Get ready for Pro Tour Kaladesh, the action will start on Friday, October 14, and will feature some of the world’s top Magic players competing for their share of a prize purse totaling a quarter of a million dollars! Pro Tour Kaladesh will be Standard’s big debut since the rotation of Dragons of Tarkir and Magic Origins. It’s the event many professional players have been waiting for to showcase their new approaches to the Standard format, and millions of eyes will be peeled to the results of this tournament to see what directions the world’s top players go in building decks for the new format.
Here’s all you need to know about Pro Tour Kaladesh:
- The Pro Tour is a three day invitation-only event, featuring top Magic pros, top Grand Prix finishers, Hall of Famers, and players who found their success in Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers. These players will be competing for a share of the $250,000 prize pool, with $50,000 going to the winner along with an invitation to the “2017 Magic: The Gathering World Championship”. Pro Tour Kaladesh, this weekend’s big event, takes place on October 14 to 16.
- The formats for Friday and Saturday are three rounds of Booster Draft, using 3 Kaladesh boosters, and five rounds of Standard Constructed. All matches on Friday and Saturday are best two out of three games.
- The following sets are legal in the Standard format for this tournament: Battle for Zendikar, Oath of the Gatewatch, Shadows over Innistrad, Eldritch Moon, and Kaladesh.
- All players with 12 or more match points (a 4-4 record or better) at the end of the Day One will advance to Day Two of the competition.
- The Top 8 players at the end of Day Two will advance to Sunday’s playoff, featuring a modified single elimination playoff.
- All matches played on Sunday are best three out of five games, with the first two games featuring pre sideboard action.
- The winner gets $50,000, Platinum status in the Pro Players Club (which will give that player invitations with airfare and appearance fees through the 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons), and an invitation to the “2017 Magic: The Gathering World Championship”.
Now let’s talk about the new modified single elimination playoff bracket:
This Pro Tour will be the first one to introduce a modified single elimination bracket, different from the traditional single elimination format you used to see on Sunday. With the switch to the new bracket, the players seeded in 5th through 8th place at the end of sixteen rounds of Swiss will be put into stage 1 of the quarterfinals and will have four matches ahead of them to claim the trophy. Meanwhile, the 1st and 2nd seed players at the end of sixteen rounds of Swiss are automatically placed into the semifinals, guaranteeing them $15,000 in prize money with their finish and a maximum of two matches to win the trophy. The switch to this modified single elimination bracket will make for some interesting games at the end of Day Two as players a will aim for the top spots at the end of sixteen rounds of Swiss.
You can watch all three days of Pro Tour Kaladesh live on twitch.tv/magic or YouTube Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. local time (Hawaii time). If You can’t catch the action live, replays of the broadcast, after each day concludes, and all the round by round coverage and deck techs can be found over on YouTube, so you can catch every moment when it better fits into your day.
The Pro Tour live action will be casted by:
- Play-by-Play Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe, Tim Willoughby, and Gaby Spartz
- Color Commentators: Luis Scott-Vargas and Ian Duke
- News Desk: Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
and there will be Text Coverage at the Pro Tour Kaladesh coverage page.
Deck Lists: Every Constructed feature match write-up, as well as select articles on the coverage page, will feature decklists once Round 16 of the tournament is underway. Top 8 decklists will be posted once Day Two wraps up, and the 6-4 or better Standard decklists will be published no later than Sunday afternoon.