Double-Dip Weekend with Grand Prix, Nationals

Posted in Feature on July 31, 2010

By Wizards of the Coast

The summer of high-level tournament Magic continues this weekend with Grand Prix–Columbus and Italy's National Championship.

Fresh off the burst of Standard deck techs that came out of last weekend's triple-Nationals action, what do the top Italian players have in store? Will the French Blue-white Control decks come to the fore, or will Red-green Ramp from Australia be the deck to beat? Bruno Panara and Andrea Vitali bring you all the excitement from Rimini.

Over on this side of the Atlantic, players are taking a short break from Standard to break out their Legacy decks in Columbus. The last Legacy Grand Prix drew a record 2,227 players to Madrid in February, so you can expect a huge crowd in Ohio this weekend. Nate Price and Blake Rasmussen have the metagame wrapped around their fingers, ready to take you inside a format with more than 11,000 legal cards!

Italy National Championship

Federico Ronchi è il nuovo campione italiano. Una storia bellissima quella del ventenne riminese, che è partito veramente da lontano e ha dovuto sudare sette camicie per arrivare sul gradino più alto del podio. Venerdì Federico non sapeva nemmeno di poter partecipare a questi nazionali, e assieme al suo amico Massimiliano Ruffini si è guadagnato l'ingresso nel main event, vincendo il torneo di 2 Headed Giant! Poi 14 turni di costruito e standard, dove con un record di 13 vinte, 1 persa e 3 patte, si è classificato al sesto posto della classifica generale. Difficile anche il cammino nelle finali dove si libera per 3-2 prima di Andrea Giarola e poi di Enrico Torazza, per poi liquidare per 3 a 1 l'ottimo secondo Daniel Spanò. Federico, Daniel e Guido Roccoli rappresenteranno l'Italia nei campionati del mondo che si terranno a dicembre a Chiba in Giappone! Forza ragazzi dateci dentro e credeteci. Lo staff del coverage vi ringrazia per la pazienza con cui ci avete seguito. Ci auguriamo che vi siate divertiti e che tramite i nostri scritti abbiate respirato un pò dell'atmosfera di questo magnifico torneo. Ci vediamo il prossimo anno!

Grand Prix–Columbus

It took two days and nineteen rounds of play, but we finally have a new champion for Grand Prix-Columbus! Tomoharu Saito, one of the longest-tenured pro players has added a fourth Grand Prix title to his impressive resume. After repeatedly saying how much he loves how wide open the Legacy format is, he and his Merfolk deck swam through an impressive field, including victories over Brad Nelson's Junk deck, Caleb Durward's impressive UG Madness deck, and finally Tom Martell and his CounterTop deck. Now, with a victory in the rearview mirror, Saito can head home to his new card store with an impressive trophy to place on the shelf, one that says Grand Prix-Columbus champion!

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