Owen Smashes First-ever Super Sunday Series!

Posted in Daily Deck on February 9, 2014

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The first ever Super Sunday Series Championship is in the books, and inveterate face-smasher No. 12 Owen Turtenwald is your champion. We watched Owen battle through Born of the Gods-Theros-Theros draft, six rounds of Born of the Gods Standard, and a Modern Masters Top 8, topping it all off by beating No. 13 Makihito Mihara in the finals in spectacular fashion. Owen raised his plaque high here at the Wizards of the Coast headquarters—the Magic mecca—and he ticked another notch into his well-worn belt.

We saw some amazing things this weekend. The entrance of Born of the Gods certainly shakes up the Standard format considerably. There was nary a Mono-Blue Devotion deck in sight! The draft format has some new wrinkles added (as some of the pros have been saying, it makes red a truly playable color outside of the White-Red 15-land Aggro deck). We were also reminded that Modern Masters is awesome.

This may have been the first time for this awesome event—with all travel, hotel, food, and Wizards of the Coast–tour provided by the tournament organizers—but it is likely far from the last. In fact, an exit poll of the combatants showed that a full third of the players here would rather qualify for this again next year than a Pro Tour!

So if you scrub out on the first day of a Grand Prix, don't fret—qualifiers for the 2015 Super Sunday Series Championship are already being held at a Grand Prix near you. So suit up, and take down.

Good night from a snowy Renton, Washington!




Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Champion
6 Manuel Mayer(12) Owen Turtenwald,
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5 (12) Owen Turtenwald(12) Owen Turtenwald,
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2Chi Hoi YimAndrew Robdrup, 2-1 (12) Owen Turtenwald,
2-1
1 Andrew Robdrup, 2-1
7 Javier Luna(13) Makihito Mihara, 2-0
8 (13) Makihito Mihara(13) Makihito Mihara, 2-0
3 Tan GaoKlaas Gruber, 2-0
4 Klaas Gruber











Streaming video coverage of the Super Sunday Series provided by Marshall Sutcliffe, Pro Tour Hall of Famer Randy Buehler, Rashad Miller, and Garth Avery. For a complete playlist of all the matches, visit ggslive's YouTube page.


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  • Top 8 Profiles

    by Marc Calderaro


  • Top 8 Players!


      Andrew Robdrup
    Age:
    Hometown/Occupation: Kingston, Ontario Canada – I'm a grinder

    Where did you qualify:
    Grand Prix Detroit

    Biggest Magic Accomplishment:
    World Magic Cup 2013

    Super Sunday Series record:
    7-1-1

    Draft archetype and record:
    3-0 Red-White Heroic

    Constructed archetype and record:
    4-1-1 Black-White Control




      Owen Turtenwald
    Hometown/Occupation: Milwaukee/Magician

    Where did you qualify:
    Grand Prix Atlantic City

    Biggest Magic Accomplishment:
    Back-to-back Grand Prix wins

    Super Sunday Series record:
    6-2-1

    Draft archetype and record:
    2-1 Jund

    Constructed archetype and record:
    4-1-1 Excalibur




      Javier Luna
    Hometown/Occupation: Buenos Aires, Argentina/Lawyer

    Where did you qualify:
    Grand Prix Santiago

    Biggest Magic Accomplishment:
    Played some Pro Tours, Worlds and Nationals Teams

    Super Sunday Series record:
    6-3

    Draft archetype and record:
    Blue-Red Tempo, 2-1

    Constructed archetype and record:
    White-Black Midrange, 4-2




      Manuel Mayer
    Hometown/Occupation: Tübingen, Germany/Blood Baron

    Where did you qualify:
    Grand Prix Prague

    Biggest Magic Accomplishment:
    Two Grand Prix Top 8; losing Super Sunday Series finals at Grand Prix Rimini only to win one month later.

    Super Sunday Series record:
    6-2-1

    Draft archetype and record:
    Orzhov Midrange, 2-1

    Constructed archetype and record:
    Orzhov Midrange, obv., 4-1-1




      Gao Tan
    Hometown/Occupation: Dalian, China/Half-professional Tourist

    Where did you qualify:
    Grand Prix Hong Kong

    Biggest Magic Accomplishment:
    Nationals 2011 Top 8

    Super Sunday Series record:
    6-2-1

    Draft archetype and record:
    White-Black Midrange, 3-0

    Constructed archetype and record:
    Bant Control, 4-2-1 (with one concession)




      Chi Hoi Yim
    Hometown/Occupation: Alabama, USA/Grinder

    Where did you qualify:
    Grand Prix Indianapolis

    Biggest Magic Accomplishment:
    Pro Tour Dragon's Maze Top 25

    Super Sunday Series record:
    6-2-1

    Draft archetype and record:
    Blue-Black, 2-1

    Constructed archetype and record:
    Azorius Control, 4-1-1




      Klaas Grüber
    Hometown/Occupation: Bremen, Germany/Student

    Where did you qualify:
    Grand Prix Gothenburg

    Biggest Magic Accomplishment:
    This.

    Super Sunday Series record:
    6-2-1

    Draft archetype and record:
    Blue-Green Fatties, 2-1

    Constructed archetype and record:
    Mono-Black Aggro, 4-1-1




      Makihito Mihara
    Hometown/Occupation: Chiba-Ken, Japan/SE

    Where did you qualify:
    Grand Prix Beijing

    Biggest Magic Accomplishment:
    World Champion 2006

    Super Sunday Series record:
    6-3

    Draft archetype and record:
    Blue-Black+Elspeth, 2-1

    Constructed archetype and record:
    Esper Gods, made by cardshophamaya.com, 4-2






  • More Decks By Popular Demand

    by Marc Calderaro

  • There were many interesting, innovative, and perhaps prescient decks that showed up today, but their pilots weren't able to get into the Top 8.

    Here's a look at just a few of the neat decks that showed up this weekend:

    Jesse Thompson – Golgari Midrange

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    Aaron Lewis – Azorius Auras

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    Yoshikazu Okada Dimir Control

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    Daniel Wielgorski Junk Reanimator

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    Chong Kin Leong Orzhov Aggro

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    Ipank Aziz Riphat – Gruul Monsters

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  • Standard Decklists Played by Top 8 Competitors

    by Marc Calderaro

  • Here are the Standard decks played by the Top 8 competitors in the six rounds of Standard during Swiss play.

    Javier Luna – Orzhov Control

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    Andrew Robdrup – Orzhov Control

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    Chi Hoi Yim – Azorius Control

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    Tan Gao – Azorius Control with Kiora

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    Klaas Grüber – Mono-Black Aggro

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    Owen Turtenwald (12) – Mono-Black Devotion

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    Manuel Meyer – Orzhov Control

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    Makihito Mihara (13) – Ephara amp; Friends

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