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Watanabe Snags His Sixth Win

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Almost a year ago to the day, Yuuya Watanabe lost in the finals of Grand Prix Kansas City to a Vapor Snag from Luis Scott-Vargas. Today, he took down his sixth Grand Prix with a pair of Vapor Snags to bring Rick Hup Beng Lee into range of his two flipped Delvers. Watanabe's Delver deck differed slightly from everyone else's in that he was running only 19 lands! Apparently he was thinking of playing 18 at one point, but his friends convinced him otherwise.

Also in the Standard Top 8 was 2008 GP Manila Champion Hironobu Sugaya, but his Delver deck stumbled in the Semifinals against Lee's NayaPod. Martin Juza of Czech Republic looked promising with his Bonfire Naya, but he succumbed to Richmond Tan's NayaPod in the Quarters, before Tan was then bested by Watanabe's Delvers in the Semi's. Rounding out the rest of the Top 8 was Jack Nerez, with Black/Red Zombies, and Weng Heng Soh and Jonathan Luces, with Delver.

Join us next week in Yokohama, as the players try to break open some Modern.



Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Yuuya Watanabe   Yuuya Watanabe, 2-0        
8 Jacklord Nerez   Yuuya Watanabe, 2-0
       
4 Martin Juza   Richmond Tan, 2-0   Yuuya Watanabe, 2-1
5 Richmond Tan    
       
2 Jonathan Luces   Rick Lee, 2-0
7 Rick Lee   Rick Lee, 2-0
       
3 Hironobu Sugaya   Hironobu Sugaya, 2-0
6 Weng Heng Soh    











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 1.  Yuuya Watanabe $3,500
 2.  Rick Lee $2,300
 3.  Hironobu Sugaya $1,500
 4.  Richmond Tan $1,500
 5.  Jonathan Luces $1,000
 6.  Martin Juza $1,000
 7.  Weng Heng Soh $1,000
 8.  Jacklord Nerez $1,000
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Top 8 Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff

Hironobu Sugaya
Grand Prix Manila 2012 - Top 8 Deck





Top 8 Profiles

by Event Coverage Staff


Yuuya Watanabe

Age: 23
Hometown: Machida, Tokyo
Occupation: Pro MTG Player


What's your best Magic finish and where/when?
Won 5 GP’s

What deck did you play this weekend?
Blue/White Delver (with 19 lands)

Which player do you not want to face in this Top 8?
Martin Juza, or Hironobu Sugaya

Who would you most like to see inducted into the MTG Hall of Fame this year?
PVdDR, Kenji Tsumura, Masashi Oiso

What is the best deck in Modern?
I don’t know

What is your local Magic gaming store?
Hobby Station in Machida



Jonathan Justin B Luces

Age: 22
Hometown: Valenzuela City, Philippines
Occupation: Student


What's your best Magic finish and where/when?
This is my first GP and GP Top 8

What deck did you play this weekend?
Blue/White Delver

Which player do you not want to face in this Top 8?
Yuuya Watanabe ^_^

Who would you most like to see inducted into the MTG Hall of Fame this year?
PV maybe
I really don’t know

What is the best deck in Modern?
I don’t really know, I don’t play Modern

What is your local Magic gaming store?
Comic Quest SM North, Spiral Monumento.



Hironobu Sugaya

Age: 32
Hometown: Chiba, Japan
Occupation: Producer and engineer


What's your best Magic finish and where/when?
2008 GP Manila Champion

What deck did you play this weekend?
Blue/White Delver

Which player do you not want to face in this Top 8?
Martin Juza!

Who would you most like to see inducted into the MTG Hall of Fame this year?
Kenji Tsumura

What is the best deck in Modern?
I have no Modern deck. Please give me a good Modern deck!

What is your local Magic gaming store?
Hobby Station, Tsudanuma



Martin Juza

Age: 25
Hometown: Plzen, Czech Replublic
Occupation: Professional Tourist


What's your best Magic finish and where/when?
Two PT Top 8’s, 12 GP Top 8’s.

What deck did you play this weekend?
4-Spell Naya (Miracle Naya
)

Which player do you not want to face in this Top 8?
Whoever has any board sweepers in their deck

Who would you most like to see inducted into the MTG Hall of Fame this year?
I don’t remember all the eligible people, but everyone should vote for Paulo, Kenji, and Oiso.

