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Li's Stars Shine in Kuala Lumpur

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The letter F!abien Li is your Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur champion! Taking a break from the UR archetype that served him well all weekend, Fabien battled through a top 8 swath of RB Minotaurs, WB mid-range and BG control piloting UW evasive tempo.

He was well served by the combination of Wingsteed Rider and Hopeful Eidolon, as well as a Wavecrash Triton that worked overtime to keep all his opponents' creatures tapped down. In a nail-biting finale, Fabien threated lethal three times off Evangel of Heliod before finally taking the game, match and tournament with Celestial Archon.

Rounding out the Top 8 were Park Jun Young, Ryan Young, Krissapas Kuptimitr, (23) Shouta Yasooka (on his 18th Grand Prix top 8), Jack Teo, Shamsul Bahrin Zainuddin and Mohd Khairul Anuar Abdul Aziz.

Congratulations to Fabien Li, Champion of Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur!



Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Champion
4 (23) Shouta Yasooka Shamsul Bahrin Zainuddin, 2-1
6 Shamsul Bahrin Zainuddin Ryan Young Hao-Wei, 2-1
2 Ryan Young Hao-Wei Ryan Young Hao-Wei, 2-0 Fabien Li, 2-0
5 Jack Teo
1 Park Jun Young Park Jun Young, 2-0
8 Mohd Khairul Anuar Abdul Aziz Fabien Li, 2-1
7 Fabien Li Fabien Li, 2-0
3 Krissapas Kuptimitr






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EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
 1.  Fabien Li $4,000
 2.  Ryan Young Hao-Wei $2,700
 3.  Park Jun Young $1,500
 4.  Shamsul Bahrin Zainuddin $1,500
 5.  Krissapas Kuptimitr $1,000
 6.  (23) Shouta Yasooka $1,000
 7.  Jack Teo $1,000
 8.  Mohd Khairul Anuar Abdul Aziz $1,000
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  • Top 8 Profiles

    by Noel Neo


  • Park Jun Young

    Age: 29
    Hometown: Republic of Korea
    Occupation: Company Employer


    Score for Sealed Portion:
    8-1

    What did you play for Sealed Portion:
    Orzhov Control

    Score for Draft 1:
    3-0

    What did you play for Draft 1:
    GW Heroic

    Score for Draft 2:
    2-0-1

    What did you play for Draft 2:
    Orzhov Control

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    0

    Grand Prix Top 8s(not counting this one):
    1

    How do you think Born of the Gods would impact Limited?
    Many heroic creatures

    What are your top common and uncommon picks from Born of the Gods?
    Heroic creatures




    Ryan Young Hao-Wei

    Age: 35
    Hometown: Taiwan, Taichung
    Occupation: Engineer


    Score for Sealed Portion:
    7-2

    What did you play for Sealed Portion:
    UW Heroic

    Score for Draft 1:
    3-0

    What did you play for Draft 1:
    GW Heroic

    Score for Draft 2:
    3-0

    What did you play for Draft 2:
    GW-U Heroic

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    0

    Grand Prix Top 8s(not counting this one):
    0

    How do you think Born of the Gods would impact Limited?
    Multi-colour gods provide a different angle of attack

    What are your top common and uncommon picks from Born of the Gods?
    Bile Blight. Drown in Sorrow




    Krissapas Kuptimitr

    Age: 31
    Hometown: Bangkok
    Occupation: Sales Engineer


    Score for Sealed Portion:
    7-2 (no byes)

    What did you play for Sealed Portion:
    UG and GW

    Score for Draft 1:
    3-0

    What did you play for Draft 1:
    UB

    Score for Draft 2:
    3-0

    What did you play for Draft 2:
    UG

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    0

    Grand Prix Top 8s(not counting this one):
    0

    How do you think Born of the Gods would impact Limited?
    Tribute would test players’ skill more

    What are your top common and uncommon picks from Born of the Gods?
    Archetype of Courage. Nullify




