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2001 United States National Championship Coverage

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Fires is still the best deck in town, or so US Nationals would have you believe. Trevor Blackwell became National Champion on its consistent back. He even stole the finals in three straight games from under Brian Hegstad, who was playing what many believed to be the optimal metagame call.

These two are joined by newcomer Eugene Harvey, who also played Fires. The member of Team CMU defeated old-school pro David Bachmann in four games to earn his spot. Bachmann and his monored Ensnaring Bridge deck squared off against Harvey first in the quarterfinals, and again because of the double-elimination format.


Top 8 Final Standing

 1.  Trevor Blackwell (San Francisco, CA)$25,000
 2.  Brian Hegstad (Vancouver, WA)$12,500
 3.  Eugene Harvey (Hillsborough, NJ)$6,000
 4.  David Bachmann (Linden, NJ)$5,000
 5.  Chris Benafel (Eugene, OR)$3,300
 6.  William Jensen (Millis, MA)$3,000
 7.  Alex Borteh (Delaware, OH)$2,250
 8.  David Price (Denver, CO)$2,000

(Click here for complete final standings)

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Chris Benafel   William Jensen, 3-1        
8 William Jensen   Trevor Blackwell, 3-2
4 Alex Borteh   Trevor Blackwell, 3-1   Trevor Blackwell, 3-0
5 Trevor Blackwell    
2 Casey McCarrel   Brian Hegstad, DQ
7 Brian Hegstad   Brian Hegstad, 3-2
3 David Bachmann   Eugene Harvey, 3-1
6 Eugene Harvey    

Losers Bracket

  Loser's Bracket Semifinals   Loser's Bracket Finals   Loser's Bracket Winners   3/4-Place Playoff
  Semifinal 2 Loser Eugene Harvey        
    Eugene Harvey, 3-1    
Quarterfinal 1 Loser Chris Benafel   Chris Benafel, 3-1   Eugene Harvey, 3-1
Quarterfinal 2 Loser Alex Borteh    
Quarterfinal 3 Loser None   David Bachmann, Bye
Quarterfinal 4 Loser David Bachmann   David Bachmann, 3-0
  Semifinal 1 Loser William Jensen    

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