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Live Coverage of 2004 Canada National Championship

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Jingpeng Zhang is Canadian National Champion! After sawing through a control-heavy field with his March-Obliterate deck and showing that his limited game was up to snuff he earned a place in today's Top 8 competition. In the quarters he played London's Mike Viner, who came to the competition unqualified on Thursday, ground in, and kept on winning. He was with blue-white control, and Zhang dispatched him in four thanks to the the uncounterable kaboom.

In the semis he faced David Rood, who had just bested Ontario Regiona Champion Sacha Bakht in the affinity mirror. They went the full five, but Zhang emerged victorious. That meant he would face Murray "The Mauler" Evans in the finals. Evans had somehow escaped Jason Howden's blue-white control and then massacred Michael Thicke, who had Obliterated Felix Tse in the quarters.

  

Top 8 Final Standing

 1.  Jingpeng Zhang $3,200
 2.  Murray Evans $2,200
 3.  Michael Thicke $1,600
 4.  David Rood $1,000
 5.  Sacha Bakht $500
 6.  Mike Viner $500
 7.  Jason Howden $500
 8.  Felix Tse $500

(Click here for complete final standings)

The finals were quick and brutal. March of the Machines and manascrew determined the outcome. It was the same in the playoff for the third spot on the team. Affinity couldn't stand up to Obliterate's removal backed by the awesome power of March.

Zhang is already looking forward to Worlds, which will be his first Pro Tour. In addition to the responsibility of leading the Canadian team (he's already co-ordinating with Thicke and Evans for testing) it will give him a chance to see some friends of his from the Chinese National Team. Congratualtions to Jingpeng Zhang, Canadian National Champion!


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Michael Thicke   Michael Thicke, 3-1        
8 Felix Tse   Murray Evans, 3-0
       
4 Jason Howden   Murray Evans, 3-2   Jingpeng Zhang, 3-2
5 Murray Evans    
       
2 Sacha Bakht   David Rood, 3-1
7 David Rood   Jingpeng Zhang, 3-2
       
3 Mike Viner   Jingpeng Zhang, 3-1
6 Jingpeng Zhang    


3rd Place Playoff  
Michael Thicke Michael Thicke, 3-1
David Rood


EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION

  • 3rd Place Playoff: Michael Thicke vs. David Rood
    by Josh Bennett
  • Finals: Murray "The Mauler" Evans vs. JingPeng Zhang
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Finale: Murray Evans contre Jingpeng Zhang
    by Paul Hunt
  • Semifinals: Mike Thicke vs. Murray "The Mauler" Evans
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Semifinals: Jingpeng Zhang vs. David Rood
    by Josh Bennett
  • Semi Final: David Rood contre Jingpeng Zhang
    by Paul Hunt
  • Quarterfinals: Mike Thicke vs. Felix Tse
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quart de finals: David Rood contre Sacha Bakht
    by Paul Hunt
  • Quarterfinals: Jason Howden vs. Murray Evans
    by Josh Bennett

  • Info: Day 2 Wrap-Up
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decks: The Top 8 Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 12: Sacha Bakht vs. Guillaume Belanger
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 11: Jason Gray vs. Mike Viner
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 10: Murray Evans vs. Louis Boileau
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 9: Phil Samms vs. David Rood
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 8: Rahul Chandra vs. Jingpeng Zhang
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 7: Kaixin Wang vs. Mike Thicke
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Draft Report: Drafting with Jeff Cunningham
    by Josh Bennett
  • Info: Round 7 Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff

  • Info: Day 1 Wrap-Up
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 6: Richard Hoaen vs. Filip Hajduk
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 5: Gab Tsang vs. Boyd Hardie
    by Josh Bennett
  • Draft Report: Drafting with Mark Zajdner
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 4: Michael Thicke vs. Francis Cormier
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Round 4 Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 3: Louie Boileau vs. Murray "The Mauler" Evans
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 2: Geordie Tait vs. Nick Page
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 1: Mark Zajdner vs. Gab Tsang
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Decks: Evening Constructed Grinder T8 Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decks: Afternoon Constructed Grinder T8 Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decks: Morning Constructed Grinder T8 Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff
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