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Nico Bohny, left, and Antoine Ruel enjoy a Magical sunset

Grand Prix Torino is over and the winner comes from Switzerland: Nico Bohny defeats Antoine Ruel in a blisteringly fast final with 2-0 games!

What are the lessons that this three-day Grand Prix taught after all was said and done?

The three-day format was both a success and a hindrance. It was holiday weekend here in Italy, so many Italians went on holiday instead of playing in the Grand Prix. Spanish Regionals also clashed with GP Torino, so the Spanish players were very much underrepresented. The three-day format also was a success. One of the largest European PTQs was held on friday, with 301 players trying to get one of the two tickets to Kobe that were up for grabs.


For free comprehensive audio coverage of Grand Prix-Torino from the moxradio team, just click on the image. From first to last, you won't miss a thing as Richard Hagon and Dave Sutcliffe bring you Pro interviews, strategy, match reports, updates, and commentary on the greatest game on Earth. Click back often for regular updates throughout the tournament.

The PTQ also brought us the most successful player of the weekend: Marco Lombardi from Italy not only went to the finals after nine plus two rounds of PTQ play, but also reached the Top 8 in the main event, playing another nine rounds and a quarterfinal before his Magic tires went flat. The other Italian in the Top 8, Giacomo Mallamaci from Torino, also took home the amateur prize. Most of the players on day two already had Pro points, but Mallamaci came as a blank slate and cashed in not only 800 US$ for a quarterfinal finish, but also an additional 1,500 US$ for his amateur win!

And Antoine Ruel has his 14th Grand Prix Top 8 under his belt. Everybody is eagerly awaiting the Ruel brother's performance at PT Charleston, together with Frank Karsten, but the next stop on the road is Tolouse! So join the magicthegathering.com coverage team and the moxradio reporters at GP Tolouse on June 24 and 25, three weeks from now!



Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Bram Snepvangers [NLD]   Bram Snepvangers, 2-0        
8 Giacomo Mallamaci [ITA]   Antoine Ruel, 2-1
       
4 Guillaume Wafo-Tapa [FRA]   Antoine Ruel, 2-0   Nico Bohny, 2-0
5 Antoine Ruel [FRA]    
       
2 Marco Lombardi [ITA]   Nico Bohny, 2-1
7 Nico Bohny [CHE]   Nico Bohny, 2-0
       
3 Pierre Canali [FRA]   Klaus Diete Jöns, 2-1
6 Klaus Diete Jöns [GER]    


EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION

  • Blog - 1:39 a.m. - Vintage Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
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    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Blog - 12:44 a.m. - Legacy decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Blog - 11:38 p.m. - Finals: Antoine Ruel (France) - Nico Bohny (Switzerland)
    by Jörn Martin Hajek
  • Blog - 10:56 p.m. - Semifinals: Bram Snepvangers (NLD) - Antoine Ruel (FRA)
    by Jörn Martin Hajek
  • Blog - 10:33 p.m. - Semifinals: Nico Bohny (Switzerland) vs Klaus Dieter Jöns (Germany)
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Blog - 9:48 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Marco Lombardi (ITA) vs Nico Bohny (CHE)
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Blog - 9:26 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Antoine Ruel (FRA) vs Guillaume Wafo-Tapa (FRA)
    by Craig Jones
  • Blog - 8:53 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Bram Snepvangers (NLD) vs Giacomo Mallamaci (ITA)
    by Gis Hoogendijk
  • Blog - 8:34 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Klaus Dieter Jöns (GER)- Pierre Canali (FRA)
    by Jörn Martin Hajek
  • Blog - 7:51 p.m. - The Top 8 Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Blog - 7:27 p.m. - The final eight: T8 profiles
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 1.  Nico Bohny $2,400
 2.  Antoine Ruel $1,700
 3.  Bram Snepvangers $1,200
 4.  Jöns, Klaus Dieter $1,000
 5.  Marco Lombardi $800
 6.  Guillaume Wafo-Tapa $800
 7.  Giacomo Mallamaci $800
 8.  Pierre Canali $800
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  • Sunday, June 4: 7:27 p.m. - The final eight: T8 profiles


