PPTQ winner for Pro Tour #1 of 2019 at MTGAsia Event Centre

Name: Chia Reeve

Age: 21

How did you start on this journey: I started playing around 6 years ago at a small anime card shop and was introduced first into EDH before moving on to competitive MAGIC 2 years ago.

What keeps your drive in the game: The bonds and friendship made through the game and also the competitive events.

Where do you usually play MTG: MTG-Asia Waterloo/ Event Centre

Who’s in the usual group that you play in, do introduce them to the community: Shoutout to David Lim for lending me the deck and Lai Kok Kee for supporting me in every magic events.

What is your best MTG-related story, since you have started playing MTG: Probably during my first competitive GP in 2016 at Tokyo. I was playing Bant Company and went 7-1-1 during Day 1, but couldn’t get a strong finish  during Day 2 to make money finish. In the end, settled at 200th place.

What do you like about our Singapore community: Everyone. Because everyone knows each other. We love to help and disturb one another and that just shows how strong of a bond our Singapore community have.

What do you think that our Singapore community needs to improve on: Probably timing, hahaha. Magic in Singapore never really starts on time  (╯’□’)╯︵ ┻━┻
Other than that, I think Singapore has a great Magic community.

What do you think of M19: It’s as basic as it gets, can’t wait for Guilds of Ravnica as shocklands are back!

What deck did you play:

5c Humans

Describe your SB plan, and how it works: I actually followed the sideboard plan of the person who won with the deck. The original article is here, but you would probably need to google translate it unles you can read Japanese.

Why did you pick this deck, and how long have you been playing it:I have trust in the Japanese players. He won with it in May so probably 4 months or so? They have fine tuned it pretty well, so there’s no need for me to change any cards.

One card that you are most impressed with for the day: Don’t have any in particular. I think the entire 75 deserves the spotlight cause they work so well together.

During the top 8 cut, which top 8 player did you not want to be paired with, and played against: Probably Daston since he was playing Bogles.

Positive comments for the store hosting the PPTQ: Both MTG-Asia shops are just amazing and filled with great people. Blessed to be working with each and everyone of them.

If you became the decision maker in charge of running the PPTQ, what will you do differently: I’ve been helping out with the shops event so probably there’s not much I would change. I hope to start the event on time, which I think is what every shop wants, hahaha

Shoutouts: Lai Kok Kee, David Lim, Danial Sim, Koh Kai Che (Road Trip, hahaha), MTG-Asia Staffs and Bosses and everyone in the Magic community 🙂

Guess my Favourite Card (with the 5 statements below):

  1. It is blue.
  2. I had it signed by a Pro Player back in 2015.
  3. It was played during standard, and is currently played in both Modern and Legacy.
  4. There is a human in its card art.
  5. It has been printed in the FTV series.

The answer is

PPTQ winner for Pro Tour #1 of 2019 at Flagship Games

Secret Agent Sheik

Name: Sheik Amirruddin

Age: 28

Occupation: Confidential

Why and how did you start to play MTG: I started MTG as I wanted a non digital game to try. I started to play during the Kaladesh block. I started with no friends playing MTG and now I’m close to some of them. 🙂

What attracts you to keep on playing: I find the social aspect of MTG to be appealing. If it’s not for MTG. I wouldn’t have met/befriended some of the people.

Where do you usually play MTG: JGH and sometimes GOG.

Is there a community that you play together often with: I play with my friends I met via MTG, mainly Yikai, Hafiz, David, Glenn, Danny, Mark and Roses.

Who were your biggest mentors/role model, if any, since you have started MTG: I started MTG without reading or knowing more about it. If I were to choose a role model now, it would be Reid Duke.

Does your job brings any spillover skills/knowledge that helps with MTG, or vice versa: I would say picking up non verbal cues (I do alot of negotiating at work) is something I have learned that can be applied in MTG. I’ll definitely go all in if I can tell/feel my opponent doesn’t have it.

What is your best MTG-related story, since you have started playing MTG: It was in GP Sydney this year, I mulled to 4 and had Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger on turn 4. My opponent just walked off. 🙂

What do you like about our Singapore community: The community is friendly in general and that’s what made me continue playing.

