This past weekend saw the unfolding of the first ever Magic the Gathering Player’s Championship. All original concerns about the tournament structure and what it was replacing flew out the window as players enjoyed the spectacle of back-to-back matches between some of the best players in the game. This three day event featured Modern, M13 Draft and Cube Draft formats, testing a wide range of player skill, experience and practice.
In the end, Yuuya Watanabe triumphed over Shouta Yasooka 3-2 in a Japanese-dominated finals match. Although Shouta could not break through the Jund shard, the other players and the Twitterverse had his back, congratulating him on an insane run, winning two more pro points total than Watanabe, despite losing in the finals.
I can't figure out who I want to win this player's championship. Super excited to watch today, though!— thea steele (@wmap) August 29, 2012
@WalkThePlanes Before they start, sit them in a circle and play spin the bottle. Whoever it lands on you root for.— James Turner (@James_LRR) August 29, 2012
And also kiss.
Getting ready for the big show. pic.twitter.com/pb72N7xA— Matt Tabak (@TabakRules) August 29, 2012
Player's Championship has been awesome thus far, and promises even more to come. Thanks for all the support, guys, gonna do my best. #mtgpc— Alexander Hayne (@InsayneHayne) August 29, 2012
If there is any justice in the world Owen will not win a match against ACTUAL Magic players this weekend. #mtgpc— Dan (@CapnTopDeck) August 29, 2012
Hayne finished 4-2! Good day 1, half the wins he needs to make T4, KEEP IT UP!!!!— Doug Potter (@DougPkr) August 30, 2012
This tournament is both the most competitive and casual pro level tournament, both by a lot #mtgpc— Josh Utter-Leyton (@wrapter) August 29, 2012
@karsten_frank Not just the mastery of his deck, but the mastery of Yasooka. It's clear he's put a lot of practice in to this event— Ben Swartz (@bensw) August 30, 2012
The twitter corner pic.twitter.com/PXpEq2tJ— Martin Juza (@Juzam_) August 30, 2012
Why would Obama plan his AMA opposite the #mtgpc?? You don't give the state of the union on super bowl sunday.— Matt Sperling (@sickofit) August 29, 2012
"I was created to oppress innovation" -Bloodbraid Elf #mtgpc— Vivek Soi (@vivek_soi) September 1, 2012
Bloodbraid Elf. Still ridiculous, and only gets more so as the card pool gets bigger.— Alex (@DeckConstruct) September 1, 2012
What #mtgpc really shows us is that competitive Magic can indeed be a phenomenal spectator sport when played at the higher level.— Jason (@RealEvilGenius) September 1, 2012
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