Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour season 1999–2000
|Pro Player of the Year||Bob Maher, Jr.|
|Rookie of the Year||Brian Davis|
|World Champion||Jon Finkel|
|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.
- 1 Pro Tour – Washington D.C. (3–5 September 1999)
- 2 Grand Prixs – Tohoku, Memphis, Lisbon
- 3 Pro Tour – London (15–17 October 1999)
- 4 Grand Prixs – Kyushu, Sao Paulo, Milan, San Diego, Tours
- 5 Pro Tour – Chicago (3–5 December 1999)
- 6 Grand Prixs – Manila, Seattle, Madrid
- 7 Pro Tour – Los Angeles (4–6 February 2000)
- 8 Grand Prix – Taipei, Philadelphia, Cannes, Kuala Lumpur, Frankfurt
- 9 Pro Tour – New York (14–16 April 2000)
- 10 Grand Prixs – Nagoya, St. Louis, Copenhagen, Pittsburgh
- 11 2000 World Championships – Brussel (2–6 August 2000)
- 12 Pro Player of the year final standings
- 13 References
Pro Tour – Washington D.C. (3–5 September 1999)
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.
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
|Your Move Games||2|
|2||Your Move Games||2|
|1||Your Move Games||Rob Dougherty||$30,000||2nd Final day|
|Dave Humpherys||2nd Final day|
|Darwin Kastle||4th Final day|
|2||Game Empire||Kurt Burgner||2nd Final day|
|Alan Comer||3rd Final day|
|Brian Selden||2nd Final day|
|3||Antarctica||Jon Finkel||6th Final day|
|Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz||3rd Final day|
Grand Prixs – Tohoku, Memphis, Lisbon
Pro Tour – London (15–17 October 1999)
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.
Prize pool: $151,635
Format: Urza's Saga Booster Draft (Urza's Saga-Urza's Legacy-Urza's Destiny)
Head Judge: Carl Crook
|1||Kyle Rose||$25,000||3rd Final day|
|4||Ben Rubin||$8,000||3rd Final day|
|8||Darwin Kastle||$4,300||5th Final day|
Grand Prixs – Kyushu, Sao Paulo, Milan, San Diego, Tours
Pro Tour – Chicago (3–5 December 1999)
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.
|Bob Maher, Jr.||3|
|5||Bob Maher, Jr.||3|
|Bob Maher, Jr.||3|
|1||Bob Maher, Jr.||$25,000|
|2||Brian Davis||$15,000||Pro Tour debut|
|3||Christian Lührs||$10,000||2nd Final day|
|4||Raphaël Lévy||$8,000||2nd Final day|
|5||Alan Comer||$6,500||4th Final day|
|6||Dirk Baberowski||$5,500||2nd Final day|
|8||Hector Fuentes||$4,300||1st Spaniard in a Top 8|
Grand Prixs – Manila, Seattle, Madrid
Pro Tour – Los Angeles (4–6 February 2000)
Trevor Blackwell defeated Chris Benafel in the finals to become Pro Tour Los Angeles champion.
|3||Kurt Burgner||$10,000||3rd Final day|
|4||Mike Long||$8,000||4th Final day|
|8||Brian Selden||$4,300||3rd Final day|
Grand Prix – Taipei, Philadelphia, Cannes, Kuala Lumpur, Frankfurt
1. Black Ops
2. New Wave
3. Legion of Rabbits
4. The Tightans
1. III Heroes
2. Hammer of Brno
3. Trash A
4. Absolute Samuels
Pro Tour – New York (14–16 April 2000)
Sigurd Eskeland won Pro Tour New York, defeating Warren Marsh in the finals. Eskeland played a blue control-deck with the centerpiece of the deck being Rising Waters. His opponent played the deck most present at this tournament, Rebels. 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. 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.
|1||Sigurd Eskeland||$25,000||1st Norwegian to win a Pro Tour|
|3||Ben Rubin||$10,000||4th Final day|
|5||John Larkin||$6,500||1st Irish Player in a Top 8|
|6||Mike Bregoli||$5,500||2nd Final day|
|Sigurd Eskeland – 1999–2000 Pro Tour New York champion|
4 Drake Hatchling
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. In a field composed of otherwise American teams the French team Black Ops defeated Game Empire and Antarctica to win the tournament.
|4||Your Move Games||1|
|Antarctica||Daniel O'Mahoney-Schwartz||Game Empire||Brian Selden|
|Jon Finkel||Alan Comer|
|Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz||Kurt Burgner|
|Black Ops||Florent Jeudon||Your Move Games||Rob Dougherty|
|Antoine Ruel||Dave Humpherys|
|Olivier Ruel||Darwin Kastle|
Grand Prixs – Nagoya, St. Louis, Copenhagen, Pittsburgh
1. New Wave
2. Masato Club
3. Your Move Games
1. Huey, Ben, and Casey
2. Dark Side of the Moon
4. Your Move Games
2000 World Championships – Brussel (2–6 August 2000)
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.
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
|Bob Maher, Jr.||3|
|4||Bob Maher, Jr.||3|
|Bob Maher, Jr.||2|
|3||Tom van de Logt||2|
|1||Jon Finkel||$34,000||7th Final day, 2nd Pro Tour win|
|2||Bob Maher, Jr.||$22,000||2nd Final day|
|4||Benedikt Klauser||$13,000||2nd Final day|
|5||Tom van de Logt||$11,000|
|7||Janosch Kühn||$8,250||2nd Final day|
|8||Nicolas Labarre||$7,250||3rd Final day|
National team competition
- United States (Jon Finkel, Chris Benafel, Frank Hernandez, Aaron Forsythe)
- Canada (Ryan Fuller, Murray Evans, Gabriel Tsang, Sam Lau)
Pro Player of the year final standings
|1||Bob Maher, Jr.||72|
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