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2004 United States National Championship Feature Match

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William Postlethewait

William Postlethewait

Age: 18
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Occupation: student
Number of times playing US Nationals: 2
How did you qualify for Nats? Regionals
How did you do in each format? Standard: 6-0-1, Booster Draft: 4-3
What was your draft strategy? Draft colors that come to me. Try to draft Green or White
What kind of Standard deck are you playing? Affinity
Why did you choose to play that deck? I qualified with it at Regionals and it does well against every deck.
Where did you get your deck? / Who built it? / What did you base your design on?
Past tourneys and I built it with the help of friends
What do you think of your chances on Sunday? Good. Hope for good draws.


Bill Stead

Age: 20
Hometown: Gainesville
Occupation: Student
Number of times playing US Nationals: 2
How did you qualify for Nats? Rating / Pro Points
Previous Magic accomplishments: 2 Grand Prix wins, 4 Pro Tour Top 16s last year
How did you do in each format? Standard: 4-1-2, Booster Draft: 6-1
What was your draft strategy? Draft B/U, W/U, or Sunburst
What kind of Standard deck are you playing? W/G Control
Why did you choose to play that deck? Beats Affinity and Goblins, and after sideboard it sets up for control.
Where did you get your deck? / Who built it? / What did you base your design on?
Here. Don't know. A Goblin/Affinity field
What do you think of your chances on Sunday? I will win the first round, and then my chances are solid.

Bill Stead

David Humpherys

David Humpherys

Age: 32
Hometown: Encinitas, CA
Occupation: Game Developer
Number of times playing US Nationals: 6?
How did you qualify for Nats? Pro Points
Previous Magic accomplishments: PT: DC Champ, 4th at Worlds and 2 PTs
How did you do in each format? Standard: 4-2-1, Booster Draft: 6-1
What was your draft strategy? Flexible
What kind of Standard deck are you playing? Fujita's winning deck from Japanese Nationals
Why did you choose to play that deck? It looked like it would beat a lot of decks
Where did you get your deck? / Who built it? / What did you base your design on?
I got it off the web. The rest is explained above.
What do you think of your chances on Sunday?
I may need a miracle in the quarters.


Brian Kibler

Age: 23
Hometown: Dairy, NH/ Atlanta, GA
Occupation: Professional Gamer
Number of times playing US Nationals: 5
How did you qualify for Nats? Pro Tour Points
Previous Magic accomplishments: 1st GP Toronto, GP Boston, 3rd PT Chicago, T8 2003 US Nats, 7 GP Top 8s
How did you do in each format? Standard: 5-1-1, Booster Draft: 5-2
What was your draft strategy? W/G with a potential sunburst splash
What kind of Standard deck are you playing? W/g Control
Why did you choose to play that deck? It has no really bad matchups, it's powerful and has good chances against all the decks in the field
Where did you get your deck? / Who built it? / What did you base your design on? Based on Mike Flores's deck, modified by me.
What do you think of your chances on Sunday? This time I'm going to finish the job. I like my quarterfinals matchup and then we'll just have to see.

Brian Kibler

Alex Melnikow

Age: 19
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Occupation: Student
Number of times playing US Nationals: 2
How did you qualify for Nats? Rating
Previous Magic accomplishments: 19th at Nats. 55th in SD
How did you do in each format? Standard: 6-1, Booster Draft: 5-2
What was your draft strategy? Green
What kind of Standard deck are you playing? Elf and Nail
Why did you choose to play that deck? I was playing Goblins, but my testing showed it was terrible. My roommate suggested this deck.
Where did you get your deck? / Who built it? / What did you base your design on?
We threw it together in the room the night before.
What do you think of your chances on Sunday? I don't have a great matchup, but my chances are good.


Ben Zoz

Age: 18
Hometown: Lincoln, NE
Occupation: none
Number of times playing US Nationals: 1
How did you qualify for Nats? Rating
Previous Magic accomplishments: PTQ Win. 2 GP day 2s
How did you do in each format? Standard: 5-0-2, Booster Draft: 5-2
What was your draft strategy? Green
What kind of Standard deck are you playing? U/W March of the Machines
Why did you choose to play that deck? It crushes Affinity and Goblins
Where did you get your deck? / Who built it? / What did you base your design on? Other DCI tournaments
What do you think of your chances on Sunday? Great.


Craig Krempels

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Age: 22
Hometown: Hackettstown
Occupation: I work in a liquor store
Number of times playing US Nationals: 2
How did you qualify for Nats? Rating
Previous Magic accomplishments: PT 9th, 2 GP Top 8s including GP: Columbus
How did you do in each format? Standard: 5-1-1, Booster Draft: 5-2
What was your draft strategy? Pick better and play better than my opponents
What kind of Standard deck are you playing? Elf and Nail
Why did you choose to play that deck? My Teammates tested and Eugene Harvey said to trust them.
What do you think of your chances on Sunday? I'm a gamblin' man


Michael Aitchison

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Age: 18
Hometown: Beaverton, OR
Occupation: Student
Number of times playing US Nationals: 1
How did you qualify for Nats? NW Regionals
Previous Magic accomplishments: I suck. 0-4 at PT New Orleans
How did you do in each format? Standard: 5-1-1, Booster Draft: 5-2
What was your draft strategy? Green Sucks
What kind of Standard deck are you playing? Beasts!
Why did you choose to play that deck? It beat Elf and Nail, Goblins, AND Affinity
Where did you get your deck? / Who built it? / What did you base your design on? Mike Thompson - R/G Land D
What do you think of your chances on Sunday? Horrible

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