2010 United States National Championship

And there we go! After three days of play, the United States has a new national champion! Josh Utter-Leyton had a long road to victory, but his Standard play carried him all the way to the finals without dropping a match. Joining him on this year’s US National team are his finals opponent, Anthony Eason, who burned through the field with his monored Standard deck and two red-based Draft decks on the way to his second place finish, and Conrad Kolos, who had to defeat the top-seeded David Ochoa in the third place playoff to earn his spot. All in all, the United States has put together quite the solid team. We’ll have to wait until December to see if they are able to make a splash at Worlds in Chiba!

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top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) David Ochoa

(8) Brad Nelson

(4) Tim Sussino

(5) Anthony Eason

(2) Josh Utter-Leyton

(7) Gerard Fabiano

(3) Eric Froehlich

(6) John Kolos

Semi-finals

David Ochoa, 3-2

Anthony Eason, 3-1

Josh Utter-Leyton, 3-2

John Kolos, 3-1

Finals

Anthony Eason, 3-1

Josh Utter-Leyton, 3-0

Champion

Josh Utter-Leyton, 3-1

3rd Place Playoff

3rd Place Playoff

John Kolos

David Ochoa

3rd Place

John Kolos, 3-1

 

EVENT COVERAGE

  • by Nate Price
    Finals: You're Hot then You're Cold
    Anthony Eason vs. Josh Utter-Leyton
  • by Adam Styborski
    3rd Place Playoff: Vengevines, and Eldrazi, and Judges. Oh My!
    John Kolos vs. David Ochoa
  • by Monty Ashley
    Semifinals
    Anthony Eason vs. David Ochoa
  • by Nate Price
    Quarterfinals
    David Ochoa vs. Brad Nelson
  • by Adam Styborski
    Quarterfinals: Land Grab
    John Kolos vs. Eric Froehlich
  • by Dave Guskin
    Quarterfinals: A Mythic Tale
    Gerard Fabiano vs. Josh Utter-Leyton
  • by Monty Ashley
    Quarterfinals: (Flash)freeze, You Bushwhacker!
    Anthony Eason vs. Tim Sussino
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top US Nationals Standard Decks
    6-2 and Better
  • by Adam Styborski
    PTQ Qualifier: Journeying to Somewhere
    Decklists
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8
    Decklists
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8
    Player Profiles
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Day 2:
    Complete Coverage for Saturday
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Day 1:
    Complete Coverage for Friday
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info : Fact Sheet

INFORMATION

   
1. Josh Utter-Leyton $5,000
2. Anthony Eason $2,000
3. Conrad Kolos $2,000
4. David Ochoa $2,000
5. Eric Froehlich $1,000
6. Tim Sussino $1,000
7. Gerard Fabiano $1,000
8. Brad Nelson $1,000

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

14 13 12 11 10 9 8

7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

14 13 12 11 10 9 8

7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

14 13 12 11 10 9 8

7 6 5 4 3 2 1


Top 8 Player profiles

 

Name: Conrad Kolos
Age: 26
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Occupation: Conspicuously blank
How did you qualify for Nationals: Level rating
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: Also conspicuously blank
What was your record by format:
Standard: 5-1
Booster Draft: 5-1

Where do you play Friday Night Magic:

What Magic accomplishment are you most proud of:

How did you prepare for Nationals? Who did you prepare with: Magic Online. Gabriel Carleton-Barnes

What Standard deck did you play and why: Monogreen ramp. It was winning online.

What is the worst matchup for your deck: Monored, maybe. Some deck that can Gather Specimens.

What is your favorite Magic card: Snow-Covered Island

Name: Gerard Fabiano
Age: 27
Hometown: Belleville, NJ
Occupation: BFF with Antonino DeRosa
How did you qualify for Nationals:
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 4 GP/ 1 PT
What was your record by format:
Standard: 4-1-2
Booster Draft: 6-0

Where do you play Friday Night Magic: Reality’s Edge in New Jersey

What Magic accomplishment are you most proud of: Being friends with Jon Sonne, hands down.

How did you prepare for Nationals? Who did you prepare with: Spent all my money on Magic Online in Drafts, Sealed, and Constructed events. Then, Anton Jonsson taught me how to draft and I 6-0’d.

What Standard deck did you play and why: UW Control

What is the worst matchup for your deck: Eric Froehlich.

