Games Haven Monthly $1K Series 2019

9th February 2019

Games Haven Paya Lebar

Number of players: 33

Format: Ravnica Allegiance Standard

Achieved title: Most chillax 1K Series event yet

Most seen card: Still Hydroid Krasis

The breakout deck that surprised no one: Nexus of Gate

The deck that no one would have expected 2 weeks ago: Esper Midrange

The deck that just won't die no matter how much insecticide you use: Mono Red

# of Hydroid Krasises casted: Honestly I lost count at 30

#1 quote of the day: "I DON'T WANT TO SPLIT."

#2 quote of the day: [Redacted]. Hint - it's related to a certain Go-Jek meme.

Top 8 Decklists

1st Place - Tay Wen Kai

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Esper Control

 

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

Thought Erasure. Drop opponent's win con and gives extra info for future turns.

 

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

Thought Erasure. Especially multiples over consecutive turns.

 

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

Land drops and inexperience in sideboarding.

 

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

Too many Krasis in Kelvin's hand.

 

Most underrated and most overrated RNA card?

Underrated - Gate support cards

Overrated - Krasis

 

What is the reason you would or would not give Hydroid Krasis an ang pao?

Not married so no need give.

 

Esper Control - Main Deck

4x Drowned Catacomb

4x Isolated Chapel

4x Glacial Fortress

4x Godless Shrine

4x Hallowed Fountain

3x Watery Grave

1x Plains

1x Swamp

1x Chromium, the Mutable

1x Angel of Grace

4x Thought Erasure

4x Absorb

4x Kaya's Wrath

3x Mortify

3x Vraska's Contempt

3x Chemister's Insight

2x Moment of Craving

2x Negate

1x Cast Down

1x Precognitive Perception

4x Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

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

Sideboard

3x Basilica Bell-Haunt

4x Thief of Sanity

3x Duress

2x Hostage Taker

2x Lyra Dawnbringer

1x Unmoored Ego

2nd Place - Foo Zhi Jie

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Esper "TWICE" Midrange. Thanks David for recommending me deck and fixing

my sideboard.

 

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

Dead (Hero of Precinct One) and Alive (Seraph) TWICE tokens.

 

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

Dovin. Dig Through Time is surprisingly easy to enable.

 

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

Starting hand all checkland, no shockland.

 

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

Not having sufficient TWICE tokens to use thanks to Hero of Precinct One.

 

Most underrated and most overrated RNA card?

Most underrated: Dovin, Grand Arbiter

Most overrated: Hydroid Krasis

 

What is the reason you would or would not give Hydroid Krasis an ang pao?

Who wants to buy my playset of Japanese Hydroid Krasis? That'll be my ang pao.

 

Esper Midrange - Main Deck

4x Watery Grave

3x Drowned Catacomb

4x Hallowed Fountain

4x Glacial Fortress

3x Godless Shrine

4x Isolated Chapel

1x Plains

1x Swamp

4x Hero of Precinct One

4x Deputy of Detention

4x Basilica Bell-Haunt

3x Seraph of the Scales

1x Hostage Taker

3x Thief of Sanity

3x Lyra Dawnbringer

4x Thought Erasure

2x Cast Down

3x Discovery/Dispersal

4x Mortify

1x Dovin, Grand Arbiter

Sideboard

2x Duress

2x Negate

1x Disdainful Stroke

2x Moment of Craving

2x Vraska's Contempt

1x Thief of Sanity

1x Plaguecrafter

1x Settle the Wreckage

2x Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

1x The Eldest Reborn

Top 4 - Faizal Rosmaruddin

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Nexus of Gate

 

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

Gates Ablaze.

 

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

The Goat.

 

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

You're always behind because tapped lands.

 

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

Three Gate Colossus in one turn.

 

Most underrated and most overrated RNA card?

Most underrated: Goat

Most overrated: Judith

 

What is the reason you would or would not give Hydroid Krasis an ang pao?

Is it coz I'm Malay?

 

Nexus of Gate – Main Deck

1x Breeding Pool

4x Izzet Guildgate

3x Selesnya Guildgate

4x Gruul Guildgate

4x Plaza of Harmony

4x Simic Guildgate

4x Azorius Guildgate

1x Forest

1x Island

3x Hydroid Krasis

2x Archway Angel

2x Deafening Clarion

4x Gates Ablaze

3x Circuitous Route

4x Nexus of Fate

4x Growth Spiral

2x Expansion/Explosion

2x Chemister's Insight

4x Wilderness Reclamation

4x Guild Summit

 

Sideboard

2x Archway Angel

3x Negate

4x Gatebreaker Ram

2x Disdainful Stroke

3x Gate Colossus

1x Hydroid Krasis

Top 4 - Sunny Lie

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Watermelon Red

 

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

Gruul Spellbreaker. Haste, Hexproof, large body.

 

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

Kraul Harpooner. Beatstick with reach. Helped me beat 2 mono-blue decks.

 

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

Experimental Frenzy showing lands.

 

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

Lost Round 3 to 12 Bolts, and he had kept a 1-land hand.

 

Most underrated and most overrated RNA card?

Hydroid Krasis.

 

What is the reason you would or would not give Hydroid Krasis an ang pao?

I only play red.

