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Finals: Jon Finkel (USA) vs. Bob Maher, Jr. (USA)   In a battle of Magic titans, Jon Finkel, the greatest player in the history of Magic: the Gathering , defeated Bob Maher three games to two. Playing nearly identical decks, the two friends, both of whom had previously won Pro Tours, played the maximum number of games to decide who would join Tommi Hovi as the only players to ever win more than one premiere level event. more...
 
Finals Play-by-Play: Jon Finkel (USA) vs. Bob Maher, Jr. (USA)   Play-by-play, turn-by-turn recap of the match. more...
 
Team Finals Playoff : Ryan Fuller (Canada) vs. Jon Finkel (USA)   An exciting one match playoff will determine the 2000 Worlds Team Competition winner. And what better representative for the United States than Jon Finkel. Ryan Fuller isn't so shabby either and has had a great weekend himself and is looking to build on his fellow Canadians' wins and pull off a major upset. more...
 
Team Finals: Gab Tsang (Canada) vs. Frank Hernandez (USA)   In what looked to be Team Canada's best match up, Pro Tour veteran Gab Tsang faced off against newcomer Frank Hernandez in a dual of National team third chairs. The match up, which judging by the archetypes would normally favor Hernandez, looked good for Tsang because of a sideboard loaded with Submerges and Somnophores, both excellent cards against the American's deck. more...
 
Team Finals Play-by-Play: Gab Tsang (Canada) vs. Frank Hernandez (USA)   Play-by-play, turn-by-turn recap of the match. more...
 
Aaron Forsythe (USA) vs. Sam Lau (Canada)   Both players finished 4th at their respective Nationals. Aaron is using a red/green deck dubbed Angry Hermit, made of beatdown creatures and Land Destruction. Sam Lau is running Accelerated Blue, a fairly famous monoblue deck featuring Morphlings and Masticore and taking its name from Grim Monolith.
 
Team Finals Play-by-Play: Aaron Forsythe (USA) vs. Sam Lau (Canada)   Play-by-play, turn-by-turn recap of the match. more...
 
Team Finals: Jon Finkel (USA) vs. Ryan Fuller (Canada)   Despite the Tangle Wire, Fuller managed to play Pouncing Jaguar and took out the Colossus with an Orangutan. But without an answer to Finkel's 5/5 Minions, he was soon overwhelmed. more...
 
Team Finals Play-by-Play: Jon Finkel (USA) vs. Ryan Fuller (Canada)   Play-by-play, turn-by-turn recap of the match. more...
 
Team Finals: Murray Evans (Canada) vs. Chris Benafel (USA)   Murray has been a crowd favorite this weekend, for showing so much maturity at such a young age. He showed a lot more maturity than many of his elder opponents. more...
 
Team Finals Play-by-Play: Murray Evans (Canada) vs. Chris Benafel (USA)   Play-by-play, turn-by-turn recap of the match. more...
 
Semifinals: Bob Maher, Jr. vs. Dominik Hothow   Dominik is playing in his first premier top 8, while Bob is a veteran of major events, including a Pro Tour and a Grand Prix title. Both had had tough Match-ups in the quarter finals, Bob beating Magpile, and Dominik beating Nicolas Labarre's Cluster Bomb, making this an unexpected Semifinal. more...
 
Semifinals Play-by-play: Bob Maher, Jr. vs. Dominik Hothow   Play-by-play, turn-by-turn recap of the match. more...
 
Semifinals: Jon Finkel vs. Benedikt Klauser   Could Klauser stop the mighty Finkeltron machine? more...
 
Semifinals Play-by-play: Jon Finkel vs. Benedikt Klauser   Play-by-play, turn-by-turn recap of the match. more...
 
Semifinals (en Francais)   Le monde libre vient de perdre, se faire écraser par les 2 ricains qui jouent Tinker. more...
 
Quarterfinals: Bob Maher, Jr. vs. Helmut Summersberger   This match-up between Magpie Blue and Tinker was at first glance going to be a long intensive battle. Most people thought Magpie had the match-up advantage and that Bob would have to use his play skill, experience and intangibles to pull it off. more...
 
Quarterfinals: Tom Van de Logt vs. Benedikt Klauser   "Looking at the match up on paper, I thought I was really favored" said Nicolas "but after we tested it, I wasn't feeling as confident". more...
 
Quarterfinals: Nicolas Labarre vs. Dominik Hothow   "Looking at the match up on paper, I thought I was really favored" said Nicolas "but after we tested it, I wasn't feeling as confident". more...
 
