Day 1 Coverage of Grand Prix–Auckland 2008

Posted in Event Coverage on December 5, 2008


Day one is over here at Grand Prix: Auckland, and four undefeated players remain, Justin Cheung, Dominic Lo, Max Botkov and Tony Wootton, two from Australia and two from New Zealand. These guys aren't in for a good nights sleep however, as right on their heels are a pool of sharks, Guillaume Wafo-Tapa, Luis Scott-Vargas, Shuuhei Nakamura, Gerry Thompson and Olivier Ruel are all on X-1. Tomorrow they dive into the draft, and there'll be a great deal of blood in the water before we cut to the top 8. Who will survive and be playing off for the trophy and the over-sized cheque after 13 rounds of play? Tune in tomorrow while we find out!


EVENT COVERAGE

  • 4:48p.m.: Round 7 - Gerry Thompson vs Gene Brumby
    by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
  • 4:01p.m.: Round 6 - The last Quick Questions for the day.
    by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
  • 2:47p.m.: Round 5 - Scott Richards vs Paul Cheon
    by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
  • 2:34p.m.: Round 5 - Quick Questions
    by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
  • 1:36p.m.: Round 4 - Luis “LSV” Scott-Vargas vs Patrick Pepper
    by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
  • 12:42p.m.: Round 3 - Quick Questions
    by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
  • 11:21a.m.: Round 2 - Sam Kwang vs Andrew Plinston
    by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
  • 10:13a.m.: Round 1 - Quick Questions
    by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
  • 8:12a.m.: Trials Decklists
    by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff

Saturday, December 06: 8:12a.m. – Trials Decklists

by Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw

When you have to battle through 7 to 8 rounds of play to make day two of a Grand Prix, some byes would certainly help. Something especially important for players in the antipodes, as the average rating down this way is somewhat lower than the rest of the world. A total of six trials ran yesterday, as players dueled to earn three priceless byes in the main event, and as usual, I have the winners decklists below.

Patrick Pepper

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Xiangxue Song

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Matthew Rogers

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Chris Hall

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Jesse Nonneman

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Nicolas Rolf

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