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Kurniadi Captures Bangkok!

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The letter C!ongratulations to Patriawan Kurniadi, the champion of Grand Prix: Bangkok 2013! The tropical heat has faded from the day, but the final tables kept up a scorching pace as our Top 8 whittled itself down to our final champion.

Piloting a savage Bant deck laden with goodies, Kurniadi defeated six-time Grand Prix Top 8 competitor Nicholas Jonathan Wong's Rakdos deck in the finals.

With the full Return to Ravnica block to draft from, the competitors had their work cut out for them trying to navigate the tricky world of feuding guilds. In the end, Simic came out on top, ably piloted by Kurniadi (with some assistance from Selesnya and Azorius!).

Rounding out the Top 8 were Boonyar Triphonratana, Yu Ching Huang, Chanaphon Kamolto, Raymond Gin Sin Tan, Yuuya Watanabe and Michael Beaumer. Well done to all of our finalists, and congratulations once again to Patriawan Kurniadi, your Grand Prix Bangkok 2013 champion and the first ever Indonesian Grand Prix champion in history!




Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Triphonratana, Boonyar   Patriawan, Kurniadi, 2-1        
8 Patriawan, Kurniadi   Patriawan, Kurniadi, 2-0
       
4 Huang, Yu Chung   Huang, Yu Chung, 2-0   Patriawan, Kurniadi, 2-1
5 Tan, Raymond Gin Sin    
       
2 Wong, Nicholas Jonathan   Wong, Nicholas Jonathan, 2-1
7 Kamolto, Chanaphon   Wong, Nicholas Jonathan, 2-1
       
3 Watanabe, Yuuya   Watanabe, Yuuya, 2-0
6 Beaumer, Michael    








EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
 1.  Patriawan, Kurniadi $3,500
 2.  Wong, Nicholas Jonathan $2,300
 3.  Huang, Yu Chung $1,500
 4.  Watanabe, Yuuya $1,500
 5.  Triphonratana, Boonyar $1,000
 6.  Kamolto, Chanaphon $1,000
 7.  Tan, Raymond Gin Sin $1,000
 8.  Beaumer, Michael $1,000
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  • Top 8 Profiles

    by Chapman Sim & Pip Foweraker


  • Boonyarit Triphonratana (Pong)


    City:
    Bangkok, Thailand

    Age:
    29

    Occupation:
    Assistant Client Leader

    Score for Sealed Portion:
    9-0

    Colors for Sealed Portion:
    Naya

    Score for Draft 1:
    2-1-0

    Colors for Draft 1:
    Bant

    Score for Draft 2:
    1-0-2

    Colors for Draft 2:
    Dimir

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    0

    Grand Prix Top 8s (excluding this one):
    0

    Other Achievements:
    Top 8 Thailand Nationals

    What was your MVP this weekend?
    Savageborn Hydra

    Anything to SHOUT OUT to your friends?
    Thank you everybody, especially my boy scouts team!




    Yu-Chung Huang


    City:
    Changhua, Taiwan

    Age:
    30

    Occupation:
    Worker

    Score for Sealed Portion:
    8-1

    Colors for Sealed Portion:
    Jund splash Blue

    Score for Draft 1:
    3-0

    Colors for Draft 1:
    Bant

    Score for Draft 2:
    1-1-1

    Colors for Draft 2:
    Naya splash Black

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    0

    Grand Prix Top 8s (excluding this one):
    0

    Other Achievements:
    -

    What was your MVP this weekend?
    Vraska the Unseen

    Anything to SHOUT OUT to your friends?
    Thanks for all the encouragement from my friends, you are most supportive!




    Chanaphol Kamolto


    City:
    Bangkok, Thailand

    Age:
    26

    Occupation:
    Marketing Account Services

    Score for Sealed Portion:
    8-1

    Colors for Sealed Portion:
    Bant

    Score for Draft 1:
    2-1

    Colors for Draft 1:
    Blue Red Green

    Score for Draft 2:
    2-0-1

    Colors for Draft 2:
    Gruul

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    0

    Grand Prix Top 8s (excluding this one):
    0

    Other Achievements:
    Top 8 World Magic Cup Qualifier

    What was your MVP this weekend?
    Ruric Thar, the Unbowed

    Anything to SHOUT OUT to your friends?
    Thank you Team iPlay card shop!




