Grand Prix Minneapolis 2014

Congratulations to Jun Young Park, winner of Grand Prix Minneapolis 2014! The collective gasp from the crowd said it all, as Park flipped the Scapeshift onto the table, fresh off the top of his deck. He had burnt through two Serum Visions looking for the game-winning sorcery, but had come up completely empty. Facing down against Canadian Andrew Huska's Jund and its 6/7 Tarmogoyf, Park appeared lost. Yet when it mattered most, Park's Scapeshift deck came through. He had overcome adversity all throughout the Top 8, having to fight through a wave of burn, a cascade of Tectonic Edges, and a Liliana vise grip to take home the title. The Final match against Huska was the toughest of all, and it took all three games and every possible turn and card for him to pull it off.

Park traveled to Minneapolis alongside the rest of the Asian superteam Team MTG Mint Card, and they stood at the sidelines cheering him on as they watched. With Pro Tour Journey into Nyx coming up next weekend, this Grand Prix served as a perfect way for them to make the trip to the United States and get acclimated to the time change before having to buckle down and practice for the Pro Tour. They weren't the only team to show up in force, as most of Team ChannelFireball also made the trip, each member looking for points they desperately needed heading into the home stretch.

The Modern scene this weekend shows a field that is a bit different than the one seen at Pro Tour Born of the Gods. Even Pro Tour champion Shaun McLaren opted to change from the deck he won the Pro Tour with due to the lack of Zoo in the format. His decision paid off, as it helped him secure a Top 4 finish at his first major event since the Pro Tour (and interestingly, his first Grand Prix Day 2 ever!). Other players picked up on the shifting tides and altered their decks, including Finalist Andrew Huska's Jund deck, which he tuned to beat the plethora of Birthing Pod decks around the room. In the end, it was a different combo deck that would take things by surprise.

Congratulations to Jun Young Park, Grand Prix Minneapolis 2014 Champion!


top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Shaun McLaren

(8) Brian Braun-Duin

(4) Andrew Huska

(5) Nathan Holiday

(2) Gregory Orange

(7) Taylor Laehn

(3) Jun Young Park

(6) Nick Bonham

Semi-finals

Shaun McLaren, 2-0

Andrew Huska, 2-1

Gregory Orange, 2-0

Jun Young Park, 2-0

Finals

Andrew Huska, 2-1

Jun Young Park, 2-0

Champion

Jun Young Park, 2-1


 

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Top 8 Player profiles

 
 

 

Andrew Huska

Age: 22
Hometown: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Occupation: Machinist
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
PTQ win, Grand Prix Top 32

What deck did you choose to play this weekend, and why did you play it?
I played Jund for mostly 50/50 match ups, and Calcano and Ben told me to.

What card has been your MVP this weekend and why?
Tarmogoyf (#bigdumbidiot). He allows you to close out games in a swift manner.

What Journey into Nyx card are you the biggest fan of and why?
Mana Confluence which allows aggro decks to compete.

What was the hardest part of making the Top 8 for you this weekend?
Rallying from not killing and opponent with Rakdos Charm and dying.

 

 

Taylor Laehn

Age: 26
Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
Occupation: Motivational Speaker
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 Grand Prix Minneapolis 2012, Top 32 Pro Tour Pairs 2011

What deck did you choose to play this weekend, and why did you play it?
RUG Twin. Brett Yost and Sam Karls were winning games with it, so it must have been good.

What card has been your MVP this weekend and why?
Mizzium Skin. Some people thought it was in my deck.

What Journey into Nyx card are you the biggest fan of and why?
I don’t think I know any by name.

What was the hardest part of making the Top 8 for you this weekend?
Punting all of my matches on camera.

 

 

Brian Braun-Duin

Age: 27
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Occupation: Content Producr, StarCityGames.com
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Winner of Grand Prix Louisville. Beat Brad Nelson in a casual draft.

What deck did you choose to play this weekend, and why did you play it?
Melira Pod. It is powerful and consistent, exactly what you want in a long event.

What card has been your MVP this weekend and why?
Phyrexian Metamorph. It does everything, almost literally.

What Journey into Nyx card are you the biggest fan of and why?
Gluttonous Cyclops with honorable mention to Master of the Feast. Can’t top that artwork.

