Grand Prix Quebec 2013

Boston's Nico Christiansen didn't come to Quebec expecting to become a champion. An on-again, off-again player, Christiansen had never so much as made Day 2 of a Grand Prix, let alone won the whole thing. Rather than play one of the established decks from last weekend's Pro Tour Gatecrash, Christiansen chose to play Naya Humans, an explosive aggro deck that had shown up on Magic Online just that week. After seeing the deck's raw power, he knew what he would be playing.

The field of over eight hundred players showcased a varied metagame. Whatever your playstyle, you could find a viable archetype to play. Jund Midrange was the most widely-played, but Blue-White-Red, Saito Zoo, The Aristocrats, and aggro decks of both Jund and Naya colors were winning. But as Day 2 dawned the big stories were Christiansen's Naya Humans and a new take on Human Reanimator, piloted by team MTGmintcard from Hong Kong and Taiwan. Using Angel of Glory's Rise to get back Fiend Hunter, Undercity Informer and Burning-Tree Emissary, it could mill the opponent's library immediately. It caught the tournament without enough graveyard hate, and put Tzu-Ching Kuo, captain of the victorious Taiwanese World Magic Cup team, into the Top 8.

There, he and Christiansen joined a mix of decks, including three flavors of Jund (Midrange, Aggro, and Zombies) as well as The Aristocrats and Naya Aggro. Despite the presence of heavy hitters Reid Duke and Thomas Holzinger, it was only fitting that the finals would see a match between Kuo and Christiansen. Unfortunately for Kuo, the matchup on paper was tremendously in Christiansen's favor, and when Christiansen's deciding semifinal game against Duke featured an attack for fourteen on turn three, it started to seem like destiny. Kuo managed to force the finals to a deciding third game, but that put Christiansen on the play. Christiansen held a pair of Searing Spears from the start, and steered the game to force through just enough damage that those six points of damage were exactly enough to finish off Kuo.

Congratulations to Nico Christiansen, Grand Prix Quebec City Champion!


top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Felipe Tapia Becerra

(8) Wenzel Krautmann

(4) Thomas Holzinger

(5) Tzu Ching Kuo

(2) Nico Christiansen

(7) Maxime Cantin

(3) Reid Duke

(6) Wilson Wong

Semi-finals

Felipe Tapia Becerra, 2-0

Tzu-Ching Kuo, 2-0

Nico Christiansen, 2-1

Reid Duke, 2-0

Finals

Tzu-Ching Kuo, 2-0

Nico Christiansen, 2-1

Champion

Nico Christiansen, 2-1

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INFORMATION

   
1. Nico Christiansen $3,500
2. Tzu-Ching Kuo $2,300
3. Felipe Tapia Becerra $1,500
4. Reid Duke $1,500
5. Thomas Holzinger $1,000
6. Wilson Wong $1,000
7. Maxime Cantin $1,000
8. Wenzel Krautmann $1,000

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

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9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Top 8 Player profiles

 
 

 

Tzu Ching Kuo

Age: 31
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Occupation: Tourist
 

Guild:
Azorius

Previous Magic accomplishments:
World Magic Cup 2012 Champion, 9 GP Top 8s

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?
Undercity Reanimator by Team MTGMintcard, built by Chapman Sim and Alan Lam, modified by Hao-Shan Huang, Lee Shi Tian, Soh Weng Heng, and me

What is your worst matchup?
What needs to happen for you to win it
Monored. My opponent mana floods.

What is your best matchup?
What can go wrong
Jund. The four Angels are in the bottom 20 cards of my deck.

Knowing what you know now, what changes would you make to your deck or sideboard?
No need. Our deck is perfect.

What was the strangest deck you played against this weekend?
Monowhite weenie. I got killed on turn four.

What are the best cards of these types in Standard:

Land:
Cavern of souls Creature
Undercity Informer

Instant:
Grisly Salvage Sorcery
Faithless Looting

 

 

Thomas Holzinger

Age: 21
Hometown: Salzburg, Austria
Occupation: Losing Teamdrafts
 

Guild:
Selesnya

Previous Magic accomplishments:
PT Barcelona Top 8, 1.5 GP Top 8s

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?
BWR Aristocrats, because Herbert told me to.

What is your worst matchup?
What needs to happen for you to win it
No clue.

What is your best matchup?
What can go wrong
No clue.

Knowing what you know now, what changes would you make to your deck or sideboard?
Tragic Slip maindeck.

What was the strangest deck you played against this weekend?
GW Pump Effects (it looked awesome)

What are the best cards of these types in Standard:

Land:
Cavern of Souls Creature
Falkenrath Aristocrat

Instant:
Azorius Charm Sorcery
Farseek

 

 

Nico Christiansen

Age: 23
Hometown: Lexington, MA
Occupation: Student
 

Guild:
Guildless

Previous Magic accomplishments:
None

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?
Naya Humans, all you do is attack

What is your worst matchup?
What needs to happen for you to win it
Esper Control or UWR. You need to have a very strong play on turns one and two.

