Grand Prix Louisville 2013

Congratulations to Brian Braun-Duin, Grand Prix Louisville champion! Set on disrupting everyone he came across, Braun-Duin's devotion to a darker cause was rewarded with a shiny new trophy after a tense, three-game final match against Jon Stern's Gruul Monsters. Erebos, God of the Dead , was well represented in the Top 8, with Braun-Duin's teammates Todd Anderson and Brad Nelson also making it through to the elimination rounds with Monoblack Devotion, ushering in the era of Theros's newest favored deity.

One of the biggest cards to aid Braun-Duin on his path to the title was Pack Rat . Renowned for its power in Return to Ravnica Limited, Braun-Duin showed that Pack Rat is still a thing using it to overrun opponents in both the quarterfinals and finals. Underworld Connections provided the engine behind the deck, allowing Braun-Duin to maintain a constant stream of cards to feed his ever-growing army of Rats.

Standard isn't just about worshiping Gods and controlling opponents. Jon Stern's off-the-radar Gruul Beats deck brought powerful creatures and planeswalkers to battle, and he profited through to the finals. Both Polukranos, World Eater and Xenagos, The Reveler also appeared in the more popular Colossal Gruul deck, but Stern's version of Gruul eschewed devotion and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx for a more direct attack path. By including Mistcutter Hydra and Stormbreath Dragon , Stern consistently cut through all of the more popular decks.

With the results of Pro Tour Theros played out here at Grand Prix Louisville, Standard is anything but settled. With time until Grand Prix Santiago its up to the players to decide where the format goes next.

top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Sam Black

(8) Alex Sittner

(4) Brad Nelson

(5) Brian Braun-Duin

(2) Jon Stern

(7) William Jensen

(3) Andrew Baeckstrom

(6) Todd Anderson

Semi-finals

Alex Sittner, 2-0

Brian Braun-Duin, 2-0

Jon Stern, 2-0

Andrew Baeckstrom, 2-0

Finals

Brian Braun-Duin, 2-0

Jon Stern, 2-1

Champion

Brian Braun-Duin, 2-1

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EVENT COVERAGE

  • by Nate Price and Adam Styborski
    Top 5 Cards
     
  • by Nate Price
    Finals
    Jon Stern (Gruul Beats) vs. Brian Braun-Duin (Monoblack Devotion)
  • by Nate Price
    Semifinals
    Jon Stern (Gruul Beats) vs. Andrew Baeckstrom (Mono-Blue Devotion)
  • by Magic Coverage Team
    Video Semifinals
    Alex Sittner (Esper Control) vs. Brian Braun-Duin (Monoblack Devotion)
  • by Adam Styborski
    Quarterfinals
    Sam Black (Mono-Blue Devotion) vs. Alex Sittner (Esper Control)
  • by Nate Price
    Quarterfinals
    Brad Nelson vs. Brian Braun-Duin
  • by Nate Price
    Quarterfinals
    Todd Anderson (Monoblack Devotion) vs. Andrew Baeckstrom (Monoblue Devotion)
  • by Magic Coverage Team
    Video Quarterfinals
    William Jensen (Esper Control) vs. Jon Stern (Gruul Beats)
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 16 Decklists
     
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8 Decklists
     
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8 Profiles
     
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Day 2 Blog
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Day 1 Blog
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info: Fact Sheet

INFORMATION

     
1. Brian Braun-Duin $3,500
2. Jon Stern $2,300
3. Andrew Baeckstrom $1,500
4. Alex Sittner $1,500
5. Sam Black $1,000
6. Brad Nelson $1,000
7. Todd Anderson $1,000
8. William Jensen $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 Player profiles

 

Andrew Baeckstrom

Age: 23
Hometown: Chery Hill, New Jersey
Occupation: Advertising Operations
 

What deck did you play, and why?
Mono-Blue Devotion because I'm smart enough to know how smart team StarCityGames it.

Did you learn anything from last week's Pro Tour Theros that helped you this weekend?
Mutavault and Rapid Hybridization are really good at dealing with Mistcutter Hydra .

What was the most surprising thing that you played against all weekend?
Round 2, Green-White Aggro beat me twice with Witchstalker and Unflinching Courage .

Is there anything that you think would have improved your deck or sideboard for this event?
More sideboard slots for Esper Control. The deck was everywhere.

Which of the Theros Gods has your devotion, and why?
Thassa, who else

Alex Sittner

Age: 26
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Occupation: Owner, Oasis Games
 

What deck did you play, and why?
Esper Control. It's better than what I played last week.

