Singapore Nationals 2017

14th - 15th Oct

Suntec Convention Centre, Summit Room 2

It was truly an exciting weekend. For the first time since 2011, the Nationals have returned to the world, split up among 3 weekends across the globe! Singapore was in the third and final batch, and only our batch had the vastly different metagame created by the inclusion of Ixalan (the previous 2 Nationals weekends were before the XLN release). 185 determined players joined us at Suntec Convention Centre to battle it out for the 2 finalist spots, which also would be the 2 spots crowning the members of Team Singapore. Alongside the captain of Team Singapore, Platinum Pro Kelvin Chew, freshly returned from Worlds, these 3 members will represent the country to compete for glory in the World Magic Cup in Nice, France in December!

Many took the new XLN Standard metagame to heart, and took inspiration from the 3 strong decks represented at the highest level at Worlds. The “Big Three” of Ramunap Red, Temur Energy and UB Scarab God control were all well-represented in large amounts. Some players had decided that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and were playing the lists of the pros, card for card. Others made their own innovations to the sideboards and main decks to varying degrees, mostly to try and capitalise on good old Singaporean kiasu-ism.

Some players tried to one-up the competition by taking inspiration from elsewhere. After all, Worlds is an incredibly focused and small metagame of professional Magic players all trying to mind-read each other. BW and Abzan tokens turned up in surprising numbers, to the absolute dismay of the Ramunap Red pilots. UW Approach returned for the 2nd time (heh) in force, trying to beckon the Second Sun into the wonderfully air-conditioned building. Even Mardu Vehicles returned to the tables, albeit in an incredibly different form than its counterpart from different seasons. We even had players who decided that the coast was clear for everyone’s favourite dinosaur, the implacable death lizard Carnage Tyrant, since it was not played at all in Worlds. These players tried to sneakily insert Carnage Tyrant into every build under the (2nd) sun that could reasonably support it, turning up in Bant Approach Ramp, Temur Energy, and the odd Gruul-saurus deck.

After the two days of cutthroat competition, we finally arrived at our Top 8. And among these valiant 8, 6 walked away with sweet sweet cash, and our 2 finalists who won an air ticket to France and the indisputable title of Team Singapore members were Lim Zhongyi and David Lim! Many many congratulations to both of them, and we wish them well at WMC! Singapore represent!!

And now for the Standard decklists:

Temur Energy piloted by Lim Zhong Yi

 

1st Place

 

Main Deck

4x Servant of the Conduit

4x Longtusk Cub

4x Rogue Refiner

4x Whirler Virtuoso

3x Bristling Hydra

3x Glorybringer

1x Carnage Tyrant

4x Attune with Aether

4x Harnessed Lightning

1x Abrade

2x Magma Spray

2x Essence Scatter

2x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

4x Forest

1x Island

2x Mountain

4x Botanical Sanctum

4x Aether Hub

3x Rootbound Crag

3x Spirebluff Canal

1x Sheltered Thicket

Sideboard

2x Chandra’s Defeat

1x Abrade

1x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

1x Carnage Tyrant

1x Aethersphere Harvester

1x Confiscation Coup

2x River’s Rebuke

1x Spell Pierce

1x Jace’s Defeat

3x Negate

1x Slice in Twain

Ramunap Red piloted by David Lim

 

2nd place

 

Main Deck

4x Soul-Scar Mage

4x Bomat Courier

4x Earthshaker Khenra

2x Pia Nalaar

2x Kari Zev, Skyship Raider

4x Ahn-Crop Crasher

3x Hazoret the Fervent

2x Glorybringer

4x Lightning Strike

4x Shock

1x Magma Spray

2x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

15x Mountain

4x Ramunap Ruins

4x Sunscorched Desert

1x Scavenger Grounds

Sideboard

2x Chandra’s Defeat

1x Magma Spray

2x Abrade

1x Aethersphere Harvester

3x Rampaging Ferocidon

1x Sweltering Suns

1x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

1x Vance’s Blasting Cannons//Spitfire Bastion

1x Hazoret the Fervent

1x Glorybringer

1x Scavenger Grounds

Ramunap Red piloted by Khoo Aik Seng

 

3rd Place

 

