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Dragoborne Championship 2017 Asia-Oceania Finals!

Sep 12, 2017

16 brave Dragoborne gathered at CharaExpo on 10 September and duked it out for the glory of being crowned the first Asia-Oceania Champion. Fierce battles were waged, many Carefree Orcs were innocently slain, and many souls were offered but in the end, one Dragoborne rose above the rest to clinch the top spot.



The Singapore qualifier was held the day before, and 10 worthy competitors joined the champions from Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, and Japan to take part in the finals. After a grueling 4-round Swiss tournament, the top 4 players emerged from the chaos - Johnathan Heng from Australia, Qawiem Zainon from Malaysia, Kimo from Singapore and Anthonius Hanjaya from Indonesia!

Here’s a quick look at their deck lists:

JOHNATHAN HENG'S HEDGEHOG RUSH

Main Deck

4 Fal’thalas, the Lost Wind

4 Eleanor, Queen of Storm

4 Ravian, Battlefield Shrieker

4 Sahrg, Renowned Bladesmith

4 Glauce, Will of Steel

4 Carefree Orc

4 Highlands Rogue

4 Doomfire Avatar

4 Vylon, Great Horned General

4 Goblin Toestabber

4 Goblin Madcap 

3 Fafneer, Volatile Fire

3 Harpy Embermage

Banners

2 Standard of Tauris 

1 Runemark of Tir na Nog


Sideboard

4 Kingslayer Bee 

4 Pyroblast

1 Harpy Embermage

1 Fafneer, Volatile Fire
QAWIEM ZAINON'S LAST MINUTE CHANGE DECK 

Main Deck

4 Goblin Toestabber

4 Sahrg, Renowned Bladesmith

4 Harpy Embermage

4 Glauce, Will of Steel

2 Fafneer, Volatile Fire

4 Carefree Orc

2 Earthcrack

4 Pyroblast

4 Ravian, Battlefield Shrieker

4 Highlands Rogue

4 Goblin Madcap 

3 Eleanor, Queen of Storm

1 Mischievous Sprite

2 Tanglewood Druid

2 Timid Scout

3 Guardian of the Forest

3 Kingslayer Bee

Banners

2 Standard of Tauris

1 Runemark of Tir na Nog


Sideboard

3 Nature’s Touch 

2 Izarco-Tvash, Born of Magma

1 Guardian of the Forest

1 Kingslayer Bee

2 Tanglewood Menace

1 Nature’s Touch

KIMO'S BLACK MAGIC

Main Deck

4 Tariel, High Priestess

2 Replenish the Ranks

2 Aquatic Battle Unit, Hydra

3 Fleur, Tide of Avarice

4 Rejuvenate

2 Terraxx, Earthshaker

3 Redfang, Born Leader

2 Mischievous Sprite

4 Fleetwing Sprite

2 Chromatic Disturbance

1 Ajeel of the Dark Reins 

2 Bloody Baroness

2 Cavalier Nosferatu

3 Offering of Souls

4 Gluttony of Albert

4 Death and Decay

4 Kingslayer Bee

2 Crowd Surfer

Banners

1 Curse of Niflheim 

1 Runemark of Tir na Nog

1 Insignia of Olous


Sideboard

3 E.M.P 

2 Shieldbreaker

2 Lady Valistra, Bloodlines Tormented

3 Death Trap
ANTHONIUS HANJAYA'S XANDERLOCK'S PERFECT DRAGO CONTROL

Main Deck

4 Kingslayer Bee

3 Fleetwing Sprite

3 Remus, Hunter Adept

4 Redfang, Born Leader

4 Growing Touch

3 Eleanor, Queen of Storm

2 Chromatic Disturbance

3 Replenish the Ranks

3 Tariel, High Priestess

2 Sanctuary Enforcer

2 Sunscale Dragon 

4 Glauce, Will of Steel

4 Izarco-Tvash, Born of Magma

4 Carefree Orc

2 Fafneer, Volatile Fire

2 Ravian, Battlefield Shrieker

1 Doomfire Avatar

Banners

1 Standard of Tauris 

1 Runemark of Tir na Nog

1 Shield of Logres


Sideboard

2 Ravian, Battlefield Shrieker 

3 Nature's Touch

1 Chromatic Disturbance

2 Sunscale Dragon

2 Pyroblast

The top 4 bracket pit Johnathan against Kimo and Qawiem against Anthonius in the semi-finals. Johnathan’s aggressive strategy served him extremely well during the Swiss rounds and allowed him to finish undefeated, but in the face of efficient removals like Bloody Baroness and Death and Decay he was hard-pressed to maintain pressure on his opponent. Kimo planned his turns carefully, chipping away at Johnathan and making sure not to give Johnathan too much card advantage before finally unleashing the dreaded Offering of Souls on his foe. At the other table, Qawiem was also having trouble against his opponent as Anthonius culled Qawiem’s board while pumping out creature after huge creature. The combined might of Sunscale Dragon, Izarco-Tvash and Fafneer proved too much for him to handle, so Anthonius advanced to the final round while Qawiem faced Johnathan in the 3rd-4th placement match.


Johnathan and Qawiem used similar decks, so it came down to the quality of their draws. Harpy Embermage in particular was stellar in this matchup, since both players relied on cheap creatures with low endurance. This in tandem with its high base endurance made it a powerful deterrent against opposing Carefree Orcs and Goblin Toestabbers. Ravian was also used to devastating effect, annihilating entire board positions and leaving forts open to attack. The battles were fast and furious, but in the end, Qawiem managed to defeat his Australian opponent and finish third.




The battle between Kimo and Anthonius was one between giants. Both players aimed to accelerate their resources and enter their end-game, and what a devastating late game these players are packing. Anthonius aims to drop his big dragons on the field, while Kimo is building towards Offering of Souls and a kill turn. Going into game 1, Kimo was already playing at a disadvantage, as a majority of his removals were not suited to dealing with 6 cost and above creatures. The only thing he could use to deal with Anthonius’s dragons was Gluttony of Albert, which has a hefty cost, and because Anthonius was playing such a heavy-costed deck, he usually didn’t have more than one creature at a fort, making Gluttony of Albert far less cost-efficient. Anthonius played calmly, throttling Kimo’s options as he built his devastating board presence and finally emerged as our first Asia-Oceania Champion!



It was an exciting day for our players, and while Tauris and Tir na Nog were the main favorites, we saw a good variation of decks in our finals. Congratulations once again to our champion, and thank you all for joining us for the tournament!


By Matthew Lee

Developer, Dragoborne -Rise to Supremacy-