Feature: JSS Wrap-Up

  • Print
Author Image

The letter T!wo hundred ninety-nine players aged 16 and younger came to Baltimore, Maryland to compete for $100,000 in college scholarship and the title of Junior Super Series Champion. The format was Standard and they played 13 rounds over two day before cutting to the Top 8 players.

In addition to the scholarship awards for the top finishers, there were trophies handed out for the top finishing players in four age categories. The 15-and-older category would not be settled until the Top 8 bracket was filled in, but the others were clear after the Swiss rounds.

Andrew Levine, 12-and-under champion.

The winner in the 12-and-under category was Andrew Levine from Scarsdale Park, New York. Pranay Mohan from Austin, Texas won the 13-year old division, and Top 8 competitor Sean Inoue from Santa Fe, New Mexico won the 14-year old division.

Pranay Mohan, 13-and-under champion.


Quarterfinals

Bret Farrell (Monoblue Tron) vs. Sean Pottenger (Monoblue Control)

Bret Farrell, left, and Sean Pottenger.

Sean won the first game after both players kicked up a cloud of dust over Sean's Vedalken Shackles. After a protracted counterwar, Sean's Shackles resolved, he stole Meloku, and never gave it back. Game 2 was also about Meloku. Bret ripped through his deck with Serum Visions to find Mindslaver after Mindslaver but really couldn't find anymore pressure than a lone Stalking Stones. Sean's hand was strictly reactive and the Mindslavers ended up being little more than Mana Shorts. Eventually, Sean countered a Meloku from Bret and untapped to play his own.


Brett Blackman (Medium Green w/Godo) vs. Jason Rosellini (Tooth and Nail)

Jason Rosellini, left, and Brett Blackman.

The first game was a fast and brutal affair with Brett locking Jason's mana down with three Plow Unders thanks to a little help from Eternal Witnesses. He topped it all off with a heaping plate of Godo smackdown. In Game 2 the Tooth player had the full Urzatron in play on turn four despite mulliganing to five and having one of the pieces Creeping Molded. This was Jason's turn to get the Witness/Plow Under action going and eventually Brett conceded the game. Game 3 was simple, old-fashioned mana screw as Brett kept a hand with one land, Bird, Top on the play. He didn't draw into anything for a couple of turns and Jason punished him with Reap and Sow and Creeping Mold for the win.


Sean Inoue (Tooth and Nail) vs. Arthur Stewart (Tooth and Nail)

Sean Inoue, left, and Arthur Stewart.

All three games came down to who got their mana control cards online first. In the final game Arthur punished Sean with Creep, Reap, and Plow Under but was only drawing land after land after land. Sean drew out of his problems and looked like he would advance to the finals when an entwined Tooth and Nail led to a hasty Colossus token smacking Arthur down to 11. He had enough mana in play that when he Topped into his own Tooth and Nail, Arthur was able to cast Tooth and Nail twice – he put an Eternal Witness into play with the first one. I'm not exactly clear on the details but he cast Tooth and Nail TWICE on one turn. How could he lose?


Jeff Rabovsky (White Weenie) vs. Julian Cheng (Aggro Red)

Jeff Rabovsky, left, and Julian Cheng.

Jeff got out a pair of Damping Matrices early on but was a little light on the weenies his deck is famous for. Arc-Slogger may not have had any abilities to speak of but Julien found him more than up to the task of beating down. What happened in Game 2? Auriok Champion. In Game 3 Julian was faced with a pair of Glorious Anthems, COP Red, and an Auriok Champion with some other beaters. He was holding a pair of Seething Songs and was looking for a Goblin Charbelcher in the hopes of the "fluky win" right up until the end but he drew only land on the very last turn.


Semifinals

Sean Pottenger (Monoblue Control) vs. Jeff Rabovsky (White Weenie)

Jeff got out early threats under Sean's countermagic and beatdown with a couple of guys – Suntail Hawk and Auriok Champion – augmented by Glorious Anthem. Jeff double mulliganed in the second game and made a fair game of it but could only get Sean to 9 before Pottenger drew and played Meloku. Game 3 saw Savannah Lion, Savannah Lion, and Lantern Kami before Sean was able to stem the bleeding by countering Isamaru. There was really nothing that Sean could do and Jeff advanced to the finals.

Arthur Stewart (Tooth and Nail) vs. Jason Rosellini (Tooth and Nail)

I wasn't able to watch these games, but having seen the Tooth mirror countless times this weekend I can only assume it came down to which player drew into the best package of land destruction. Jason won in two games and advanced to face White Weenie in the finals.

Finals: Jason Rosellini (Tooth and Nail) vs. Jeff Rabovsky (White Weenie)


Jeff Rabovsky is congratulated by Richard Garfield after winning the JSS Championship.