Quarterfinals: Jon Finkel vs. Janosch Kuhn   Before the match, Janosch reckoned he had a 30% chance of beating the world's best player in the quarters, but knew that the match up was not a favourable one. Jon thought the overall score would be 3-1 - he was right. more...
 
Quarterfinals: Nicolas Labarre vs. Dominik Hothow (en Francais)   Ah quelle déception ! Quelle souffrance ! more...
 
Team Round 6: Gab Tsang (Canada) vs. Wolfgang Eder (Germany)   When the pressure is on, pressure players come to play. Three years ago, Gab Tsang accomplished something no other Magic player has: He finished first in two consecutive premiere level events. Gab first showed the dominance he's capable of at PTNY2, then went one better finishing first in the Swiss by an amazing 5 points at the 1997 World Championships. more...
 
Team Round 6: Murray Evans (Canada) vs. Jan Brinkmann (Germany)   As a beatdown player, Evans had been given Canada's R/G deck. His opening hand was Saproling Burst, Invigorate and five lands. Brinkmann started with five lands as well, along with Cho-Manno's Blessing and Afterlife. more...
 
Team Round 6: Andre Konstanczer (Germany) vs. Ryan Fuller (Canada)   Andre and Ryan are both long term Pro Tour veterans with many top 32 finishes. But both are fighting to regain past form, having both been off the tour recently. Both regained this form when winning their perspective country's championship. And they face off here to determine who will play the Americans tomorrow. more...
 
Team Round 5: France vs. Germany   Round 5 saw Germany, the runners up from last year, meet France, the runners up from the year before. The teams were in third and fourth position and a win here would put them in with shot at the final. more...
 
Team Round 4: France vs. Spain   Game 3 would feature huge green creatures everywhere. If you like Green you would have loved it: Ants, Elementals, and Blastoderms. more...
 
Team Round 4: Ryan Fuller (Canada) vs. Ondrej Baudys (Czech Republic)   With their teams in 3rd and 4th place respectively, Ondrej Baudys of the Czech Republic and Ryan Fuller of Canada, both Pro Tour veterans, squared off along with their respective teammates in a match that would ultimately be for 2nd place. more...
 
Second Deckbuilding: Team Czech Republic   The Czech Republic were poised in 3rd place, ready to challenge Sweden for a place in the final, against the USA. The cards that they opened, and the way that they constructed their deck, would be instrumental in achieving their goal. more...
 
Second Deckbuilding: Team Scotland and Team England   Only 3 rounds to go. Forget about standings, national pride was at stake here. more...
 
Team Round 3: Michael Sochon (France) vs. Mike Wall (Finland)   Fortunately for Sochon, he was able to get a Bog Smuggler into play in enough time to kill Wall on the 5th extra turn of play, thanks largely to Wall's forgetting that if he were to sacrifice all of his swamps to the Agent, the Swampwalkers wouldn't be able to get through. more...
 
Team Round 3: Germany vs. USA   That win was huge. Not only did Germany avoid the sweep, but they cracked Finkel's armor. If the finals are indeed Germany versus the US, Konstanczer will at least have the confidence that he beat Finkel once. more...
 
Team Round 2: Chris Benafel (USA) vs. Roc Herms Pont (Spain)   Bonus coverage of the USA/Spain match! A close-up look at Benafel/Herms. more...
 
Team Round 2: USA vs. Spain   Team captain Jon Finkel played a fairly weak black/red deck, running the same gambit that he runs as a member of Team Antarctica. more...
 
Team Round 2: Ryan Fuller (Canada) vs. Vedat Ozfresco (Turkey)   In one of the best played games of the World Championships, Ryan Fuller taught Vedat Ozfresco a little something about finesse. more...
 
Team Round 1: England vs. Taiwan   The presence of Cho Manno prevented any thought of a ground war so Wong switched to politics and dropped a Kyren Negotiations. Not having a deck quick enough to race Ronaldson was in no mood to negotiate and abolished Wong's enchantment. more...
 
Team Round 1: Austria vs. Germany   Meanwhile in game 2 of the Eder - Klauser match-up, Eder had Avatar of Fury, Jeweled Spirit and Kyren Negotiations on the board, showing just how broken the Germans' cards were. more...
 
Team Round 1: France vs. Canada   Then the trash talk began. Fuller mana burnt to 3, and then (while tapped out) dropped an Avatar of Hope without paying the two white mana. An argument issued and Fuller got a notice. more...
 