    Shouta Yasooka

    Age: 29
    Hometown: Japan
    Occupation: MTG Pro Player


    Score for Sealed Portion:
    9-0

    What did you play for Sealed Portion:
    GBU

    Score for Draft 1:
    2-1

    What did you play for Draft 1:
    RG

    Score for Draft 2:
    1-0-2

    What did you play for Draft 2:
    RW

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    1

    Grand Prix Top 8s(not counting this one):
    17

    How do you think Born of the Gods would impact Limited?
    -

    What are your top common and uncommon picks from Born of the Gods?
    Asphyxiate




    Jack Teo

    Age: 28
    Hometown: Sabah, Malaysia
    Occupation: Teacher


    Score for Sealed Portion:
    9-0

    What did you play for Sealed Portion:
    UB

    Score for Draft 1:
    2-1

    What did you play for Draft 1:
    UW

    Score for Draft 2:
    1-0-2

    What did you play for Draft 2:
    UB

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    0

    Grand Prix Top 8s(not counting this one):
    0

    How do you think Born of the Gods would impact Limited?
    Good synergy for sealed

    What are your top common and uncommon picks from Born of the Gods?
    Searing Blood and tribute cards




    Shamsul Bahrin Zainuddin

    Age: 39
    Hometown: Kuala Lumpur
    Occupation: IT Manager


    Score for Sealed Portion:
    8-1

    What did you play for Sealed Portion:
    UG aggro

    Score for Draft 1:
    3-0

    What did you play for Draft 1:
    UG aggro

    Score for Draft 2:
    1-1-1

    What did you play for Draft 2:
    UG aggro

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    0

    Grand Prix Top 8s(not counting this one):
    0

    How do you think Born of the Gods would impact Limited?
    Mono black’s going to be insane. More bestow for the win.

    What are your top common and uncommon picks from Born of the Gods?
    Bile Blight. Divination.




    Fabien Li

    Age: 27
    Hometown: Singapore
    Occupation: Product Marketing


    Score for Sealed Portion:
    8-1

    What did you play for Sealed Portion:
    UR

    Score for Draft 1:
    2-0-1

    What did you play for Draft 1:
    UR

    Score for Draft 2:
    2-1

    What did you play for Draft 2:
    UR

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    0

    Grand Prix Top 8s(not counting this one):
    0

    How do you think Born of the Gods would impact Limited?
    More insane UR creatures to kill opponents faster

    What are your top common and uncommon picks from Born of the Gods?
    UR Commons. Aerie Worshippers.




    Mohd Khairul Anuar Abdul Aziz

    Age: 31
    Hometown: Kuala Lumpur
    Occupation: System Analyst


    Score for Sealed Portion:
    6-2-1

    What did you play for Sealed Portion:
    UW with Heliod, God of the Sun and Spear of Heliod

    Score for Draft 1:
    3-0

    What did you play for Draft 1:
    UW with Celestial Archon

    Score for Draft 2:
    3-0

    What did you play for Draft 2:
    UW with Celestial Archon

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    0

    Grand Prix Top 8s(not counting this one):
    0

    How do you think Born of the Gods would impact Limited?
    It would get faster because of more low costed bestow creatures

    What are your top common and uncommon picks from Born of the Gods?
    Bile Blight. Divination




     

  • Top 8 Decklists

    by Pip Foweraker











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  • Quarterfinal – Shouta Yasooka vs Shamshul Zainuddin

    by Pip Foweraker

  • Zainuddin powered out of the gate early with a Satyr Wanderer. Yasooka tried to off it with a Magma Jet, but Zainuddin kept it around with a timely Feral Invocation.

    Yasooka contemplates his opponent's growing army

    Zainuddin kept up the pressure with a Nessian Asp. Yasooka added his own pressure with a Vulpine Goliath. Zainuddin was barely fazed by the Fox, simply adding more creatures to the battlefield. A few turns of relentless attacks later, Zainuddin wore down Yasooka's defences to take the first game.

