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Live Coverage of 2004 Pro Tour San Diego

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Nicolai Herzog is the 2004 Pro Tour - San Diego Champion! Coming off a victory at the start of the year at Amsterdam's Rochester Pro Tour, Herzog was favored to do well in this event. All weekend he showed the skills that got him the Amsterdam title, and it was no surprise to see him sitting down at Sunday's draft. In fact, half the Top 8 were repeat performers from that Pro Tour and all of them made Top 4 or better. There was Mike Turian (saying this would be his last event), Anton Jonsson, and instead of Olivier Ruel (who finished 14th), his brother Antoine. Rounding out the table were amateur Angel Luis Perez Del Pozo, Rookie of the Year Masashi Ooiso, Player of the Year contender Ben Stark, and up-and-comer Mark Herberholz.

  

Top 8 Final Standing

 1.  Nicolai Herzog (Norway) $30,000
 2.  Antoine Ruel (France) $20,000
 3.  Michael Turian (USA) $15,000
 4.  Anton Jonsson (Sweden) $13,000
 5.  Mark Herberholz (USA) $9,500
 6.  Ben Stark (USA) $8,500
 7.  Angel Perez del Pozo (Spain) $7,500
 8.  Masashi Oiso (Japan) $6,500

(Click here for complete final standings)

Herzog demolished Stark in a bloody quarterfinal thanks to Darksteel Gargoyle and Panoptic Mirror, then went on to eradicate Mike Turian (who 3-0'd Herberholz) with Greater Harvester. In the other bracket, Antoine Ruel's sick white-red was having trouble against Del Pozo, but pulled out the fifth game. Jonsson took care of Ooiso, and then went the full five against Ruel. Again, Ruel and his monstrous deck prevailed.

Kai Budde had even predicted this finals in his analysis of the draft, but considered it too close to call. The way the games played out, it was a massacre. Despite a mulligan and stalling on two lands Herzog took the first game thanks to Granite Shard. The Shard came up huge the second game as well, putting Herzog many cards ahead before he finished Ruel off. The third was very close, but when Greater Harvester hit play Ruel was hard-pressed to deal with it. Ruel was left permanentless before the end of the game.

With this win Herzog gets way out in front of the Player of the Year Race, in addition to the staggering accomplishment of back-to-back Limited Pro Tour wins. Congratulations to Nicolai Herzog, Pro Tour - San Diego Champion!


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Masashi Oiso   Anton Jonsson, 3-1        
8 Anton Jonsson   Antoine Ruel, 3-2
       
