Two Down, Eight to Go

Posted in Competitive Gaming on May 6, 2015

By Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg is a writer and gamer and has been part of the Magic text coverage team since 2011. He joined Wizards as organized play’s content specialist in June 2014.

The month of May is packed with action, and we just finished two of ten Premier Play events this month. Here's what's coming up…

Paris and Atlantic City

This weekend, the Grand Prix circuit makes stops in Europe and North America.

Paris will continue to highlight the Standard format as it has evolved from week to week since the Pro Tour. Will this European GP be ruled by Dragonlords of the Esper variety, or will this Standard event be swarmed with Den Protectors like last weekend in Toronto?

Everyone who competes in the Grand Prix Paris main event also receives one of these!

Meanwhile, in North America, Grand Prix Atlantic City will be the first Dragons of Tarkir Limited Grand Prix. All competitors at this event will receive the following playmat, featuring the art from Skywise Teachings.

Can't make it to the Grand Prix this weekend? No problem. We'll be providing live coverage of both Paris and Atlantic City on the Magic and Magic2 Twitch channels, respectively. Video coverage for Grand Prix Paris begins Saturday at 2 p.m. local time (CET)/5 a.m. PT/8 a.m. ET/12 p.m. UTC, while video coverage for Grand Prix Atlantic City begins Saturday at 1 p.m. local time (ET)/8 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UTC.

We'll have more information on next week's events, featuring the 2014 Magic Online Championship and two more GPs, next Wednesday.

And of course, the month of May is building up to what is sure to be a weekend to remember. Modern Masters Weekend features three Grand Prix taking place on three different continents, with one very special format making for a memorable celebration of all things related to Modern Magic.

Grand Prix Chiba, one of the three events taking place that weekend, has already cemented itself as an event to remember. Here are a couple of facts about GP Chiba:

  • Pre-registration for this event was so popular that initial seats (that's 4,000, by the way) sold out within 12 hours of pre-registration opening.
  • After combing through the initial pre-registrations for any mis-registerered/twice-registered players, a few hundred of the initial seats were opened up.
  • At the time of writing this, there are still around 50 seats left in the Grand Prix Chiba main event, so if you're still sitting on the fence about going, you should probably make a decision now. Chances are, if you hesitate, then you won't have another opportunity.

Hareruya Inc., the tournament organizer for Grand Prix Chiba, also previewed a card that you'll find in Modern Masters 2015 Edition today. You can find that card over at their web site!

The Flashback

Last weekend featured the first two of ten Premier Play events taking place this month.

Grand Prix São Paulo was a momentous event for Brazil for two reasons. Aside from being the first Latin American Grand Prix to feature John Avon as an artist, it was also the largest South American GP with 1,297 players.

The weekend showcased the evolving metagame, some new faces, and a few familiar ones. One of those most familiar faces was Hall of Famer Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, who secured his 17th Grand Prix Top 8 and his second win on the back of Dragonlord Ojutai and the other 71 cards that makes up his Esper Dragons deck.

Full Coverage


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Dragonlord Ojutai at the Iguazu Falls — Coverage reporter and Hall of Famer Frank Karsten highlights one of the perks of traveling to other continents for Magic tournaments, as he and Chapman Sim take advantage of being close to the Iguazu Falls.

Meet Thiago Saporito — Coverage reporter Chapman Sim talks to young gun Thiago Saporito, the Brazilian who exploded onto the pro scene at Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir, to learn more about his beginnings.

The Father of Latin American Magic — Chapman also sat down with Willy Edel to talk to him about life as a father and pro Magic player.

However, São Paulo wasn't the only Standard Grand Prix going on. Toronto also played host to Standard goodness, and 1,613 players made their way to the flagship city of Ontario's downtown to battle in the main event.

The story of this event, however, was not all about Dragonlord, but about Den Protectors instead. 25 out of a possible 32 Den Protectors found their way in the Top 8. Hometown hero Lucas Siow finally earning his Grand Prix trophy, after a couple of near-misses in previous years, courtesy of Den Protector and the rest of his Abzan Control deck's suite of creatures of removal.

Full Coverage


Top 8 Decklists

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GP Toronto Archetype Exemplars (New!)

Undefeated Day One Decklists

Trial-Winning Decklists


Team Ultra PRO Continues to Crush It — Coverage reporter Josh Bennett talks to Team Ultra PRO's representatives in Toronto.

Edmonton Rising — Josh also talked to two of Alberta's professional Magic players, Marcel Zafra and Gordo Tonner.

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