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da Rosa Reigns Supreme in Singapore

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Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa certainly earned his victory at Grand Prix: Singapore. He had to master the notoriously complex and difficult CawBlade mirror match, slaying opposing Stoneforge Mystics and Squadron Hawks repeatedly over the weekend. 623 players turned up hopeful, and over two days of slinging spells the field was reduced to a Top 8.

We entered the single elimination rounds with a field stuffed with CawBlade. Owen Turtenwald, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Chatchai Saethang and Soh Weng Heng all chose to play the powerful deck, and Marios Angeloupolos and Hao-Shan Hang piloted Darkblade in the Top 8. Standing out from the crowd were Chakira Nakajima piloting Boros and Shouta Yasooka with an innovative Blue/Black Control list.

Paulo proved too powerful for the other CawBlade players to slow down, as he won the quarters and semis in straight games. Tearing up the opposing bracket was Japan's Chakira Nakkajima, who entered the finals boasting an 7-0 record against CawBlade over the weekend. The finals themselves showed two players at their finest, the decks throwing everything they had at each other. In the end, though, there could only be one winner, and Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa is your Grand Prix: Singapore champion!

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Chikara Nakajima   Chikara Nakajima, 2-1        
8 Marios Angelopoulos   Chikara Nakajima, 2-1
       
4 Shouta Yasooka   Owen Turtenwald, 2-1   Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, 2-1
5 Owen Turtenwald    
       
2 Chatchai Saethang   Chatchai Saethang, 2-0
7 Hao-Shan Huang   Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, 2-0
       
3 Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa   Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, 2-0
6 Weng Heng Soh    

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  • by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw
    Feature:
    Top 5 New Phyrexia Cards

  • by Pip Hunn
    Finals:
    Chikara Nakajima vs. Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

  • by Pip Hunn
    Semifinals:
    Chikara Nakajima vs. Owen Turtenwald

  • by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw
    Semifinals:
    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa vs. Chatcha Saethang

  • by Pip Hunn
    Quarterfinals:
    Owen Turtenwald vs. Shouta Yasooka

  • by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw
    Quarterfinals:
    Chikara Nakajima vs. Marios Angelopoulos

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8:
    Decklists

  • by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw
    Top 8:
    Player Profiles

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Day 2:
    Deck Lists

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Day 2:
    Complete Coverage

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Day 1:
    Complete Coverage

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info: Fact Sheet

INFORMATION
  1.   Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa $3,500
  2.   Chikara Nakajima $2,300
  3.   Chatchai Saethang $1,500
  4.   Owen Turtenwald $1,500
  5.   Shouta Yasooka $1,000
  6.   Weng Heng Soh $1,000
  7.   Hao-Shan Huang $1,000
  8.   Marios Angelopoulos $1,000
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  • Top 8 – Player Profiles

    by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw
  • Name: Owen Turtenwald
    Hometown: West Allis, WI
    Age: 22
    Occupation: Writer with Channel Fireball
    What deck did you play this weekend? CawBlade – with a good deck and incredible luck, who can stop me?
    Day One Record: 8-1
    Day Two Record: 4-1-1
    How many GP/PT top 8’s have you had? 8 GP Top 8’s.
    What is your greatest/proudest non-Magic achievement? -
    What is your favorite card from New Phyrexia? Dismember.



    Name: Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
    Hometown: Portu Alegre
    Age: 23
    Occupation: Student / Player
    What deck did you play this weekend? CawBlade
    Day One Record: 9-0
    Day Two Record: 3-2-1
    How many GP/PT top 8’s have you had? 7 PT’s (out of 28!) and 7 or 8 GP’s.
    What is your greatest/proudest non-Magic achievement? Being very awesome?
    What is your favorite card from New Phyrexia? Dismember.



    Name: Chikara Nakajima
    Hometown: Tokyo
    Age: 35, as of yesterday!
    Occupation: Card shop staff
    What deck did you play this weekend? Boros.
    Day One Record: 8-1
    Day Two Record: 5-0-1
    How many GP/PT top 8’s have you had? 3 GP, 1 PT
    What is your greatest/proudest non-Magic achievement? -
    What is your favorite card from New Phyrexia? Sword of War and Peace



    Name: Chatchai Saethang
    Hometown: Thailand
    Age: 24
    Occupation: Business owner
    What deck did you play this weekend? CawBlade
    Day One Record: 7-1-1
    Day Two Record: 5-1-0
    How many GP/PT top 8’s have you had? This is my first.
    What is your greatest/proudest non-Magic achievement? My business.
    What is your favorite card from New Phyrexia? Batterskull.



