Posted in NEWS on March 16, 2014

By Adam Styborski

Stybs has played Magic the world over, writing and drafting as part of the event coverage team and slinging Commander everywhere his decks will fit.

Without missing a beat, Gerard Fabiano continued his friendly banter from the previous Top 8 match.

"Want some?" he asked, waving his cologne about toward Ian Robertson.

Robertson was a regular around his local Pro Tour Qualifier circuit, and he seemed in good spirits for his for grand Prix Top 8 appearance. "No, no. I don't need a disinfectant," Robertson joked back with a smile.

If nothing else, Fabiano can always take the edge off a match and make Magic feel fun.

As in the quarterfinal games before Arena Athlete and Elite Skirmisher led another quick start for Fabiano, who had removal for the first creature Robertson played on turn four. Robertson's lack of early blockers was a serious problem: Blink and you would have missed the Game 1 win from the New Jersey native.

The second game was similar to the first: Fabiano playing out his hand of creatures – Cavalry Pegasus, Elite Skirmisher, Heliod's Emissary, and Areno Athlete – aggressively, Robertson missing crucial blockers. And again, Fabiano drove home to victory with removal when Robertson's creatures appeared too late.

Born of the Gods Draft is much faster than its Sealed counterpart.


"Good game," Robertson offered with a handshake before he quickly moved on. Fabiano didn't have time to chat with his opponent afterwards for this match.

Gerard Fabiano defeated Ian Robertson, 2-0