Team Round 1: USA vs. the Netherlands   While during the Swiss an individual win was worth three points, today each individual match is worth six, making the Americans catchable. The team who started day four with the closest reach was the Netherlands, whose team included top 8 finisher Tom van de Logt. more...
 
First Deckbuilding: Team Scotland and Team England   After 3 days of individual competition the Scots lead the English by 7 points and are 11th and 18th respectively. Could the Scots pull off a coup and finish higher than the auld enemy? more...
 
First Deckbuilding: Team Netherlands   The rebel engine was the best I've ever seen in a Team sealed or even a constructed event practically. They had a Lin Sivvi, Lieutenant, double Falcon, Commander, double Nightwind Glider, double Lightbringer, double Fresh Volunteers, Reveille Squad and a few others. Drum roll please as they top the whole chain off with everyone's favorite black Lin Sivvi... you guessed it, REBEL INFORMER. more...
 
First Deckbuilding: Team Canada   When Sam chimed in saying the card was indeed sub-optimal, Murray lashed back "I beat you with it at Nationals" apparently not too pleased with his lack of participation in the deck building process. more...
 
First Deckbuilding: Team Germany   Once they were able to contain their joy over their card quality, they started trying to build decks. more...
 
Round 18: Nicolas Labarre vs. Edward Fear   Nicolas found and dropped another Spiketail Hatchling on the next turn, then added a Bouncer the turn after. Fear chose that moment to Ritual out a Forced March for 2, eliminating both of Nicolas' creatures. Fear was left with no creatures or removal in hand though, as Labarre played two more Bouncers and a Drake. more...
 
Round 18: Bob Maher, Jr. vs. Zvi Mowshowitz   The next 3 turns were pretty amazing. After the Idols traded, Maher would drop Blastoderm, Saproling Burst, Saproling Burst. All 3 would be countered by Daze, with Mowshowitz needing to return his only land to his hand. more...
 
Round 17: Sigurd Eskeland vs. Zvi Mowshowitz   Eskeland attempts to cast one of his sideboard cards, a flowstone armor (the bouncer chopper). Mowshowitz tries to daze, but casts it and is tapped out so Eskeland can daze back by returning an island. more...
 
Round 17: Raphael Levy vs. Tom Van de Logt   Game one saw Raphael get into an interesting position very soon. After playing a Cloudskate and a Waterfront Bouncer, the Frenchman waited for Van de Logt to tap out casting Parallax Wave, Dazed it, and took advantage of it by casting Rising Waters. more...
 
Round 16: Tommi Hovi vs. Edward Fear   Tommi Hovi being the only player to win two Pro Tours faces the relatively unknown Edward Fear and is based on this the favorite. However, both players have impressive 11-4 records and are fighting for top 8. more...
 
Round 16: Zvi Mowshowitz vs. Kyle Rose   "There must be something wrong with my main deck." Mowshowitz said after he lost game 1. "I'm 0-4 in the first game and 6-0 in the sideboarded games." more...
 
Round 15: Darwin Kastle vs. Dave Humpherys   The pair were playing a mirror match, each piloting the team White deck, which had both control and beatdown. Before the match started Darwin offered a 'No sideboard' pact, but Humpherys refused. Darwin took this to mean that Dave thought he'd sideboard better, and proceeded to trash talk him for a while. more...
 
Round 15: Jon Finkel vs Bob Maher, Jr.   Jon Finkel makes top 8. Again. more...
 
Round 15: Tommi Hovi vs. Mike Long   Round 15 was another theme round in the feature match area. All four matches pitted a Pro Tour champion against another Pro Tour champion. Furthermore, all 8 players were still in Top 8 contention with just 4 rounds to go. (Of the 15 PT champs in attendance, 11 remained mathematically alive as round 15 started). more...
 
Round 14: Ryan Fuller vs. Teddy Ng Chi Fai   The third game looked horrible for Fuller. "What have you done to my deck?" he joked as he mulliganed down to 5. The hand seemed reasonable enough, allowing him land drops for the first three turns and offense in the form of an Airship. more...
 
Round 14: Casey McCarrel vs. Niels Sanders Jensen   Having won a Pro Tour and being one of the best young players in Magic, Casey McCarrel needs no introduction. Niels Sanders Jensen is the recent winner of GP Copenhagen and a Danish Team member. more...
 
Round 14: Nicolas Labarre vs. Carlos Barrado   A loss here might not be fatal, but it'd make things a lot harder for the rest of the tournament. A draw, of course, would help nobody. more...
 