What do you think that our Singapore community needs to improve on: I would say do other stuffs other than magic if you have the time. 🙂

What do you think of M19: I personally feel it is mediocre in terms of card addition to constructed formats. However, I do not play sealed or draft so take my opinion with a pinch of salt.

There are 2 PPTQs on the same day, why did you select this particular store’s PPTQ: I went to Flagship as it was nearer. Also, my teammate Reeve is defending his homeground at MTG asia. He won, so it’s like a double win!

What deck did you play?

UG Infect

Describe your SB plan, and how it works: I make it a point to sb less than 5 cards to not dilute my game plan. The sb is focused on advancing my game plan rather than disrupting my opponent’s.

How long have you been playing Magic: Since July this year!

Why did you pick up this deck: It is a non interactive deck with a random turn 2 win. My style of magic.:)

One card that you are most impressed with for the day: Blighted Agent. It turned many corners against creature decks.

One card that you are least impressed with for the day: Invisible Stalker. I felt it was a waste of sb slots.

During the top 8 cut, which top 8 player did you not want to be paired with, and played against: Hafiz. He is a good friend and teammate. The only merfolk player that I had to play game 3 in sanctioned matches. (Merfolk is typically an easy matchup for infect)

Toughest matchup for the day: Merfolk from Hafiz. He’s really good at it and the reason why I won is that he drew blanks.

Easiest matchup for the day: Hardened scales, that deck doesn’t interact at all.

Are there any portions of the deck that you would like to change, and why: Rancor and invisible stalkers. Felt very unimpactful

Any tips and advice to players who are grinding for this season’s PPTQ: Play what you love

Any positive comments for the store hosting the PPTQ: It is spacious and comfortable. Also they allowed packs to be credits for the prize payout.

If one day, you became the store in charge of running the PPTQ, what would you do/ how would you changer: Review entry fee and prize structure. I feel that the current structure needs some tweaking.

If you could say something to your past self that has just started MTG, what would you say: Stick to one deck in modern.

Last shoutouts: Have fun, take loses with a pinch of salt. There’s more to life than magic. At the end of the day. Magic is just a hobby.

PPTQ winner for Pro Tour #1 of 2019 at Grey Ogre Games

“一定要跟店买卡的咧,才会拉到。。。“ (Cards must buy from the store leh, then will draw it) Ever heard of this saying? Apparently, there might be some of truth in it!  Let us hear from the PPTQ winner about his winning story.

By Lightning be purged

Name: Daniel

Age: 22

Occupation: Navy regular

Why and how did you start to play MTG: A group of friends invited me to play, but they have all stopped playing…

What attracts you to keep on playing: Mechanics of the game, way better than hearthstone as I was playing it competitively before and was part of Team Abyssus

Where do you usually play: Games Haven (Jurong) & Grey Ogre Games

Is there a community that you play together often with: Yup, the JGH group. Best place to train up for modern and I think the shop has many strong modern players.

What is your best MTG-related story, since you have started playing MTG: 3 masterpieces in 3 different day, opened not more than 10 packs each That’s jackpot! KA CHING KA CHING KA CHING! The 3 masterpieces are Steel Overseer, Lotus Petal and Dark Ritual.

What do you like about our Singapore community: Generally the players are friendly, though people might get salty or pissed, but they might just be having it tough. Most of the players would communicate with you, discussing your optimal plays even though it might be competitive.

What do you think that our Singapore community needs to improve on: I would say trading wise. I know that we use overseas sites for price guidance, but I would prefer if the same person sticks to a same site for buy and sell prices, instead of cherry picking the different sites for the best prices to buy and sell…

What do you think of M19: Kinda bad, but few years down the road, some cards might spike as it not many people would be interesting in opening m19.

There are 2 PPTQs on the same day, why did you select this particular store’s PPTQ: I love modern over any other formats, didn’t know that there were another store hosting PPTQ, but most of my friends are going to GOG so why not?

What deck did you play: NAYAWINS!!!

Naya Burns

Describe your SB plan, and how it works: Deck couldn’t beat bridge vines and not many players are bringing burn, so i decided to take out the walkers and put in the bridges. Deck just couldn’t beat them unless dark arts! Nowadays the meta is just about playing the unfair decks and win the game.

