Round 11 Feature Match: Reid Duke (Jund) vs. Yam Wing Chun (Boros Burn)

Posted in GRAND PRIX SINGAPORE 2015 on June 28, 2015

By Chapman Sim

Reid Duke's quest to level up has brought him all the way to Singapore and he finds himself in a decent position to make his twelfth Grand Prix Top 8. It is no secret that Duke's a big fan of Jund and he has sleeved up Tarmogoyf, Kolaghan's Command and Terminate this weekend.

Yam Wing Chun from Hong Kong is the relative unknown and one of the newest members of MTG Mint Card. Aside from a Top 8 appearance at Grand Prix Washington D.C. and a Top 16 finish at Pro Tour Fate Reforged, he also most recently made the Top 8 of the TCG Invitational with his trusty Burn deck.

Game One

Duke won the die roll but was forced to go down to six cards.

Yam kept his one-land hand consisting of Grim Lavamancer, a single fetchland and five burn spells totaling 15 damage.

Using a basic Swamp to cast Inquisition of Kozilek, Reid discarded Yam's only creature but he topdecked Monastery Swiftspear as the replacement.

Duke cracked Bloodstained Mire for Stomping Ground to summon Tarmogoyf, a nice speed bump against the little red guy.

Yam failed to draw his second land over the next two turns, and could only suspend 2 Rift Bolts to knock Duke down to ten.

Counting at least 9 more incoming damage from the cards he already saw, Duke decided he could not afford to play the waiting game and decided to go on the offensive by killing Monastery Swiftspear with Lightning Bolt and swinging with a 4/5 Tarmogoyf.

Yam Wing Chun

Yam counterattacked with Goblin Guide, forcing Duke to keep Tarmogoyf home. When it did block it the next turn, Searing Blaze finished it off, reducing Duke down to 5 life.

Lava Spike and Lightning Bolt wrapped things up.

Reid Duke 0 – Yam Wing Chun 1

Game Two

Duke once again led with Inquisition of Kozilek, taking away Eidolon of the Great Revel.

When Yam recruited both Goblin Guide and Monastery Swiftspear, they fell to Disfigure and Lightning Bolt after a couple of hits.

Kitchen Finks, Tarmogoyf and Scavenging Ooze was the follow up and with Duke at 18 life after cleaning out Yam's graveyard, there was no way he could lose this game.

Reid Duke 0 – Yam Wing Chun 1

Game Three

Yam led with Goblin Guide, revealing Lightning Bolt from the top of Duke's deck to practically ensure it's death.

However, Yam had a speedier start than that, adding an additional Goblin Guide and Monastery Swiftspear to the board. Duke could only fetch Stomping Grounds and kill one, going down to 15.

Reid Duke

A second Lightning Bolt dealt with the other Goblin Guide, and a third Lightning Bolt offed Grim Lavamancer.

Despite the onslaught, Duke was able to stabilize with cheap solutions and seal the game with Kitchen Finks and Tarmogoyf with 11 life still in the bank.

Reid Duke 2 – Yam Wing Chun 1

Reid Duke defeats Yam Wing Chun 2-1 and advances to 10-1.