Grand prix Verona 2013

Mike Krasnitski came out of nowhere to take the title here at Grand Prix Verona. This is the first major title for his country, and his fellow Ukrainians were out in full force, cheering for him all throughout the Top 8 and carrying him off into the sunset afterwards. And his road to victory was by no means easy, as he had to defeat both Platinum pros in this Top 8. First, he dispatched Shahar Shenhar in the quarterfinals, then Italian Samuele Estratti in the semis. Finally, in the final, he met Andreas Nilsson and his black-red Zombies, and again his green-white-black, or "Junk", Reanimator prevailed, a deck touted over last week by both Martin Jůza and Brad Nelson.

Coming into the tournament, the aggressive weenie decks in Naya and Jund were at the top of everyone's mind, but if anything, this Grand Prix marks the beginning of what some have called "The Restoration." Thragtusk s and, most fittingly, Restoration Angel s abounded in several of the winning decks, including Krasnitski's, proving that midrange strategies are still a force to be reckoned with.

Good night from all of us here in Verona, Italy, and congratulations to Mike Krasnitski, our Grand Prix Verona 2013 Champion!


top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Toni Ramis Pascual

(8) Samuele Estratti

(5) Shahar Shenhar

(4) Mike Krasnitski

(3) Jeremy Dezani

(6) Max Schultze

(7) Andreas Nilsson

(2) Piotr Wald

Semi-finals

Samuele Estratti, 2-0

Mike Krasnitski, 2-0

Jeremy Dezani, 2-1

Andreas Nilsson, 2-0

Finals

Mike Krasnitski, 2-1

Andreas Nilsson, 2-0

Champion

Mike Krasnitski, 2-0

 

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INFORMATION

   
1. Mike Krasnitski $3,500
2. Andreas Nilsson $2,300
3. Jeremy Dezani $1,500
4. Samuele Estratti $1,500
5. Toni Ramis Pascual $1,000
6. Piotr Wald $1,000
7. Shahar Shenhar $1,000
8. Max Schultze $1,000

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

16 15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

16 15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

16 15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Top 9-16 – Decklists

by Oliver Gehrmann
 

Bernhard Lehner: Huminator

 

Christophe Gregoir: UWR Reckoner

 

Tzu-Ching Kuo: Human Reanimator

 

Davide Rinnen: Jund Midrange

 

Raphael Brade: UWR Reckoner

Yann Belmer: Zoo

Andrea Mengucci: Tracatusk

Lorenzo Lerro: Jund Midrange

Top 8 – Decklists

by Oliver Gehrmann
 

Toni Ramis Pascual: Human Reanimator

 

Piotr Wald: UWR

 

Jérémy Dezani: Jund Midrange

 

Mike Krasnitski: Junk Reanimator

 

Shahar Shenhar: Jund Midrange