Games Haven Monthly $1K Series 2018

23rd December 2018

Games Haven Paya Lebar

Matthew (Lightning Bolt) Yee

Dashing cross the road, in a one-chance hope to slay.

To GH we go, shuffling all the way.

50 peeps playing, in a $1K Modern fight,

What fun it was to go spellsling and play Magic till night!

Oh! 

$1K Day, $1K Day, spellsling all the way!
Oh what fun it is to play in a diverse metagame, hey!
Modern yay, Modern yay, not a stretch to say
Peeps had fun with meme-y decks on a much more chillax day!

The Burn decks were a-burning,

Other linear decks abounding,

It's the Modern we've come to know

Yes we know, yes we know, yes we know.

But we had others presenting
Tron and Fish and Elves including
And of course there was Control,
to make it slow, make it slow, make it slow.

Many Arclight Phoenix's in sight
As opposed to a great lack of Storm
But Spirits and Infect burned bright
Numbers were more than the norm!

T'was a brave Lantern guy playing

And Ponza, colours so fitting
And many one-of's galore

There we go, there we go, there we go!

We had to watch out.

You wanna know why?
Some players switched out their decks on the fly

Suddenly they played different deeeeeecks.

Like Chew on BG
Or Yaqiong's bots green
Nick no Eidolon, what does it all mean?

Why suddenly all different deeeeeeecks?

Mountain between the Tron lands
Zacama Amulet
Madcap Emperion with Blood Moon

Stay on your toes or eat dirt.
 

Oh! You better not shout
You better not cry
If you don't adapt then you will die
Try put some weird cards in your deeeeeeeecks.

There's not much we want for Christmas

Just a chance to win money
We don't care about who we beat
Or if we need to I-D.

I won't say everyone got it
It's a tourney after all
But the battles were well fought out
I hope you all had a ball.

Some people had better scores 
Congrats to Top 8 and 4
One winner, it's true
It was Aik Kian Cheong, it was you!

Top 8 Decklists

1st Place - Aik Kian Cheong

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Humans.

 

What would you say was the best card in your deck, and why?

Mantis Rider.

 

What card in your deck would you say performed unexpectedly well today, and why?

N/A

 

What were some of the challenges you faced while piloting this deck?

N/A

 

Any interesting plays you made or witnessed today at the $1K Series?

N/A

 

You hear the word "Christmas"! What's the first MTG card that comes to mind?

Terminus. 

 

It's still early in spoiler season, but which Ravnica Allegiance mechanic do you think has the most potential in theory?

(Spectacle, Addendum, Riot, Afterlife and Adapt)

Riot.

 

5C Humans - Main Deck

4x Ancient Ziggurat

4x Cavern of Souls

4x Unclaimed Territory

4x Horizon Canopy

1x Seachrome Coast

1x Island

1x Plains

4x Champion of the Parish

4x Noble Hierarch

4x Thalia's Lieutenant

3x Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

4x Phantasmal Image

4x Kitesail Freebooter

4x Meddling Mage

1x Militia Bugler

4x Reflector Mage

4x Mantis Rider

1x Ephara, God of the Polis

4x Aether Vial

Sideboard

3x Auriok Champion

1x Militia Bugler

1x Whirler Rogue

1x Venser, Shaper Savant

2x Gaddock Teeg

1x Knight of Autumn

2x Damping Sphere

1x Anafenza, the Foremost

2x Izzet Staticaster

1x Grafdigger's Cage

2nd Place - Danial Sim

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Eldrazi Tron

 

What would you say was the best card in your deck, and why?

Walking Ballista

 

What card in your deck would you say performed unexpectedly well today, and why?

Walking Ballista for 6 shooting everything

 

What were some of the challenges you faced while piloting this deck?

[Having to use Expedition] Map for Tron land or Eldrazi Temple

 

Any interesting plays you made or witnessed today at the $1K Series?

Casting Walking Ballista FTW

 

You hear the word "Christmas"! What's the first MTG card that comes to mind?

Walking Ballista with a Santa Hat

 

It's still early in spoiler season, but which Ravnica Allegiance mechanic do you think has the most potential in theory?

(Spectacle, Addendum, Riot, Afterlife and Adapt)

Riot because I wish Walking Ballista has haste, and more +1/+1 counters to shoot face

 

ELDRAZI TRON - DECKLIST WITHHELD BY REQUEST BECAUSE SECRET TECH (not Walking Ballista)

Top 4 - Yu Peigen

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
BG Elves

 

What would you say was the best card in your deck, and why?

All-star cards were Nettle Sentinel into Heritage Druid into Collected Company

into double Shaman of the Pack.

But if I had to choose one it has to be Coco.

 

What card in your deck would you say performed unexpectedly well today, and why?

Shaman of the Pack, ETB trigger won me a number of games.

 

What were some of the challenges you faced while piloting this deck?

Interaction-based decks - dodged a lot today!

