Brian Braun-Duin, or BBD, is quickly establishing himself as one of the best players in the United States. Over the last year-and-a-half, Braun-Duin has Top 8ed two Grand Prix events, winning one of them, and Top 8ed four StarCityGames Invitational events. This weekend, Braun-Duin is armed with a powerful Jeskai Stoneblade deck of his own design. The buzz around the tournament hall is that Braun-Duin had the best deck in the room.
On the other side of the table, we have Joseph Santomassino, a twenty-one year old factory worker from Litchfield, New Hampshire. This is Santomassino’s first Grand Prix and he managed to best a field of over 4000 players to find himself in the last remaining eight players in the elimination rounds. Santomassino brought a powerful MUD deck that turbocharges big artifacts into play with Metalworker.
In a heated race, Braun-Duin was eventually able to create a board state where he could attack for lethal with True-Name Nemesis armed with Umezawa’s Jitte.
Braun-Duin 1 - 0 Santomassino
Braun-Duin 1 - 1 Santomassino
Santomassino was hoping that the third game would be all about Chalice of the Void too. Braun-Duin had different plans, though. Force of Will stopped the first Chalice of the Void and Spell Pierce stopped the second.
Braun-Duin was able to refill his hand with Treasure Cruise and he started applying good pressure the turn thereafter.
The two copies of Kuldotha Forgemaster in Santomassino’s hand were public knowledge thanks to an early Gitaxian Probe, and Braun-Duin was able to take full advantage of the situation with Meddling Mage. Ratchet Bomb came down and started ticking up, but it seemed like it was already too late for the New Hampshire native and Braun-Duin would be moving on to the semifinals!
Braun-Duin 2 - 1 Santomassino
Brian Braun-Duin defeats Joseph Santomassino in three games!