April 19-21, 2019
New York, United States
Goetschel Unbeaten in Niagara Falls!
Daniel Goetschel couldn't lose. The 18-year-old arrived at the tournament with Stoneblade, one of several decks he had tried out in advance of the event. His expectations may have been modest, but his results were anything but.
Goetschel won the Grand Prix at Niagara Falls without losing a played match. He conceded to his Round 15 opponent for seeding considerations, but otherwise won every match he played this week. It's an incredible accomplishment for an up-and-coming player who can now, as he put it, "put something on my profile other than a 4-1 league finish with a stock list."
It was a diverse Top 8 packed with Legacy regulars. Jerry Mee, Gerard Fabiano, Dustin Buckingham, Michael Skipper, Collin Rountree, Edgar Magalhaes and Kale Orrmons joined Goetschel in the Top 8, but none could top him. His semifinal match against Gerard Fabiano was a classic, if draining - the two played for well more than an hour in a series of games that pitted the power of Teferi against the power of Palace Jailer and the role of monarch in the game.
From Delvers to Duals to Death and Taxes, it was a wild weekend from the start, and the Top 8 represented that diversity. It consisted of:
- 2x Death and Taxes
- Grixis Control
- Sneak and Show
- Four-Color Leovold Control
- Grixis Delver
In the end, Goetschel beat them all, outlasting Fabiano and then topping Rountree in a decisive finals, earning the title and the trophy in the process. Congrats again to Daniel Goetschel, the winner of Grand Prix Niagara Falls!