    Nicholas Jonathan Wong


    City:
    Singapore

    Age:
    35

    Occupation:
    Freelance copywriter, Game Store Busybody

    Score for Sealed Portion:
    8-1

    Colors for Sealed Portion:
    Naya

    Score for Draft 1:
    2-0-1

    Colors for Draft 1:
    Orzhov

    Score for Draft 2:
    2-1

    Colors for Draft 2:
    Blue Red Green splash Black

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    0

    Grand Prix Top 8s (excluding this one):
    5

    Other Achievements:
    GP Nagoya 2000 Champion, 4 Other Grand Prix Top 8s (Shanghai 2012, Kuala Lumpur 2002, Kaohsiung 2001, Singapore 2000)

    What was your MVP this weekend?
    Armed & Dangerous

    Anything to SHOUT OUT to your friends?
    Thanks to the guys at Gamersaurus for giving me time off, the SG Cards people and congrats to Ben Chia for finishing in the money at his 1st overseas Grand Prix! Also, thanks to all my supportive friends on Facebook all weekend and on-site!




    Raymond Tan


    City:
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Age:
    29

    Occupation:
    Engineer

    Score for Sealed Portion:
    8-1

    Colors for Sealed Portion:
    Cannot Remember!?

    Score for Draft 1:
    2-1

    Colors for Draft 1:
    Everything but Red

    Score for Draft 2:
    2-0-1

    Colors for Draft 2:
    Boros

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    0

    Grand Prix Top 8s (excluding this one):
    0

    Other Achievements:
    Pro Tour Qualifier Top 8, World Magic Cup Qualifier Top 8

    What was your MVP this weekend?
    Unflinching Courage!

    Anything to SHOUT OUT to your friends?
    Thanks to all my friends here in Bangkok and Malaysia who are supporting me!




    Yuuya Watanabe


    City:
    Machida, Japan

    Age:
    24

    Occupation:
    MTG Pro Player with "Team Mint"

    Score for Sealed Portion:
    3-2-1

    Colors for Sealed Portion:
    5 Colors

    Score for Draft 1:
    3-0

    Colors for Draft 1:
    Bant splash Red

    Score for Draft 2:
    3-0

    Colors for Draft 2:
    Orzhov splash Blue

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    2

    Grand Prix Top 8s (excluding this one):
    18

    Other Achievements:
    Rookie of the Year 2007, Player of the Year 2009, Player of the Year 2012, Pro Tour Seattle Finalist, Pro Tour Austin Top 8

    What was your MVP this weekend?
    Haazda Snare Squad

    Anything to SHOUT OUT to your friends?
    For World Magic Cup 2013, this year's Japan Team is very strong because we have Junya Takahashi (Tokyo WMCQ Winner)!




    Kurniadi Patriawan


    City:
    Jakarta, Indonesia

    Age:
    26

    Occupation:
    Planter

    Score for Sealed Portion:
    8-1

    Colors for Sealed Portion:
    White Black Red

    Score for Draft 1:
    2-1

    Colors for Draft 1:
    Esper

    Score for Draft 2:
    2-0-1

    Colors for Draft 2:
    Esper

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    0

    Grand Prix Top 8s (excluding this one):
    0

    Other Achievements:
    Deciding to come to Bangkok.

    What was your MVP this weekend?
    Lavinia of the Tenth

    Anything to SHOUT OUT to your friends?
    Thank you to Abeng and all my friends. By the way, I am good and you guys suck. =)




    Beaumer Michael


    City:
    Montpellier, France

    Age:
    24

    Occupation:
    Student

    Score for Sealed Portion:
    8-1

    Colors for Sealed Portion:
    White Black

    Score for Draft 1:
    1-2

    Colors for Draft 1:
    Black Blue splash White

    Score for Draft 2:
    3-0

    Colors for Draft 2:
    White Blue splash Red

    Pro Tour Top 8s:
    0

    Grand Prix Top 8s (excluding this one):
    0

    Other Achievements:
    Grand Prix Beijing Top 64, Pro Tour Qualifier Top 8

    What was your MVP this weekend?
    Profit & Loss, it won me at least 5 rounds in the Sealed Portion.

    Anything to SHOUT OUT to your friends?
    See you all next week in France!