  • Nico Bohny

    Nico Bohny

    Age: 22
    Hometown: Basel, Switzerland
    Occupation: Elementary teacher in training
    Tournament record: 3 byes, 12-3
    "I didn't realize at first that I was top 8. I might even win this, but I don't except that to happen."
    Deck: green/red base with multicolor splash




    Pierre Canali

    Pierre Canali

    Age: 23
    Hometown: Aix en-Provence, France
    Occupation: Salsa instructor
    Tournament record: 3 byes, 12-3
    "It was so important for me to make Top 8. I didn't make Top 8 at PT Prague because I made a mistake. I didn't make a mistake this time! Everybody knows I'm good at constructed, but now I can prove that I am good in Limited, too. This format (RGD) feels a lot like constructed. I'm building my limited decks in this format like I would a constructed deck. I'm confident about this format, but Antoine is probably the best player in the Top 8 and the favorite."
    Deck: green/black, splash white




    Guillaume Wafo-Tapa

    Guillaume Wafo-Tapa

    Age: 25
    Hometown: Nantes, France
    Occupation: Maths student
    Tournament record: 2 byes, 12-2-1
    "I'm very happy, this is my first GP top 8." Can you win this? "Yes!" (smiles)
    Deck: green/red, splash black




    Marco Lombardi

    Marco Lombardi

    Age: 20
    Hometown: Genua, Italy
    Occupation: Student
    Tournament record: 1 bye, 12-2-1
    "I won a PT-slot yesterday in the PTQ. I thought I might just play the GP anyway, and I am very relaxed. A good weekend for me!"
    Deck: red/white/blue




    Antoine Ruel

    Antoine Ruel

    Age: 26
    Hometown: Montpellier, France
    Occupation: professional Magic player
    Tournament record: 3 byes, 13-2
    "Magic earns me more money than poker. Poker is boring." -- "Making top 8 always feels good!" -- "In Charleston, I will be in the finals with my brother."
    Deck: red/black/white




    Klaus Dieter Jöns

    Klaus Dieter Jöns

    Age: 22
    Hometown: Tamm, Germany
    Occupation: Physics student
    Tournament record: 3 byes, 12-2-1
    "Eternal Flame will burn forever!" -- "Actually, I think I might make the semifinals, unless I have to play Antoine first."
    Deck: blue/white, splash black




    Bram Snepvangers

    Bram Snepvangers

    Age: 30
    Hometown: Houten, Netherlands
    Occupation: Secretary in special position
    Tournament record: 3 byes, 12-1-2
    "If I win this, it might feel new. So far, it went well - a win for me is possible, and it's about time for it!"
    Deck: red/green/black




    Giacomo Mallamici

    Giacomo Mallamici

    Age: 23
    Hometown: Torino, Italy
    Occupation: Student for shows, music and arts
    Tournament record: 0 byes, 12-2-1 (and the only amateur in this T8!)
    "It feels strange but good, making Top 8 in my own city. Especially since I failed to Top 32 at GP Bologna last year. It's great!"
    Deck: green/red, multiple splash



     
  • Sunday, June 4: 7:51 p.m. - The Top 8 Decklists











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  • Sunday, June 4: 8:34 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Klaus Dieter Jöns (GER)- Pierre Canali (FRA)


  • Klaus Kieter Jons

    Jöns tried to talk Canali into a prize split before the game, but Canali had already split with a bunch of other people, so he declined for mathematical reasons.

    Canali opened with Dryad Sophisticate and Sporeback Troll, while Jöns had a Terraformer. Jöns tried to be tricky and talked Canali into attacking with both creatures, and Canali let himself be tricked. Jöns blocked the Troll, and triumphantly played Carom, killing the Dryad, saving his Terraformer, and drawing a card. Except that Canali had a Carom as well, so the Terraformer died instead, and Jöns was set back quite a bit. He tried to come back with Stratozeppelid and Cerulean Sphinx. He offered the price split again when he played the Sphinx, but Canali declined again, letting him know that it would be dead as soon as he untapped. Sure enough, he had a Mortify, and he could continue attacking with his army, that had been reinforced by a Verdant Eidolon. At the end, Canali's Overwhelm was too much for Jöns to overcome.

