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Li Lives the Dream in Shanghai!

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Bo Li is your Grand Prix Shanghai champion! Ploughing through the Top 8 with his hyper-aggressive Goblin deck, Bo Li was able to retain the trophy within the mainland, to the delight and exhilaration of the local community. Li now has a Grand Prix title to his name, an additional accolade to go alongside his honor of 2009 World Team Champion. On the back of a pair of Arms Dealers, he was able to steamroll through the competition with his horde of red men to clinch victory!



Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Champion
5 Li Bo Li Bo, 2-1
4 Wong, Nicholas Jonathan Li Bo, 2-0
7 Song Xiang Xue Wu Nan, 2-1 Li Bo, 2-1
1 Wu Nan
3 Wang Yang Satou Rei, 2-0
6 Satou Rei Gu Fengwen, 2-1
8 Kanegawa Toshiya Gu Fengwen, 2-0
2 Gu Fengwen








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 1.  Li Bo $3,500
 2.  Gu Fengwen $2,300
 3.  Wu Nan $1,500
 4.  Satou Rei $1,500
 5.  Wang Yang $1,000
 6.  Wong Nicholas Jonathan $1,000
 7.  Xing Xue Song $1,000
 8.  Toshiyuki Kadooka $1,000
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Top 8 Profiles

by Event Coverage Staff


Sato Rei

Age: 24
Hometown: Yokohama, Japan
Occupation: Student


Sealed Deck Score in Day 1:
8-1

Score & Colors for Draft 1:
Blue Black (2-1)

Score & Colors for Draft 2:
Blue Black (2-0-1)

Pro Tour & Grand Prix Top 8s:

Other Achievements:

What is your MVP this weekend?
Mindclaw Shaman

What M13 creature / person / item would you like to keep as a pet?
Jace's Phantasm



Gu Fengwen

Age: 27
Hometown: Yantai, China
Occupation: Company Employee


Sealed Deck Score in Day 1:
8-1

Score & Colors for Draft 1:
Blue White (3-0)

Score & Colors for Draft 2:
Red Green (2-1)

Pro Tour & Grand Prix Top 8s:

Other Achievements:

What is your MVP this weekend?
Unsummon

What M13 creature / person / item would you like to keep as a pet?
Stormtide Leviathan



Toshiya Kanegawa

Age: 31
Hometown: Yamanashi, Japan
Occupation: Shop Owner


Sealed Deck Score in Day 1:
7-2

Score & Colors for Draft 1:
Green White (2-1)

Score & Colors for Draft 2:
Blue Green (3-0)

Pro Tour & Grand Prix Top 8s:

Other Achievements:

What is your MVP this weekend?
Garruk, Primal Hunter

What M13 creature / person / item would you like to keep as a pet?
Thragtusk



Nicholas Jonathan Wong

Age: Over 9000!
Hometown: Singapore
Occupation: Freelance Copywriter


Sealed Deck Score in Day 1:
8-1

Score & Colors for Draft 1:
Red Black (2-1)

Score & Colors for Draft 2:
Blue White (2-0-1)

Pro Tour & Grand Prix Top 8s:
5 Grand Prix Top 8s

Other Achievements:
Tolerating Kelvin Hoon's theries on life all weekend.

What is your MVP this weekend?
Unsummon

What M13 creature / person / item would you like to keep as a pet?
Thundermaw Hellkite. Can it take passengers



Wu Nan

Age: 32
Hometown: Beijing, China
Occupation: State-business Employee


Sealed Deck Score in Day 1:
9-0

Score & Colors for Draft 1:
Black Green (3-0)

Score & Colors for Draft 2:
Red Green (2-0-1)

Pro Tour & Grand Prix Top 8s:

Other Achievements:

What is your MVP this weekend?
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker

What M13 creature / person / item would you like to keep as a pet?
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker



Song Xiang Xue

Age: 28
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Occupation: Finance


Sealed Deck Score in Day 1:
8-1

Score & Colors for Draft 1:
Blue Red (2-1)

Score & Colors for Draft 2:
Mono White (2-1)

Pro Tour & Grand Prix Top 8s:

Other Achievements:
62nd at World Championships 2010

What is your MVP this weekend?
Sentinel Spider

What M13 creature / person / item would you like to keep as a pet?
Krenko, Mob Boss



