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Live Coverage of 2003 Venice Masters

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PS2 are the Venice Masters Series Champions! In a tight match against Pro Tour – Boston finalists 2020, the boys from Japan showed they have the skills that make a champion. They were ready ever since the semifinals when they dispatched Japan's old-guard Panzer Hunters, but 2020 were no less excited. They'd just repeated their defeat of Courtney's Boys from the Boston semifinals.

Both teams were feeling the drama as they sat down to the final draft. The Japanese used a reactive strategy, shifting their colors around during the early packs. The Canadians had a strategy and they stuck to it, and for a while things looked like they were in their favor. The packs started to turn, though, and once all the cards were collected no-one was sure who had the advantage.

"Down to the wire" doesn't even begin to describe it. Steven Wolfman faced off against Katsuhiro "Staccato" Mori, and the ordinarily cautious Wolfman was swept up in Mori's whirlwind. They split two games in record time. Meanwhile, Elijah Pollock had just battled back to even with Masahiko Morita, and then David Rood and Masashiro Kuroda were on Game 3. Wolfman was the first to fall, just a single point of damage away from the win. Then Pollock drew a ridiculous opener including Timberwatch Elf and Sparksmith to take a match for 2020. It all came down to Rood versus Kuroda, and it was just about that time that Kuroda turned over Exalted Angel. Rood hoped for a Pacifism he could Meddle, but it was not to be. To the applause of the assembled crowd, PS2 were crowned champions. Congratulations to PS2!

Pro Tour Venice Coverage



Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Champion
1 Jokas PS2
8 PS2 PS2
4 Panzer Hunters Panzer Hunters PS2
5 Phoenix Foundation
2 Outland 2020
7 2020 2020
3 Courtney's Boys Courtney's Boys
6 Illuminati

Photo Coverage: Sunday | Saturday | Thursday/Friday
EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Finals: PS2 (Masahiko Morita) vs. 2020 (Elijah Pollock)
    by Josh Bennett
  • Finals: PS2 (Katsuhiro Mori) vs. 2020 (Steven Wolfman)
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Finals: PS2 (Masahiro Kuroda) vs. 2020 (David Rood)
    by Victor van den Broek
  • Info: Finals Draft Decks
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Finals Draft: PS2 vs. 2020
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Info: Final Draft Packs
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Semifinals: 2020 vs. Courtney’s Boys
    by Josh Bennett
  • Quarterfinals: Illuminati vs. Courtney's Boys
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinals: Panzer Hunters vs. Phoenix Foundation
    by Josh Bennett
  • Quarterfinal Draft: Illuminati vs. Courtney's Boys
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinal Draft: Panzer Hunters vs. Phoenix Foundation
    by Victor van den Broek
  • Gateway Finals: Outland vs. www.shop-fireball.com
    by Josh Bennett
  • Gateway Finals Draft: Outland vs. www.shop-fireball.com
    by Victor van den Broek
  • Info: Gateway Team List
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Sideboard Staff
Gateway Pairings
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Gateway Results
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