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Finals: Jon Finkel (USA) vs. Bob Maher, Jr. (USA)   In a battle of Magic titans, Jon Finkel, the greatest player in the history of Magic: the Gathering, defeated Bob Maher three games to two. Playing nearly identical decks, the two friends, both of whom had previously won Pro Tours, played the maximum number of games to decide who would join Tommi Hovi as the only players to ever win more than one premiere level event. more...

Finals Play-by-Play: Jon Finkel (USA) vs. Bob Maher, Jr. (USA)   Play-by-play, turn-by-turn recap of the match. more...

Team Finals Playoff : Ryan Fuller (Canada) vs. Jon Finkel (USA)   An exciting one match playoff will determine the 2000 Worlds Team Competition winner. And what better representative for the United States than Jon Finkel. Ryan Fuller isn't so shabby either and has had a great weekend himself and is looking to build on his fellow Canadians' wins and pull off a major upset. more...

Team Finals: Gab Tsang (Canada) vs. Frank Hernandez (USA)   In what looked to be Team Canada's best match up, Pro Tour veteran Gab Tsang faced off against newcomer Frank Hernandez in a dual of National team third chairs. The match up, which judging by the archetypes would normally favor Hernandez, looked good for Tsang because of a sideboard loaded with Submerges and Somnophores, both excellent cards against the American's deck. more...

Aaron Forsythe (USA) vs. Sam Lau (Canada)   Both players finished 4th at their respective Nationals. Aaron is using a red/green deck dubbed Angry Hermit, made of beatdown creatures and Land Destruction. Sam Lau is running Accelerated Blue, a fairly famous monoblue deck featuring Morphlings and Masticore and taking its name from Grim Monolith. more...

Team Finals
Playoff Match, Jon Finkel (USA) vs. Ryan Fuller (Canada)

by Kim Eikefet

Game One:

Finkel mulligans once.

Turn one:
Fuller: Play Forest
Fuller: Play Wild Dogs

Finkel: Play Island
Finkel: Play Voltaic Key

Turn two:
Fuller: Attack Wild Dogs, Finkel is at 18
Fuller: Play Rishadan Port

Fuller: Port Island during Finkel's upkeep
Finkel: Play Island

Turn three:
Fuller. Play Forest
Fuller: Play Rancor on the Wild Dogs
Fuller: Attack Wild Dogs, Finkel is at 14

Fuller: Port Island during Finkel's upkeep
Finkel: Play Crystal Vein
Finkel: Play Grim Monolith
Finkel: Play Thran Dynamo
Finkel: Untap the Monolith
Finkel: Play Tangle Wire

Turn four:
Fuller: Tap all his permanents to the Wire
Fuller: Play Treetop Village

Finkel: Tap Wire, Crystal Vein and Island to the Wire
Finkel: Play Masticore
Finkel: Shoot the Wild Dogs

Turn five:
Fuller: Tap two Forests and Port to the Wire
(Randy Buehler: "Finkel's deck isn't exactly fair."
Brian Hacker: "Whatever deck Finkel plays doesn't seem fair.")

Finkel: Discard Brainstorm to Masticore
Finkel: Play Tinker to get a Tangle Wire

Fuller concedes.

Finkel 1 - Fuller 0

Game Two:

Finkel waves the American flag when Fuller mulligans.

Turn one:
Fuller: Play Treetop Village

Finkel: Play Saprazzan Skerry

Turn two:
Fuller: Play Forest
Fuller: Play Pouncing Jaguar

Finkel: Play Island
Finkel: Play Voltaic Key

Turn three:
Fuller: Echo the Pouncing Jaguar
Fuller: Play Gaea's Cradle
Fuller: Play Rushwood Legate
Fuller: Activate the Treetop Village
Fuller: Attack with Pouncing Jaguar and Treetop Village, Finkel is at 15

Finkel: Play Thran Dynamo
Finkel: Play Grim Monolith
Finkel: Play Tangle Wire

Turn four:
Fuller: Tap everything but the Pouncing Jaguar to the Wire
Fuller: Attack with Pouncing Jaguar, Finkel is at 13

Finkel: Tap Wire, Saprazzan Skerry and Island to Wire
Finkel: Play Tinker, sacrifice the Grim Monolith, get a Masticore
Finkel: Shoot the Pouncing Jaguar and the Rushwood Legate

Turn five:
Fuller: Tap three lands to the Wire

Finkel: Tap Wire and Skerry to Wire
Finkel: Discard Saprazzan Skerry to the Masticore
Finkel: Play Rishadan Port
Finkel: Play Phyrexian Processor, pay 4 life, Finkel is at 9

Turn six:
Fuller: Tap two lands to the Wire

Finkel: Tap the Wire to the Wire
Finkel: Make a Minion token
Finkel: Play Brainstorm

Fuller concedes

Jon Finkel (USA) 2 - Ryan Fuller (Canada) 0


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