This past weekend, 90 competitors gathered in Taipei City for the MIT Championship Finals. On the line were not only two Pro Tour slots but also the title of Regional Champion and the corresponding World Championship seat. After seven rounds of Pioneer competition followed by a Top 8 playoff, the trophy was claimed by Chen Bor Hong, piloting a well-tuned Rakdos Midrange deck!
Chen Bor Hong, a 39-year-old player who qualified via RCQ at CardMaster, is known as "Uncle Jund" in Taiwan. To long-time Modern players, Jund is synonymous with midrange strategies, using efficient interactive spells like
In the finals, Bor Hong Chen defeated Ho Zhi Mao on Lotus Field Combo, a deck that not many players wield in the region. His version went down to only two copies of
Top 2 Players Qualified for the Pro Tour
With two Pro Tour invites on the line, the quarterfinals and semifinals were tense. The Top 8 decklists featured seven different archetypes, with Izzet Phoenix appearing twice. Even though only four players started with
One of the Izzet Phoenix players was Cheng Yu Chang, who had finished in third place at the last MIT Championship, qualifying him for Pro Tour The Lord of the Rings. There, he went 9-7, one win short of earning an invitation to the next Pro Tour. And this past weekend, as the bonus invites granted to Regional Championships in the 2022-23 season no longer applied, his semifinals loss meant that he again came one win short of qualifying for the next Pro Tour. Nevertheless, his consistent deep finishes confirm that he is one of the region's fiercest competitors to follow.
Congratulations to the Top 2 players in the final standings of the MIT Championship, who earned invites to Pro Tour Murders at Karlov Manor, to be held at MagicCon: Chicago on February 23–25, 2024. We look forward to seeing you represent your region there! You can see the Top 2 decklists below.
A Memorable Event with a Diverse Metagame
Pioneer showed a wide diversity of archetypes at the MIT Championships. Remarkably, Gruul Vehicles was the most played archetype, making good use of
All in all, the event featured plenty of hard-fought Pioneer matches, representing another memorable focal point for Magic in the region.