What is your best matchup?
What can go wrong
Jund Aggro. Slow hands can be out raced.

Knowing what you know now, what changes would you make to your deck or sideboard?
One more Nearheath Pilgrim and something for the Jund Midrange matchup.

What was the strangest deck you played against this weekend?
I only played normal things.

What are the best cards of these types in Standard:

Land:
Kessig Wolf Run Creature
Champion of the Parish

Instant:
Giant Growth Sorcery
Bonfire of the Damned

 

 

Maxime Cantin

Age: 23
Hometown: Orleans
Occupation: None
 

Guild:
Izzet

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 8 PTQ

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?
Jund Control. No bad matchups.

What is your worst matchup?
What needs to happen for you to win it
Human Reanimator. They need to not get Angel of Glory.

What is your best matchup?
What can go wrong
Any aggro deck. They can swarm too fast.

Knowing what you know now, what changes would you make to your deck or sideboard?
None. The deck is good.

What was the strangest deck you played against this weekend?
Zombies

What are the best cards of these types in Standard:

Land:
Stomping Ground Creature
Thragtusk

Instant:
Abrupt Decay Sorcery
Mizzium Mortars

 

 

Reid Duke

Age: 23
Hometown: Sugar Loaf, NY
Occupation: MTG
 

Guild:
Rakdos (JUND!!)

Previous Magic accomplishments:
2011 Magic Online Champion, 5 GP Top 8s, one win in Nashville

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?
Jund. It plays the best cards in the format, and it’s great against creature decks.

What is your worst matchup?
What needs to happen for you to win it
Reanimator. I need them to not combo off before turn six or seven.

What is your best matchup?
What can go wrong
Humans. They can play Thalia on the play or simply come out too fast.

Knowing what you know now, what changes would you make to your deck or sideboard?
I would play an extra Tragic Slip in the maindeck, and more graveyard hate in the sideboard.

What was the strangest deck you played against this weekend?
Junk Tokens

What are the best cards of these types in Standard:

Land:
Kessig Wolf Run Creature
Thragtusk

Instant:
Sphinx’s Revelation Sorcery
Farseek

 

 

Wenzel Krautmann

Age: 30
Hometown: Tubinger
Occupation: n/a
 

Guild:
Rakdos

Previous Magic accomplishments:
GP T8’s in Helsinki, Bochum, Moscow

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?
Humans, because Humans are great.

What is your worst matchup?
What needs to happen for you to win it
Bonfire – Never miracle it, please.

What is your best matchup?
What can go wrong
I am fine with all matchups.

Knowing what you know now, what changes would you make to your deck or sideboard?
Nothing. Always put Klaus on your team.

What was the strangest deck you played against this weekend?
Black-White with Obzedat, Geralf’s Messenger, and Restoration Angel

What are the best cards of these types in Standard:

Land:
Gavony Township Creature
Champion of the Parish

Instant:
Searing Spear Sorcery
n/a

 

 

Felipe Tapia Becerra

Age: 27
Hometown: Chile
Occupation: Informatic
 

Guild:
Golgari

Previous Magic accomplishments:
I play Magic in “Rivendel el Concilio” in Chile

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?
Jund Zombies. It has a better matchup against control and doesn’t lose to wraths.

What is your worst matchup?
What needs to happen for you to win it
Naya Humans. Kill the important creatures.

What is your best matchup?
What can go wrong
Esper Control and Jund Midrange. I only lose to mulligans or bad luck.

Knowing what you know now, what changes would you make to your deck or sideboard?
Nothing. It’s awesome.

What was the strangest deck you played against this weekend?
Angel Reanimator

What are the best cards of these types in Standard:

Land:
Cavern of Souls Creature
Lotleth Troll

Instant:
Tragic Slip Sorcery
Dreadbore

 

 

Wilson Wong

Age: 26
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Occupation: Courthouse Security
 

Guild:
Gruul

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Regional Champion Ontario 2007

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?
Jund. It has no bad matcups and very powerful spells

What is your worst matchup?
What needs to happen for you to win it
Reanimator. I need to win quick, or I won’t.

What is your best matchup?
What can go wrong
Aggro, barring a super-fast draw.

Knowing what you know now, what changes would you make to your deck or sideboard?
Add an extra Garruk, Primal Hunter

What was the strangest deck you played against this weekend?
Blue-White-Red agro with Wingcrafters and Knight of Glory.

What are the best cards of these types in Standard:

Land:
Kessig Wolf Run Creature
Thragtusk

Instant:
Abrupt Decay Sorcery
Farseek


Top 8 – Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff
 

(1) Felipe Tapia Becerra

 

(2) Nico Christiansen

 

(3) Reid Duke

 

(4) Thomas Holzinger

 

(5) Tzu Ching Kuo

 

(6) Wilson Wong

 

(7) Maxime Cantin

 

(8) Wenzel Krautmann

 

Top 9-16 – Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff
 

(9) Shi Tian Lee

 

(10) Ivan Floch

 

(11) Bradley Grant

 

(12) Sean Weigle

 

(13) Dave Shiels

 

(14) Christian Seibold