Did you learn anything from last week's Pro Tour Theros that helped you this weekend?
Don't play the same deck.

What was the most surprising thing that you played against all weekend?
Two mono-white decks out of the draw bracket!

Which of the Theros Gods has your devotion, and why?
I'm only devoted to drawing cards.

Brian Braun-Duin

Age: 27
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
Occupation: Content Producer and Warehouse Associate at StarCityGames
 

What deck did you play, and why?
Mono-Black Devotion. 50 Shades of Gray Merchant. O also didn't lose a match on Magic Online with it for a few days.

Did you learn anything from last week's Pro Tour Theros that helped you this weekend?
Thoughtseize and Hero's Downfall are amazing.

What was the most surprising thing that you played against all weekend?
Nothing really.

Is there anything that you think would have improved your deck or sideboard for this event?
Second Pithing Needle in the sideboard over the fourth Pack Rat or third Duress .

Which of the Theros Gods has your devotion, and why?
Erebos for obvious reasons!

William Jensen

Age: 31
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupation: Gamer
 

What deck did you play, and why?
Esper Control, because Reid Duke said to.

Did you learn anything from last week's Pro Tour Theros that helped you this weekend?
Learned a lot about the format as a whole.

What was the most surprising thing that you played against all weekend?
Nothing.

Is there anything that you think would have improved your deck or sideboard for this event?
More Æthering .

Which of the Theros Gods has your devotion, and why?
Thassa, because I've always favored blue decks.

Jon Stern

Age: 35
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Occupation: Magic?
 

What deck did you play, and why?
Red-Green Beats. I had lots of practice with it before the Pro Tour.

Did you learn anything from last week's Pro Tour Theros that helped you this weekend?
General experience with the format, and how to play against Thassa, God of the Sea .

What was the most surprising thing that you played against all weekend?
Black-Red in round nine, and Banisher Priest in Blue-White Control.

Is there anything that you think would have improved your deck or sideboard for this event?
Not really.

Which of the Theros Gods has your devotion, and why?
Thassa. The card is much better than I thought.

Sam Black

Age: 31
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Occupation: Writer
 

What deck did you play, and why?
Mono-Blue Devotion. I had the cards, and also I thought Huey Jensen and Owen Turtenwald were playing it.

Did you learn anything from last week's Pro Tour Theros that helped you this weekend?
I learned how to play my deck.

What was the most surprising thing that you played against all weekend?
Dark Betrayal

Is there anything that you think would have improved your deck or sideboard for this event?
No.

Which of the Theros Gods has your devotion, and why?
Thassa, obviously.

Todd Anderson

Age: 27
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
Occupation: Writer, Content Producer at StarCityGames
 

What deck did you play, and why?
Mono-Black Devotion is the actual factual.

Did you learn anything from last week's Pro Tour Theros that helped you this weekend?
Blue was insane so I needed to have a solid plan.

What was the most surprising thing that you played against all weekend?
Nothing. Played against mostly expected cards.

Is there anything that you think would have improved your deck or sideboard for this event?
More Dark Betrayal .

Which of the Theros Gods has your devotion, and why?
Erebos because Hades is the nut.

Brad Nelson

Age: 27
Hometown: Manan, North Dakota
Occupation: StarCityGames Content Provider
 

What deck did you play, and why?
Mono-Black Devotion because it's the best deck in a field of Thoughtseize s.

Did you learn anything from last week's Pro Tour Theros that helped you this weekend?
The Thoughtseize is the best card in the format. Also, Flesh & Blood is a close second. Trading Post third.

What was the most surprising thing that you played against all weekend?
Not a single thing. Was spot on for the metagame.

Is there anything that you think would have improved your deck or sideboard for this event?
No clue. Will decompress after this event and write about it next week.

Which of the Theros Gods has your devotion, and why?
Heliod. I like an underdog story.

Top 8 Decklists

by Event Coverage Team
 

Sam Black - Mono-Blue Devotion

 

Brad Nelson - Mono-Black Devotion

 

Brian Braun-Duin - Mono-Black Devotion

 

Jon Stern - Red-Green Beats

 

Alex Sittner - Esper Control

 

William Jensen - Esper Control

 

Todd Anderson - Mono-Black Devotion

 

Andrew Baeckstrom - Mono-Blue Devotion


Top 16 Decklists (9-16)

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Adam Jansen

 

Jon Bolding

 

Alexander John

 

Joe Demestrio

 

Gaudenis Vidugiris

 

Mario Diliberto

 

Reid Duke