As Rich Hagon would say, Pro Tour Gatecrash is in the books. For those of you who didn’t join the nearly 28,000 folks watching, I feel bad for you as you missed some truly historic Magic being played.
On Day 1, a few pros got off to inauspicious starts in Draft before the Standard portion introduce some saucy new decks with equally fantastic names. Melissa DeTora led the pack through Day 1 at a comfortable 8-0. Day 2 featured the rare “strategic concession” from Lukas Jaklovsky against Guillaume Wafo-Tapa as well as a few players falling to tournament pressure.
Ben Stark made Top 8, affording the Twitterverse opportunities for many a Game of Thrones joke. Tom Martell’s ugly but lucky scarf, loaned to him by Jon Finkel, distracted DeTora for the win. Meanwhile, Owen Turtenwald got President’s Day and Arbor Day confused, sending himself home. The Swedish Kibler, Joel Larsson bested Ben Stark’s Nephalia “Frownyards” to advance to the finals (cross out the King in the North joke), meeting Tom who had just bested poker pro Eric Froehlich. Joel and Tom squared off, control versus aggro, to decide the victor. I will spare you a Boros Reckoner pun. Tom Won. You’re welcome.
I'm not ashamed that I will be watching #ptgtc all day for three straight days starting tomorrow.— Jacen Chris Baker (@jcbhatestweeter) February 15, 2013
@lsv playing bare back . . WOW.— Matthew Beverly (@MattyStudios) February 15, 2013
Wait wait wait. Harvest Pyre?!? That's... People are really going all-in on Boros Reckoner, man. #PTGTC— The Inane Rambler (@WhateverTheFeel) February 15, 2013
Walked by Yuuya and he had Gideon and Manor Gargoyle in play.#PTGTC— Brian Kibler (@bmkibler) February 15, 2013
Conceding first round without playing any card to sideboard waow #PTGTC— Pyrhaa (@Pyrhaa) February 16, 2013
Nice to see Jeremy Dezani handle himself with such class on camera.#PTGTC— Daniel Kaplan (@Mordot7) February 16, 2013
My timing is perfect. Wake up and turn on coverage with 3 minutes to spare #PTGTC— Sean Thielman (@MemoryLapseGuy) February 17, 2013
Wow, that centaur attack by Melissa was masterful. #PTGTC— Matt (@bulkbinder) February 17, 2013
Is it Arbor Day or something?— Todd Anderson (@strong_sad) February 17, 2013
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