Generally, Grand Prix Trials are not known for giving out surprising new archetypes. Players prefer to hide their "Tech" until the money event. Well, James Klein decided to break out with an archetype that no one really expected.
The decklist speaks for itself...
4x Battle of Wits 4x Brainstorm 2x Arcane Denial 1x Capsize 4x Counterspell 4x Disrupt 1x Forbid 3x Force of Will 4x Impulse 3x Interdict 2x Intuition 2x Mana Leak 4x Miscalculation 1x Misdirection 1x Mystical Tutor 4x Opt 2x Powersink 4x Thoughtlash 4x Tinker 1x Treachery 4x Academy Rector 1x Clear 1x Dismantling Blow 1x Embolden 1x Ray of Distortion 2x Seal of Cleansing 4x Swords to Plowshares 4x Tithe 1x Wrath of God 4x Choke 4x Crop Rotation 2x Gaea's Blessing 4x Land Grant 4x Oath of Druids 2x Sylvan Library 1x Verdant Force 1x Coffin Purge 4x Cremate 4x Entomb 1x Nether Spirit 1x Skeletal Scrying 2x Vampiric Tutor 3x Crater Hellion 1x Urza's Rage 4x Absorb 1x Goblin Trenches 1x Iridescent Angel 1x Pernicious Deed 1x Psychatog 4x Fire/Ice 1x Spite/Malice 4x Chromatic Sphere 4x Crumbling Sanctuary 1x Cursed Totem 4x Grim Monolith 1x Mangara's Tomb 1x Masticore 1x Nevinyrral's Disk 1x Phyrexian Processor 2x Scroll Rack 4x Urza's Bauble 1x Bad River 1x Flood Plain 4x Grasslands 2x Bayou 1x Plateau 3x Savannah 2x Scrubland 1x Taiga 4x Tropical Island 1x Tundra 3x Underground Sea 4x City of Brass 4x Gemstone Mine 4x Adkar Wastes 2x Brushland 4x Yavimaya Coast 4x Costal Tower 4x Elfhame Palace 1x Sandstone Needle 1x Salt Marsh 4x Treva's Ruins 4x Fairy Conclave 4x Treetop Village 1x Dustbowl 4x Rishadan Port 4x Wasteland 3x High Market 1x Keldon Necropolis 1x Kjeldoran Outpost 1x Kor Haven 1x Rath's Edge 3x Terminal Moraine 1x Thawing Glaciers 1x Snow Covered Island 1x Snow Covered Plains 1x Snow Covered Forest 1x Snow Covered Swamp 1x Snow Covered Mountain Sideboard 3x Skeletal Scrying 2x Arcane Denial 2x Standstill 3x Hydroblast 1x Obliterate 4x Pyroblast
When informed of the deck, Brian Kibler and "Baby Huey" Jensen, felt the need to rush over and watch the teetering pile of cards stacked high upon the table. While it failed to secure him any byes, the deck did remarkably well, scoring a 3-3-2 overall record (28th place) and getting him a great deal of attention.
Kurtis Hahn, (founder of the 5-color movement) remained unavailable for comment.