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U/B Infect at a GP Trial Singapore

This is my first article and it is about my top 8 finish at a GP trial for Singapore.  There are 35 participants in the events and only the top 2 finishers will get 3 byes for the GP.

Skittles, The Candy Dragon

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The deck I used is a list similar to Brian Kibler's U/B infect deck that he used in the SCG open LA. It’s like a U/B control deck that makes your opponent start with 10 life. My best matchup was RDW and Boros while U/B control is difficult.

Round 1: John Marc - U/R

My opponent is a friend of mine who's playing a Counter Burn deck that has Neurok Commando to generate card advantage.  In the 1st game I win the die roll, and he mulligans twice. I open with a Swamp followed by an Inquisition of Kozilek getting his only spell Preordain. Turn 3 and 4 I played a Phyrexian Crusader he laughed and shows me his hand which is full of lands. In game 2 he has a couple of burn spells and counterspells but he can't find any answer for my Phyrexian Crusader and Skithiryx, The Blight Dragon.

2-0

Round 2: JC - Caw-Blade

Game 1 he wins easily with a turn 2 Stoneforge Mystic, 3rd turn Sword of Feast and Famine, 4th turn Jace, The Mind Sculptor, 5th turn Gideon Jura. In game 2 he mulligan once and I strip his Squadron Hawk. Jace Beleren is the MVP in this matchup followed by a Skithiryx, The Blight Dragon. There are only 7 minutes on the clock when we start our third game. I keep my hand which contains 3 lands, a Duress and 2 Preordain. I use my Duress on my second turn, in my dismay I see 2 copies of Jace, The Mind Sculptor and 2 Gideon Jura, I had a Jace Beleren in my hand so I decided to choose the 5cc planeswalker. I played my only planeswalker but he used a Spell Pierce which I didn't see in his hand. After using my 2 Preordain I'm stuck on 3 lands.

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Round 3: Roxas (forgot his first name) U/B infect with Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas

Game 1 I win using Inkmoth Nexus and Sword of Feast and Famine. Game 2 we are at 5 poison counters I play a Skithiryx, The Blight Dragon I thought I could win this match easily but after he casts a Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas and sends in his animated Inkmoth Nexus I scoop up my cards. The last game is a little boring he triple mulligans, I cast 2 Inquisition of Kozilek getting his Preordain and Phyrexian Crusader. He can't find any answer to my equipped Phyrexian Crusader.

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Round 4: U/B Control

I win this match in 10 minutes. He's a new player and misplayed multiple times.

2-0

Round 5: Rowena U/B Control

The final round of the swiss and I’m in 7th place (she's 8th). She won the die roll played a Creeping Tar Pit and I think why is this happening to me! Four rounds of U/B variants (plus one in the playoffs). She wins the first game using 2 Grave Titan. I win the second using Jace Beleren and Phrexian Vatmother. In the third game I use a Volition Reins to take control of Grave Titan and win the match.

2-1

I finish the swiss with a 4-1 record and in third place.

Playoffs

Quarter Finals

My opponent was a regular named Joseph.  I win the two games with either Inquisition of Kozilek and Duress in my opening hand and kill him with Skithiryx, The Blight Dragon.

Semi Finals

I’m paired against a teammate and we talked about this situation a couple of weeks ago and I decide to concede so he gets the 3 byes.

That’s it, I didn't get the 3 byes but I’m very happy with my 75. The Sword of Feast and Famine has a good interaction with my man lands and I should have put 2 in the maindeck. I hope to get the 3 byes byes the next time I use my U/B infect deck. Thanks for reading!

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