What is the best deck in Modern?
I Wish I knew.

What is your local Magic gaming store?
Plzen doesn’t have one, people meet in a pub and play there.



Richmond Tan

Age: 31
Hometown: Philippines
Occupation: Businessman


What's your best Magic finish and where/when?
Winning a PTQ

What deck did you play this weekend?
Naya Pod

Which player do you not want to face in this Top 8?
None!

Who would you most like to see inducted into the MTG Hall of Fame this year?
Saito San, Yuuya San, LSV...

What is the best deck in Modern?
5cc Zoo

What is your local Magic gaming store?
Blaster, Ongkeco!





Rick Hup Beng Lee

Age: 24
Hometown: Penang, Malaysia
Occupation: Account Assitant


What's your best Magic finish and where/when?
Top 64 at Worlds 2011, Top 3 in Nationals 2011

What deck did you play this weekend?
Naya Pod

Which player do you not want to face in this Top 8?
None

Who would you most like to see inducted into the MTG Hall of Fame this year?
Terry Soh (Rakdos Augermage)

What is the best deck in Modern?
Affinity

What is your local Magic gaming store?
Gameforge, 2020 Bookstore



Jack Nerez

Age: 26
Hometown: Paranaque, Philippines
Occupation: Flight Attendant


What's your best Magic finish and where/when?
Right here, right now. I’m relatively unknown in the Magic scene in the Philippines.

What deck did you play this weekend?
Tha Badmoon Rising, Black/Red Zombies

Which player do you not want to face in this Top 8?
Yuuya Watanabe

Who would you most like to see inducted into the MTG Hall of Fame this year?
Myself! No seriously, PV.

What is the best deck in Modern?
No idea, Black/red Zombies

What is your local Magic gaming store?
Spiral UST





Quarterfinals - Weng Heng Soh vs. Hironobu Sugaya

by Pip Foweraker


Game One

Sugaya began his first game of the quarterfinals with a Ponder, Soh mirroring his moves to set up for the mirror match ahead. Both players then used Snapcaster Mages to dig further with their flashbacked Ponders. Sugaya cast and resolved a Geist of Saint Traft, putting pressure on Soh to find an answer to the powerful legend.

Sugaya and Soh battle it out to advance to the Semifinals

Soh was forced to chump block with a Snapcaster Mage without getting any significant value out of his ability, leaving Sugaya ahead on cards and board position. A Vapor Snag form Soh ate up a Spirit token, but Sugaya had a second Geist of Saint Traft to keep the pressure on.

Sugaya attacked again, and this time Soh had a Restoration Angel to threaten a block with. Luckily, Sugaya had an Angel of his own, removing the Geist from combat. With his powerful legend still alive, Soh wasn't able to answer the incoming attack next turn, and conceded.

Hironobu Sugaya 1 – Weng Heng Soh 0

Game 2

Both players started cautiously – the first spells of the game were Ponder, Ponder, Ponder, Delver, Vapor Snag, Ponder, Delver, Gut Shot.

Then, for a change of pace, the players cast some Snapcaster Mages and killed them with Gut Shots. The life totals dropped to the mid-teens each without a single combat step, and then, just as smoothly, it became a Spirit War, tokens zipping across the battlefield at each other like ethereal paper planes.

Soh had the first 'real' creature of the game with a Restoration Angel, and the back-and-forth got a whole lot more serious. Casting and equipping a Sword of War and Peace, Soh's Angel rumbled into the combat zone. 'That's enough of that nonsense', said Sugaya's furrowed brow, with a Vapor Snag and a Restoration Angel of his own. Taking advantage of the boost in tempo, Sugaya summoned a Geist of Saint Traft and attacked with his Angel and Spirit token.

Soh re-summoned his Angel, but Sugaya had enough spare mana to make a final Spirit token, and Soh's life total was precisely low enough for one alpha strike to finish the match.

Hironobu Sugaya 2 – Weng Heng Soh 0





Quarterfinals - Jacklord Nerez vs. Yuuya Watanabe

by Pip Foweraker


Game One

Watanabe elected to play, and Nerez mulliganed. Watanabe began his Quarterfinals match with the eponymous Delver of Secrets matched by a Gravecrawler from Nerez. A Gitaxian Probe revealed a hand of Brimstone volley, Go for the Throat, Blood Artist and Mortarpod. Both players poked each other with their early drops, and Nerez used his Mortarpod to kill off the Delver before it had a chance to flip.

