SIGRIST STORMS TO VICTORY IN DC!

Despite a star-studded and record-setting Top 8, it was Mike Sigrist who emerged as the champion of Grand Prix Washington DC.

TOP 8 COVERAGE

Mike Sigrist knows what it's like to compete on the Pro Tour. In fact, he made the Top 8 of Pro Tour Boston in 2003. And after winning Grand Prix Washington D.C. in his second Grand Prix Top 8 of the year, he'll now know what it's like to be back.

More than 1,400 players turned out in the nation's capital for the final Theros block Grand Prix, but it was Sigrist who emerged victorious, taking down a star-studded Top 8 that included Yuuya Watanabe and Hall of Famer William "Huey" Jensen making his record-setting eighth Grand Prix Top 8 of the season.

It was Sigrist's second Grand Prix Top 8 of the year, following his third-place finish in Richmond and a heartbreaking ninth-place finish on tiebreaks in Philadelphia.

Jensen, a recent Hall of Fame inductee and the world's 21st-ranked player, set a record by recording his eighth Top 8 this year but was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Wing Chun Yam, who then fell in the semis to Sigrist. In the finals, Sigrist had to go through the 2009 Player of the Year Yuuya Watanabe, and defeated the Japanese pro 2-1 in a tightly-contested finals.

DAY 2 COVERAGE

We began with 1,424 competitors here at Grand Prix Washington D.C., but just 174 players survived the swan song of Theros Block Sealed Deck on Saturday by finishing 7-2 or better. Those players — six of them still undefeated — return today to do battle in the draft rounds.

The leaderboard is filled with big names heading into the first draft. Christian Calcano stands atop the heap after finishing Day 1, but joining him with 27 points is Conley Woods, Yam Wing Chun, David Fulk, and Jon Goss, the current King of the Hill. Patrick Hansen is right behind the 27 point players, with 25 off one tie. It's a scramble to stay ahead during the first draft of Day 2 and all of the undefeated players are well positioned for a run at Top 8.

Of course, there's more to the story than just the shining top. One the hunt for Pro Points, advanced standing, or just one more great Grand Prix finish as the year winds down are a bevy of skilled players trying their hand: Pro Tour Hall of Fame member and 21st-ranked William Jensen, Player of Year and 4th-ranked Josh Utter-Leyton, World Champion and 14th-ranked Shahar Shenhar, 16th-ranked Alexander Hayne, 5th-ranked Owen Turtenwald, David Ochoa, Neal Oliver, 11th-ranked Yuuya Watanabe, Chapman Sim, Pro Tour Hall of Fame member Jelger Weigersma, and even more join a Day 2 packed with hunger and talent.

The stage is set for a double Draft battle for Top 8. When every Pro Point counts you can bet the best will pull out all the stops to take the top of the Capitol.

DAY 1 COVERAGE

What started as 1,474 players opening 128,160 cards for Theros Block Sealed Deck has narrowed down to just 174 to return for Day 2 Draft. While both the randomness of booster packs and the potency of player skill factored into the success of the 174, the entire day was a rollercoaster of ups and downs across the board.

The King of the Hill crown changed hands five times before ending in the hands of the undefeated Jon Goss, with five more joining him among the ranks without a loss: Christian Calcano, David Fulk, Yam Wing Chun, Conley Woods, and Patrick Hansen (who snuck in after finding a tie earlier in the day). With a colorful array of decks and cards at their disposal, the maturity and diversity of the format was on full display.

Of course, there's more to the story than just the shining top. One the hunt for Pro Points, advanced standing, or just one more great Grand Prix finish as the year winds down are a bevy of pros trying their hand: Pro Tour Hall of Fame member and 21st-ranked William Jensen, Player of Year and 4th-ranked Josh Utter-Leyton, World Champion and 14th-ranked Shahar Shenhar, 16th-ranked Alexander Hayne, 5th-ranked Owen Turtenwald, David Ochoa, Neal Oliver, 11th-ranked Yuuya Watanabe, Chapman Sim, Pro Tour Hall of Fame member Jelger Weigersma, and even more headline a Day 2 packed with hunger and talent.

The stage is set for a double Draft battle for Top 8. Tune in starting at 9 AM EDT to watch the second act of Grand Prix Washington D.C. unfold.

TOP 8 DECKLISTS

CHARLES LEAGUE - GRAND PRIX WASHINGTON DC TOP 8

MIKE SIGRIST - GRAND PRIX WASHINGTON DC TOP 8

WING CHUN YAM - GRAND PRIX WASHINGTON DC TOP 8

ALEXANDER JOHN - GRAND PRIX WASHINGTON DC TOP 8

DAVID FULK - GRAND PRIX WASHINGTON DC TOP 8

CHRISTIAN CALCANO - GRAND PRIX WASHINGTON DC TOP 8

YUUYA WATANABE - GRAND PRIX WASHINGTON DC TOP 8

WILLIAM JENSEN - GRAND PRIX WASHINGTON DC TOP 8

TOP 8 BRACKET

(2)
William Jensen
(1)
Wing Chun Yam, 2-1
(7)
Mike Sigrist, 2-1
(3)
Christian Calcano
(5)
David Fulk
(6)
Alexander John, 2-0
(8)
Yuuya Watanabe, 2-0
(4)
Charles League
(1)
Wing Chun Yam
(7)
Mike Sigrist, 2-0
(6)
Alexander John
(8)
Yuuya Watanabe, 2-0
(7)
Mike Sigrist, 2-1
(8)
Yuuya Watanabe

TOP 8 PLAYERS

MIKE SIGRIST

1st Place $4,000 - See Profile

Yuuya Watanabe

2nd Place $2,700 - See Profile

Wing Chun Yam

3rd Place $1,500 - See Profile

Alex John

4th Place $1,500 - See Profile

William Jensen

5th Place $1,000 - See Profile

Christian Calcano

6th Place $1,000 - See Profile

Charles League

7th Place $1,000 - See Profile

David Fulk

8th Place $1,000 - See Profile

PAIRINGS, RESULTS, AND STANDINGS

FINAL STANDINGS

PAIRINGS

DAY ONE  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
DAY TWO   10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

RESULTS:

DAY ONE  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
DAY TWO   10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

STANDINGS: 

DAY ONE  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
DAY TWO   10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

VIDEO ARCHIVE

Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 Finals: Mike Sigrist vs. Yuuya Watanabe (Booster Draft)
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Finals
00:40:45
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 Semifinals (Booster Draft)
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Semifinals
00:29:21
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 Quarterfinals (Booster Draft)
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Quarterfinals
00:33:24
2014 GP DC Watanabe top8 Draft
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Top 8 Draft
00:17:49
2014 GP DC Round 15
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Round 15
00:28:27
2014 GP DC Round 14
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Round 14
00:15:10
2014 GP DC Round 13
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Round 13
00:24:56
2014 GP DC Tim Rivera Draft
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Draft #2 with Tim Rivera
00:18:29
2014 GP DC Round 12
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Round 12
00:17:23
2014 GP DC Round 11
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Round 11
00:33:54
2014 GP DC Round 10
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Round 10
00:31:44
2014 GP DC Conley Woods Draft
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Draft #1 with Conley Woods
00:21:45
2014 GP DC Calcano Draft
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Draft #1 with Christian Calcano
00:21:57
2014 GP DC Round 9
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Round 9
00:27:00
2014 GP DC Round 8
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Round 8
00:20:27
2014 GP DC Round 7
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Round 7
00:21:12
2014 GP DC Round 6
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Round 6
00:34:44
2014 GP DC Round 5
Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 - Round 5
00:28:42