    Name: Soh Weng Heng
    Hometown: Singapore
    Age: 26
    Occupation: Freelance Graphic Designer
    What deck did you play this weekend? CawBlade
    Day One Record: 8-0-1
    Day Two Record: 4-2-0
    How many GP/PT top 8’s have you had? First one!
    What is your greatest/proudest non-Magic achievement? I was a top student at my Polytechnic days @ NYP
    What is your favorite card from New Phyrexia? Phyrexian Metamorph copying Sword of War and Peace!



    Name: Hao-Shan Huang
    Hometown: Taiwan
    Age: 29
    Occupation: Student / Freelancer
    What deck did you play this weekend? Darkblade
    Day One Record: 9-0
    Day Two Record: 2-1-3
    How many GP/PT top 8’s have you had? This is my first.
    What is your greatest/proudest non-Magic achievement? Best Diablo II HC player – I was the first to write the C’Thun strategy for Taiwan’s online gaming magazine.
    What is your favorite card from New Phyrexia? Batterskull. Wait, no, it’s overpowered and I don’t like it.



    Name: Shouta Yasooka
    Hometown: Tokyo
    Age: 26
    Occupation: Pro Magic player
    What deck did you play this weekend? U/B
    Day One Record: 7-2
    Day Two Record: 5-0-1
    How many GP/PT top 8’s have you had? 13 GP’s, 1 PT.
    What is your greatest/proudest non-Magic achievement? -
    What is your favorite card from New Phyrexia? None of them.



    Name: Marios Angelopoulos
    Hometown: Greece
    Age: 25
    Occupation: Sales Manager
    What deck did you play this weekend? Darkblade
    Day One Record: 8-1
    Day Two Record: 4-2
    How many GP/PT top 8’s have you had? None in this life.
    What is your greatest/proudest non-Magic achievement? My friends.
    What is your favorite card from New Phyrexia? Jace, the Mind Sculptor and I don’t want to hear a word about it :-)




     

  • Top 8 – Decklists

    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Owen Turtenwald - Top 8
    Grand Prix-Singapore 2011 (Standard)

    Chikara Nakajima - Top 8
    Grand Prix-Singapore 2011 (Standard)

    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa - Top 8
    Grand Prix-Singapore 2011 (Standard)


     

  • Quarterfinals – Chikara Nakajima vs. Marios Angelopoulos

    by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinsha
  • Game 1

    Nakajima won the die roll, and immediately summoned and attacked with a Goblin Guide. He Dismembered Angelopoulos' Stoneforge Mystic, summoned a second Guide and attacked Angelopoulos down to 12. An Inquisition of Kozilek from Angelopoulos took a Mirran Crusader from Nakajima's hand, but could do nothing about the Koth of the Hammer beside it. "I think I'm dead if you get a land," Angelopoulos stated with a shrug, summoning a Squadron Hawk. Nakajima drew the land, and sent his Goblins and a Mountain in eat the Hawk and drop Angelopoulos to 8.

    Angelopoulos summoned two more Hawks, throwing one of them in front of the Mountain and falling to 4, as Nakajima summoned a Batterskull. Angelopoulos lapsed into thought, before attacking with his remaining Hawk, summoning Gideon Jura and +2'ing him. Nakajima's army quickly crushed the Planeswalker, a Guide revealing an Emeria Angel on top of Angelopoulos' library. The Angel couldn't stave off the attacks for long, and they were quickly off to game two.

    Nakajima 1 – Angelopoulos 0

    Chikara Nakajima has a response.

