Games Haven Monthly $1K Series 2019

27th January 2019

Games Haven Paya Lebar

Number of players: 36

Format: Ravnica Allegiance Standard

Most seen card: Hydroid Krasis

2nd most seen card: Skewer the Critics

Curiously absent card: Nexus of Fate

Card with greatest hype<->appearance mismatch: Kaya's Wrath

Most overperforming card: Biogenic Ooze

Most consumed snack: Kinder Bueno

#1 quote of the day: "Unmoored Ego. Naming Hydroid Krasis."

#2 quote of the day: "COME ON LIGHT UP THE STAAAAAAAAAA-  SHEEEEEEEEET!!!"

Honourable mention: "MAI TRY" [no bonus SP for guessing the quote speaker]

Top 8 Decklists

1st Place - Aloysius Goh

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Golgari by the Sea

 

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

Jadelight Ranger, the ability is great. Able to decide your next draw.

 

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

Biogenic Ooze, because it acts as a roadblock for creature decks.

 

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

The balance of fixing the lands for the blue sources.

 

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

Zegana, Utopian Speaker attacking through Carnage Tyrant.

 

What is your favourite Ravnica Allegiance card, and why?

Zegana, Utopian Speaker. Makes my team trample through tokens.

 

Hydroid Krasis: Do you have anything to say to this balloon jellyfish monstrosity?

Sorry, I should have preordered more from Games Haven.

 

Sultai Midrange - Main Deck

4x Overgrown Tomb

4x Woodland Cemetery

4x Breeding Pool

2x Memorial to Folly

4x Forest

2x Swamp

1x Island

3x Drowned Catacomb

3x Wildgrowth Walker

2x Merfolk Branchwalker

4x Jadelight Ranger

4x Seeker's Squire

2x Ravenous Chupacabra

2x Hydroid Krasis

2x Biogenic Ooze

1x Zegana, Utopian Speaker

2x Midnight Reaper

1x Carnage Tyrant

1x District Guide

1x Vraska, Golgari Queen

2x Vivien Reid

1x Assassin's Trophy

2x Cast Down

3x Vraska's Contempt

3x Find//Finality

Sideboard

1x Assassin's Trophy

1x Vraska, Relic Seeker

2x Negate

2x Disdainful Stroke

3x Duress

2x Cry of the Carnarium

1x Vraska's Contempt

2x Thrashing Brontodon

1x Carnage Tyrant

2nd Place - Calvin Ong

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Hydroid Chew-sis

 

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

Find//Finality, too much advantage in one card.

 

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

Unmoored Ego. Just ask Nick. :P

 

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

Not enough lands.

 

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

Hostage Takers on both sides stealing [each other's] Krasises.

 

What is your favourite Ravnica Allegiance card, and why?

Hydroid Krasis and Rakdos the Showstopper. Huge and fun.

 

Hydroid Krasis: Do you have anything to say to this balloon jellyfish monstrosity?

I'm jelly of your stats A_A

 

Sultai Midrange - Main Deck

4x Forest

4x Overgrown Tomb

4x Watery Grave

4x Breeding Pool

4x Woodland Cemetery

3x Drowned Catacomb

4x Llanowar Elves

4x Merfolk Branchwalker

3x Wildgrowth Walker

2x Incubation Druid

4x Jadelight Ranger

4x Hydroid Krasis

2x Ravenous Chupacabra

2x Hostage Taker

3x Find//Finality

2x Incubation//Incongruity

2x Vraska's Contempt

2x Cast Down

2x Vivien Reid

1x Vraska, Relic Seeker

Sideboard

2x Cry of the Carnarium

2x Carnage Tyrant

1x Cast Down

2x Assassin's Trophy

1x Hadana's Climb//Winged Temple of Orazca

2x Duress

2x Unmoored Ego

2x Negate

1x Disdainful Stroke

Top 4 - Lawrence Li

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Grixis Control/Midrange

 

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

Thought Erasure.

