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  • Blog - 5:42 p.m. - Round 14 Feature Match: Ruud Warmenhoven vs. Yujian Zhou
    by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw
  • Blog - 5:29 p.m. - Round 13 Feature Match: Quentin Martin vs. Osamu Fujita
    by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw
  • Blog - 2:45 p.m. - Making it All Tick
    by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw
  • Blog - 2:17 p.m. - It's a Photo Montage!
    by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw
  • Blog - 1:36 p.m. - rk post Talks Art
    by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw
  • Blog - 12:17 p.m. - Round 10 Feature Match: Kenji Tsumura vs. Nan Tu
    by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw
  • Blog - 11:47 a.m. - Drafting with Kenji Tsumura and Eugene Levin
    by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw
  • Blog - 9:09 a.m. - On Day One, the Undefeated Players Used Undefeated Decks
    by Ray "blisterguy" Walkinshaw

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  • Sunday, June 4: 9:09 a.m. - On Day One, the Undefeated Players Used Undefeated Decks


  • Kenji Tsumura - 8-0
    Day One, Grand Prix-Kuala Lumpur

    Main Deck

    40 cards

    Dimir Aqueduct
    Forest
    Plains
    Simic Growth Chamber
    Swamp

    16 lands

    Blind Hunter
    Civic Wayfinder
    Dimir House Guard
    Elves of Deep Shadow
    Golgari Rotwurm
    Graven Dominator
    Lurking Informant
    Minister of Impediments
    Screeching Griffin
    Selesnya Evangel
    Sewerdreg
    Shambling Shell
    Silhana Starfletcher
    Vedalken Dismisser

    14 creatures

    Azorius Signet
    Congregation at Dawn
    Douse in Gloom
    Farseek
    Fists of Ironwood
    Hex
    Orzhov Signet
    Recollect
    Ribbons of Night
    Seal of Doom

    10 other spells

    Sideboard
    Beacon Hawk
    Blockbuster
    Boros Fury-Shield
    Chorus of the Conclave
    Conclave Equenaut
    Conjurer's Ban
    Convolute
    Cry of Contrition
    Crystal Seer
    Darkblast
    Dromad Purebred
    Enemy of the Guildpact
    Ethereal Usher
    Fiery Conclusion
    Flame-Kin War Scout
    Galvanic Arc
    Gate Hound
    Golgari Brownscale
    Grayscaled Gharial
    Greater Forgeling
    Induce Paranoia
    Izzet Chronarch
    Magewright's Stone
    Moroii
    Peel from Reality
    Pure // Simple
    Rally the Righteous
    Razia, Boros Archangel
    Riot Spikes
    Sandstorm Eidolon
    Scorched Rusalka
    Simic Initiate
    Skarrg, the Rage Pits
    Skyknight Legionnaire
    Skyrider Trainee
    Smash
    Steamcore Weird
    Steeling Stance
    Svogthos, the Restless Tomb
    Taste for Mayhem
    Vedalken Entrancer
    War-Torch Goblin
    Wild Cantor
    Withstand
    Wit's End
    Wojek Apothecary
    Wojek Siren
    Woodwraith Strangler

    48 sideboard cards



    James Porter - 8-0
    Day One, Grand Prix-Kuala Lumpur

    Main Deck

    41 cards

    Blood Crypt
    Forest
    Mountain
    Orzhov Basilica
    Plains
    Rakdos Carnarium
    Selesnya Sanctuary
    Swamp

    16 lands

    Blind Hunter
    Centaur Safeguard
    Civic Wayfinder
    Daggerclaw Imp
    Drooling Groodion
    Elvish Skysweeper
    Golgari Guildmage
    Greater Mossdog
    Mourning Thrull
    Ogre Gatecrasher
    Rakdos Guildmage
    Rakdos Ickspitter
    Siege Wurm
    Sporeback Troll
    Stinkweed Imp

    15 creatures

    Boros Signet
    Disembowel
    Douse in Gloom
    Fiery Conclusion
    Fists of Ironwood
    Gaze of the Gorgon
    Putrefy
    Rakdos Signet
    Scatter the Seeds
    Wreak Havoc

