July 12-14, 2019
Expo Krakow
Krakow, Poland

Sveinung Bjørnerud is your Grand Prix Krakow champion!

 

On Saturday morning, 918 players from all over the world entered the main event in Krakow to take their shot at a winner's trophy and a piece of the $35,000 prize pool in the Core Set 2020 Limited format. Polish MPL member Grzegorz Kowalski came close, but was defeated in the quarterfinals.

In the end, it was Sveinung Bjørnerud (in his fourth Grand Prix Top 8) who emerged triumphant, defeating Jiri Vanek in the finals. Both finalists had drafted U/W Fliers, which appeared to be the strongest archetype in the format this weekend, and the match between them was close.

In Game 1, Vanek took it down with Steel Overseer and Master Splicer. For Game 2, Bjørnerud boarded in Disenchant and Vial of Dragonfire, which he used to overcome Steel Overseer this time around. Game 3 was a long one that was ultimately decided by Bjørnerud's high-powered rares and mythics: On consecutive turns, he cast Cavalier of Dawn, Drawn from Dreams, and Atemsis. Vanek was unable to come back and extended his hand in defeat.

Some fun facts about the finalists:

  • Jiri is the brother of Tomas Vanek, the Grand Prix Bochum 2012 Top 8 competitor, so if Jiri had won, the Vaneks would have joined the Ruels, Vierens, Cornelissens, and Grafensteiners as yet another pair of GP-Top-8-competitor brothers who have at least one title amongst them. But it was not to be for Jiri.
  • Sveinung Bjørnerud's first-ever Grand Prix, 12 years ago, was also held in Krakow. Since then, Bjørnerud had found competitive success at the GP circuit and as a member of the Norwegian national team in 2011, and he had received recognition for his highly appreciated Pro Level and Professional Play spreadsheets. He quit several months ago after Yuuya Watanabe, a player he looked up to, was disqualified for marked cards—"sadly, that really did flip a switch in my head"—but he picked up Core Set 2020 drafts on MTG Arena and "noticed it was fun playing again." The rest is history. With his victory in Krakow, he finally received the GP trophy to go with his reputation as one of the most gifted Limited players in the game.

Congratulations again to Sveinung Bjørnerud!

Bracket

Quarterfinals
6
Grzegorz Kowalski
4
Jiri Vanek
8
Vincent Reiter
2
Tadej Kadunc
3
Sveinung Bjornerud
5
Peter Ward
7
Tobias Maurer
1
Samuel Eberhard
Semifinals
2-0
Jiri Vanek
2-0
Vincent Reiter
2-0
Sveinung Bjornerud
2-0
Tobias Maurer
Finals
2-1
Jiri Vanek
2-0
Sveinung Bjornerud
Champion
2-1
Sveinung Bjornerud

Articles

Top 8 player profiles by Frank Karsten

Get to know the Top 8 players

Interview with Sveining by Florian Koch

A spotlight on the GP winner from last year

Top 5 commons & Top 5 uncommons

Pros in Krakow share their Limited insights

Pick Order for M20 Draft by Frank Karsten

Ranking all cards & format analysis

Instagram Page by ChannelFireball

Photos from MagicFests and more

Pairings

Pairings Results Standings
15 15 15
14 14 14
13 13 13
12 12 12
11 11 11
10 10 10
9 9 9
8 8 8
7 7 7
6 6 6
5 5 5
4 4 4
3 3 3
2 2 2
1 1 1

Stories

Articles

Top 8 player profiles by Frank Karsten

Get to know the Top 8 players

Interview with Sveining by Florian Koch

A spotlight on the GP winner from last year

Top 5 commons & Top 5 uncommons

Pros in Krakow share their Limited insights

Pick Order for M20 Draft by Frank Karsten

Ranking all cards & format analysis

Instagram Page by ChannelFireball

Photos from MagicFests and more

Pairings

Pairings Results Standings
15 15 15
14 14 14
13 13 13
12 12 12
11 11 11
10 10 10
9 9 9
8 8 8
7 7 7
6 6 6
5 5 5
4 4 4
3 3 3
2 2 2
1 1 1