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Live Coverage of 2003 Grand Prix Anaheim

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2003 Grand Prix Anaheim

Beep - Beep - Beep - Beep

That was the sound of Ben Rubin backing his Dump Truck all over the established meta-game. He built a unique blue-white-black control deck with an army of invitational winners. With the help of Jon Finkel and Chris Pikula's cards he was able to get past three separate decks types. He took out Tog in the quarters, Tinker in the semis, and Red Deck Wins in the finals.


Ben Rubin is the Grand Prix: Anaheim Champion!

Top 8 Final Standing

 1.  Ben Rubin (USA) $2,400
 2.  Nathan Saunders (USA) $1,700
 3.  Nick Meves (USA) $1,200
 4.  Peter Szigeti (USA) $1,000
 5.  Ben Stark (USA) $800
 6.  Paul Rietzl (USA) $800
 7.  Blake Quelle (USA) $800
 8.  Gerard Fabiano (USA) $800

(Click here for complete final standings)

So much for banned cards. Peek ruled the day, as Ben would use the card for extra card drawing and to be able to drop his Meddling Mage at just the right time. He lost Game 1 of the finals but kept a zero land hand on the play in Game 2 and defeated amateur Nathan Saunders to force a Game 3. His Chills and Exalted Angels proved too much for Nathan to deal with and Ben Rubin earned the right to hoist the trophy.

Interestingly, it is highly unlikely that he will attend Pro Tour Kobe. Magic has become increasingly casual for the California native. Even if he doesn't show up at too many Magic tournaments in the future you can expect to see his deck for the remainder of the PTQ season.


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Ben Stark   Nathan Saunders        
8 Nathan Saunders   Nathan Saunders
       
4 Nick Meves   Nick Meves   Ben Rubin
5 Blake Quelle    
       
2 Paul Rietzl   Peter Szigeti
7 Peter Szigeti   Ben Rubin
       
3 Ben Rubin   Ben Rubin
6 Gerard Fabiano    

EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Final: Ben Rubin vs. Nathan Saunders
    By Brian David-Marshall
  • Semifinals: Peter Szigeti vs Ben Rubin
    By Neil Parker
  • Semifinals: Nathan Saunders vs. Nick Meves
    by Brian Kibler
  • Quarterfinals: Paul Rietzl vs Peter Szigeti
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinals: Ben Rubin vs. Gerard Fabiano
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Profiles: The Top 8 Players
    by Brian Kibler
  • Decks: The Top 8 Decks
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Intro: The Top 8 Introduction
    by Brian David-Marshall

  • Decks: The Top 64 Decks
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Round Fourteen: David Ochoa vs. Terry Tsang
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round Thirteen: Mike Abraham vs. Gabe Walls
    by Neil Parker
  • Round Twelve: Eugene Harvey vs. Gerard Fabiano
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round Eleven: Brian Kibler vs. Blake Quelle
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round Nine: Ben Stark vs. Mike Abraham
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Intro: Day Two Introduction
    by Brian David-Marshall

  • Wrap-Up: Day One Wrap-Up
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round Eight: Antonio Ennis vs. David Humpherys
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round Seven: Michael Pustilnik vs. Eugene Harvey
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round Six: Rob Dougherty vs. Brian Kibler
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Decks: Pro Tour-Kobe Qualifier Decks
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Round Four: Gerard Fabiano vs. Ben Rubin
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Where in the World is Zvi Mowshowitz?
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round Three: Mark Shick vs. Eric Taylor
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Two-Week Tech
    by Brian-David Marshall
  • Decks: Trials Decklist - 6PM
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Decks: Trials Decklist - 3PM
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Decks: Trials Decklist - 12PM
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Decks: Trials Decklist - 9AM
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Info: Country Breakdown
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Info: Player List
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Intro: Day One Introduction
    by Brian David-Marshall
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