News Brief: Jensen wins Ruby Division of the MPL, Max Mick Takes down GP Phoenix

The Ruby Division Eldraine Split wraps up and a Throne of Eldraine Limited Grand Prix gets aggressive. This is your week in Magic news.

Magic Pro League Update

This week the Ruby Division played their Eldraine season matches. Four players made the cut to 5-2: Autumn Burchett, Javier Dominguez, William Jensen, and Grezgorz Kowalski. Only Burchett eschewed Oko, Thief of Crowns. Instead they ran Golos Fires in Field of the Dead’s last hurrah on Arena.

That was the last gasp for the Dead as Burchett came up just short. They ran into William Jensen and his Bant Food deck. Oko and Nissa, Who Shakes the World continue to be a powerful one-two punch as two planeswalkers helped punch Jensen’s ticket to Day Two of Mythic Championship VII in December.

William Jensen’s Bant Food

4 Temple Garden
4 Breeding Pool
4 Hallowed Fountain
1 Plains (331)
2 Island (335)
6 Forest (347)
3 Fabled Passage
4 Deputy of Detention
4 Hydroid Krasis
4 Questing Beast
4 Paradise Druid
4 Gilded Goose
4 Wicked Wolf
1 Leafkin Druid
4 Nissa, Who Shakes the World
4 Oko, Thief of Crowns
3 Once Upon a Time

4 Disdainful Stroke
1 Mystical Dispute
1 Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves
2 Aether Gust
3 Veil of Summer
2 Voracious Hydra
2 Glass Casket


Grand Prix Phoenix

The MagicFest in Phoenix featured a Throne of Eldraine Limited Grand Prix. Just over 550 players came to Arizona to compete for a trophy (that was not shaped like a throne). Out of the 14 3-bye players in the room, 13 of them made it to Day Two.

And at the end of Day Two, three of those players were in the Top 8: Mark Jacobson, Benjamin Weitz, and Hall of Famer Paul Rietzl playing in a hometown Grand Prix. Jacobson and Weitz would fall in the Quarterfinals while Rietzl ended his run in the semifinals. The same player knocked Weitz and Rietzl out of the tournament.

Max Mick has been on a Day One run as of late. Having gone 9-0 on in Sealed at Grand Prix Seattle, Las Vegas, and now Phoenix. He had several Top 8s to his name, but had never reached the pinnacle. Until Phoenix. Using an aggressive Black-White Knights deck, Mick ran over his opponents, including Ziad Zebib’s Questing Beast in the Finals. Not only does Mick now get to come back to Phoenix for the first Regional Players Tour; he also earns an invitation to the first Players Tour Finals in Houston.

Looking Forward

Next week the MagicFest circuit travels to Lyon and Nagoya. Then we return to the world of Standard at Mythic Championship VI in Richmond. Will Oko, Thief of Crowns continue to dominate? All signs point to yes.

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