     

  • Top 8 Decklists

    by Chapman Sim







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  • Grand Prix Bangkok Top 8 Quarterfinals – Nicholas Wong vs. Chanaphon Kamolto

    by Pip Foweraker

  • "Swamps and Rakdos" is what Wong attributes his 2-1 quarterfinals win to. He had the powerful Legend in each game, but found himself unable to cast it until the decider, when he cleared up the battlefield in style. His opponent, Chanaphon Kamalto, had his fair share of legendary goodness, casting and reanimating Obzedat, Ghost Council multiple times – but ultimately to no avail.

    Game 1

    Wong started the finals off in aggressive style with a Spike Jester, while Kamolto went for a Cluestone to get things going. Kamolto summoned a Vassal Soul, which traded with the Jester. Wong rebuilt quickly with a Frostburn Weird and a Balustrade Spy, while Kamolto played defense with an Ascended Lawmage. Both players traded removal to clear up the board, Wong coming out ahead with his Balustrade Spy still standing at the end of it.

    Kamolto summoned an Obzedat, Ghost Council, which Wong promptly killed with an Explosive Impact. Kamolto smiled and used an Obzedat's Aid to reanimate his legend, and then cast a Desecration Demon to add to Wong's worries. Wong used a Martial Glory to take care of the Demon, but Obzedat was another matter entirely.


    Chanaphon Kalamto's Obzedat keeps coming back for more.

    Instead of worrying about trying to kill the powerful Legend (again), Wong decided to work around and over it, piling more creatures onto the board. A Sin Collector revealed Kamolto held only 2 lands, and that was all the information Wong needed to attack for the win.

    Nicholas Wong 1 – Chanapho Kamalto 0

    Game 2

    The second game was Kamolto's turn to be aggressive, with an unleashed Thrill-Kill Assassin and a Kingpin's Pet against only a Cluestone from Wong. Wong summoned a Cobblebrute, which traded with the Assassin. Wong had an Annihilating Fire for the Pet, but Kamolto followed up with a Sepulchral Primordial, stealing the dead Cobblebrute and giving Wong pause. Wong had a lonely Ember Beast, but killed off the Primordial with An Auger Spree before chumping the Cobblebrute.

    Kamalto, not done with his opponent's graveyard, cast an Obzedat's Aid on his dead Primordial, getting back the Cobblebrute once more. Wong finally ran low on removal and headed for the decided.

    Chanapho Kamalto 1 – Nicholas Wong 1

    Game 3

    Kamalto started with some early defense, summoning a Murmuring Phantasm before a Kingpin's Pet. Wong had a Frostburn Weird but wasn't able to get through the defensive Spirit. Kamalto added to his air offensive with a Runewing, which Wong promptly shot out of the sky.


    Rakdos, Lord of Riots and enough Swamps to cast him is a combo Wong can get behind.

    Wong summoned a Spike Jester and attacked with both his creatures, sneaking some damage in past Kamalto's wall, and then used a Dreadbore to take out the Kingpin's Pet. Kamalto had a Vassal Soul to keep the race fairly even, both players falling to 8 life. Wong attacked yet again, snuck through for a few points of damage, and dropped a Rakdos, Lord of Riots onto the board with a resounding 'thunk'.

    Kamalto, unfazed, cast an Obzedat's Aid on his Kingpin's Pet before passing. Wong cast a Grisly Spectacle on the Pet and attacked, but Kamalto had a Riot Control for a turn to stave off his assault. With the top of his deck feeding him nothing, however, Kamalto was forced to extend the hand after a few turns of desparate defense.

    Nicholas Wong 2 – Chanaphon Kamalto 1




     

  • Grand Prix Bangkok Top 8 Quarterfinals – Michael Beaumer vs. Yuuya Watanabe

    by Pip Foweraker

  • Beaumer led with a Metropolis Sprite, while Watanabe summoned a Crocamura. Stymied, Beaumer summoned a Sewer Shambler. Watanabe's Rot Farm Skeleton evolved his Crocamura, which rumbled into the red zone.

    Beaumer had a second Sewer Shambler, putting Watanabe on a significant clock. Seemingly unfazed, Watanabe summoned a Wild Beastmaster to put some pressure on of his own. Beaumer killed the Beastmaster with a Stab Wounds and swung with his Sprite and one of his Shamblers.

