Grand Prix Dallas-Fort Worth 2013

Variation is the spice of life, and we were treated to a veritable spice rack all weekend long. Esper Control transitioned into Azorius Control. Monowhite Aggro featuring Boros Charm became Monowhite Aggro featuring Orzhov Charm. And most notably, Monoblack Devotion took a back seat in the Top 8 for Orzhov Control. Orzhov Control was seen cracking the Top 16 at Vienna last week, and it managed to not only crack the Top 8, but take down the whole shebang here in frosty Fort Worth.

Hailing from Mexico City, Marlon Gutierrez did not have an easy road to becoming the champion here at Grand Prix Dallas/Fort Worth. In addition to a twelve hour trek through the ice and freezing rain, Gutierrez found himself facing three of the toughest opponents in Magic in his Top 8 matches. He began by dispatching Seth Manfield's Azorius Control deck in the quarterfinals. He followed that up with back-to-back matches against Hall of Famers, first top-ranked Ben Stark and his Monowhite Aggro deck, then William Jensen and his Azorius Control deck. The finals were a very tight affair, but Gutierrez's Thoughtseizes came at the right times and hit the right targets to swing things in his favor.

This weekend was a coming out party in many senses of the phrase. From Last Breath enabling Azorius Control's rise, to the strong performances of the Orzhov variant of Monowhite Aggro, it was fitting that one of the two Mexican players in the Top 8 broke through to take the title. The timing couldn't have been better, either, with Grand Prix Mexico City, Gutierrez's hometown, on the horizon. Here in February, Gutierrez will have a chance to repeat his title in his hometown, and, if he plays like he did this weekend, he will stand a great chance of doing just that.

Congratulations to Marlon Jacob Avila Gutierrez, Champion of Grand Prix Dallas/Fort Worth!

Top 8 Bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Haibing Hu

(8) Carlos Reyes

(4) Darin Minard

(5) William Jensen

(2) Eric Centauri

(7) Ben Stark

(3) Seth Manfield

(6) Marlon Gutierrez

Semi-finals

Carlos Reyes, 2-1

William Jensen, 2-0

(1) Ben Stark, 2-0

Marlon Gutierrez, 2-1

Finals

William Jensen, 2-0

Marlon Gutierrez, 2-0

Champion

Marlon Gutierrez, 2-1



 

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  • by Mike Rosenberg
    Top 5 Cards of Grand Prix Dallas Fort Worth
     
  • by Nate Price
    Final
    Marlon Jacob Avila Gutierrez (Orzhov Control) vs. William “Huey” Jensen (Azorius Control)
  • by Mike Rosenberg
    Semifinals
    Marlon Gutierrez (Orzhov Control) vs. (1) Ben Stark (Mostly White Orzhov Aggro)
  • by Mike Rosenberg
    Semifinals
    William Jensen (Azorius Control) vs. Carlos Becerra Reyes (Monored Domri Devotion)
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    Quarterfinals
    William Jensen (Azorius Control) vs. Darin Minard (Mostly Red Boros Burn)
  • by Nate Price
    Quarterfinals Round-up
    Carlos Becerra Reyes (Monored Domri Devotion) vs. Haibing Hu (Monoblack Devotion)

    Seth Manfield (Azorius Control) vs. Marlon Jacob Avila Gutierrez (Orzhov Control)
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    Quarterfinals
    Eric Centauri (Azorius Control) vs. (1) Ben Stark (Mostly White Orzhov Aggro)
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    Top 8 Profiles
     
  • by Mike Rosenberg
    Top 8 Decklists
     
  • by Mike Rosenberg
    Top 16 Decklists
     
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    Day 2 Blog
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    Day 1 Blog
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    Info: Fact Sheet

INFORMATION

1. Marlon Gutierrez $4,000
2. William Jensen $2,700
3. Carlos Reyes $1,500
4. Ben Stark $1,500
5. Haibing Hu $1,000
6. Eric Centauri $1,000
7. Seth Manfield $1,000
8. Darin Minard $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 16 Decklists

by Mike Rosenberg
 

Amir Salamat's Mono-Black Devotion

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Josh Utter-Leyton's Mostly White Orzhov Aggro

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Charles Lancaster's Azorius Devotion

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Artur Villela's Mono-Blue Devotion

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Orrin Beasley's Mostly White Orzhov Aggro

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Jonathan Slaughter's Mono-Blue Devotion

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David Gomez's Mono-Blue Devotion

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Top 8 Decklists

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Haibing Hu's Mono-Black Devotion

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Eric Centauri's Azorius Control

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Seth Manfield's Azorius Control

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Darin Minard's Mostly Red Boros Burn

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William Jensen – Azorius Control

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Marlon Gutierrez's Orzhov Control

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Ben Stark's Mostly White Orzhov Aggro

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Carlos Becerrea Reyes – Mostly Red Gruul Devotion

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