    Game 2

    Nakajima again had a pair of Goblin Guides, but this time Angelopoulos had a Spellskite soaking up some of the damage. Angelopoulos followed the Spellskite with a Stoneforge Mystic, fetching a Batterskull. The Guides dropped Angelopoulos to 14, but Nakajima was lacking a third land. Angelopoulos wasted no time flashing the Batterskull into play, and set to repairing the early damage inflicted by the Goblin Guides. Nakajima could only summon a lowly Steppe Lynx on his turn. Angelopoulos' board was filling with Squadron Hawks, and his Batterskull was making short work of the Japanese player. Angelopoulos then summoned Elspeth Tirel and gained life, putting himself on 23. "Do you like my sideboard?" Angelopoulos joked, pointing to the Planeswalker.

    Nakajima could only smile meekly as Angelopoulos attacked with 3 Hawks and 2 Creeping Tar-Pits to take the match to the decider.

    Nakajima 1 – Angelopoulos 1

    Game 3

    Both players kept, but Nakajima didn't look thrilled with his hand, summoning a Steppe Lynx. Angelopoulos cracked a Marsh Flats to cast a Kozilek's Inquisition. Nakajima revealed Marsh Flats, Goblin Guide, Divine Offering, Lightning Bolt and Squadron Hawk. "It's not so bad, but I don't see any red mana," Angelopolous mused as he took the Hawk.

    Marios Angelopoulos is calmly in control of the game.

    Nakajima again missed his next land drop, while Angelopoulos played a Creeping Tar-Pit, killing the Lynx with a Doom Blade. Nakajima drew and summoned a Stoneforge Mystic, fetching a Sword of War and Peace, "that was a nice draw!" Angelopoulos admitted.

    Angelopoulos cast Preordain, then a Mystic of his own, fetching a Batterskull. Nakajima summoned Mirran Crusader, and on the following turn, equipped it with the Sword. With no answer for the Crusader, Angelopoulos was forced to throw an Inkmoth Nexus in front of it for the turn.

    "Now, I need a miracle," Angelopoulos announced, flashing me his cards. He had one white source in play, and a Gideon Jura in hand. "Not today," he bemoaned as he drew for the turn. He shuffled through his hand, gesticulating silently at various permanents, counting, and going over the possible plays in his head, before finally passing the turn.

    Nakajima attacked again with his Crusader, Angelopolous flashing a second Batterskull into play so that only took 16 from the Sword'd Crusader, dropping the Greek player to 3. Nakajima tapped a Mountain and placed a Lightning Bolt on the table.

    "I'm dead," Angelopoulos replied, revealing the Gideon and a Day of Judgment in his hand, and pointing to his lone white source of mana.

    Chikara Nakajima defeats Marios Angelopoulos 2 – 1


     

  • Quarterfinals – Owen Turtenwald vs. Shouta Yasooka

    by Pip Hunn
  • Both players are used to the spotlight, having had a bevy Grand Prix and Pro Tour wins and finishes between them. Yasooka is piloting a home brewed U/B control deck featuring a playset of metagame-targeting Torpor Orbs. Turtenwald is piloting CawBlade, a deck that has yet again proven its dominance over Standard this weekend.

    Game 1

    Both players opened up with lands for the first few turns. Yasooka cast a Jace Beleren which gained him a few cards. He followed up with a Torpor Orb and passed, but a Divine Offering from Turtenwald removed the offending artifact. Turtenwald began the offensive with a Stoneforge Mystic, which resolved.

    Yasooka developed his board with another Torpor Orb and an Everflowing Chalice, but Turtenwald suited up his Mystic with a Sword of Feast and Famine and began attacking. Yasooka stemmed the bleeding with a Tumble Magnet.

    Turtenwald activated a Celestial Colonnade and began attacking. Yasooka reversed the game's fortunes by demolishing the board with his singleton Consume the Meek, which killed Turtenwald's animated Colonnade and Stoneforge Mystics.

    Yasooka followed up with a Jace, the Mind Sculptor, to which Turtenwald could only play another relatively innocuous Stoneforge Mystic and equip it. Yasooka followed up with a Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas. Turtenwald looked at his empty board. Against the combined might of two Planeswalkers, it didn't look like he was going to last long.

    He didn't.

    Shouta Yasooka 1 – Owen Turtenwald 0

    Shouta Yasooka

    Game 2

    Game two began with an Inquisition of Kozilek from Yasooka, which netted him a Spell Pierce. Turtenwald played a pair of Squadron Hawks, and Yasooka Disfigured one before casting a Jace Beleren.

