PPTQ winner for Pro Tour #1 of 2019 at Card Nation

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.

Good stuff cannot lie!

Name: Kelvin Soh

Age: 36

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.

PPTQ winner for Pro Tour #1 of 2019 at Mag-Strength

An analyst during the week, and a title defender during the weekend! Our winner at Mag Strength’s PPTQ, has denied other contenders from winning the Mag Strength RPTQ slot for 2 seasons!

Name: Dylan Yeo

Age: 36

Occupation: Analyst


How did you start to play MTG: Started MTG in 1995 after passing by a comics shop in Tiong Bahru and seeing a bunch of people sitting down and playing an interesting card game. Was a big fantasy fan, so the MTG genre appealed to me. Was hooked on the game and played somewhat competitively with the group at Tiong Bahru (“The Force”) for a few years. Stopped playing during the Visions set after losing by Type 1.5 deck (UW good stuff control). Being a student who put all my savings into the game, the blow was too big to handle.

Eventually, I came back to play during the Scars of Mirrodin block at MagStr, and a combination of my childhood memories and cool people at Magstr kept me in the game on and off since.

What attracts you to keep on playing: Been a fairly casual player over recent years due to family and work commitments. But always tried to spend some free time playing MTG because of all the fun friends, and my love for the game and some competition.

Where do you usually play MTG: Mag Strength, and sometimes at Grey Ogre Games and Agorahobby.

Is there a community that you play together often with: The awesome and funny Magstr community. We typically hang out together for FNM and sometimes go out for “expeditions” to other shops on weekends.

What is your best MTG-related story, since you have started playing MTG: Playing at the team RPTQ in KL and my Magstr teammates told me not to take food from people because it means bad luck. Didn’t believe in that, and ate some fries offered by Yong Xin. Guess what, we really kept losing after. The fries taste good though cause we didn’t had lunch! Sorry Wei Teng and Sebas!

What do you like about our Singapore community: The friendly and competitive spirit of Singapore players. Going to any MTG events is like catching up with a bunch of old friends, while everyone is also having a great time trying to win.

What do you think that our Singapore community needs to improve on: I think the Singapore community can be more collaborative to improve our MTG level, advance our tournament scene and create greater MTG content for current and future players. While the community is small compared to other nations, everyone seem to be passionate for the game. We have seen many initiatives recently, which I think are great (e.g. mtgrojak.com, GOG’s streaming content and general effort to help new players, etc.).

There are 2 PPTQs on the same day, why did you select this particular store’s PPTQ: Because it’s at Magstr and we have an internal joke to always try to defend Magstr’s PPTQ. We had collectively been successful over the last 3 PPTQs 😀

What color combination did you play during the sealed, and why: U/R splash B/W removal. 4c good stuffs! My pool had limited removals across the colors, with a bunch of complimentary dual lands. So I decided to play all the removals and live the dream or go home. and you lived the dream!

Was locked into U/R main because of Demanding Dragon and other red heavy beaters, as well as Windreader Sphinx with a bunch of filler flyers.

What color combination did you play during the draft, and why: U/B fillers plus Tezzeret, Artifice Master. Pack 1 was depressing for my seat and I ended with Graveyard Marshal, 2 Plague Mares and a bunch of fillers in blue, white and green. Opened Tezzeret in pack 2 and decided to force the color, despite it looking pretty dried up. The final deck still looked pretty bad, but Tezzeret rewarded me with wins in the quarter and semi.

How do you think of M19: M19 seems more fun than the typical core sets. The smaller creatures seems to be irrelevant quickly, making aggro pretty weak, and allowing for longer games. I do love grindy limited formats (preferably with 5 color decks).

During the top 8 cut, which top 8 player did you not want to be paired with, and played against: Ken Hu, fellow defender of Magstr.

Any specific tips and advices to players who are playing for the sealed and the draft portion too: Play your sealed different from your draft. Play your best cards and removals in sealed (or a synergy deck if you are lucked out). Have a plan for draft (aggro, control, value grind, abuse a bomb), even if it means drafting weaker cards.

Any tips and advice to players who are grinding for this season’s PPTQ: Try… harder.

Any positive comments for the store hosting the PPTQ: Come to Magstr for a truly unique local PPTQ experience, and fill your tummies with amazing food just next door! 😀 Oh come on… that’s really the great draw! I always look forward to eating over at ABC Brickswork Market everytime I’m there! If you need any recommendations of what to eat! Ask the friendly players over at Mag Strength or me!

Any points for improvement for the store hosting the PPTQ: Sturdier chairs please. Oopssssss… Tell me, have you ever broke any of their chairs… Ahh, I understand, that will remain a secret between us.

Last shoutouts: Dennis for doing these interviews for the SG community. Benedict for being a great sport despite the “chao qiu” AKA “dark arts” in the finals. Kuo Feng for graciously letting me up in the final swiss round. Do refer to the previous features on who are the Dark Arts master! Do refer to the previous features on who are the Dark Arts master! See ya next week!

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.

Card Set Deckbuilding Challenge [M19]

Hello everyone

As always, every new expansion, we have a card set deckbuilding challenge. As per the name suggests, this challenge wants you to look through all the M19 cards and tests your deck-building spirit! So, let us start with that the objective of this mind game. 1 lucky winner with the highest damage dealt will walk away with a M19 booster.

Objective: To deal as much damage to our opponent, from the start of the game until our opponent’s 5th turn. The game only ends after our opponent’s 5th turn, which means that it is possible to take multiple turns, and you also get to deal more than 20 damage to your opponent. Your opponent doesn’t die due to state-based effects for having 0 or less life.

Rules:

You are participating in a M19 format which means that only cards from M19 boosters can be used. The link to M19 cards is here. This means that cards from the intro deck and buy-a-box promo are not allowed.

