Games Haven Monthly $1K Series 2019

16th Nov 2019

Games Haven Paya Lebar

With a banlist update looming this very Monday night (local time), it would perhaps be self-defeating to talk about our localised metagame on Saturday too deeply. Suffice to say that the proportion of Food decks decreased slightly, and there was a distinct mood of doom (Foretold) and gloom as a few players resigned themselves to the fact that they might have to deal with another huge metagame shift once more. Other players had clearly shifted immediately to the stage of trying out a new deck that they could be confident wouldn't get nerfed to the ground. All fingers are crossed and we look to Monday for our revelation from the WOTC sphinxes to receive our supreme verdict.

Fun facts about the day

Number of brave souls in a Food-dominated metagame: 25

Highest performing Oko-but-not-Oko deck: Sultai Cat Food

The most popular first choices after a hypothetical Food nerf: Jeskai Fires and Selesnya Adventures

The archetype no one expected to rival Food in numbers: Adventures (Seriously, name any colour combination with green and chances are we had it)

Number of free Once Upon a Time cast: 18

Be careful who you call bulk rare in high school: Massacre Girl

Most unfortunate mulligan: 3 cards

Most number of cards drawn from a single Edgewall Inkeeper in a single turn: 5

3/3 Elk count: I gave up after 27 (in Round 3)

Proud winner: Teo Chee Kiat

Top 8 Decklists

1st Place - Teo Chee Kiat

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Sultai Cats and Ovens

 

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

Trail of Crumbs, too free too good

 

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

Oko, last performance before ban

 

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

1 cat + 0 oven = X

0 cat + 1 oven = X

1 cat + 1 oven = ✓

1 cat + 4 ovens = ✓✓✓

 

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

My friend ID'd 3 times [in a 5 round tournament]

 

What would your response be if Oko really gets banned on Monday?

Finally some new decks to play

 

Elspeth or Oko, and why?

Elspeth because chio

 

Sultai Cat Food - Main Deck

4x Breeding Pool

4x Overgrown Tomb

4x Watery Grave

2x Castle Locthwain

2x Fabled Passage

5x Forest

2x Swamp

1x Island

4x Cauldron Familiar

4x Gilded Goose

3x Massacre Girl

1x Wicked Wolf

1x Fae of Wishes // Granted

3x Murderous Rider // Swift End

2x Noxious Grasp

2x Once Upon a Time

4x Oko, Thief of Crowns

3x Vraska, Golgari Queen

1x Liliana, Dreadhorde General

4x Trail of Crumbs

4x Witch's Oven

 

Sideboard

2x Leyline of the Void

1x Thrashing Brontodon

1x The Elderspell

1x Tamiyo, Collector of Tales

1x Steelbane Hydra

2x Veil of Summer

1x Planewide Celebration

2x Duress

1x Negate

1x Sorcerous Spyglass

1x Return to Nature

1x Casualties of War

2nd Place - Tee Han Yong

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Golgari Adventure (Zexuan's list)

 

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

Return to Nature. Helped me win 3 of my Oven matchups.

 

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

Return to Nature

 

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

Land stuck. Classic Magic.

 

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

T2 Return to Nature [my opponent's Oven], T3 Murderous Rider, T4 Questing Beast.

 

What would your response be if Oko really gets banned on Monday?

Good, I can save money and not make the deck. Otherwise I'd have to follow what they say, if you can't win them join them.

 

Elspeth or Oko, and why?

What is Elspeth?? I don't know what's going on [Editor's Note: post-Theros player]

 

Golgari Adventures - Main Deck

4x Overgrown Tomb

7x Forest

2x Fabled Passage

4x Temple of Malady

5x Swamp

1x Castle Locthwain

4x Lovestruck Beast // Heart's Desire

2x Rankle, Master of Pranks

3x Order of Midnight // Alter Fate

4x Edgewall Inkeeper

4x Murderous Rider // Swift End

3x Foulmire Knight // Profane Insight

3x Paradise Druid

3x Questing Beast

4x Once Upon a Time

2x Find // Finality

2x Nissa, Who Shakes the World

2x Vivien, Arkbow Ranger

1x Liliana, Dreadhorde General

Sideboard

2x Kraul Harpooner

1x Massacre Girl

1x Cavalier of Night

3x Duress

2x Noxious Grasp

3x Veil of Summer

3x Return to Nature

Top 4 - Maxwell Li

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Jund Food-venture

 

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

Witch's Oven

 

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

Witch's Oven, the sacrifice outlet is very crucial against opponents' Murderous Riders.

