Recap: National Championships 2023, Week 1

Sep 01, 2023 Kasharn Rao

That's a wrap on Week 1 of National Championships! A wide spread of heroes have claimed points on the leaderboard, as Lexi fights to stay on top. Many players from across the globe have risen through the ranks to claim their well-deserved seat at World Championship: Barcelona. Meanwhile, new friendships have been formed and old rivalries re-stoked. You'll never forget these days, whether you braved the dangers and emerged a champion, or whether you bombed out and took solace in the company of friends at the post-tournament festivities!

(first place decklists and photos will be added as the season progresses - a special thank you to all the tournament organisers who provided a photo of their National Champion)

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United States

US National Champion 2023 Charles Dunn

Top 8

1st: Charles Dunn - Briar, Warden of Thorns

2nd: Evan Herndon - Lexi, Livewire

3rd-4th: Craig Kempels - Lexi, Livewire

3rd-4th: Lucas Oswald - Iyslander, Stormbind

5th-8th: Pheano Black - Dromai, Ash Artist

5th-8th: Michael Hamilton - Lexi, Livewire

5th-8th: Matt Kohls - Briar, Warden of Thorns

5th-8th: Daniel Rutkowski - Iyslander, Stormbind



Top 8

1st: Sam Sutherland - Dash, Inventor Extraordinaire

2nd: Fahad Rahman - Kano, Dracai of Aether

3rd-4th: Andreas Andronicou - Dromai, Ash Artist

3rd-4th: Hayden Dale - Dromai, Ash Artist

5th-8th: Darren Taing - Fai, Rising Rebellion

5th-8th: Kuan Li - Dromai, Ash Artist

5th-8th: Ryan Taylor - Bravo, Showstopper

5th-8th: Zachary Gardiner - Dromai, Ash Artist


Champion Daniel Dertoni (3)