 

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

Not Field of Ruin for sure.

 

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

Misread the meta. Teched against Nexus of Fate but no one played it.

 

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

Healing Grace against a double-blocked Goblin Chainwhirler to save both my creatures.

 

What is your favourite Ravnica Allegiance card, and why?

Rakdos, the Showstopper.

 

Hydroid Krasis: Do you have anything to say to this balloon jellyfish monstrosity?

It should have Flash.

 

Grixis Control – Main Deck

4x Drowned Catacomb

4x Dragonskull Summit

4x Sulfur Falls

3x Blood Crypt

3x Steam Vents

4x Watery Grave

1x Island

2x Swamp

1x Field of Ruin

2x Dream Eater

4x Nicol Bolas, the Ravager//Nicol Bolas, the Arisen

1x Doom Whisperer

1x Lava Coil

1x Cast Down

2x Bedevil

3x Moment of Craving

2x Vraska's Contempt

4x Thought Erasure

2x Ritual of Soot

1x Cry of the Carnarium

1x Discovery//Dispersal

2x Sinister Sabotage

2x Negate

1x Chemister's Insight

3x Disinformation Campaign

1x The Eldest Reborn

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

 

Sideboard

2x Ritual of Soot

1x Cry of the Carnarium

1x Ral, Izzet Viceroy

3x Thief of Sanity

3x Duress

2x The Eldest Reborn

2x Disdainful Stroke

1x Unmoored Ego

Top 4 - Ng Jun Wei

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
BG splash blue for octopus [Hydroid Krasis]!

 

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

Carnage Tyrant. Kills mirror and control!

 

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

See above.

 

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

Missing land drops.

 

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

Me and my opponent in the mirror taking turns to Hostage Taker each other's [Hydroid Krasis].

 

What is your favourite Ravnica Allegiance card, and why?

Hydroid Krasis! Can gain life and draw cards! :)

 

Hydroid Krasis: Do you have anything to say to this balloon jellyfish monstrosity?

I should have bought more of you earlier :(

 

Sultai Midrange - Main Deck

4x Breeding Pool

4x Overgrown Tomb

3x Forest

2x Memorial to Folly

4x Woodland Cemetery

3x Watery Grave

1x Drowned Catacomb

1x Hinterland Harbor

2x Swamp

1x Hydroid Krasis

4x Jadelight Ranger

2x Hostage Taker

2x Midnight Reaper

3x Carnage Tyrant

2x Incubation Druid

4x Wildgrowth Walker

2x Ravenous Chupacabra

4x Merfolk Branchwalker

2x Llanowar Elves

1x Assassin's Trophy

3x Find//Finality

2x Vraska's Contempt

2x Cast Down

2x Vraska, Golgari Queen

1x Vivien Reid

Sideboard

1x River's Rebuke

1x Hostage Taker

2x Thrashing Brontodon

2x Negate

3x Disdainful Stroke

2x Golden Demise

4x Duress

Top 8 - Tan Wei Siong

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Golgari Midrange with no Hydroid Krasis.

 

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

Llanowar Elves - Double your mana on turn 1.

 

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

Doom Whisperer......shh......

 

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

Turn one Swamp and no other lands.

 

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

None.

 

What is your favourite Ravnica Allegiance card, and why?

Shocklands, open up more deck choices.

 

Hydroid Krasis: Do you have anything to say to this balloon jellyfish monstrosity?

No need it.

Golgari Midrange - Main Deck

8x Forest

1x Memorial to Folly

4x Overgrown Tomb

7x Swamp

4x Woodland Cemetery

2x Carnage Tyrant

2x Doom Whisperer

4x Jadelight Ranger

4x Llanowar Elves

4x Merfolk Branchwalker

3x Midnight Reaper

2x Ravenous Chupacabra

1x Seekers' Squire

4x Wildgrowth Walker

1x Assassin's Trophy

1x Cast Down

3x Find//Finality

2x Vraska's Contempt

3x Vivien Reid

Sideboard

1x Assassin's Trophy

1x Carnage Tyrant

2x Cast Down

2x Cry of the Carnarium

2x Deathgorge Scavenger

4x Duress

2x Thrashing Brontodon

1x Vraska's Contempt

 

Top 8 - Sheik Amiruddin

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Mono red splash black

 

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

Sovereign's Bite. Reason for the black splash and wrecks mirror.