Round 14: Bob Maher, Jr. vs. Sigurd Eskeland   Sigurd Eskeland and Bob Maher were in 4th and 2nd place respectively when they sat down for their round 14 feature match. Each won a Pro Tour this year and each can win the Player of the Year crown by making the Top 8 and then doing well on Sunday. more...
 
Round 13: Yann Hamon vs. Chris Benafel   One single creature wasn't enough to hold off Benafel's beats, so he also played a Wave of Reckoning even though the only creature it killed was Benafel's Bouncer. more...
 
Round 13: Ed Fear vs. Aaron Forsythe   "It's a tight little deck ... I like it," commented Fear afterwards almost apologetically. "It's an original Mark LePine design-I have to give credit where credit is due." more...
 
Round 12: Kyle Rose vs. Mike Long   These two Pro Tour Winners with 7 top 8 Pro Tour performances between them who test together and who both live in Virginia were matched in this final round of the draft portion of Worlds. One would advance with a possibility of winning only half his matches tomorrow to make the final 8 and one might have to scratch and scramble to get there. more...
 
Round 11: Svend Geertsen vs. Donnie Gallitz   Svend won the dice roll and decided to go first, showing how bad his deck was straight away with a first turn Glittering Lynx. Gallitz went nuts mocking the shockingly bad card before casting his own Trickster Mage, much to the amusement of the spectators. more...
 
Round 11: Tom Guevin vs. Mike Long   The judge then summoned Tom and cautioned him that there is a line that players are not allowed to cross and personal insults can certainly cross it. more...
 
Round 11: Kyle Rose vs. Raffaele Lo Moro (in Italiano)   Al 5° round si incontrano due pesi massimi (forse uno solo) del magic mondiale: Rose con un rosso nero affronta Lo Moro con un verde rosso. more...
 
Second Draft: Vegna (in Italiano)   Il Draft di Andrea Vegna more...
 
Second Draft: Vitali (in Italiano)   Il Draft di Andrea Vitali more...
 
Second Draft: Chiera (in Italiano)   Il Draft di Luca Chiera more...
 
Second Draft: Rebagliati (in Italiano)   Il Draft di Nicola Rebagliati more...
 
Second Draft: Lo Moro (in Italiano)   Il Draft di Raffaele Lo Moro more...
 
Round 10: Sigurd Eskeland vs. Stephan Valkyser   "I'm gonna get revenge for 1940." more...
 
Round 10: Jon Finkel vs. Tom Van de Logt   Finkel raised his arms and cheered! A bit confused, spectators looked at the board. Tom looked at the board. Finkel was smiling like he was coming back from hell with an ice cream. Tom scratched his head. . . played the Wishmonger . . . looked again . . . did some math . . . more...
 
Round 9: Jon Finkel vs. Kai Budde   Perhaps the best feature match of the tournament happened in round 9 when 1998 Player of the Year Jon Finkel faced off against 1999 Player of the Year (and reigning world champion) Kai Budde. more...
 
Second Draft: Bob Maher, Jr.   He got a fair pick in Diving Griffin first out of Prophecy followed by a Troubled Healer which got a smile out of our recent Chicago Pro Tour Winner. more...
 
Round 9: Tom Guevin vs. Yann Hamon   Yann Hamon is the current French national champ and a top 32 finisher at last year's Worlds. Guevin is a top 2 finisher at the first Pro Tour held in Los Angeles, and he hasn't accomplished a lot ever since, but he's probably got the biggest mouth on the Pro Tour, which makes him fun to watch. more...
 
Round 9: Steve O'Mahoney-Schwartz vs. Jakub Slemr   OMS attacks with the Glider for 2 bringing the life totals to 18 and 19 respectively. Slemr draws the much needed mountain on the following turn and opts not to play his Grunt in favor of using Foil on a quality spell the following turn which is just what happened. more...
 
Second Draft: Ben Ronaldson   A major contributor to the team, Ben took Trinity Green to first place at the English nationals, and is regarded by the team as the most committed and hard working member. more...
 
Second Draft: Jakub Slemr   All in all I thought Slemr could have drafted a better deck if he'd taken 5th pick Rishadan Airship instead of Alabaster Wall. However, he is an excellent player. I expect his skill and his three first picks (Power Matrix, Flowstone Armor, and Troubled Healer) to carry him to a 2-1 record. more...
 
Round 8: Ben Ronaldson vs. William Jensen   Despite the fact that he was unable to make a land drop on turns 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8, Jensen took the mana screw very stoically, not once whining about his luck. To be able to get screwed at this level of competition, and not complain shows great restraint, and deserves respect. more...
 