    Watanabe, implacable, summoned a Guttersnipe, and then unloaded his hand of pump spells to take the first game in a wave of damage.


    Watanabe's armor-piercing stare on display.

    Yuuya Watanabe 1 – Michael Beaumer 0

    Watanbe started the second game with a Riot Piker, while Beaumer had a Metropolis Spike and a Bane Alley Broker. Watanabe's Crowned Ceratok draw a frown from Beaumer, who used his Broker to go hunting for an answer. He summoned a Cloudfin Raptor, then made Watanabe's Ceratok get Totally Lost to buy himself some time. Watanabe refused to slow down, with a Korozda Gorgeon hitting his side of the board.

    Beaumer summoned a Sewer Shambler before attacking with his fliers, keen to race Watanabe. Watanabe summoned his Ceratok pre-combat and left several mana open, representing all manner of potential tricks. Beaumer declined to block and summoned a Catacomb Slug on his turn to provide some defense.


    Beaumer does the math, and it doesn't look good.

    Watanabe fuzed an Armed & Dangerous to make his Ceratok terrifying and his Gorgon alluring. Beaumer grinned and flipped his Dispel onto the table.

    Yuuya Watanabe 2 – Michael Beaumer 0




     

  • Grand Prix Top 8 Quarterfinals - Patriawan Kurniadi vs. Triphonratana Boonyarit

    by Chapman Sim

  • Master Biomancer

    Patriawan Kurniadi from Indonesia advances to the semifinals on the strength of Master Biomancer. Triphonratana Boonyarit was unable to cough out an answer to deal with the 2/4 and crumbles to the overwhelming army. Despite losing the first game to an aggressive Boros Assault, he was able to cause the upset by taking down the next two games.

    Game One

    Boonyarit showed Kurniadi what kind of aggression the Boros Legion was capable off and took the game in a matter of turns.

    Leading with Boros Mastiff and Warmind Infantry stormed in for a couple of hits before Kurniadi could summon Greenside Watcher and Battering Krasis.

    Eyes in the Sky joined up with Court Street Denizen teamed up to tap down Kuriani's entire team, halving Kurniadi's remaining life total.

    Kurniadi tried to stave off the attacks with an Elusive Krais and further strengthened his defense with Knightly Valor, but all Boonyarit had to do was use Act of Treason to end the game in swift fashion.

    Patriawan Kurniadi 0 – Triphonratana Boonyarit 1

    Game Two

    This time, it would be Kurniadi's turn to be on the offensive. After gumming up the ground with Murmuring Phantasm, he proceeded to summon a pair of flyers, in the form of Seller of Songbirds and Beetleform Mage. Five by five, that took chunks off his opponent's life totals.


    Patriawan Kurniadi

    Lyev Decree pinned down Boonyarit's Armored Transport and a Security Blockade token for a turn, causing Kurniadi to be even further ahead in the face. Boonyarit tried using Batterhorn to race the five points of flying a damage a turn, but to no avail.

    At just 10 life, Boonyarit had to do something about both flyers and he used Aerial Maneuveur to kill Beetleform Mage. Riot Gear got suited up on the Security Blockade token and it was severely outclassing Kurniadi's Trained Caracal.

    That was until Kurniadi upsized his army with Master Biomancer, Elusive Krasis and Centaur Healer.

    Patriawan Kurniadi 1 – Triphonratana Boonyarit 1

    Game Three

    Kurniadi powered out a turn three Master Biomancer with a turn two Mana Bloom. Erm, yea. That was pretty much it.Kurniadi proceeded to make all his creatures ridiculous.


    Triphonratana Boonyarit

    Even a 2/7 Murmuring Phantasm looked impressive. Boonyarit was unable to mount an effective Boros attack with his pair of Boros Mastiffs and Warmind Infantry. Then a 3/4 Seller of Songbirds plus a 3/3 Bird Token, then a 4/3 Battering Krasis followed by a 4/4 Beetleform Mage that can be pumped to a 6/6. Enough said.

    Patriawan Kurniadi 2 – Triphonratana Boonyarit 1




     

  • Grand Prix Bangkok Top 8 Quarterfinals - Huang Yu Chung vs. Tan Raymond

    by Chapman Sim

  • Game One

    Card-drawing engine and removal machine rolled into one. Mercurial Chemister is the nuts. Huang would have to agree, seeing how he managed to bounce back from a precarious two life to cause the upset.