Game 1 was won by Jeff despite a double mulligan; his two Lantern Kamis and a Blinkmoth Nexus found no more resistance than a couple of Plow Unders. In Game 2 Jason's mana flowed smoothly and Tooth and Nail resolved into Mephidross Vampire and Triskelion. Game 3 looked a like Jeff's first Game 3 in the Top 8 that had a pair of Lantern Kamis and a Leonin Skyhunter going all the way. Jason had the mana to do anything his deck wanted – he just didn't have any action cards to put it to use.

Congratulations to new JSS Champion Jeff Rabovsky of Naperville, Illinois. In addition to being the 2005 Junior Super Series Champion and the 15-year old division winner he banked $10,000 in college scholarship money. Perhaps the only person more excited than Jeff was his mom!

Tune into The Week That Was on Friday for a detailed look at the decklists and interviews with the players in the finals of the 2005 JSS Championships!


 

JSS Final Standings

Rank Name Scholarship Awarded
1 Rabovsky, Jeff [15+] $10,000
2 Rosellini, Jason [15+] $8,000
3 Inoue, Sean [14=] $6,500
4 Stewart, Arthur [15+] $5,000
5 Farrell, Bret [15+] $3,750
6 Blackman, Brett [15+] $3,500
7 Cheng, Julian [15+] $3,250
8 Pottenger, Sean [15+] $3,000
9 Hawkins, Jesse [14=] $2,500
10 Verhey, Gavin [15+] $2,350
11 Mohan, Pranay [13=] $2,200
12 Sandler, Josh [13=] $2,100
13 Greenberg, Harrison [15+] $2,000
14 Ling, Justin [15+] $1,900
15 Alesi-mullen, John [14=] $1,850
16 Izzo, Anthony [14=] $1,800
17 Woo, Travis [15+] $1,750
18 Berse, Sam [13=] $1,700
19 Smith, Preston [15+] $1,650
20 Leckie, Shamus [15+] $1,600
21 Farabakhsh, Hooman [14=] $1,550
22 Marro, Eric [15+] $1,500
23 Butterworth, Tyler [15+] $1,450
24 Yackley, Keith [15+] $1,400
25 Schmidt, Jed [14=] $1,350
26 Massey, Shane [15+] $1,300
27 Mccarthy, Kegan [15+] $1,250
28 Sondike, Daniel [14=] $1,200
29 Hatab, Blaine [15+] $1,150
30 Parrish, Joby [15+] $1,100
31 Mansfield, Selene [13=] $1,050
32 Lukas, Ben [15+] $1,000
33 Williams, Caleb [15+] $950
34 Hemwall, Taylor [15+] $900
35 Leedy, Ben [15+] $850
36 Thompson, Gavin [15+] $800
37 Ostergaard, Henrik [15+] $750
38 Kandebo, James [15+] $700
39 Stuart, Jim [15+] $650
40 Beach, Harrison [13=] $600
41 Arnold, Tommy [15+] $550
42 River, Jesse [14=] $525
43 Carter, Michael [14=] $525
44 Chamberlain, Mat [15+] $500
45 Matthews, Toby [15+] $500
46 Seetharam, Aneil [15+] $500
47 Zimmerman, Alex [15+] $500
48 Jacobson, Mark [15+] $500
49 Cohen, Debbie [15+] $500
50 Raczka, David [15+] $500
51 Briscoe, Dillon [15+] $500
52 Klinstiver, Peter [15+] $500
53 Gay, Randy [15+] $500
54 Gribble, Dylan [15+] $500
55 Batista, Alex [14=] $500
56 Boehner, Samuel [15+] $500
57 Perry, Alex [15+] $500
58 Burns, Ross [14=] $500
59 Robertson, Erik [14=] $500
60 Sheppard, Brad [15+] $500
61 Saypoff, Mathew [14=] $500
62 Hart, Ian [15+] $500
63 Aye, Gareth [14=] $500
64 Tietze, Harrison [14=] $500
65 Seidman, Max [15+] 24
66 Hill, Alison [15+] 24
67 Del Degan, Colin [15+] 24
68 Pohling, Ross [14=] 24
69 Levine, Andrew [12-] 24
70 Reifsteck, Nathan [15+] 24
71 Bonham, Bryson [15+] 24
72 Levin, Julian [15+] 24
73 Messick, Eddie [15+] 24
74 warra, Jeff [14=] 23
