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Stark Flies High with Planeswalkers in Paris

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Stark Flies High
Pro Tour Historian Brian David-Marshall and Statistician Rich Hagon recap the Pro Tour from Paris, including an interview with winner Ben Stark.
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Magic Weekend delivered unforgettable storylines here in Paris. Ben Stark and his Caw-Go deck defeated Paul Rietzl and Boros 3-1 in the finals of the Pro Tour. Rietzl, who was playing simultaneously in the Top 8 and Day Two of the Grand Prix for most of the day, fell just short of writing a storybook finish to the weekend.

Stark's victory had been an accomplishment the American player had been chasing for a long time. He defeated Tom Martell 3-2 in the quarterfinals in a Caw-Go mirror match and then bested Naoki Nakada and his different take on Caw-Go in the semifinals to set up the dramatic final against Rietzl.

In Saturday's Player of the Year Showdown, the weight finally came off Brad Nelson 's shoulders. He defeated Guillaume Matignon 4-2 in the epic Player of the Year Showdown behind powerful planeswalkers in Standard and an infect-heavy Super Sealed Deck, winning two games in each format. You can see a video recap of the entire match including a post-match interview with Brad.

Congratulations to Ben and Brad for their historic accomplishments, and for everyone else for making the first Magic Weekend an unforgettable event.




Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Vincent Lemoine   Lemoine, 3-2        
8 Shintaro Ishimura   Rietzl, 3-2
       
4 Patrick Chapin   Rietzl, 3-0   Ben Stark, 3-1
5 Paul Rietzl    
       
2 Nico Bohny   Nakada, 3-2
7 Naoki Nakada   Stark, 3-0
       
3 Ben Stark   Stark, 3-2
6 Tom Martell    

 

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Sunday
  • Video Feature: Day Four Wrap-up
    by Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
  • by Brian David-Marshall
    Feature: (Post)Cards from Paris
  • by Paul Jordan
    Feature: Complete Standard Metagame Breakdown
  • by Tim Willoughby
    Finals:
    Paul Rietzl (Boros) vs. Ben Stark (Caw-Go)

  • by Tim Willoughby
    Feature: Rietzl's Long Weekend
  • by Tim Willoughby
    Semifinals: Double Feature
    Vincent Lemoine (Boros) vs. Paul Rietzl (Boros)

  • by Josh Bennett
    Semifinals: A Great Match
    Naoki Nakada (Caw-Go) vs. Ben Stark (Caw-Go)