How long have you been playing it: 2 years now, still junior

Why did you pick up this deck: At first when I first started to make a modern deck, i was looking at a cheap and easy deck to play as I just left Hearthstone, so I am looking for a deck like face hunter. But as i started to play more, I realise that there were so many more decisions to make when playing this deck. As much as others thought that it is just as easy as 3 x 7 (7 burn spells of 3 damage), so many decisions have led me to a defeat. I had no money to make another deck so I would practice with decks that I lost after matches and understand more on the different matchups and interactions. You must be very familiar with this deck, with this much of practice! As the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect”.

One card that you are most impressed with for the day: Shrine of Burning Rage. It has led me to victory. With opponents’ Chalice of the Void set for 1 and 2. It is really crippling, but the Shrine has helped to deal an impressive 13 damage!!!

One card that you are least impressed with for the day: Inquisition of Kozilek. It is a hand disruption that doesn’t hurt the one casting it, unlike Thoughtseize.

During the top 8 cut, which top 8 player did you not want to be paired with, and played against: I did not want to face the other burn player as my deck was not tuned to fight burn as mentioned above and the 5c humans. It would be a struggling matchup for me and I feel that the ratio is 6:4 in favor of humans.

Toughest matchup for the day: UW miracle, it was a miracle that I won him actually. I think he played too hastily.

Easiest matchup for the day: Storm, a walk in the park with Eidolon of Great Revel Pew. Pew. Pew.

Are there any portions of the deck that you would like to change, and why: I think that Bomat Courier is flexible to be changed, but it looks like a staple too. The rest of the decks are just pretty fine.

Any tips and advice to players who are grinding for this season’s PPTQ: Approach Hafiz (Best merfolk IMO) for some luck management guide. Elephants guide you.

Any positive comments for the store hosting the PPTQ: Buy cards from them and you will have insane draws! Good 40% of my cards from the deck were bought from GOG.

Any points for improvement for the store hosting the PPTQ: Where did my popeyes go? Seaman and Popeye… Wooded foothills must be the spinach! 😀

Last shoutouts: Why’s Danny so bad, always come to JGH and 0-2? Ragnaros‘ favourite quote! “DIE INSECT!” OUCH, that’s such a taunt towards him! Just to clarify, this is a friendly banter, and should be treated light-heartedly. We condone no instances of bullying and its likes.

PPTQ winner for Pro Tour #1 of 2019 at The Card Geeks

We have a winner here! Using a deck that is sleeved up in the morning of the tournament, and catching opponents by surprise! Learn the winner manages to secure the RPTQ slot!

Nom Nom Nom

Name: Wilfred Lau

Age: Too old to share

Occupation: Tuition Teacher

How did you start to play MTG: I moved on from Pokemon when I was 12. The cards seemed a lot cooler, but I didn’t really get into the game until much later.

What attracts you to keep on playing: There’s a huge social aspect to it, but for the most part I like brewing and playing off-the-wall decks. And that’s what led you to winning the PPTQ this time round right?

Where do you usually play MTG: Grey Ogre Games

Is there a community that you play together often with: Not really, mostly I just talk with friends about it. If you want to know more, double down. My job doesn’t afford me a lot of time to attend tournaments.

What do you like about our Singapore community: People are mostly friendly but also pretty competitive.

What do you think that our Singapore community needs to improve on: Innovation and willingness to experiment.

What do you think of M19: Haven’t played enough to comment on it.

There are 2 PPTQs on the same day, why did you select this particular store’s PPTQ: I preferred Modern to Sealed. Also, this one was closer to home.

What deck did you play: Cheeri0s. (For the uninitiated, Puresteel Paladin Combo)

This seems like an off radar deck, how many opponents did you actually surprise: The first few for sure! After the cat was out of the bag it was still fun though.

Describe your SB plan, and how it works: The idea is to board in more cards to protect my combo pieces, and also to have solutions to potential cards opponents bring in.

How long have you been playing it: I only sleeved it up on the morning of the tournament. Woah! It seems like a complicated deck to be with… That being said, I’ve played these types of decks before, but this is by far the fastest of the bunch, which is great when opponents aren’t prepared.

