Saturday, 9:55 a.m. – Grand Prix Trial Winners

Posted in Event Coverage on January 11, 2014

By Tobi Henke

The weekend's main event may just be in its very early stages, with actual play having barely even begun, but already we have some winners to report. As usual the action started yesterday with a number of Grand Prix Trial tournaments, the last chance for players to earn two byes for this here Grand Prix, and the first chance for us to glean an idea of the frontrunners and the new developments in the format.

As it stands, Modern, more than anything else, continues to be a very diverse format. However, there are some news to come out of the Trials. For example, Junk, the green-black-white midrange deck, completely overshadowed Jund, and everything else for that matter, with one version taking at least three of the top spots here. That particular version is basically two-colored with just a hint of white for Lingering Souls and notable sideboard options like Stony Silence.

The second most succesful deck was Merfolk, which had constantly been climbing in popularity after Raphaël Lévy's memorable performance at Grand Prix Antwerp. Master of Waves brought the deck back to the forefront and apparently is a force to be reckoned with.

Suspiciously absent from this collection of winning decks is Birthing Pod and Jund, but clearly they're bound to show up rather sooner than later.

Timm Gerber

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Alan Geverini

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Other (59)
1   Forest 1   Godless Shrine 4   Marsh Flats 2   Overgrown Tomb 2   Swamp 4   Tectonic Edge 1   Temple Garden 4   Treetop Village 1   Twilight Mire 4   Verdant Catacombs 4   Dark Confidant 4   Deathrite Shaman 3   Scavenging Ooze 4   Tarmogoyf 2   Abrupt Decay 2   Dismember 3   Inquisition of Kozilek 4   Lingering Souls 2   Maelstrom Pulse 3   Thoughtseize 4   Liliana of the Veil
59 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1   Abrupt Decay 1   Dismember 1   Thoughtseize 2   Aven Mindcensor 1   Bow of Nylea 2   Creeping Corrosion 2   Disfigure 1   Harmonize 2   Kitchen Finks 2   Stony Silence

Florian Götz

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Other (60)
1   Forest 1   Godless Shrine 4   Marsh Flats 1   Misty Rainforest 2   Overgrown Tomb 3   Swamp 4   Tectonic Edge 1   Temple Garden 2   Treetop Village 1   Twilight Mire 4   Verdant Catacombs 4   Dark Confidant 4   Deathrite Shaman 3   Scavenging Ooze 4   Tarmogoyf 3   Abrupt Decay 2   Disfigure 1   Dismember 2   Inquisition of Kozilek 4   Lingering Souls 2   Maelstrom Pulse 3   Thoughtseize 4   Liliana of the Veil
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1   Thoughtseize 1   Blood Baron of Vizkopa 4   Fulminator Mage 2   Infest 2   Path to Exile 4   Stony Silence 1   Sword of Light and Shadow

Petr Kralovic

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Other (60)
1   Cavern of Souls 14   Island 4   Mutavault 2   Tectonic Edge 1   Coralhelm Commander 4   Cursecatcher 2   Kira, Great Glass-Spinner 4   Lord of Atlantis 4   Master of the Pearl Trident 3   Master of Waves 1   Merrow Reejerey 2   Phantasmal Image 4   Silvergill Adept 2   Thassa, God of the Sea 4   Æther Vial 4   Spreading Seas 4   Vapor Snag
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1   Vapor Snag 2   Dismember 2   Grafdigger's Cage 1   Relic of Progenitus 2   Spell Pierce 2   Spellskite 2   Steel Sabotage 1   Threads of Disloyalty 2   Tidebinder Mage

Florian Zarges

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Other (60)
4   Darkslick Shores 6   Island 2   Misty Rainforest 4   Mutavault 2   Scalding Tarn 4   Watery Grave 4   Cursecatcher 3   Kira, Great Glass-Spinner 4   Lord of Atlantis 4   Master of the Pearl Trident 4   Master of Waves 4   Silvergill Adept 4   Æther Vial 3   Dismember 4   Spreading Seas 4   Thoughtseize
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
2   Grafdigger's Cage 3   Hurkyl's Recall 3   Spellskite 3   Swan Song 3   Threads of Disloyalty 1   Vendilion Clique

