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Rickard Österberg is the Pro Tour - New Orleans Champion! Armed with the mighty Punisher concoction "George W. Bosh", a Tinker deck that exploits the power of Goblin Welder, he sailed over a sea of mono-blue Tinker decks, Gob-Vantage, and Severance/Charbelcher.

In the quarters he faced Eugene Harvey, piloting the CMU-TOGIT "So Big Tinks". Chalice of the Void had been hosing people all weekend, and it continued to work its magic against Österberg. They went the full five games, with Österberg killing Harvey with a hasted Platinum Angel. Harvey's Upheaval was useless. In the semis, he showed his deck's power against Yann Hamon and the french Severance/Charbelcher deck "The Clock". It was a slaughter in three games.

On the other side of the bracket, Tomohiro Yokosuka's Psychatog deck couldn't handle Nassif's Clock, and Nassif swept. Masashi Oiso kept hope alive for Japan, defeating Hans Joachim Höh in four. He then took on Nassif, and it all came down to one Brainstorm. Nassif's deck served up Tinker he needed, and advanced to the finals.

The finals were another tight contest, but the star of the weekend, Mindslaver, was not to be denied. Nassif conceded before Österberg could steal his third consecutive turn. Congratulations to Rickard Österberg, Pro Tour - New Orleans Champion!


Top 8 Final Standing

1. Rickard Österberg (Sweden) $30,000
2. Gabriel Nassif (France) $20,000
3. Yann Hamon (France) $15,000
4. Masashi Oiso (Japan) $13,000
5. Hans Joachim Höh (Germany) $9,500
6. Eugene Harvey (USA) $8,500
7. Tomohiro Yokosuka (Japan) $7,500
8. Nicolas Labarre (France) $6,500

(Click here for complete final standings)

top 8 bracket


1. Höh, Hans Joachim

8. Oiso, Masashi

4. Nassif, Gabriel

5. Yokosuka, Tomohiro

2. Hamon, Yann

7. Labarre, Nicolas

3. Harvey, Eugene

6. Österberg, Rickard


Oiso, 3-1

Nassif, 3-0

Hamon, Forfeit

Österberg, 3-2


Nassif, 3-2

Österberg, 3-0


Österberg, 3-2





  • Finals: Gabriel Nassif versus Rickard Österberg
    by Tomi Walamies
  • Feature: Looking Forward
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Top 8 Player Profiles
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Feature: Rulings Of Interest
    by Sheldon K. Menery
  • Semifinals: Gabriel Nassif vs. Masashi Oiso
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Semifinals: Rickard Österberg vs. Yann Hamon
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinals: Masashi Oiso vs. Hans Joachim Höh
    by Toby Wachter
  • Quarterfinals: Gabriel Nassif vs. Tomohiro Yokosuka
    by Tomi Walamies
  • Quarterfinals: Eugene Harvey vs. Rickard Österberg
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Quarterfinal News: Labarre Forfeits
    by Brian David-Marshall


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