Almost 2700 people took “Gold Rush” literally, making GP Charlotte the largest Magic tournament ever. And possibly the hardest. Going X-2 in 9 rounds of Sealed put players in “Day 1.5”, which was held on Sunday. Day 1.5 was a single elimination round of Sealed and then another round of Sealed to “balance the numbers” before drafting on day 2 began.
Day 2 coverage primarily followed Gerard Fabiano and Ben Stark. Fabiano stumbled his way to the finals along with Ben Stark–yeah, that guy who just Top 8’ed a Pro Tour. Gerard made the finals with Simic splashing White and battled it out against Frank Skarren with Gruul. Fabiano lost the first game to a Biomass Mutation. Gerard had to mulligan to five cards in the next game. It wasn’t enough to stop a rush of blood from the winner, Frank Skarren.
"Well, if Tom Martell can win a PT..." --3,000ish people— Tim Aten (@AllFairness) February 23, 2013
Won my first actual round of magic today! #gpcharlotte 5 more to go and its already 6pm...— Dan Musser (@Daniis7) February 23, 2013
This Gatecrash Gruul guild review makes me a little uncomfortable. #gpcharlotte— TheCloudgoatRanger (@CloudgoatRanger) February 24, 2013
Patrick Sullivan showing us why he's the red master at #gpcharlotte— Dayv Doberne (@Sunyveil) February 24, 2013
This is a ruff guess but there were over 22,000 packs opened at #GPCharlotte this weekend. That is insane!— Josh Oerther (@josh_oerther) February 24, 2013
Unbelievable. Shadow slice does a very good job. Great topdeck. Crazy. Awesome! #GPCharlotte— Eva Luna ten Brinke (@Evastisch) February 24, 2013
Buffalo Wild Wings next door just announced they were going to show The Walking Dead tonight. They've learned their crowd. #gpcharlotte— Adam Styborski (@the_stybs) February 25, 2013
@wildestnacatl Thanks for taking one for the entire GP!— Amos Claiborne (@riffle_shuffle) February 24, 2013
Lost in the first round (to PSulli who better win), but I'm not upset about "only" top 8'ing the largest MTG tournament ever. #GPCharlotte— Benjamin Isgur (@BenIsgur) February 25, 2013
<Commentator #1> Should he counter this? <Commentator #2> I wouldn't. **Fabiano counters it, Sullivan immediately concedes.** #gpcharlotte— Mark Schick (@markdash12) February 25, 2013
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