This past weekend, 195 of the best Magic players from across China gathered in Shanghai for the MTG China Open, the culmination of months of qualifying events. On the line were not only eight Pro Tour slots but also the title of Regional Champion and the corresponding World Championship seat. After eight rounds of Pioneer competition followed by a Top 8 playoff, the trophy was claimed by Jianwei Liang, piloting a fiery Atarka Red deck!
Jianwei Liang, who qualified via RCQ at Guangzhou Capone Card, chose Atarka Red because he felt it was “invincible”. Indeed, he didn’t lose a match all weekend. His best card of the weekend was
In the finals, Jianwei Liang defeated the experienced Pro Tour veteran Chan Sze Hang from Hong Kong. Chan Sze Hang was playing his own build of Azorius Control, using
TOP 8 PLAYERS QUALIFIED FOR THE PRO TOUR
Congratulations to the Top 8 players in the final standings of the MTG China Open, who earned invites to Pro Tour The Lord of the Rings, to be held at MagicCon: Barcelona on July 28–30. We look forward to seeing you represent your region there!
The Top 8 decklists featured six different archetypes, with Azorius Control and Lotus Field Combo both appearing twice. You can find the event’s top 8 decklists here. From among the decklists that came close to the Top 8, the spiciest options with at least two more wins than losses include Azorius Lotus Field, Hammer Time, Jeskai Creativity, and Rakdos Goblins.
A MEMORABLE EVENT WITH A DIVERSE METAGAME
The metagame at the Regional Championship in China reflected the enduring popularity of Rakdos Midrange, the emergent rise of Izzet Creativity, and the diversity of the format overall. “Stick to your heart and play your favorite deck,” Zhao Ji said after making it to the Top 8 with Dimir Rogues. Jianwei Liang, who was the only player to bring Atarka Red to the tournament, would surely agree with that. In the hands of a capable pilot, anything can win in Pioneer.
The MTG China Open once again put on display the talent and skill of players from across China, propelling the best players from the region to Magic’s biggest stages. Congratulations again to Jianwei Liang, and to China on another great Regional Championship.
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