Grand Prix Ghent 2012

Congratulations to Timo Schünemann the Grand Prix Ghent 2012 Champion!

Looking at the top eight of this Legacy Grand Prix here in Belgium, there was always the potential of a lightning fast final, with a number of combo decks still in the running. The crowd were not disappointed, with an all-German final of Elves vs Storm inevitably leading to some quick games.

When the dust settled it was Schünemann holding the trophy, winning the match in a flurry of ritual effects, culminating in a sizeable Tendrils of Agony. All weekend we've seen Legacy to be a diverse and high powered format. Whether casting Show and Tell to sneak some of the most formidable permanents in the game into play, or resolving double digits of spells in a single turn with any manner of combo decks, Legacy shows off the best of the history of Magic. Our top eight included seven distinct archetypes and, in a distinct departure from many recent results, not a single copy of Delver of Secrets. In spite of RUG Delver of Secrets being the most played deck in the room, it seemed that other options were able to take down the deck that won in Atlanta, with a variety of other options including Maverick, various Show and Tell decks and even Lands finishing high up in the standings.

M13 has made its presence known, with Merfolk and Goblins each getting a shot in the arm with a new powerful creature, and in addition to this Omniscience saw its first significant tournament play as a new piece in the Show and Tell puzzle.

As the sun sets on the Grand Prix here in Ghent, and attentions almost certainly turn to the two Grand Prix happening on the other side of the Atlantic, there will be one man content to rest on his laurels, and be the first of three this weekend travelling home with a trophy. That man is Timo Schünemann, our Grand Prix champion!

Top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Schünemann, Timo

(8) Tristan, Polzl

(4) Klocker, Elias

(5) Watsfeldt, Elias

(2) Sjoblom, Max

(7) Maurer, Lukas

(3) Marcotti, Emanuele

(6) Milillo, Andrea

Semi-finals

Schünemann, Timo 2-0

Watsfeldt, Elias 2-1

Maurer, Lukas 2-0

Marcotti, Emanuele 2-0

Finals

Schünemann, Timo 2-1

Maurer, Lukas 2-1

Champion

Schünemann, Timo 2-1

EVENT COVERAGE

INFORMATION

1. Schünemann, Timo $3,500
2. Maurer, Lukas $2,300
3. Marcotti, Emanuele $1,500
4. Watsfeldt, Elias $1,500
5. Sjoblom, Max $1,000
6. Klocker, Elias $1,000
7. Milillo, Andrea $1,000
8. Tristan, Polzl $1,000

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

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Results

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Standings

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Green Bracket

Pairings

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Blue Bracket

Pairings

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Top 8 Profiles

by Event Coverage Staff

Max Sjöblom

Age: 24
Hometown: Helsinki, Finland
Occupation: Student

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Pro Tour Philadelphia Top 8, national champion 2006, third at team worlds 2006, Finnish team captain for the 2012 World Magic Cup.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Miracle Control, got the list from Ensio Ask and really liked it. Has game against everything and smashes Elves and Maverick.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Pretty much nothing.

What was the most unusual card that was played against you this weekend?
Sigarda, Host of Herons, Worm Harvest.

Lukas Maurer

Age: 27
Hometown: Munich, Germany
Occupation: Student

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Getting labeled as "Manface" by the Grand Prix Amsterdam coverage staff.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Combo Elves. Experience with the deck, plus I think it's amongst the best decks.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Linvala, Keeper of Silence gives the deck a hard time, so maybe Karakas in the sideboard.

What was the most unusual card that was played against you this weekend?
Badlands.

Tristan Pölzl

Age: 24
Hometown: Montreuil, France
Occupation: None

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 8 at Bazaar of Moxen 6.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Junk Souls, because it has Knight of the Reliquary!

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
No changes. Already the best list!

What was the most unusual card that was played against you this weekend?
Omniscience.

Timo Schünemann

Age: 25
Hometown: Solingen, Germany
Occupation: Student

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Winning a piece of the Power Nine.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
UBr Ad Nauseam because Dredge betrayed me.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I wouldn't change a thing.

What was the most unusual card that was played against you this weekend?
Smokestack.

Elias Watsfeldt

Age: 19
Hometown: Gothenburg, Sweden
Occupation: Student

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Gold level! Reigning Swedish Legacy champion.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Show and Tell. Because it allows you to consistently get Emrakul, the Aeons Torn/Progenitus on turn three.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Plus two Karakas in the sideboard against Maverick and Reanimator. Otherwise I'm ambivalent about the sideboard because I did not draw Jace and Bitterblossom very often.