Why did you pick up this deck: I got bored with my other decks and decided I actually wanted to end games quickly that day (for reference, the other deck I was considering was Lantern Control). Ahhh… the deck with high potential to be undefeated… winning with 1-0 or drawing 

One card that you are most impressed with for the day: Puresteel Paladin. It’s almost like all my victories have involved casting it early.

One card that you are least impressed with for the day: Monastery Mentor. I could’ve showed up with a 13 card sideboard and it would not have made a difference.

During the top 8 cut, which top 8 player did you not want to be paired with, and played against: Anyone playing burn. I did have to face it in the finals though.

Toughest matchup for the day: I got destroyed by Blue Tron in round 1. I kept some hands that weren’t very good and stalled for a few turns, giving my opponent the time he needed to set up his interaction.

Easiest matchup for the day: Merfolk. Sorry Hafiz! For people who are unfamiliar, Hafiz has made a name for himself playing fishes (merfolk), that people nicknamed him Ha-fish.

Are there any portions of the deck that you would like to change, and why: The sideboard needs a ton of work.

Any tips and advice to players who are grinding for this season’s PPTQ: 1) Play tight. 2) Get lucky.

Any positive comments for the store hosting the PPTQ Tournament: It was decently well-run, judges were pretty cool.

Any points for improvement for the store hosting the PPTQ: Try posting your pairings in an area that isn’t cramped. Also, use both your doors!

PPTQ winners for Pro Tour #1 of 2019 (Dueller’s Point & Brick’s Play)

And now… we have our feature of the PPTQ winners. Ah Jian and FBro to the rescue!

Planeswalker FTW!

Name: Joshua Yang “Ah Jian”

Age: Every year 25 年年都25岁,發啊!

Occupation: Membership Executive

How did you start to play MTG: I started during Secondary 2 where my classmate introduced me to an Alliance booster pack. I thought the art looked nice and given my weakness for “kuji” (sure-win lucky draw games), I started to buy more packs and started building decks.

However, competitive gaming only started during my polytechnics days when my friend introduced me to Serene Center. Ahh, yes, comics mart in Serene Centre and that macdonalds. We used to play most of the premier events like Nationals Qualifier, PTQ in Comics Mart.

What attracts you to keep on playing: Need to be number 1 in lifetime planewalkers points in SG. Ahh, you wanna be the very best, like no one ever was.

Currently second :p The gap is approximately 600 points and I believe you will be able to break through very soon.

Where do you usually play MTG: Dueller’s Point, Games Haven (Paya Lebar) and Grey Orge Games

Is there a community that you play together often with: Yes, shoutout to my fellow grinders, Lucas Wong, Chris Tiong and Yong Xin! Four Heavenly Kings -四大天王?

What do you like about our Singapore community: Singaporeans are very hardworking and competitive. We often cheer each other on despite the occasional tilts. Just like you can see that it is full house for this PPTQ from their fb video.

What do you think that our Singapore community needs to improve on: Need to guide the younger generation of players. My “batch” getting old liao. Hahaha… … Well, experience counts –还是老的辣 

There are 2 PPTQs on the same day, why did you select this particular store’s PPTQ: Dueller’s Point is 10 mins from my house! Oh yea~

What deck did you play:

UW Control

Describe your SB plan, and how it works: No secret tech for my SB, just the usual white hate cards for the appropriate matchups (RIP for GY, Stony Silence for artifacts) and usual blue cards for turning the corners (Dispels, Negate).

How long have you been playing it: I have been playing UW control for 3 weeks.

Why did you pick up this deck: I got bored of aggressive Eldrazi decks and they can’t beat Humans (top tier deck atm), hence I swapped my Eldrazi cards to UW cards. Ka ching! Ka ching! RPTQ slot added for that choice. I also wanted to play with Jace, The Mind Sculptor since its unbanning…

One card that you are most impressed with for the day: Vendilion Clique, MVP for trading with the nexus fliers, “cycling” extra Terminus out of hand too. It also created a counter war during my opponent’s eot, then I slam down my Teferi, Hero of Dominaria.