    Pierre Canali

    In Game 2, Canali played a turn two Aquastrand Spider, that ended up dealing a surprising amount of damage, as the road was clear for quite a while: Mortify took out Jöns' Assault Zeppelid, and Revenant Patriarch traded against Sadistic Augermage. In the end, it was only stopped because it was fed to Elvish Skysweeper to take out Jöns' Stratozeppelid. However, the Spider came back a few turns later thanks to Mausoleum Turnkey, and could go on to to try and wreak some more havoc. The second time around, it proved to be somewhat less impressive: It threw himself in front of a Cerulean Sphinx that came into play after Jöns had turned Canali's Skysweeper into a 0/0 Spider, thanks to a Cytoshape. The Sphinx then did it's dirty work, and a third game was needed to determine the winner.

    Jöns looked like a sure winner in Game 3, when he produced Azorius First-Wing, Ostiary Thrull, and Golgari Rotwurm early on, but Canali could muster a defence with Elvish Skysweeper, Aquastrand Spider, and Cytospawn Shambler. He was at five life when he stabilized, and seemed to have a real chance. However, a second Ostiary Thrull could eliminate Canali's key blocker, the Shambler, and that was the end of the game.

    Klaus Dieter Jöns beat Pierre Canali, 2-1



     
  • Sunday, June 4: 8:53 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Bram Snepvangers (NLD) vs Giacomo Mallamaci (ITA)


  • Giacomo Mallamaci

    Bram is a very experienced Pro Player from the Netherlands who has been on the train since 1998. With two PT top 8's and 6 GP Top 8's he is certainly not new to the single elimination rounds of a major event. I watched Bram draft and our friends from Moxradio will have the full run down of his picks. Here is the run down though, starting with a pair of mana fixers in the form of Civic Wayfinder and Elves of the Deep Shadow, Bram took a lot of powerful cards after that concentrating on G/R/B. Guildpact offered him many powerful cards but he needed to get some more cards to take care of his mana. Dissension offered him one Rakdos Carnarium and a tabling Vesper Ghoul but the Utopia Sprawls (tech stolen from Prague winner Takuya Osawa) were not in the packs passed to him, even though he was prepared to take them high. In the end he picked to Simic Signets to hopefully get him to his expensive spells sooner.

    Giacomo on the other hand is a lot less experienced then Bram and only started attending GP's outside of Italy since last years GP Nottingham. His draft however had three of the much coveted karoos and a shockland in the form of Temple Garden, so his mana will be better the the dutch player's. His deck was mainly R/G with a very small white splash, making it consistent although he has some bombs in the form of a Skarrgan Skybreaker (which Osama Fujita used so effectively in Kuala Lumpur) and Ulasht, the Hate Seed, an insane card in his R/G, mostly creature, deck. Enough talk, lets get to the action already…

    Game 1

    The Spindown die was not good enough for Bram when Giacomo wanted to use it for highest chooses, Bram fetched one of his six-sided dice and asked if that was ok, Giacomo agreed but wanted to add a little twist: "One beats six." The Dutchman agreed and rolled… a six. Luckily for him the Italian only rolled a three and we were of with Bram starting.

    Both players kept and a Signet followed by a Civic Wayfinder were the first plays of the game from Bram. He played a fourth turn Streetbreaker Wurm off the Signet when Giacomo finally cast his first spell, Viashino Fangtail. He wasn't blocking the Wurm, though, dropping to 12. A Demon's Jester from Bram and a Gruul Scrapper from the Italian clogged the ground, so Bram just attacked with the Imp.

    The Scrapper entered the red zone to trade with the Wayfinder but Giacomo was able to follow with another Scrapper and a Thundersong Trumpeter. Bram attacked with the Jester again and played his most expensive spell, Living Inferno. Giacomo let out all sorts of sighs, weird sounds and the like and could only muster a Cytospawn Shambler in return. Bram activated the Inferno to get rid of everything on Giacomo's side except for the Shambler which he did do two damage to and followed that up with the Euthanist to kill it. That was enough for Giacomo and we were on to Game 2.

