Grand Prix Minneapolis
Day 2 Coverage

Posted in Event Coverage on May 19, 2012

By Wizards of the Coast

EVENT COVERAGE

Day 1 Undefeated Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff

Brandon Nelson 9-0

Christian Calcano 9-0

Josh Utter-Leyton 9-0

Chris Schafer 9-0

Day 1 Grinder Winning Decklists

by Marc Calderaro

So we didn't want to post these lists yesterday, so we wouldn't take away the competitors' edge. But today, if you've made Day Two already, your list is fair game, folks. Here are all the players who earned three byes at this Grand Prix the night before the event started.

Eric Rath (UWb Delver)

Andy Hanson (Naya Pod)

Andrew Tenjum (UW Delver)

Matthew Simpson (Naya Pod Aggro)

Jake Barlow (Wolf Run Ramp)

Aaron Frey (Rakdos Pod)

Jon Bronson (RG Aggro)

Kensuke Fukuchi (Wolf Run Ramp)

And yes, just for funsies, there was one Sealed Grinder. Please do not net-deck this an bring it to your next FNM. It will not win.

Tim Laubach - Sealed RW

Round 10 Feature - Match Josh Utter-Leyton vs. Brandon Nelson

by Marc Calderaro

Brandon Nelson has had to work hard as a Magician. Though so does everyone else, Brandon has an extra burden because he came into his prime just as another particular Magic player did as well. Perhaps you've heard of him; his name's Brad Nelson. Opposite in appearance and demeanor, Brandon Nelson has been quietly posting solid results near the top of the Grand Prix standings and finished fourth at Nationals last year. His RG Aggro deck sporting the shiny new Bonfire of the Damned was one of the four undefeated lists coming into the second day.

One of the other lists was Josh Utter-Leyton's UW Delver of Secrets. Joshua Utter-Leyton is a three-time Pro Tour Top-8er, a three-time Grand Prix Top-8er, as well as a US National Champion. This man has cred coming out the wazoo and he didn't even have some other Magic player earning posting results with a name like Boshua Butter-Bayton or anything. Even if he did, his nickname (and Twitter handle) Wrapter, gave him a clear out in case he ran into any Boshuas in his travels. Perhaps Brandon Nelson should consider a cool nickname.

Josh Utter-Leyton

Game 1

Utter-Leyton went down to six cards, then went down to 16 life when he cast Dismember on Brandon Nelson's first-turn Llanowar Elves. Nelson barely blinked and used his next turn to refuel with an Avacyn's Pilgrim and a Birds of Paradise. Utter-Leyton developed his board with the two main creatures of his deck, a Delver of Secrets and a Geist of Saint Traft, but the mana birds allowed Nelson to hard-cast a Bonfire of the Damned for two and wipe them away before any damage was done.

Nelson followed with a