Grand Prix Strasbourg 2013

Another weekend full of Magic is over. 1,365 players entered the fray Saturday morning, 172 of them made it through nine grueling rounds and came back on Sunday. Then, after another seven rounds, the top eight players gathered in the feature match area, including Pro Tour Avacyn Restored champion Alexander Hayne who came all the way from Canada and last year's Grand Prix Chicago champion Jacob Wilson.

But Hayne and Wilson were not the only ones who'd traveled far to play here in Strasbourg, France this weekend. For some it was all about the pro points. With the professional season drawing to a close, Pro Player Club levels were at stake as were spots on various World Magic Cup teams.

For others, it was the format. Legacy proved to be as popular as ever, and certainly as diverse. Throughout the weekend, we saw a number of innovative decks, whether it was a crazy Show and Tell / Dream Halls / Omniscience / Enter the Infinite concoction, a brew based on Helm of Awakening , or simply a new take on an old favorite like RUG.

The story of the tournament, however, was clearly the Danish version of Death & Taxes. The deck wasn't high on people's radar going into the weekend, but it sure is now. Teammates Michael Bonde and Thomas Enevoldsen both made it to the Top 8, playing the same version of the deck, with but three losses between them. Once in the Top 8, neither player lost another match except for the semifinal when Bonde lost the mirror match against Enevoldsen who went on to defeat Jacob Wilson in the final.

Congratulations to Thomas Enevoldsen, champion of Grand Prix Strasbourg 2013!


top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Alexander Hayne

(8) Fabian Görzgen

(4) Alexey Romanchuk

(5) Jacob Wilson

(2) Thomas Enevoldsen

(7) Christopher Brunner

(3) Michael Bonde

(6) Hove Thießen

Semi-finals

Alexander Hayne, 2-1

Jacob Wilson, 2-1

Thomas Enevoldsen, 2-0

Michael Bonde, 2-1

Finals

Jacob Wilson, 2-1

Thomas Enevoldsen, 2-0

Champion

Thomas Enevoldsen, 2-1

 

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EVENT COVERAGE

INFORMATION

   
1. Thomas Enevoldsen $3,500
2. Jacob Wilson $2,300
3. Alexander Hayne $1,500
4. Michael Bonde $1,500
5. Alexey Romanchuk $1,000
6. Hove Thießen $1,000
7. Christopher Brunner $1,000
8. Fabian Görzgen $1,000

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

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9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

16 15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

16 15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Top 8 – Players

by Event Coverage Staff

Jacob Wilson

Age: 18
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Occupation: Student, tennis coach

Guild:
Simic

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Grand Prix Chicago champion, made Gold level just from nine GPs.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
RUG Delver. I love cheap interactive spells. It's also the deck I have the most experience with.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
It's perfect.

What preview card from Dragon's Maze is your favorite so far?

The green-white two-drop StagTusk [Voice of Resurgence].

Alexey Romanchuk

Age: 29
Hometown: Novosibirsk, Russia
Occupation: Software developer

Guild:
Gruul

Previous Magic accomplishments:
-

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Merfolk. Nothing is better than one-drop, lord, lord, lord, and lord. And most of the tier one decks play Islands.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
One more Spell Pierce probably.

What preview card from Dragon's Maze is your favorite so far?

I did not check the previews yet.

Fabian Görzgen

Age: 23
Hometown: Bochum, Germany
Occupation: Student

Guild:
Gruul

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 8 at Grand Prix Amsterdam, Top 8 at the last German Nationals.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Four-color Punishing Maverick, because of Punishing Fire, Knight of the Reliquary, and awesome sideboard options.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I would make some space for a second Qasali Pridemage in the maindeck or sideboard.

What preview card from Dragon's Maze is your favorite so far?

Ral Zarek.

Thomas Enevoldsen

Age: 25
Hometown: G-Town
Occupation: Law student/member of Team Rocket

Guild:
Not affiliated, mono-white

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Two Grand Prix Top 16s, Danish National champion twice.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Mono-White Control, the best deck in the format and only deck I can play.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?

Replace one Sunlance and one Leonin Relic-Warder with one Relic of Progenitus and one Oblivion Ring.

Hove Thießen

Age: 24
Hometown: Kiel, Germany
Occupation: Student

Guild:
Dimir

Previous Magic accomplishments:
None.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Team America because I feel very comfortable with it. Seemed good during the last three days.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I can't think of any.

What preview card from Dragon's Maze is your favorite so far?

This funny 1/4 Rakdos Demon [Master of Cruelties].

Christopher Brunner

Age: 22
Hometown: Neu Wulmstorf, Germany
Occupation: Student

Guild:
Selesnya

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Nothing. This my first Constructed Grand Prix, fourth overall.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Sneak & Show, because it does pretty unfair things very often!

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Maybe cut the Preordain for a Sensei's Divining Top cause it's better in the late game.

What preview card from Dragon's Maze is your favorite so far?

I like Maze's End. Could be interesting in some decks.

Alexander Hayne

Age: 24
Hometown: Westmount, Quebec, Canada
Occupation: Magic pro player

Guild:
Dimir

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Pro Tour Barcelona winner, Grand Prix Montreal finalist, Rookie of the Year, Top 8 at the Players Championship

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Canadian Threshold. It was the deck I was most comfortable with and I have never failed to cash with it.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
No changes for this tournament. I liked my build a lot for the metagame.

What preview card from Dragon's Maze is your favorite so far?

Ral Zarek. I love blue planeswalkers.

Michael Bonde Pilgaard

Age: 26
Hometown: Aarhus, Denmark
Occupation: Student, member of Team Rocket

Guild:
Azorius

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 10 Grand Prix San Diego, Top 22 Grand Prix Bilbao.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Mono-White Control (Team Rocket deck) because it only loses to "Tin Fins" and has a good or perfect matchup against the meta. Also, Thomas got me playing it!

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?

Top 8 – Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Alexey Romanchuk

 

Fabian Görzgen

 

Michael Bonde

 

Jacob Wilson

 

Christopher Brunner

 

Alexander Hayne

 

Hove Thießen

 

Thomas Enevoldsen

Top 16 – Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Jan Van der Vegt, 9th

 

Harry Corvese, 10th

 

Stefan Schütz, 11th

 

Andrea Mengucci, 12th

 

Raphael Lévy, 13th

 

Andreas Petersen, 14th