

2x Kari Zev, Skyship Raider

1x Pia Nalaar

2x Hazoret the Fervent

3x Shock

3x Abrade

3x Lightning Strike

2x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

Sideboard

1x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

1x Abrade

2x Aethersphere Harvester

2x Puncturing Blow

2x Fiery Cannonader

2x Magma Spray

1x Squee, the Immortal

3x Glorybringer

1x Scavenger Grounds

Top 4 - Calvin Ong

UW Flash - Main Deck

4x Glacial Fortress

4x Irrigated Farmland

3x Field of Ruin

1x Scavenger Grounds

7x Island

6x Plains

1x Memorial to Genius

3x Raff Capashen, Ship’s Mage

3x Lyra Dawnbringer

2x Torrential Gearhulk

3x Walking Ballista

3x Syncopate

2x Negate

3x Supreme Will

3x Settle the Wreckage

1x Commit//Memory

2x Glimmer of Genius

2x Search for Azcanta//Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin

4x Seal Away

1x Cast Out

2x Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Sideboard

2x Negate

2x Urza’s Ruinous Blast

2x Essence Scatter

1x Cast Out

2x Fumigate

2x Forsake the Worldly

1x Lyra Dawnbringer

3x Authority of the Consuls

Top 4 - Lucas Wong

BG Beatdown - Main Deck

4x Woodland Cemetery

4x Blooming Marsh

4x Hashep Oasis

11x Forest

4x Llanowar Elves

3x Scrapheap Scrounger

4x Steel Leaf Champion

4x Jadelight Ranger

4x Walking Ballista

3x Traxos, Scourge of Kroog

3x Thrashing Brontodon

2x Rhonas the Indomitable

3x Ghalta, Primal Hunger

3x Ripjaw Raptor

4x Blossoming Defense

Sideboard

1x Carnage Tyrant

1x Nissa, Vital Force

2x Aethersphere Harvester

2x Lifecrafter’s Bestiary

2x Hour of Glory

2x Doomfall

1x Heroic Intervention

1x Atzocan Archer

2x Cartouche of Ambition

1x Plummet

Top 8 - Conrad Dungan

Boros Midrange - DECKLIST WITHHELD BY REQUEST

Top 8 - Jason Loh

BG Snek - Main Deck

2x Swamp

2x Ifnir Deadlands

4x Aether Hub

4x Blooming Marsh

4x Woodland Cemetery

7x Forest

4x Scrapheap Scrounger

4x Thrashing Brontodon

3x Rishkar, Peema Renegade

3x Verdurous Gearhulk

4x Llanowar Elves

4x Glint-Sleeve Siphoner

4x Winding Constrictor

4x Jadelight Ranger

4x Walking Ballista

3x Fatal Push

Sideboard

1x Fatal Push

2x Duress

2x Karn, Scion of Urza

2x Vraska’s Contempt

2x Heroic Intervention

3x Cartouche of Ambition

3x Doomfall

Top 8 - Foo Zhi Jie

UW Flash - Main Deck

4x Irrigated Farmland

4x Glacial Fortress

1x Memorial to Glory

1x Scavenger Grounds

3x Field of Ruin

7x Plains

6x Island

2x Torrential Gearhulk

3x Lyra Dawnbringer

2x Raff Capashen, Ship’s mage

3x Walking Ballista

1x Commit//Memory

3x Settle the Wreckage

3x Glimmer of Genius

3x Supreme Will

2x Negate

3x Syncopate

2x Search for Azcanta//Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin

1x Cast Out

4x Seal Away

2x Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Sideboard

3x Authority of the Consuls

2x Essence Scatter

2x Gideon of the Trials

1x Karn, Scion of Urza

2x Forsake the Worldly

1x Fumigate

2x Negate

2x Urza’s Ruinous Blast

Top 8 - Joshua Yang

UR God-Pharaoh’s Gift - Main Deck

4x Spirebluff Canal

4x Ipnu Rivulet

4x Aether Hub

4x Island

5x Mountain

1x Field of Ruin

4x Bomat Courier

4x Minister of Inquiries

4x Fanatical Firebrand

4x Warkite Marauder

3x Walking Ballista

4x Champion of Wits

4x Combat Celebrant

2x Trophy Mage

2x Vizier of Many Faces

1x Siege-Gang Commander

4x Gate to the Afterlife

2x God-Pharaoh’s Gift

Sideboard

3x Abrade

2x Silent Gravestone

2x Padeem, Consul of Innovation

2x Sweltering Suns

2x Jace’s Defeat

2x Spell Pierce

1x Negate

1x Aethersphere Harvester