    Turtenwald played the rest of his fliers and attacked Jace repeatedly, but Yasooka had more Disfigures to keep the Planeswalker alive. Turtenwald summoned a Stoneforge Mystic, which fetched out Batterskull. A third Disfigure from Yasooka killed the Mystic, but Turtenwald just hard cast the equipment. Yasooka took advantage of the opening to summon a Grave Titan. The ground clogged up, Turtenwald equipped the Batterskull to a Hawk and swung through the air.

    The Grave Titan tried to race Turtenwald's pair of fliers, but barely kept pace with the life gain from the Hawk. At a precarious 1 life, Yasooka attacked with his Titan and an army of Zombie tokens before trying a Consume the Meek. Turtenwald had a Spell Pierce to stop it, and the players moved on to the deciding game.

    Owen Turtenwald 1 – Shouta Yasooka 1

    Game 3

    Turtenwald mulliganed to 6 for the deciding game. Yasooka cast an Inquisition of Kozilek, revealed a hand of lands, Mana Leak and a Divine Offering. Another Inquisition left Turtenwald with only lands in his hand. Luckily, he topdecked a Jace, the Mind Sculptor at the perfect moment and summoned it unopposed.

    Owen Turtenwald

    Yasooka summoned a Jace Beleren to kill off the Planeswalker's bigger brother. Turtenwald hardcast a Batterskull, leaving him with a decent board position but an empty hand. Turtenwald climbed to 30 life and knocked Yasooka down to 2 life over several swings, the Batterskull accompanied by a Celestial Colonnade.

    Yasooka had held onto a Consume the Meek for several turns and, at the last possible moment, drew the land to play it. Both players looked to the top of their libraries for a threat. Turtenwald got there first with a Jace, the Mind Sculptor. He fatesealed Yasooka into oblivion while a singleton Squadron Hawk flew Turtenwald to victory.

    Owen Turtenwald wins a thrilling third game and advances to the semifinals!

    Owen Turtenwald 2 – Shouta Yasooka 1


     

  • Semifinals – Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa vs. Chatcha Saethang

    by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw
  • As the players shuffled, I chastised PV for putting that his "greatest/proudest non-Magic achievement" was "being very awesome."

    "It's a difficult question!" he protested, "what would you put?"

    He had me there, it was a difficult question.

    "I was a junior bridge player for Brazil," PV ventured, "you could put that. Although there aren't very many junior bridge players in Brazil, so it wasn't that difficult."

    Game 1

    Saethang won the roll, and Preordained on turn two, while da Rosa summoned a Stoneforge Mystic, searching up a Batterskull. Saethang summoned Jace Beleren while da Rosa sat back with his Mystic, two mana open. A Mirran Crusader from Saethang met a Mana Leak, and with Jace now down to one loyalty, PV finally attacked it with his Mystic, before summoned a Jace Beleren of his own. Saethang summoned an Emeria Angel, and played an Island to make a Bird token. While Saethang was tapped low, PV Tectonic Edge'd Saethang's Celestial Colonnade, and passed the turn back, again with Mystic Mana open.

    Brazil Junior Bridge Representative, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa.

    Saethang cast and equipped a Sword of Feast and Famine to his Bird. He sent the Angel to fight Jace, and the Bird directly at PV. PV calmly destroyed the equipment with a Divine Offering, halting Saethang's turn in its tracks, before untapping and summoning another Mystic, this time fetching a Sword of War and Peace.

    Saethang's Angel kept PV's Planeswalkers in check, killing another Jace Beleren, while PV flashed out a Batterskull. Saethang summoned Jace, the Mind Sculptor, and cast a Sword of War and Peace.

    With Swords now on both sides of the table, life totals were shooting up and down with alarming regularity. Players battled over Jaces for several turns, with PV having the last word, and eventually using the Planeswalker to leverage an opening to finally take game one.

    PV 1 – Saethang 0

    Game 2

    PV again had a turn two Stoneforge Mystic for a Batterskull, while Saethang summoned a Spellskite and a Mirran Crusader. PV Dismembered the Spellskite, and summoned a second Mystic for a Sword of War and Peace. Saethang summoned a Mystic of his own and fetched the same.

