Both players finished up Day 1 of Grand Prix Beijing with perfect records. Sung-Wook Nam is ably piloting Mono-Black Devotion, a deck he took to victory recently at Grand Prix Melbourne. Tung-Yi Cheng has piloted a R/W Burn deck over the weekend, the blistering pace leaving his opponents scorched and helpless.
As the match unfolded, Cheng was able to take Nam's life down to a perilously low levels, but was unable to steal any games before the control deck stabilised and rode its powerful creatures to victory. This matchup is a race, pure and simple, between a flurry of early burn and the Black deck's attempts to stabilise their life total and use their superior creatures to take the game.
The first game was all about a flurry of early burn from Cheng, as Nam's Thoughtseize displayed a panapoly of Warleader's Helix, Shock, Lightning Strike and an Ash Zealot. Once the Zealot hit the bin, Cheng wasted no time in reducing Nam's life total as rapidly as possible. Nam managed to resolve a Nightveil Spectre and followed up with a Duress. Cheng had enough burn to drop Nam to 5 in response, but had nothing for Nam's follow-up Desecration Demon. Cheng was forced to look to the top of his deck for answers. None arrived in time, the powerful 6/6 Demon taking the first game in short order.
Sung-Wook Nam 1 - Tung-Yi Cheng 0
Nam dominated the early turns of Game 2 with a volley of triple Duress, taking a pair of Cheng's Chained To The Rocks and some burn. Cheng summoned an Ash Zealot and threw what he had at Nam, who eventually offed the Zealot.
Nam summoned a Desecration Demon, and when Cheng threw a Mizzium Mortars and a Searing Blood at it, Nam used a Devour Flesh in response to gain a bunch of life and put Cheng even further behind. Nam dropped some more men and mopped up the game, having never been seriously threatened after the opening wave of discard.
Sung-Wook Nam 2 - Tung-Yi Cheng 0