Welcome to GP Brussels, a gargantuan affair of almost 1500 competitors, ripping open Shadowmoor Starters and Booster Packs as nine rounds of Sealed Deck play lie in wait. With a field that large, can one of the 50 or so Big Names cut a swathe through the rank and file? Or will an unheralded talent take home the 8 Pro Points and $3,500 cash prize? Join Rich and Ben throughout the weekend to find out.
There are so many ways in which not playing Magic can be good for you - at least, that's what the Pros will tell you at the start of a Grand Prix Saturday. For those less fortunate, nine rounds of tense Sealed action await, while the best in the business can compare notes, plan sideboard changes, build a deck or two for Pro Tour: Hollywood, or just enjoy the Belgian hospitality. Five took time out to give Ben their thoughts, and Ben took a microphone, so you can hear them too. Sweet.
6 of the 9 mammoth rounds are done here on Day One in Brussels, but it's now that the serious contenders have to make their move as they position themselves for the Draft day ahead tomorrow. At the top tables the competition intensifies as the best decks in the building congregate for a royal series of scraps that will see 128 players sitting down for a further examination of their Limited skills. Who leads the way with three to play? Click to find out.
1343, apparently. And that's the number of players that won't be turning cards sideways in the main event Draft sessions tomorrow. Backed by some truly awesome decks, some of the most successful players in the world have found themselves atop the standings overnight. But with 127 competitors still to vanquish, can they stay ahead? Join us tomorrow for all the Draft action from the Brussels Expo.
When it comes to adventure, a Grand Prix Day Two can certainly get the pulse racing. In this action-packed start to our Magical Sunday, Rich and Ben bring you the first Draft of the day, and three rounds featuring at least one Hall of Famer, one guaranteed future Hall of Famer, and a decidedly large contingent of awesome Frenchman threatening to utterly take over the top of the standings. And by the end of the show, only 39 players will be left in contention for the 8 slots at the final table. Good times.
It's a serious examination of Magic skill, and over the course of twenty-four boosters, 120 players will find their skills, mixed with some luck, don't quite measure up to the highest standards this time around. Instead they, like us, will watch as the remaining eight go toe to toe. The story of the closing rounds is here.
An absolutely monumental quartet came to the party for an incredible Top 8 here in Brussels, and random pairings kept them apart. Could they keep the young blood in line and further their already-legendary reputations? Four killer quarters, two scintillating semis and a final of twists and turns await as we bring you the climax of a Limited GP to die for.
The lights, the scenery, and the props are in place. Now it's the time for the actors to go in front of the cameras and strut their stuff. As befits a tumultuous shakeup of Standard, we talk to everyone and everything that moves in the infamous Metagame Runaround, featuring a host of stars on the red carpet walk to Round One.
Big chats with big cats, as we swing with the hipsters living it large, as we don't say in Britain. Plus the story of Round 3, a tale so vast it seems certain to encompass at least one money-spinning sequel.