 

Any interesting plays you made or witnessed today at the $1K Series?

I Coco'd into double Shaman of the Pack to 12 life.

 

You hear the word "Christmas"! What's the first MTG card that comes to mind?

Collected Company for those Christmas land plays.

 

It's still early in spoiler season, but which Ravnica Allegiance mechanic do you think has the most potential in theory?

(Spectacle, Addendum, Riot, Afterlife and Adapt)

Riot because nothing is easier than beating face.

 

BG Elfball – Main Deck

4x Forest

4x Cavern of Souls

4x Blooming Marsh

4x Gilt-Leaf Palace

1x Pendelhaven

1x Horizon Canopy

4x Elvish Mystic

4x Llanowar Elves

4x Nettle Sentinel

4x Heritage Druid

4x Dwynen's Elite

4x Elvish Clancaller

4x Elvish Archdruid

4x Shaman of the Pack

3x Ezuri, Renegade Leader

4x Collected Company

3x Lead the Stampede

 

Sideboard

2x Damping Sphere

2x Assassin's Trophy

1x Essence Warden

2x Reclamation Ssage

1x Fracturing Gust

2x Surgical Extraction

1x Stain the Mind

2x Scavenging Ooze

2x Shapers' Sanctuary

Top 4 - Calvin Ong

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Burn

 

What would you say was the best card in your deck, and why?

Eidolon of the Great Revel. Insane against Izzet [Phoenix] and Hardened Scales.

 

What card in your deck would you say performed unexpectedly well today, and why?

Exquisite Firecraft and Path to Exile. Kills Thing in the Ice and nonsense.

 

What were some of the challenges you faced while piloting this deck?

No lands.

 

Any interesting plays you made or witnessed today at the $1K Series?

Grim Lavamancer dealing 8 combat damage.

 

You hear the word "Christmas"! What's the first MTG card that comes to mind?

Goblin Charbelcher.

 

It's still early in spoiler season, but which Ravnica Allegiance mechanic do you think has the most potential in theory?

(Spectacle, Addendum, Riot, Afterlife and Adapt)

Addendum.

 

Naya Burn - Main Deck

4x Scalding Tarn

2x Arid Mesa

2x Wooded Foothills

2x Bloodstained Mire

1x Stomping Ground

2x Sacred Foundry

4x Inspiring Vantage

3x Mountain

4x Goblin Guide

2x Grim Lavamancer

4x Monastery Swiftspear

4x Eidolon of the Great Revel

4x Lightning Bolt

4x Rift Bolt

2x Skullcrack

4x Searing Blaze

4x Boros Charm

4x Lava Spike

4x Lightning Helix

Sideboard

2x Skullcrack

2x Exquisite Firecraft

2x Path to Exile

3x Destructive Revelry

3x Kor Firewalker

1x Stony Silence

2x Blessed Alliance

Top 8 - Tan Wei Siong

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
UW Control

 

What would you say was the best card in your deck, and why?

Celestial Colonnade.

 

What card in your deck would you say performed unexpectedly well today, and why?

Terminus.

 

What were some of the challenges you faced while piloting this deck?

Not drawing Terminus off the top.

 

Any interesting plays you made or witnessed today at the $1K Series?

Nope.

 

You hear the word "Christmas"! What's the first MTG card that comes to mind?

N/A

 

It's still early in spoiler season, but which Ravnica Allegiance mechanic do you think has the most potential in theory?

(Spectacle, Addendum, Riot, Afterlife and Adapt)

Riot.

UW Control - Main Deck

4x Celestial Colonnade

4x Field of Ruin

4x Flooded Strand

1x Ghost Quarter

2x Glacial Fortress

2x Hallowed Fountain

6x Island

2x Plains

2x Snapcaster Mage

1x Vendilion Clique

3x Cryptic Command

1x Hieroglyphic Illumination

1x Logic Knot

1x Mana Leak

1x Negate

4x Opt

4x Path to Exile

1x Spell Snare

1x Ancestral Vision

1x Oust

1x Supreme Verdict

4x Terminus

1x Timely Reinforcements

1x Detention Sphere

1x Search for Azcanta//Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin

1x Crucible of Worlds

3x Jace, the Mind Sculptor

2x Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Sideboard

1x Baneslayer Angel

1x Celestial Purge

3x Dispel

1x Engineered Explosives

1x Lyra Dawnbringer

1x Negate

2x Rest in Peace

2x Stony Silence

1x Surgical Extraction

1x Timely Reinforcements

1x Vendilion Clique

 

Top 8 - Foo Pee Chun

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Amulet Titan

 

What would you say was the best card in your deck, and why?

Amulet of Vigor, of course.

 

What card in your deck would you say performed unexpectedly well today, and why?

Zacama, Primal Calamity. It won me a game against Hollow One where Primeval Titan

couldn't.

 

What were some of the challenges you faced while piloting this deck?