Wang Yang

Age: 27
Hometown: Tianjin, China
Occupation: Finance


Sealed Deck Score in Day 1:
7-2

Score & Colors for Draft 1:
Red Black (3-0)

Score & Colors for Draft 2:
Red Black (3-0)

Pro Tour & Grand Prix Top 8s:

Other Achievements:

What is your MVP this weekend?
Crimson Muckwader

What M13 creature / person / item would you like to keep as a pet?
Clone



Li Bo

Age: 26
Hometown: Beijing, China
Occupation: Board Game Store Manager and Games Designer


Sealed Deck Score in Day 1:
7-2

Score & Colors for Draft 1:
Black Green (3-0)

Score & Colors for Draft 2:
Blue Red (2-0-1)

Pro Tour & Grand Prix Top 8s:
This is my first GP Top 8 but I've won World Championships 2009 Team Event.

Other Achievements:
3rd at China Nationals 2009

What is your MVP this weekend?
Thragtusk on Day One, Timberpack Wolf on Day Two.




 

Quarterfinals - Yang Wang vs. Rei Satou

by Pip Foweraker


Game 1

Satou powered out of the gate early in the first game with an Aven Squire and a Griffin Protector, while Wang attempted to go down the milling route with a Vedalken Entrancer. Despite Wang's best efforts, his ground-based defence, while complimenting his mill strategy nicely, stood little chance against Satou's powerful fliers.

Rei Satou 1 – Yang Wang 0

Game 2

The second game was, if anything, more brutal than the first. Wang's deck hiccuped, and Satou capitalised in a series of ruthless attacks that took the game and match before the other quarterfinalists had finished their first games.

Rei Satou 2 – Yang Wang 0




 

Quarterfinals - Xiang Xue Song vs. Nan Wu

by Pip Foweraker


Game 1

Wu opened the first game of the quarterfinals with a pair of Aven Squires, while Song accelerated with a Farseek into an Odric, Master Tactician. Without other creatures on the board, he was 'Just' a 3/4, though. A Flinthoof Boar came along in short order to speed up proceedings, while Wu languished with his two fliers and five lands.

Nan Wu

A Divine Verdict took care of the attacking Boar, but Song kept the pressure on with a Centaur Courser and a Yeva's Forcemage. Wu built a defence with a Guardians of Akrasa. Song summoned a Sentinel Spider and attacked with his team, but Wu put on a Show of Valor to take down the intimidating arachnid. It was to no avail, though – Song's next attack heralded the arrival of a Titanic Growth, netting him the first game.

Xiang Xue Song 1 – Nan Wu 0

Game 2

Song began with an Arbor Elf, while Wu summoned an Ajani's Sunstriker for his first play. Song had an Aven Squire, allowing his Elf to attack, but Wu matched the useful flier with one of his own, and his attacker had lifelink.

A Guardians of Akrasa for Wu made his Sunstriker a 4/4 on the attack, leaving Song scrambling for answers to the troublesome aggressor. He summoned a Yeva's Forcemage, but her ability proved to be only useful on the offence. A Fungal Sprouting started to clog up the ground, but Wu had a Duty-Bound Dead to improve his exalted triggers and managed to sneak one more attack in before the game hit a stalemate, Wu firmly ahead on life.

Xiang Xue Song

To deal with the clogged ground, Wu started attacking with his Duty-Bound Dead, forcing Song to block the regenerating Skeleton. Wu had a Ravenous Rats, Song discarding a Volcanic Geyser to the pestilential rodents.

On an attack with the Sunstriker from Wu, Song moved all-in to block with his army, using a Safe Passage to keep his creatures out of harm's way and finally deal with the troublesome lifelinker. Wu found a Pacifism and a Tormented Soul, the unblockable attacker taking sizable chunks out of Song's life total, who struggled to get through Wu's defence.

Nan Wu 1 – Xiang Xue Song 1

Game 3

Wu led off the play for the deciding game with an eponymous Aven Squire, while Song had a Flinthoof Boar, but no Mountains. Song killed the Aven Squire with a Prey Upon, but Wu simply mustered more defence with a Guardians of Akrasa and a Bloodhunter Bat, windmill-slamming his Swamp into play with audible pleasure. Sing shook hi head and was forced to take the beats for a turn, having no plays and unable to get through with his Boar.


