Coverage of Grand Prix Pittsburgh Day 1

Posted in Event Coverage on March 23, 2013

By Wizards of the Coast

EVENT COVERAGE

Saturday, 10:50 a.m. – Hell Without a Lid: Pittsburgh's Magic Legacy

by Jacob Van Lunen
 

This weekend marks the fourth Grand Prix in the Steel City. The first Grand Prix was Mercadian Masques Team Limited all the way back in 2000; The event had a star studded top four including team Antarctica, (Jon Finkel, Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz, and Dan O'Mahoney-Schwartz) defending team Pro Tour Champions Your Move Games, (Darwin Kastle, Rob Dougherty, and Dave Humpreys) and, eventual winners, Huey, Ben, and Casey. (William Jensen, Ben Rubin, and Casey McCarrel)


Huey, Ben, and Casey

Team limited came back to Pittsburgh in 2003 with Onslaught block. The finals of this event featured a team of relative unknowns captained by a young Charles Gindy, who would later go on to win a Pro Tour, Nationals, and a Grand Prix. Gindy's squad eventually fell to the feared team Illuminati. (Zvi Mowshowitz, Justin Gary, and Alex Shvartsman)


Team Illuminati

Eight years later the Grand Prix circuit returned to Pittsburgh. Over 1400 players battled with their favorite Standard decks. After the dust settled, Yuuya Watanabe, arguably the greatest player in the world then and now, emerged victorious playing an innovative version of Blue/White Caw Blade despite the recent bannings of Stoneforge Mystic and Jace, the Mind Sculptor.


Yuuya Watanabe

Today, 1626 players have shown up to battle Gatecrash Limited in an effort to be crowned the latest Grand Prix Pittsburgh Champion. Will Pittsburgh continue to be a place where the game's masters shine, or will a relative unknown get to put their name amongst some of the game's greatest players ever?


Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – Grand Prix Trial Decklists (Standard)

by Mike Rosenberg
 

Fourteen Grand Prix Trials fired off on Friday, giving fourteen different players an important three byes for today's main event. Three of those players chose Standard as their format of choice, earning three byes for their 40-card tournament by using 60-card decks. Check out their decks below!

Kevin Florio's Golgari

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Justin Rike's Gruul

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Jeremy Beaver's Jund

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Saturday, 11:25 a.m. – Grand Prix Trial Winners (Sealed)

by Mike Roenberg and Jacob Van Lunen
 

You've seen the Standard trial decklists. Now check out the Gatecrash Sealed decks that got these players three byes for today's main event!

Zak Taylor - Sealed – Grand Prix Trial Winner

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Leonard Larratta - Sealed – Grand Prix Trial Winner

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Robert Castro - Sealed – Grand Prix Trial Winner

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Peter Holman - Sealed – Grand Prix Trial Winner

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Nick Rapp - Sealed – Grand Prix Trial Winner

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Ruddy Looney - Sealed – Grand Prix Trial Winner

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Matt King - Sealed – Grand Prix Trial Winner

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Andrew Karska - Sealed – Grand Prix Trial Winner

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Kurt Johanknecht - Sealed – Grand Prix Trial Winner

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Joe Demestrio - Format: Sealed – Grand Prix Trial Winner

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Adam Johanknecht - Sealed – Grand Prix Trial Winner

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