Having to think ahead for Titan's trigger, what lands to search for and what to do with them.

 

Any interesting plays you made or witnessed today at the $1K Series?

Ghost Quarter-ing my own land to find a Forest to hardcast Titan for the kill.

 

You hear the word "Christmas"! What's the first MTG card that comes to mind?

Winter Orb? Not sure.

 

It's still early in spoiler season, but which Ravnica Allegiance mechanic do you think has the most potential in theory?

(Spectacle, Addendum, Riot, Afterlife and Adapt)

Riot. Flexibility in an aggro deck feels pretty sick.

 

Amulet Titan - Main Deck

4x Gemstone Mine

4x Simic Growth Chamber

4x Gruul Turf

1x Boros Garrison

3x Tolaria West

3x Forest

1x Slayers' Stronghold

1x Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion

1x Bojuka Bog

1x Ghost Quarter

1x Cavern of Souls

1x Khalni Garden

1x Radiant Fountain

1x Vesuva

4x Sakura-Tribe Scout

4x Azusa, Lost but Seeking

4x Primeval Titan

1x Walking Ballista

1x Reclamation Sage

1x Zacama, Primal Calamity

4x Summoner's Pact

4x Ancient Stirrings

2x Explore

2x Adventurous Impulse

1x Pact of Negation

4x Amulet of Vigor

1x Engineered Explosives

Sideboard

3x Spell Pierce

2x Abrade

2x Firespout

1x Ruric Thar, the Unbowed

1x Hornet Queen

1x Emrakul, the Promised End

1x Tireless Tracker

1x Relic of Progenitus

1x Tormod's Crypt

1x Engineered Explosives

1x Obstinate Baloth

Top 8 - Albertus Law

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Izzet Phoenix

 

What would you say was the best card in your deck, and why?

Thing in the Ice, it can transform easily in this deck and swing for 7 damage.

 

What card in your deck would you say performed unexpectedly well today, and why?

Nothing in particular.

 

What were some of the challenges you faced while piloting this deck?

Deciding which borderline opening hand to keep without knowing what the opponent is playing.

 

Any interesting plays you made or witnessed today at the $1K Series?

Nope.

 

You hear the word "Christmas"! What's the first MTG card that comes to mind?

Arclight Phoenix, because I've been playing this card recently.

 

It's still early in spoiler season, but which Ravnica Allegiance mechanic do you think has the most potential in theory?

(Spectacle, Addendum, Riot, Afterlife and Adapt)

Spectacle.

Izzet Phoenix - Main Deck

3x Island

2x Mountain

1x Flooded Strand

1x Polluted Delta

4x Scalding Tarn

4x Spirebluff Canal

3x Steam Vents

4x Arclight Phoenix

3x Crackling Drake

2x Monastery Swiftspear

4x Thing in the Ice//Awoken Horror

3x Gut Shot

1x Izzet Charm

2x Lightning Axe

4x Lightning Bolt

4x Manamorphose

4x Opt

3x Thought Scour

4x Faithless Looting

4x Serum Visions

Sideboard

2x Alpine Moon

2x Abrade

2x Ceremonious Rejection

2x Dispel

2x Spell Pierce

2x Surgical Extraction

1x Ral, Izzet Viceroy

2x Anger of the Gods

Top 8 - Jason Loh

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Mono Green Tron

 

What would you say was the best card in your deck, and why?

Karn Liberated. Always had it on T3.

 

What card in your deck would you say performed unexpectedly well today, and why?

Urza's Tower. Turns out that topdecking your 3rd Tron piece is good.

 

What were some of the challenges you faced while piloting this deck?

Never draw T3 Tron. 2 games I had to settle for T4 Tron :(

 

Any interesting plays you made or witnessed today at the $1K Series?

I played T3 Tron in 8 games today. Also, Berty beat my T3 Karn T4 Ugin draw.

 

You hear the word "Christmas"! What's the first MTG card that comes to mind?

Winter Orb. I don't like fun.

 

It's still early in spoiler season, but which Ravnica Allegiance mechanic do you think has the most potential in theory?

(Spectacle, Addendum, Riot, Afterlife and Adapt)

Addendum. Punish bad control players.

Mono Green Tron - Main Deck

4x Urza's Power Plant

4x Urza's Mine

4x Urza's Tower

4x Forest

1x Sanctum of Ugin

1x Ghost Quarter

1x Scavenger Grounds

2x Walking Ballista

3x Wurmcoil Engine

2x Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

1x World Breaker

1x Dismember

4x Sylvan Scrying

4x Ancient Stirrings

4x Oblivion Stone

2x Relic of Progenitus

4x Chromatic Sphere

4x Chromatic Star

4x Expedition Map

4x Karn Liberated

2x Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Sideboard

2x Surgical Extraction

1x Warping Wail

2x Spatial Contortion

3x Thought-Knot Seer

3x Thragtusk

3x Nature's Claim

1x Spellskite