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Patrick Chapin wins Pro Tour Journey Into Nyx with 'junk midrange'

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Today May 18, 2014 Patrick Chapin won Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Journey into Nyx with "Junk Midrange." This marks the first Pro Tour win for Chapin, who's known as "The Innovator." He'll be taking home $40,000 and automoatically get platinum status. It's the ultimate achievment for a pro player, with all of his flights being paid for, getting appearance fees at Grand Prix tournaments, and qualifying for the World Championships.

"It feels better than using Jace, The Mind Sculptor's zero ability," remarked Chapin on the live stream when asked how winning feels. "As much as I like to play beat-down, all my cards in my deck are like Jayemdae Tomes...I just wanted raw power, and Elspeth, Sun's Champion is my Jace."

Two distinct decks in the same colors swept the competition to end up in the finals. Both Patrick Chapin and Nam Sung Wook ran white-black-green "junk" decks, abusing some of the most powerful cards in Theros block.

Both decks abuse Courser of Kruphix, one of the breakout cards this weekend, and use Sylvan Caryatid to ramp into larger threats, to cast a large Silence the Believers, or drop Elspeth, Sun's Champion.

While there are many similarities between the decks, there's several key differences between the two. Let's take a look:

Nam Sung Wook - Junk Constellation
Creatures (19)
4 Brain Maggot
4 Courser of Kruphix
4 Eidolon of Blossoms
3 Herald of Torment
4 Sylvan Caryatid
Other Spells (17)
4 Banishing Light
4 Hero's Downfall
2 Silence the Believers
4 Thoughtseize
3 Elspeth, Sun's Champion
Lands (24)
5 Forest
2 Mana Confluence
2 Plains
3 Swamp
4 Temple of Malady
4 Temple of Plenty
4 Temple of Silence
Sideboard (15)
1 Agent of Erebos
2 Dark Betrayal
1 Deicide
2 Feast of Dreams
4 Fleecemane Lion
1 Glare of Heresy
3 Reaper of the Wilds
1 Silence the Believers

Wook's list seeks to generate card advantage via Eidolon of Blossoms, utilizing more enchantment creatures like Brain Maggot and Herald of Torment in the main deck to get ahead. Another noticeable difference is that Wook also uses Reaper of the Wilds out of the sideboard to gain value with additional scrying against other creature-based decks.

Patrick Chapin - Junk Midrange
Creatures (18)
4 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
4 Courser of Kruphix
4 Fleecemane Lion
2 Polukranos, World Eater
4 Sylvan Caryatid
Other Spells (17)
1 Banishing Light
4 Hero's Downfall
1 Read the Bones
4 Silence the Believers
3 Thoughtseize
4 Elspeth, Sun's Champion
Lands (25)
4 Forest
4 Mana Confluence
2 Plains
3 Swamp
4 Temple of Malady
4 Temple of Plenty
4 Temple of Silence
Sideboard (15)
2 Arbor Colossus
1 Bile Blight
2 Boon Satyr
2 Deicide
2 Drown in Sorrow
1 Feast of Dreams
2 Glare of Heresy
1 Gods Willing
1 Read the Bones
1 Thoughtseize

Chapin's list opts for aggressive creatures which stand on their own such as Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Fleecemane Lion, and the mighty Polukranos, World Eater. Chapin also has a nod to card draw with Read the Bones. His sideboard features Arbor Colossus, which can be an MVP against the format's flyers Stormbreath Dragon and Prognostic Sphinx - which appeared in force over the weekend.

With the Return to Ravnica block set to rotate out this fall, eyes will turn back to these Junk lists when players try to determine what's good in Standard. Expect to see variants of these two decks between now and after Khans of Tarkir has been released at your local Friday Night Magic.

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