One card that you are least impressed with for the day: Damping Sphere, which sat in my SB the whole day.

Toughest matchup for the day: I was lucky to meet 6 aggressive decks and only 1 control deck the whole day. Toughest matchup was Infect and Shiek beat me 2 weeks ago in a win-a-box finals.

Easiest matchup for the day: Easiest matchup were affinity decks. 1 in swiss and 1 in semis. The 5 board wipes and 4 field of ruin made it easier.

Are there any portions of the deck that you would like to change, and why: I would like to experiment by changing Opt to Peek. U get information on when to land your planeswalkers or if your opponents are sandbagging any important creatures.

Any tips and advice to players who are grinding for this season’s PPTQ; Stick to what you know best, just modify your sideboard accordingly to the metagame. Keep trying, don’t give up. Modern is a high variance format.

Any positive comments for the store hosting the PPTQ: The event ran very smoothly. Well done!

Last shoutouts: Shout out to my team – Last Magic Event, you guys are the best! 😀 Most importantly, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my lovely wife’s support.


Haters would say this was photo-shopped

Name: Faizal Bin Rosmarudin (FBro)

Age: 31

Occupation: Stuffs that you wouldn’t want to know

Why and how did you start to play MTG: Started in secondary school when my friend taught me during a school trip.

What attracts you to keep on playing: Competition made me kept playing.

Where do you usually play MTG: Mostly at PPTQs. Sometimes GOG on weekdays, and GH on Fridays.

Is there a community that you play together often with: Chye Hwee and Tan Chin Heng.

What do you like about our Singapore community: SG players are actually good at MTG. The high level of competition is conducive to produce players to capable of competing in the Pro Tour.

What do you think that our Singapore community needs to improve on: Innovation.

What color combination did you play during the sealed, and why: GW Blanchwood Armor – the limited Bogles Deck. It’s the most completed colour combination in my pool (got removal, bomb, decent creatures, etc).

What color combination did you play during the draft, and why: UW artifact. Gearsmith Guardian was pretty good in this format and people underrate it.

What do you think of M19: Boring with low EV. I didn’t want to draft it after my sixth draft.

During the top 8 cut, which top 8 player did you not want to be paired with, and played against: Goh Guo Wei. He’s very good at dark arts.

Any specific tips and advices to players who are playing for the sealed and the draft portion too: This format allows you to splash bombs/removals. X/1s are not very good. Most colour combi in draft works, but I don’t like UG specifically.

Any tips and advice to players who are grinding for this season’s PPTQ: Don’t waste time, I’ll be winning the slot in KL. YEAH! make us proud!

Any positive comments for the store hosting the PPTQ: Thanks to Bricksplay for for holding the PPTQ. The staffs are always friendly.

Any points for improvement for the store hosting the PPTQ: Try to make the next sealed PPTQ start earlier. Or on a Sat.

PPTQ winners for Pro Tour #1 of 2019 (Games Haven Paya Lebar & Project EXT)

Hello Eric and Fenfei! Congratulations to the both of you for winning the invite to the RPTQ for Pro Tour Ravnica Allegiance. For those who are not familiar with them, we have gotten them to write a quick self-introduction about themselves, before delving into the questions!

Name: Eric Seah

Occupation: Biz Support

Date started playing MTG: I think it was during 5th Ed Era. I was playing the game casually but due to commitment, I had to disappear from the game for a period of time.

Thanks to a friend who kept asking me to rejoin the game. It was around the 2013-2014 season, where I tasted the thrills of my first GP SG and followed by GP Bangkok. Although my results were not good but this inspired me to play the game more seriously.

What deck did you play: Mardu Pyromancer

How long have you been playing it: Less than a month

Why did you pick up this deck: I feel that this deck is well balanced

Where do you usually play MTG: With my friends for practice and FNM/PPTQ tourney held by different shops

There are 2 PPTQs this weekend, why did you select this particular store’s PPTQ: Comfort level with the shop (Games Haven)

Who do you play together often: We have a chat group for Magic discussion and decks practice sessions

And of course, your decklist:
Mardu Pyromancer

Main Deck4 Blackcleave Cliffs2 Blood Crypt4 Bloodstained Mire3 Marsh Flats2 Swamp1 Plains1 Sacred Foundry3 Mountain4 Young Pyromancer4 Bedlam Reveler4 Faithless Looting2 Fatal Push3 Inquisition of Kozilek4 Lightning Bolt3 Thoughtseize2 Collective Brutality1 Dreadbore1 Manamorphose1 Terminate3 Kolaghan’s Command4 Lingering Souls2 Blood Moon1 Liliana of the Veil1 Liliana, the Last HopeSorry, but sideboard is secret tech! (0)

For the other top 8 decklists, please refer to the Games Haven fb page. Kudos to them for writing them out!

