Draft with Hao-Shan Huang

Posted in GRAND PRIX TAIPEI 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on July 27, 2014

By Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw

While you could look at Hao-Shan Huang's four GP top 8s and say that he's had a pretty reasonable Magic career to date, I know he's personally been very disappointed in the number of times he's just missed the cut on breakers, or stumbled in the quarterfinals, which has lead to Huang being one very determined Magic player.

While it looked like the tie-breakers might get messy before the cut to top 8 this afternoon, the results swung in the right direction and we had a clean cut at 37 points with Huang finishing in 8th.

Pack 1, pick 1, Huang settled on a Spirit Bonds over an Ulcerate. Afterwards Huang admitted that while Ulcerate is one of the best removal cards available, Spirit Bonds is capable of much more.

Hao-Shan Huang has his eyes on the trophy.

Pack 1, pick 2, saw Huang pluck a Chasm Skulker from within a flock of quality black cards like Nightfire Giant and Flesh to Dust. Knowing that he had already passed Ulcerate, he didn't want to get in a fight over black cards with Tung Yi Cheng in pack 2. From there, Huang settled into a reasonable looking White-Blue deck, and was rewarded with a pack 2, pick 1 Soul of Ravnica.

Huang's deck ended up with a nice, low curve, and a handful of useful spells to back it up, with the Soul of Ravnica at the top end to seal the deal. Having come close in the past, I tentatively asked Huang if he thought this deck could finally get him to the trophy.

"Yes," he replied with a smile, "I think it can."