A Mythic Championship and a Grand Prix walk into a MagicFest in Richmond, Virginia. Let’s get to the results.
Grand Prix Richmond
Starting a day after the Mythic Championship next door, Grand Prix Richmond was affected by the fallout from the last tabletop Mythic Championship of 2019. Not only did several talented Magicians play in the Grand Prix – Magic Pro League members Andrea Mengucci, Jean-Emmanuel Depraz and newly minted Hall of Famer Reid Duke all joined the fray- but plenty of other players who were not able to make Day Two signed up for their second Day One.
And just like the Mythic Championship, Food was the name of the game. The Sultai Sacrifice deck dominated the Grand Prix, making up half of the Top 8. Sitting at the final table was that very same Hall of Famer Reid Duke playing Sultai Food. His opponent was Abe Corrigan with the Sultai Sacrifice deck. 24 Grand Prix Top 8s against one. Reid won the first game but Abe took control of game two and using Witch’s Oven, Cauldron Familiar, and Oko, Thief of Crowns, he was able to take down Reid and with it claimed a Grand Prix title of his own!
In game three, Abe Corrigan takes a mulligan to 6. But his hand with two Cauldron Familiar and a Witch’s Oven, helped by Oko making his cats into Elks, helps carry him to victory over Reid Duke in #MTGRichmond! pic.twitter.com/Sj7WmoDi99
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Abe Corrigan, Winner Grand Prix Richmond
4 Breeding Pool 2 Castle Locthwain 3 Fabled Passage 5 Forest (347) 1 Island (335) 4 Overgrown Tomb 2 Swamp (339) 4 Watery Grave 4 Cauldron Familiar 4 Gilded Goose 3 Massacre Girl 3 Murderous Rider/Swift End 1 Wicked Wolf 1 Liliana, Dreadhorde General 4 Oko, Thief of Crowns 2 Vraska, Golgari Queen 2 Noxious Grasp 3 Once Upon a Time 4 Witch's Oven 4 Trail of Crumbs Sideboard 2 Aether Gust 2 Duress 2 Leyline of the Void 4 Lovestruck Beast/Heart's Desire 1 Negate 1 Thrashing Brontodon 2 Veil of Summer 1 Wicked Wolf
Mythic Championship VI
Mythic Championship VI was about Oko, Thief of Crowns and Food. The macro-archetype made up 69% of Day One, 71% of Day Two, 75% of the Top 8 and 100% of the Top 4. The Top 8 featured some heavy hitters – headlined by Hall of Famer Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa in his 13th Top 8 at this level. Joining him were Andrew Cuneo, Eli Kassis, Louis-Samuel Deltour, Austin Bursavich, Sebastian Pozzo, Oscar Christensen, and Ondřej Stráský. Only Cuneo – on Selesnya Adventure – and Kassis – on Golgari Adventure – were off the Food train.
But Food was the name of the game. After the dust settled, it was Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa squaring off against Ondřej Stráský in a Simic Food mirror match. Damo da Rosa was going for his third title while Stráský was looking to officially unretire. All he had to do was take down his hero and friend.
Everything hinged on Game 4 where Stráský mounted a comeback to force a fifth game – Damo da Rosa’s third Game Five of the day. There, the Hall of Famer stuck a Questing Beast and started to assault Stráský’s life total. But that was all Paulo had and Ondřej was able to get his footing and claim the victory, the trophy, and a slot at the World Championship!
CONGRATULATIONS to our winner @OndrejStrasky!!!!!!
Defeating his Magic hero and friend Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Ondřej Stráský officially announced his un-retirement from Magic.
Three cheers for our #MythicChampionshipVI Champion! 🏆
See you at Worlds Ondřej!🎉 pic.twitter.com/aLcxnD4abX
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Ondřej Stráský, Winner Mythic Championship VI
4 Breeding Pool 2 Castle Vantress 1 Fabled Passage 10 Forest (347) 7 Island (335) 2 Temple of Mystery 2 Brazen Borrower/Petty Theft 4 Gilded Goose 4 Paradise Druid 3 Wicked Wolf 4 Hydroid Krasis 4 Oko, Thief of Crowns 3 Nissa, Who Shakes the World 2 Mass Manipulation 4 Aether Gust 4 Once Upon a Time Sideboard 1 Gadwick, the Wizened 2 Mystical Dispute 1 Nissa, Who Shakes the World 2 Negate 2 Questing Beast 1 Wicked Wolf 4 Veil of Summer 2 Voracious Hydra