2001 United States National Championship

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By Wizards of the Coast

[view] JSS Champion Ben Ashkar

[view] Why are they in the elevator?

[view] The champs

[view] Garfield congratulates National Team alternate David Bachmann

[view] Finalist Brian Hegstad

[view] Third place Eugene Harvey

[view] Third place handshake

[view] Bachmann composed

[view] eek! Bachmann has a bad moment

[view] Harvey assesses the board

[view] Spotter Scott Larabee checks out some of Trevor's cards

[view] The champ, runner up and third place winner, Blackwell, Hegstad and Harvey

[view] The power handshake

[view] Blackwell looks over the board

[view] Bad times for Brian

[view] Blackwell sends Blastoderm into the Red Zone

[view] Champion Blackwell

[view] Finalist Hegstad

[view] Look out ladies, here comes Brian Hegstad!

[view] Pretty honest for a guy in an ABU shirt

[view] Blackwell looks like he's up to something

[view] Behind the scenes, cameras and all

[view] A watchful crowd

[view] Blackwell wanted to see if he could become the third player with both a Pro Tour victory and a national championship

[view] Trevor Blackwell likes to see if he can balance his cards on their ends

[view] Brian Hegstad gives his opponent the Stare

[view] It was a long match, a long and tiring match

[view] Eugene Harvey says "Do you want any of this? You do not want any of this!"

[view] After many years of practice, Chris Benafel has perfected the art of card throwing

[view] Harvey vs. Hegstad

[view] Another handshake, this time for Jensen and Blackwell

[view] Blackwell on screen and stage

[view] A little bit of dialogue

[view] Trevor Blackwell is smarter than he looks

[view] Jensen on the stage

[view] William Jensen shuffles up

[view] The final handshake

[view] Team Egghead's Alex Borteh

[view] Borteh vs. Blackwell

[view] Bridge Wildfire and David Bachmann

[view] No one ever accused Trevor Blackwell of NOT having a winning smile

[view] Baby Huey Jensen

[view] Bachmann vs. Harvey

[view] Hegstad looks over a complicated staff

[view] Casey McCarrel

[view] Over McCarrel's shoulder

[view] Raah! Chris Benafel attacks

[view] A film crew records footage

[view] Top 8: Chris Benafel

[view] Top 8: David Bachmann

[view] Top 8: Casey McCarrel

[view] Top 8: Alex Borteh

[view] Top 8: William Jensen

[view] Top 8: Trevor Blackwell

[view] The Top 8

[view] Top 8: Eugene Harvey

[view] The Top 8: another shot

[view] Top 8: Brian Hegstad

[view] Gary Wise brutally restrains Josh Bennett, who believes he saw William Shatner

[view] ABU x 2!

[view] Hegstad is mobbed after making Top 8

[view] Celebration!

[view] Super guy Jerry Rubin and Dee Larabee

[view] Brian Hegstad is a little frustrated

[view] The very happy Hegstad

[view] Hegstad vs. Leiher

[view] Peter Leiher in round 12

[view] Zila takes the match

[view] Jason Zila

[view] It takes all of Adrian's concentration to draw enough land. He is playing 18

[view] Sullivan versus "Super Z"

[view] Jeff Donais showing his true colors. Others were quick to call him a turncoat.

[view] The scorekeeping station, manned by Scott Larabee, master scorekeeper

[view] Mike "The Potato" Turian

[view] Bachmann cuts after some Rebel searching

[view] Red vs. White, Bachmann vs. Turian

[view] Toby Wachter is SO fired

[view] Blackwell consults with judge Christian Sieber

[view] Reporter Aaron Forsythe is asleep at the wheel

[view] Jason Zila puts his Thunderscape Battlemage in the Red Zone

[view] Member of the 2000 National team, Frank Hernandez

[view] A Yavimaya Barbarian meets a fiery end

[view] Brian Hegstad played u-w very well

[view] Jamie Parke tries to slow the beats

[view] Yavimaya Barbarian has been an MVP all day long

[view] Lan D. Ho is clearly the most surly Sideboard reporter. Trevor Blackwell agrees

[view] Casey McCarrel and co.