The Food production is also very crucial.

 

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

Some mana issues here and there. Also weak against flyers.

 

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

Opponent had Embercleave on a big creature, and the double strike + trample would have killed me. I had 2 Ovens and a Cauldron's Familiar, so I could drain 2 but my opponent was on 3. I happened to have a spare Food token from earlier in the game, with which I drained the last life point before he could get his second strike from Embercleave.

 

What would your response be if Oko really gets banned on Monday?

Well-deserved.

 

Elspeth or Oko, and why?

Oko.

 

Jund Food Adventures – Main Deck

4x Overgrown Tomb

4x Temple of Malady

2x Jungle Hollow

1x Rugged Highlands

1x Bloodfell Caves

3x Stomping Ground

3x Blood Crypt

1x Forest

1x Swamp

1x Mountain

2x Fabled Passage

4x Edgewall Inkeeper

3x Foulmire Knight // Profane Insight

4x Cauldron Familiar

4x Lovestruck Beast // Heart's Desire

2x Order of Midnight // Alter Fate

2x Mayhem Devil

4x Murderous Rider // Swift End

4x Bonecrusher Giant // Stomp

3x Vraska, Golgari Queen

3x Trail of Crumbs

4x Witch's Oven

 

Sideboard

3x Sorcerous Spyglass

2x Shifting Ceratops

3x Noxious Grasp

2x Blightbeetle

2x Cindervines

1x Thrashing Brontodon

2x Mayhem Devil

Top 4 - John Paul Po

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
RB Aristocrats

 

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

Mayhem Devil, because it makes the cat + oven combo better.

 

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

Rankle, Master of Pranks. It helped me draw extra cards and at the same time

threatened my opponent's life total.

 

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

The mulligans, the deck mulligans are not good.

 

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

Not really.

What would your response be if Oko really gets banned on Monday?

Don't really care. HAHAHA!!

 

Elspeth or Oko, and why?

Elspeth, she's sexier and she's a badass.

 

Rakdos Sacrifice - Main Deck

9x Swamp

5x Mountain

4x Blood Crypt

4x Fabled Passage

2x Castle Locthwain

4x Cauldron Familiar

3x Gutterbones

4x Priest of Forgotten Gods

4x Mayhem Devil

4x Midnight Reaper

2x Cavalier of Night

3x Rankle, Master of Pranks

4x Claim the Firstborn

4x Angrath's Rampage

4x Witch's Oven

Sideboard

4x Duress

4x Dreadhorde Butcher

3x Noxious Grasp

2x Embereth Shieldbreaker // Battle Display

2x Scorching Dragonfire

Top 8 - Tay Wenkai

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Jeskai Superfriends

 

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

Fires of Invention. Free spells always good!

 

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

Narset, Parter of Veils. Actually stopped people from drawing too much.

 

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

No Fires.

 

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

Cats being cooked for days.

 

What would your response be if Oko really gets banned on Monday?

-.-

 

Elspeth or Oko, and why?

Dunno.

Jeskai Walker Fires - Main Deck

4x Steam Vents

4x Hallowed Fountain

3x Sacred Foundry

4x Interplanar Beacon

2x Temple of Epiphany

1x Temple of Triumph

3x Island

2x Fabled Passage

1x Plains

2x Mountain

1x Castle Vantress

4x Fae of Wishes // Granted

1x Kenrith, the Returned King

1x Realm-Cloaked Giant // Cast Off

4x Deafening Clarion

2x Drawn from Dreams

1x Time Wipe

1x Shimmer of Possibility

4x Narset, Parter of Veils

4x Teferi, Time Raveler

3x Sarkhan the Masterless

1x Ugin, the Ineffable

3x Prison Realm

4x Fires of Invention

Sideboard

1x Ashiok, Dream Render

1x Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God

1x Command the Dreadhorde

1x Time Wipe

1x Unmoored Ego

1x Casualties of War

1x Liliana, Dreadhorde General

1x The Elderspell

1x Disenchant

1x Planar Cleansing

1x Sarkhan the Masterless

1x Mass Manipulation

1x Chandra, Awakened Inferno

2x Mystical Dispute

Top 8 - Mark Dave Ingalla

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Golgari Adventure

 

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

Edgewall [Inkeeper] got the edge.

