TOP 8 PROTECTION
The Eldrazi arrived, they saw, and conquered, but Melbourne post rather the fight. While the Top 8 was announced, it appeared to be the Gatewatch had the upper hand, taking the first 5 spots, although the Eldrazi snuck in with 6th and 7th location, sandbagging their particular best weapon, Brisbane’s David Mines, in 8th.
Nevertheless tables had been flipped in the quarterfinals, with Louis Thomson-Gregg’s R/G Eldrazi taking down Kentaro Yamamoto’s life End, Maitland Cameron’s W/U Eldrazi besting Lee Shi Tian’s Living End, and David Mines defeating Abzan Company in the hands of Chris Cousens. Yuuki Ichikawa was the only real member of the Gatewatch to escape the quarters after he beat Jason Chung’s Dredge deck. But Ichikawa soon lost to Mines, while Cameron triumphed over Thomson-Gregg.
a frequent Top 8 competition in this area as well as on the play into the W/U Eldrazi mirror, Maitland Cameron was the epitome of last Boss for David Mines, but Mines wasted almost no time seizing the initiative playing an Eldrazi Mimic and an Endless One on their first turn. Cameron battled to simply take Game 2, but Mines masterfully dodged Cameron’s Thought-Knot Seers in Game 3 to use the match, making David Mines the Grand Prix Melbourne Champion!
The highlight of this week-end for several though, was the Shadows over Innistrad occasion, featuring Stitcher’s Lab, a creepily atmospheric Escape place, and lots of interesting Shadows over Innistrad preview cards. Be sure to check out the video clips and photos of this experience throughout the net, even as we all look forward to the Shadows over Innistrad prerelease 2-3 April!
DAY 2 COVERAGE
The intense fight continues in Melbourne as those individuals who have taken the Oath for the Gatewatch valiantly try to battle the Eldrazi onslaught. Significant casualties on either side have actually decreased the original area size from 1, 105 to 311 players.