Round 8: Justin Gary vs. Andre Konstanczer   The sideboarding time is filled with laughter as the two players joke about the excessive amount of precision and good manners heard from the Kastle - Comer match. 'I am now allowing you to enter your declaration of attackers step, if you please', 'Why thank you!' ... more...
 
Round 8: Dave Humpherys vs. Masaya Mori   Humpherys literally reeled in his chair because the Heightened Awareness would give Mori an extra card every turn for the rest of the game. After recovering his composure, Humpherys knew he had to be very aggressive and try to win before Mori's card advantage was insurmountable. more...
 
Round 7: Tom van de Logt vs. Chris Benafel   Both players had astonishing 6-0 records after the first day, and drafting on table one, van de Logt had drafted a white and blue deck with several flyers. Benafel, on the other hand, had picked black and white with a Notorious Assassin as one of the top cards. more...
 
Round 7: Nicolas Labarre vs. Roc Herms Pont   Besides those players' obvious qualities, I had a particular interest in covering this match because I put both players in my Fantasy Pro Tour roster! Either way, this match is costing me money points...but I want to see my "team" in action. more...
 
Round 7: Sigurd Eskeland vs. Zvi Mowshowitz   "I hope that was the good part of your deck and you can't draw like that every game." Zvi just smiled and shook his head no. "Well then I'm in trouble," continued Eskeland. more...
 
Round 7: Gary Wise vs. Matt Vienneau   There is no love lost in this match-up, although both guys played to the crowd quite a bit, as Wise especially wants to do. more...
 
First Draft: Thomas Preyer   The truth of the draft was that there just weren't too many good black cards, leaving Thomas with Expensive removal and no Rathi Intimidators. more...
 
First Draft: Jon Finkel   At Worlds on Thursday morning, table four was the killer table to end all killer tables. Seven PT regulars (including 6 with Top 8 experience, 3 PT champs, and 2 Players of the Year) sat down with one guy from Korea. more...
 
Round 6: Masayuki Higashino vs. Bob Maher, Jr.   Round 6 matched former Japanese National Champion Masayuki Higashino against PT Chicago Champion Bob Maher, Jr. more...
 
Round 6: Nicolai Herzog vs. Niklaus Hugi   Nicolai Herzog is playing his trademark deck: Stompy; Hugi is playing the environment's trademark deck: Replenish. more...
 
Round 6: Chris Benafel vs. Roc Herms Pont   Both players are undefeated coming into the round; both hope to go into Thursday with a 6-0 record. more...
 
Round 5: Tom Guevin vs. Olivier Ruel   Tight Tommie hopes to live up to his nickname in this match against one of the winners of the Team Challenge. more...
 
Round 5: Murray Evans vs. Tsuyoshi Doyama   It's Canada against Japan in the fifth round. more...
 
Round 5: Ryan Fuller vs. Janosch Kuhn   Can Plow Under keep Stompy down? more...
 
Round 4: Kyle Rose vs. Raphael Levy   This match demonstrates the variety in the Replenish archetype. more...
 
Round 4: Nicolai Herzog vs. Erno Ekebom   European Champion Nicolai Herzog faces highly-ranked Erno Ekebom in Round Four. more...
 
Round 3: Svend Geertsen vs. Noah Boeken   Svend Geertsen faces his friend, Noah Boeken. more...
 
Round 3: Sigurd Eskeland vs. Warren Marsh   Sigurd Eskeland and Warren Marsh meet in a replay of the Pro Tour-New York finals. more...
 
Round 3: Rob Dougherty vs. Jon Finkel   The leaders of the two most successful US Pro Teams face off. more...
 
Round 2: Brian Selden vs. Gary Krakower   A former World Champion battles a former Canadian National Champion. more...
 
Round 2: Gerardo Godinez vs. John Larkin   What's better: Angry Hermit or Trinity Green? more...
 
Round 2: David Humpherys vs. Bob Maher Jr.   Two of the most prominent American players more...
 
Round 1: Yann Hamon vs. Masaya Mori   The current French National champion faces the winner of the last two APAC Championships more...
 
Round 1: Gary Wise vs. Stephan Valkyser   Gary Wise faces Stephan Valkyser in a mirror match. more...
 
Round 1: William Jensen vs. Doctor Wong   The Jumble's William "Baby Huey" Jensen faces Taiwan's Doctor Wong. more...
 

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