Watanabe's flying through Nerez with his angels.

Watanabe summoned a Geist of Saint Traft, while Nerez had his Blood Artist but few ways to kill the powerful 2/2. Nerez began to cycle his Gravecrawler through the Mortarpod, a combo doubly effective with a Blood Artist on the board. Unfortunately for him, 4/4 Angels fly, and Gravecrawler is notably terrible at blocking. It fell to a humble Germ token to stop the Geist, although Nerez was still taking damage from the Angel. At the end of Watanabe's attack, Nerez aimed a Brimstone Volley at his opponent's noggin, taking Watanabe to 6. When he tried to equip his Blood Artist with a Mortarpod, Watanabe had the Vapor Snag to stop a potential repeat, and the players moved to game 2.

Yuuya Watanabe 1 – Jacklord Nerez 0

Game 2

Both players began with their favourite 1-drops, Watanabe with a Delver and Nerez with a Gravecrawler. Nerez, handicapped by a mulligan, struggled to find a second land, while Watanabe's Delver remained unflipped but was joined by a compatriot.

Nerez journey ends here, handicapped by a mulligan and struggling to find more lands.

Watanabe hit during his third upkeep and swung through the air for 6, putting Nerez on a very short clock. A Geist of Saint Traft shortened the time considerably. Nerez had a Mortarpod, which, as a mustard-cutting device, was not quite what he was after.

Yuuya Watanabe 2 – Jacklord Nerez 0





Quarterfinals - Jonathan Justin Luces vs. Rick Lee

by Pip Foweraker


Luces and Lee square off against each other.

Game 1

Luces mulliganed to 6, and Lee accelerated with a Birds of Paradise into a Borderland Ranger and then a Birthing Pod, setting his powerful engine online rapidly. Luces could only muster an unflipped Delver of Secrets. Lee Podded into an Inferno Titan, killing off Luces' board and leaving himself in an aggressive position. When a copy of Wolfir Silverheart joined the board, Luces reached for his sideboard.

Rick Lee 1 – Jonathan Justin Luces 0

Game 2

Lee started explosively once more, this time with a Birds of Paradise into a Huntmaster of the Fells. This time, Luces kept pace with a pair of Blade Splicers. Oh, wait, what was that lurking on the top of Lee's library? Some sort of conflagratory device? It would seem that, while it might not be season of the witch, it's certainly Bonfire season – the powerful sorcery miraculously claiming victory for Lee.

Rick Lee 2 – Jonathan Justin Luces 0





Quarterfinals - Martic Juza vs. Richmond Tan

by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw


In his Top 8 Profile, Martin Juza said the person he least wanted to face was "whoever has any board sweepers in their deck." As they reviewed each others decklists, Juza could be heard bemoaning "three Bonfire? Day of Judgment?!" Richmond Tan could only smile and reply "yep, they're good."

Game 1

Juza mulliganed, while Tan played a Birds of Paradise into a Strangleroot Geist. Juza summoned a Borderland Ranger, but opted not to trade it for the first half of the Geist. Tan then summoned a Huntmaster of the Fells. Juza attacked with his Ranger, before refreshing it with a main-phased Restoration Angel to ensure the Huntmaster stayed under control.

Tan attacked, and bounced the Geist off the Angel , and traded his Wolf token for the Ranger. Post combat, he finished off the Angel with a Bonfire of the Damned. Juza fired right back on his turn with a Bonfire of his own (from hand) to clear the board.

Richmond Tan is unconcerned.

Juza recovered with a Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, and a Strangleroot Geist, while Tan played another Huntmaster. A second Bonfire from Juza, followed by a Blade Splicer had him firmly in the driver's seat. Tan mustered a defence with a Borderland Ranger and a Blade Splicer.

Juza, on 14 to Tan's 8, considered his next attack, before summoning an Avacyn's Pilgrim, and sending in his entire team, consisting of a 3/3 first striking Golem, a 1/1 Blade Splicer, a 2/1 Geist, and a 2/1 Thalia. Tan pondered his blocks, eventually blocking the 1/1 Splicer with his 2/2 Ranger, the 3/3 Golem with his 1/1 Splicer, and his 3/3 Golem blocking the 2/1 Strangleroot Geist. After Tan's Golem first strike'd the Geist, Juza threw +1/+1 counters across his team with his Gavony Township, and combat cleared with most of Tan's team going offline.