    10 other spells

    Sideboard
    Aurora Eidolon
    Bond of Agony
    Concerted Effort
    Conclave's Blessing
    Dimir Infiltrator
    Dimir Machinations
    Dimir Signet
    Dizzy Spell
    Dogpile
    Enigma Eidolon
    Fencer's Magemark
    Flight of Fancy
    Flow of Ideas
    Frenzied Goblin
    Ghost Quarter
    Goblin Fire Fiend
    Grifter's Blade
    Halcyon Glaze
    Infectious Host
    Lore Broker
    Loxodon Gatekeeper
    Mark of Eviction
    Necromantic Thirst
    Ocular Halo
    Rally the Righteous
    Razia's Purification
    Restless Bones
    Sadistic Augermage
    Sell-Sword Brute
    Shielding Plax
    Silhana Ledgewalker
    Silhana Starfletcher
    Sky Swallower
    Snapping Drake
    Sparkmage Apprentice
    Steamcore Weird
    Terraformer
    Tidewater Minion
    Train of Thought
    Valor Made Real
    Vertigo Spawn
    Votary of the Conclave
    War-Torch Goblin
    Whiptail Moloch
    Withstand

    45 sideboard cards



    Nan Tu - 8-0
    Day One, Grand Prix-Kuala Lumpur

    Main Deck

    41 cards

    Island
    Mountain
    Plains
    Rakdos Carnarium
    Selesnya Sanctuary
    Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
    Swamp
    Watery Grave

    17 lands

    Dimir House Guard
    Exhumer Thrull
    Izzet Chronarch
    Keening Banshee
    Lurking Informant
    Mausoleum Turnkey
    Ogre Gatecrasher
    Rakdos Guildmage
    Roofstalker Wight
    Shrieking Grotesque
    Skyknight Legionnaire
    Terraformer
    Torch Drake
    Vedalken Dismisser

    15 creatures

    Boros Fury-Shield
    Clinging Darkness
    Fiery Conclusion
    Galvanic Arc
    Hypervolt Grasp
    Lightning Helix
    Ocular Halo
    Peel from Reality
    Pillory of the Sleepless

    9 other spells

    Sideboard
    Aurora Eidolon
    Bond of Agony
    Breeding Pool
    Caregiver
    Centaur Safeguard
    Dizzy Spell
    Duskmantle, House of Shadow
    Earth Surge
    Elves of Deep Shadow
    Elvish Skysweeper
    Enigma Eidolon
    Entropic Eidolon
    Festival of the Guildpact
    Gaze of the Gorgon
    Ghost Quarter
    Gigadrowse
    Goblin Spelunkers
    Golgari Grave-Troll
    Greater Mossdog
    Gruul Scrapper
    Hunted Dragon
    Incite Hysteria
    Lore Broker
    Necromancer's Magemark
    Restless Bones
    Seismic Spike
    Selesnya Evangel
    Selesnya Sagittars
    Shambling Shell
    Shielding Plax
    Silhana Ledgewalker
    Simic Ragworm
    Souls of the Faultless
    Sporeback Troll
    Stasis Cell
    Sundering Vitae
    Surge of Zeal
    Thoughtpicker Witch
    Tin Street Hooligan
    Valor Made Real
    Viashino Slasher
    Vindictive Mob
    Votary of the Conclave
    Whiptail Moloch
    Wizened Snitches
    Zephyr Spirit

    46 sideboard cards



     
  • Sunday, June 4: 11:47 a.m. - Drafting with Kenji Tsumura and Eugene Levin
  • Compared to drafting with the full Ravnica block, building a Sealed Deck is easy. With the guilds spread out through the packs as they are, some draft combinations come together earlier than others. For instance, if you end up drafting a blue/green/white deck, you'll get some hot, hot Selesnya loving in pack one, but will be left wanting until pack three, where you'll suddenly be flush with Simic and Azorius goodness. A black/green/white deck will most likely be filled out by the time you're finished with pack two, and pack three with have but a garnish for your Selesnya/Golgari/Orzhov salad.