    Shamshul Zainuddin 1 - Shouta Yasooka 0

    Yasooka started the second game off with a Polis Crusher, while Zainuddin went with a Nimbus Naiad and a Prescient Chimera. Zainuddin cast a Sea God's Revenge to get rid of the Crusher for a brief turn, but Yasooka simply replayed it and used a Time to Feed to off the Chimera. And as quickly as that, it was on to the deciding game for both players.

    Zainuddin led things off earl with a Vaporkin, but Yasooka had the solid Nessian Courser to keep things interesting. When Yasooka followed up with a Staunch-Hearted Warrior, Zainuddin flashed in a Horizon Chimera, the powerful fliers cracking in overhead. Yasooka had a Magma Jet for the Horizon Chimera during his upkeep, filtering his draw and attacking with his team, bringing the life totals to 13-11. Zainuddin flashed in a Breaching Hippocamp to keep up the pressure, and then summoned a coastline Chimera to shore up his defence.

    Yasooka used a Time to Feed on his Staunch-Hearted Warrior to take out Zainuddin's Hippocamp, gaining some precious life in the race. Yasooka's Courser kept nibbling away, while Zainuddin went all-out offensive with both his fliers. Zainuddin had a Nylea's Disciple to gain a few precious life points, hoarding a Sea God's Revenge in his hand for another turn on the premise that Yasooka couldn't break through just yet.

    Zainuddin plots his path to victory

    Yasooka bestowed a Leafcrown Dryad on his Warrior, bringing it up to a somewhat terrifying 8 power, earning a groan from Zainuddin. He attacked with everything and Zainuddin used a Lost in a Labyrinth to keep himself out of danger's reach, albeit only briefly. If there was ever a time to Sea God's Revenge, now was it, but Zainuddin was stuck on 5 lands.

    Yasooka went to bestow a Purphoros's Emissary on his Nessian Courser, drawing a Griptide from Zainuddin and leaving him 'only' having to deal with the incoming 8/8 Staunch-Hearted Warrior. While Zainuddin was considering his blocks, there was a brief moment of confusion about the player's life totals. Once that had been cleared up, Zainuddin's decision became a great deal easier - he chump-blocked, untapped, and dropped an Aqueous Form on his Disciple to attack Yasooka for lethal.

    Shamshul Zainuddin 2 - Shouta Yasooka 0




     

  • Quarterfinal - Jack Teo vs Ryan Young

    by Pip Foweraker

  • Teo started the game off with an Artisan of Forms and a Disciple of Phenax, while Young had a Leafcrown Dryad and a Sedge Scorpion on his side of the board.

    A second Disciple of Phenax for Teo kept the ground position relatively stalled, while Young managed to summon a Staunch-Hearted Warrior to finally start to load up some pressure on the U/B player.

    Teo refused to feel the pressure, instead summoning an Erebos. Teo then used a Gods Willing on his Artisan of Forms to transform it into another Disciple and giving it protection from Green, letting him block Young's Sedge Scorpion effectively. Young started to build up his Staunch-Hearted Warrior with a bestowed Erebos's Emissary.

    With his Erebos now firmly up and running, Teo summoned a Gray Merchant of Asphodel for an impressive 7-point life swing, putting Young further on the back foot. Young bestowed a Nylea's Emissary on his Warrior, making it both incredibly large and, more importantly, trampling.

    Teo's a devoted fellow

    Young had a Sip of Hemlock to take out Teo's Gray Merchant, which would drop Erebos below creature-worthy levels of devotion. Unable to stop the massive Warrior from trampling over his remaining blockers, Teo shuffled up his cards and moved to game 2.

