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McLaren Weaves Victory in Valencia

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The letter W!elcome to the Modern Magic world, Shaun McLaren. The 25-year-old Canadian best known as a Magic Online player defeated fellow countryman Jacob Wilson in the finals of Pro Tour Born of the Gods, earning the $40,000 first prize, a spot at the World Championship, and immediate promotion to Platinum status in the Pro Players Club. McLaren's WUR Control deck outmaneuvered Wilson's Melira Pod deck in a thrilling five-game match thanks to the timely use of Threads of Disloyalty. McLaren came back from a 2-1 deficit to win the last two games and secure the victory. Game 4 was particularly tense when it looked like Wilson might actually come back after losing all his lands to an ultimated Ajani Vengeant.

Spain continued to be a home away from home for Canadian Magic, as McLaren followed up on Alexander Hayne's win at Pro Tour Avacyn Restored last year in Barcelona. Expect to hear plenty from these three Canadians the rest of the season as all three jump into the hunt for Player of the Year.

The Pro Tour's return to Valencia opened with great anticipation on what the recent changes to the Modern Banned and Restricted List would do to the metagame. The absence of Deathrite Shaman opened up deck choices and made for a vibrant format that featured eight distinct decks in the Top 8. Couple that with the debut of Born of the Gods/Theros Booster Draft on the Pro Tour stage and the impressive performances by all the Top 8 players and you get a Pro Tour few will soon forget.


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Shaun McLaren   Shaun McLaren, 2-1        
8 Tim Rivera   Shaun McLaren, 2-1
       
4 Christian Seibold   Patrick Dickmann, 2-1   Shaun McLaren, 3-2
5 Patrick Dickmann    
       
2 Lee Shi Tian   Anssi Alkio, 2-0
7 Anssi Alkio   Jacob Wilson, 2-1
       
3 Jacob Wilson   Jacob Wilson, 2-0
6 Chris Fennell    

*Finals match is best 3-of-5; all other Top 8 matches best 2-of-3.





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Decks


 
Sunday
  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Top 5 Cards
    Pro Tour Born of the Gods

  • by Nate Price
    Finals:
    Vengeance
    Shaun McLaren (W/U/R Control) vs.
    Jacob Wilson (Melira-Pod)

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Feature:
    Four Things we Learned about Modern

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Semifinals:
    Adventures in Mana
    Patrick Dickmann (U/R/g Twin) vs.
    Shaun McLaren (W/U/R Control)

  • by Mike Rosenberg and Nate Price
    Feature:
    Pro Tour Born of the Gods Metagame Analysis

  • by Nate Price
    Semifinals:
    The Perfect Crime
    Anssi Alkio (U/R Twin) vs.
    Jacob Wilson (Melira-Pod)

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Quarterfinals:
    Redirect Ramifications
    Patrick Dickmann (U/R/g Twin) vs. Christian Seibold (Affinity)

  • by Nate Price
    Quarterfinals:
    Portent of Betrayal
    Shaun McLaren (W/U/R Control) vs.
    Tim Rivera (W/U/R Twin)

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Quarterfinals:
    Chris Fennell (Storm) vs.
    Jacob Wilson (Melira-Pod)

  • by Nate Price
    Quarterfinals:
    Tap Out
    Anssi Alkio (U/R Twin) vs.
    Lee Shi Tian (Blue Moon)

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8 Profiles

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8 Decks


 
Saturday
  • by Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
    Video Feature:
    Day Two Wrap-up

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Feature:
    And the Leading Team Is...

  • by Nate Price
    Round 16:
    One Leg at a Time
    Saul Aguado (Hexproof Auras) vs.
    (14) Alexander Hayne (U/R Twin)

  • by Craig Gibson and Mike Rosenberg
    Feature:
    Pro Tour Born of the Gods Photo Essay

  • by Simon Goertzen
    Round 15:
    The Final Points
    Chris Fennell (Storm) vs.
    Dominik Prosek (Burn)

  • by Nate Price
    Feature:
    Team MTG Mint Card

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Round 14:
    A Flash Bash
    Tim Rivera (U/R/W Twin) vs
    Jingwei Zheng (W/U/R Flash)

  • by Ines Alcolea Illopis
    Feature:
    Esther Morena Morales

  • by Nate Price
    Feature:
    Shooting the Moon

  • by Simon Goertzen
    Feature:
    Sideboarding in Modern

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Round 13:
    An Aura of Uncertainty
    Raymond Tan (Hexproof Auras) vs.
    Jacob Wilson (Melira Pod)

  • by Nate Price
    Round 12:
    Searing Blood
    Shaun McLaren (W/U/R Flash) vs.
    Lee Shi Tian (Blue Moon)

  • by Simon Goertzen
    Round 10:
    Seeing Red
    Nico Bohny vs. Melissa DeTora (Draft)

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Feature:
    The One Percent

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Feature:
    A Fae's Life

  • by Nate Price
    Feature:
    Day Two Modern Metagame Breakdown

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Feature:
    Drafting with Michael Hetrick

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Draft Viewer:
    Draft 2, Pod 5

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Pods:
    Draft 2

 
Friday
  • by Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
    Video Feature:
    Day One Wrap-up

  • by Nate Price
    Round 8:
    Dead End
    Patrick Dickmann (U/R/g Twin) vs.
    Michael Hetrick (Living End)

  • by Nate Price
    Feature:
    Released Back into the Wild

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Round 7:
    Obliteration
    (3) Reid Duke (B/G Midrange) vs.
    (13) Makihito Mihara (Kiki-Pod)

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Feature:
    A Courser of Action

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Feature:
    There's No "Team" in "I"

  • by Nate Price
    Round 5:
    Blood in the Water
    Kai Budde (Storm) vs.
    Alex Sittner (Faeries)

  • by Ines Alcolea with Blake Rasmussen
    Feature:
    Spain's Joel Calafell on the Pro Tour

  • by Nate Price
    Feature:
    Pro Tour Born of the Gods Modern Metagame Breakdown

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Round 4:
    Slippery Slopes
    Michael Hetrick (Living End) vs.
    Stephen Mann (Hexproof Auras)

  • by Nate Price
    Feature:
    Modern Glossary
    The Big Decks of Pro Tour Born of the Gods

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Feature:
    Five up and Five down in Theros

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Round 1:
    Getting a Grip
    Olle Rade vs. (23) Craig Wescoe (Draft)

  • by Nate Price
    Feature:
    The More Things Change…

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Draft Viewer:
    Draft 1, Pod 28

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Pods:
    Draft 1

  • by Blake Rasmussen
    Feature:
    Know Their Roles

  • by Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
    Video Feature:
    Pro Tour Born of the Gods Preview

  • by Rich Hagon
    Feature:
    Six of the Best - A Pro Tour Born of the Gods Preview

  • by Brian David-Marshall
    The Week That Was:
    A Column You Say...

  • by Luis Scott-Vargas
    Top Decks:
    Mastering Modern

  • by Jacob Van Lunen
    Perilous Research:
    A New Cannon for Modern

  • by Brian David-Marshall
    The Week That Was:
    Pro Tour Born of the Gods Coverage Roundtable

  • by Brian David-Marshall
    The Week That Was:
    Marvelous Team-Ups

  • by Wizards of the Coast
    Information:
    Pro Tour Born of the Gods Event Information

 1.  Shaun McLaren $40,000
 2.  Jacob Wilson $20,000
 3.  Patrick Dickmann $12,500
 4.  Anssi Alkio $12,500
 5.  Lee Shi Tian $10,000
 6.  Christian Seibold $10,000
 7.  Chris Fennell $10,000
 8.  Tim Rivera $10,000

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