Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour season 1999–2000

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1999–2000 Pro Tour season
Pro Player of the Year United States Bob Maher, Jr.
Rookie of the Year United States Brian Davis
World Champion United States Jon Finkel
Pro Tours 6
Grands Prix 20
Start of season 3 September 1999
End of season 6 August 2000

The 1999–2000 Pro Tour season was the fifth season of the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour. It began on 3 September 1999 with Pro Tour Boston and ended on 6 August 2000 with the conclusion of 2000 World Championship in Brussels. The season consisted of twenty Grand Prixs, and six Pro Tours, located in Washington D.C., London, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Brussels. At the end of the season Bob Maher, Jr. was awarded the Pro Player of the year title.

Pro Tour – Washington D.C. (3–5 September 1999)[edit]

Washington D.C. was the first team Pro Tour. In a high-profile Top 8 featuring five players, who were later inducted into the Hall of Fame, all team Your Move Games (YMG) came out on top. YMG consisted of Dave Humpherys, Rob Dougherty, and Darwin Kastle, all eventual members of the Hall of Fame.[1]

Tournament data[edit]

Players: 243 (81 teams)
Format: Urza's Saga Team Sealed (Urza's Saga, Urza's Legacy, Urza's Destiny) – first day, Urza's Saga Team Rochester Draft (Urza's Saga-Urza's Legacy-Urza's Destiny) – final two days
Head Judge: Mike Guptil[2]

Top 8[edit]

Semifinals Semi-finals
1 Game Empire 2
Game Empire
Your Move Games 2
2 Your Move Games 2
3 Antarctica

Final standings[edit]

Place Team Player Prize Comment
1 Your Move Games United States Rob Dougherty $30,000 2nd Final day
United States Dave Humpherys 2nd Final day
United States Darwin Kastle 4th Final day
2 Game Empire United States Kurt Burgner 2nd Final day
United States Alan Comer 3rd Final day
United States Brian Selden 2nd Final day
3 Antarctica United States Jon Finkel 6th Final day
United States Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz 3rd Final day
United States Daniel O'Mahoney-Schwartz
4 THL United States Marc Aquino
United States Richard Jones
United States Drew McLean

Grand Prixs – Tohoku, Memphis, Lisbon[edit]

Pro Tour – London (15–17 October 1999)[edit]

Kyle Rose won Pro Tour London, defeating Austrian Thomas Preyer in the finals. Darwin Kastle's back to back Top 8 appearances in Washington and London brought him to five final day appearance in his career.[1]

Tournament data[edit]

Prize pool: $151,635
Format: Urza's Saga Booster Draft (Urza's Saga-Urza's Legacy-Urza's Destiny)
Head Judge: Carl Crook[2]

Final standings[edit]

Place Player Prize Comment
1 United States Kyle Rose $25,000 3rd Final day
2 Austria Thomas Preyer $15,000
3 United States Mike Bregoli $10,000
4 United States Ben Rubin $8,000 3rd Final day
5 Germany Gunnar Refsdal $6,500
6 United States William Jensen $5,500
7 France Marc Hernandez $4,800
8 United States Darwin Kastle $4,300 5th Final day

Grand Prixs – Kyushu, Sao Paulo, Milan, San Diego, Tours[edit]

Pro Tour – Chicago (3–5 December 1999)[edit]

Bob Maher, Jr. won Pro Tour Chicago playing a blue-green-white control deck. He defeated Brian Davis in the finals 3–2. First time Pro Tour attendant Davis reportedly played so horribly, that around spectators the joke went, that Davis was the first to have played 5–0 in the finals and lost, referring to their perception that he could and should have won every single game.[1]

Tournament data[edit]

Prize pool: $151,635
Players: 344
Format: Extended
Head Judge: Nat Fairbanks[2]

Top 8[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
1 Christian Lührs 3
8 Hector Fuentes 1
Christian Lührs 1
Bob Maher, Jr. 3
5 Bob Maher, Jr. 3
4 Dirk Baberowski 0
Bob Maher, Jr. 3
Brian Davis 2
3 Brian Davis 3
6 Tony Dobson 1
Brian Davis 3
Raphaël Lévy 0
7 Raphaël Lévy 3
2 Alan Comer 0