    Ryan Young 1 - Jack Teo 0

    Young started the game off with a Leafcrown Elder, while Teo had a Shipwreck Singer to slow down its' offensive. Young added to his board with an Agent of Horizons, while Teo had a Returned Centaur to keep pace. Young had a Dark Betrayal for the Returned Centaur before pummeling Teo once more. Teo summoned a second Shipwreck Singer, potentially reducing the value of Young's attacks at the cost of tying up a great deal of mana. Young was having none of this, though, and simply upgraded to a Nessian Asp, threatening future hugeness.

    Young seems decidedly unfazed facing down a God.

    Teo bought himself some breathing room with a Gray Merchant of Asphodel for a 4-point swing each way, but had no further action, having to take the damage when the Nessian Asp came in next turn. Young used a Time to Feed on his Staunch-Hearted Warrior to take out one of the Shipwreck Singers, and a Pharika's Cure to get rid of the other. His team cracked in and dropped Teo to a perilous 5 life, Teo summoning a Returned Phalanx and an Opaline Unicorn to try and clog the ground up.

    Young sent in his team once more and To gang-blocked the Staunch-Hearted Warrior. young flash-bestowed a Boon Satyr on his unblocked attacker to take the game and match.

    Ryan Young 2 - Jack Teo 0




     

  • Quarterfinal – Fabien Li (UW) vs Kuptimitr (RB)

    by Noel Neo

  • Fabien is bringing a UW 'control' evasion deck while Kuptimitr is sporting a quick RB minotaurs tribal deck. Would Kuptimitr be able to close the games before Fabien stabilises?

    Game 1

    Both players were quick out of the gates. Kuptimitr with Asphodel Wanderer and Borderland Minotaur, and Fabien with Cavalry Pegasus and Meletis Charlatan.

    When Fabien tapped out to bestow Hopeful Eidolon on Cavalry Pegasus, it gave Kuptimitr the window of opportunity for a massive counterattack with Kragma Warcaller to take Fabien down to 10 life.

    Fabien, however, appeared unperturbed and simply played Chosen by Heliod on Pegasus and Leonin Snarecaster, before attacking with Pegasus and Charlatan.

    Sensing a window to seal the game, Kuptimitr stole the Snarecaster with Portent of Betrayal and sent his team in for what he hoped to be the final alpha strike. Fabien, however, had the backbreaking Triton Tactics to gain sufficient tempo to take the game on the back of his lifelink flyer.

    Kuptimitr in an alpha strike

    Game 2

    Kuptimitr started on the backfoot with a pair of mulligans, but still managed Ill-Tempered Cyclops to Fabien's Meletis Charlatan, Wavecrash Triton and Leonin Snarecaster.

    Kragma Warcaller again came down to take a hefty chuck out of Fabien's life total, but Fabien similarly had Hopeful Eidolon on Wavecrash Triton to stabilise.

    Ember Swallower was similarly tapped by Fate Foretold on Triton and Dauntless Onslaught on the merfolk extended Fabien's lead.

    Fabien beginning to take control

    At one life, Kuptimitr struggled to remain in the game by stealing the lifelink Triton with Portent of Betrayal and killing the Leonin with Spark Jolt. Fabien simply untapped and bestowed Heliod's Emissary on the Triton.

    Fabien wins 2-0 and advances to the semi-finals.




     

  • Quarterfinal – Park Jun Young (WB) vs Mohd Khairul (RU)

    by Noel Neo

  • Game 1

    Mohd Khairul opened on the offensive with Arena Athlete, Triton Fortune Hunter and Spellheart Chimera; while Scholar of Athreos prevented profitable attacks and gave Park the space he needed to sculpt his hand with Read the Bones.

    Park found Sentry of the Underworld and went for the kill with Hopeful Eidolon and Ordeal of Erebos. But Mohd Khairul had an out in Voyage's End and Magma Jet on Scholar after damage opened the door for Khairul's offence.

    Mohd Khairul trying to find an opening

    Park took some damage, but once he redeployed and re-suited Sentry of the Underworld with Observant Alseid, it was sufficient to take the game.