What is your favorite Magic card: Humpus Wumpus

Name: Brad Nelson
Age: 24
Hometown: Fargo, ND
Occupation: Top 8 Competitor
How did you qualify for Nationals: Team
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 3 GP, 1 PT
What was your record by format:
Standard: 4-3-1
Booster Draft: 6-0

Where do you play Friday Night Magic: Paradox CnC

What Magic accomplishment are you most proud of: Winning the Magic Online Championships

How did you prepare for Nationals? Who did you prepare with: Magic Online with Team Channelfireball

What Standard deck did you play and why: Dredge-uh-Vine. I was not thinking straight.

What is the worst matchup for your deck: David Ochoa

What is your favorite Magic card: Noble Hierarch

Name: Tim Sussino
Age: 26
Hometown: Barneght, NJ
How did you qualify for Nationals: Rating
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0
What was your record by format:
Standard: 6-2
Booster Draft: 5-1

Where do you play Friday Night Magic: Jiffy Photo and Baseball Cards, Brick, NJ

What Magic accomplishment are you most proud of: This, but Top 16 GP DC was Juice! Oh, and 7-0ing day 2 was so sick...

How did you prepare for Nationals? Who did you prepare with: Magic Online drafts, teammates back home

What Standard deck did you play and why: Pyromancer’s Ascension, because Jacob Van Lunen told me to.

What is the worst matchup for your deck: I don’t know, me punting?

What is your favorite Magic card: Mountain Goat

Name: Eric Froehlich
Age: 26
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Occupation: Professional poker player
How did you qualify for Nationals: pro levels
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 5 GP, 1 PT
What was your record by format:
Standard: 5-3
Booster Draft: 6-0

Where do you play Friday Night Magic: Magic Online

What Magic accomplishment are you most proud of: Top 8 PT San Diego

How did you prepare for Nationals? Who did you prepare with: Looked at Magic Online daily Top 8 decks and brewed.

What Standard deck did you play and why: Naya Planeswalker Titan homebrew

What is the worst matchup for your deck: Gerard

What is your favorite Magic card: Beta Lotus

Name: Josh Utter-Leyton
Age: 24
Hometown: Rohnert Park, CA
Occupation: Software Engineer
How did you qualify for Nationals? Pro level, rating
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0/1
What was your record by format?
Standard: 7-0-1
Booster Draft: 4-2

Where do you play Friday Night Magic?
Channel Fireball

What Magic accomplishment are you most proud of?

How did you prepare for Nationals? Who did you prepare with?
Gaming with the Channel Fireball crew plus Chapin, and plenty of MODO drafting

What Standard deck did you play and why?
Mythic – I thought it would be solid against the field, and it’s what I tested the most.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
David Ochoa

What’s your favorite Magic card? Sensei's Divining Top

Name: Anthony Essen
Age: 22
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Occupation: None
How did you qualify for Nationals? Regionals
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0
What was your record by format?
Standard: 6-0-2
Booster Draft: 4-2

Where do you play Friday Night Magic?
New Castle Comics & Yeti Gaming

What Magic accomplishment are you most proud of?
This one I guess

How did you prepare for Nationals? Who did you prepare with?
Just friends from SH

What Standard deck did you play and why?
RDW because I played it all year

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
U/W control

What’s your favorite Magic card? Ajani Vengeant

Name: David Ochoa
Age: 29
Hometown: Hayward, CA
Occupation: Writer, ChannelFireball.com
How did you qualify for Nationals? Pro level, rating
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 1/0
What was your record by format?
Standard: 6-1-1
Booster Draft: 5-1

Where do you play Friday Night Magic?
San Jose, CA – Superstars Game Center

What Magic accomplishment are you most proud of?

How did you prepare for Nationals? Who did you prepare with?
Tested online in a few dozen 2-man queues for constructed and about

What Standard deck did you play and why?
Dredgevine. I played the deck because most people wouldn’t be prepared for the deck. Also, the deck has the most broken draws in the format.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
Variance

What’s your favorite Magic card? Black Lotus

Top 8 Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff

David Ochoa

Josh Utter-Leyton

Eric Froehlich

Tim Sussino

Anthony Eason

John Kolos

Gerard Fabiano

Brad Nelson

PTQ Qualifier: Journeying to Somewhere - Decklists

by Adam Styborski

Yesterday's PTQ ran quite a bit longer than I was able to stay at the hall, but thanks to the wonderful judge staff on hand I have some juicy information for you: decklists. Here are 7 of the Top 8 and their Draft Decks:

Kevin Hunt

Jason Ford

Adam Boyd

Paul Jordan

Josh Day

Zach Jesse

Pat Cox

And congratulations to Taylor Laehn who locked up a Magic mystery trip in 2011!