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Magic the Gathering Players Championship 2012

Updated on April 8, 2013

Top MTG players of 2012

The Magic The Gathering Players Championship is held on the 29-31 of August. 16 players including hall of famers like Brian Kibbler, Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa and Jon Finkel newer players such as Alexander Hayne and of course the Player of the Year Owen Turtenwald. The full list of participants at the MTG Players Championship is an incredible lineup and should provide viewers with and amazing viewing experience.

On the final day of the Championship (friday the 31st of August) we will see the semifinals between Shouta Yasooka and Jon Finkel as well as Yuuya Watanabe against Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa. Both semifinals and the final will be shown live

This article will have a full list of all the cards used in the top 4 decks of the Magic Player Championship.

Information will be added as the matches are finalized.

Update: Shouta Yasooka in the finals after beating Jon Finkel 3 to nothing in the Semi Finals.

Update: Underdog Yuuya Watanabe beat Paulo Vitar Damo da Rosa

Update: Yuuya Watanabe wins the Player of the Year title, becoming the nr 1 Magic player of 2012.

The picture is of Magic: The Gathering: Official Encyclopedia: The Complete Card Guide, Volume 2 courtesy of Amazon.

Yuuya Watanabes Players Championship deck 2012

Winner of the Players Championship 2012

Card list for Yuuya Watanabes modern constructed deck - MTG Player Championship 2012 - Winning deck

Lands: 4 Blackcleave Cliffs, 2 Blood Crypt, 1 Forest, 1 Marsh Flats, 1 Overgrown Tomb, 2 Raging Ravine, 1 Stomping Ground, 2 Swamp, 4 Treetop Village, 3 Twilight Mire, 4 Verdant Catacombs

Creatures: 4 Bloodbraid Elf, 4 Dark Confidant, 4 Kitchen Finks, 4 Tarmogoyf

Spells: 4 Inquisition of Kozilek, 1 Jund Charm, 4 Lightning Bolt, 2 Maelstrom Pulse, 2 Terminate, 2 Thoughtseize

Planeswalker: 4 Liliana of the Veil

Sideboard: 2 Ancient Grudge, 1 Batterskull, 2 Grafdigger's Cage, 1 Jund Charm, 1 Nihil Spellbomb, 2 Obstinate Baloth, 1 Olivia Voldaren, 2 Pyroclasm, 2 Seal of Primordium, 1 Thoughtseize

Shouta Yasookas Players Championship deck 2012

Card list for Shouta Yasookas modern constructed deck - MTG Player Championship 2012 - Finalist deck

Shouta Yasookas blue deck with a splash of red and green got him to top 4. Can it carry him all the way to the final?

The deck is built around the Aether Vial. Get the enchantment down as early as possible and start playing free creatures (more specifically the Snapcaster Mage) while circumventing counter spells.

Another good use for the Aether Vial is the combination with Huntmaster of the Fell. Because no spell is cast to put it into play, it can basically transform the turn it comes into play.

Lands: 1 Breeding Pool, 2 Copperline Gorge, 3 Flooded Grove, 1 Forest, 4 Island, 3 Misty Rainforest, 1 Mountain, 4 Scalding Tarn, 1 Steam Vents, 1 Stomping Ground

Creatures: 3 Eternal Witness, 4 Snapcaster Mage, 3 Tarmogoyf, 3 Vendilion Clique

Other Spells: 4 Aether Vial, 4 Cryptic Command, 4 Lightning Bolt, 3 Mana Leak, 2 Remand, 2 Serum Visions, 3 Spell Snare, 2 Thirst for Knowledge, 2 Vapor Snag

Sideboard: 3 Ancient Grudge, 2 Combust, 2 Glen Elendra Archmage, 1 Grafdigger's Cage, 3 Huntmaster of the Fells, 2 Spell Pierce, 2 Threads of Disloyalty

Jon Finkels Players Championship deck 2012

Card list for Jon Finkels modern constructed deck - MTG Player Championship 2012

Finkels deck didn't stand a chance against Yasookas deck and was beaten 3 to null. Still the Hall of Famer pulled off some really neat MTG stunts in the 3 battles that lead to his eventual defeat. One of the gems was to use Remand on his own newly cast Vendilion Clique when this was countered by Yasooka. That way not only did he save his creature, he also got a card to put him ahead.

Lands: 1 Arid Mesa, 4 Celestial Colonnade, 1 Eiganjo Castle, 3 Hallowed Fountain, 3 Island, 1 Misty Rainforest, 2 Mutavault, 1 Plains, 2 Scalding Tarn, 4 Seachrome Coast, 4 Tectonic Edge

Creatures: 3 Geist of Saint Traft, 2 Kitchen Finks, 4 Restoration Angel, 4 Snapcaster Mage, 3 Vendilion Clique

Spells: 2 Cryptic Command, 2 Dismember, 3 Mana Leak, 4 Path to Exile, 1 Remand, 4 Spell Snare, 2 Sword of War and Peace

Sideboard: 2 Annul, 1 Baneslayer Angel, 1 Disenchant, 1 Kitchen Finks, 2 Negate, 1 Phantasmal Image, 2 Stony Silence, 2 Threads of Disloyalty, 1 Vendilion Clique, 2 Wrath of God

Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosas Players Championship deck 2012

Card list for Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosas modern constructed deck - MTG Player Championship 2012

Lands: 4 Arid Mesa, 1 Blood Crypt, 1 Forest, 1 Hallowed Fountain, 1 Marsh Flats, 4 Misty Rainforest, 1 Mountain

1 Plains, 4 Scalding Tarn, 1 Steam Vents, 1 Stomping Ground, 1 Temple Garden

Creatures: 4 Geist of Saint Traft, 4 Kird Ape, 2 Loam Lion, 2 Qasali Pridemage, 3 Snapcaster Mage, 4 Steppe Lynx

4 Tarmogoyf

Spells: 4 Lightning Bolt, 4 Lightning Helix, 4 Path to Exile, 4 Tribal Flames

Sideboard: 2 Elspeth, Knight-Errant, 2 Lingering Souls, 2 Mana Leak, 1 Oblivion Ring, 2 Pyroclasm, 4 Relic of Progenitus, 1 Shatterstorm, 1 Thrun, the Last Troll

The winner of Magic the Gathering 2012 Player Championship

Who will win?

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When will the Semifinals and Final for the MTG Players Championship be shown

The final matches to find the top Magic Player of the World will be shown Friday the 31st at 16:30 ET. For the Europeans this translates into 21.30 GMT 22:30 CEST

Join me as well as thousands of Magic fans around the world and watch what is certain to be some thrilling Magic the Gathering battles.

Who should be the MTG Player of the year?

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