    Bram Snepvangers 1-0 Giacomo Mallamaci

    Game 2

    Again both players were happy with their opening hands; however, they started playing spells sooner then last game. Bram started with an Elves of Deep Shadow but the Italian answered with a Silhana Ledgewalker and a Simic Guildmage. Bram cast a turn three Mossdog. But he couldn't block the Ledgewalker which enabled a bloodthirsted Bloodscale Prowler for Giacomo. The next turn the Italian tried to off the Mossdog with a Galvanic Arc, but Bram saved it with a Wildsize. He dropped to 12 however from the following attack.

    Bram Snepvangers

    Bram took a long time to come up with his next play and finally settled for an attack with the Mossdog and passing the turn. Giacomo cast Ulasht, the Hate Seed, hoping for three +1/+1 counters but Bram responded with Seize the Soul on the Guildmage, netting him a token which he haunted immediately. The Ulasht was now only 2/2 and Giacomo read the Seize the Soul again, just to be sure, before he attacked. Bram blocked the Ledgewalker with the token, Giacomo shot with Ulasht and the Prowler ended up in the graveyard and Bram had another token.

    Bram attacked with the Mossdog and followed with a Simic Ragworm for defense. Giacomo played a Fangtail but decided against any attacks for now. Bram attacked with both 3/3's and played a Cytospawn Shambler. On his next turn Bram went for the jugular and attacked with his team, which was followed with: "Eight is not much!" from Giacomo. He double blocked the Mossdog, the Fangtail jumped in front of the Ragworm and killed the flying token, Ulasht shot the Mossdog and Giacomo dropped to 1. Bram finally played a mountain followed by an Ickspitter and a Dimir Houseguard. Giacomo wanted to look at his last card while still alive but extended his hand soon after.

    Bram Snepvangers 2-0 Giacomo Mallamaci



     
  • Sunday, June 4: 9:26 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Antoine Ruel (FRA) vs Guillaume Wafo-Tapa (FRA)


  • Guillaume Wafo-Tapa

    Hello, this is guest reporter Craig Jones here. I used to do this full-time, but now I'm filling in on the spare quarter-final for Hanno and Jörn.

    Well we've got a cracking quarter-final here. No European Grand Prix would be complete without a Ruel in the latter stages and this time it's Antoine looking to improve on his quarter-final finish earlier this year in Cardiff. His opponent is a fellow Frenchman, Guillaume Wafo-Tapa. Wafo-Tapa has quietly been assembling a series of under the radar money finishes over the past year. This is the first time he's cracked the top 8 barrier.

    Both players are running black and red. Ruel has chosen white as his third color while Wafo-Tapa has gone to both the Gruul and Golgari guilds for a spicy deck that features both a Rakdos Pit Dragon and Debtor's Knell.

    Wafo-Tapa went first and came haring out of the blocks. A third turn Bloodscale Prowler followed by a Pit Dragon looked firmly poised to take advantage of a stutter in Ruel's mana development. Former PT winners never roll over and die that easily though. Despite missing a land drop on turn three, Ruel was able to find running swamps in his next two cards. A Centaur Safeguard took care of the Prowler and then an Ostiary Thrull came along to tie up the Dragon.

    After finding swamps Ruel started to take a stranglehold on the game. Wafo-Tapa tried to keep up the offence with a Scab-Clan Mauler and then a Sporeback Troll, but attacking on the ground was negated by Ruel's Souls of the Faultless. Ruel's stranglehold became fatal within a couple of turns as he attached a Shadow Lance to a Mourning Thrull and started swinging. With Antoine Ruel's life heading into orbit at the same rate as Wafo-Tapa's life total was plunging it only a took a few turns to finish off a quick first game.

    Antoine Ruel

    Ruel 1-0 Wafo-Tapa.

    Unfortunately Game 2 was a complete blow out. Wafo-Tapa mulliganed to five and kept a one land hand. Four turns later his lonely swamp was facing off against a Drekavac, Centaur Safeguard and Demon's Jester.

    "He's a nice guy," Ruel said afterwards. "I didn't want to win like that."