Tan summoned an Acidic Slime to take out Juza's now 4/4 Golem token, and passed back the turn. Juza attacked again to press his advantage, leaving Tan facing defeat on the following turn.

Until Tan played his seventh land, and summoned Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite.

Juza could only slump in his chair as Tan followed that up with a Birthing Pod, and a Sun Titan.

Tan 1 – Juza 0

Game 2

Gut Shot took out Juza's Birds of Paradise, while Tan's own Birds powered out a turn two Borderland Ranger. Juza had to wait until turn three for his Ranger, only to see Tan miracle a Bonfire of the Damned to kill it and send his own Ranger in for 2.

Martin Juza is getting Cenobitten.

Tan declined to attack into Juza's Restoration Angel, so it came down at the end of turn instead and started attacking back. Tan pumped his Birds to 1/2 and Ranger to 3/3 with his Gavony Township, while Juza summoned a second Angel, and attacked, using his own Township to leave Tan sudden facing down a pair of flying 4/5's.

With Tan on 7 life, he attacked back with his now 4/4 Ranger and 2/3 Bird of Paradise to bring Juza down to 6. He then passed back the turn with six mana open.

Juza considered his play, finally summoning a Zealous Conscripts on the 4/4 Ranger. Tan saved it with a Restoration Angel, which chump blocked one of Juza's Angels, while the Ranger leapt in front of the Conscripts.

Tan untapped, played Kessig Wolf Run, and attacked with his 2/3 Birds of Paradise for exactly lethal, leaving Juza stunned in his chair.

Richmond Tan defeats Martin Juza 2-0





Semifinals - Richmond Tan vs. Yuuya Watanabe

by Pip Foweraker


Game 1

Watanabe began with a Delver and a Gitaxian Probe to scout the way. He saw a had of Phyrexian Metamorph, Bonfire of the Damned, Birthing Pod, and three lands in addition to the one that Tan had already played. After attacking, a Ponder shuffled Watanabe's library before he passed over to Tan.

Tan's third turn saw a Fiend Hunter hit the board, protected by a Cavern of Souls. It gobbled up Watanabe's Delver of Secrets, and Watanabe simply cast a Runechanter's Pike and passed, two mana open.

Tan's sends his pack of wolves after Watanabe

Tan summoned a Huntmaster of the Fells and attacked with his Fiend Hunter. Watanabe cast a Vapor Snag on Tan's Wolf token before once again passing. During Tan's turn, Watanabe summoned a Snapcaster Mage and used his Vapor Snag to bounce the Huntmaster of the Fells, then untapped, equipped his Pike to the Mage and attacked. Tan re-summoned his Huntmaster and passed.

Tan had a Zealous Conscripts to yoink Watanabe's Snapcaster Mage over to his sode of the board, making combat very one-sided. Watanabe dropped to 10 life. At the end of Tan's turn, Watanabe thought long and hard before finally Vapor Snagging the Fiend Hunter, returning his Delver of Secrets to play. A second Vapor Snag took out the Huntmaster, leaving Tan on 14 life and Watanabe with an army again.

The Delver remained unflipped, but suited up with Watanabe's second Runechanter's Pike. Both crashed in for 11, leaving Tan on 3 with most of his men back in hand. Tan cast his Bonfire of the Damned for 1, clearing out both of Watanabe's creatures before summoning a Strangleroot Geist, which Watanabe Mana Leaked. Tan attacked with his Zealots, dropping Watanabe to 6.

Post-combat, Tan cast a Huntmaster of the Fells and a Phyrexian Metamorph, copying the Huntmaster. Poker-faced to the last second, Watanabe flashed a Restoration Angel and glanced down at his equipment. Tan sighed and reached for his sideboard.

Yuuya Watanabe 1 – Richmond Tan 0

Game 2

Watanabe started his second game with a mulligan to 6. Tan summoned a Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, which Watanabe killed with a Phantasmal Image. A double Thought Scour filled Watanabe's graveyard with lots of juice, and a Gitaxian Probe revealed an Elesh Norn, Inferno Titan, Huntmaster of the Fells, Strangleroot Geist, Phyrexian Metamorph, Gut Shot, and a Crushing Vines – a juicy hand indeed for Tan! Unfortunately, Tan missed his land drop, discarding the Phyrexian Metamorph.

