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Live Coverage of 2004 Grand Prix Oakland

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Ken Ho is the Grand Prix Oakland 2004 Champion!

The former Pro Tour Osaka Champion won his first individual Grand Prix title at the helm of a nasty mono-black draft deck that featured triple Consume Spirit and triple Chittering Rats. He was also sporting a nasty arsenal of equipment including Bonesplitter and the bombtastic Skullclamp. If that wasn't enough he also had Promise of Power.

He played an agonizing match against Ben Rubin that took all three games and stretched out for the better part of two hours. His Murderous Spoils killed one of Ben's key creatures and netted him an ersatz Bonesplitter (it was actually a Sculpting Steel) in the rubber game of the match. Ben came up one mana short of being able to play and equip his Loxodon Warhammer on his final turn of the game and Ken advanced to face Ian Spaulding.

After Ken won Game 1 the two players had a slugfest in Game 2. An early Razor Golem pounded Ken. Ian seemed to have all the answers. A timely Shatter killed a Pewter Golem and Stir the Pride turned a double block into a massacre. With the board in a neutral state Ken drew five cards with Promise of Power and finished off a stunned Spaulding with a pair of double digit Consume Spirits.

Top 8 Final Standing

 1.  Ken Ho (USA) $2,400
 2.  David Humpherys (USA) $1,700
 3.  Michael Turian (USA) $1,200
 4.  Ian Spaulding (USA) $1,000
 5.  Mitchell Tamblyn (USA) $800
 6.  Ben Rubin (USA) $800
 7.  Paul Rietzl (USA) $800
 8.  Gabe Walls (USA) $800

(Click here for complete final standings)

Dave Humpherys had ripped through his bracket before Ben and Ken had even finished Game 2 of their quarterfinal match. His deck was generally accepted to be the least exciting of the Top 8. Somehow he dispatched some formidable opponents including Gabe Walls and Mike Turian with his cobbled together deck.

Ken Ho slaughtered him in a brutal two game set. The first game saw a pair of Chittering Rats lock down the YMGer when he missed his third land drop. In the second game a Scimitar and a Bonesplitter equipped a turn two Slith Bloodletter. Dave's first play was a turn four Clockwork Condor-it was not enough.


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Michael Turian   Michael Turian, 2-0        
8 Mitchell Tamblyn   David Humpherys, 2-0
       
4 Gabe Walls   David Humpherys, 2-1   Ken Ho, 2-0
5 David Humpherys    
       
2 Ken Ho   Ken Ho, 2-1
7 Ben Rubin   Ken Ho, 2-0
       
3 Paul Rietzl   Ian Spaulding, 2-0
6 Ian Spaulding    

EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Finals: Ken Ho vs. Dave Humpherys
    by Michael Thicke
  • Semifinals: Ken Ho vs. Ian Spaulding
    by Michael Thicke
  • Semifinals: Michael Turian vs. David Humpherys
    by Nate Heiss
  • Quarterfinals: Ben Rubin vs. Ken Ho
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinals: Michael Turian vs. Mitchell Tamblyn
    by Nate Heiss
  • Top 8 Draft: Michael Turian
    by Nate Heiss
  • Top 8 Draft: Ben Rubin
    by Michael Thicke
  • Info: Top 8 Packlist
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Info: The Top 8 Profiles
    by Noah Weil and Michael Thicke
  • Decks: The Top 8
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Top 8: Introduction
    by Sideboard Staff

  • Round Fourteen: Phuong Tran vs. Paul Rietzl
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round Twelve: Gabe Walls vs. Chad Ellis
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Round 12 Pods
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Round Ten: Mike Turian vs. Dan Cahir
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round Nine: Ben Rubin vs. Alex Alepin
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Drafting Darksteel With Ben Rubin
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Round 9 Pods
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Info: Player List
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Day Two: Introduction
    by Sideboard Staff

  • Day One: Wrap-Up
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Decks: The 8-0 Decks
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Round Eight: Mark Zajdner vs. Gerard Fabiano
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round Seven: Jon Sonne vs. Nate Heiss
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round Six: Dave Humpherys vs. Ben Rubin
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round Five: Jordan Berkowitz vs. Phil Freneau
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round Four: Ben Stark vs. Peter Szegeti
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round Three: Mike Pustilnik vs. Jason Opalka
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Deck Building With Ben Stark
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Player List
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Day One: Introduction
    by Sideboard Staff
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