2001 Grand Prix Las Vegas

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By Wizards of the Coast

[view] Chris Benafel and Peter Szigeti begged me to take this picture of them so they could give a shout out to their fans. Or was it fan?

[view] James Bucknell piloted his green-whte-black deck to a perfect 7-0 day 1 record. Deeds and Elephant tokens are some good.

[view] Alan Comer didn't drop a game on Day 1 with his nifty new Miracle Grow deck.

[view] Patrick Selk went 7-0 on day 1 with Counter-Sliver.

[view] Kaare Anderson won 14 straight day 1 games with his green-white-black deck.

[view] What happened to the other half of Jason Opalka?!

[view] John Shuler and Chris Benafel simply do not like each other.

[view] John Shuler believes a field full of Donate is just what his Adrian Sullivan designed Holistic Wisdom deck needs to succeed.

[view] Chris Benafel is running Donate this weekend.

[view] Scott Johns stuck with Donate for this event. Good ol' rock - nothing beats rock.

[view] Alan Comer only has 10 lands in his deck. Yep, the man who invented low-land count decks with his Turbo-Xerox design back in 1997 has taken it a step farther with Land Grant, Sleight of Hand, and Brainstorm helping him find the two lands he needs to run his fish deck and grow his Quirion Dryad.

[view] In a stunning upset, Zvi Mowshowitz believes Turbo-Land is the best deck for the current Extended metagame.

[view] It was Old School 2, New School 1 when Gilson's Deeds undid Szigeti's Tinkers in a round 3 feature match.

[view] The one, the only (thank goodness), "ptr" ... Peter Szigeti.

[view] Frank Gilson took a break from his work on Warcraft 3 to make the trip to Vegas and do some gaming with cards instead of pixels.

[view] "But I built your son's Oath deck Mr. Maher, sir." says Ped Bun to "The Greater One."

[view] "I don't care -- see if you can deal with turn 1 Pup." says Maher, Sr. to Ped Bun.

[view] Sheldon Menery was playing, not judging in Vegas. He was also sporting a Your Move Games shirt and deck. YMG owner Rob Dougherty explained that it's all part of his master plan to suck up to every high level judge in the game.

[view] The legenday decklist specialists Rick and Connie Takenaga.

[view] Mons Johnson. Yes, THAT Mons.

[view] As usual, the dealers were out in force, buying and selling whatever Magic cards they could.

[view] The omnipresent Scott Larabee warns people for the 1,000th time in his career to check their byes before the first round begins.

[view] Head Judge Mike Donais is in the house.

[view] 462 players showed up to stake their claim to part of the $25,000 purse at Grand Prix Las Vegas. Estimates of their collective casino losses were also about $25,000.

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