    Thailand's Chatcha Saethang

    Saethang Mystic'd his Sword into play and attached it to his Crusader, but PV again had the Divine Offering, merely taking 4 from the double striker. Preordain found PV a second Offering, as he attacked back with his Batterskull and a Sworded Mystic, dropping Saethang to 7 and sending the Brazilian back up to 24. He then passed the turn back with only one mana open. Saethang cast a Sword of Feast and Famine, and PV Spell Pierced it. Saethang opted not to pay, instead popping PV's Sword with a Divine Offering. PV attacked again, dropping Saethang to 5 and played Jace, the Mind Sculptor. Saethang summoned another Mirran Crusader and passed the turn back. PV Dismembered Saethang's Mystic, which flashed in a Batterskull in response. PV then tried to Divine Offering it, but this time Saethang had the Spell Pierce.

    PV bounced the Crusader with Jace, and attacked his Batterskull into Saethang's. Saethang accepted the trade, before resummoning his Crusader, and pointing a Divine Offering at PV's Batterskull. PV now had a Batterskull and a Sword of War and Peace in his graveyard, while Saethang had one of each Sword in his, and a Batterskull in play.

    PV Mystic'd his Sword of Feast and Famine into play, attached it to his Mystic and attacked. Saethang traded his Crusader for the Mystic, untapped, and took down Jace with a Celestial Colonnade.

    PV attached his Sword to his remaining Mystic, and summoned a Squadron Hawk. The Mystic scored a hit, forcing Saethang to discard a Seachrome Coast, while a Tectonic Edge took down the Colonnade. PV then summoned a Consecrated Sphinx, and out of gas, Saethang scooped up his cards.

    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa defeats Shatcha Saethang 2 – 0 and moves on to face Chikara Nakajima in the finals!


     

  • Semifinals – Chikara Nakajima vs. Owen Turtenwald

    by Pip Hunn
  • Both players chatted happily as they looked over each other's decklists. "I've beaten Shuhei and Shouta on the way here", remarked Turtenwald. "Maybe Japanese players are a good matchup for me?" Nakajima grinned and shook his head. "Your luck will run out, I am the Lucky Master."

    Luck may not have much to do with it, as Nakajima is 7-0 against Caw-Blade this tournament. Turtenwald has his work cut out for him if he wants to make it to the finals.

    Game 1

    Goblin Guide from Nakajima started the action nice and quickly. Turtenwald summoned a Squadron Hawk and fetched up its compatriots. Nakajima applied more pressure with a second Goblin Guide both crashing into the red zone and netting an Island and a Celestial Colonnade for Turtenwald. Post combat, Nakajima played a Steppe Lynx. Turtenwald spent 4 life Dismember the Lynx, falling to 10.

    The Goblin Guides attacked again, this time Turtenwald's Hawks leapt to his defense, gang-blocking and killing one. The other got through for 2 damage, dropping Turtenwald to 8 life. Nakajima started assembling his own Squadron Hawk army, and as Hawks traded with each other, Turtenwald couldn't muster a defense. A monstrously big Steppe Lynx sealed the deal for Nakajima. Turtenwald tried to block with his Inkmoth Nexus, but a Dismember from Nakajima ended the game then and there.

    Chikara Nakajima 1 – Owen Turtenwald 0

    Game 2

    Nakajima once again had a Goblin Guide to begin the action. Owen tried to buy himself some time with an Oust, but the Goblin just came back for more, joined by a friend for more aggressive fun. Turtenwald revealed another Oust off the Guide, and a Condemn and a Dismember got rid of the Goblins but dropped Turtenwald to 12. Nakajima played a Stoneforge Mystic and passed. Turtenwald did the same, fetching out a Batterskull.

    Chikara Nakajima

    Nakajima played and equipped a Sword of War and Peace to his Mystic, while Turtenwald passed with mana open, threatening a Batterskull. Nakajima summoned a Mirran Crusader and equipped the Sword of War and Peace to it. Turtenwald cast a Divine Offering to kill his opponent's Sword and an Oust to rid himself of the troublesome double striker for a few turns. Turtenwald's Batterskull gained him some breathing room, but when he attacked with it Nakajima had a Divine Offering.

