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Posted in Event Coverage on February 9, 2013

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Saturday, 10:20 a.m. – Grand Prix Trial Winners (Standard)

by Tobi Henke
 

As is tradition, the Friday was reserved for lots and lots of Grand Prix Trial tournaments, 32-player affairs which are single elimination and award three byes for the main event to the last one standing, to the brave soul who manages to win every last round, going 5-0.

Now, this weekend's main focus is of course on Gatecrash Limited. The Grand Prix has just begun with 1,970 players each building their own Gatecrash Sealed Deck, and tomorrow there will be Gatecrash Booster Draft. For the Trials, however, players had the option between Sealed and Standard. The majority decided to stick with 40 cards, but a few brought their 60-card decks. A new Limited environment is definitely exciting, but so is a new Constructed environment, even more so when that's what's being played at the Pro Tour just next week. Reason enough to take a look at the winning Standard decks, of which there were seven.

The influence of Gatecrash was all-encompassing, if only because of the new shocklands. While old favorites like Jund and Zombies continued to perform well, some very new creations showed promise too. For example, Thomas McVeigh combined Simic's Zameck Guildmage with Strangleroot Geist and Young Wolf for a never-ending stream of creatures (and extra cards), whereas Jimmy Wild splashed Geist of Saint Traft into an essentially mono-red deck. Curving out with Rakdos Cackler, Ash Zealot, and Geist seems downright unfair, especially when followed up by Boros Charm (and Snapcaster Mage on Boros Charm). And Alexandre Aurejac apparently found a home for Obzedat, Ghost Council. Check out there decks here!

Jimmy Wild

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Thomas McVeigh

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Alexandre Aurejac

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Bartomiej Tomiczek

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Tom Law

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Sean McNally

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Mark Turney

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Saturday, 10:20 a.m. – Grand Prix Trial Winners (Sealed)

by Tobi Henke
 

Now, let's take a look at some sealed decks, shall we? All of the following decks remained undefeated throughout yesterday's Trials, achieving records of 5-0. So what does it take to have a succesful sealed deck? What does one have to be on the lookout for?

In general, the format appears to be very aggressive, much more so than Return to Ravnica. Multicolor environments often tend toward the opposite, so it's rather refreshing to see the blisteringly fast openings some of these decks were capable of. Trial winner Tatu Junkkari for example included the whopping number of four one-drops in his deck! In combination with lots and lots of bloodthirst and Act of Treason, he hardly needed any removal or big rare bombs. Likewise, most of the winners stayed away from adventurous splashes; half of the following decks are straight-up two colors, which is quite impressive considering the setting of Ravnica.

Tatu Junkkari

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Robin Steinborn

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Nicholas Tidemann

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Hannes Kerem

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Martin Krogh

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Sebastian Nötzel

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