Weekend Review: March 29-30
posted 2014-03-31 by John Dale Beety
Longtime player and game store owner Derrick Sheets won the StarCityGames.com Invitational in Charlotte after three days of intense competition. Sheets piloted Mono-Black Devotion in the Standard rounds and brought Deathblade to the Legacy Top 8, defeating Jessy Hefner in a thrilling finals that went the full five games. With the win Sheets secured a place in the StarCityGames.com Players' Championship, as did Brian Braun-Duin, the Season One points leader.
In the Standard Open at Charlotte, Travis Harrison took home the trophy with U/w Devotion, finishing with a victory over Jacob Neighbors and B/W Midrange. Noted Open Series grinder Michael Majors won the Legacy Open with U/W/R Delver. He took down a pair of brothers in the Top 8 along the way, besting Michael Braverman in the quarterfinals and Phillip Braverman in the semifinals.
At the Magic Online Championship hosted in San Francisco, Denmark's Lars Dam claimed the $25,000 first prize and a spot in the 2014 World Championship. Dam defeated reigning champion Dmitriy Butakov in the semifinals and American Cory Lack in the finals.
Grand Prix Beijing was the largest Magic tournament ever held in mainland China with 1010 players registered. Noted Japanese professional Yuuya Watanabe notched his 20th Grand Prix Top 8 and seventh title, tying him with Kai Budde for the most Grand Prix victories. Watanabe's Mono-Black Standard deck was notable for its four copies of Staff of the Death Magus in the sideboard, helping him navigate a burn-heavy field on his way to the win.