Top 8

1st: Daniel Dertoni - Dromai, Ash Artist

2nd: Marcelo Gazzaneo - Bravo, Showstopper

3rd-4th: Ivan Taranto - Dromai, Ash Artist

3rd-4th: Francisco Leiva Espanhol - Lexi, Livewire

5th-8th: Leonardo Pessôa - Lexi, Livewire

5th-8th: Gabriel Singh Bruno - Iyslander, Stormbind

5th-8th: Pedro Ugioni - Rhinar, Reckless Rampage

5th-8th: Henrique Rodrigues - Dromai, Ash Artist



Top 8

1st: Kevin Pennec - Lexi, Livewire

2nd: Faustin Falissard - Dash, Inventor Extraordinaire

3rd-4th: Simon Diaz - Lexi, Livewire

3rd-4th: Lucas Saillour - Iyslander, Stormbind

5th-8th: Paul le Gouez - Uzuri, Switchblade

5th-8th: Xavier Aubert - Fai, Rising Rebellion

5th-8th: Tom Simon - Fai, Rising Rebellion

5th-8th: Arthur Trehet - Dromai, Ash Artist



Top 8

1st: Natan Tomeo - Lexi, Livewire

2nd: Lorenzo Brambilla Pisoni - Iyslander, Stormbind

3rd-4th: Andrea Malpassi - Bravo, Showstopper

3rd-4th: Matteo Favretto - Ser Boltyn, Breaker of Dawn

5th-8th: Tommaso Viscido - Dromai, Ash Artist

5th-8th: Davide Rizzi - Bravo, Showstopper

5th-8th: Giulio Monaco - Bravo, Showstopper

5th-8th: Mirko Dolce - Lexi, Livewire

New Zealand


Top 8

1st: Oliver Berry - Iyslander, Stormbind

2nd: Nish Nimmagadda - Lexi, Livewire

3rd-4th: Mat Collett - Azalea, Ace in the Hole

3rd-4th: Lucas Ward - Dromai, Ash Artist

5th-8th: Alexander McCallum - Uzuri, Switchblade

5th-8th: Daniel McKay - Dromai, Ash Artist

5th-8th: Sam Payne - Levia, Shadowborn Abomination

5th-8th: Matt Rogers - Dash, Inventor Extraordinaire



Top 8

1st: Paweł Rozynek - Kano, Dracai of Aether

2nd: Pawel Kutesko - Lexi, Livewire

3rd-4th: Bartłomiej Chrobak - Katsu, the Wanderer

3rd-4th: Adrian Słowiński - Bravo, Showstopper

5th-8th: Lukasz Bigos - Dash, Inventor Extraordinaire

5th-8th: Franciszek Sapikowski - Dromai, Ash Artist

5th-8th: Bartosz Dominiak - Iyslander, Stormbind

5th-8th: Piotr Krzempek - Lexi, Livewire



Top 8

1st: Oh Oh - Dorinthea Ironsong

2nd: Lee Ming-Han - Lexi, Livewire

3rd-4th: Xincheng Hou - Dash, Inventor Extraordinaire

3rd-4th: Si-Jie Gao - Bravo, Showstopper

5th-8th: Liang Hsi Ho - Lexi, Livewire

5th-8th: Chiu Chung-Yi - Iyslander, Stormbind

5th-8th: KeDuo Yang - Iyslander, Stormbind

5th-8th: Shao Lun Lu - Briar, Warden of Thorns


Laksana Eka, Indonesia National Champion

Top 8

1st: Laksana Eka - Dromai, Ash Artist

2nd: Handy Wijaya - Lexi, Livewire

3rd-4th: Wisnu Agung - Dash, Inventor Extraordinaire

3rd-4th: Abdurrahman Putra - Briar, Warden of Thorns

5th-8th: Adzuf Surya - Dromai, Ash Artist

5th-8th: Gian Arnandi - Briar, Warden of Thorns

5th-8th: Odi Winata - Azalea, Ace in the Hole

5th-8th: David Soetrisno - Viserai, Rune Blood


Nats Champ - Carl Celera

Top 8

1st: Carl Cedric Celera - Kano, Dracai of Aether

2nd: Kevin Octavio - Lexi, Livewire

3rd-4th: Justin Cu - Bravo, Showstopper

3rd-4th: Hans Alviar - Briar, Warden of Thorns

5th-8th: Ferdinand Mendoza - Iyslander, Stormbind

5th-8th: Armand Miguel Medina - Briar, Warden of Thorns

5th-8th: Mark Alvin Mendoza - Iyslander, Stormbind

5th-8th: Jaime Manzano - Dorinthea Ironsong


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Top 8

1st: Joakim Gustafsson - Iyslander, Stormbind

2nd: Jacob Trossing - Bravo, Showstopper

3rd-4th: Christofer Lindholm - Briar, Warden of Thorns

3rd-4th: Niklas Astner - Dromai, Ash Artist

5th-8th: Dennis Fröberg - Dash, Inventor Extraordinaire

5th-8th: Niklas Bengtsson - Briar, Warden of Thorns

5th-8th: Erika Forslöf - Iyslander, Stormbind

5th-8th: Linus Rodhammar - Uzuri, Switchblade


Champion_ Ilmari Lahtinen

Top 8

1st: Ilmari Lahtinen - Rhinar, Reckless Rampage

2nd: Juha Saarnilampi - Dromai, Ash Artist

3rd-4th: Toni Savolainen - Bravo, Showstopper

3rd-4th: Ville Teräväinen - Levia, Shadowborn Abomination

5th-8th: Hannu Pentinpuro - Iyslander, Stormbind

5th-8th: Olli Saarinen - Katsu, the Wanderer

5th-8th: Henrik Moilanen - Kano, Dracai of Aether

5th-8th: Jarko Räisänen - Iyslander, Stormbind


Winner (1)

Top 8

1st: Mário Abrantes - Lexi, Livewire

2nd: Bernardo Cardoso - Iyslander, Stormbind

3rd-4th: Tiago Rodrigues - Bravo, Showstopper

3rd-4th: Rúben Martins - Iyslander, Stormbind

5th-8th: Nuno Miguel Correia das Neves - Iyslander, Stormbind

5th-8th: Diogo Vala - Lexi, Livewire

5th-8th: Paulo Sherring - Uzuri, Switchblade

5th-8th: Nuno Amaral - Lexi, Livewire


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Top 8

1st: Simon Nielsen - Lexi, Livewire

2nd: Sebastian Grøndal - Bravo, Showstopper

3rd-4th: Victor Brøcker - Lexi, Livewire

3rd-4th: Michael Bonde - Dash, Inventor Extraordinaire

5th-8th: Mike Juel - Iyslander, Stormbind

5th-8th: Laura Nielsen - Iyslander, Stormbind

5th-8th: Mathias W - Katsu, the Wanderer

5th-8th: Thomas Brygmann - Katsu, the Wanderer


FaB Icelandic Nationals 2023 - Winner Birgir Hrafn Buason- Landscape (1)

