Is Nicol Bolas a must play, if you have opened it in your sealed pool? Let the winner of Card Nation’s PPTQ talk about his own experience.
Name: Kelvin Soh
Occupation: Investment Banking Manager
How did you start to play MTG: Some secondary school friends introduced me to the game. 4th Edition back then. Was enthralled by the game mechanics and the thrill of opening packs for the most sought after rares!
Have never really been a competitive player though. Didn’t have the time and preferred casual games like Commander. Only recently did I start to play competitive events occasionally, when there are limited formats. I suppose winning a PPTQ is just one of the items in the bucket list to do should I eventually stop playing the game some day!
What attracts you to keep on playing: New cards/mechanics constantly making it interesting to play and collect. I’ve amassed a group of friends through magic over the years and it makes it fun to have a common activity and common discussion topics whenever we meet up.
Where do you usually play MTG: Sanctuary Gaming, Gamersaurus Rex and Kovan Mcdonalds (Many of my MTG clique stay ard that area)
Is there a community that you play together often with: Gary Chua, Gabriel Cheng, Alex Lu, Gary Goh, Peng Chee, Fu Hai, Clifford
What is your best MTG-related story, since you have started playing MTG: Nothing really specific or spectacular. Just many friendships borne out of the game since way back when I was a student! That’s one of the most commonly recurring theme that I’ve heard why people are still into MTG, after so many years, and explains for the name as Magic: the Gathering. I suppose that’s really the reason why we are still in the community! Hopefully, the digitalisation doesn’t take away the gathering portion.
What do you like about our Singapore community: Most of them are pretty friendly and are eager to share what they know and what they think.
What do you think that our Singapore community needs to improve on: Setting the metagame instead of just following most of the time.
There are 2 PPTQs on the same day, why did you select this particular store’s PPTQ: This was the one with Limited format. Constructed format is tough for me because I don’t play very often so I don’t get a lot of practice and exposure to the metagame. Besides, I feel that Limited is more fun because of the variations and the spontaneous nature.
What color combination did you play during the sealed, and why: Grixis. Nicol Bolas, the Ravager made me do it! Lol I didn’t want to force the colours just because of one awesome card but luckily my pool did manage to support that combi sufficiently.
What color combination did you play during the draft, and why: Red/Black. Happened to open playable rares in Red and read the signals from adjacent players. Just kept clearing the path for my creatures (I had 6 menace creatures in my deck) to push the damage and finish the opponent off with Banefire.
How do you think of M19: One of the more interesting and advanced level core sets compared to the past ones. Was a bit disappointed that they reprinted quite a few mythics which is tough to play in Standard (Crucible of Worlds/Scapeshift/Omniscience) Buy a booster box promo Nexus of Fate turned out to be quite a surprise hit though!
During the top 8 cut, which top 8 player did you not want to be paired with, and played against: No one specific. I was pretty confident of my deck so I was just hoping I won’t encounter issues with lands.
Any specific tips and advices to players who are playing for the sealed and the draft portion too: Keep it simple and remember to pick cards not just by their power level but also whether they fit into your deck strategy and proportions.
Any tips and advice to players who are grinding for this season’s PPTQ; Keep trying and don’t be too affected by defeats, no matter at which stage. It’s just a game after all!
Any positive comments for the store hosting the PPTQ: Thanks to Card Nation for hosting! They were friendly and well-organized. And thanks for exposing me to a part of the island which has always been alien to me.