GRAND PRIX MOSCOW 2014

IIroas, God of Victory couldn't be prouder of Igor Gorbunov after Grand Prix Moscow. As the hometown hero took the title in spectacular Red White manner. When he called out for help on his very last turn, Iroas was quick to deliver a game winning War Leader's Helix to the top of his deck. Defeating countryman Sergey Zheleznov and his Mono Black deck.

No stranger to the big scene, Gorbunov will be a colorful addition back on the Pro Tour after his victory his weekend. With the passionate Russian Magic community very much behind him, probably still celebrating his victory as you read this.

All in all it was an exciting and weekend at in the Elektrifikatsiya center. More than 500 Magicians showed up to prove their skills in Standard against some of Russia's finest players as well as some international competition that was trying to lock up Silver or in some cases even Platinum at one of the last Grand Prix of the season.

The familiar archetypes, most notably Black Devotion decks and Jund Monsters, put up strong numbers, proving once again that you need to have them on your radar when you're preparing for a Standard tournament. In the end though, it was Igor Gorbunov's Red/White burn deck that won it all. Leaving multiple copies of both Black Devotion and Jund Monsters burnt to bits on his way to the title.

In a field that didn't have all the international superstars that we're getting spoiled with, it was also fun to see (16) Lee Shi Tian make his third appearance at a Grand Prix Top 8, securing the last precious points to lock up Platinum even before Pro Tour Magic 2015 . I'm sure he doesn't regret booking his flight here this weekend.

That being said, all that is left is to congratulate the winner, and do a quick Google translate to turn that phrase into Russian. So without further ado:

Congratulations to Igor Gorbunov, champion of Grand Prix Moscow 2014!

Поздравляем Игоря Горбунова, чемпион Гран-при Москвы 2014!


top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Alexey Rogov

(8) Keraan Chetty

(5) Efim Kashapov

(4) Sergey Zheleznov

(3) Dmitriy Butakov

(6) Igor Gorbunov

(7) Lee Shi Tian

(2) Sergi Sushalskyy

Semi-finals

Alexey Rogov , 2-1

Sergey Zheleznov , 2-1

Igor Gorbunov, 2-1

Sergiy Sushalskyy, 2-0

Finals

Sergey Zheleznov , 2-1

Igor Gorbunov, 2-1

Champion

Igor Gorbunov, 2-1


EVENT COVERAGE

INFORMATION

     
1. Igor Gorbunov $4,000
2. Sergey Zheleznov $2,700
3. Alexey Rogov $1,500
4. Sergiy Sushalskyy $1,500
5. Dmitriy Butakov $1,000
6. Efim Kashapov $1,000
7. Lee Shi Tian $1,000
8. Keraan Chetty $1,000

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

14 13 12 11 10 9

8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

14 13 12 11 10 9

8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

14 13 12 11 10 9

8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Top 8 Player profiles

 
 

 

Alexey Rogov

Age: 26
Hometown: Kazan, Russia
Occupation: Scientist (Physics)
Magic Online Nickname: lex_kazan

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 at the World Magic Cup Qualifier in 2013
Top 8 at the Grand Prix Trial Izhevsk in 2012

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Jund Monsters - it has a great match-up against Mono-Black Devotion and a high card quality, which can result in unbeatable draws.

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I would change 1 copy of Mutavault for a Forest or a Mountain.

What are the most important cards in your deck?
An Elvish Mystic on turn 1, followed by Sylvan Caryatid on turn 2.

 

 

Sergiy Sushalskyy

Age: 31
Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine
Occupation: Sales Manager and a IESE Student
Magic Online Nickname: Sergey_S

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 at Grand Prix Warsaw in 2014. Some Top 32 in the Grand Prix I attended in the 2013 / 2014 season.

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Jund Monsters, because it beats most of the field.

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I wouldn't apply any changes. I'm quite happy with the way it worked out.

What are the most important cards in your deck?
Rakdos's Return

 

 

Dmitriy Butakov

Age: 25
Hometown: Barnaul, Russia
Occupation: XXX
Magic Online Nickname: Full Time Magician

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
2013 Magic Online Champion
Top 8 Grand Prix Valencia 2013

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
"Bant Superfriends", a control deck with a bunch of Planeswalkers. It's my favorite archetype.

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I can't come up with any at the moment.

What are the most important cards in your deck?
Every single one of them.

 

 

Sergey Zheleznov

Age: 25
Hometown: Penza, Russia
Occupation: Journalist

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Winner of the PTQ Atlanta in Moscow

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Mono-Black Devotion with Pack Rat since it's the best card in Standard and maybe even in Modern!

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I wouldn't apply any changes to it.

What are the most important cards in your deck?
Pack Rat!

 

 

Efim Kashapov

Age: 35
Hometown: Perm, Russia
Occupation: Engineer
Magic Online Nickname: Efim

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 16 at Grand Prix Moscow 2012

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
4 Color Midrange - I created this list myself; that's why I like it.

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I'm very happy with it as it stands.

What are the most important cards in your deck?
Lands! :-)

 

 

Igor Gorbunov

Age: 32
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Occupation: Owner of a restaurant chain
Magic Online Nickname: Topdeck_Pomogaet

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
I advanced to the finals of my National Championship. I have participated in the Magic World Championship in both Kyoto and San Francisco and I made it to the Pro Tour Valencia and attended 2 Grand Prix prior to this one.

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Boros Burn - I'm a huge fan of red decks. Whenever I can make a burn deck work, I will play it in the respective tournament.

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I would swap out Eidolon of the Great Revel for Young Pyromancer in my main deck, because I think it would have worked better in the current environment.

What are the most important cards in your deck?
Chandra's Phoenix!

 

 

Lee Shi Tian

Age: 26
Hometown: Hong Kong
Occupation: Accountant
Magic Online Nickname: Leearson

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 4 Pro Tour Return to Ravnica
Top 8 Pro Tour Born of the Gods
Grand Prix Birmingham 2008 Champion
Hong Kong National Champion 2008
APAC Representative for the Player's Championship 2013

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Mono-Black Devotion with a splash of Blue. Nam Sung Wook's combined record in 4 consecutive events was an impressive 37 - 3, so I decided to follow the master!

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I would cut Notion Thief for an additional copy of Dark Betrayal, but it's Nam's signature card and I don't dare to make the change!

What are the most important cards in your deck?
Mutavault. They have been following me since 2008 where I won the Grand Prix!

 

 

Keraan Chetty

Age: 24
Hometown: Durban, South Africa
Occupation: Channel Manager
Magic Online Nickname: Keraan

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Member of the World Cup Team 2012
2 PTQ Wins

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
B/R Devotion. It was excellent against U/W/X Control decks, burn or in the mirror.

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I would probably add an additional Swamp.

What are the most important cards in your deck?
Thoughtseize.


Top 8 – Decklists

by Olle Råde
 

Sergiy Sushalskyy

Igor Gorbunov

Dmitriy Butakov

Lee Shi Tian

Alexey Rogov

Efim Kashapov

Sergey Zheleznov

Keraan Chetty


Top 16 – Decklists

by Olle Råde and Oliver Gehrmann
 

Mike Krasnitski - Jund Monsters

Ivan Smirnov - Jund Monsters

Artem Kuznecov - GB Graveyard

Alexey Zaitsev - Jund Monsters

Alex Yarukhin - Naya Hexproof

Lupalo, Kirill – RedWhite Burn

Danishevskiy, Yuriy – Jund Monsters