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Tong, Izzet Epiphany, Wins Hooglandia Open

Paul Tong wins the Standard Hooglandia Open with Izzet Epiphany

Alrund’s Epiphany, illustrated by Kieran Yanner

Paul Tong won the Hooglandia Open on Sunday with Izzet Epiphany.


Over the course of the event, Tong went 10-1 to win the first Innistrad: Crimson Vow Standard tournament on MTG Arena following the release of Magic’s newest set. Tong’s only loss on the day came in Round 2 against Scott Spurlock, playing one of the format’s dark horse decks — Mono-Black Zombies.


The Top 10 decks only had one duplicate in Orzhov Clerics, which finished in fourth and sixth place. The most represented deck in the event was Izzet Dragons❄️ with eleven copies, however none managed to make the Top 8, the closest falling just short at ninth place.

In the Top 8, Tong faced a series of relatively unknown decks, including Orzhov Clerics, Boros Burn, and finally Azorius Midrange❄.


In the finals, Tong was able to dispatch William La Hay’s unique midrange deck 2-0 to become the Hooglandia Open champion.

View the event’s Top 10 decklists.

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