What was the most unusual card that was played against you this weekend?
Linvala, Keeper of Silence against my Griselbrand, Surgical Extraction against my reanimation spells.

Elias Klocker

Age: 18
Hometown: [Austria]
Occupation: Student

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 32 at Grand Prix Turin.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
GW Maverick

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Probably cut the Sword of Light and Shadow.

What was the most unusual card that was played against you this weekend?
Nimble Mongoose because Scavenging Ooze beat it every time.

Emanuele Marcotti

Age: 23
Hometown: Castelvetro Piacentino, Italy
Occupation: Student

Previous Magic accomplishments:
It's my first Grand Prix. I only play local Eternal events.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Stoneblade with Lingering Souls because my brother has had good results with it recently.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
None.

What was the most unusual card that was played against you this weekend?
Withered Wretch.

Andrea Milillo

Age: 24
Hometown: Mozzate, Italy
Occupation: Student

Previous Magic accomplishments:
It's my first Grand Prix, and I only played in one PTQ.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Landstill, because no one wants to trade for my three Standstills.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
None. I would switch decks.

What was the most unusual card that was played against you this weekend?

Top 8 Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff

Timo Schünemann

Emanuele Marcotti

Elias Watsfeldt

Lukas Maurer

Max Sjöblom

Tristan Pölzl

Andrea Milillo

Elias Klocker

Quarterfinal - Elias Klocker vs. Elias Watsfeldt

by Rich Hagon

My desire to caption this one as 'The Elias Sports Bureau Presents' is enormous, but since only three of you reading this will understand the reference, I've decided against it. Instead, let's get to the action, with the two Eliaseseses facing each other with a place at the Pro Tour at stake for one of them, Mr. Klocker. Yesterday, Watsfeldt was on the verge of missing out on day two.

"My friend told me that if I didn't make day two, we could go to Paris today to see the last stage of the Tour de France. I don't think I like cycling. I decided that I had better start winning."

Now Watsfeldt finds himself in his second GP top 8, following a quarter final appearance at GP San Diego late last year. Klocker, meanwhile, is in his first elimination match in front of such a big crowd, and a win here would get him the coveted invite to Pro Tour Return to Ravnica in Seattle later this year.

Game 1

After a mulligan to 6, Klocker opened on Noble Hierarch. Watsfeldt converted Marsh Flats into a straightforward Swamp, and used Thoughtseize to reveal a Wasteland, Savannah, Elspeth, Knight-Errant, and Noble Hierarch. The Hierarch hit the graveyard. Duress was next from Watsfeldt, who took Elspeth, seeing a freshly-drawn Scryb Ranger for Klocker. Chrome Mox was imprinted with Brainstorm, with Flooded Strand ending the turn, leaving Klocker to flash in Scryb Ranger.

Elias Watsfeldt

He added a second Noble Hierarch, then watched Watsfeldt cast Lim-Dûl's Vault at end of turn. He plowed his way down to 6 life before he was satisfied with the set of 5 cards from the Vault. That set the stage for an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn turn, presumably...

Yep. Show and Tell. Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. Good game.

Klocker 0 - 1 Watsfeldt

Game 2

Both players kept their opening 7 for game 2, with Ponder from Watsfeldt the first action. Turn two saw Stoneforge Mystic from Klocker. Watsfeldt wasted no time fetching Swamp from Marsh Flats. He laid Chrome Mox, imprinting Personal Tutor, and cast Show and Tell, revealing Emrakul, the Aeons Torn...

Submerge cleared the way, but Klocker wasn't done, using Crop Rotation to find Karakas. That's quite good against Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, apparently. With Emrakil now back in hand, Watsfeldt had to regroup. Klocker flashed out Scryb Ranger, then started his turn with Wasteland for Underground Sea. Watsfeldt fell to a still-manageable 15 with the attack. Krosan Grip for his Chrome Mox stunted his mana further. He cast Thoughtseize to take away Knight of the Reliquary, while Klocker took his chance to get Umezawa's Jitte onto the board.

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben was next, as the Klocker attacks gathered momentum, thanks to the Jitte. Despite a turn two Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, that Crop Rotation for Karakas had saved the day for Klocker, and forced a deciding game 3.

Klocker 1 - 1 Watsfeldt.

Game 3

Both players thought hard about their 7s before keeping. Watsfeldt used Personal Tutor for Show and Tell on turn one, Klocker replying with Noble Hierarch. After drawing the Show and Tell, Watsfeldt laid a Swamp, and passed. Watsfeldt looked surprised when Klocker passed without a turn two play. Watsfeldt aimed for Lim-Dûl's Vault at end of turn, which Klocker nodded through. How good a hand could Watsfeldt construct from his 'favorite five'?