 

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

See above. I faced 3 mirrors.

 

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

Not drawing the black sources. Only had 3 Blood Crypts because I couldn't find the last one.

 

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

Casted 4 Bites in a row against mono-red.

 

What is your favourite Ravnica Allegiance card, and why?

Hexproof octopus [Mesmerising Benthid] because the token is cute.

 

Hydroid Krasis: Do you have anything to say to this balloon jellyfish monstrosity?

OMG ban it!

 

Rakdos Burn - Main Deck

3x Blood Crypt

4x Dragonskull Summit

14x Mountain

3x Fanatical Firebrand

4x Ghitu Lavarunner

4x Viashino Pyromancer

4x Goblin Chainwhirler

4x Shock

4x Lightning Strike

4x Skewer the Critics

2x Wizard's Lightning

4x Sovereign's Bite

4x Light up the Stage

2x Theater of Horrors

Sideboard

2x Banefire

3x Fight with Fire

4x Lava Coil

3x Electrostatic Field

3x Fiery Cannonade

Top 8 - Frederick Fong

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?

Runaway Steam-Kin, can combo with Experimental Frenzy.

 

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

Spyglass, don't know.

 

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

Lifegain.

 

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

No.

 

What is your favourite Ravnica Allegiance card, and why?

Skewer the Critics, more burn.

 

Hydroid Krasis: Do you have anything to say to this balloon jellyfish monstrosity?

Gold card.

Mono Red Aggro - Main Deck

22x Mountain

4x Goblin Chainwhirler

4x Runaway Steam-Kin

4x Viashino Pyromancer

4x Ghitu Lavarunner

4x Fanatical Firebrand

4x Skewer the Critics

4x Lightning Strike

4x Shock

3x Wizard's Lightning

1x Risk Factor

2x Experimental Frenzy

Sideboard

1x Sorcerous Spyglass

1x Treasure Map//Treasure Cove

1x Azor's Gateway//Sanctum of the Sun

1x Legion Warboss

1x Lava Coil

2x Banefire

4x Fight with Fire

2x Lightning Mare

2x Rekindling Phoenix

Top 8 - Clifford Yap

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Orzhov Angels. "If you think the cathedral is impressive, you should see what's down

below."

 

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

Lyra Dawnbringer. I won mono-red with it.

 

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

Consecrate//Consume. I ate a 5/5 Skarrgan Hellkite!

 

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

Mono-red is too fast and too good with Light up the Stage.

 

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

I consumed a Hellkite! :)

My mono-red opponent cast 4 Light up the Stage in one game!

 

What is your favourite Ravnica Allegiance card, and why?

Spawn of Mayhem. Smash!

 

Hydroid Krasis: Do you have anything to say to this balloon jellyfish monstrosity?

Sorry, you are too expensive. I can't afford you.

Orzhov Angels - Main Deck

4x Godless Shrine

4x Isolated Chapel

2x Memorial to Folly

1x Orzhov Guildgate

9x Plains

5x Swamp

4x Adanto Vanguard

4x Tocatli Honor Guard

2x Tithe Taker

4x Resplendent Angel

4x Seraph of the Scales

3x Lyra Dawnbringer

2x Cast Down

4x Mortify

2x Vraska's Contempt

2x Consecrate//Consume

4x History of Benalia

Sideboard

1x Tithe Taker

4x Duress

2x Drill Bit

2x Kaya's Wrath

4x Moment of Craving

1x Vraska's Contempt

1x Consecrate//Consume