[view] Zvi picking a Fact or Fiction

[view] New Yorkers at it again: Mowshowitz and Pustilnik

[view] Sol Malka, all happy

[view] Mikey P enters the Red Zone

[view] An uncharacteristically grumpy Pete Leiher, grim

[view] Southern mages: Leiher and Malka

[view] David Bachmann

[view] Teammates Chris Benafel and Brian Hegstad play

[view] Yeah. A smug Benafel

[view] Casey McCarrel leading the way

[view] Getting a good spot to watch Feature Matches is tough

[view] Bird's eye view of Sullivan and Leiher

[view] Nationals from the rafters

[view] The toughest competition around: JSS parents' tournament

[view] Yes, well, then there's this guy

[view] PTQs are packed upstairs

[view] A large crowd gathers around the Feature Match area

[view] The demo area

[view] Gunslinging against former JSS winners

[view] Blackwell up a game on Bachmann

[view] Playing one of the coolest decks in the tournament, David Bachmann is near the top of the standings

[view] Trevor Blackwell picks up his land to tap it

[view] Dave Price blows?

[view] Dougherty takes his Plague Spitter into the Red Zone

[view] Superman

[view] Jensen keeps his head together

[view] Rob eyes his Scuta while Rubin stretches

[view] Jensen vs. Price

[view] McCarrel cuts Turian's deck after a Rebel search

[view] Casey McCarrel, not pleased with his hand

[view] Trevor Blackwell and his amazing invisible cards

[view] Sullivan vs. Humphreys

[view] A cold Dan Clegg passes the turn

[view] Mike Turian rolls his eyes at the board

[view] Creech sends over Fat Moti

[view] Price vs. Blackwell

[view] Price and his Saproling Burst. Many people liken Fires to Sligh, and so are not surprised that the King of Beatdown is running it

[view] Lawrence Creech reads Mana Maze, while Prodigal Sorcerer gets ready to wreak some havoc

[view] Dave Humphreys moves blockers into the Red Zone

[view] Adrian Sullivan takes a better look

[view] Jon Finkel

[view] Boston vs. New York - Grudge Match?

[view] The leaders after round 7: Mike Turian and Sol Malka

[view] A thinking man: Sol Malka

[view] Mikey P peels

[view] The Darwin Kastle

[view] Lucas Hager scrambles to register his deck in time for the tournament

[view] Ben Rubin finally made a Sideboard cover

[view] Renee Roub in concert, tonight only

[view] Kastle and Humpherys check out Sideboard

[view] Listen up y'all it's a sabotage!

[view] A surly and violent Sullivan backhands dazed Sideboard reporter Toby Wachter

[view] Adrian Sullivan is, uh, driving a car. That's the ticket.

[view] Brad Swan reads about his Top 8 in Barcelona

[view] Pustilnik vs. Price, reported by Aaron Forsythe

[view] Dougherty looks at the cluttered Red Zone

[view] Williams alight with girlish glee!

[view] Williams is down, Dougherty is thinking

[view] Creech vs. Finkel

[view] Doctor Mikey P

[view] Good golly! Lawrence Creech!

[view] Finkel plays a Gaea's Might

[view] Grampa Price out to steal some thunder

[view] OMS sends to the Red Zone

[view] Brian Davis, reigning Rookie of the Year

[view] Sullivan vs. McCarrel

[view] OMS on the case

[view] Adrian Sullivan removes a Shackles

[view] Casey McCarrel

[view] Youngsters looking for pairings

[view] Reid Schmadeka punishes an unruly JSS crowd by singing an extra-long version of "Inna Gadda Da Vida"

[view] Baby Huey Jensen shows off his deck list to Sideboard reporter Gary Wise

[view] Chucklebuggy Chris Benafel

[view] Artists are cool!

[view] Artist Daren Bader signs some cards

[view] Adrian Sullivan picks

[view] Jeff Donais and Mark Rosewater look over some stats

[view] Drafting was intense

[view] Shivan Emissary or no?

[view] Darwin Kastle ponders his Rochester pick

[view] Mike Turian snags a Dream Thrush

[view] McCarrel picks his card in the second draft

[view] JSS Head Judge James Lee

[view] A small smile, a game won

[view] Humpherys moves his blockers into the Red Zone

[view] New York's Alex Shvartsman watches Dave Humpherys calculate his win

[view] Frowning Frank Hernandez

[view] Bachmann

[view] Last year's National Team member, Frank Hernandez, in a match with David Bachmann

