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Guillaume Matignon is World Champion – Player of Year undetermined!

Guillaume Matignon of France outlasted the field to take home the World Championship in Chiba, Japan, defeating Eric Froehlich, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, and Guillame Wafo-Tapa in the Top 8 of the tournament.

With this win, Matignon has tied Brad Nelson in the Player of the Year race, resulting in unprecedented bonus Magic to determine who the Player of the Year will be.

Matignon and Brad will square off at Pro Tour Paris in February in a steel cage match Standard heads up playoff match, best of three.

43 thoughts on “Guillaume Matignon is World Champion – Player of Year undetermined!”

  1. That was such a cool top 8 to watch, I don’t know how Brad feels about it but I’m sure he can pull it off, especially if he does the kind of rigorous testing he’s known for. I REALLY hope they broadcast that match.

  2. I was really dreading six control decks in the top 8, but it ended up being fairly interesting to watch because PoY went to the end (and Matignon was pretty funny against Wafo-Tapa). Really looking forward to February, and cheering on Brad all the way. Glad it’s back in his hands to determine the result.

  3. I hate to say it because I’m still rooting for Brad, but that’s what you get when you keep bragging about winning before it’s a sure thing, lol. Anyways, I’m with Dock, they better broadcast that because it will be an epic match and suspect that Brad will not disappoint ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I think they should play a match where they design eachother’s deck ( Brad designs Guillaume’s and vise versa) so we can showcase the jankiest cards in magic lol

  5. We all know what Matignon will be playing, so why couldn’t Brad just sleeve up a bunch of pro black? lol

  6. I can imagine every magic player in France calling all the airlines desperately trying to impersonate Brad and cancel his flight.

    Why don’t we, as a community, design Brad’s deck for him. It’d take some of the pressure offf I’m sure.

  7. I thought I saw a POY check for 20k in some old event photos,, but I could be mistaken. Was rooting for Brad the whole time. Matignon seems like a cool guy, but because of the awesome CFB free video content, LSV, Conley, and Brad have all become my favorite pro’s.

  8. I think one of them will wind up playing some wonky – fast hose control super creature deck like kuldotha red. The only real question is which one, and how will it play out.

  9. @K C

    I was thinking just that….they play in February….by that time Mirrodin Besieged will be legal in Standard right? (Correct me if i’m wrong)…

  10. I like Brad and PV, so I was a bit conflicted when PV was in the Top 8. But now I’m rooting for Brad all the way.

    Frankly, I thought Matignon was obnoxious when he top-decked that Grave Titan. Wafo-Tapo has far superior sportsmanship and I would have liked to see him smack Matignon down after that.

  11. Brad should add a Trinket Mage package, including Explorer’s Scope, to Caw-Go. Just keep adding creatures to the deck until Explorer’s Scope is good. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. 4 Jace the Mind Sculptor
    4 Jace Beleren
    4 Negate

    and you have yourself a base 2 start building ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. + 4 Cancel
    + 4 Stoic Rebuttall

    should be quite self expledatory also :D, LOL, to counter all thoose pesky grave titans ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. This should definitely involve SICK leveling wars.
    Playing against 1 opponent and guessing what he’s likely to play is pretty interesting.
    If you think you got a read on what opponent will play you could brew some ridiculous deck to counter.

    Post rotation changes everything though.

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  16. They should have made it multiple formats. Standard can be so paper, rock, scissors sometimes. I’d hate for the race to be decided before they get to play.

  17. Slade, they didn’t announce which format it will be, all we know is that it will be a 2 man competition on MTG, it may involve something like best of 5 or pack wars, lol.

  18. You mean, Wafo-Make ’em-Tapout?

    I think a Steel Cage LTC match would be sweet. However, on a serious note, 3 matches for Legacy, Extended and Standard, each one best of 5, would be sick.

    Result determined after adding games won for an overall best of 15, it’d really test their skills/abilities to meta game each other’s mind.

    However, Wizards will likely go for 1 format, best of 5 heads up final :/

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