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Finals: Jon Finkel (USA) vs. Bob Maher, Jr. (USA)   In a battle of Magic titans, Jon Finkel, the greatest player in the history of Magic: the Gathering, defeated Bob Maher three games to two. Playing nearly identical decks, the two friends, both of whom had previously won Pro Tours, played the maximum number of games to decide who would join Tommi Hovi as the only players to ever win more than one premiere level event. more...

Finals Play-by-Play: Jon Finkel (USA) vs. Bob Maher, Jr. (USA)   Play-by-play, turn-by-turn recap of the match. more...

Team Finals Playoff : Ryan Fuller (Canada) vs. Jon Finkel (USA)   An exciting one match playoff will determine the 2000 Worlds Team Competition winner. And what better representative for the United States than Jon Finkel. Ryan Fuller isn't so shabby either and has had a great weekend himself and is looking to build on his fellow Canadians' wins and pull off a major upset. more...

Team Finals: Gab Tsang (Canada) vs. Frank Hernandez (USA)   In what looked to be Team Canada's best match up, Pro Tour veteran Gab Tsang faced off against newcomer Frank Hernandez in a dual of National team third chairs. The match up, which judging by the archetypes would normally favor Hernandez, looked good for Tsang because of a sideboard loaded with Submerges and Somnophores, both excellent cards against the American's deck. more...

Aaron Forsythe (USA) vs. Sam Lau (Canada)   Both players finished 4th at their respective Nationals. Aaron is using a red/green deck dubbed Angry Hermit, made of beatdown creatures and Land Destruction. Sam Lau is running Accelerated Blue, a fairly famous monoblue deck featuring Morphlings and Masticore and taking its name from Grim Monolith. more...

Team Finals
Jon Finkel (USA) vs. Ryan Fuller (Canada)

by Tom Guevin

An exciting one match playoff will determine the 2000 Worlds Team Competition winner. And what better representative for the United States than Jon Finkel. Ryan Fuller isn't so shabby either and has had a great weekend himself and is looking to build on his fellow Canadians' wins and pull off a major upset.

Game one looked great for Fuller, he was playing first and Jon had to mulligan. Then Ryan played Wild Dogs and used Rishadan Port to nullify Jon's second turn. Then Ryan Rancored the Dogs, putting Finkel to 14, and he Ported Jon again. Finkel busted out with Grim Monolith and with his Key played a Thran Dynamo and then a Tangle Wire. The wire tapped all of Fuller's permanents and swung the game to Finkel. Finkel then played Masticore and shot the Dog to force Fuller to tap more land to the Wire. Fuller could only play Treetop Village and say go. Finkel attacked with the Core and cast Tinker and Fuller, to save face for Canada, conceded and went to the sideboard.

Game 2 Fuller played Treetop Village and Finkel played Skerry. Fuller's turn 2 was unexciting, with Pouncing Jaguar. This meant he had no Rancor or Boa. Finkel had a weak draw as well, playing Island and Key and not the pain in the neck known as Metalworker. Fuller dropped Rushwood Legate and Cradle which allowed him to activate his Village and hit Finkel down to 15. Finkel dropped Thran Dynamo, Monolith and Tangle Wire. Fuller tapped his three lands and a Jaguar and attacked with the Legate to bring Finkel to 13. Finkel calmly Tinkered for Masticore and killed all of Fuller's creatures, leaving the Wire to tap all of his lands. Finkel attacked with the Core, and played a Processor for 4. Ryan untapped his Village but had no land. Finkel attacked with the Core and Minion to put Ryan to 8. Ryan drew, but couldn't answer active Masticore with a ton of mana open, and conceded, giving the United States the championship!


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