[view] Benafel vs. McCarrel

[view] Chris Benafel leers

[view] The happy, well-tanned Casey McCarrel

[view] "What are you going to do?" says Scott Johns

[view] Indescribably David Williams

[view] Johns frets while Williams mises

[view] Head Judge Collin Jackson

[view] Geddes Cooper, one of many spectators

[view] Mike Flores being, well, Mike Flores

[view] Super-Englishman Warren Marsh hopped the pond to gunsling

[view] Spectators learned how to play MLB Showdown in their spare time

[view] The one, the only Richard Garfield

[view] Judge Suzy Life lays down the law

[view] Becky Hiebert leads her team to victory

[view] Over at the JSS, youngsters prep their decks

[view] Henry Stern and Gary Wise watch Finkel vs. Turian

[view] Trevor Blackwell

[view] Two Pro Tour-Los Angeles champions play

[view] The Hammer, Shawn Reigner

[view] Leiher vs. Creech in a tough Virginia vs. Virginia match

[view] Virginia's Pete Leiher

[view] The Creecher

[view] Johns vs. Clegg, round 2

[view] A thinking Scott Johns

[view] Rolled Up Ace Dan Clegg

[view] Jon Finkel going for the "evil genius" look

[view] CMU's Mike Turian

[view] Benafel and Comer shake

[view] Humphreys attacks Maher's mana base

[view] Can you race this?

[view] The Great One, Bob Maher, Jr.

[view] Ben Rubin leans over to look at his opponent's cards

[view] Rubin vs. Dougherty

[view] Rob Dougherty

[view] A cautious Alan Comer

[view] Benafel Zaps an Quirion Elf

[view] Your Move Games amazing David Humpherys

[view] Michelle moves it into the Red Zone

[view] The perennial Steven O'Mahoney Schwartz

[view] Michelle Bush won her Regionals to qualify

[view] Becky Hiebert is down

[view] Kibler and Comer shake

[view] Texan Dave Williams peels a shiny card

[view] Williams says "You're going down"

[view] Sideboard's own Alex Shvartsman

[view] A happy Jeff Donais and a happy Aaron Forsythe

[view] Position fading, Kibler would soon fall to Dromar

[view] Kibler singles out Comer's Kavu Climber

[view] Forsythe vs. Sullivan

[view] Adrian Sullivan, conducting his orchestra

[view] A consulting staff

[view] Questing Phelddagrif artist, Matt Cavotta

[view] Ron Spears signs cards for his fans

[view] Evil Jon Finkel?

[view] The Potato! Mike Turian

[view] A spike-lipped David Williams gives a glance

[view] Adrian Sullivan's shirt makes promises he won't keep

[view] Shvartsman builds his deck

[view] Benafel mugs for the camera while Michelle Bush laughs him off

[view] This table qualifies as "tight"

[view] The spectator's view of the action

[view] Shvartsman takes a middle pick. Dave Williams was his first opponent

[view] One of many strong draft tables

[view] Mike Turian goes for Soul Burn, with Darth Finkel observing

[view] Aaron Forsythe takes an early pick while Adrian Sullivan watches the signals

[view] Head Judge Collin Jackson, looking like a notorious leader

[view] Judges prepping for the tournament

[view] The judges gather around Head Judge Collin Jackson in an religious-looking tableau

[view] Sideboard reporter Toby Wachter

[view] Pro Tour Player Coordinator Andy Heckt gets very busy the morning of the tournament

[view] Admitting defeat, the final handshake

[view] Currence, calm in the pressure

[view] Derek Lazarski breaks Currence's 18-game Meatgrinder winning streak

[view] Bryce Currence vs. Derek Lazarski. The winner advances

[view] Heavy

[view] Magic players are a happy, go-lucky breed

[view] Everyone loves hot dogs

[view] What?

[view] Time to adjust the fading counters

[view] Looks like good times for Becky

[view] Dan Bock, rampant trader

[view] Juniors vs. Seniors

[view] Lots of young players gear up for the JSS

[view] Tables were so crowded that many players took to the floor

[view] Diligent judges perform a deck check

[view] Mike Bregoli and Dave Price test on the floor

[view] The happy world of Disney

[view] David Williams plays against Chris Benafel

[view] Randy Buehler

[view] Randy Buehler

[view] It's a Prophetic Bolt. Yep.

[view] Players making adequate use of floor space

[view] Idiot Sideboard Reporters

[view] Everyone's grinding, even Pikachu

[view] The venue, under construction

[view] Laurie Dunning grinds

[view] The first U.S. Open had players building Invasion Limited decks

[view] The Infinitely Tight Miser Mike Flores

[view] The "Meatgrinders" took their toll on more than one player

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