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Japan Strikes Again!

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Just as Rodney Harrison plucked a first-quarter pass to stop a Philadelphia touchdown, Masashi Oiso pulled an amazing win out of what looked like a imminent defeat. With Lucas Glavin's deck promising a huge Sutured Ghoul, the theatrical Japanese walked the huge American into a trap.

It was a dramatic end to a Extended Grand Prix that did little to help solve the riddle of the Qualifying season. It's doubtful anyone left this room with any decent idea of what to play, and what to expect from events this season. There are a lot of cool new decks -- check Glavin's, Dempsey's or McLaughlin's just in the Top 8 -- but no clear "deck to beat."

The Grand Prix was clearly marked by that and the Japanese Road Trip. Are the big names in Asia about to flex their muscle all over the world? Or did they just come to see the Super Bowl? Congratulations to Masashi Oiso for his brilliant win and please don't be too harsh on Lucas Glavin. Playing in a premier event Top 8 is never easy. Just ask Brian "No Blocks" Davis.

Congratulations to Masashi Oiso -- the 2005 Pro Tour Boston champion!


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Osyp Lebedowicz   Lucas Glavin, 2-0        
8 Lucas Glavin   Lucas Glavin, 2-1
       
4 Benjamin Dempsey   Benjamin Dempsey, 2-0   Masashi Oiso, 2-1
5 Anthony Impellizzieri    
       
2 Masahiko Morita   Masashi Oiso, 2-0
7 Masashi Oiso   Masashi Oiso, 2-0
       
3 Daniel O'Mahoney-Schwartz   Keith McLaughlin, 2-0
6 Keith McLaughlin    


EVENT COVERAGE FINAL TOP 8 STANDINGS
 1.  Masashi Oiso $2,400
 2.  Lucas Glavin $1,700
 3.  Keith McLaughlin $1,200
 4.  Benjamin Dempsey $1,000
 5.  Osyp Lebedowicz $800
 6.  Masahiko Morita $800
 7.  Anthony Impellizzieri $800
 8.  Daniel O'Mahoney-Schwartz $800
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  • Saturday, Feb. 5: 2:57 pm - Artist on Site, Scott M. Fischer


  • Scott M. Fischer has created some of Magic's most stunning.

    The artist on site today is a veteran of premier event signing. I clearly remember him doing his trademark "fish" signature in Europe more than once. He has a few cards in the Kamigawa block (Time Stop and Meloku the Clouded Mirror) so players should have some news one to sign.

    Here's a quick list of some of Fischer's cards you might have come accross in Constructed matches.

    Ancient Hydra
    Balancing Act
    Burning Wish
    Careful Study
    Coat of Arms (Eight Edition)
    Corrupt
    Goblin Welder
    Incinerate (Fifth Edition)
    Mother of Runes
    Oxidize
    Pariah
    Phyrexian Scuta
    Pristine Angel
    Rampant Growth
    Rebel Informer
    Rising Water
    Shivan Wurm
    Sickening Dreams
    Solitary Confinement
    Sylvan Scrying
    Viridian Shaman


     
  • Saturday, Feb. 5: 3:34 pm - The Three Bye Metagame


  • That's a lot of decklists.

    While most players are out there slugging it out on the third round, sixty lucky players are kicking it back at the hotel or in the side events area. Their three free wins will sure come in handy on a nine-round day like today. So I took a deep breath and went through the huge decklist folder looking for their decklists.

    Here's the the archetype breakdown for those players, apart from three lists that I couldn't seem to find. I clumped together some decks that might be a bit different (let's say Goblins with Black and straight-Red Goblins or Scepter-Chant and Scepter-Chant with Black).

    Affinity: 3
    Aluren: 2
    Black-White: 1
    Scepter-Chant: 2
    Confinement: 2
    Desire: 10
    Dump Truck: 1
    Elves: 1
    Enchantress: 3
    Goblins: 6
    Life: 4
    RDW: 9
    Reanimator: 3
    Rock: 5
    UG: 3
    WWu: 1
    Welder-Reanimator: 1

    More on that Welder-Reanimator deck later.


     
  • Saturday, Feb. 5: 9:23 pm - Gabe Walls, the Matchmaker


  • Gabe Walls and his creation.

    Probably the most unusual decklist I saw so far certainly belongs to Gabe Walls. The veteran Pro Tour player took a page from a Columbus PTQ and brought mix of Welder.dec and... Reanimator.dec. First he uses Careful Study and Intuition to get the a huge monster into his graveyard and then Reanimate, Goblin Welder or Exhume bring in them to the playing area.

    This plan allows him to bring in Sundering TitanPlatinum Angel or Bosh, Iron Golem. With the Welder he can keep things going... and if he starts recurring Mindslaver... you probably just want to scoop and save yourself any further beatings.



     
  • Saturday, Feb. 5: 11:55 pm - The Undefeated Decks
  • Four players survived the first day with no losses. One of them - Osyp Lebedowicz - swept the nine rounds. He leads the field with 27 points. Here are the four undefeated decklists:






     
  • Saturday, Feb. 5: 11:59 pm - Judging Staff
  • Here they are, the few, the proud, the clearly insane. The "zebras" who held the tournament together during this first day, led by the Head Judge Bruno Barracosa. The scorekeeper is Reid Schmadeka, still alive after a full day of entering results.

    The wonderful judging staff!

    Bruno Barracosa - Head Judge
    Scott Marshall
    Toby Elliott
    Eric Shukan
    Suzy Life
    James Searles
    Ian Taylor
    Michael Canu
    Jeremy Smith
    Evan Blake
    Benjamin Klein
    Gavin Duggan
    Peter Cooper
    Joe Davis
    Martha Lufkin
    James Benjamen
    Nick Sabin
    Greg Schwartz
    Chris Dawns
    Matt Stone
    Justin Miso


     
  • Sunday, Feb. 6: 11:28 am - Day Two Metagame
  • Here's the metagame for the second day:

    Goblins - 10
    Life - 9
    Desire - 7
    Reanimator - 5
    Aluren - 4
    Scepter Chant - 4
    Red Deck Wins - 4
    UG - 4
    Welder Reanimator - 3
    Opposition - 3
    Welder Control - 2
    Affinity - 2
    Rock - 2
    Enchantress - 1
    Blue-Red - 1
    Green-Black-Red - 1
    Braids - 1
    UW Prison - 1
    WW - 1


     
  • Sunday, Feb. 6: 11:37 am - Metagame Decks
  • While I was going through the Top 64 decklists to give you a metagame breakdown I came across several decks I found interesting. Maybe you already know them, but to me they seem like three curious metagame decks.


    Jesse Marczyk

    Main Deck

    60 cards

    10  Island
    Mountain
    Shivan Reef

    18 lands

    Cloud of Faeries
    Flametongue Kavu
    Grim Lavamancer
    Mogg Fanatic
    Spiketail Hatchling
    Voidmage Prodigy

    22 creatures

    Aether Vial
    Daze
    Mana Leak
    Snap
    Standstill
    Sword of Fire and Ice

    20 other spells

    Sideboard
    Chill
    Cursed Totem
    Gilded Drake
    Stifle
    Submerge
    Sword of Fire and Ice

    15 sideboard cards





     
  • Saturday, Feb. 5: 4:01 pm - The Top 8 Decklists






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