Games Haven Monthly $1K Series 2019

11th May 2019

Games Haven Paya Lebar

Number of players: 50

Format: War of the Spark Standard

Most seen card: Mountain

Most seen nonland card: Lightning Strike

Curiously absent card: Nexus of Fate

Most elusive card of the day: Drowned Catacomb (ask Kelvin Chew)

Card with greatest hype<->appearance mismatch: Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God

Unexpected hero of the day: Lightning Aggro Challenger deck

Card appearance which would make the pros say "I told you so": God-Eternal Oketra

Card receiving the most swear words across the day: Teferi, Time Raveler

#1 quote of the day: "Split? Hahahahahahahaha..."

#2 quote of the day: "WALAU EH WHY I BRAINFART ON THE CHANDRAAAAAA"

Honourable mention: "Why like no one have Drowned Catacomb at all sia..."

Top 8 Decklists

1st Place - Faizal Rosmaruddin

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What deck did you play today?
UW Winnie [sic]

 

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

All the one-drops.

 

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

Eng Giap, Time Raveler.

 

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

Playing around board wipes.

 

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

Players drawing extra cards when opponent had Narset, Parter of Veils. JUDGE!

 

What is your favourite non-planeswalker card from War of the Spark?

Despark.

 

Shout out to your favourite planeswalker! He/She/It doesn't need to be in War of the Spark!

Shout out to my bro Tibalt.

 

White Weenie splashing blue - Main Deck

4x Hallowed Fountain

4x Glacial Fortress

12x Plains

4x Dauntless Escort

4x Skymarcher Aspirant

4x Law-Rune Enforcer

4x Leonin Vanguard

4x Adanto Vanguard

4x Benalish Marshal

4x Venerated Loxodon

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

4x History of Benalia

4x Teferi, Time Raveler

Sideboard

2x Spell Pierce

4x Baffling End

4x Tocatli Honor Guard

1x Dovin's Veto

2x Unbreakable Formation

2x Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants

2nd Place - Alson Soh

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What deck did you play today?
GeBu Midrange

 

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

Doom Whisperer, dig for more threats

 

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

Ugin, the Affable. [sic] Answers most threats.

 

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

Drawing lands.

 

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

Blast Zone all the mono-blues!

 

What is your favourite non-planeswalker card from War of the Spark?

Blast Zone

 

Shout out to your favourite planeswalker! He/She/It doesn't need to be in War of the Spark!

Jace FTW!!

 

Golgari Midrange - Main Deck

4x Overgrown Tomb

4x Woodland Cemetery

8x Forest

4x Swamp

3x Blast Zone

4x Wildgrowth Walker

4x Merfolk Branchwalker

4x Jadelight Ranger

3x Paradise Druid

4x Llanowar Elves

2x Ravenous Chupacabra

2x Doom Whisperer

2x Vraska's Contempt

1x Assassin's Trophy

2x Find//Finality

3x Karn, Scion of Urza

2x Vivien Reid

1x Vivien, Champion of the Wilds

2x Ugin, the Ineffable

1x Liliana, Dreadhorde General

Sideboard

3x Kitesail Freebooter

2x Duress

2x Davriel, Rogue Shadowmage

2x Cast Down

3x Nullhide Ferox

3x Cry of the Carnarium

Top 4 - Kelvin Chew

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What deck did you play today?
Mono Red Challenger Deck

 

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

Experimental Frenzy, it let me outgrind my opponent.

 

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

Chandra, Fire Artisan. It is like a Phyrexian Arena for Red.

 

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

Not drawing any of my 4-drops.

 

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

My opponent attacked my Chandra on 5 loyalty and I topdecked a Wizard's Lightning for the win.

[Editor's note: This is in fact related to one of the quotes of the day above]

 

What is your favourite non-planeswalker card from War of the Spark?

Vivien, Champion of the Wilds. She's not a planeswalker :P

 

Shout out to your favourite planeswalker! He/She/It doesn't need to be in War of the Spark!

RIP Gideon :(

 

Mono Red Aggro – Main Deck

20x Mountain

4x Fanatical Firebrand

4x Ghitu Lavarunner

4x Goblin Chainwhirler

4x Runaway Steam-Kin

4x Viashino Pyromancer

4x Light Up the Stage

4x Lightning Strike

4x Shock

3x Wizard's Lightning

2x Experimental Frenzy

3x Chandra, Fire Artisan

 

Sideboard

1x Experimental Frenzy

3x Legion Warboss

2x Tibalt, Rakish Insitgator

1x Risk Factor

2x Dire Fleet Daredevil

2x Rekindling Phoenix

4x Lava Coil

THE LIGHTNING AGGRO CHALLENGER DECK IS READILY AVAILABLE IN BOTH GH STORES. SINGLES FOR UPGRADING NOT INCLUDED. DISCOUNT CODE "CHANDRAISBESTGIRL" IS TRUE BUT NOT APPLICABLE.

Top 4 - Randy Yeoh

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What deck did you play today?
Mono Red Aggro

 

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

Chandra, Fire Artisan

 

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

Mizzium Tank

 

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

Sideboarding decisions

 

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

Mono red has no interesting plays.

 

What is your favourite non-planeswalker card from War of the Spark?

Blast Zone

 

Shout out to your favourite planeswalker! He/She/It doesn't need to be in War of the Spark!

Ashiok because mill owns.