    Quentin Martin secretly helps Tsumura build his deck with his telepathic super powers.
    Three people managed to pull through Day One with eight wins and no loses to their names, and the biggest name of the three was none other than Kenji Tsumura. Tsumura snapped up the Player of the Year title last year through his tireless roaming of the globe, beating the stuffing out of people in Magic tournaments, and he's in a prime position to do it again here Sunday.

    As I stood behind Tsumura, I noticed that Eugene Levin was seated a mere two seats downstream, and had a pleading "watch me, watch me!" look in his eyes. Well it was that, or his latte kicking in. Levin was in seventh place at the end of day one with his great deck (with Quentin Martin at 14th, maybe both players were right about the quality of their decks) and was also in great position to make a run for the playoffs himself.

    Tsumura was rewarded with a Bottle Cloister in his opening pack, and was soon in black for Keening Banshee and Dark Confidant. Levin whipped out a first-pick Galvanic Arc, and matched it in Golgari with a Civic Wayfinder and both the Golgari Rotwurm and Rot Farm. Tsumura branched into blue for a fifth-pick Szadek, Lord of Secrets, which I guess he would hope never to reveal with the Confidant.

    In pack two, both players ventured into Red; Gruul for Levin, and Izzet for Tsumura. Levin was clearly happy to see a fifth-pick Ghor-Clan Savage, and barely managed to stay in his chair when he got another one sixth. After a first-pick Debtors' Knell, Tsumura seemed less happy with how things were going. He scooped up a couple of Schismotivates, only to have two Leap of Faiths and another Schismotivate fall into his lap in the latter half of the pack.

    In a blur, Levin hurries to finish registering his deck.
    After picking up a couple of Helium Squirters and Silkwing Scout, Tsumura looked to have a reasonable deck, but nothing too flashy. When I asked his how he rated his chances, he blurted out "0-3! 0-3!" with his characteristic grin. I haggled him up to a potential 2-1 "if I get lucky!"

    The last pack really pulled Levin's deck together, as he picked up a matched pair of Sporeback Trolls and Aquastrand Spiders. Despite claiming he had no idea what he was doing, Levin admitted his deck was most likely a go for 2-1, and that he'd win if he drew his Trolls.

    How did they go? Well, Tsumura managed to pull out a win against Yujian Zhou to advance to one of only two 9 - 0's, and Levin crushed Buncha Siri-ek 2 – 0 with monsters like Galvanic Arced Glass Golem and his trusty Ghor-Clan Savages, taking himself up to 8 - 1.

     
  • Sunday, June 4: 12:17 p.m. - Round 10 Feature Match: Kenji Tsumura vs. Nan Tu
  • Tsumura verses Tu, who will be 10 - 0?
    Two men enter, one man leave. Well, not quite, they're both still gonna be here after this round, but only one of them will be 10 – 0 and only one of them will be leading the pack in the race to the Top 8.

    In Game 1, Nan Tu started out with a mulligan, and very quickly fell under Kanji Tsumura's Helium Squirter-led army. Thanks to the one-two punch of Perplex into Bottled Cloister from Tsumura, we were off to Game 2.

    Again Tsumura started the damage race with his flyers, but this time Tu was ready, calling forth his burly protector Isperia the Inscrutable to defend him. Tsumura's small flyers stood there helpless as the 3/6 flying legend flew over to take chucks out of their master, summoning forth an army of additional flyers in the process. Every time Tsumura tried to muster a gang to take Isperia down, Tu had a Peel from Reality or a Dogpile to wreck him and it wasn't long before both players were shuffling up again to ready themselves for the tiebreaker.

    Tsumura's first real play was a turn-four Enemy of the Guildpact, for whom very little seemed to stand in the way. Tu dug for a Boros Garrison with his Court Hussar, before getting his Isperia Perplexed by an obviously pleased Tsumura. Kenji followed the Counter with his Bottled Cloister again, and this time if drew him into his Debtors' Knell.

    There was very little Tu could do to stop the flow of monsters, some of them even his own, so he packed in his cards. Kenji Tsumura now advances to the top of the field at 10 – 0. Not bad for a kid who claimed at the World Champs in Japan last year that he couldn't draft to save himself.