A second Gitaxian Probe doubled as a Street Wraith, letting Watanabe know the path was clear for a Geist of Saint Traft. Tan was forced to discard during his turn, but then used a Crushing Vines to deal with the Geist's Angel token. Watanabe tried a Delver of Secrets, but it was Shot in the Guts in short order.

Watanabe flies to the finals.

A Restoration Angel from Watanabe was killed with a second Crushing Vines. Watanabe simply windmilled his solo Spectral Flight onto his Geist, knocking Tan out of contention and leaving one more Naya Pod opponent waiting for him in the finals.

Yuuya Watanabe 2 – Richmond Tan 0





Semifinals - Hironobu Sugaya vs. Rick Lee

by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw


Game 1

Sugaya won the die roll, and Pondered on his first turn, while Lee summoned an Avacyn's Pilgrim. Sugaya spent his second turn Thought Scouring himself, and Gitaxian Probing Lee. Lee fired right back with a turn two Birthing Pod. Sugaya summoned a Geist of Saint Traft to try and get his attack on, but Lee cast a Phyrexian Metamorph, before upgrading his Pilgrim to a Strangleroot Geist with the Pod, and attacking Sugaya to 17 to his 14.

Rick Lee knows that Phyrexian Mana is a heck of a drug.

The Geist became a Fiend Hunter, taking away Sugaya's Delver of Secrets, but Strangleroot's aren't known for dying in a hurry, so it hung around anyway. Sugaya just played a land and passed back the turn. Lee summoned a Huntmaster of the Fells, while Sugaya exiled his dead Geist of Saint Traft to make a 1/1 spirit token with Moorland Haunt.

Sugaya drew his card, and cast a main-phase Restoration Angel to keep the Huntmaster from flipping out. Lee summoned a second Huntmaster, and Sugaya could only give him the thumbs up. Birthing Pod turned the Fiend Hunter into a Restoration Angel, which flickered one of the Huntmasters. Sugaya could only laugh as he drew his next card.

Lee 1 – Sugaya 0

Game 2

Sugaya mulliganed in game two, then Pondered and shuffled away what he saw. Lee cast a turn one Birds of Paradise, but Sugaya promptly Gut Shot that down. Sugaya sent back his second turn with two mana open, while Lee summoned an Avacyn's Pilgrim and an Ulvenwald Tracker. Sugaya untapped, and Gut Shot the Pilgrim, before casting a Snapcaster Mage to flash back his Ponder.

Lee summoned a Blade Splicer, which kept the Snapcaster at bay. Sugaya simply played his fourth land and ended. Lee untapped and played a fourth land, and also sent back the turn. Sugaya played his fifth land and a Delver of Secrets. He then Restoration Angel'd his Snapcaster and Gut Shot the Tracker.

Hironobu Sugaya's opponent just found a miracle. This is not good for Sugaya.

Lee Miracle'd a Bonfire for 3, and attacked Sugaya down to 7 life. Sugaya finally attacked back with his Angel, and summoned a Blade Splicer of his own. Lee attacked his Golem into Sugaya's, before resetting his Splicer with a Restoration Angel. Sugaya could only play a Moorland Haunt, and pass the turn. Lee exiled Sugaya's Angel with an Oblivion Ring, and attacked, Sugaya's Splicer road-bumping one Golem token while a Spirit token soaked up the Angel.

Sugaya drew his next card, and found nothing to get him out of this bind, so he offered the hand shake of defeat.

Rick Hup Beng Lee defeats Hironobu Sugaya 2-0





Finals - Rick Lee vs. Yuuya Watanabe

by Pip Foweraker


Game 1

Watanabe spent his first turn's play on a Gitaxian Probe, while Lee had a Birds of Paradise. Not content with one accelerant, Lee cast a second Birds, then a third, and then an Avacyn's Pilgrim, drawing a chuckle from Watanabe, who was a Snapcaster Mage to recycle a Ponder.

Lee's third turn Inferno Titan went to demolish the puny Human, but Watanabe had a Mutagenic growth to keep it alive for a turn. Lee put a Gavony Township into play, then attacked with his Inferno Titan. Watanabe had a Restoration Angel which blinked his Snapcaster Mage, Watanabe flashing back the Growth to take down the Titan. After all these shenanigans, Lee had more, unloading a pair of Blade Splicers against Watanabe's empty board.