 

Mono Red Aggro - Main Deck

19x Mountain

4x Fanatical Firebrand

4x Ghitu Lavarunner

4x Runaway Steam-Kin

4x Burning Prophet

4x Goblin Chainwhirler

4x Shock

4x Lightning Strike

4x Wizard's Lightning

4x Light Up the Stage

1x Chandra, Fire Artisan

1x Experimental Frenzy

3x Mizzium Tank

Sideboard

4x Lava Coil

3x Colossus//Collision

1x Experimental Frenzy

1x Chandra, Fire Artisan

1x Sorcerous Spyglass

1x Legion Warboss

1x Mizzium Tank

1x Fiery Cannonade

1x Electrostatic Field

1x Tibalt, Rakish Instigator

Top 8 - Joseph Tan Boon Kiat

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What deck did you play today?
Esper Control

 

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

Teferis big and small!

 

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

Teferi, Time Raveler. Bounces threats, stops counterspells... what more could you

ask for?

 

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

Making sure you have the right land drops, and doing it continuously for the 1st five turns.

 

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

The sinking feeling when I Thought Erasured into a hand with 2 Gideons.

 

What is your favourite non-planeswalker card from War of the Spark?

Dovin's Veto.

 

Shout out to your favourite planeswalker! He/She/It doesn't need to be in War of the Spark!

Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. Who else?

Esper Control - Main Deck

4x Isolated Chapel

4x Godless Shrine

4x Hallowed Fountain

4x Glacial Fortress

4x Drowned Catacomb

4x Watery Grave

1x Swamp

1x Island

4x Thought Erasure

2x Cast Down

2x Moment of Craving

1x Mortify

3x Vraska's Contempt

3x Kaya's Wrath

1x Cry of the Carnarium

4x Absorb

3x Chemister's Insight

1x Despark

1x Dovin's Veto

4x Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

1x Ugin, the Ineffable

2x Narset, Parter of Veils

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

Sideboard

3x Duress

3x Thief of Sanity

1x Ob Nixilis's Cruelty

1x Oath of Kaya

2x Cry of the Carnarium

1x Despark

1x Dovin's Veto

1x Enter the God-Eternals

2x Teferi, Time Raveler

 

Top 8 - Muhammad Aqil

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What deck did you play today?
Rakdos Midrange

 

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

Rekindling Phoenix. It just doesn't go down easy.

 

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

Ob Nixilis. You can just play it and wait for the Nexus decks to tickle themselves.

 

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

Avoid Nexus at all costs.

 

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

I got superfrinded by Golgari, that deck was spicy.

 

What is your favourite non-planeswalker card from War of the Spark?

Angrath's Rampage.

 

Shout out to your favourite planeswalker! He/She/It doesn't need to be in War of the Spark!

Shoutout to Chandra! Fist logic best logic!

 

Rakdos Midrange - Main Deck

8x Mountain

6x Swamp

2x Blast Zone

4x Dragonskull Summit

4x Blood Crypt

4x Dire Fleet Daredevil

3x God-Eternal Bontu

1x Skarrgan Hellkite

4x Legion Warboss

4x Rekindling Phoenix

4x Rix Maadi Reveler

3x Angrath's Rampage

2x Cast Down

3x Moment of Craving

3x Dreadhorde Invasion

2x Theater of Horrors

2x Chandra, Fire Artisan

1x Angrath, the Flame-Chained

Sideboard

4x Duress

4x Lava Coil

1x Moment of Craving

1x Dreadhorde Invasion

2x Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted

3x Ritual of Soot

Top 8 - Loh Han Boon

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What deck did you play today?
Mono Blue Tempo

 

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

Curious Obsession on T2 with Dive Down or Spell Pierce. Because it wins games.

 

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

Pteramander off the top, 2 mana 5/5 flyer.

 

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

Drawing dead for a few turns in a row.

 

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

Triple Thought Erasure with only 2 lands.

 

What is your favourite non-planeswalker card from War of the Spark?

Enter the God-Eternals.

 

Shout out to your favourite planeswalker! He/She/It doesn't need to be in War of the Spark!

Karn Liberated.

Mono Blue Tempo - Main Deck

19x Island

4x Pteramander

4x Merfolk Trickster

4x Tempest Djinn

4x Siren Stormtamer

2x Surge Mare

4x Wizard's Retort

2x Essence Capture

4x Dive Down

4x Opt

3x Spell Pierce

1x Chart a Course

4x Curious Obsession

1x Narset, Parter of Veils

Sideboard

4x Entrancing Melody

1x Surge Mare

1x Essence Capture

1x Dovin, Hand of Control

2x Kasmina's Transmutation

1x Disdainful Stroke

3x Negate

2x Lazotep Plating

Top 8 - Benjamin Teo

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What deck did you play today?
Mono Red Draw

 

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

Light Up the Stage

 

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

Light Up the Stage

 

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

Unable to draw Light up the Stage when I wanted.

 

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

Light Up the Stage chaining into more Light Up the Stage.

 

What is your favourite non-planeswalker card from War of the Spark?

Finale of Promise

 

Shout out to your favourite planeswalker! He/She/It doesn't need to be in War of the Spark!

Saheeli

Mono Red Aggro ft. Light Up the Stage - Main Deck

19x Mountain

4x Ghitu Lavarunner

4x Fanatical Firebrand

4x Runaway Steam-Kin

4x Viashino Pyromancer

2x Goblin Chainwhirler

4x Lightning Strike

4x Shock

4x Light Up the Stage

4x Wizard's Lightning

3x Skewer the Critics

1x Risk Factor

1x Risk Factor

1x The Flame of Keld

1x Chandra, Fire Artisan

Sideboard

4x Lava Coil

2x Goblin Chainwhirler

3x Risk Factor

3x Tibalt, Rakish Instigator

1x Banefire

1x Chandra, Fire Artisan

1x Experimental Frenzy