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Live Coverage of 2003 Canada National Championship

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For all the known talents in the Top 8, the finals came down to a battle between longtime Ontario PTQ rivals Josh Rider and Nathon Braymore. Both of them narrowly escaped the quarterfinals, and then went on to demolish their way to face each other at the big table. In the glow of the trophies they would receive they were fighting for the big title. Neither of them could believe it.

It was a lopsided affair. Going into the match the common consensus was that Rider had a big advantage. After a first stumbling draw, Braymore Duressed and Smothered the only two non-land cards in Rider's hand, only to find himself under Braids on his fourth turn. The third match again featured a clumsy draw from Braymore, and Rider's was merciless. Joining the two as the Canadian National Team at worlds is Richard Hoaen, who recently Top 8'd at Pro Tour - Yokohama. He defeated local hero Guillaume Daoust soundly in the third/fourth place playoff. Congratulations to Josh Rider, Nathon Braymore and Richard Hoaen, the 2003 Canadian National Team!


Top 8 Final Standing

 1.  Josh Rider $3,200
 2.  Nathon Braymore $2,200
 3.  Richard Hoaen $1,600
 4.  Guillaume Daoust $1,000
 5.  Elijah Pollock $500
 6.  Steven Wolfman $500
 7.  Vincent Boulanger $500
 8.  Guillaume Cardin $500

(Click here for complete final standings)


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Champion
1 Josh Rider Josh Rider, 3-2
8 Guillaume Cardin Josh Rider, 3-0
4 Richard Hoaen Richard Hoaen, 3-1 Josh Rider, 3-0
5 Steven Wolfman
2 Elijah Pollock Nathon Braymore, 3-2
7 Nathon Braymore Nathon Braymore, 3-0
3 Guillaume Daoust Guillaume Daoust, 3-0
6 Vincent Boulanger

3rd/4th-Place Playoff

Richard Hoaen Richard Hoaen, 3-0
Guillaume Daoust

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EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Finals: Josh Rider vs. Nathon Braymore
    by Josh Bennett
  • Finale: Josh Rider contre Nathon Braymore - en Français
    par Paul Hunt
  • Feature: Top Performances in Draft and Standard
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • 3/4-Place Playoff: Richard Hoaen vs. Guillaume Daoust
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Semifinals: Josh Rider vs. Richard Hoaen
    by Josh Bennett
  • Semifinals: Nathon Braymore vs. Guillaume Daoust
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Demi-Finale: Nathon Braymore contre Guillaume Daoust - en Français
    par Paul Hunt
  • Quarterfinals: Josh Rider vs. Guillame Cardin
    by Geordie Tait
  • Quarterfinals: Richard Hoaen vs. Steven Wolfman
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinals: Elijah Pollock vs. Nathon Braymore
    by Josh Bennett
  • Quart de Finale: Guillaume Daoust contre Vincent Boulanger - en Français
    par Paul Hunt
  • Decklists: Top 8 Decks
    by Sideboard Staff

  • Round 12: Jon Stern vs. Richard Hoaen
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 12: Vincent Boulanger vs. Jeff Fung
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Ronde 12: Jeff Fung contre Vincent Boulanger - en Français
    par Paul Hunt
  • Round 11: Sam Lau vs. Josh Rider
    by Josh Bennett
  • Ronde 11: Francis Cormier contre Guillaume Cardin - en Français
    par Paul Hunt
  • Round 10: Steve Wolfman vs. Ben Page
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Ronde 10: David Monast contre Jordan Christensen - en Français
    par Paul Hunt
  • Round 9: Jeff Fung vs. Paul Russell
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 8: Gary Wise vs. Francis Cormier
    by Josh Bennett
  • Ronde 8: Louis Boileau contre Sam Lau - en Français
    par Paul Hunt
  • Round 7: Matt Vienneau vs. Richard Hoaen
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 7: Gab Tsang vs. Guillaume Daoust
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Decklists: Open Qualifier Top 8 Decks
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Ronde 7: Guillaume Daoust contre Gab Tsang - en Français
    par Paul Hunt
  • Draft 2: Gab Tsang, Gary Wise, and Elijah Pollock
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Draft 2: Table 1 Picks
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Draft 2: Pods
    by Sideboard Staff

  • Round 6: Gab Tsang vs. Sam Lau
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 5: Pasquale Ruggiero vs. Guillaume Cardin
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 5: Lesslie Ross vs. Guillaume Daoust
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Ronde 5: Guillaume Cardin contre Pasquale Ruggiero - en Français
    par Paul Hunt
  • Round 4: Steven Cassell vs. Elijah Pollock
    by Josh Bennett
  • Ronde 4: Gary Wise contre Louis Boileau - en Français
    par Paul Hunt
  • Draft 1: Table 1 Picks
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Draft 1: Pods
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Round 3: Matt Vienneau vs. Ryan Fuller
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 2: Jon Stern vs. Jeff Cunningham
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 2: Gab Tsang vs. David Rood
    by Josh Bennett
  • Ronde 2: Gabriel Tsang contre David Rood - en Français
    par Paul Hunt
  • Round 1: Richard Hoaen vs. Jeff Fung
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 1: Murray Evans vs. Steven Wolfman
    by Josh Bennett
  • Ronde 1: Murray Evans contre Steven Wolfman - en Français
    par Paul Hunt
  • Info: Player List
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Sideboard Staff
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