    Chung won the die roll and kickstarted the party with Gore-House Chainwalker, Riot Piker and Greenside Watcher. Tan replied with Bellows Lizard and Bomber Corp and Armored Transport.

    A flurry of exchanges ensued and the board was reset back to a mere Bomber Corps and Spire Tracer, versus Huang's Seller of Songbirds. Selesnya Charm created a Knight token, taking the Seller down but Huang reloaded with Selesnya Sentry.


    Huang Yu Chung

    The Sentry could not stop a freshly drawn Viashino Fangblade from reducing Huang to 2 life. However, things seemed to be turning around when he managed to resolve and untap with Mercurial Chemister.

    Using his new-found card advantage, he was able to take firm control of the board and slowly demolish Tan's board. Barring any direct damage, Huang was in firm control of the game and felt comfortable to start attacking with the Guardian of the Guildless. Having drawn no removal to kill Mercurial Chemister or Huang, Tan could only scoop up his cards.

    Huang Yu Chung 1 - Tan Raymond 0

    Game Two

    What an unfortunate and anti-climatic game this was. We saw Tan mulliganing down to five and quickly lost the game quickly to the assault. Despite having Avenging Arrow to kill Huang's Guardian of the Guildless, he had no solution to the Blaze Commando, as well as a 6/5 Assault Griffin enhanced by Give & Take.

    Raymond Tan would have to be content with "just" a Top 8 performance while Huang rejoices in the fact that he had just qualified for Pro Tour Dublin.

    Huang Yu Chung 2 - Tan Raymond 0




     

  • GP Bangkok Semifinals - Kurniadi Patriawan vs. Yu Chung Huang

    by Pip Foweraker

  • "A lucky top-deck" was how Kurniadi Patriawan described his nail-biting 2-game victory over Yu Chung Huang, riding on the back of a timely Master Biomancer in the first and a pair of tricks in the second.

    Game 1

    Huang came steaming out of the gates in the first game with a Naya-flavoured array of aggressive favourites, but Patriawan was able to stabilise, thanks in no small part to a Master Biomancer. A few massive trampling creatures later, and it was off to the sideboards for the second game.


    Patriawan likes his creatures big and aggressive. His opponent's don't.

    Kurniadi Patriawan 1 – Yu Chung Huang 0

    Game 2

    Huang started off the game with a Greenside Watcher, while Patriawan had a Battering Krasis. An Assault Griffin took to the skies for Huang, while a Seller of Songbirds let loose a Bird token to keep it company for Patriawan. Huang upped the ante considerably by giving his Assault Griffin some Knightly Valor. "That's going to hurt," tsked Patriawan, summoning a Centaur Healer and a Murmuring Phantasm. His Krasis rumbled in and Huang's Watcher and Knight token happily traded with it before things got even more out of hand.


    Huang suits up his dudes and prepares for battle.

    Huang, keen on things getting more out of hand, laid a Rogue's Passage and summoned a HaazdaSnare Squad. Patriawan had a Knightly Valor of his own, his Centaur Healer suiting up and rumbling into the red zone.

    Huang used his Rogue's Passage on his Assault Griffin and sent it in, Patriawan on a vulnerable 4 life, but Patriawan flashed a Riot Control, and then ripped a Lyev Decree to take the second game in dramatic style.

    Kurniadi Patriawan 2 – Yu Chung Huang 0




     

  • GP Bangkok Semifinals - Yuuya Watanabe vs. Nicholas Jonathan Wong

    by Chapman Sim

  • Both of the most accomplished players in the Top 8 have found themselves paired against each other. Nicholas Jonathan Wong's 6 Grand Prix Top 8s looked miniscule when compared alongside Yuuya Watanabe's 19. Still both players have been very successful in their respective countries, seeing how both were ex-National Champions as well.

    Game One

    Yuuya Watanabe was able to capitalize on Nicholas Jonathan Wong's double mulligan to clinch game one. Curving out perfectly and having all the correct support spells, Wong quickly found himself scooping up his cards and reaching for the sideboard.

    Despite going down to five cards, Wong was able to fend off Watanabe's threats one by one. He pointed Dreadbore at Feral Animist and then toasted Crowned Ceratok to a crisp with Annihilating Fire.