4 Antoine Ruel   Antoine Ruel, 3-2   Nicolai Herzog, 3-0
5 Angel Perez del Pozo    
       
2 Michael Turian   Michael Turian, 3-0
7 Mark Herberholz   Nicolai Herzog, 3-1
       
3 Ben Stark   Nicolai Herzog, 3-0
6 Nicolai Herzog    

Video Coverage

Finals: Antoine Ruel vs. Nicolai Herzog - Game 1 15.9 MB Quicktime/Zip
Finals: Antoine Ruel vs. Nicolai Herzog - Game 2 12.6 MB Quicktime/Zip
Finals: Antoine Ruel vs. Nicolai Herzog - Game 3 26.3 MB Quicktime/Zip
Semifinals: Michael Turian vs. Nicolai Herzog - Game 1 33.7 MB Quicktime/Zip
Semifinals: Michael Turian vs. Nicolai Herzog - Game 2 17.5 MB Quicktime/Zip
Semifinals: Michael Turian vs. Nicolai Herzog - Game 3 14.2 MB Quicktime/Zip
Semifinals: Michael Turian vs. Nicolai Herzog - Game 4 24.1 MB Quicktime/Zip
Semifinals: Antoine Ruel vs. Anton Jonsson - Game 4 6.78 MB Quicktime/Zip
Semifinals: Antoine Ruel vs. Anton Jonsson - Game 5 16.2 MB Quicktime/Zip
Quarterfinals: Ben Stark vs. Nicolai Herzog - Game 2 18.2 MB Quicktime/Zip
Quarterfinals: Ben Stark vs. Nicolai Herzog - Game 3 18.6 MB Quicktime/Zip
Quarterfinals: Antoine Ruel vs. Angel Perez Del Pozo - Game 5 19.1 MB Quicktime/Zip
Quarterfinals: Masashi Oiso vs. Anton Jonsson - Part 2 38.7 MB Quicktime/Zip
Quarterfinals: Masahi Oiso vs. Anton Jonsson - Part 1 51.0 MB Quicktime/Zip
The Top 8 Draft 55.2 MB Quicktime/Zip
Pro Tour San Diego: Day Two Wrap-Up 5.91 MB Quicktime/Zip
Top 8 Player Interview: Nicolai Herzog 0.62 MB Quicktime/Zip
Top 8 Player Interview: Michael Turian 0.71 MB Quicktime/Zip
Top 8 Player Interview: Mark Herberholz 1.45 MB Quicktime/Zip
Top 8 Player Interview: Ben Stark 1.01 MB Quicktime/Zip
Top 8 Player Interview: Antoine Ruel 1.07 MB Quicktime/Zip
Top 8 Player Interview Angel Perez del Pozo 2.08 MB Quicktime/Zip
Top 8 Player Interview Anton Jonsson 0.59 MB Quicktime/Zip
Top 8 Player Interview Masashi Oiso 1.31 MB Quicktime/Zip
Pro Tour San Diego: Day One Wrap-Up 4.27 MB Quicktime/Zip
Pro Tour San Diego: Preview
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EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Finals: Nicolai Herzog vs. Antoine Ruel
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Semifinals: Anton Jonsson vs. Antoine Ruel
    by Toby Wachter
  • Semifinals: Nicolai Herzog vs. Michael Turian
    by Josh Bennett
  • Quarterfinals: Mike Turian vs. Mark Herberholz
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Quarterfinals: Antoine Ruel vs. Angel Perez Del Pozo
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinals: Anton Jonsson vs. Masashi Oiso
    by Toby Wachter
  • Quarterfinals: Nicolai Herzog vs. Ben Stark
    by Josh Bennett
  • Final Draft Report: Nicolai Herzog
    by Toby Wachter
  • Final Draft Report: Analysis and Predictions
    by Kai Budde
  • Decks: The Top 8 Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Top 8: Player Profiles
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff

  • Info: Day 2 Wrap-Up
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 15: Ben Stark vs. Ben Rubin
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 15: Masashi Oiso vs. Nicolai Herzog
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 14: Tim Aten vs. Ben Rubin
    by Josh Bennett
  • Feature: Professional Mistakes
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 13: Masashi Oiso vs. Mark Herberholz
    by Josh Bennett
  • Draft 5 Report: Nicolai Herzog
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Draft 5 Report: Ben Rubin
    by Toby Wachter
  • Feature: Day Two 3-0 Decks
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 13: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 12: Mike Turian vs. Anton Jonsson
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 12: Nicolai Herzog vs. Angel Luis Perez Del Pozo
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 11: Ben Rubin vs. Antonino De Rosa
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 11: Ben Stark vs. Frank Karsten
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Feature: The DCI Does Digital
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Feature: Player of the Year Race Heats Up
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 10: Carlos Romao vs. Eric Taylor
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 10: Raphael Levy vs. Andrew Cuneo
    by Josh Bennett
  • Draft 4 Report: Anton Jonsson
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Draft 4 Report: Antoine Ruel
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 10: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 9: Gary Wise vs. Sam Gomersall
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 9: Anton Jonsson vs. Ben Seck
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 8: William Jensen vs. Kamiel Cornelissen
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Round 7: Gerard Fabiano vs. Antoine Ruel
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 7: Nicolai Herzog vs. Jin Okamoto
    by Toby Wachter
  • Draft 3 Report: Antoine Ruel
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Draft 3 Report: Anton Jonsson
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff

  • Feature: The Streak is Over
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Feature: Underrated Cards of MMD
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 7: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 6: Joshua Wagener vs. Gabe Walls
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 6: Gerard Fabiano vs. Ben Seck
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Round 6: Gary Wise vs. Osyp Lebedowicz
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 5: Olivier Ruel vs. Gabriel Nassif
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 5: Anton Jonsson vs. Osyp Lebedowicz
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 4: Mattias Jorstedt vs. Jin Okamoto
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 4: William Jensen vs. Eugene Harvey
    by Josh Bennett
  • Draft 2 Report: Ben Seck
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Draft 2 Report: Gary Wise
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Draft 2 Report: Michael Turian
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 4: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 3: David Humpherys vs. Jens Thoren
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 3: Masashi Ooiso vs. Ben Rubin
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 2: Eric Froehlich vs. Peter Szigeti
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 2: Genesis Garcia vs. Mattias Jorstedt
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 1: Carlos Romao vs. Brian Hacker
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 1: Jon Finkel vs. Dirk Baberowski
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Draft 1 Report: Mattias Jorstedt
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 1: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff
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