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Live Coverage of 2003 US National Championship

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Josh Wagener is the 2003 U.S. National Champion! Though going into the finals of the event everyone in the building assumed he would come out second, Wagener showed them all with a definitive 3-0 win over Gabe Walls. A virtual unknown going into this event, Wagener had only been seen in the quarterfinals of Grand Prix - Boston earlier this year. Hemmed in by pros on all sides, his was the last name you expected to see in lights at Sunday's close.

In the quarters he faced Brian Kibler, and his Red-Green Beats made short work of the dragonmaster's mono-black aggro deck. Meanwhile Justin Gary pulled out the upset win over Jon Finkel in the battle of the former champions, and Wagener bashed him too. Walls was enjoying a similarly easy road, overcoming first Mike Turian and then Jordan Berkowitz (who had just dispatched his former mentor and Dark Jedi Master Neil Reeves) and making it look like child's play. So while Gary got to best Berkowitz for a spot on the team in the playoff, Wagener and Walls faced off for the title. Pundits gave Walls an easy win in three. It was not to be.

It should be noted that last year and the year before, the U.S. team has been composed of a veteran and two "randoms", only to win and finish second. It might be premature to write off the U.S. in the teams competition this year. Congratulations to Josh Wagener, Gabe Walls and Justin Gary, the 2003 U.S. National Team!


Top 8 Final Standing

 1.  Joshua Wagener $25,000
 2.  Gabe Walls $12,500
 3.  Justin Gary $6,000
 4.  Jordan Berkowitz $5,000
 5.  Neil Reeves $3,300
 6.  Brian Kibler $3,000
 7.  Jon Finkel $2,250
 8.  Michael Turian $2,000

(Click here for complete final standings)


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Champion
1 Neil Reeves Jordan Berkowitz, 3-1
8 Jordan Berkowitz Gabe Walls, 3-1
4 Michael Turian Gabe Walls, 3-0 Joshua Wagener, 3-0
5 Gabe Walls
2 Brian Kibler Joshua Wagener, 3-1
7 Joshua Wagener Joshua Wagener, 3-1
3 Jon Finkel Justin Gary, 3-1
6 Justin Gary

3rd/4th-Place Playoff

Jordan Berkowitz Justin Gary, 3-1
Justin Gary

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EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Finals: Gabe Walls vs. Joshua Wagener
    by Toby Wachter
  • Feature: Vintage Draft
    by John Stephens
  • Feature: Live-Action Magic
    by Laura Mills
  • 3/4-Place Playoff: Jordan Berkowitz vs. Justin Gary
    by Toby Wachter
  • Semifinals: Jordan Berkowitz vs. Gabe Walls
    by Toby Wachter
  • Semifinals: Joshua Wagener vs. Justin Gary
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinals: Neil Reeves vs. Jordan Berkowitz
    by Josh Bennett
  • Quarterfinals: Michael Turian vs. Gabe Walls
    by Toby Wachter
  • Quarterfinals: Brian Kibler vs. Joshua Wagener
    by Alex Shvartsman
  • Quarterfinals: Jon Finkel vs. Justin Gary
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Top 8 Profiles and Predictions
    by Ed Fear
  • Decklists: Top 8 Decks
    by Sideboard Staff

  • Feature: Final Team Standings
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Day 2 Recap
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 12: Jordan Berkowitz vs. Paul Rietzl
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 12: Tom Guevin vs. Chris DeMaci
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 11: Justin Gary vs. Joshua Wagener
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 11: Mike Turian vs. Paul Rietzl
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Gunslinging – Two-Headed Giant
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 10: Zvi Mowshowitz vs. Antonino De Rosa
    by Toby Wachter
  • Feature: Standard Metagame Breakdown
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 9: Zvi Mowshowitz vs. Brian Hegstad
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 9: Zev Gurwitz vs. Justin Gary
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 8: Brian Kibler vs. David Humpherys
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 8: Neil Reeves vs. Mike Turian
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 7: Darwin Kastle vs. William Jensen
    by Josh Bennett
  • Draft 2: Brian Kibler, Paul Rietzl, and David Humpherys
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Draft 2: Neil Reeves
    by Toby Wachter
  • Draft 2: Table 1 Picks
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Draft 2: Pods
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Decklists: All Standard Decks
    by Sideboard Staff

  • Feature: Day 1 Recap
    by Toby Wachter
  • Feature: Regionals Team Standings
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 6: Eric Franz vs. Gerard Fabiano
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 6: Neil Reeves vs. Alex Shvartsman
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: JSS'ers at Nationals
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 5: Jon Finkel vs. Michael Pustilnik
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 5: Michael Turian vs. Matt Linde
    by Randy Buehler
  • Round 4: Michael Turian vs. Phil Freneau
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 4: Brian Kibler vs. Peter Szigeti
    by Josh Bennett
  • Draft 1: Brian Kibler
    by Toby Wachter
  • Draft 1: Table 1 Picks
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Draft 1: Pods
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Round 3: Phil Freneau vs. Ben Rubin
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 3: Frank Gilson vs. Peter Szigeti
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 2: Eugene Harvey vs. Brad Taulbee
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 2: Craig Krempels vs. Tom Guevin
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 1: Ken Ho vs. Matt Ranks
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 1: Neil Reeves vs. Eric Franz
    by Toby Wachter
  • Feature: New Format
    by Randy Buehler
  • Info: Nationals Player List
    by Sideboard Staff

  • Recap: Grinders Overview
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Grinder Decklists: Grinder 5 Top 4 Decklists (Standard)
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Grinder Decklists: Grinder 4 Top 4 Decklists (Sealed)
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Grinder Decklists: Grinder 3 Top 4 Decklists (Standard)
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Grinder 2 Finals: David Chung vs. Paul Rietzl
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Grinder 2 Finals: Will Chamberlain vs. Brock Parker
    by Josh Bennett
  • Grinder Decklists: Grinder 2 Top 4 Decklists (Sealed)
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Grinder 1 Finals: Brad Rowell vs. Brian Stark
    by Toby Wachter
  • Grinder 1 Finals: Bryn Kenney vs. Jon Barnes
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Grinder 1 Sealed Deck: David Williams
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Grinder Decklists: Grinder 1 Top 8 Decklists (Standard)
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Sideboard Staff
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