Top 8

1st: Birgir Hrafn Buason - Lexi, Livewire

2nd: Gardar Gunnarsson - Dromai, Ash Artist

3rd-4th: Þór Guðnason - Dromai, Ash Artist

3rd-4th: Vairis Klavins - Uzuri, Switchblade

5th-8th: Ásgeir Jóhannesson - Lexi, Livewire

5th-8th: Snorri Már Óskarsson - Bravo, Showstopper

5th-8th: Ragnar Daði Sigurðsson - Fai, Rising Rebellion

5th-8th: Benedikt Andrésson - Dorinthea Ironsong


Untitled design (20)

Top 8

1st: Julius Jonauskas - Lexi, Livewire

2nd: Edgar Strogonov - Bravo, Showstopper

3rd-4th: Darvydas Čepukaitis - Iyslander, Stormbind

3rd-4th: Rokas Jaskevičius - Bravo, Showstopper

5th-8th: Tomas Liutvinas - Lexi, Livewire

5th-8th: Tomislav Trajkovski - Briar, Warden of Thorns

5th-8th: Aleksejs Titovs - Levia, Shadowborn Abomination

5th-8th: Oleg Zabalujev - Dash, Inventor Extraordinaire


Untitled design (21)

Top 8

1st: Tov Hanssen - Lexi, Livewire

2nd: Oscar Kruse - Fai, Rising Rebellion

3rd-4th: Peter Bråss - Iyslander, Stormbind

3rd-4th: Adrian Fjell - Lexi, Livewire

5th-8th: Elias Nærland - Levia, Shadowborn Abomination

5th-8th: Tore Eskeland - Dromai, Ash Artist

5th-8th: Kenneth Punnerud - Bravo, Showstopper

5th-8th: Bernhard Hinna - Iyslander, Stormbind


Winner Dinh, Khoi

Top 8

1st: Khoi Dinh - Lexi, Livewire

2nd: Quang Duong - Lexi, Livewire

3rd-4th: Long Tran - Katsu, the Wanderer

3rd-4th: Minh Nguyen - Vynnset, Iron Maiden

5th-8th: Hải Nguyễn - Dromai, Ash Artist

5th-8th: Khánh Bình Nguyễn Đình - Dash, Inventor Extraordinaire

5th-8th: Nguyen Tuan Anh - Fai, Rising Rebellion

5th-8th: Doanh Cao Xuan - Vynnset, Iron Maiden


Untitled design (22)

Top 8

1st: Fadhil Majid - Dash, Inventor Extraordinaire

2nd: Jerrard Pang - Bravo, Showstopper

3rd-4th: Yura Bahar - Azalea, Ace in the Hole

3rd-4th: Naqiuddin Mardani - Dromai, Ash Artist

5th-8th: Lim Kok Chien - Dorinthea Ironsong

5th-8th: Kuo Hern Wong - Rhinar, Reckless Rampage

5th-8th: Brandon Wong - Viserai, Rune Blood

5th-8th: Azim Said - Ser Boltyn, Breaker of Dawn


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Top 8

1st: Marko Leben - Ser Boltyn, Breaker of Dawn

2nd: Jaka Burnik - Levia, Shadowborn Abomination

3rd-4th: Jan Ban - Viserai, Rune Blood

3rd-4th: Jean Luka Zorko - Bravo, Showstopper

5th-8th: Tadej Krmac - Lexi, Livewire

5th-8th: Jaka Keckes - Rhinar, Reckless Rampage

5th-8th: Samo Planinc - Dash, Inventor Extraordinaire

5th-8th: Žan Baumgartner - Ser Boltyn, Breaker of Dawn