    Kenji Tsumura defeats Nan Tu 2 – 1.


    Bottled Cloister and Debtors' Knell. How would you rate your chances?

     
  • Sunday, June 4: 1:36 p.m. - rk post Talks Art
  • post has signed just about everything imaginable.
    I like art, which is probably why completed a Bachelors Degree in Visual Communication, Art and Design. The long, difficult and often stressful hours, days, months and years spent achieving this qualification probably have something to do with the fact that I haven't picked up a pencil since then. One person who still picks up a pencil is rk post, known for prettying up such Magic cards as Thorn Elemental, Dawnstrider and the Avatars from Prophecy. I grabbed a crack squad of the best judges, and together we kidnapped Mr. Post and took out the back for some questioning.

    How many Magic events have you attended now?
    "A plethora. A couple shy of a million, I think. Wait, do you include prereleases in that? That would take it over a million."

    What non-Magic related work do you do?
    "I work full time for the software company Gas Powered Games. I do all kinds of art and design stuff for them."

    Favorite Magic piece?
    "Unmask. It's my standard answer, and I'm sticking to it."

    What is the card you're most asked to sign?
    "Morphling *laughs*"
    Obviously, I replied.
    "Yes, obviously."

    Is there anything that you'd refuse to sign?
    "Nothing, and I've signed pretty odd stuff. Anything and everything. Body parts, wallets. I've even been asked to draw some reasonably questionable stuff on people's cards, but hey, why not? Surprise me!"

    Where did you train to be an artist?
    "I grew up on a farm where I mostly taught myself. I did get a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts at Northern Illinois University though, but it hasn't done me any good. All the good stuff I learned after school."

    What is your favorite medium to work with?
    "If I have enough time, I like to work with oils. It gives you something solid to hold once you're done. I usually work digitally though."

    How many pieces do you have in Coldsnap?
    "Umm, two! One of them is a critter."

    What do you like most about your job?
    "With Magic, I like that I get to travel. With my other job, I like that I get a salary and insurance and I get to work on fun stuff. I've also picked up a few skills along the way there, so that's great too."


     
  • Sunday, June 4: 2:17 p.m. - It's a Photo Montage!
  • Like any good tourist, I made sure to snap early and often. But rather than waste the excess, here are a few to give you a taste of the good times going on here.

    A pretty fountain, with people gathered around it, generally chilling out on their Friday night.

    The dealers got what choo neeeed. If what you need is sleaves and singles and stuff, anyway.

    This mall was very big, at least by my standards, which probably aren’t very high. Well, I thought it was cool at least.

    Quentin Martin is shown in the country breakdown as being from Malaysia. Apparently this isn’t the first time it’s happened either, and he’s still not entirely sure why it keeps happing to him. He’s been from Belgium, Suria, Eastern Mongolia and this one time, the back of the second closet on the left.

    It’s weird. I never eat the stuff at home, but always seem to end up having some when I’m overseas. Maybe it’s the fact that the temperature is just right where I live, and unbearably sweltering everywhere else. Yes, that guy on the bottom left is actually blowing on his ice cream to cool it down even more, that’s how hot it is here in Kuala Lumpur.

    I was all set to run for Mexico, but before I got too far, someone told me that giant checks don't actually count as legal tender. Curses.

    We lost our Internet connection here at the convention center last night, just after Round 8 finished up. I had to skip the judges dinner to head back to my hotel room to continue working. This is my first ever room-service experience. The fries were cold, but the sammich was very nice, thanks for asking.

    Another fountain. This one is outside my hotel, and also very pretty.

    I’m in room 429. The door is unlocked.

    Also, funny story. I’ve been linking that picture all weekend to Greg Collins, our esteemed coverage manager, to give him a giggle or two. He’s working from home in Seattle getting the back-end side of things sorted out so that you guys can actually read all of this. Anyway, at one point, I failed to notice that Greg’s girlfriend Adrienne had taken control of the computer while he was away doing important stuff, and I linked it to her as well. Job security? Who needs it!