What was the hardest part of making the Top 8 for you this weekend?
I had to Top 8 this event to qualify for the next Pro Tour, Pro Tour Journey into Nyx in Atlanta, by hitting Silver. The hardest prt was convincing myself to not dwell on it and just play Magic.

 

 

Nathan Holiday

Age: 23
Hometown: Santa Cruz, California, USA
Occupation: Student
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Winner of Grand Prix San Diego 2013. Finals of Grand Prix Phoenix. Top 32 Pro Tour San Diego.

What deck did you choose to play this weekend, and why did you play it?
Melira Pod. It’s the best!

What card has been your MVP this weekend and why?
Reveillark, comboing off with Phyrexian Metamorph was sweet. (Actually Birthing Pod - card’s insane.)

What Journey into Nyx card are you the biggest fan of and why?
Hypnotic Siren. “Gimme dat!”

What was the hardest part of making the Top 8 for you this weekend?
Not punting too many times. Also having to 6-0 Day 2.

 

 

Shaun McLaren

Age: 26
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Occupation: Powerful Magician (shoutout to MTGCanada.com)
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Won Pro Tour Born of the Gods, played in the 2012 MOCS Championship, 2nd 2007 Canadian Nationals

What deck did you choose to play this weekend, and why did you play it?
UWR Kiki. Has lots of value cards. It will trick opponents who think I’m running my list from the Pro Tour.

What card has been your MVP this weekend and why?
Wall of Omens. It draws a card, it’s an 0/4…what more could you want?

What Journey into Nyx card are you the biggest fan of and why?
Nyx-Fleece Ram. 0/5 has got to be better than 0/4, right? Prepare for savage bleatings…

What was the hardest part of making the Top 8 for you this weekend?
Having three Kiki-Jikis in my hand, nine mana, and topdecking a Restoration Angel the turn before I died.

 

 

Gregory Orange

Age: 21
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Occupation: Student
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
I won a PTQ.

What deck did you choose to play this weekend, and why did you play it?
I played WUR Control because I always play control.

What card has been your MVP this weekend and why?
Electrolyze has been sweet!

What Journey into Nyx card are you the biggest fan of and why?
I’m a fan of the 0/5 guy that gains one life (Nyx-Fleece Ram) because it seems durdly.

What was the hardest part of making the Top 8 for you this weekend?
Winning a lot.

 

 

Nick Bonham

Age: 39
Hometown: Denver, CO
Occupation: Telecommunications Project Manager/Magic Podcaster for Djinn’s Playground
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
National Championships 2004, 2008; Pro Tour Washington DC 1999, Pro Tour New York 2000

What deck did you choose to play this weekend, and why did you play it?
WUR Control. It has great game against most decks in Modern, but mainly because it’s a hoot.

What card has been your MVP this weekend and why?
The miser’s Shadow of Doubt ;)

What Journey into Nyx card are you the biggest fan of and why?
The Temples and Mana Confluence. Having good mana to cast your spells seems good.

What was the hardest part of making the Top 8 for you this weekend?
My opponents. All of them were very good and their attitudes were top shelf.

 

 

Jun Young Park

Age: 29
Hometown: Republic of Korea
Occupation: Company Employee
 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
2 GP Top 8s

What deck did you choose to play this weekend, and why did you play it?
Scapeshift. This deck is good in the metagame right now. Lee Shi Tian gave me the decklist and taught me how to sideboard.

What card has been your MVP this weekend and why?
Repeal. This card helped me many times against critical permanents.

What Journey into Nyx card are you the biggest fan of and why?
Brain Maggot. It can control an opponent with Thoughtseize.

What was the hardest part of making the Top 8 for you this weekend?
When I lost to a good matchup on Day 2.


Top 8 Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Shaun McLaren - White-Blue-Red Control

Gregory Orange - White-Blue-Red Control

Andrew Huska - Jund

Brian Braun-Duin - Melira Pod

Nick Bonham - White-Blue-Red Control

Taylor Laehn - Tarmo Twin

Jun Young Park - Scapeshift

Nathan Holiday - Melira Pod


Top 16 Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Tarmo Twin - Valentin Mackl

Affinity - Robert Cucunato

Melira Pod - James Beltz