  • Video Feature: Top 8 Quarterfinal Highlights
    by Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
  • by Josh Bennett
    Quarterfinals: The Sick Life
    Tom Martell (Caw-Go) vs. Ben Stark (Caw-Go)
  • by Marc Calderaro
    Quarterfinals: Lemoine Sour
    Shintaro Ishimura (White-Blue Equip) vs.
    Vincent Lemoine (Boros)
  • by Nate Price
    Quarterfinals: Quite the Handful
    Nico Bohny (Green-White Quest) vs.
    Naoki Nakada (Caw-Go)
  • by Tim Willoughby
  • Quarterfinals: Running the Tables
    with Paul Rietzl
    Paul Rietzl (Boros) vs.
    Patrick Chapin (Grixis Tezzeret)
  • Top 8: Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Top 8: Player Profiles
    by Event Coverage Staff
Saturday
  • Video Feature: Player of the Year Wrap-up
    by Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
  • Player of the Year Match: The Full Nelson
    Guillaume Matignon vs. Brad Nelson
    by Josh Bennett
  • Feature: On the Sidelines at the Player of the Year
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Deck Lists: Guillaume Matignon and Brad Nelson
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Video Deck Tech: Caw-Go with Brad Nelson
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Video Deck Tech: Tezzeret with Guillaume Matignon
    by Rich Hagon
  • Feature: Choose Your Side in the Player of the Year Race!
    by Nate Price
  • Column: Player of the Year Q&A
    by Brian David-Marshall
Friday
  • Video Feature: Day Two Wrap-up
    by Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
  • Deck Tech: Big Kuldotha Red with Simon Wechsler
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Deck Tech: Infect with Francesco Hugony
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Video Deck Tech: Blue-black Vampires with Christian Calcano
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Video Deck Tech: Boros with Vincent Lemoine
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Video Deck Tech: Mono-white Quest with Frank Karsten
    by Rich Hagon
  • Round 16: I Need a Hero!
    Paul Rietzl (Boros) vs.
    Luis Scott-Vargas (Caw-Go)
    by Nate Price
  • Round 15: A Sworded Affair
    Naoki Nakada (Caw-Go) vs.
    Ken Yukuhiro (Green-White-Blue "Death Snow")
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 14: Hawkward
    Luis Scott-Vargas (Caw-Go) vs.
    Kyle Stoll (Boros)
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 13: A Handful of Gas
    Vincent Lemoine (Boros) vs.
    Mat Marr (Valakut)
    by Marc Calderaro
  • Round 12: Owened!
    Owen Turtenwald (Caw-Go) vs.
    Shouta Yasooka (White-Blue-Black Control)
    by Nate Price
  • Feature: Day Two Standard Metagame Breakdown
    by Rashad Miller
  • Feature: Photo Essay - Thursday and Friday in Pro Tour Paris
    by Craig Gibson and Josh Bennett
  • Round 11: A Two-Pronged Attack
    Petr Brozek vs. Paul Rietzl (Draft)
    by Josh Bennett
  • Video Feature: Cracking Packs with the Pros
    by Rich Hagon
  • Round 10: "Gruesome Encores?"
    Patrick Chapin vs. Ben Stark (Draft)
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 9: LSV VS PVDDR? LOL, OK
    Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa vs. Luis Scott-Vargas (Draft)
    by Marc Calderaro
  • Video Draft Tech: Mirrodin Besieged with Patrick Chapin
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Draft Viewer:Draft 2, Pod 1
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Playerlist
    by Event Coverage Staff
Thursday
  • Video Feature: Day One Wrap-up
    by Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Limited Instructions
    by Nate Price
  • Video Draft Tech: Mirrodin Besieged with Ben Stark
    by Rich Hagon
  • Round 8: That Ain't Natural
    Patrick Chapin vs. Ben Stark (Draft)
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 7: "I Have Nineteen First Picks!"
    Petr Brozek vs. Patrick Chapin (Draft)
    by Marc Calderaro
  • Round 6: A Study in Value
    Sam Black vs. Shouta Yasooka (Draft)
    by Josh Bennett
  • Draft Viewer: Draft 1, Pod 1
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Day One Standard Metagame Breakdown
    by Rashad Miller
  • Video Deck Tech: Caw-Go with Brad Nelson
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Video Deck Tech: Tezzeret with Guillaume Matignon
    by Rich Hagon
  • Video Deck Tech: Kuldotha Forgemaster with Martin Juza
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Video Deck Tech: 22 with Shaheen Soorani
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Evaluating Evaluation
    by Nate Price
  • Round 5: Slaving Away
    Martin Juza (Blue-Black Tezzeret/Forgemaster) vs.
    Masayasu Tanahashi (Blue-Black Control)
    by Nate Price
  • Round 4: Paging Mr. Jura
    Ben Stark (White-Blue Control) vs.
    Yuuya Watanabe (Blue-Black Control)
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 3: "Is This Really Happening to Me?"
    Brian Kibler (Caw-Go) vs.
    Raphael Levy (Green-White Quest)
    by Marc Calderaro
  • Round 2: Mana, Mana Everywhere
    Makihito Mihara (Valakut) vs.
    Brad Nelson (White-Blue Control)
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 1: Sitting Down for a Feast
    Eric Froehlich (White-Blue Control) vs.
    Katushiro Mori (Blue-Black Control)
    by Nate Price
  • Video Feature: Cards to Watch
    by Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
  • Video Feature: Players to Watch
    by Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
  • Column: Countdown to the Showdown
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Column: Standard Besieged
    by Mike Flores
  • Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Playerlist
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Magic Weekend Paris Event Information
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Grand Prix Paris Event Information
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Magic Weekend Paris Public Events Information
    by Event Coverage Staff
 1.  Ben Stark $40,000
 2.  Paul Rietzl $20,000
 3.  Vincent Lemoine $15,000
 4.  Naoki Nakada $13,000
 5.  Nico Bohny $11,000
 6.  Patrick Chapin $10,500
 7.  Tom Martell $10,000
 8.  Shintaro Ishimura $9,500
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