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


(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


Samuele Estratti, 2-0

Mike Krasnitski, 2-0

Jeremy Dezani, 2-1

Andreas Nilsson, 2-0


Mike Krasnitski, 2-1

Andreas Nilsson, 2-0


Mike Krasnitski, 2-0



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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


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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