The opponent is the starting player, who is playing a deck with 60 Forest, and lays a land on his turn, without other interactions.

Unlike the normal game of magic, you get to decide what your starting hand of 7 consists, get to decide what you would draw whenever you get to draw a card, get to decide what you would need to reveal if a card instructs you to reveal a card from your library.

(Eg, You need a forest on your draw step, you draw it. You get to decide what “wish” your Djinn of Wishes reveals.)

Golden Rule: If your opponent has a choice, the opponent will choose whichever option that is worse for you.

For ease of standardisation, your deck only contains 60 cards.

Feel free to ask any questions if you are unsure.

Your submission via pm/email should include:

  1. Your name (if you want to be featured, or if you are the lucky winner)
  2. Your decklist of 60 cards.
  3. Step by step of your turns.
  4. Calculation of damage. (Eg, Ans: 3: attack in turn 2, 3 and 4 for 1 damage each)

You may submit more than one answer.

Feel free to discuss and share this challenge with others, and also through other mediums, but please do not spoil the the answer to others if you know have tried this game on another forum.

The game ends on 11.59pm on 22nd July 2018. The results with the maximum damage will be posted on the next week’s sunday on this post. Reader’s solution with the maximum damage will also be featured here.

Solution

One of the possible solutions:

Initial Hand: Goblin Motivator, 3x Druid of the Cowl, Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire, 2x Recollect

Turn 1: Draw Mountain

Play Mountain, cast Goblin Motivator

Turn 2: Draw Forest

Play Forest, cast Druid of the Cowl

Turn 3: Draw Swamp

Play Swamp, Cast 2x Druid of the Cowl

Turn 4: Draw Guttersnipe

Cast Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire. Use Goblin Motivator to give haste.

Attack with Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire, targeting my Mountain and opponent’s Forest, [for me] reveal and put my Omniscience into play, [for opponent] reveal and put another Forest into play.

Cast Guttersnipe

Cast Recollect targeting Mountain, trigger Guttersnipe and deal 2 damage

[Cast Recollect targeting Recollect, trigger Guttersnipe and deal 2 damage] – Loop

Repeat loop for as much as I want – Each loop does 2 damage to each opponent.

Card Set Deckbuilding Challenge [DOM]

Hello everyone

As always, every new expansion, we have a card set deckbuilding challenge. As per the name suggests, this challenge wants you to look through all the Dominaria cards and tests your deck-building spirit! So, let us start with that the objective of this mind game. 1 lucky winner with the highest damage dealt will walk away with a Dominaria booster.

Objective: To deal as much damage to our opponent, from the start of the game until our opponent’s 5th turn. The game only ends after our opponent’s 5th turn, which means that it is possible to take multiple turns, and you also get to deal more than 20 damage to your opponent. Your opponent doesn’t die due to state-based effects for having 0 or less life.

Rules:

You are participating in a Dominaria format which means that only cards from Dominaria boosters can be used. The link to Dominaria cards is here. This means that cards from the intro deck and buy-a-box promo are not allowed.

The opponent is the starting player, who is playing a deck with 60 Forest, and lays a land on his turn, without other interactions.

Unlike the normal game of magic, you get to decide what your starting hand of 7 consists, get to decide what you would draw whenever you get to draw a card, get to decide what you would need to reveal if a card instructs you to reveal a card from your library.

(Eg, You need a forest on your draw step, you draw it. You get to decide what cards are revealed for Board the Weatherlight.)

Golden Rule: If your opponent has a choice, the opponent will choose whichever option that is worse for you.

For ease of standardisation, your deck only contains 60 cards.

Feel free to ask any questions if you are unsure.

Your submission via pm/email should include:

  1. Your name (if you want to be featured, or if you are the lucky winner)
  2. Your decklist of 60 cards.
  3. Step by step of your turns.
  4. Calculation of damage. (Eg, Ans: 3: attack in turn 2, 3 and 4 for 1 damage each)

You may submit more than one answer.

Feel free to discuss and share this challenge with others, and also through other mediums, but please do not spoil the the answer to others if you know have tried this game on another forum.

The game ends on 11.59pm on 6th May 2018. The results with the maximum damage will be posted on this post. Reader’s solution with the maximum damage will also be featured here.

Solution

One of the possible solutions:

Initial Hand: Mox Amber, Kamahl’s Druidic Vow, Shanna, Sisay’s Legacy, Goblin Chainwhirler, Flame of Keld, 2xLlanowar Elves

Turn 1: Draw Forest

Play Forest, cast Llanowar Elves

Turn 2: Draw Plains

Play Plains, cast Shanna, Sisay’s Legacy, and Llanowar Elves

Turn 3: Draw Mountain

Play Mountain, Cast Mox Amber, Kamahl’s Druidic Vow for X=4, putting into play Squee, the Immortal, Teshar, Ancestor’s Apostle, Mountain, Mountain. Cast Flame of Keld with the 2x Mountains. Chapter one: discarding the remaining card in hand, Goblin Chainwhirler.

Turn 4: Draw Mountain Chapter two: draw Skirk Prospector and Goblin Warchief. Sacrifice Squee, the Immortal for R. Cast Squee, the Immortal, with Teshar, Ancestor’s Apostle‘s trigger targeting Goblin Chainwhirler.

Sacrifice Goblin Chainwhirler and Squee, the Immortal for RR. Cast Cast Squee, the Immortal, withTeshar, Ancestor’s Apostle‘s trigger targeting Goblin Chainwhirler. Goblin Chainwhirler comes into battlefield, deals 1 damage – Loop

Repeat loop for as much as I want – Each loop does 1 damage to each opponent.