75 Baker, Trevor [15+] 22
76 Abalos, Sam [15+] 22
77 Darkeff, Gregory [15+] 22
78 Kenna, Patrick [15+] 22
79 Weil, Stephen [15+] 22
80 gensler, ryan [15+] 21
81 Gilley, Jonathan [14=] 21
82 Yan, Tommy [15+] 21
83 Williger, Max [14=] 21
84 Boisvert, Jordan [14=] 21
85 Hopkins, Michael [15+] 21
86 Christiano, Paul [15+] 21
87 Spring, Ryan [15+] 21
88 todd, samuel [14=] 21
89 Tran, Armand [15+] 21
90 O'Brien, Tom [15+] 21
91 Newill, Jason [15+] 21
92 Logan, Colin [15+] 21
93 Jones, Josh [15+] 21
94 Moore, Devon [15+] 21
95 Tapal, Abbas [14=] 21
96 Pendleton, Adam [13=] 21
97 Emmons, Thomas [14=] 21
98 Gold, Seth [15+] 21
99 Cassell, Mark [14=] 21
100 Hill, Cory [15+] 21
101 Reiter, Zack [15+] 21
102 Hopkins, Eric [15+] 21
103 Cusson, James [15+] 21
104 Lambaz, Khair [15+] 21
105 Fish, Jordan [14=] 21
106 Blum, Tyler [15+] 21
107 Maybee, Jared [15+] 21
108 Thanakit, Kevin [14=] 21
109 Andersen, Aren [13=] 21
110 Clinton, Jaron [12-] 19
111 Falvo, Michael [13=] 19
112 Rudd, Shawn [13=] 18
113 Turnbull, Trent [14=] 18
114 Coale, Hunter [14=] 18
115 Mancinelli, Matthew [15+] 18
116 Zuluaga, Sebastian [13=] 18
117 Tepper, James [15+] 18
118 lingelbach, Chase [14=] 18
119 Nigam, Armaan [13=] 18
120 Garmon, Andrew [15+] 18
121 Verhey, Tanner [12-] 18
122 Depew, Alex [15+] 18
123 Berryhill, Ellison [15+] 18
124 Sondike, Jeffrey [12-] 18
125 Haughey, Damian [15+] 18
126 Gerbic, James [15+] 18
127 Meek, Robbie [15+] 18
128 Moore, Grayson [13=] 18
129 rand, justin [15+] 18
130 Coyne, Cullen [15+] 16
131 Muszynski, Stan [15+] 15
132 Green, John [15+] 15
133 Nelson, Chris [15+] 15
134 Mahoney, Aaron [13=] 15
135 Kronenberger, Chris [13=] 15
136 Bower, Ross [15+] 15
137 clark, cliff [15+] 15
138 Steinbach, Ian [13=] 15
139 Olsman, Noah [15+] 14
140 Guilbault, Kelvin [14=] 13
141 Gaudio, Patrick [15+] 13
142 Ahmad, Camran [15+] 13
143 Zappacosta, Joey [14=] 13
144 Schneier, Michael [13=] 13
145 Mijanovich, Burns [15+] 13
146 Pederson, Michael [14=] 13
147 McDonald, Nick [15+] 12
148 Delossantos, Julian [14=] 12
149 Falk, Andy [15+] 12
150 Benson, Jordan [12-] 12
151 Peel, Scott [13=] 12
152 Schneider, Chris [14=] 12
153 Gottstein, Jeff [15+] 12
154 Eisenhauer, Mike [15+] 12
155 Hetrick, Michael [14=] 12
156 O'Connor, Keifer [12-] 12
157 Northrop, Justy [13=] 12
158 Valenti, Christian [14=] 12
159 Chen, Peter [13=] 12
160 Woodman, Jonathan [15+] 12
161 Nye, Ben [15+] 12
162 Frink, Jimmy [13=] 12
163 Dudley, Robert [15+] 12
164 Henson, Tom [14=] 12
165 Landes, Joseph [15+] 12
166 Crosley, Kyle [15+] 12
167 Lingelbach, Cody [13=] 12
168 Schwartz, Jeremiah [15+] 12
169 Wyly, Teddy [14=] 12
170 Goldberg, Brian [15+] 12
171 Malman, Dave [14=] 12
172 Corpe, Blake [12-] 12
173 Riddle, Blake [13=] 12
174 Dracoulis, Garth [14=] 12
175 Garrett, Lincoln [15+] 12
176 Crellin, Forrest [13=] 12
177 Jensen, Warren [15+] 12
178 Wernette-Leff, Leonard [14=] 12
179 Bundy, Dylan [14=] 12
180 Ross, Andrew [15+] 12
181 Cleary, Alexander [15+] 12
182 Benson, Jonathan [15+] 12
183 Duarte, Arnold [15+] 12
184 lewis, matt [14=] 12
185 McCourt, Ethan [15+] 12
186 Funk, Owen [15+] 11
187 Hom, Jonathan [13=] 11
188 Woelk, Rob [15+] 10
189 Landale, Tim [15+] 10
