Live Coverage of 2003 Pro Tour Venice



Osyp Lebedowicz has conquered Pro Tour – Venice. One of the more outspoken members of the successful CMU-TOGIT conglomerate, Lebedowicz's was the only Astral Slide deck to claw its way to the Top 8. There he was up against a sea of Explosive Vegetation decks and Goblins. The talent was deep and his wasn't the deck that was being talked about, but at the end of three rounds, Lebedowicz stood with the trophy in his hand.

In the quarters he smashed first-timer Akihiro Kashima of Japan. Lebedowicz won the first game despite it being in Kashima's favor, and then sideboarding helped make it a sweep. In the semis he stared down William Jensen, who had just butchered Nassif's Goblins, and the match between the two was some of the best Magic the spectators could recall. Lebedowicz was a huge underdog but somehow managed to drag things to five games. In the fifth he came back from a 31-4 deficit for a huge upset victory. Huey's victory over Nassif had people declaring him the odds-on favorite to take home the title.

Top 8 Final Standing

1.Osyp Lebedowicz (USA) $30,000
2.Tomi Walamies (Finland) $20,000
3.Jordan Berkowitz (USA) $15,000
4.William Jensen (USA) $13,000
5.Gabriel Nassif (France) $9,500
6.Darwin Kastle (USA) $8,500
7.Akihiro Kashima (Japan) $7,500
8.Mattias Jorstedt (Sweden) $6,500
(Click here for complete final standings)
Meanwhile, Jordan Berkowitz had given a clinic on why his Beasts deck had brought him to the Top 8, destroying Darwin Kastle's Dragon Vegetation deck in four games. He met his match in Tomi Walamies, who came to this Tour despite assurances that Houston was going to be his last event. "Jelly" showed himself to be in classic form, and rode goblins to the Top 8. He handled Berkowitz as easily as he felled Mattias Jorstedt in the mirror quarterfinals.

Going into the finals, everyone knew how it would turn out. Lebedowicz was at an overwhelming advantage. Walamies knew it too. It only took three games. As the last damage was dealt, Lebedowicz was mobbed by his CMU-TOGIT fellows, and cheers went up across the hall. Congratulations to Osyp Lebedowicz, Pro Tour – Venice Champion!

Venice Masters Coverage



Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Champion
1 Gabriel Nassif William Jensen, 3-1
8 William Jensen Osyp Lebedowicz, 3-2
4 Osyp Lebedowicz Osyp Lebedowicz, 3-0 Osyp Lebedowicz, 3-0
5 Akihiro Kashima
2 Tomi Walamies Tomi Walamies, 3-1
7 Mattias Jorstedt Tomi Walamies, 3-0
3 Darwin Kastle Jordan Berkowitz, 3-1
6 Jordan Berkowitz

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EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Finals: Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Tomi Walamies
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Semifinals: William Jensen vs. Osyp Lebedowicz
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Semifinals: Tomi Walamies vs. Jordan Berkowitz
    by Victor van den Broek
  • Quarterfinals: Gabriel Nassif vs. William Jensen
    by Victor van den Broek
  • Quarterfinals: Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Akihiro Kashima
    by Josh Bennett
  • Quarterfinals: Tomi Walamies vs. Mattias Jorstedt
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinals: Jordan Berkowitz vs. Darwin Kastle
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Decklists: Top 8 Decks
    by Sideboard Staff

  • Deck Tech: Explosive Vegetation
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Round 14: Osyp Lebedewicz vs. Diego Ostrovich
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 13: Gustavo Chapela vs. Osyp Lebedowicz
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Feature: Tiny Monsters Infest Venice
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 12: Gabriel Nassif vs. Kamiel Cornelissen
    by Victor van den Broek
  • Round 12: William Jensen vs. Tom Guevin
    by Randy Buehler
  • Round 11: Svend Geertsen vs. William Jensen
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 11: Tomi Walamies vs. Diego Ostrovich
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Feature: Day 2 Metagame
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 10: Dirk Baberowski vs. Andrea Santin
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 9: Kai Budde vs. Jeff Cunningham
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Round 9: Tomi Walamies vs. Svend Geertsen
    by Randy Buehler
  • Feature: How Much Would You Pay?
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 8: Jordan Berkowitz vs. Masahiko Morita
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 8: Ben Rubin vs. David Humpherys
    by Randy Buehler

  • Round 7: Jon Finkel vs. Andrea Santin
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 7: John Larkin vs. Mattias Jorstedt
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • News: Ryan Fuller Disqualified
    by Josh Bennett
  • Profile: Mons Johnson
    by Randy Buehler
  • Round 6: Jon Finkel vs. Elijah Pollack
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 5: Carlos Romao vs. Justin Gary
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Round 5: Zvi Mowshowitz vs. Kai Budde
    by Randy Buehler
  • Round 4: David Humpherys vs. Nicolas Labarre
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 4: Darwin Kastle vs. Brian Kibler
    by Randy Buehler
  • Round 3: Mike Turian vs. Jeff Cunningham
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 3: Antoine Ruel vs. Gary Wise
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Round 2: Jon Finkel vs. Justin Gary
    by Randy Buehler
  • Round 2: Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Dave Williams
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 1: Mark Ziegner vs. Mike Pustilnik
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 1: Nicolai Herzog vs. Diego Ostrovich
    by Randy Buehler
  • Feature: Quick Interviews
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Metagame: Giant Monsters Storm Venice
    by Randy Buehler
  • Decks: Last Chance Qualifier Metagame
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Info: Player List
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Sideboard Staff
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