Feature: JSS Wrap-Up

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