    Watanabe reloaded with Wild Beastmaster, threatening to go over the top if he drew any of his pump spells, in particular his pair of Burst of Strengths. Wong summoned Ubul Sar Gatekeepers as a plain 2/4 but that allowed Watanabe to steal it with Traitorous Instincts, reducing Wong down to just three life.

    Armed // Dangerous

    Still holding Armed & Dangerous and Launch Party, the Explosive Impact he just drew could be categorized as overkill.

    Yuuya Watanabe 1 vs. Nicholas Jonathan Wong 0

    Game Two

    It was Watanabe's turn to stumble on mana this time but he still managed to put up a decent fight. In the end, it was Wong who claimed the second game to even out the score.

    Watanabe's lack of action stemmed from the disability to draw a green source. Wong decided to see what aces were up his sleeve with Sin Collector. After revealing Viashino Fangtail, Maze Behemoth, Carnage Gladiator, Wild Beastmaster, Brushstrider and Gatecreeper Vine, it led to Wong's delirious chanting of "NO FOREST NO FOREST NO FOREST" during Watanabe's next draw step.


    Nicholas Jonathan Wong

    That was successful to a certain extent, since Watanabe drew a Mountain instead and could only pass the turn while he watched Wong discard Ubul Sar Gatekeepers to Viashino Racketeer.

    When Watanabe ripped the Forest on the next turn, he was derided and chided by the audience for failing to continue the "land-denial" chant.

    Watanabe tried to stabilize with Viashino Shanktail but that did not deter Wong from sending his entire team in. When Watanabe blocked, Wong gave Viashino Racketeer +3/+0 and Sin Confessor +0/+3 with Martial Glory.

    Despite the setback, Watanabe was able to draw a second Forest to deploy Brushstrider and Wildbeast Master, good enough for trading with Wong's pair of 2/1s. When Maze Behemoth clashed with Wong's Dreadbore, Balustrade Spy and Frostburn Weird reduced Watanabe to just enough life to be finished off by Annihilating Fire.

    Yuuya Watanabe 1 vs. Nicholas Jonathan Wong 1

    Game Three

    Watanabe mulled down to six cards but Wong had an action-light hand himself. Both players passed their first three turns, doing nothing but laying basics and Guildgates.


    Yuuya Watanabe

    Cobblebrute was Wong's first creature and it was about to go all the way, dealing a total of 21 damage over the next three turns.

    Watanabe defended with Gatecreeper Vine and Brushstrider. Auger Spree sent the Brushstrider into the yard and Watanabe took five damage from that attack, declining to block with Gatecreeper Vine.

    Watanabe continued to defend with Viashino Shanktail but the backbreaker was soon to come. Using Annihilating Fire to clear the path, Wong stuck Madcap Skills on Cobblebrute, reducing Watanabe to 7 life. Holding Explosive Impact, he was able to point the five-point-burn at any creature Watanabe could muster, taking the the third game and the match to put him in his first ever finals Grand Prix apperance.

    The mighty Yuuya Watanabe had fallen.

    Yuuya Watanabe 1 vs. Nicholas Jonathan Wong 2




     

  • Finals - Nicholas Jonathan Wong vs. Patriawan Kurniadi

    by Chapman Sim

  • After defeating Yuuya Watanabe in the finals, Nicholas Jonathan Wong has found himself at his first individual Grand Prix finals appearance despite his six Grand Prix Top 8s. Kurniadi also shared the same sentiment and was clearly very happy to be playing more Magic than anyone else in the tournament.

    Both players were eyeing the Championship trophy, and Kurniadi was also playing for the additional bonus to be crowned the first ever Indonesian Grand Prix Champion in the history of the game.


    Nicholas Jonathan Wong

    Game One

    Kurniadi claimed the first game by forming up a blockade of defense with a 5/7 Elusive Krasis, enchanted by Knight Valor. Failing to draw his only solution (Dreadbore), Wong folded to the incredible menace.

    After casting the "possibly worst card" in his deck (Bellows Lizard), he attempted to disrupt with Sin Collector. Kurniadi declared that he was without sin, and revealed a hand containing Elusive Krasis, Centaur Healer, Knightly Valor, Seller of Songbirds and Battering Krasis and Elusive Krasis, which entered play the next turn.