 

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

Vivien, Arkbow Ranger. Allows me to swing and kill.

 

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

Mulliganning because it's hard to play 2 colours.

 

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

Sacrifice decks making tons of damage.

 

What would your response be if Oko really gets banned on Monday?

No reaction, but I do think he won't get banned.

 

Elspeth or Oko, and why?

Don't know Elspeth, so none.

 

Golgari Adventure - Main Deck

8x Forest

6x Swamp

1x Castle Locthwain

1x Fabled Passage

4x Overgrown Tomb

4x Temple of Malady

4x Lovestruck Beast // Heart's Desire

4x Murderous Rider // Swift End

4x Edgewall Inkeeper

4x Foulmire Knight // Profane Insight

3x Paradise Druis

3x Rankle, Master of Pranks

2x Massacre Girl

2x Order of Midnight // Alter Fate

2x Assassin's Trophy

2x Legion's End

1x Find // Finality

1x Liliana, Dreadhorde General

2x Vraska, Golgari Queen

2x Vivien, Arkbow Ranger

Sideboard

3x Thrashing Brontodon

3x Veil of Summer

4x Duress

3x Noxious Grasp

1x Ashiok, Dream Render

1x Sorcerous Spyglass

Top 8 - Alex Keng

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Esper Doom.

 

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

Doom Foretold. Because it's foretold to be doomed.

 

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

Oath of Kaya. All matchups are favourable for it.

 

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

Sorcerous Spyglass on unknown decks (I don't play enough).

 

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

None.

 

What would your response be if Oko really gets banned on Monday?

Oko-oko loh...

 

Elspeth or Oko, and why?

Elspeth, because I'm not an elk lover.

Esper Stax - Main Deck

4x Watery Grave

3x Godless Shrine

3x Hallowed Fountain

4x Temple of Silence

3x Fabled Passage

1x Island

2x Plains

2x Swamp

1x Castle Vantress

1x Castle Ardenvale

1x Murderous Rider // Swift End

3x Thought Erasure

1x Legion's End

1x Planar Cleansing

1x Mortify

3x Dance of the Manse

3x Kaya's Wrath

4x Teferi, Time Raveler

4x Golden Egg

4x Guild Globe

1x Wishclaw Talisman

2x Sorcerous Spyglass

4x Doom Foretold

4x Oath of Kaya

Sideboard

2x Narset, Parter of Veils

2x Duress

2x Noxious Grasp

2x Mystical Dispute

1x Kaya, Orzhov Usurper

1x Ashiok, Dream Render

1x Devout Decree

1x The Elderspell

1x Unmoored Ego

1x Dovin's Veto

1x Drown in the Loch

Top 8 - Daniel Zhang

Top 8 Profile

What deck did you play today?
Simic Food

 

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

Vivien, Arkbow Ranger. Giving trample to creatures to swing in is good.

 

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

Gadwick, the Wizened. Provided card replenishment.

 

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

Opening a hand without creature ramp - Goose or Paradise Druid.

 

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

N/A

 

What would your response be if Oko really gets banned on Monday?

Change and play the deck in Pioneer.

 

Elspeth or Oko, and why?

Oko, unbeatable T2 drop.

Simic Food - Main Deck

4x Temple of Mystery

4x Breeding Pool

1x Castle Garenbrig

5x Island

11x Forest

4x Gilded Goose

4x Paradise Druid

4x Wicked Wolf

3x Brazen Borrower // Petty Theft

3x Questing Beast

3x Hydroid Krasis

2x Gadwick, the Wizened

1x Voracious Hydra

1x Once Upon a Time

4x Nissa, Who Shakes the World

4x Oko, Thief of Crowns

2x Vivien, Arkbow Ranger

Sideboard

3x Veil of Summer

3x Aether Gust

3x Mystical Dispute

2x Voracious Hydra

2x Shifting Ceratops

2x Return to Nature