The National Championship event featured 3 rounds of Booster Draft followed by 5 rounds of Classic Constructed on Friday and Saturday with a cut to a Top 8 on Sunday. The main event had 414 players battling it out for $50,000 in cash and Gold Foil prize cards. In the final match, Tariq Patel, playing Lightning Briar, faced off against Chane, Bound by Shadow. Patel ousted Chane with a final attack, as both players were at one life point, to claim a $10,000 prize check.
Of the top 8 decks, six featured heroes from the latest Tales of Aria booster set, the top-selling TCGplayer sealed product in September (see "'Flesh and Blood TCG' Tells Two 'Tales"). Briar, Warden of Thorns was played by five players in the top 8, including the eventual winner Patel.
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