    Game 2

    Khairul once against started on the offence with Ordeal of Thassa on Satyr Rambler and Breaching Hippocamp. However, Park had Ray of Dissolution at the perfect time and summoned Wingsteed Rider.

    When Kairul attacked into the Rider, Gods Willing threatened to trade and forced Khairul to expand Titan's Strength to save his Satyr.

    Park building up Wingsteed Rider

    Hopeful Eidolon and Observant Alseid on Wingsteed Rider then threatened to steal the game from Khairul and while he found Nimbus Naiad to force the trade with his own Satyr, Park's follow up plays of Celestial Archon and Hundred-Handed One was simply too high a hurdle to overcome.

    Park wins 2-0 and advances to the semi-finals.




     

  • Semifinal – Shamsul Zainuddin v. Ryan Young

    by Pip Foweraker

  • Game 1

    Zainuddin started the game off aggressively with a Sedge Scorpion, which rapidly became Ferally Invoked when Young's Leafcrown Dryad got in its way. Young upped the ante rapidly with a Boon Satyr and a Nessian Asp, while Zainuddin kept pace with a Vulpine Goliath. The Boon Satyr tussled with the Scorpion and things looked, if not relatively fair, then certainly reasonable.

    Unfortunately for Young, Zainuddin wasn't in the mood for reasonable, bestowing a Nimbus Naiad onto his Goliath and then further belligerentising* it with a Feral Invocation. When giant foxes start flying at you, it's time to head to your sideboard.

    Shamshul Zainuddin 1 - Ryan Young 0

    Game 2

    After the intense first game, both players had no action for the first few turns. Young kicked things off with a Read the Bones. Zainuddin smiled at his draw and played out a Sedge Scorpion, giving it a little scolding for not turning up earlier. Young pushed things along with a Voyaging Satyr. Zainuddin decided to get funky with his Scorpion, giving it a Feral Invocation and an Aqueous Form. Young smiled and tapped a bazillion* mana for a Hythonia the Cruel - but could he race the Scorpion?

    Young sits back and takes a moment to really appreciate how badass Hythonia is.

    Zainuddin was keen to see his arachnid go all the way before the Gorgon messed things up too much, so when it attacked again he loaded another Feral Invocation onto it, knocking Young to 10 and putting him on a dangerous clock

    A Time to Feed knocked out the Scorpion a turn earlier than Young's land drops would have gotten him there at the cost of the Gorgon hitting the bin. A judge paused the game to point out that an Omenspeaker that Zainuddin had summoned earlier was not, in fact, dead - the card hand wandered to the graveyard in amongst cards being shuffled about - and a bemused Zainuddin received a warning for trying to absent-mindedly kill his own creature.

    Zainuddin went to reconstruct the game state with a Nessian Asp, while Young had an Agent of Horizons (no blue mana on the board), which he quickly bestowed with a Nylea's Emissary. Zainuddin found a Vaporkin and threw his Omenspeaker in front of the imposing Agent.

    Zainuddin attacked with his team, and Young had a Savage Surge to untap his Agent and to block the Nessian Asp, taking it out of the picture. Post-combat, Zainuddin summoned a Nylea's Disciple to gain some precious life back. A Pharika's Cure knocked out his Vaporkin and he declined to block the Agent, falling to 3 with Young at 9. Sea God's Revenge bounced both of Young's creatures but left him with an Emissary on the board. A round of indrawn breath on his draw step from the spectators gave a slight hint to what was coming. Young attacked, Zainuddin blocked, and Boon Satyr flash-bestowed the trampling Emissary to take the pair of Planeswalkers to a final game.