A Liliana's Shade from Wu developed his board but didn't seem to faze Song, who had a Centaur Courser to at least keep parity on the ground. Wu wasn't done, though, with a Captain of the Watch hitting play on his side of the board. Things looked grim for Song, but he did have a Sentinel Spider... For a turn, until a Public Execution took care of it and had Wu's army crashing in with enthusiasm.

Song had a Safe Passage for a turn, but couldn't find anything to deal with the incoming army on the next attack.

Nan Wu 2 – Xiang Xue Song 1




 

Quarterfinals - Nicholas Jonathan Wong vs. Li Bo

by Chapman Sim


Li Bo is no stranger to the limelight and he has finally broken into the Top 8 of a Grand Prix, an additional accolade to go alongside his honor of World Team Champion. Nicholas Jonathan Wong (an ex-Singapore National Champ and Grand Prix Champ) was no slouch either, and he is now playing in his 5th lifetime Grand Prix Top 8. Both players were sporting black red decks, and this match promises to be a war of attrition.

Game One

Wong was most unfortunately stuck on three land while Li capitalized on the situation with Mogg Flunkies and Giant Scorpion. When Wong finally mustered his 4th land, he summoned Bladetusk Boar, only to trade with the opposing Goblin.

Nicholas Jonathan Wong

Li Bo was undeterred and assembled a killing machine in the form of Bloodhunter Bat and Mark of the Vampire and ended the game swiftly.

Nicholas Jonathan Wong 0 – Li Bo 1

Game Two

Wong's Mogg Flunkies fell to Li's Searing Spear, so he retaliated by casting Ravenous Rats and Mind Rot to dismantle Li's grip of cards.

Li sought to dig through his deck with Rummaging Goblin and his pleas were heard. He managed to assemble a rowdy army, an Arms Dealer alongside two tokens granted by Krenko's Command. Effectively, he had three "packs of dynamite" sitting on the board, ready to pick away any of Wong's creatures. Wong wouldn't hear of that, and had to expend Murder to deal with Arms Dealer.


When Li tried to rebuild with Krenko, Mob Boss, Wong was ready with Flames of the Firebrand. Now that Li was out of gas, Wong had free reign over the skies and promptly ended the game with a couple of hits from Firewing Phoenix.

Nicholas Jonathan Wong 1 – Li Bo 1

Game Three

Both players had Mogg Flunkies but their companions were slightly different. Wong used Ravenous Rats and Duress to bin Mark of the Vampire, while Li Bo supplemented his army with Krenko's Command.

Li used Mind Rot, forcing Wong to discard Canyon Minotaur and Sign in Blood. Wong tried to reinforce with Mogg Flunkies but that was no match for Li's Giant Scorpion and Arms Dealer. Casting Rummaging Goblin from his hand, he was able to kill Dragon Hatchling, rendering Mogg Flunkies useless, then crashing in for five more damage, putting Wong at a mere five life.

Li Bo

Despite holding a grip of cards, he was unable to utilize them, owing to the fact that he was stuck on three lands. When he finally drew his fourth land, Mark of Mutiny ended the tournament for Wong the very next turn. The mana gods had forsaken him, and Wong could only extend his hand graciously.

Nicholas Jonathan Wong 1 – Li Bo 2




 

Quarterfinals - Toshiya Kanegawa vs. Gu Fengwen

by Chapman Sim


Both players shuffled up nervously as they were about to engage in one of the most important matches of their day. The winner here would receive an Invitation and free airfare to Pro Tour Return to Ravnica, and the loser would have to be content to a "mere" top 8 performance.

Game One

Gu Fengwen

Kanegawa countered Gu's first creature (Primal Huntbeast) with Essence Scatter and recruited Archaeomancer to return it to his hand. Using the turn he was tapped out, Gu managed to resolve Primordial Hydra without opposition. In a matter four turns, the hydra welled to 24/24 and Kanegawa quickly packed up his cards.

Toshiya Kanegawa 0 – Gu Fengwen 1

Game Two

Both players had turn one drops, the Japanese player with Duty-Bound Dead and the Chinese local with Arbor Elf. Both later matched each other with deathtouch creatures, Giant Scorpion versus Deadly Recluse.

