Saturday, 3:01 p.m. – King of the Hill – Beginnings

Posted in Event Coverage on May 10, 2014

By Nate Price

A longtime member of the Pro Tour and Grand Prix coverage staff, Nate Price now works making beautiful words for all of you lovely people as the community manager for organized play. When not covering events, he lords over the @MagicProTour Twitter account, ruling with an iron fist.

Every journey has to start somewhere, and here at Grand Prix Minneapolis, it begins in the Feature Match area. Here at this Modern Grand Prix, flush with over 1600 players, we couldn't have asked for a better King to begin the procession than the Pro Tour Born of the Gods Champion, and Modern master, Shaun McLaren. Playing in his first major event since his Pro Tour win, McLaren has had a great year of Magic, finishing in 25th place at Pro Tour Theros in addition to his win in Valencia. While it obviously took all-around talent to win the Pro Tour, McLaren is, above all else, a Modern specialist, one of the few players in the game today that can lay claim to that title. He is one of the easy favorites to win any Modern tournament he enters, and is an easy choice to be our inaugural King of the Hill here at Grand Prix Minneapolis.

McLaren's first challenge in the tournament is Sean Ryder, who has brought UWR Twin to Minneapolis this weekend. This is a deck that McLaren is incredibly familiar with, having defeated Tim Rivera's version of the deck in a close three-game match in the Quarterfinals of Pro Tour Born of the Gods. The deck apparently made an impact on McLaren, as it is his weapon of choice for this weekend as well.

King of the Hill Shaun McLaren takes on his first challenger of the weekend, Sean Ryder, in a UWR Twin mirror match!

Follow the #KotH hashtag on Twitter to check for updates on his progress, or that of any usurpers to the throne as we count down the rounds to the crowning of the King of the Hill for Grand Prix Minneapolis!

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