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Patrick Chapin wins the Pro Tour

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We expected big things from Pro Tour Journey in Nyx, and we got them. It was an exciting format, a star-studded Top 8, and a great tournament that eventually fell to Star City Games writer and longtime fixture of the pro scene Patrick Chapin took it down with his Junk Midrange deck.

For those of you who maybe didn't get a chance to watch, what that means is Black-White-Green (Junk, for whatever reason) and full of powerful cards like Fleecemane Lion that are both good at slowing down the aggro decks as well as presenting real threats for the Control decks. Chapin's deck, more than anyone's in the room, toed the line between being just powerful enough to beat the Aggro decks while still being fast enough to handle the Control decks. Powerful-by-themselves threats like Brimaz, King of Oreskos were the primary reason.

A Pro Tour victory that will surely have Hall of Fame implications.
A Pro Tour victory for the Hall of Famer.

The metagame was really pretty diverse, even though Prognostic Sphinx seemed to loom everywhere but in the winning deck. It will definitely make for an interesting format as we inch closer to Rotation, which is when a lot of the lists played this weekend will begin to draw attention again.

Speaking of lists, here's the Top 8 decks from the tournament, inlcuding Chapin's. Theros block certainly turned out to present a pretty interesting format, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it transitions into Standard.

Corbin Hosler

Corbin Hosler is a journalist living in Norman, Oklahoma (also known as the hotbed of Magic). He started playing in Shadowmoor and chased the Pro Tour dream for a few years, culminating in a Star City Games Legacy Open finals appearance in 2011 before deciding to turn to trading and speculation full-time. He writes weekly at QuietSpeculation.com and biweekly for LegitMTG. He also cohosts Brainstorm Brewery, the only financial podcast on the net. He can best be reached @Chosler88 on Twitter.

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