190 Reyes, Rommel [15+] 10
191 Kessler, David [14=] 10
192 Rocke, James [15+] 10
193 Shirek, Cameron [13=] 10
194 Berkenbile, Sam [14=] 9
195 Mason, Shane [15+] 9
196 Sebrechts, Peter [15+] 9
197 Lomangino, Fred [15+] 9
198 Shiels, Brian [15+] 9
199 Qadir, Aadil [15+] 9
200 Garmon, Daniel [12-] 9
201 Schleiffer, Scott [15+] 9
202 Schneider, Brian [14=] 9
203 Kinney, Ryan [15+] 9
204 Moran, Joseph [14=] 9
205 Laver, Greg [15+] 9
206 Riiper, Lucas [15+] 9
207 Phraner, Ryan [15+] 9
208 Epstein, Justin [15+] 9
209 Trepanier, David [15+] 9
210 Geweniger, Cam [15+] 9
211 Pricola, Daniel [13=] 9
212 Jordan, Danny [13=] 9
213 Bailey, Spencer [15+] 9
214 Girardeau Dale, Andrew [15+] 9
215 Butler, Nathaniel [15+] 9
216 Visconti, Michael [15+] 9
217 Goldstein, Alex [13=] 9
218 Fyffe, Colin [15+] 9
219 White, Josh [14=] 9
220 Paterson, Bobby [15+] 9
221 Cassel, Matt [14=] 9
222 Boisvert, Todd [14=] 9
223 Kim, Alex [15+] 9
224 Pesch, Ryan [15+] 9
225 Benson, Stuart [14=] 9
226 Armstrong, Tim [13=] 9
227 Williams, Patrick [15+] 9
228 Camper, Tony [15+] 9
229 Pripstein, Eric [14=] 7
230 Khosla, Nathan [14=] 7
231 Sweetnam, Cameron [14=] 7
232 Palamar, Max [15+] 7
233 Sorensen, Joshua [15+] 7
234 Hallberg, Josh [13=] 7
235 Kohanim, Michael [15+] 7
236 Simpson, Brad [13=] 7
237 Taylor, Joshua [14=] 6
238 Taylor, Sam [15+] 6
239 Staton, Mike [14=] 6
240 Johnson-Epstein, Jaspe [15+] 6
241 Tretsven, Daniel J [15+] 6
242 Nickolai, Matt [13=] 6
243 Varesko, Jonathan [15+] 6
244 Schoerner, Mike [15+] 6
245 Schnieders, Jacob [15+] 6
246 Rogers, Christopher [14=] 6
247 Yang, Louis [15+] 6
248 Notartomaso, Garrett [15+] 6
249 Duerr, Eric [15+] 6
250 Mitchell, Nathan [15+] 6
251 Findlay-Abitbol, James [14=] 6
252 Le, Michael [15+] 6
253 Goldstein, Max [15+] 6
254 Lax, Ari [14=] 6
255 Zogopoulos, Gary [15+] 6
256 Harris, Roger Harris [15+] 6
257 Wittkopf, David [15+] 6
258 Gerhandt, Dan [15+] 6
259 Murphy, Matt [14=] 6
260 Snapp, Adam [15+] 6
261 Burgess, Zack [13=] 6
262 Graham, Collin [14=] 6
263 Pohling, Michael [12-] 6
264 Raflowitz, Taylor [14=] 5
265 Grunst, Karl [14=] 5
266 Franchini, Tony [12-] 4
267 Weinberger, Andrew [15+] 3
268 Groski, Travis [15+] 3
269 Lorash, Chad [15+] 3
270 matecki, justin [15+] 3
271 Sterbenz, Ryan [15+] 3
272 Andersen, Christoffer [15+] 3
273 Odonnell, Devon [14=] 3
274 Keetley, Chris [15+] 3
275 Collins, Kenyon [14=] 3
276 Kenna, Shannon [13=] 3
277 Ayers, John [15+] 3
278 Dietz, Vaughn [13=] 3
279 Bishop, James [14=] 3
280 Copus, Matt [15+] 3
281 Williams, Sean [14=] 3
282 Kneale, Christopher [15+] 3
283 McRae, Kyle [14=] 3
284 Collins, Sean [14=] 3
285 Clothiawi, Daniel [13=] 3
286 Wilyer, Aaron [14=] 3
287 Mendoza, Carlo [15+] 1
288 Hager, Joey [15+] 0
289 Daugherty, Allen [15+] 0
290 Olsen, Chris [13=] 0
291 Gleiss, Andrew C [15+] 0
292 Suarez, Christopher [15+] 0
293 Gatling, Joe [15+] 0
294 Dunnewold, Sam [15+] 0
295 Ayulo, Jake [15+] 0
296 Gerhardt, Mike [12-] 0
297 Capalangan, Edward [14=] 0
298 Halda, Jordan [15+] 0
299 Wepplo, Andrew [15+] 0
  • Planeswalker Points
  • Facebook Twitter
  • Gatherer: The Magic Card Database
  • Forums: Connect with the Magic Community
  • Magic Locator