Grand Prix Phoenix 2014

Austin, Texas resident Robert Berni got his first opportunity at nearly achieving a Grand Prix title back in July of 2013, where he reached the Top 8 of Grand Prix Kansas City. However, his hopes of a win were shut down by Seth Manfield that day, the eventual winner of the event.

Today, however, was a different story. Overcoming a field of 1463 players, Berni's Mono-Black Devotion deck earned him win after win through two Days of Standard action before he finally cemented his place in the Top 8 at the top of the standings. Once he reached the Top 8, he had to overcome three different archetypes in order to claim the title. In the Quarterfinals, he dispatched Daniel Ward, the sole Bant Control player in the Top 8. In the Semifinals, he overcame William Levin's Jund Monsters.

And then, it all came down to his final match against Nathan Holiday, who was looking to add a second Grand Prix title to his name. However, it was not to be for Holiday, and Berni's Nightveil Specters utterly devastated his opponent in the third and final game, stealing not one, not two, but three of Holiday's own copies of the creature off of the top of his deck in sequential attacks.

While the Standard format has evolved with each week in the last four Grand Prix main events, it was ultimately the more traditional Black and Blue Devotion decks that found their way into the final match of the weekend. And, much like the last few months have played out, it was black that managed to rise above its devoted rival. And for Robert Berni, it was a chance to finally claim a title for his own, after his first title eluded him last year.


top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Robert Berni

(8) Daniel Ward

(4) Art Macurda

(5) William Levin

(2) Nathan Holiday

(7) Brandon Bercovich

(3) Gary Wong

(6) Eric Froehlich

Semi-finals

Robert Berni, 2-0

William Levin, 2-0

Nathan Holiday, 2-0

Gary Wong, 2-1

Finals

Robert Berni, 2-0

Nathan Holiday, 2-1

Champion

Robert Berni, 2-1



     

EVENT COVERAGE

  • by Mike Rosenberg and Adam Styborski
    Top 5 Cards
     
  • by Mike Rosenberg
    Finals
    Robert Berni (Black Devotion) vs. Nathan Holiday (Blue Devotion)
  • by Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa
    Semifinals
    Nathan Holiday (Mono-Blue Devotion) vs. Gary Wong (Blue Devotion splashing White)
  • by Adam Styborski
    Semifinals
    Will Levin (Jund Monsters) vs. Robert Berni (Mono-Black Devotion)
  • by Mike Rosenberg
    Quarterfinals
    (23) Eric Froehlich (B/r Devotion) vs. Gary Wong (U/w Devotion)
  • by Mike Rosenberg
    Quarterfinals
    Brandon Bercovich (Black Devotion) vs. Nathan Holiday (Blue Devotion)
  • by Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
    Quarterfinals
    Robert Berni (Black Devotion) vs. Daniel Ward (Bant Control)
  • by Adam Styborski
    Quarterfinals
    Will Levin (Jund Monsters) vs. Art Macurda (Jund Monsters)
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8 Profiles
     
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 16 Decklists
     
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8 Decklists
     
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Day 2 Blog
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Day 1 Blog
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info: Fact Sheet

INFORMATION

     
1. Robert Berni $4,000
2. Nathan Holiday $2,700
3. Gary Wong $1,500
4. William Levin $1,500
5. Art Macurda $1,000
6. Eric Froehlich $1,000
7. Brandon Bercovich $1,000
8. Daniel Ward $1,000

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Top 8 Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Robert Berni's Black Devotion

Sorcery (4)
4 Thoughtseize
Artifact (1)
1 Whip of Erebos
Enchantment (4)
4 Underworld Connections
Land (25)
17 Swamp 4 Mutavault 4 Temple of Silence
60 Cards

Nathan Holiday's Mono-Blue Devotion

Gary Wong's U/w Devotion

Art Macurda's Jund Monsters

Will Levin's Jund Monsters

Eric Froehlich's B/r Devotion

Brandon Bercovich's Black Devotion

Daniel Ward's Bant Control


Top 16 Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Jason Ascalon - White-Blue-Red Control

Seth Manfield - Esper Control

Denis Ulanov's Black Devotion

Jeffrey Tang - Mono-Blue Devotion

Peter Sundholm - Blue Devotion splashing White

Nathannael Maliszewski - Mono-Blue Devotion

Valentin Mackl - Blue Devotion splashing White