Rick Lee takes game one in the finals.

A massive attack ensued, Lee swinging in with two Birds, two Golems, two Blade Splicers, and an Avacyn's Pilgrim. Watanabe used a Vapor Snag and a Snapcaster Mage to take out both the Golems and block the Pilgrim, falling to 6 life against from the incoming horde. Out of answers, he conceded and moved to his sideboard.

Rick Lee 1 – Yuuya Watanabe 0

Game 2

Both players mulliganed to 5. Lee had a Cavern of Souls and a Birds of Paradise, while Watanabe used his Gut Shot to slow his opponent down before casting a Ponder and a Delver of Secrets. Lee had a second Birds of Paradise, while Watanabe's Delver flipped. A Gitaxian Probe revealed an Stingerfling Spider, Bonfire of the Damned, and a land. Watanabe, perturbed, cast a Snapcaster Mage to take out the second Birds of Paradise to stave off any incoming threats.

Yuuya fights back to even out the score.

Lee cast a Sword of War and Peace, while Watanabe lay the mono-blue beats like a Soul drummer. A Mutagenic Growth for exactly lethal sent the players to the deciding game!

Yuuya Watanabe 1 – Rick Lee 1

Game 3

A turn 1 Delver of Secrets from Watanabe started the final game in style. Lee summoned a Birds of Paradise, but Watanabe had the Gut Shot to keep it in check. Watanabe Pondered and considered his options carefully, electing to keep what he had coming up. A Thought Scour cleared the way, but the top of Watanabe's library chose to give him no love for a second turn running. Meanwhile, back on Lee's creature farm, some lands were getting' all tappy: he started out gentle, with a Thalia, Guardian of Thraben.

Watanabe summoned a Phantasmal Image, copying his Insectile Aberration. Lee filled his ground army up with a Blade Splicer, but Watanabe had a Vapor Snag to get rid of the imposing token. Six power's worth of insect hummed through the air, knocking Lee to eight. Lee attacked with his creatures and summoned a Huntmaster of the Fells. At the end of Lee's turn, Watanabe had a Vapor Snag for Lee's Wolf token. He untapped and cast a second one on the Huntmaster, knocking Lee to exactly six life and securing Watanabe's sixth Grand Prix victory.

Yuuya Watanabe 2 – Rick Lee 1

Congratulations to Yuuya Watanabe, your Grand Prix: Manila 2012 champion!





Top 32 Decks

by Event Coverage Staff


Hironobu Sugaya
Grand Prix Manila 2012 - 3rd

Andreas Ganz
Grand Prix Manila 2012 - 13th

Andrew Cantillana
Grand Prix Manila 2012 - 21st

Lawrence Samaniego
Grand Prix Manila 2012 - 24th

Emmanuel Vinagrera
Grand Prix Manila 2012 - 30th





Top 5 Cards

by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw




5. Cavern of Souls

Cavern of Souls featured highly in most decks that weren't Delver this weekend, and was even seen lurking in a few of the less standard Delver builds, just to make a liar of me. Not only did it fix mana, but it fixed Mana Leak for many people, too, forcing the Delver players adjust their early turns accordingly.











4. Vapor Snag

With Mana Leak losing some of its power thanks to Cavern of Souls, Vapor Snag is now more important than ever, and that's saying a lot. Between stunting opposing fast starts, and breaking open awkward board positions, Vapor Snag has been responsible for more game wins this weekend than ever before, including helping Yuuya Watanabe win the Grand Prix Manila Finals against Rick Lee.










3. Huntmaster of the Fells

The cornerstone of any Green/Red deck in Standard at the moment, some would go as far as saying the reason they even exist. Flipping a Huntmaster can spell doom for many an opponent, so more often than not, players were having to play their tricks during their main phase just to keep the Moon behind the clouds.











2. Bonfire of the Damned

Many an unfortunate player suddenly found their side of the table wiped out this weekend, thanks to their opponents gleefully peeling a Bonfire of the Damned off the top of their decks. An excellent card against almost every deck in the GP Manila Top 8, I think we can expect Miracles to continue happening for people for some time yet.











5. Restoration Angel

Without a doubt, the card that had the biggest impact on Grand Prix Manila was Restoration Angel. Leaping onto the battlefield at the most opportune moments to save creatures, spoil combats, and generally slap opponents upside the head, there wasn't much this Angel didn't do.













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