Final standings[edit]

Place Player Prize Comment
1 United States Bob Maher, Jr. $25,000
2 United States Brian Davis $15,000 Pro Tour debut
3 Germany Christian Lührs $10,000 2nd Final day
4 France Raphaël Lévy $8,000 2nd Final day
5 United States Alan Comer $6,500 4th Final day
6 Germany Dirk Baberowski $5,500 2nd Final day
7 England Tony Dobson $4,800
8 Spain Hector Fuentes $4,300 1st Spaniard in a Top 8

Grand Prixs – Manila, Seattle, Madrid[edit]

Pro Tour – Los Angeles (4–6 February 2000)[edit]

Trevor Blackwell defeated Chris Benafel in the finals to become Pro Tour Los Angeles champion.[1]

Tournament data[edit]

Prize pool: $151,635
Players: 337
Format: Mercadian Masques Booster Draft (Mercadian Masques)
Head Judge: Dan Gray[2]

Top 8[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
1 Kurt Burgner 3
8 Brian Selden 0
Kurt Burgner 0
Trevor Blackwell 3
4 Trevor Blackwell 3
5 Andrew Nishioka 0
Trevor Blackwell 3
Chris Benafel 1
3 Bruce Cowley 1
6 Mike Long 3
Mike Long 2
Chris Benafel 3
2 Erno Ekebom 0
7 Chris Benafel 3

Final standings[edit]

Place Player Prize Comment
1 United States Trevor Blackwell $25,000
2 United States Chris Benafel $15,000
3 United States Kurt Burgner $10,000 3rd Final day
4 United States Mike Long $8,000 4th Final day
5 Finland Erno Ekebom $6,500
6 United States Bruce Cowley $5,500
7 United States Andrew Nishioka $4,800
8 United States Brian Selden $4,300 3rd Final day

Grand Prix – Taipei, Philadelphia, Cannes, Kuala Lumpur, Frankfurt[edit]

Pro Tour – New York (14–16 April 2000)[edit]

Sigurd Eskeland won Pro Tour New York, defeating Warren Marsh in the finals.[1] Eskeland played a blue control-deck with the centerpiece of the deck being Rising Waters.[3] His opponent played the deck most present at this tournament, Rebels.[4] PT New York is considered to be the first time where there was a dominant deck at a Pro Tour, the deck did not win the tournament.

43% of the players entering the tournament had chosen rebel decks. On the second day of the tournament rebels were even more present, comprising and unprecedented 57% of the field. These numbers were again topped by the final eight where six of eight decks were rebel decks.[5] In contrast the winning Rising Waters deck comprised only 8.4% of the field on day one and 14.5% on day two. In the top eight the two non-rebel decks were both Rising Waters decks. Rising Waters on both days had the highest winning percantage of all decks played with 60% on day one and 53.8% on day two.[6]

Tournament data[edit]

Players: 310
Prize pool: $151,635
Format: Mercadian Masques Block Constructed (Mercadian Masques, Nemesis)
Location: New York State Armory[disambiguation needed]
Head Judge: Cyril Grillon[2]

Top 8[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
1 John Larkin 1
8 Mattias Kettil 3
Mattias Kettil 2
Sigurd Eskeland 3
5 Sigurd Eskeland 3
4 Travis Turning 1
Sigurd Eskeland 3
Warren Marsh 1
3 Mike Bregoli 0
6 Warren Marsh 3
Warren Marsh 3
Ben Rubin 1
7 John Hunka 1
2 Ben Rubin 3

Final standings[edit]

Place Player Prize Comment
1 Norway Sigurd Eskeland $25,000 1st Norwegian to win a Pro Tour
2 England Warren Marsh $15,000
3 United States Ben Rubin $10,000 4th Final day
4 Sweden Mattias Kettil $8,000
5 Republic of Ireland John Larkin $6,500 1st Irish Player in a Top 8
6 United States Mike Bregoli $5,500 2nd Final day
7 United States Travis Turning $4,800
8 United States John Hunka $4,300

Winner's deck[edit]

Sigurd Eskeland played a blue control-deck with the centerpiece of the deck being Rising Waters.