Elias Klocker

It didn't take him long. Chrome Mox imprinted Force of Will. Show and Tell landed Knight of the Reliquary for Klocker, and Progenitus for Watsfeldt. Klocker went for Aven Mindcensor, and saw Submerge return his Knight of the Reliquary. He replayed it, and attacked Watsfeldt to 17. Another Submerge sent the Knight packing, and it was all over.

Elias Klocker 1 - 2 Elias Watsfeldt

Semifinal - Timo Schünemann vs. Elias Watsfeldt

by Rich Hagon

Legacy, you may have heard, is quite a powerful format, where some seriously nutty things go on. If you have heard this, you are not wrong, and if you haven't, you're about to find out how true that is, as both Schünemann and Watsfeldt have some pretty saucy things on the docket.

Game 1

Schünemann opened the semi final with Gitaxian Probe, finding two Duress, Brainstorm, Marsh Flats, Scalding Tarn, Verdant Catacombs, and Polluted Delta. Schünemann turned his own Polluted Delta into Underground Sea. Cabal Therapy took Brainstorm, leaving the two Duress to Watsfeldt. Duress number one revealed Tendrils of Agony, Cabal Therapy, Burning Wish, and two land. Unsurprisingly, it was the Burning Wish that hit the graveyard. Back came Cabal Therapy from Schünemann, taking away the second Duress. Ponder saw Watsfeldt leave the cards on top, before Polluted Delta reset the top of the deck. Personal Tutor for Show and Tell completed a solid turn.

Elias Watsfeldt

Marsh Flats became a third Underground Sea for Watsfeldt, who cast Show and Tell, revealing Progenitus opposite nothing but land for Schünemann. Three sacs later, he had a very different lineup of lands, but they were still, you know, lands. Tendrils of Agony was hardcast, taking Schünemann a miniscule amount of life further from death. After Progenitus smashed him extremely hard in the face, he cast Brainstorm. Then Lotus Petal. Then Dark Ritual. Then Infernal Tutor. He found Past in Flames, but Watsfeldt showed Daze at the ready.

Schünemann 0 - 1 Watsfeldt

Game 2

Inquisition of Kozilek let Schünemann see two Force of Will, Ponder, Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, Progenitus, Chrome Mox, and an Underground Sea. Away went Ponder, leaving Watsfeldt to start the game with Chrome Mox imprinting Progenitus, plus the Underground Sea. Schünemann didn't get to Ponder either, Watsfeldt opting to cast Force of Will, pitching the second Force of Will. Why quickly became clear, as he cast Lim-Dûl's Vault at end of turn. With two Force of Will gone, could he get past the Schünemann defence? Duress from Schünemann saw land and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn in hand - the Show and Tell was up second from the Vault.

Schünemann now had to go for it. He cast two Lion's Eye Diamond, then Ad Nauseam. 19, 17, 13 off Past in Flames, 11 Burning Wish, 10 Brainstorm, 8 Burning Wish, 7 Gitaxian Probe, 5 Infernal Tutor, 4 Cabal Therapy - 'nom nom nom nom nom'. That wasn't Watsfeldt saying that...

Schünemann completed the proscribed endgame, and we were tied at one.

Schünemann 1 - 1 Watsfeldt

Game 3

Watsfeldt kept 7, while Schünemann quickly sent his back. He kept 6.

Chrome Mox imprinting Personal Tutor was Watsfeldt's opening, with Verdant Catacombs. Duress was met with Brainstorm in response, allowing Watsfeldt to hide Daze and Show and Tell on top of his library before the Duress could resolve. When it did, Schünemann found Progenitus, Force of Will, Duress, and a Marsh Flats in hand, with the Duress getting taken. Watsfeldt went straight into Show and Tell, of course, revealing Progenitus. Schünemann chose not to reveal, and the play passed to the German.

Timo Schünemann

He cast Brainstorm, with a lot of options in hand. Next was Dark Ritual, with Schünemann confident of victory - 'I'm trying to decide how to kill you...'. Cabal Ritual followed, then Lion's Eye Diamond, Infernal Tutor for another Cabal Ritual (now with threshold), then flashback Past in Flames...

You know the rest. Storm...spell..storm...more storm... spell...Duress...storm... mana... Christmas...storm...Tuesday...

Tendrils of Agony.

Kill you.

Told you Legacy was a powerful format.

Timo Schünemann 2 - 1 Elias Watsfeldt

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