Hron’s Victory Years in the Making

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  • Drafting in a block that's all about time, Pro Tour-Geneva showcased a win years in the making. American Mike Hron defeated Takuya Osawa of Japan 3-2 in a thrilling final featuring huge life swings and haymaker punches, punctuated by a Spectral Force-Phthisis staredown.

    In the fifth-game final against Pro Tour-Prague champion Osawa, Hron ran out his big brute, Spectral Force, with the championship on the line, despite knowing that Takuya had three Phthisis in his deck. What Hron didn't know is that at least the last two turns, Osawa had all three in his hand, just waiting for that seventh land to allow him to hardcast the massive 3 ManaBlack ManaBlack ManaBlack ManaBlack Mana removal spell. But Osawa's deck chose not to cooperate, and Hron captured the champion's trophy and the $40,000 first prize. With the win, Mike snapped a six-year drought for U.S. players in Limited Pro Tours, dating back to Mike Pustilnik's win at Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2001.

    Hron, a Madison, Wisconsin native, hails from the same area as Hall of Famer Bob Maher and has been The Great One's draft guru. Coincidentally, Hron's debut on the Pro Tour came way back in Pro Tour-Chicago 1999 - an event that Maher happened to win.

    Skiing, booster drafting with friends, witnessing an epic final - Pro Tour-Geneva won't soon be forgotten. Congratulations to Mike Hron, and we'll see you at Pro Tour-Yokohama on April 20!


    Quarterfinals  Semifinals  Finals  Champion
    1Shingo Kurihara Shingo Kurihara, 3-1    
    8Ervin Tormos Takuya Osawa, 3-1
        
    4Jim Herold Takuya Osawa, 3-0 Mike Hron, 3-2
    5Takuya Osawa  
        
    2Kenji Tsumura Kenji Tsumura, 3-1
    7Willy Edel Mike Hron, 3-1
        
    3Mike Hron Mike Hron, 3-1
    6Marijn Lybaert  


    Click on the images to navigate to the Pro Tour-Geneva Blog, Craig Jones' Player Diary, and the Geneva Podcasts.


    EVENT COVERAGEINFORMATION

    • Column:: Wait For It: An Interview with Mike Hron
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Finals: "The Best Match I've Ever Seen"
      Takuya Osawa vs. Mike Hron
      by Ted Knutson
    • Semifinals: By Hook or by Crookclaw
      Takuya Osawa vs Shingo Kurihara
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Semifinals: Irresistible Force
      Mike Hron vs. Kenji Tsumura
      by Scott Johns
    • Quarterfinals: All-Out War
      Willy Edel vs. Kenji Tsumura
      by Ted Knutson
    • Quarterfinals: Dig Those Fancy Suspenders
      Marijn Lybaert vs. Mike Hron
      by Scott Johns
    • Quarterfinals: Down With the Sickness
      Jim Herold vs. Takuya Osawa
      by Craig Jones
    • Quarterfinals: Rough and Tumble in the Top 8
      Ervin Tormos vs. Shingo Kurihara
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Feature: Thoughts on the Top 8 Draft
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Decklists: The Top 8 Decks
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Draft Viewer: The Top 8 Draft
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • The Top 8 Draft: Complete Pack List
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Feature: The Top 8 Players
      by Event Coverage Staff



    • Round 15: Go for the Throat!
      Mike Hron vs. Jim Herold
      by Scott Johns
    • Round 15: A Team Player
      Kenji Tsumura vs. Sebastian Thaler
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Feature: Iplaysevencreaturesindraft.dec
      by Hanno Terbuyken
    • Draft Viewer: Draft 5
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Round 14: A Good Man, and Thorough
      Guillaume Wafo-Tapa vs. Rogier Maaten
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 13: The Broken Mirror Match
      Osyp Lebedowicz vs Quentin Martin
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Round 13: Pods

    • Round 12: A Turkey, Rubin
      Ben Rubin vs. Olivier Ruel
      by Scott Johns
    • Round 11: More Statuary than a Sculpture Garden
      Jim Herold vs. Takuya Osawa
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 10: Dancing the Two-Step
      Pierre Canali vs. Ben Rubin
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Round 10: Pods

    • Draft Viewer: Draft 4
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Round 9: Taking the Loss
      Mike Hron vs. Takuya Osawa
      by Scott Johns
    • Round 8: "Ew…"
      Richard Hoaen vs. Johan Sadeghpour
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Info: Day 2 Player List
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Day 2 Country Breakdown
      by Event Coverage Staff



    • Decklists: 6-0 Drafters on Day One
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Round 7: Red All Over
      Jon Sonne vs. Kenji Tsumura
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Round 7: Pods

    • Round 6: "You Wouldn't!"
      Rasmus Sibast vs. Olivier Ruel
      by Scott Johns
    • Round 5: The Melancholy Blues
      Jon Sonne vs. Osyp Lebedowicz
      by Ted Knutson
    • Photo Essay: Magic, Slope Style
      by Ted Knutson and Craig Gibson
    • Feature: Play the Game, Learn to Ski
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Feature: Important Changes to Rules and Penalties
      by Scott Johns
    • Round 4: Stop All the Clocks
      Quentin Martin vs. Luis Scott-Vargas
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Round 4: Pods

    • Round 3: Down the Drain
      Makihito Mihara vs. André Coimbra
      by Scott Johns
    • Round 2: No Friendlies
      Quentin Martin vs. Geoffrey Siron
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 1: Fly, My Pretties!
      Sam Gomersall vs. Olivier Ruel
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Draft Viewer: Draft 1
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Round 1: Pods

    • Preview: Setting the Top 8 Table
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Info: Day 1 Player List
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Fact Sheet
      by Event Coverage Staff
     1.  Mike Hron$40,000
     2.  Takuya Osawa$22,000
     3.  Kenji Tsumura$15,000
     4.  Shingo Kurihara$14,000
     5.  Marijn Lybaert$11,500
     6.  Jim Herold$11,000
     7.  Willy Edel$10,500
     8.  Ervin Tormos$10,000
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