    Turtenwald summoned a Jace, the Mind Sculptor and cast a second Stoneforge Mystic, finding another Batterskull. Nakajima implacably found a Stoneforge Mystic, tutored for a Sword of War and Peace, played and equipped it all in the one turn, making his Mirran Crusader terrifying. Turtenwald carefully cast another Divine Offering, saving himself from a boatload of damage.

    Owen Turtenwald

    With a Jace, a Batterskull, and a swathe of mana, Turtenwald slowly worked his way into control of the game. Unable to make a threat stick or to get past a growing pile of Hawks waiting on defense, Nakajima's life total slowly crumbled.

    Owen Turtenwald 1 – Chikara Nakajima 1

    Game 3

    Turtenwald mulliganed as Nakajima varied his opening, this time starting with a Steppe Lynx. It was joined by a Goblin Guide, knocking Turtenwald down to 14 on the second turn's attack step. Turtenwald Ousted the Lynx but Nakajima had a second Goblin Guide, dropping Turtenwald to 10. Nakajima followed up with a Squadron Hawk and piled on the pressure.

    Turtenwald played his own Squadron Hawk and fetched the remaining trio, but failed to play a third land. Nakajima didn't give him any breathing room, with his team crashing in. Turtenwald traded Squadron Hawks and left the Goblin Guides attack, but had no answers for attack next turn.

    Chikara Nakajima advances to the finals, where he will once again battle CawBlade, this time piloted by Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa.

    Chikara Nakajima 2 – Owen Turtenwald 1


     

  • Finals – Chikara Nakajima vs. Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

    by Pip Hunn
  • Nakajima and Paulo Vito Damo da Rosa sat down to the finals of Grand Prix Singapore. While they browsed decklists and shuffled up, they traded impressive statistics about their tournament so far. Da Rosa can claim total mastery of the difficult Caw-Blade matchup, but Nakajima hasn't dropped a match all weekend to Caw-Blade.

    "It's like a 90% matchup in his favor, and he's 9-0, so he's due for a loss, right?" asked PV. Nakajima laughed and presented his lethally fast Boros deck for shuffling.

    Game 1

    Nakajima barrelled out of the gates with a Goblin Guide, which PV was quick to Dismember. PV summoned a Squadron Hawk, and Nakajima surveyed his options. He summoned a Stoneforge Mystic and fetched a Batterskull. PV Preordained and passed, leaving his Hawks back on defence. Nakajima found another Goblin Guide and attacked, both of the Squadron Hawks blocking the attacking Goblin. When Nakajima flashed in his Batterskull, PV was ready with a Divine Offering.

    Nakajima unleashed a Koth of the Hammer and attacked with the Mystic and a Mountain. PV hardcast a Batterskull to slow down Koth's aggression. Nakajima Dismembered the Batterskull's Germ token and attacked with a Mountain again. PV left his Batterskull unequipped and attacked the Koth with a singleton Squadron Hawk. Post-combat, he summoned a Consecrated Sphinx. Nakajima flashed in a Sword of War and Peace, but couldn't race the Sphinx once it equipped the Batterskull and started attacking.

    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 1 – Chikara Nakajima 0

    Game 2

    Both players started relatively slowly, fetching out Squadron Hawks. The first four Hawks to find the battlefield traded in combat, and then Nakajima upped the ante with a Mirran Crusader. PV cast a Jace, the Mind Sculptor and bounced the Crusader, leaving two Hawks unmolested on Nakajima's side of the board. Nakajima cast a Koth and attacked Jace with all his men to kill it. PV tapped out to summon a Consecrated Sphinx, but declined to draw any extra cards, fearing Nakajima's Sword of War and Peace.

    Nakajima kept attacking and re-cast his Crusader, while PV hunted for solutions to the growing Boros problem. The Sphinx attacked Koth but a Hawk jumped in its way.

    Nakajima activated Koth's ultimate ability, turning all his Mountains into a repeating source of damage. PV activated his Celestial Colonnade and attacked with both his fliers. Nakajima had a Dismember for the Sphinx, but PV Condemned his own attacker in response, gaining some precious life. Nakajima tapped four of his mountains to kill the attacking Colonnade.

