The 2004 North American Challenge

Posted in Feature on June 14, 2004

By Alex Shvartsman

124 players competed in Milford, MA in the finals of the NAC circuit. Each of them received a prize – players at the bottom of the standings receiving at least a pair of draft sets. Rietzl earned $2500 for his efforts.

Rietzl entered the top 8 as second seed with a 6-1 record. His affinity deck defeated two bad matchups in the last two rounds – both Tom Guevin and finalist Domenic Minicucci were playing Elf and Nail decks.

Paul Rietzl cements his place among the game's pros with this performance. He earned top 8 finishes in Grand Prix: Anaheim and Grand Prix: Oakland earlier this year, and had a string of Pro Tour money finishes this season


  • Decklists: Top 32 Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Finals: Paul Rietzl (Academy Games) vs. Domenic Minicucci (Larry’s Comics)
    by Alex Shvartsman
  • Overcoming All Obstacles: The Mike Olivson Story
    by Alex Shvartsman
  • Semifinals: Tom Guevin (Games Heaven) vs. Paul Rietzl (Academy Games)
    by Alex Shvartsman
  • Quarterfinals: Jacob Bruce (Crossroad Games) vs. Domenic Minicucci (Barrons Comics & Games)
    by Alex Shvartsman
  • Round 7: Ray Tautic (Barrons Comics & Games) vs, Richard Shay (Collector’s Guild)
    by Alex Shvartsman
  • Round 6: Adam Chambers (2003 Winner) vs. Jonathan Morawski (Gamer’s Heaven)
    by Alex Shvartsman
  • Round 5: Ray Tautic (Barron’s Cards and Comics) vs. Sean Morgan (Crossroad Games)
    by Alex Shvartsman
  • Round 4: Raymond Clavette (Card Empire) vs. Gerard Fabiano (Gray Matter Conventions)
    by Alex Shvartsman
  • Round 3: Justin Bransfield (Dragon’s Den) vs. Mike Olivson (Kings Games)
    by Alex Shvartsman
  • Round 2: Paul Rietzl (Academy Games) vs. Pete Guevin (Larry’s Comics)
    by Alex Shvartsman
  • Round 1: Mike McGee (Star City Games) vs. Ben Caless (Academy Games)
    by Alex Shvartsman
  • Feature: The History of the North American Challenge
    by Tom Shea



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