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Drafting in a block that's all about time, Pro Tour-Geneva showcased a win years in the making. American Mike Hron defeated Takuya Osawa of Japan 3-2 in a thrilling final featuring huge life swings and haymaker punches, punctuated by a Spectral Force-Phthisis staredown.

In the fifth-game final against Pro Tour-Prague champion Osawa, Hron ran out his big brute, Spectral Force, with the championship on the line, despite knowing that Takuya had three Phthisis in his deck. What Hron didn't know is that at least the last two turns, Osawa had all three in his hand, just waiting for that seventh land to allow him to hardcast the massive removal spell. But Osawa's deck chose not to cooperate, and Hron captured the champion's trophy and the $40,000 first prize. With the win, Mike snapped a six-year drought for U.S. players in Limited Pro Tours, dating back to Mike Pustilnik's win at Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2001.

Hron, a Madison, Wisconsin native, hails from the same area as Hall of Famer Bob Maher and has been The Great One's draft guru. Coincidentally, Hron's debut on the Pro Tour came way back in Pro Tour-Chicago 1999 - an event that Maher happened to win.

Skiing, booster drafting with friends, witnessing an epic final - Pro Tour-Geneva won't soon be forgotten. Congratulations to Mike Hron, and we'll see you at Pro Tour-Yokohama on April 20!

VIDEO: TOURNAMENT CENTER

Randy Buehler and Brian David-Marshall close out Pro Tour-Geneva.

TOP 8 DOWNLOADS

top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Shingo Kurihara

(8) Ervin Tormos

(4) Jim Herold

(5) Takuya Osawa

(2) Kenji Tsumura

(7) Willy Edel

(3) Mike Hron

(6) Marijn Lybaert

Semi-finals

Shingo Kurihara, 3-1

Takuya Osawa, 3-0

Kenji Tsumura, 3-1

Mike Hron, 3-1

Finals

Takuya Osawa, 3-1

Mike Hron, 3-1

Champion

Mike Hron, 3-2


Click on the images to navigate to the Pro Tour-Geneva Blog, Craig Jones' Player Diary, and the Geneva Podcasts.  

EVENT COVERAGE

  • by Brian David-Marshall
    Column:: Wait For It: An Interview with Mike Hron
  • by Ted Knutson
    Finals: "The Best Match I've Ever Seen"
    Takuya Osawa vs. Mike Hron
  • by Tim Willoughby
    Semifinals: By Hook or by Crookclaw
    Takuya Osawa vs Shingo Kurihara
  • by Scott Johns
    Semifinals: Irresistible Force
    Mike Hron vs. Kenji Tsumura
  • by Ted Knutson
    Quarterfinals: All-Out War
    Willy Edel vs. Kenji Tsumura
  • by Scott Johns
    Quarterfinals: Dig Those Fancy Suspenders
    Marijn Lybaert vs. Mike Hron
  • by Craig Jones
    Quarterfinals: Down With the Sickness
    Jim Herold vs. Takuya Osawa
  • by Tim Willoughby
    Quarterfinals: Rough and Tumble in the Top 8
    Ervin Tormos vs. Shingo Kurihara
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Feature: Thoughts on the Top 8 Draft
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Decklists: The Top 8 Decks
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Draft Viewer: The Top 8 Draft
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    The Top 8 Draft: Complete Pack List
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Feature: The Top 8 Players
  • by Scott Johns
    Round 15: Go for the Throat!
    Mike Hron vs. Jim Herold
  • by Tim Willoughby
    Round 15: A Team Player
    Kenji Tsumura vs. Sebastian Thaler
  • by Hanno Terbuyken
    Feature: Iplaysevencreaturesindraft.dec
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Draft Viewer: Draft 5
  • by Ted Knutson
    Round 14: A Good Man, and Thorough
    Guillaume Wafo-Tapa vs. Rogier Maaten
  • by Tim Willoughby
    Round 13: The Broken Mirror Match
    Osyp Lebedowicz vs Quentin Martin
  • Round 13: Pods
     

  • by Scott Johns
    Round 12: A Turkey, Rubin
    Ben Rubin vs. Olivier Ruel
  • by Ted Knutson
    Round 11: More Statuary than a Sculpture Garden
    Jim Herold vs. Takuya Osawa
  • by Tim Willoughby
    Round 10: Dancing the Two-Step
    Pierre Canali vs. Ben Rubin
  • Round 10: Pods
     

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Draft Viewer: Draft 4
  • by Scott Johns
    Round 9: Taking the Loss
    Mike Hron vs. Takuya Osawa
  • by Tim Willoughby
    Round 8: "Ew…"
    Richard Hoaen vs. Johan Sadeghpour
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info: Day 2 Player List
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info: Day 2 Country Breakdown
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Decklists: 6-0 Drafters on Day One
  • by Tim Willoughby
    Round 7: Red All Over
    Jon Sonne vs. Kenji Tsumura
  • Round 7: Pods
     

  • by Scott Johns
    Round 6: "You Wouldn't!"
    Rasmus Sibast vs. Olivier Ruel
  • by Ted Knutson
    Round 5: The Melancholy Blues
    Jon Sonne vs. Osyp Lebedowicz
  • by Ted Knutson and Craig Gibson
    Photo Essay: Magic, Slope Style
  • by Tim Willoughby
    Feature: Play the Game, Learn to Ski
  • by Scott Johns
    Feature: Important Changes to Rules and Penalties
  • by Tim Willoughby
    Round 4: Stop All the Clocks
    Quentin Martin vs. Luis Scott-Vargas
  • Round 4: Pods
     

  • by Scott Johns
    Round 3: Down the Drain
    Makihito Mihara vs. André Coimbra
  • by Ted Knutson
    Round 2: No Friendlies
    Quentin Martin vs. Geoffrey Siron
  • by Tim Willoughby
    Round 1: Fly, My Pretties!
    Sam Gomersall vs. Olivier Ruel
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Draft Viewer: Draft 1
  • Round 1: Pods
     

  • by Brian David-Marshall
    Preview: Setting the Top 8 Table
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info: Day 1 Player List
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info: Fact Sheet

INFORMATION

     
1. Mike Hron $40,000
2. Takuya Osawa $22,000
3. Kenji Tsumura $15,000
4. Shingo Kurihara $14,000
5. Marijn Lybaert $11,500
6. Jim Herold $11,000
7. Willy Edel $10,500
8. Ervin Tormos $10,000

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

15 14 13 12 11 10 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

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