Sigurd Eskeland – 1999–2000 Pro Tour New York champion
Main Deck: Sideboard:

4 Drake Hatchling
4 Stinging Barrier
4 Waterfront Bouncer
4 Eye of Ramos
3 Seal of Removal
4 Gush
4 Rising Waters
1 Brainstorm
3 Counterspell
4 Thwart
3 Daze

18 Island
4 Rishadan Port

2 Bribery
1 Counterspell
1 Hoodwink
2 Island
3 Misdirection
2 Rath's Edge
1 Seal of Removal
4 Stronghold Zeppelin

Team Challenge[edit]

The Team Challenge was a predecessor to the Masters Series events that were held from 2000 to 2003. These events were open only to the most accomplished players and awarded cash prizes even for entering the tournament. The Team Challenge at Pro Tour New York 2000 awarded $3,000 for entering the tournament, $9,000 to the runners-up team, and $15,000 to the winners. Four teams were invited to enter the tournament.[7] In a field composed of otherwise American teams the French team Black Ops defeated Game Empire and Antarctica to win the tournament.

Semi-finals Finals
1 Antarctica 2
4 Your Move Games 1
Antarctica 1
Black Ops 2
3 Black Ops 2
2 Game Empire 1
Team Player Team Player
Antarctica United States Daniel O'Mahoney-Schwartz Game Empire United States Brian Selden
United States Jon Finkel United States Alan Comer
United States Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz United States Kurt Burgner
Black Ops France Florent Jeudon Your Move Games United States Rob Dougherty
France Antoine Ruel United States Dave Humpherys
France Olivier Ruel United States Darwin Kastle

Grand Prixs – Nagoya, St. Louis, Copenhagen, Pittsburgh[edit]

2000 World Championships – Brussel (2–6 August 2000)[edit]

Jon Finkel won the 2000 World Championship, defeating teammate Bob Maher, Jr. in the finals. The second place allowed Maher to take the Pro Player of the year title, surpassing Darwin Kastle in the final standings. Finkel became the second player to win two Pro Tours and the first with seven Top 8 appearances. The US team won the national team competition, also with Finkel as reigning national champion at its head.[1]

Tournament data[edit]

Players: 273
Individual formats: Formats: Mercadian Masques Booster Draft (Mercadian Masques-Nemesis-Prophecy), Mercadian Masques Block Constructed (Mercadian Masques, Nemesis, Prophecy), Standard
Team Format: Standard
Head Judge: Cyril Grillon[2]

Top 8[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
1 Dominik Hothow 3
8 Nicolas Labarre 1
Dominik Hothow 0
Bob Maher, Jr. 3
5 Helmut Summersberger 2
4 Bob Maher, Jr. 3
Bob Maher, Jr. 2
Jon Finkel 3
3 Tom van de Logt 2
6 Benedikt Klauser 3
Benedikt Klauser 1
Jon Finkel 3
7 Janosch Kühn 1
2 Jon Finkel 3

Final standings[edit]

Place Player Prize Comment
1 United States Jon Finkel $34,000 7th Final day, 2nd Pro Tour win
2 United States Bob Maher, Jr. $22,000 2nd Final day
3 Germany Dominik Hothow $16,000
4 Austria Benedikt Klauser $13,000 2nd Final day
5 Netherlands Tom van de Logt $11,000
6 Austria Helmut Summersberger $9,500
7 Germany Janosch Kühn $8,250 2nd Final day
8 France Nicolas Labarre $7,250 3rd Final day

National team competition[edit]

  1. United States United States (Jon Finkel, Chris Benafel, Frank Hernandez, Aaron Forsythe)
  2. Canada Canada (Ryan Fuller, Murray Evans, Gabriel Tsang, Sam Lau)

Pro Player of the year final standings[edit]

After the World Championship Bob Maher, Jr. was awarded the Pro Player of the year title.[8]

Rank Player Pro Points
1 United States Bob Maher, Jr. 72
2 United States Darwin Kastle 69
3 United States Jon Finkel 68
4 United States Alex Shvartsman 58
5 United States Trevor Blackwell 50
United States Ben Rubin 50


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