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Live Coverage of 2004 Grand Prix Columbus

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Mike Turian is the Grand Prix Columbus Champion!

As his farewell tour nears its conclusion he put a crowd pleasing bow on the largest North American Grand Prix on record. Things started off on Saturday morning with 854 players queuing up for the $25,000 in prize money that was given away this weekend. There were so many players that the Day Two cut allowed 128 players through the velvet ropes.

After six rounds of draft--and fifteen rounds overall--the cut to Top 8 was a brutal one. Only one player with as many as three losses made it to the final table. Kate Stavola, Matt Larson, Craig Krempels, Brandon Rickard, Aaron Lipczynski, Cedric Phillips, and even Pro Tour Boston winner Brock Parker had to feel intimidated as they sat down to draft with the most well known member of CMU.

  

Top 8 Final Standing

 1.  Michael Turian $2,400
 2.  Craig Krempels $1,700
 3.  Aaron Lipczynski $1,200
 4.  Cedric Phillips $1,000
 5.  Kate Stavola $800
 6.  Matt Larson $800
 7.  Brandon Rickard $800
 8.  Brock Parker $800

(Click here for complete final standings)

They would have been even more leery had they seen him open Grab the Reins and Skullclamp--you couldn't ask for two better opens--and his red-white deck made short work of everyone in his path right up to and including his CMU/TOGIT teammate Craig Krempels in the finals.

One of the big stories this weekend was the breakout performance of Kate Stavola. She come into the tournament without the benefit of any byes and only lost one match all weekend until she met up with Mike Turian in the semi-finals. She was also an amateur and won an additional $1,500 for her impressive efforts.

With a few exceptions scattered about the globe this event marked the close of the Qualifier season for Pro Tour San Diego. Next up is Team Limited season for Pro Tour Seattle and the Grand Prix in Washington DC.

See you all there in April!


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Aaron Lipczynski   Aaron Lipczynski, 2-0        
8 Matt Larson   Michael Turian, 2-0
       
4 Kate Stavola   Michael Turian, 2-0   Michael Turian, 2-0
5 Michael Turian    
       
2 Brandon Rickard   Cedric Phillips, 2-0
7 Cedric Phillips   Craig Krempels, 2-0
       
3 Craig Krempels   Craig Krempels, 2-1
6 Brock Parker    

EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Final: Mike Turian vs. Craig Krempels
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Semifinals: Mike Turian vs. Aaron Lipczynski
    by Ted Knutson
  • Quarterfinals: Brock Parker vs. Craig Krempels
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinals: Kate Stavola vs. Mike Turian
    by Ted Knutson
  • Draft Report: Top 8 Drafting With Brock Parker
    by Duncan McGregor
  • Feature: The Top 8 Player Profiles
    by Ted Knutson
  • Decks: The Top 8 Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Top 8 Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff

  • Round 15: Matt Linde vs. Brian Gates
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 14: Jordan Berkowitz vs. Aaron Lipczynski
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 14: Craig Krempels vs. Gerry Thompson
    by Duncan McGregor
  • Round 14: Eugene Harvey vs. Matt Linde
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 13: Bob Maher vs. Steven Wolfman
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Draft Report: Drafting With Kate Stavola
    by Ted Knutson
  • Draft Report: Drafting With Bob Maher
    by Duncan McGregor
  • Round 13: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Ask The Pros: Draft Achetypes in Darksteel
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 12: David Williams vs. Jonathan Becker
    by Duncan McGregor
  • Round 11: Bob Maher vs. Brian Kibler
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 10: Eugene Harvey vs. Mike Turian
    by Duncan McGregor
  • Round 10: Ben Rubin vs. Nathan Heiss
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Draft Report: Drafting With Eugene Harvey and Mike Turian
    by Duncan McGregor
  • Round 9: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day Two Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff

  • Info: Day One Wrap-Up
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 9: Antonino de Rosa vs. Ken Krouner
    by Duncan McGregor
  • Deck Tech: Following Up With Rob Dougherty
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Decks: Day One Undefeated Decks
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Ask The Pros: Play or Draw?
    by Duncan McGregor
  • Round 8: Jon Sonne vs. Mike Pustilnik
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 7: Patrick Sullivan vs. Ken Krouner
    by Duncan McGregor
  • Round 7: Kate Stavola vs. JB Smith
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 6: Matt Linde vs. Timothy Aten
    by Duncan McGregor
  • Round 5: Eugene Harvey vs. Ben Rubin
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 4: Neil Reeves vs. Matt Vienneau
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Deck Tech: Deck Building With Rob Dougherty
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Deck Tech: Shuffology
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day One Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff
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