Last weekend was big. Very big. Eldrazi big. Not only were a slew of Battle for Zendikar cards revealed, but we also crowned the 2015 Magic: The Gathering World Champion. Additionally, we hosted Grand Prix in South America and Europe last weekend, and just a week before that, the first round of 2015 World Magic Cup Qualifiers took place.
Needless to say, August was a busy month. September's not slowing down any, either!
2015 World Championship Results
Last weekend, the 2015 Magic: The Gathering World Championship took place at PAX Prime here in Seattle, Washington. In attendance were 24 of the world's very best players, including 20 of the players from that weekend's Top 25 Rankings, and unsurprisingly there was a lot of great Magic to watch.
Some of that great Magic took place in the finals, where Seth Manfield squared off against Owen Turtenwald in an Abzan Control final match. Manfield, who had mirrored the incredible run that Shota Yasooka had in 2012, went into the finals at 13-1, where he was taken to five games by Turtenwald's tight play.
The fifth and final game of the tournament was a close one, with the tides turning after one series of draws found Manfield a timely Hero's Downfall to dispatch Ugin, the Spirit Dragon. A crash of Siege Rhinos earned Seth Manfield the handshake, the trophy, $50,000, and the title of World Champion.
Seth Manfield's win lets him follow in his father's footsteps shortly after becoming a dad himself. His father, Edward Manfield, was a world champion bridge player, having earned top honors in a number of events as well as a place in the American Contract Bridge League Hall of Fame in 2003. Now, Seth has earned his favorite card game's greatest title, as well as a story and legacy he can pass on to his family like his father had done for his children.
The Old Guard—Coverage reporter Marc Calderaro catches up with the players that were making returns to the World Championship stage last weekend.
The Art of War—Coverage reporter Chapman Sim talks about the teams and lone wolves for the 2015 World Championship.
The Magic of Family—Coverage reporter Adam Styborski got a chance to learn more about the friends and family of some of the World Championship competitors.
Grand Prix Prague and Santiago
Two Grand Prix also took place last weekend.
Grand Prix Prague brought out 1,464 players from all over Europe (and elsewhere!) to compete in a two day Standard tournament in the Czech Republic. At the end of the weekend, it was Eliott Boussaud who hoisted the trophy with his Black-Red Dragons deck, winning his first Grand Prix title in his third Top 8.
Covering the Coverage Reporters in Prague—Coverage reporter and Hall of Famer Olle Råde caught up with some folks typically seen on the coverage team at European Grand Prix who were playing instead last weekend.
Green Devotion with Patrick Dickmann—Coverage reporter Tobi Henke talked to Patrick Dickmann about his deck selection for Grand Prix Prague.
Meanwhile, 799 players converged in Santiago, Chile for two days of Magic Origins Limited. After the dust settled, only two players remained: hometown hero Rodrigo López and Tomoharu Saito, the visiting team. While Saito had made quite a run in the tournament to take the trophy out of Chile, López managed to dispatch him in two games in the finals, keeping Santiago's Grand Prix trophy within its borders.
Grand Prix Santiago Photo Essay—Coverage reporter and photographer extraordinaire Neale Talbot captured GP Santiago in some fantastic pictures.
2015 World Magic Cup Qualifiers – Round 1
Nearly two weeks ago, the first round of this year's World Magic Cup Qualifiers took place. Competitors in 73 different countries brought their best Standard decks to battle for one of their nation's World Magic Cup seats.
The dust has settled, and the first round has determined who will be joining each competing country's national champion in Barcelona, Spain for the World Magic Cup December 11–13.
We've also got some decklists for you today from some of World Magic Cup Qualifiers that took place August 22–23. You can see those below!
Tuesday, September 8
6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET/1 a.m. UTC—Standard Super League
Saturday, September 5
7:30 a.m. PT/10:30 a.m. ET/2:30 p.m. UTC—SCG Open Cincinnati
Sunday, September 6
6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET/1 p.m. UTC—SCG Open Cincinnati
The next few days have a couple of things lined up, including a Modern Open Series event and the season finale of the Standard Super League before Super Tuesdays move into Modern as well!
The Standard Super League playoffs have been set! Six players will be returning to the playoffs next week with new Standard decks in tow. The Top 4 players lock up their seats in the Super League Championship, which ensures that Paul Cheon and Gaby Spartz will be returning to the championship due to their performances in their pods this season. Joining them will be Gerard Fabiano, Owen Turtenwald, Paul Rietzl, and Josh Utter-Leyton.
Who will make it through to the Super League Championship at the end of this round of the Standard Super League? And who will win this round overall? Join Randy Buehler and the rest of the Standard Super League crew on the Magic Twitch Channel for the conclusion on Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET/1 a.m. UTC to find out!
And if you're looking for some Modern action, you won't want to miss the StarCityGames.com Open Series stop in Cincinnati this weekend, which will showcase two days of Modern and all of the great decks that come with it! Join Cedric Phillips and Patrick Sullivan for live video coverage of this event on the SCGLive Twitch Channel starting Saturday at 7:30 a.m. PT/10:30 a.m. ET/2:30 p.m. UTC. Coverage of Day Two will begin Sunday at 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET/1 p.m. UTC.