One card that you are most impressed with for the day: I am impressed with all the 75 cards

One card that you are least impressed with for the day: None

Toughest matchup for the day: All my opponents. They are all skilled players and to win them was a very big challenge for me.

Easiest matchup for the day: None

Any portions of your deck that you would like to change: Currently none, unless the meta changes

Any tips and advice to players who are continuing to grind in this season’s PPTQ: I always advocate “practice make perfect”. Don’t be disheartened by the current poor result, if you are persistent enough, you will see the Dawn from the Darkness.

Last shoutouts: A special mention to one of my opponents (Chong Teng) during this PPTQ event, for he has shown me, we need not just the skill in the game but also the character who I have my utmost respect for him and Thank You. I would also like to thank my family and friends who have  supported me. You know who you are, no need for me to mention names.


Name: See Fen Fei

Age: 24

Occupation: Student

Date started playing MTG: Magic Origins pre-release 15 July 2015

What deck did you play: RG Scapeshift

How long have you been playing it: 1 week

Why did you pick up this deck: I like the multiple angles of attacks for the deck to win, via ramping and casting a Scapeshift at 7 lands or just the old fashion beat down plan with prime time (Primeval Titan) and BBE (Bloodbraid Elf).

Where do you usually play MTG: Gamersaurus Rex /Flagship Games

Is there a community that you play with together: Yes I do, usually with the more experienced Grex players for competitive magic, and dino-chicken-rex for edh and casual stuff. For those who are not too sure, a cafe named “dino cafe” exists below Grex, and they serve good food!

There are 2 PPTQs this weekend, why did you select this particular store’s PPTQ: I forgot to pre-register for Games Haven’s, and since I haven’t went to Ubi/Tai Seng before, I want to explore that place.

How is your decklist like: I netdecked it online.
RG Scapeshift

Main Deck4 Sakura-Tribe Elder4 Bloodbraid Elf1 Pia and Kiran Nalaar4 Primeval Titan2 Anger of the Gods1 Explore3 Farseek4 Lightning Bolt1 Prismatic Omen3 Scapeshift4 Search for Tomorrow2 Summoner’s Pact3 Forest6 Mountain4 Cinder Glade3 Stomping Ground4 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle1 Verdant Catacombs2 Windswept Heath4 Wooded Foothills (0)
Sideboard2 Ancient Grudge1 Anger of the Gods2 Damping Sphere1 Fracturing Gust2 Grafdigger’s Cage2 Hour of Devastation2 Obstinate Baloth1 Reclamation Sage2 Tireless Tracker (0)

Describe your SB plan, and how it works: I wasn’t expecting anything to be dominant so I just went with a general list. I guess, disruptive cards vs combo decks that are faster than you (eg. storm), and sweepers against creature aggro decks.

One card that you are most impressed with for the day: Prismatic Omen. Managed to shoot Chu Heng for 12 by laying 1 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle with 3 other Valakut on board. #Feelsgoodman

One card that you are least impressed with for the day: Grafdigger’s Cage. Should have listened to Keith and play Relic of Progenitus instead. It is better, since Bridge Vine and KCI archetype are on the rise and Cage doesn’t hit those.

Toughest matchup for the day: Vs Malcolm’s RB Hollow One. During G2, I top decked a couple of times and the game could have went the other way if I had misplayed and had given him another turn. Almost miscalculated the damage in the end. Burning Inquiry and Goblin Lore really speeds up the game plan of their deck by a lot.

Easiest matchup for the day: Vs Malcolm’s RB Hollow One. During G3, he discarded 2 hollow one on T1, due to Burning Inquiry.