    Wong attacked with his Bellows Lizard and Sin Collector and Kurniadi declined to block. He knew that Elusive Krasis would be instrumental in this matchup and he was not about to lose it to a small burn spell or bloodrush effect.

    "No blocks?", questioned Wong.

    "Yea, its just three damage. Be a man!"

    He evolved Elusive Krasis by casting Seller of Songbirds, Battering Krasis and Centaur Healer to gum up the board, then eventually plopping Knightly Valor on the unblockable monster, now capable of taking five unblockable damage every turn.


    Patriawan Kurniadi

    Explosive Impact did prevent Wong from losing instantly to a resolved Holy Mantle, but the Elusive Krasis eventually did him in.

    Game Two

    Madcap Skills

    Game two ended almost as quickly as sideboarding and shuffling took. Wong took advantage of the Kurniadi's lack of removal and quickly pasted Madcap Skills on Rakdos Drake, quickly evening the score.

    Kurniadi managed Seller of Songbirds and Beetleform Mage, but Wong used Ubul Sar Gatekeeper destroy the Bird token, while holding Explosive Impact as a backup.

    Kurniadi tried to bluff by passing the turn and keeping all his six mana open, but Wong wasn't about to be deceived by the Empty City Ruse and attacked for the win.

    Game Three

    In the very very last game of Grand Prix Bangkok, Kurniadi took the plunge and kept the following hand on the play. Undoubtedly very powerful if he managed to draw a Forest, it was very risky and questionable. His high-risk high-reward decision paid off as the mana gods were on his side, transforming Patriawan Kurniadi from relative unknown into a Grand Prix Champion!

    Ætherling

    Wong attempted to go all the way again by assembling the sick combo of Rakdos Drake and Madcap Skill, causing the crowd to gasp with anxiety. Sadly for Wong, it turns out that Kurniadi's next three draw phases comprised of Avenging Arrow, Selesnya Guildgate and Forest. That enabled him to deal with Rakdos Drake after taking only one hit, before untapping and casting Elusive Krasis and Greenside Watcher.

    Kurniadi went for yet another risky play, resolving Ætherling without keeping any mana up.

    "You have a what?", Wong exclaimed with shock and dismay. "I'm going to need something very specific now", undoubtedly referring to Dreadbore.

    After dropping Cobblebrute, Wong declared that Kurniadi "would need to misclick" to lose this game. I personally suggested him to hit F6.

    There is nothing anyone can do to beat Ætherling.

    Nicholas Jonathan Wong vs. Patriawan Kurniadi 1-2




     

  • Top 5 Cards of Grand Prix Bangkok

    by Chapman Sim & Pip Foweraker


  • Haazda Snare Squad

    5. Haazda Snare Squad

    Credited by Yuuya Watanabe as his MVP this weekend, it is not hard to understand why. Whether you need to be on the offense or defense, one can always find a use for Haazda Snare Squad. Lightly costed, and capable of fending away most drops around the same casting cost, it is a high pick regardless of your intended strategy, always making the maindeck if you're in white.








    Armed // Dangerous

    4. Armed & Dangerous

    Armed & Dangerous certainly lives up to its name. While it's best used for breaking stalemales (and reducing your opponent from twenty to nothing), it also excels at ending games prematurely when used in conjunction with power enhancing effects like pumps, equipment and auras.





    Crocanura

    3. Crocanura

    Players are increasingly recognizing how powerful evasive, and particularly flying, creatures are in this format. With a dearth of Spider-like creatures, reach is a valued keyword ability, and Crocanura fits on-curve with a variety of strategies. In a dedicated evolve deck, things can get silly, fast.









    Punish the Enemy

    2. Punish the Enemy

    Flexible. Powerful. Non-guild-aligned. This eminently splashable piece of removal works in control and aggro equally well, doesn't commit you to anything significant, and often comes at a point in a draft where keeping your options open is a valuable bonus.










    Ætherling

    1. Ætherling

    Instrumental in catapulting Patriawan Kurniadi to his Grand Prix title, this powerful shapeshifter does not stay to annoy opponents for very long. It seals the game within three turns by making it a 8/1 unblockable creature, while dodging removal spells, all in the same package. If you're hoping for a good finisher, nothing is better than Ætherling, considering it is as ridiculous as it is hard to kill, especially in the world of Return to Ravnica Limited.









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