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Live Coverage of 2003 Yokohama Masters

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The last Masters Series has come and gone, and how fitting that the champion should be former Pro Tour Champion and Player of the Year Bob Maher. Playing a Tinker deck that harkened back to the finals of Worlds 2000, Maher came to the event with minimal preparation. He had literally played no games of extended since Grand Prix – New Orleans in January. Still, he steamrolled the competition on his way to the finals.

There he faced Gabriel Nassif of France, himself a Pro Tour Finalist. Nassif got to the big show the hard way, through the Grinder on Thursday. 5-0 got him to the big tables, and he didn't stop winning once he was there. Playing Enchantress, he caught most of his opponents with their pants down, even beating Tomi Walamies and his wacky Pattern of Rebirth deck to get to the finals.

It was not a good matchup for Nassif. Post-sideboarding the match seemed overwhelmingly in Maher's favor, thanks to Sphere of Resistance. In playtesting the night before he posted a 12-0 in sideboarded games before deciding that was enough. The play itself confirmed it. He won the second game in spectacular fashion, floating twenty-four before putting Upheaval on the table. Mishra's Helix was the first card to come down, prompting the concession from Nassif. Congratulations to Bob Maher, Yokohama Masters Champion!

Follow all the action on the Bracket!



Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Champion
32 Zvi Mowshowitz Gabriel Nassif
21 Gabriel Nassif Gabriel Nassif
22 Tomi Walamies Tomi Walamies Bob Maher
15 Diego Ostrovich
30 Brian Kibler Darwin Kastle
23 Darwin Kastle Bob Maher
24 Pierre Malherbaud Bob Maher
13 Bob Maher

Pro Tour Yokohama Coverage

Photo Coverage: Thursday/Friday | Saturday | Sunday
EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Decklists: All 32 Decklists
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Finals: Bob Maher vs. Gabriel Nassif
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 4: Bob Maher vs. Darwin Kastle
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 4: Tomi Walamies vs. Gabriel Nassif
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 3: Bob Maher vs. Pierre Malherbaud
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 3: Zvi Mowshowitz vs. Gabriel Nassif
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 3: Diego Ostrovich vs. Tomi Walamies
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 3: Brian Kibler vs. Darwin Kastle
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 2: Brian Kibler vs. Rob Dougherty
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 2: Justin Gary vs. Bob Maher
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 1: Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Eugene Harvey
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 1: Anton Jonsson vs. Tomi Walamies
    by Josh Bennett
  • Gateway Round 5: Pete Guevin vs. Jeff Cunningham
    by Josh Bennett
  • Gateway Round 4: Tsuyoshi Fujita vs. Jon Finkel
    by Toby Wachter
  • Gateway Interview: Ben Seck
    by Toby Wachter
  • Gateway Round 2: Ben Seck vs. Gary Talim
    by Josh Bennett
  • Info: Masters Bracket
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Sideboard Staff
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