Main Deck

4x Hazoret the Fervent

3x Kari Zev, Skyship Raider

4x Bomat Courier

4x Soul-Scar Mage

4x Earthshaker Khenra

2x Harsh Mentor

4x Ahn-Crop Crasher

4x Shock

3x Abrade

4x Lightning Strike

15x Mountain

4x Ramunap Ruins

4x Sunscorched Desert

1x Scavenger Grounds

Sideboard

3x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

3x Aethersphere Harvester

2x Glorybringer

3x Rampaging Ferocidon

2x Pia Nalaar

2x Chandra’s Defeat

Abzan Tokens piloted by Nicholas Tang

 

4th place

 

Main Deck

4x Anointer Priest

2x Sacred Cat

4x Fumigate

4x Fatal Push

1x Start//Finish

4x Hidden Stockpile

4x Anointed Procession

4x Cast Out

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

2x Vraska, Relic Seeker

4x Renegade Map

4x Evolving Wilds

4x Concealed Courtyard

4x Shefet Dunes

1x Field of Ruin

5x Plains

4x Swamp

1x Forest

Sideboard

3x Crested Sunmare

2x Angel of Sanctions

4x Duress

2x Arguel’s Blood Fast//Temple of Aclazotz

2x Sacred Cat

1x Essence Extraction

1x Vraska, Relic Seeker

Sultai Energy piloted by Liu Zuoren

 

Top 8

 

Main Deck

4x Glint-Sleeve Siphoner

4x Gifted Aetherborn

2x Deathgorge Scavenger

4x Rogue Refiner

2x Gonti, Lord of Luxury

2x Hostage Taker

2x The Scarab God

1x Demon of Dark Schemes

2x Harsh Scrutiny

4x Fatal Push

2x Walk the Plank

2x Doomfall

2x Vraska’s Contempt

 

1x Liliana, Death’s Majesty

1x Vraska, Relic Seeker

4x Aether Hub

4x Blooming Marsh

3x Botanical Sanctum

4x Drowned Catacomb

4x Fetid Pools

4x Swamp

1x Island

1x Forest

Sideboard

3x Duress

3x Negate

2x Appetite for the Unnatural

2x Never//Return

1x Vraska’s Contempt

1x Arguel’s Blood Fast//Temple of Aclazotz

1x Noxious Gearhulk

1x Demon of Dark Schemes

1x Vraska, Relic Seeker

Temur Energy piloted by Link Lee

 

Top 8

 

Main Deck

4x Longtusk Cub

4x Servant of the Conduit

4x Whirler Virtuoso

4x Rogue Refiner

4x Bristling Hydra

3x Glorybringer

4x Attune with Aether

2x Magma Spray

4x Harnessed Lightning

1x Abrade

2x Essence Scatter

1x Commit//Memory

1x Confiscation Coup

1x Island

2x Mountain

4x Forest

4x Botanical Sanctum

3x Spirebluff Canal

4x Aether Hub

4x Rootbound Crag

Sideboard

2x Appetite for the Unnatural

1x Confiscation Coup

1x Supreme Will

1x Chandra’s Defeat

1x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

2x Cartouche of Knowledge

1x Spell Pierce

4x Negate

1x Aethersphere Harvester

1x Abrade

Ramunap Red piloted by Leong Dingyuan

 

Top 8

 

Main Deck

4x Bomat Courier

4x Soul-Scar Mage

4x Earthshaker Khenra

3x Kari Zev, Skyship Raider

2x Harsh Mentor

4x Ahn-Crop Crasher

1x Pia Nalaar

4x Hazoret the Fervent

4x Shock

4x Lightning Strike

2x Abrade

4x Ramunap Ruins

4x Sunscorched Desert

1x Scavenger Grounds

15x Mountain

Sideboard

2x Glorybringer

2x Pia Nalaar

4x Rampaging Ferocidon

2x Chandra’s Defeat

2x Chandra, Torch of Defiance

3x Aethersphere Harvester

UW Approach piloted by Yang Zhijian

 

Top 8

 

Main Deck

4x Approach of the Second Sun

4x Glimmer of Genius

4x Opt

3x Censor

3x Fumigate

3x Supreme Will

2x Settle the Wreckage

2x Essence Scatter

1x Hieroglyphic Illumination

4x Cast Out

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

1x Aether Meltdown

2x Gideon of the Trials

4x Glacial Foretress

4x Irrigated Farmland

3x Ipnu Rivulet

1x Scavenger Grounds

1x Field of Ruin

4x Island

8x Plains

Sideboard

4x Authority of the Consuls

4x Regal Caracal

2x Torrential Gearhulk

2x Negate

1x Jace’s Defeat

1x Vizier of Many Faces

1x Wakening Sun’s Avatar