    So Antoine Ruel gets to continue the hunt for yet another trophy to adorn the Ruel household, while I suspect we'll be seeing more of Wafo-Tapa again in the future.

    Antoine Ruel beats Guillaume Wafo-Tapa 2-0.



     
  • Sunday, June 4: 9:48 p.m. - Quarterfinals: Marco Lombardi (ITA) vs Nico Bohny (CHE)


  • Game 1 - The Flame-Kin fandango

    Nico Bohny

    Marco Lombardi is the man of this weekend, having qualified twice for PT Kobe: He was both playing in the quarterfinal and had won one of the two slots at Friday's PTQ.

    He also had the first play in this quarterfinal with a Screeching Griffin, that promptly got enchated by Nico's Shielding Plax. That play has happened quite often this weekend, as players use an early Plax just for digging.

    Marco countered Nico's first attempt at a creature, an Oordrun Commando, by sacrificing his Soulsworn Jury and followed that up with Flaring Flame-Kin. Nico had Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran, against that. It paled in comparison to Marco's Ocular Halo on Flaring Flame-Kin and the Italian took the Swiss to nine life. Nico had the Ogre Savant to get rid of the Halo, but when Flaring Flame-Kin came down a second time, Marco also had the Infiltrator's Magemark for it, still on 15 life.

    And again came the bounce from Nico, Repeal, again offing the enchantment and the Swiss came cracking back for a whooping ten, taking Marco to five life with potentially lethal damage against him, unless the Italian could either destroy a creature or find a second blocker. Marco managed to play his Flaring Flame-Kin the third time in this match and again had an enchantment to go with it, this time Riot Spikes. That got the thumbs-up from Nico, who then made Grand Arbiter, put Infiltrator's Magemark on Argus Kos and attacked for the win.

    Marco Lombardi 0 - 1 Nico Bohny

    Game 2

    Marco chose to play again. Gnat Alley-Creeper and a fourth-turn Sunhome Enforcer stood against Nico's Veteran Armorer in the opening turns. Armorer and Creeper traded in combat and Marco played a protective Soulsworn Jury, which did not counter Wee Dragonauts on Nico's side. Instead, the Jury traded with Grand Arbiter Augustin IV.

    When Marco attacked with his Enforcer, Nico's Dragonauts blocked and Pyromatics threatened to take Sunhome Enforcer out. But Marco had Lightning Helix to off the Weeeeeeee! Kite-fliers. Sunhome Enforcer and Oathsworn Giant took Nico to 4 and threatened to kill him. Marco overextended a little and committed Screeching Griffin to the board, allowing Nico to Overrule for five, taking him out of lethal range. Repeal on Oathsworn Giant bought the Swiss more time while he went to three, but an Azorius First-Wing wasn't enough defense and Nico went down to Sunhome Enforcer.

    Marco Lombardi 1 - 1 Nico Bohny

    Game 3

    Marco Lombardi

    Third game, and Nico chose to play first, a popular option just to prevent the dreaded discard from a bounce-land on the draw. Marco had the dubious honor of the first mulligan in this match. Nonetheless, he had a first turn Seal of Fire, a good thing to have in any case. Nico had the better start, though, with Azorius First-Wing being especially good against Seal of Fire. The Seal took out Oordrun Commando and Steamcore Weird from Marco made short work of the First-Wing.

    On Nico's side, Agrus Kos and Boros Swiftblade with an Infiltrator's Magemark on it faced down Steamcore Weird and Gelectrode, a position Marco quickly amended with Peal from Reality on Steamcore Weird and Argus Kos. Down came the Weird again and enlisted Gelectrode's help to kill Argus Kos, Wojek Veteran. A Gelectrode of his own and an Aurora Eidolon helped Nico out in the permanent's department and with Marco at 9 life, Nico knew he could kick the last Italian out of the top 8. Weeeeeeeeeee! Dragonauts together with Leap of Flame came to the aid of Boros Swiftblade, and the pumped Dragonauts dealt enough damage to make Marco scoop.

