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StarCity Games awards $50,000 to 'Magic: The Gathering' winners over the weekend

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It was very busy in Las Vegas this past weekend for "Magic: The Gthering" players as StarCity Games held their final tournament of the year: The StarCity Games Invitational.

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The Invitational is a slightly different format compared to the other Opens that StarCity hosts throughout the year. It is a two day event with 16 rounds. Both days are split with four rounds of Standard and four rounds of Legacy and then a cut to a Top 8 where they would play Standard.

The Las Vegas Invitational winner was Max Brown who piloted Mono-Black Devotion during the Standard portions and Omni-Tell during the Legacy portions. Here's a quick look at both of his decks:

Standard:
Maindeck:
4 Desecration Demon
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
4 Nightveil Specter
4 Pack Rat
4 Underworld Connections
4 Devour Flesh
4 Hero's Downfall
1 Pharika's Cure
1 Erebos, God of the Dead
4 Thoughtseize
19 Swamp
4 Mutavault
3 Temple of Deceit

Sideboard:
3 Lifebane Zombie
4 Dark Betrayal
1 Doom Blade
3 Pharika's Cure
1 Erebos, God of the Dead
3 Duress

Legacy:
Maindeck:
2 Lotus Petal
4 Dream Halls
4 Omniscience
4 Brainstorm
2 Daze
4 Force of Will
1 Pact of Negation
1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
4 Burning Wish
3 Enter the Infinite
3 Gitaxian Probe
4 Ponder
3 Show and Tell
3 Island
1 Mountain
3 Ancient Tomb
1 City of Traitors
1 Flooded Strand
2 Misty Rainforest
2 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
3 Volcanic Island

Sideboard:
3 Leyline of Sanctity
1 Pyroblast
2 Red Elemental Blast
1 Jace, the Mind Sculptor
1 Enter the Infinite
1 Eye of Nowhere
2 Pyroclasm
1 Show and Tell
1 Spiraling Embers
1 Time of Need
1 Tremor

Brown winning once again shows the staying power of Mono-Black as it continues it's powerful run across all tournament circuits. The same can be said for his Legacy deck as "Show and Tell" will most likely another round of discussions in forums. Is the card too powerful? Some would consider it "cheap" and "not fun to play against," but can't the same be said about plenty of other cards?

An honorable mention goes to Thea Steele who was the only female to make an appearance in the Top 8 of the Invitational. After seeing her performance on camera in the earlier rounds, this writer's money was on her to win the whole thing. Unfortunately, she was knocked out in the quarterfinals. So make sure to congratulate her on her performance.

Besides the main event, the weekend also held host to a Standard Open and a Legacy Open.

The Standard open winner was Tim Rivera, who is a familiar face when it comes to the (now defunct) World of Warcraft TCG. He took down the tournament with Mono-Black Devotion. The Legacy tournament was won by Jacob Wilson with U/W/R Delver.

Both lists as well as many others can be found on the StarCity Games website.

The entire weekend handed out a total of over $50,000 in prize money with $10,000 of that going to the first place winner of the Invitational. The Standard and Legacy winners were both handed $2,400, respectively.

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