    He cast a Sword of War and Peace and attacked with his Squadron Hawk, but PV had a Dismember to save himself some pain. Nakajima passed with three untapped Mountains, a serious problem for PV. He animated and attacked with a Colonnade, then passed.

    Nakajima unleashed a pile of Lightning Bolts and pings at PV, dropping him to a precarious life total. In desperation, PV tried to Divine Offering Nakajima's Sword, but Nakajima had an Offering of his own to deny PV the life. PV cast Mana Leak and gained three life to stay alive for another turn, but it was to no avail. Both players briefly turned to their sideboards before moving to the deciding game of Grand Prix Singapore.

    Chikara Nakajima 1 – Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 1

    Game 3

    Both players mulliganed in an inauspicious beginning to the final game. PV was happy with his six, but Nakajima went back for another try. Nakajima furred his brow in frustration as neither his hands of six or five had any mana, forcing him to accept a hand of four.

    Neither player had any plays for the first few turns of the game. PV summoned a Stoneforge Mystic, which fetched a Batterskull. A Lightning Bolt from Nakajima delayed the Batterskull's appearance, but PV hardcast it in short order.

    Nakajima summoned a Mirran Crusader, but PV had a Condemn for it as soon Nakajima ordered it into the red zone. PV assembled an army of Squadron Hawks and combined them with an aggressive Celestial Colonnade. To the applause of the gathered spectators, PV flew over Nakajima's blockers to victory.

    Congratulations to Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, your Grand Prix: Singapore champion!

    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 2 – Chikara Nakajima 1


     

  • Feature – Top 5 New Phyrexia Cards

    by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw
  • After much speculation, the Phyrexians finally won, and so new Phyrexia compleated Scars of Mirrodin Block. So what cards have impacted Standard the most this weekend?



    Deceiver Exarch

    This little guy looks rather innocuous on the surface, but when suited up with a Splinter Twin, can make about as many copies of itself as necessary (and there's not usually any incentive to stop at "just what's necessary"). There have been many ways to build around this combo sighted here this weekend, ranging from straight Blue/Red, to Blue/Red and any one of the remaining three colors. The rise of Deceiver Exarch has caused an increase in sideboarded Combusts.



    Phyrexian Metamorph

    One of the most versatile Clone-style creatures we've seen in a long time, and at a very competitive cost, to boot. Copying anything from Inferno Titan to Sword of Feast and Famine to Birds of Paradise (things weren't going well for Matt Marr that game). Rumors have been circling that Phyrexian Metamorph might also make an appearance or two at Pro Tour Nagoya next weekend.



    Spellskite

    This harmless looking 0/4 flew under the radar for about as long as anything can be expected to do so these days (about 2 minutes and 45 seconds.) Spellskite has been summoned to protect a wide range of Very Important Persons, allowing Deceiver Exarchs to suit up uninterrupted (and incidentally, also interrupting opposing Exarchs), letting equipped Squadron Hawks to attack unimpeded, and even leaping in front of stray Lightning Bolts that may have been intended for Planeswalkers.



    Dismember

    As far as removal spells go, Dismember has definitely set the bar high. I imagine that it has occasionally been cast for its normal mana cost of 1 ManaBlack ManaBlack Mana, but the majority of the time, people are paying one mana of any color, and marking their life total 4 points lower. Dismember has closed the loop on several vulnerabilities decks once had (CawBlade vs Fauna Shaman or Lotus Cobra, Mono Red and Boros vs Kor Firewalker) while being a very cheap and effective way to disrupt anyone looking to equip or enchant a creature.



    Batterskull

    Allow me to wax alliteratively for a moment, but Batterskull's a beating. Combined with Stoneforge Mystic, people can expect to see it entering the battlefield as early as turn three. At any point in the game, a 4/4 with lifelink and vigilance is an imposing line of defense, and being able to attack early and often will make (for instance) the life cost of Dismember negligible, and ensure an aggressive deck will be facing a very steep, uphill battle.

    So it's safe to say the New Phyrexia definitely turned the power in Standard up a notch! No wonder the Mirran's didn't stand a chance.

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