 

Gruul Aggro - Main Deck

4x Stomping Ground

4x Rootbound Crag

13x Mountain

4x Fanatical Firebrand

4x Ghitu Lavarunner

4x Runaway Steam-Kin

4x Viashino Pyromancer

4x Goblin Chainwhirler

4x Gruul Spellbreaker

4x Shock

4x Lightning Strike

4x WIzard's Lightning

3x Experimental Frenzy

Sideboard

4x Lava Coil

4x Cindervines

4x Kraul Harpooner

3x Deathgorge Scavenger

Top 8 - Daston Lam

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Mono-Red Aggro

 

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

Skewer the Critics, because I have to skewer the critics...

 

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

Spear Spewer. Enables all my spells with Spectacle.

 

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

Opponents having maindeck life gain.

 

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

Archway Angel gaining 14 lifepoints versus me.

 

Most underrated and most overrated RNA card?

Most underrated: Guild Summit

Most overrated: Incubation Druid

 

What is the reason you would or would not give Hydroid Krasis an ang pao?

Can we just ban Hydroid Krasis already? Hydroid Krasis needs to give me an ang pao.

Mono-Red Burn - Main Deck

20x Mountain

1x Goblin Chainwhirler

4x Ghitu Lavarunner

4x Spear Spewer

4x Viashino Pyromancer

4x Electrostatic Field

3x Risk Factor

4x Light Up the Stage

4x Shock

4x Lightning Strike

4x Wizard's Lightning

4x Skewer the Critics

Sideboard

2x Experimental Frenzy

2x Goblin Chainwhirler

2x Diamond Mare

2x Lava Coil

2x Fight with Fire

1x Legion Warboss

1x Fiery Cannonade

1x Act of Treason

1x Mountain

 

Top 8 - David Tan

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Wet Weenie because Lunyi said so

 

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

History of Benalia

 

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

Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants

 

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

All the lands, this game is meaningless.

 

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

Glenn played 3 Gate Colossus in 1 turn.

 

Most underrated and most overrated RNA card?

Most underrated: Unbreakable Formation

Most overrated: Deputy of Detention

 

What is the reason you would or would not give Hydroid Krasis an ang pao?

No, because I don't have.

 

White Weenies - Main Deck

12x Plains

4x Glacial Fortress

4x Hallowed Fountain

4x Skymarcher Aspirant

4x Dauntless Bodyguard

4x Snubhorn Sentry

2x Hunted Witness

4x Adanto Vanguard

4x Benalish Marshal

4x Venerated Loxodon

2x Unbreakable Formation

4x Legion's Landing//Adanto, the First Fort

4x Conclave Tribunal

4x History of Benalia

Sideboard

1x Island

4x Negate

3x Baffling End

4x Tocatli Honor Guard

3x Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants

Top 8 - Mark Ng

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Mono-red aggro - 12 lousy Bolts.

 

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

Experimental Frenzy.

 

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

Hijack, because no one expects it.

 

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

Facing Wildgrowth Walkers and endless lands off Frenzy.

 

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

Glenn full-foiled his Gate deck, best, Number 1.

Jap foil Hydroid Krasis sia, who would fully foil a Standard deck except Glenn.

 

Most underrated and most overrated RNA card?

[From Glenn] Rakdos Guildgate, secret tech in the Gate deck.

 

What is the reason you would or would not give Hydroid Krasis an ang pao?

[From Glenn] This card the best, $38 card in a deck you make right out from your expensive card binder, throw money at the kitchen table Magic.

Mono Red Aggro - Main Deck

21x Mountain

4x Ghitu Lavarunner

4x Viashino Pyromancer

4x Runaway Steam-Kin

4x Goblin Chainwhirler

4x Shock

4x Lightning Strike

4x Light up the Stage

4x Skewer the Critics

4x Wizard's Lightning

3x Experimental Frenzy

Sideboard

2x Banefire

4x Electrostatic Field

3x Lava Coil

3x Collide/Colossus

2x Hijack

1x Fiery Cannonade

Top 8 - Joseph Tan

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Sultai Midrange

 

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

Hydroid Krasis of course! It lives up to the hype!

 

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

Detection Tower, because I beat Kelvin Chew with it.

 

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

It is kinda grindy so you need to have stamina to play it.

 

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

Gate decks are actually the real deal!

 

Most underrated and most overrated RNA card?

Guild Summits and Gates Ablaze are the real deal and I think they are underrated. Hero of Precinct One is a little overrated.

 

What is the reason you would or would not give Hydroid Krasis an ang pao?

Of course I would give Hydroid Krasis a big ang pao! It won me many games.

Sultai Midrange - Main Deck

4x Forest

4x Breeding Pool

4x Overgrown Tomb

4x Woodland Cemetery

4x Watery Grave

2x Drowned Catacomb

1x Memorial to Folly

1x Detection Tower

4x Llanowar Elves

1x Incubation Druid

2x Ravenous Chupacabra

4x Wildgrowth Walker

2x Carnage Tyrant

4x Jadelight Ranger

4x Hydroid Krasis

4x Merfolk Branchwalker

2x Cast Down

3x Find/Finality

2x Vraska's Contempt

1x Karn, Scion of Urza

3x Vivien Reid

Sideboard

2x Negate

1x Disdainful Stroke

4x Duress

2x Cry of the Carnarium

2x Thrashing Brontodon

1x Entrancing Melody

2x Assassin's Trophy

1x Moment of Craving