Jacob Re-ignites Great Chicago Fire

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  • Packed with a deck running all the best red creatures and burn spells, Michael Jacob took the first step in cleaning the slate from last year’s disappointing Worlds performance by capturing the 2008 United States National Championship here at Magic Weekend in Chicago.

    Jacob, a member of the 2007 U.S. National Team, defeated Sam Black in the finals with an overwhelming onslaught of Ashenmoor Gougers, Figures of Destiny, and Demigods of Revenge. Black and his Elves deck made their way into the finals by besting Paul Cheon’s Faeries in the semifinals. Cheon, the 2006 U.S. National Champ, took care of business in the 3rd/4th place match against Marsh Usary and joins Jacob and Black on the national team (with Usary as the alternate).

    Congratulations to the 2008 U.S. National Team and all the other winners here at Magic Weekend 2008, and thanks to everyone who made it such a great event.



    Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
    1 David Sharfman   Paul Cheon wins 3-2        
    8 Paul Cheon   Sam Black wins 3-2
           
    4 Sam Black   Sam Black wins 3-1   Michael Jacob wins 3-1
    5 Shaheen Soorani    
           
    2 Carl Dillahay   Marsh Usary wins 3-2
    7 Marsh Usary   Michael Jacob wins 3-1
           
    3 Mark Herberholz   Michael Jacob wins 3-0
    6 Michael Jacob    


    3rd Place Playoff  
    Paul Cheon Paul Cheon wins 3-2
    Marsh Usary

    EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION

    • Feature: U.S. Nationals Standard Post-Mortem
      by Paul Jordan
    • Column: United Nationals Roundtable
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Final: Jacob Re-ignites Great Chicago Fire
      Michael Jacob vs. Sam Black
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Feature: Vintage Championship Top 8 Coverage
      by Bill Stark
    • 3rd Place Playoff: Faeries and Fire
      Marsh Usary vs. Paul Cheon
      by Bill Stark
    • Semifinals: Turn One, Times Five
      Paul Cheon vs. Sam Black
      by Blake Rasmussen
    • Semifinals: Redlined
      Michael Jacob vs. Marsh Usary
      by Nate Price
    • Quarterfinals: Going the Distance
      Carl Dillahay vs. Marsh Usary
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Quarterfinals: "It Was Just as Close as We Thought"
      Paul Cheon vs. David Sharfman
      by Nate Price
    • Quarterfinals: "Are You Excited?"
      Sam Black vs. Shaheen Soorani
      by Bill Stark
    • Quarterfinals: The Gift of the Magi
      Mark Herberholz vs. Michael Jacob
      by Blake Rasmussen
    • Deck Lists: Top 8 Deck Lists
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Deck Lists: Top Standard Lists
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Deck Lists: Standard Lists A-G
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Deck Lists: Standard Lists H-P
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Deck Lists: Standard Lists Q-Z
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Top 8 Profiles
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Feature: Magic Online Laptop Tournament
      by Bill Stark
    • Round 14: Surface to Air Missiles
      Sam Black vs. Sam Stein
      by Blake Rasmussen
    • Round 14: "What did I do to deserve this?"
      Carl Dillahay vs. Tim Aten
      by Marc Calderaro
    • Round 13: "Just Kidding."
      Carl Dillahay vs. Melissa DeTora
      by Nate Price
    • Vintage Round 4: The Cool Mat and Everything
      Jimmy McCarthy vs. Owen Turtenwald
      by Bill Stark
    • Feature: Super FNM!
      by Nate Price
    • Round 12: "Any Chance You'd Scoop?"
      David Sharfman vs. Paul Cheon
      by Blake Rasmussen
    • Round 11: Bitter Defeat
      Chris McDaniel vs. Paul Cheon
      by David Strutz
    • Round 10: Rosheen, Rosheen
      Patrick Chapin vs. Melissa DeTora
      by Nate Price
    • Round 10: The Fastest Players in the Room
      Paul Cheon vs. Shaheen Soorani
      by Marc Calderaro
    • Feature: Drafting with Paul Cheon
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Round 9: Sick Variance
      Sam Stein vs. David Sharfman
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Round 9: "Rares, Rares, Rares"
      Mike Lapine vs. Shaheen Soorani
      by David Strutz
    • Round 8: Taking a Wild Swing
      Tim Aten vs. Mark Herberholz
      by Marc Calderaro
    • Round 8: Just Your Standard Draft
      Christopher O’Bryant vs. David Sharfman
      by Blake Rasmussen
    • Feature: Drafting with Brandon Scheel
      by Nate Price
    • Info: Draft Pod 2
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Round 7: Match of the Mimic
      Mark Herberholz vs. Sam Stein
      by Blake Rasmussen
    • Round 7: Do You Have to Declare a Scoop Phase?
      Chris Lachmann vs. Luis Scott-Vargas
      by Marc Calderaro
    • Round 6: Are Five Tappers Enough?
      Gerry Thompson vs. Matt "Cheeks" Hansen
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Round 6: "I So Would Have Won That"
      Gerard Fabiano vs. Sam Stein
      by Bill Stark
    • Round 5: Playing Around
      Shaheen Soorani vs. Dominick Diodato
      by Blake Rasmussen
    • Feature: Day One Photo Essay
      by Bill Stark and Craig Gibson
    • Round 4: Who is John Galt?
      Chris Lachmann vs. Gadiel Szleifer
      by Marc Calderaro
    • Round 4: Iowa Pride
      Brandon Scheel vs. Matt Hansen
      by Blake Rasmussen
    • Feature: Team Drafting
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Feature: Draft 1 Report
      by Bill Stark, Marc Calderaro, Blake Rasmussen, and Erik Thoren
    • Round 3: "This is going to be nasty."
      Michael Bauer vs. Mark Herberholz
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Feature: Standard Metagame Breakdown
      by Paul Jordan and Tom Martell
    • Info: Draft Pod 1
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Round 2: Misspelled
      Charles Gindy vs. Billy Moreno
      by Bill Stark
    • Feature: Eventide's Impact on Standard
      by Marc Calderaro
    • Round 2: When Faeries Wear Red
      Chris McDaniel vs. Luis Scott-Vargas
      by Blake Rasmussen
    • Round 1: Nice Read
      David Williams vs. Brandon Scheel
      by Nate Price
    • Feature: Greeting the Wizards Play Network
      by Bill Stark
    • Column: Feeling the Grind
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Info: Player List
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Invitation List
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Fact Sheet
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Public Events Schedule
      by Event Coverage Staff
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