Would You Take a Foil Tarmogoyf In The Grand Prix?


At Grand Prix in Las Vegas, Pascal Maynard rare drafted a Foil Tarmogoyf over a Burst Lightning while drafting a Red/White Double Strike Deck. He made it to the Top 4, but he didn’t win the tournament. He lost a game because he ran Mighty Leap instead of the Burst Lightning. It was an controversial move among professionals, who say that he should not rare draft in the TOP 4.

After, Pascal rare drafted Tarmogoyf, he received heavy criticism from other professionals:

Winning at Magic means more to me than any amount of money. It was foolish to expect that other professional players would feel similarly.  -Owen Turtenwald

I hope for a world where $ prizes are such that no one even considers picking a 1000$ card -Alexander Hayne

One could even say: If you can be bribed into rare drafting that easily, why are you spending all this time playing Magic? – Reid Duke

I just lost all respect for Pascal Maynard – William Jensen

In the end, he did not get enough pro points to get to the World Championships. However, he got the only Foil MM2015 Tarmogoyf with GP Top 8 stamp, which is cool. He could have won 4,000$ in prize cash from the Prix, and he might have gotten enough points to make it to the World Championships, with a grand prize of up to 50,000$. He later sold the Foil Tarmogoyf for 14,900$, half of which went to the Gamers Helping Gamers Charity. If you were in his position, what would you do?

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