Are there any portions of the deck that you would like to change, and why: I guess, other than the change from Cage to Relic, I would also like to try out the Naya version with Renegade Rallier or the Jund version by PETERSEN, ANDREAS from the PT25 with slaughter games in the sideboard.

Any tips and advice to players who are grinding for this season’s PPTQ; I don’t think I am qualified to answer this question as I am still relative new to the modern format.

However, I noticed there are a lot of combo decks at the moment. I think a deck with disruption, together with sweepers that can deal with combo and hyper aggressive graveyard decks (eg. Hollow One/Bridge Vine) might be my direction (Jund Scapeshift by PETERSEN, ANDREAS from PT25 with sb slaughter game and 3 mb sweepers).

Any kudos for the store hosting the PPTQ: Place is big enough to host all the players and not feel very suffocative

Any suggestions for players who are intending to visit the store: The place is hard to find. It took me around 1/2 hour to get there, even though it seems very close from Tai Seng MRT on the map.

Last shoutouts: To the people at Gamersaurus Rex, thank you for helping me learn the deck in the shortest period of time. I have to admit that lady luck was on my side that day and I could have played better. Without the playtest sessions with them, I think I would have made even more mistakes. Also a shout out to Stanley for selling me most of the cards.

That’s the end of the interview for the winners! Do join us next week for our weekly Wednesday feature of the PPTQ winners!
 
We are looking for people who are interested to generate content, and also any comments and feedback from the community of what you all are interested in!

PPTQ winner for Pro Tour #1 of 2019 at Gamersaurus Rex

Congratulations for emerging as the winner of last week’s modern PPTQ @ Gamersaurus Rex, amongst 52 participants, and earning yourself an invite to the RPTQ for Pro Tour Ravnica Allegiance.

Let’s have a quick self introduction about yourself, before we delve into the questions.

Amulet Bloom Titan

Name: Foo Pee Chun

Age: 28

Occupation: Electronics Engineer

Date started playing MTG: 2008, JC Year 2, playing casually. It wasn’t until 2014, when a good friend of mine won the first PPTQ of the season, and inspired me to play seriously.

What deck did you play for the event: Amulet Bloom Titan

How long have you been playing it: Starting from 2015, around 2+ ~3 years (took a small break in between after Summer Bloom got banned).

Why did you pick up this deck: When I first saw how the deck played out on coverage during PT Fate Reforged by the hands of Justin Cohen, I was impressed. This good friend then suggested I pick up the deck while the tech is new, and I have never looked back since.

Where do you usually play MTG: I usually play MTGO at home to practice for PPTQ or throw tix away on MTGO cube drafting.

Who do you play together often: We have a whatsapp group where we mainly talk cock and sometimes discuss magic stuff like board state situation or draft picks. I also have a separate group where we play casual cube.

What was your decklist:

Khalni Garden is the best manland!

Describe your SB plan, and how it works: Against faster decks like Burn, Affinity and Humans, I bring out slower cards like Explore and Pact of Negation, and bring in removals and either Hornet Queen or Obstinate Baloth for some defense.

Against combo decks I want to maintain my combo as much as possible and bring in some disruptions like Spell Pierce and removals to deal with their key permanents.

One card that you are most impressed for the day: Amulet of Vigor

One card that you are least impressed for the day: Tectonic Edge, but only because I never board it in the whole day because I never faced any Tron, which is a good thing.

Toughest matchup for the day: BR Hollow One, semifinals against Malcolm Song. His deck is simply faster and more explosive.

Easiest matchup for the day: Affinity, finals against Xavier Tang. I have a good Affinity playtest pilot (Eugene Wong) and know the matchup very well

Are there any portions of the deck that you would like to change, and why: Depending on the metagame, I would want an additional Cavern of Souls in the sideboard for the control matchup, or more graveyard interaction against decks like Dredge and Living End

Any tips and advice to players who are grinding for this season’s PPTQ: Stop playing Blood Moon Modern is a format that rewards those who practice and know their matchup well. So practice more and tune your sideboard for weaker matchups

Last shoutouts: Still waiting for WOTC to unban Summer Bloom, and f*&^% Blood Moon.