    Ryan Young 1 - Shamshul Zainuddin 1

    Game 3

    Zainuddin launched into the final game with... A timorous, if not querolous, 'Keep?'. Visibly pleading with the top of his deck - although, as he made his first few land drops, for what was not clear - he took an attack from Young's Leafcrown Elder

    "Please, no land", he begged out loud, before flipping a land off the top of his deck into play. "Noooo..." he moaned, dramatically bonking his forehead against the Top 8 playmat. Young raised an eyebrow but clearly tried not to get taken in by his opponent's dramatics as the crowd giggled as Zainudding flipped another land off the top of his library into play. Although how anyone could look so distressed at summoning a Prescient Chimera is beyond me. Young gave a head-bobble that was almost from the Indian subcontinent in character while summoning a Blood-Toll Harpy and bestowing Leafcrown Dryad onto his first one.

    The fates conspired to give Zainuddin another land on top of his library, but he had an Aqueous Form to filter his land drops from here in. Young kept plugging away with his team, while Zainuddin had a Griptide on the Leafcrown Elder to slow things down briefly.

    Long ago, Zainuddin was mean to a Bog Witch, who cursed him to be mana-flooded if he ever made the Top 4 of a GP. Let this be a lesson to us all.

    Neither player was keen on attacking, Zainuddin drawing all the lands while Young's deck refused to give him his sixth. Eventually it turned up, giving him access to the Sip of Hemlock he'd been sandbagging for most of the game. With the top of his deck rather predictably betraying him at the last, Zainuddin grinned broadly and congratulated his opponent on making the finals.

    Ryan Young 2 - Shamshul Zainuddin 1

    *Also definitely a real word




     

  • Semifinal – Park Jun Young (WB) vs Fabien Li (UW)

    by Noel Neo

  • This matchup of very similar decks was determined by Wingsteed Riders, Hopeful Eidolons and Wavecrash Triton.

    By turn four of game one, both players had Wingsteed Rider bestowed with Hopeful Eidolon, while Fabien had the slight lead with Traveling Philosopher.

    Park then stole the lead for a brief moment with Blood-Toll Harpy and Cavern Lampad on his Rider, but Fabien had Voyage's End, Wavecrash Triton and Favored Hoplite to get back in the game.

    Park Jun Young

    Park tried to rebuild with Heliod's Emissary on the Eidolon, but Fabien's alpha strike with Dauntless Onslaught and Triton Tactics on his Rider and Hoplite was just enough to seal the game.

    Game two was more drawn out.

    Hopeful Eidolon on Wingsteed Rider gave Park an early lead, right before Voyage's End copied by Meletis Charlatan negated it.

    Park also had an answer for Hundred-Handed One in Glare of Heresy, right before he summoned his own copy of the giant. He secured his lead with a pair of Wingsteed Rider and ways to target them, though Fabien was able to put up quite a struggle by tapping down with Wavecrash Triton and some bounce spells.

    In the end though, the Park's sheer board presence was sufficient to win out.

    Fabien Li

    Fabien never lost control of the rubber game.

    Park's Blood-Toll Harpy was one-upped by Wingsteed Rider and Hopeful Eidolon. Then Ordeal of Erebos met Celestial Archon and Emissary of Heliod.

    Park found a way to deal with the Archon in Devine Verdict, but by then he was too far behind in board position to get back in the game.

    Park beats Park 2-1 and is a Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur finalist.




     

  • Final – Ryan Young (BG) vs Fabien Li (UW)

    by Noel Neo

  • The finals of Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur pits Ryan Young of Taiwan against Fabien Li of Singapore in a nail biting finish of four consecutive top decks on both sides of the table.

    Game 1

    Erebos's Emissary started taking chunks out of Fabien's life total after bringing down Hundred-Handed One with Time to Feed. And a Leafcrown Dryad bestowed on the Emissary further increased the pressure on Fabien to find an answer.

    Fabien was content to initially race with Wingsteed Rider and Leonin Snarecaster and slowed Ryan down with a combination of Voyage's End and Wavecrash Triton.


    On the crucial turn and down to just 5 life, Fabien cash Dauntless Onslaught targeting his Rider and Triton, tapping the now Emissary bestowed Dryad and taking Fabien down to just 3 life. Fabien did not draw an answer and that was game.

