This past weekend, 165 of the best Magic players from across Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand gathered in Singapore for the South East Asia Championship, the culmination of months of qualifying events. On the line were not only four 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 Peng Zer Shiuan, piloting Abzan Greasefang!
Peng Zer Shiuan, who qualified via RCQ at Classroom Café in Malaysia, chose Abzan Greasefang because he liked the deck after playing it "for a long time". He didn't lose a match all weekend, winning most of the games by returning powerful vehicles from the graveyard with
Peng Zer Shiuan's sideboard contained 4
In the finals, Peng Zer Shiuan faced Christian Wijaya, a Magic veteran from Indonesia whose best finish to date was a 24th place at Pro Tour Dominaria in 2018. He had brought the 80-card combo brew that can generate infinite mana with
In the deciding game, Christian Wijaya initially looked ahead after ramping into a turn-three
Top 4 Players Qualified for the Pro Tour
With four Pro Tour invites on the line, it was a tense quarterfinals. Congratulations to the Top 4 players in the final standings of the South East Asia Championships, who earned invites to Pro Tour 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!
The Top 8 decklists featured six different archetypes, with Mono-White Humans and Mono-Green Devotion both appearing twice. After the high-stakes quarterfinals, four players secured a seat to the Pro Tour. You can see the Top 4 decklists below in final standing order.
Name: Peng Zer Shiuan
Title: Abzan Greasefang
Name: Christian Wijaya
Title: Rona to Light
Name: Loh Mun Kit
Title: Mono-Green Devotion
Name: John Jerson Po
Title: Mono-White Humans
The overarching theme in the deck choices of the Top 4 players was familiarity and experience. Peng Zer Shiuan had played his deck for a long time, and Loh Mun Kit echoed this sentiment, saying that Mono-Green Devotion "is the deck that I am most familiar with".
A Memorable Event With a Rakdos-Heavy Metagame
In line with many players' expectations, Rakdos Midrange was the most popular Pioneer deck at the South East Asia Championship. Nevertheless, the deck is beatable. Despite the metagame dominance, none of the Rakdos Midrange players were able to convert to a Top 8 finish.
All in all, it was a terrific weekend full of high-level competition. The South East Asia once again put on display the talent and skill of players from across the region, propelling the best players to Magic's biggest stages. Congratulations again to Peng Zer Shiuan, and to organizer Oracle Events on another great Regional Championship.