2002 Grand Prix Houston Coverage

It was a powerhouse of a Top 8. No one could guess the winner; there was simply too much talent. However, it was Boston's own Amateur Dynamo Josh Smith who took home the gold. With two byes thanks to his high rating, Smith smashed the swiss with his homegrown blue-black-green control deck. Anticipating a field of Miracle-Gro, Smith had plenty of tools maindeck, and a whopping thirteen card sideboard against Alan Comer's blue-green monstrosity. Comer commented before the finals that Smith would destroy Kibler, and a monster draw in the third game saw that prophecy come true. Congratulations to Josh Smith, Grand Prix - Houston Champion!

Top 8 Final Standing

   
 1.  Joshua Smith (USA) $2,400
 2.  Brian Kibler (USA) $1,700
 3.  William Jensen (USA) $1,200
 4.  Ben Rubin (USA) $1,000
 5.  Bob Maher (USA) $800
 6.  Alex Shvartsman (USA) $800
 7.  Jonathan Pechon (USA) $800
 8.  Jonathan Job (USA) $800

(Click here for complete final standings)

top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

William Jensen

Jonathan Job

Bob Maher

Brian Kibler

Ben Rubin

Jonathan Pechon

Joshua Smith

Alex Shvartsman

Semi-finals

William Jensen, 2-0

Brian Kibler, 2-0

Ben Rubin, 2-1

Joshua Smith, 2-1

Finals

Brian Kibler, 2-1

Joshua Smith, 2-1

Champion

Joshua Smith, 2-1

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