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Cheon Conquers All at U.S. Nationals

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If you're searching for cutting-edge Magic, the U.S. National Team is the place to look. U.S. National Champion Paul Cheon headlines a three-man national team on the vanguard of the game, both in the U.S. and the online community. Joining him on the team are Ben Lundquist and Luis Scott-Vargas, with Ben Zoz as the alternate.

NATIONALS COVERAGE

Interested in other National Championships? Follow along with the coverage from all three major events happening this weekend!

Cheon's deck of choice, the blue-white-black reanimator concoction known to some as Solar Flare, certainly reinforced its impact on the Standard game. Rocking Australian Nationals the previous weekend, it put three players into the Top 4 here in Atlanta. Cheon outdueled Lundquist's blue-red 'Tron in five games, with Luis Scott-Vargas and Ben Zoz battling in the mirror match in the third-fourth matchup. Scott-Vargas took the spot on the team in five tight matches.

The national team has special significance to Cheon and Scott-Vargas, friends and playtest partners from California. Cheon, from Los Angeles, qualified via Regionals and his Oakland buddy Scott-Vargas came along thanks to his standing in the Pro Players Club. Expect more than a few late nights of preparation in California heading toward the 2006 World Championships in Paris. Unfortunately for their third teammate, Lundquist lives roughly 3,000 miles away in Gloversville, New York. But since all these guys live on Magic Online 24/7, that gap should be made up in no time.

As Sunday started, much of the Top 8 field was made up of what seemed like unknown players. However, as soon as spectators around the feature match pit heard what many of these players' Magic Online screen names were, a sudden rise in respect followed. These were those guys taking on all comers in premier online events, and this weekend proved that skill translated to the pressure-packed stage of Sunday Magic. Not only were these the players regularly ripping it up online, but they came using some of the freshest online deck tech as well.

Over at the JSS Championships, Arthur Stewart and his Magnivore deck defeated Blaine Hatab's Heartbeat creation. Interestingly enough, both players chose their decks for their matchup strength against Solar Flare, which featured so heavily in the main event.

Congratulations to all the winners at the 2006 Magic Weekend!



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Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Ben Zoz   Ben Zoz, 3-2        
8 Tim Aten   Benjamin Lundquist, 3-1
       
4 Alex Kudlick   Benjamin Lundquist, 3-0   Paul Cheon, 3-2
5 Benjamin Lundquist    
       
2 Alex Sittner   Paul Cheon, 3-0
7 Paul Cheon   Paul Cheon, 3-1
       
3 Antonino DeRosa   Luis Scott-Vargas, 3-1
6 Luis Scott-Vargas    

3rd Place Playoff  
Ben Zoz Luis Scott-Vargas, 3-2
Luis Scott-Vargas


EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION

  • JSS Championship Round-up: The Magic Weekend 2006
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Finals: A Champion Crowned
    Ben Lundquist vs. Paul Cheon
    by Ted Knutson
  • 3rd Place Playoff: Zombies in the Mirror
    Luis Scott-Vargas vs. Ben Zoz
    by Doug Beyer
  • Semifinals: A Case of the Bens
    Ben Lundquist vs. Ben Zoz
    by John Friggin' Rizzo
  • Decklists: Top Standard Decks
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Semifinals: A Friendly Game Between Teammates
    Paul Cheon vs. Luis Scott-Vargas
    by Ted Knutson
  • Quarterfinals: A Good Problem to Have
    John "Alex" Sittner vs. Paul Cheon
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinals: The Future of American Magic
    Alex Kudlick vs. Benjamin Lundquist
    by Doug Beyer
  • Quarterfinals: I Got a Right to Feel Persecuted
    Tim Aten vs. Ben Zoz
    by John Friggin' Rizzo
  • Quarterfinals: And in this Corner, the Challenger…
    Antonino De Rosa vs. Luis Scott-Vargas
    by Ted Knutson
  • Feature: The Top 8 Player Profiles
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decklists: The Top 8 Decks
    by Event Coverage Staff



  • Feature: The Game of the Year
    by Doug Beyer
  • Feature: Contest Winners
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 14 Feature Match: Back to the Drawing Board
    Sam Stein vs. Gabe Walls
    by Doug Beyer
  • Round 14 Feature Match: Pity the Fool
    Antonino De Rosa vs. Billy Moreno
    by John Friggin' Rizzo
  • Round 13 Feature Match: BFF, but Somebody's Gotta Go Down
    Paul Cheon vs. Sam Stein
    by John Friggin' Rizzo
  • Round 13 Feature Match: High Fives All Around
    Antonino De Rosa vs. John "Conrad" Kolos
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 12 Feature Match: The World's Loudest Feature Match
    Antonino De Rosa vs. Gabe Walls
    by Doug Beyer
  • Round 11 Feature Match: Battle of the Legends
    Eugene Harvey vs. Osyp Lebedowicz
    by John Friggin' Rizzo
  • Feature: Redundancy 101
    by Brian David-Marshall and Craig Gibson
  • Feature: Grinding To Respectability
    by John Friggin' Rizzo
  • Decklists: 3-0 Coldnsap Booster Draft
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 10 Feature Match: Illusions of Defeat
    Billy Moreno vs. Ben Zoz
    by Doug Beyer
  • Round 9 Feature Match: Cowboys and Krovikans
    Ben Zoz vs. Owen Turtenwald
    by John Friggin' Rizzo
  • Round 8 Feature Match: Grudge Match Throwdown
    Gabe Walls vs. Billy Moreno
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Multiple Jeopardy
    by Doug Beyer
  • Draft Viewer: Coldsnap Booster Draft
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 8: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff



  • Decklists: 4-0 Ravnica Booster Draft Decks
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 7 Feature Match: Shining Bright on the Nationals Stage
    Mike Patnik vs. Craig Krempels
    by John Friggin' Rizzo
  • Round 7 Feature Match: Ebb and Flow (and a Little Bashing too)
    Billy Moreno vs. Osyp Lebedowicz
    by Ted Knutson
  • Feature: Flavor Report from the Floor
    by Doug Beyer
  • Round 6 Feature Match: Simic Mirror Hurts the Brain
    Antonino De Rosa vs. Paul Rietzl
    by Richard Hoaen
  • Round 6 Feature Match: I Did That With My Mind
    Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Michael McGee
    by John Friggin' Rizzo
  • Feature: Day One Photo Essay
    by Doug Beyer and Craig Gibson
  • Draft Report: Gabe Walls
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 5 Feature Match: All Bottled Up
    Tim Aten vs. Josh Ravitz
    by Doug Beyer
  • Draft Report: Antonino DeRosa
    by Rich Hoaen
  • Round 4 Feature Match: No Lands, Man
    John Pelcak vs. Gerry Thompson
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 4: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 3 Feature Match: The Darker Side of Bob
    Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Sol Malka
    by John Friggin' Rizzo
  • Round 2 Feature Match: Taking on the Champ
    Nick Eisel vs. Antonino De Rosa
    by Doug Beyer
  • Round 1 Feature Match: Set that Alarm!
    Gabe Walls vs. Joe Crosby
    by Ted Knutson
  • Feature: Diversity in Motion
    by John Friggin' Rizzo
  • Info: Day 1 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Inside U.S. Nationals
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Junior Super Series Open and Championship Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff
 1.  Paul Cheon $5,000
 2.  Benjamin Lundquist $3,000
 3.  Luis Scott-Vargas $2,000
 4.  Ben Zoz $2,000
 5.  John Sittner $1,000
 6.  Antonino DeRosa $1,000
 7.  Alex Kudlick $1,000
 8.  Tim Aten $1,000
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