    Marco Lombardi 1 - 2 Nico Bohny



     
  • Sunday, June 4: 10:33 p.m. - Semifinals: Nico Bohny (Switzerland) vs Klaus Dieter Jöns (Germany)


  • Game 1

    Klaus Dieter Jöns

    Both players were allowed to look at their opponent's decklist, and while Nico did that in silence, Klaus talked without pause while reading the list. He seemed pretty nervous, or rather excited, moving and talking and definitely carrying his personality to the outside. His opponent kept a calm pose, claiming confidence in his ability to win the game.

    Klaus had the first action of the match with a Soulsworn Jury. Nico had to face the Jury in his previous game, too, and that's where it had countered his Arbiter twice. This time, the Arbiter came through, and Klaus' Assault Zeppelid suddenly was five mana. Klaus: "I'm flooded anyway, how lucky!" Nico was able to add Argus Kos to his side of the board and Repealed the Oathsworn Jury, attacking with both his Legends and dropping Klaus to 13. Veteran Armorer came down for cheap, boosting the dynamic duo of Argus Kos and Grand Arbiter.

    Back to Klaus, his Zeppelid did all the damage work, taking Nico to 14. His Ostiary Thrull would be able to hold off at least one attacker, but not the Argus Kos: The big Wojek gained a Shielding Plax. Infiltrator's Magemark from Nico on the Armorer, and the attack took Klaus to ten. The German cracked back with Zeppelid and Petrahydrox, Repealing the Armorer and killing the blocking Grand Arbiter that way.

    "Yay, I can play lots for cheap now!" came the inevitable trash-talk from Klaus, all in German, thoroughly confusing the English judge who couldn't rely on the player's interaction to follow the game. A lively exchange of cards between the two players, back and forth and block and bounce, left Klaus with double Ostiary Thrull, Petrahydrox and Assault Zeppelid. Argus Kos from Nico attacked into Thrull and Petrahydrox. Nico had Leap of Flame, Klaus bounced his Hydrox via Thrull and played post-combat Wee Dragonauts and Azorius Guildmage.

    The answer from the German was Helium Squirter and a grafted Ghost Warden, seeking his luck in the air. "Don't get cocky", Nico jokingly declared, as Klaus took him down to eight with Assault Zeppelid. An all-in attack from Nico went almost uninhibited thanks to his Azorius Guildmage, and that was exactly ten damage to take the talkative German down.

    Nico Bohny 1 - 0 Klaus Dieter Jöns

    Game 2

    "You solidly forgot what I have in my deck, otherwise you wouldn't have attacked like that!" claimed Klaus. "Condemn?" asked Nico, and "yeah" came the answer, and a flurry of post-game recap from Klaus which went on for ever but was not as accurate as it was covering his fear of losing.

    Both players kept their hands and Nico, playing second, had to discard on his second turn, asking "Should I discard something good?" Obviously, Klaus was demanding of him to discard Argus Kos, but Wee Dragonauts hit the bin instead. First action came from Nico with Veteran Armorer and - again! - the Grand Arbiter, while Klaus was ripping lands off the top off his deck as if he wanted to flood the Titanic. Nico had Flame-Kin Zealot, taking Klaus to nine.

    Nico Bohny

    The German tapped seven mana (due to the Arbiter) for Cerulean Sphinx as the first creature on his side, rubbed his hands together and ripped another land off the top. Combatting Grand Arbiter has never been easier, but Klaus didn't get anything in, really. His Tattered Drake was Overruled for four - Arbiter really helps that blue AND white spell. Shielding Plax came down onto the Arbiter, and Klaus, helplessly, demanded "better play" from Nico, trying to trick him into wasting some resources. The Swiss sat confidently behind his board of Veteran Armorer, Aurora Eidolon, Grand Arbiter with Shielding Plax and Flame-Kin Zealot. When he Repealed Klaus' Cerulean Sphinx, the German stood suddenly, scooped up his cards vigorously, and stormed away in disgust.

    Nico Bohny 2 - 0 Klaus Dieter Jöns

    After the match, Bohny admitted that he did get pretty good draws in both games, but he had been the more confident player from the start and there wasn't anything Klaus could have done to fend off the impending disaster.



