It’s over! Out of a varied Top 8 that consisted of three Warrior Toolboxes, two Monarch Controls, one OTK, one Beatdown, and one Gearfried deck, a single winner has emerged!
Tristian Patillo’s first opponent in the quarterfinals was Kevin Donnelly, the one competitor who managed to take Stein OTK to a Day 2 finish this weekend. Donnelly’s new OTK build, which features Secret Barrel and Des Koala, is the perfect template for the archetype in this new format. It wasn’t quite good enough though, and Patillo defeated Donnelly by taking two straight duels.
Patillo took on Mike Gonzales next, the only duelist running a true beatdown in the Top 8. Despite the higher general utility of Gonzales’ deck, Patillo again managed to snatch a 2-0 victory out from under Gonzales’ nose.
Finally, Patillo had to face the odds-on pick for the Championship win. Ryan Spicer made Day 2 in Shonen Jump Championship Arlington, and this time he took the Scrub Brush Challenge and emerged unscathed for a second SJC Top 8! In a match that pitted Monarch deck against Monarch deck Patillo scored yet another 2-0 victory, narrowly eeking out a win in the first duel and taking advantage of a key play in the second.
Our congratulations go out to all the competitors of Shonen Jump Championship Austin, but a special congrats goes out to Tristian Patillo, your newest Shonen Jump Champion!