However, Gu had Kitesail, which enabled him to fly past the Giant Scorpion. Kanegawa retaliated with Mark of the Vampire, but a 3/3 Primordial Hydra appeared on turn four. Equipping Kitesail to it two turns later, Gu ended the game in swift fashion to advance to the semifinals, on the back of Primordial Hydra alone!

Toshiya Kanegawa

Toshiya Kanegawa 0 – Gu Fengwen 2




 

Semifinals - Nan Wu vs. Li Bo

by Pip Foweraker


Game 1

Wu began the game with an Aven Squire and followed it with a Tormented Soul. Li had a Rummaging Goblin, letting him dig further into his deck to find... a Krenko, Mob Boss, with two Goblins on the board already. A race started to form, Wu's unblockable Ghoul vs. a presumably doubling amount of Goblins each turn.

I'm going to go make this many Goblins, OK?

Li summoned a Firewing Phoenix, and Wu decided he'd had enough of being so significantly outnumbered and outgunned, blowing the world up with a Planar Cleansing. Li went to rebuild with a Fire Elemental, but Wu had a Divine Verdict when it attacked. Li summoned a Ravenous Rats and an Arms Dealer, while Wu had a Bloodthrone Vampire, which made a Show of Valor in blocking a freshly summoned Walking Corpse.

You're going to make HOW many Goblins?!

Wu summoned a Captain of the Watch, and Li belatedly realised he could have returned the Phoenix some time ago. Smiling, he brought it back and used his Arms Dealer to take down the Captain. Unfortunately for Li, Wu had a Pacifism waiting for the Phoenix, stopping any shenanigans cold in their tracks. Unfortunately for Wu, Li had more men up his sleeve, and with Wu's life totals in the low single digits, it was time for the sideboards to be flicked through.

Bo Li 1 – Nan Wu 0

Game 2

Li began the second game with a Krenko's Command before summoning a Rummaging Goblin, and then his Firewing Phoenix. Wu was off to a slower start, with that timeless classic, a Jayemdae Tome, and then a Pacifism for the Phoenix. Wu followed up with an Ajani's Sunstriker. Li had a Searing Spear to take care of the Sunstriker, and a second Command and a Reckless Brute to seal the game before Wu had a chance to react.

Bo Li 2 – Nan Wu 0




 

Semifinals - Gu Fengwen vs. Satou Rei

by Chapman Sim


Note: Fasten your seat-belts! Be prepared for the fastest match of this tournament!

Game One

Satou Rei

Gu curved out beautifully with Arbor Elf, Mwonvuli Beast Tracker, Primal Huntbeast and Roaring Primadox. Satou had failed to draw any Plains, and was stuck on four Islands. His first spell was Talrand, Sky Summoner, but realized he could never survive the onslaught. Elapsed time: 3 minutes.

Gu Fengwen 1 – Satou Rei 0

Game Two

Wu mulliganed to six cards but still managed to kill his opponent in under three minutes. Arbor Elf, Kitesail, Elvish Visionary and then Yeva's Forcemage. All Satou did was lay three Island, summon Wind Drake, and scoop up his cards after Wu showed him Plummet. I congratulated Satou on qualifying for Pro Tour Return to Ravnica, then glanced at the clock. Elapsed time: 3 minutes.

Gu Fengwen

Gu Fengwen 2 – Satou Rei 0




 

Finals - Gu Fengwen vs. Li Bo

by Chapman Sim


The crowd cheered when Li Bo won his semifinal match, and for good reason. His victory would ensure that the champion title stay within the mainland. Gu Fengwen blazed through the Top 8 with his blisteringly scary red green masterpiece in under twenty minutes. Li's deck was also particularly violent, and he had the full suite of Goblins, ready to be abused alongside Arms Dealer and Krenko, Mob Boss.

Game One

Gu led with Timberpack Wolf and Deadly Recluse, while Li replied with Krenko's Command, Mogg Flunkies and Ravenous Rats. It seemed like both players were caught in a temporarily ground-stall but things changed when Gu found Kitesail. At this point, Li slumped back in his seat and proceeded to comment that "things were starting to go wrong!"