Alexander Semkin

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Other (60)
4   Arid Mesa 4   Celestial Colonnade 2   Hallowed Fountain 2   Island 1   Mountain 1   Plains 1   Sacred Foundry 3   Scalding Tarn 2   Steam Vents 3   Sulfur Falls 3   Tectonic Edge 3   Blade Splicer 1   Hero of Bladehold 3   Restoration Angel 4   Snapcaster Mage 4   Cryptic Command 3   Electrolyze 3   Lightning Bolt 2   Lightning Helix 4   Mana Leak 2   Path to Exile 2   Spell Snare 2   Sphinx's Revelation 1   Think Twice
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
2   Combust 2   Counterflux 1   Engineered Explosives 2   Grafdigger's Cage 2   Sowing Salt 2   Spellskite 2   Stony Silence 2   Threads of Disloyalty

Henrik Andersson

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Other (60)
4   Arid Mesa 4   Celestial Colonnade 1   Eiganjo Castle 2   Hallowed Fountain 2   Island 1   Mountain 1   Plains 1   Sacred Foundry 4   Scalding Tarn 2   Steam Vents 1   Sulfur Falls 2   Tectonic Edge 2   Aven Mindcensor 4   Geist of Saint Traft 2   Restoration Angel 4   Snapcaster Mage 3   Vendilion Clique 3   Electrolyze 2   Izzet Charm 4   Lightning Bolt 4   Lightning Helix 2   Mana Leak 3   Path to Exile 2   Remand
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1   Baneslayer Angel 1   Batterskull 1   Combust 1   Counterflux 2   Disenchant 1   Echoing Truth 1   Engineered Explosives 2   Pyroclasm 2   Rest in Peace 1   Spellskite 2   Threads of Disloyalty

Henrik Andersson

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Other (60)
4   Island 3   Misty Rainforest 1   Mountain 4   Scalding Tarn 2   Steam Vents 2   Sulfur Falls 4   Goblin Electromancer 4   Desperate Ritual 2   Faithless Looting 4   Gitaxian Probe 3   Grapeshot 4   Manamorphose 3   Past in Flames 4   Pyretic Ritual 4   Pyromancer Ascension 4   Serum Visions 4   Sleight of Hand 4   Thought Scour
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1   Boomerang 1   Echoing Truth 3   Empty the Warrens 1   Gifts Ungiven 3   Gigadrowse 3   Grim Lavamancer 3   Lightning Bolt

Ivo Dienelt

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Other (60)
3   Blackcleave Cliffs 1   Blood Crypt 4   Copperline Gorge 1   Dryad Arbor 1   Forbidden Orchard 1   Mountain 1   Overgrown Tomb 1   Stomping Ground 1   Swamp 1   Temple Garden 4   Verdant Catacombs 2   Avalanche Riders 4   Deadshot Minotaur 2   Faerie Macabre 4   Fulminator Mage 2   Jungle Weaver 4   Monstrous Carabid 2   Pale Recluse 1   Shriekmaw 4   Street Wraith 1   Twisted Abomination 1   Valley Rannet 4   Beast Within 3   Demonic Dread 3   Living End 4   Violent Outburst
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
2   Faerie Macabre 3   Anger of the Gods 2   Dismember 2   Gnaw to the Bone 3   Ingot Chewer 3   Ricochet Trap

Johannes Wagner

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Other (60)
1   Forest 4   Ghost Quarter 4   Horizon Canopy 1   Plains 4   Razorverge Thicket 2   Stirring Wildwood 3   Tectonic Edge 4   Temple Garden 3   Aven Mindcensor 2   Kitchen Finks 4   Leonin Arbiter 4   Loxodon Smiter 3   Mirran Crusader 4   Noble Hierarch 3   Qasali Pridemage 4   Scavenging Ooze 3   Thalia, Guardian of Thraben 1   Voice of Resurgence 2   Wilt-Leaf Liege 4   Path to Exile
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
4   Æther Vial 1   Crucible of Worlds 2   Dismember 2   Kataki, War's Wage 2   Life from the Loam 2   Stony Silence 2   Torpor Orb

Niv Shmuely

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Other (60)
1   Breeding Pool 3   Island 4   Misty Rainforest 1   Mountain 4   Scalding Tarn 3   Steam Vents 4   Sulfur Falls 2   Tectonic Edge 2   Deceiver Exarch 2   Grim Lavamancer 2   Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker 4   Pestermite 4   Snapcaster Mage 2   Vendilion Clique 2   Cryptic Command 1   Dispel 2   Izzet Charm 4   Lightning Bolt 2   Peek 3   Remand 4   Serum Visions 4   Splinter Twin
60 Cards
Sideboard (15)
1   Grim Lavamancer 1   Dispel 2   Ancient Grudge 2   Batterskull 1   Combust 2   Electrolyze 1   Engineered Explosives 3   Molten Rain 2   Relic of Progenitus

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