    Game 2

    Fabien mulliganed twice but still managed to lead with Leonin Snarecaster, Meletis Charlatan and Chosen by Heliod. Ryan meanwhile was stuck early on triple swamp and had to Read the Bones into Nessian Asp.

    Griptide and Voyage's End brought Ryan down to just 4 life before he was able to stick Erebos's Emissary. That was, however, enough to stabilise the board for Nessian Asp and Hythonia the Cruel to hit play (with seven lands).


    With just two cards in hand, Fabien had little to lose and went all in with Heliod's Emissary betting that Ryan would not find his eighth mana.

    The crowd caught its breathe for a second as Ryan drew... not a land. Nylea's Presence drew him another try, then Time to Feed on Meletis Charlatan brought his life total just 1 point out of reach.

    It was now Fabien's turn to top deck and the crowd went wild as he drew and cast Leonin Snarecaster to lots of fist pumping.

    But wait. Ryan was seriously doing the combat math. This is not the picture of someone about lose the game.

    The cheers quieten... and Ryan reveals his trump of Pharika's Cure on a token to leave him at 3 life.

    Still needs to draw a land though. As he calmly does and activates Hythonia with a flourish.

    Out of the woods is not game in pocket though, as Fabien proved as he cast Celestial Archon to a crowd now holding its breath.

    Ryan stoically untaps, draws, attacks, flashes in Boon Satyr on Hythonia and passes utterly pokerfaced.

    Does he have an out? Hero's Downfall perhaps? The anticipation is at a fevered pitch now...

    And Fabien attacks.


    And Ryan extends his hand. **The crowd goes wild**

    Fabien Li is the Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur Champion!




     

  • Top 5 Cards

    by Noel Neo



  • 5. Leafcrown Dryad

    Where speed, tempo and evasion are king, there are few commons as versatile or efficient as Leafcrown Dryad. Play it on turn two to beat down or stem early bleeding, or hold it back to bestow, preferably on a heroic creature like Centaur Battlemaster or Staunch-Hearted Warrior. One of just two commons and uncommons with reach, it is a crucial ingredient in any green deck looking to hold its own against the multitude of blue, white and black flyers.









    4. Wingsteed Rider

    A staple of the W-x heroic deck, Wingsteed Rider has consistently been rated one of the top commons in the format. And it continued to perform here at Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur. Three of the players to reach the top 8 did so on the back of W-x decks and Wingsteed Rider played a prominent role in each of these successes.










    3. Aqueous Form

    Unblockable is not an ability players typically rate in an enchant creature. It costs a card, leaves you vulnerable to removal and has but a marginal impact on an uneven game state. Not surprising then that Aqueous Form was not rated highly when the set first released.

    Since then, however, players have discovered the dearth of efficient removal negates at least one of the concerns. While it still doesn't help you turn a game around, it is now viewed as a game breaker in its own right. Especially effective in rush decks based around evasion, it helps the strategy to win before opponents can stabilise.






    2. Fleecemane Lion

    10/10 flying, lifelink, indestructible, hexproof, trample. What's this? Fleecemane Lion gone monstrous and bestowed with Nimbus Naiad, Hopeful Eidolon and Nylea's Emissary. In a format defined by champions, Fleecemane Lion is one of the most resilient. Not merely a win more card, it excels on keeping you alive till your bestowments and other advantage mechanics kick in. Fleecemane Lion was Kelvin Chew's MVP against Ayato Imai and Chen Liang used it to hold the fort against Terry Soh.








    1. Voyage's End

    In a format where the dominant strategy is to build a 'Voltron' and removal is costed at a premium, blue's suite of efficient quasi-removal stands out. For just two mana, you get to dissemble a 'Voltron' and scry, gaining tempo advantage and perhaps even a card or two depending on what's bestowed/ enchanted. For four mana, the effect is minimally card parity with potential to confound your opponents' ability to draw himself out of a precarious situation. Little wonder we've been covering blue decks all weekend.







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