     
  • Sunday, June 4: 2:45 p.m. - Making it All Tick
  • None of this could happen without the judges. Well, it couldn't happen without a great number of the other people involved in this event, either. In fact, I'm probably the only superfluous person here. Anyway, the judges are still very important, and snappy dressers to boot. Here are the judges who have patrolled the floor (and continue to, for that matter) at this weekend's Grand Prix.

    Level 3
    Jacky Yang (head Judge)
    Wearn Ee Chong
    Mountain Hung

    Level 2
    Stanley Hooi
    Shing Nien Fong
    Eum Sung Dae
    Terence Lee
    Monsuporn Lauhaphand
    Chris Chew
    Clifford Yap Tsiang Ming

    Level 1
    Marco Maruto
    Raffy Sarto
    Sashi Kumar Balakrishnan
    Glicerio Garcia
    Wang Yanzhi
    Charlie Sun Yu-Li

    Level 0
    Micheal Yong Hiong Tee
    Adrian Kuan
    Martin Wong Kwong Teck
    Yoel Gennedy
    Hari Muralitaeran
    Mohd. Ezzanie B. Shamsul

    And lastly, but by no means least, my chief chocolate fetcher and man who makes electricity happen in the feature match area:
    Michael Toh

    Bonus question: How do you fit a dozen judges into a ladies' dressing room?

    No, I have no idea how they did it either.


     
  • Sunday, June 4: 5:29 p.m. - Round 13 Feature Match: Quentin Martin vs. Osamu Fujita
  • Quentin Martin has been begging me for a feature match pretty much all day. Just two rounds out from the playoffs, he only needs one win to make the Top 8, it seems he's finally gonna get his name in little computer screen lights. Also needing one win is Osamu Fujita, a seasoned player in his own right, who wasn't going to stand aside easily.

    Quentin and Osamu battled to the wire.
    Both players got off to a fine start with nobody falling short on mana or cards and whatnot. Martin had his small white critters, and Fujita had his small green ones. Both players then upsized their board positions – Fujita with a Leafdrake Roost, and Martin with a Sky Hussar, which is always gonna be faster in a race. One timely Peel from Reality later and Martin had taken Game 1.

    Fujita came out with a blinding turn-three Patagia Viper in Game 2, which started racing against a Guardian of the Guildpact. Creatures joined the battle on both sides of the table, but they all pretty much cancelled each other out, while the Patagia and the Guardian marched on to the same beat. The game played on for what seemed like several hours, and just as Martin looked about to press an advantage taken from an Overrule, Fujita dropped the Skarrgan Skybreaker bomb on him, taking the match score to one apiece with a scant few minutes left on the clock.

    While they both wanted a result, there was no finishing the match quickly. Fujita managed to get out his Skybreaker again, but Martin had the Vedalken Dismisser to keep it away, and the match ended in a draw. Both players could be looking for their win in the last round instead.

    Fujita 1 – Martin 1


     
  • Sunday, June 4: 5:42 p.m. - Round 13 Feature Match: Ruud Warmenhoven vs. Yujian Zhou
  • Eugene Levin congratulates Ruud on the victory.
    Ruud Warmenhoven and Yujian Zhou were both in the unenviable position of needing to win their last round to make the Top 8. While it seemed like Zhou might be short on mana to begin Game 1, he quickly found more with his Lurking Informant. Warmenhoven started the beat with his Greater Mossdog, only to have Zhou use a Scatter the Seeds to power up a Ghor-Clan Savage to stop it.

    Pushing back, Warmenhoven dropped a Glare of Subdual on Zhou. The Glare held off Zhou's monsters for quite a while, but a timely Twinstrike put Warmenhoven on the back foot, at least until he could drop more guys into play. But into play they came, and the Glare gave Warmenhoven the win for Game 1.

    In the second game, Warmenhoven crashed into play with a whole pile of fat, leaving Zhou gasping for air. A Clinging Darkness slowed things a little, but couldn't do enough to stop the oncoming tide of limbs, teeth and sharp pointy things. Zhou quickly succumbed to Warmenhoven's assault.

    Ruud Warmenhoven defeats Yujian Zhou 2 – 0 to earn a spot in the Top 8.


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