Li Bo in the finals

He was not wrong, as Gu used Mwonvuli Beast Tracker to summon Sentinel Spider. Li tried to stave off the entire army, by attaching Mark of the Vampire on Mogg Flunkies. It was a futile attempt, as Gu topdecked his second Kitesail to storm in through the skies for the win.

Gu Fengwen 1 - Li Bo 0

Game Two

After drawing 11 lands the previous game, Li began to show Gu some of the magic in his deck. He commenced by casting Krenko's Command and Rummaging Goblin, and threatened to end the game fast with Firewing Phoenix.

Gu Fengwen in the finals

However, Mwonvuli Beast Tracker appeared again, tutoring up Deadly Recluse this time. Li Bo ignored the potential spidery threat, and attached Mark of the Vampire on the fiery bird. Searing Spear dealt with the Deadly Recluse and Li finished things off with Chandra's Fury.

Gu Fengwen 1 - Li Bo 1

Game Three

Gu mulliganed to six, but didn't fail to WOW the crowd by opening with Arbor Elf and Volcanic Strength in the face of Li's lone mountain. Li had Krenko's Command and Arms Dealer at the ready. When Li flung an underling at the mountainwalking elf, Gu tried to save it with Titanic Growth but Li simply reloaded the cannon.

Gu vs. li in the finals

At this point, Gu tried to refuel with Rummaging Goblin but in the heat of the moment, he drew a card before he had discarded one. Judges rushed in like the stormtroopers but Li was quick to calm down the situation by saying that he didn't mind and Gu should just put the card he drew back. He most certainly did not wish to win in dishonor.

Mark of the Vampire further enhanced the flying bat, and it looked like Li was winning the damage race. When Gu presented Deadly Recluse, Li showed him Mogg Flunkies to kill it and rode the 4/4 lifelinking bat to victory!

Congratulations to Li Bo, our Grand Prix Shanghai 2012 Champion!




 

Top 8 Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff


Gu Fengwen (Finalist)
Grand Prix Shanghai 2012 - Top 8

Satou Rei (Semifinalist)
Grand Prix Shanghai 2012 - Top 8

Nicholas Jonathan Wong (Quarterfinalist))
Grand Prix Shanghai 2012 - Top 8

Wang Yang (Quarterfinalist)
Grand Prix Shanghai 2012 - Top 8

Kanegawai Toshiya (Quarterfinalist)
Grand Prix Shanghai 2012 - Top 8




 

Top 5 Cards

by Chapman Sim




5. Archaeomancer

This deceptively powerful wizard was witnessed recurring premium spells all weekend to great effect. Despite its high cost for a relatively weak body, players have used him alongside their best wares to reuse them, including Searing Spear, Murder, Divination and even Mind Sculpt. When used in conjunction with Unsummon, it even provided for an "indestructible" blocker, good enough to stop fatties the same way Fog Bank does.








4. Chronomaton

It's efficiently costed and has a gentle activation cost. It hits for a few damage in the early game, and threatens to dominate the board later. It's colorless and its superbly cute, so we believe this card has made its way to all the decks that were played this weekend, regardless of whether you're utilizing a beatdown or control strategy. Tick tock tick tock, Chronomaton's the real deal!









3. Murder

When it comes to premium creature removal, none is as efficient or as nonrestrictive as Murder. It has the ability to nuke any potential bombs, including black creatures like Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis and Vampire Nighthawk, which its predecessor Doom Blade would have been unable to solve. Certainly one of the spells which both sealed deck players and drafts look out for!









2. Knight of Glory

One of the few knights without the prohibitive (double white) casting cost, Knight of Glory is gentle on the manabase and enables players to mount profitable attacks. Thanks to exalted, it's able to stay back to defend while buffing its allies in combat. Its protection ability is very relevant, since it dodges several black commons like Crippling Blight, Essence Drain and even Giant Scorpion, which had been the bane of beatdown decks all weekend.








1. Arms Dealer

Essentially, Arms Dealer is a strategy enabler, removal spell, race-winner and killing machine all in one. It allows you to turn every goblin (which might have outlived its cause) into a solid removal spell. Sacrificing Mogg Flunkies or Rummaging Goblin to dismember opposing Serra Angels seems like a really good deal. Grand Prix Shanghai Champ Li Bo has even gone one step further, going bonkers with Krenko's Command and the big bad boss Krenko himself!









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