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GP Singapore 2015

· by roy · Read in about 4 min · (690 Words)
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GP Singapore 2015 would be my first Modern GP and maybe only my 3rd or 4th Modern event altogether. Modern is a difficult format to prepare for; there are many decks to prepare for and it’s almost impossible to master all the matchups. For this reason, I felt much less prepared for this event than for GP Manila back in January. I put together Grixis Twin for this event. It’s a bit difficult to pilot, but I felt it had a reasonable matchup across the board and there’s always a chance of comboing out when you’re falling behind. Here’s the list I played:

Grixis Twin

[Creatures]
  • 4 Deceiver Exarch
  • 1 Pestermite
  • 2 Tasigur, Golden Fang
  • 3 Snapcaster Mage
[Spells]
  • 4 Splinter Twin
  • 4 Serum Visions
  • 2 Inquisition of Kozilek
  • 4 Remand
  • 1 Electrolyze
  • 4 Lightning Bolt
  • 1 Dispel
  • 2 Terminate
  • 2 Spell Snare
  • 1 Kolaghan's Command
  • 2 Cryptic Command
[Lands]
  • 4 Island
  • 1 Mountain
  • 1 Swamp
  • 2 Sulfur Falls
  • 1 Cascade Bluffs
  • 3 Steam Vents
  • 1 Blood Crypt
  • 1 Watery Grave
  • 4 Scalding Tarn
  • 3 Polluted Delta
  • 1 Bloodstained Mire
  • 1 Desolate Lighthouse
[Sideboard]
  • 1 Izzet Staticaster
  • 1 Keranos, God of Storms
  • 1 Olivia Voldaren
  • 1 Blood Moon
  • 2 Anger of the Gods
  • 1 Shatterstorm
  • 1 Dispel
  • 1 Negate
  • 1 Jace Architect of Thought
  • 1 Murderous Cut
  • 2 Spellskite
  • 1 Kolaghan's Command
  • 1 Sower of Temptation

Here’s how my day 1 shook out:

  • R1 2-0 WIN vs grixis twin
  • R2 2-1 WIN vs coco elves
  • R3 1-1 DRAW vs abzan
  • R4 2-0 WIN vs gw coco
  • R5 2-0 WIN vs grixis twin
  • R6 2-1 WIN vs red burn
  • R7 2-0 WIN vs affinity
  • R8 1-2 LOSS vs rg tron
  • R9 1-2 LOSS vs merfolk

Of course 6-2-1 doesn’t qualify for day 2. Getting eliminated in the last 2 rounds makes me feel a bit salty. The draw vs abzan was because I lost game 1 and boarded into grindy control. I’m not sure if I should have tried to quickly win game 2 first. The loss to RG tron was close; if I had won the die roll I think I would have taken the match, although I did make some sloppy plays in game 3 as well. Merfolk was an uphill battle – this was one of the matchups I had not prepared for and it seems horribly bad for my side. Game 1 he had the first turn Aether Vial, which seemed to be unbeatable. I managed to eke out a win game 2 after a timely Anger of the Gods and finally running out his Vapor Snags so I could combo off. Cursecatcher + Spell Pierce kept me off Anger of the Gods in game 3 long enough for a 2nd and 3rd lord to push through lethal damage.

The problem of course with not making day 2 is that one doesn’t really plan on it, so you’re never sure what to do on Sunday. I skipped out on the Sunday Super Series and instead decided to play some Chaos Sealed on Sunday afternoon.

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Given the Champions of Kamigawa, Worldwake and Rise of Eldrazi packs of course one would hope for some significant value like Jace the Mindsculptor or maybe even just a Sensei’s Divining Top or some such. Instead I got such hits as Terra Eternal, Spearbreaker Behemoth, Spawnsire of Ulamog and Kusari-Gama. At least I got a Jace Architect of Thought and an Ojutai Soul of Winter which were good enough to get me 4 wins in 5 rounds of swiss. I wanted to claim a complete set of DTK with the points I won, but it took too long for my results to come in and someone got the last set before me. So I settled for a booster box and a t-shirt instead.

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Well, I didn’t too well this trip, but at least there’s still some swag and some winnings so it wasn’t a complete loss. And it’s always good to visit with my friends in Singapore so overall it was a good trip. I might be able to hit another GP later this year… it depends on how work plans shake out.

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