     
  • Sunday, June 4: 10:56 p.m. - Semifinals: Bram Snepvangers (NLD) - Antoine Ruel (FRA)


  • Bram Snepvangers

    Both players had fast creatures in the first turns, Bram showed Elves of Deep Shadow, Squealing Devil and a bloodthirsty Gristleback, while Antoine brought Mourning Thrull and Lyzolda, the Blood Witch to the fight. Lyzolda had to trade for a Rakdos Ickspitter shortly after, but a Conclave Equenaut took her place. Shadow Lance on the Thrull then produced a pretty scary monster, that turned the life totals upside down after just a few turns. A Wrecking Ball put an end to that madness, and Bram's much bigger forces were able to overwhelm Antoine's meager defense quite easily.

    Gobhobbler Rats were Antoine's only play for the first four turns, while Bram played Simic Signet, Rolling Spoil (on Antoine's only Mountain,) and Streetbreaker Wurm. An Ostiary Thrull and a Brainspoil on the Wurm turned the game into Antoine's favor. When he got a Conclave Equenaut as well, Bram started the tricky plays: His Strands of Undeath-enchanted Squealing Devil was regenerated, then he played Rain of Embers, and Orzhov Euthanist times two, killing all but one of Antoine's creatures. Antoine's only chance was now to empty his hand, and play Cackling Flame to get him from five to zero. Through a series of skilled chumpblocks, he managed to maintain one life point at all times, and finally had only the Flames in his hand when he untapped, killing Bram in his upkeep.

    Antoine Ruel

    Antoine had the upper hand in the beginning of the last game, with Mourning Thrull, Centaur Safeguard, and Sewerdreg eaten a big chunk out of Bram's life total. Bram was just faking a bad hand, though, and showed Rain of Embers and Orzhov Euthanist to clear Antoine's side of the table. Antoine was so frustrated that he even forgot to take his three life from the Safeguard. He got a lot calmer when he managed to get Conclave Equenaut into play and enchant it with Shadow Lance - Bram was out of answers, and Antoine advanced to the finals.

    Antoine Ruel beat Bram Snepvangers, 2-1



     
  • Sunday, June 4: 10:56 p.m. - Finals: Antoine Ruel (France) - Nico Bohny (Switzerland)


  • Antoine lost without a trace of resistance.

    Antoine took the early lead. Both players could play a handful of creatures, but Antoine's were just bigger and badder. An Azorius Guildmage, enchanted by Shielding Plax, changed all that. The creature completely dominated the table, leaving Antoine unable to attack. Slowly, an Azorius First-Wing started pecking at Antoine's life. When he was down to 12, an all-out attack with The First-Wing, the Guildmage, and Wee Dragonauts, backed up by Infiltrator's Magemark, Leap of Flame, and Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion, ended the game in Nico's favor.

    Game 2 was ridiculous and fast: Nico played Grand Arbiter Augustin IV and Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran, enchanted one with Shielding Plax and the other with Infiltrator's Magemark, and just started hitting the helpless Antoine, who was unable to put up any defense because of the Arbiter's penalty. Antoine didn't concede, but let Nico kill him the regular way, before he congratulated the winner of Grand Prix Torino 2006.

    Nico Bohny beat Antoine Ruel 2-0 and wins GP Torino '06!

    Fast and furious: Jörn Bohny with his first Grand Prix win in his first top 8!


     
  • Sunday, June 4: 12:44 a.m. - Legacy decklists


  • The Legacy side event had 29 players, of which six finished the tournament with 12 points after Swiss (no top 8). Here are five of those six decklists (the sixth one is missing):



    Eugenio Capocasale
    Legacy side event GP Torino


    Andrea Nediani
    Legacy side event GP Torino




     
  • Sunday, June 4: 1:20 a.m. - JSS Decklists


  • Andrea Giarola
    Winner Junior Series at Grand Prix Torino 2006




     
  • Sunday, June 4: 1:39 a.m. - Vintage Decklists


  • The Vintage side event had 30 players. Mauro Terrenghi (Italy) won the event with 15 points after five rounds of Swiss, and five other players made it to 12 points. We didn't get all decklists, but we have three12-point decklists for you and the UbaStax-list that Antti Malin gave to Rasmus Sibast. Sibast finished 7th as the highest player with nine points.





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