Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour season 2000–01

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2000–01 Pro Tour season
Pro Player of the Year Germany Kai Budde
Rookie of the Year Japan Katsuhiro Mori
World Champion Netherlands Tom Van de Logt
Pro Tours 6
Grands Prix 27
Masters 4
Start of season 23 September 2000
End of season 12 August 2001

The 2000–01 Pro Tour season was the sixth season of the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour. On 23 September 2000 the season began with parallel Grand Prixs in Sapporo and Porto. It ended on 12 August 2001 with the conclusion of the 2001 World Championship in Toronto. The season consisted of 27 Grand Prixs and 6 Pro Tours, held in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Barcelona, and Toronto. Also special Master Series tournaments were held at four Pro Tours. These tournaments featured huge cash prizes, but were open to only 32 players. At the end of the season Kai Budde was proclaimed Pro Player of the Year, making him the only player to win the title more than once.

Grand Prixs – Sapporo, Porto[edit]

Pro Tour – New York (29 September – 1 October 2000)[edit]

New York was second team Pro Tour. Scott Johns made his fifth final day appearance. His team, "Potato Nation", did not lose a match throughout the tournament.[1] At PT New York the master series had its debut. This was a tournament series featuring huge cash prizes, but open only to the very best players in the world. The 25 players with the most Pro Points and the 5 Players with the highest rating in the format of the Masters were invited. Additionally a gateway tournament was held on the day before the Pro Tour. In that tournament each Pro Player with at least six Pro Points could compete for one of two additional slots.

Tournament data[edit]

Prize pool: $202,200
Players: 330 (110 teams)
Format: Team Sealed (Mercadian Masques, Nemesis, Prophecy) – first day, Team Rochester Draft (Mercadian Masques-Nemesis-Prophecy) – final two days
Head Judge: Dan Gray[2]

Top 4[edit]

Semi-finals Finals
           
Potato Nation 2
Draften und Spielen 1
Potato Nation 2
Car Acrobatic Team 0
Car Acrobatic Team 2
Rolled-Up Aces 1

Final standings[edit]

Place Team Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 Potato Nation United States Scott Johns $60,000 24 5th Final day
United States Mike Turian 24
Canada Gary Wise 24 2nd Final day
2 Car Acrobatic Team United States Andrew Cuneo $30,000 12
United States Aaron Forsythe 12
United States Andrew Johnson 12
3 Rolled-Up Aces United States Dan Clegg $18,000 10
United States Shawn Keller 10 2nd Final day
United States Thomas Keller 10
4 Draften und Spielen Germany Christian Lührs $15,000 10 3rd Final day
Germany Patrick Mello 10
Germany Stephan Valkyser 10

Masters – Extended[edit]

Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                             
1 Kai Budde
Jason Zila 2
Jason Zila 2
Tony Dobson
16 Mark Le Pine
Tony Dobson 2
Jason Zila 2
8 Ben Rubin 0
8 Ben Rubin 2
Gary Wise
Ben Rubin 2
Trevor Blackwell
9 Trevor Blackwell 2
Jon Finkel
Jason Zila 2
12 Sigurd Eskeland 0
4 Kyle Rose 2
Raffaele Lo Moro
Kyle Rose
Warren Marsh 2
13 Warren Marsh 2
Justin Gary
13 Warren Marsh 0
12 Sigurd Eskeland 2
5 Alex Shvartsman 2
Zvi Mowshowitz
Alex Shvartsman
Sigurd Eskeland 2
12 Sigurd Eskeland 2
Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz
Jason Zila 1
6 William Jensen 2
2 Darwin Kastle
Trey Van Cleave 2
Trey Van Cleave 2
Kurt Burgner
15 Raphaël Lévy
Kurt Burgner 2
Trey Van Cleave 2
Dirk Baberowski 1
7 Alan Comer
Dirk Baberowski 2
Dirk Baberowski 2
Christian Lührs
10 Dave Humpherys
Christian Lührs 2
Trey Van Cleave 0
6 William Jensen 2
3 Bob Maher, Jr. 2
Franck Canu
Bob Maher, Jr. 2
Rob Dougherty
14 Rob Dougherty 2
John Masks
3 Bob Maher, Jr. 0
6 William Jensen 2
6 William Jensen 2
Nicolai Herzog
William Jensen 2
Olivier Ruel
11 Matt Linde
Olivier Ruel 2

Pro Player of the year standings[edit]

Rank Player Pro Points
1 United States Scott Johns 24
United States Mike Turian 24
Canada Gary Wise 24
4 France Antoine Ruel 14
5 France Olivier Ruel 13

Grand Prixs – Manchester, Helsinki, Dallas, Kyoto, Phoenix, Sydney, Florence, Buenos Aires[edit]

Pro Tour – Chicago (1–3 December 2000)[edit]

Chicago was the first Pro Tour featuring the Standard format since Dallas more than four years before. In a top eight which is considered to be one the best ever,[1] Kai Budde won the title against Kamiel Cornelissen. He thus became the third player to win two Pro Tours. With the exception of Jay Elarar, every player in the top eight now has at least three Pro Tour top eights, including a win. In the Masters event Ben Rubin defeated Jon Finkel in the final.

Tournament data[edit]

Prize pool: $200,130
Players: 332
Format: Standard
Head Judge: Mike Donais[2]

Top 8[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                 
1 Kai Budde 3
8 Jay Elarar 2
Kai Budde 3
Brian Kibler 1
5 Zvi Mowshowitz 1
4 Brian Kibler 3
Kai Budde 3
Kamiel Cornelissen 0
3 Jon Finkel 1
6 Kamiel Cornelissen 3
Kamiel Cornelissen 3
Rob Dougherty 1
7 Michael Pustilnik 1
2 Rob Dougherty 3

Final standings[edit]

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 Germany Kai Budde $30,000 32 2nd Final day, 2nd Pro Tour win
2 Netherlands Kamiel Cornelissen $20,000 24
3 United States Brian Kibler $15,000 16
4 United States Rob Dougherty $13,000 16 3rd Final day
5 United States Jon Finkel $9,000 12 8th Final day
6 United States Michael Pustilnik $8,500 12 2nd Final day
7 United States Zvi Mowshowitz $8,000 12 2nd Final day
8 Canada Jay Elarar $7,500 12

Masters – Booster Draft[edit]

Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                             
1 Bob Maher, Jr.
32 Kai Budde
Bob Maher, Jr. 2
Brian Davis
16 Brian Davis
17 Zvi Mowshowitz
Bob Maher Jr. 1
Kyle Rose 2
8 Gary Wise 2
25 Dan Clegg
Gary Wise
Kyle Rose 2
9 Kyle Rose 2
24 Jelger Wiegersma
Kyle Rose ?
Ben Rubin 2
4 Ben Rubin 2
29 Igor Freayman
Ben Rubin 2
Thomas Preyer
13 Raphaël Lévy
20 Thomas Preyer 2
Ben Rubin 2
David Williams ?
5 William Jensen
28 David Williams 2
David Williams 2
Michael Long
12 Warren Marsh
21 Mike Long 2
Ben Rubin 2
Jon Finkel 0
2 Jon Finkel 2
31 John Ormerod
Jon Finkel 2
Joe Weber
15 Stephan Valkyser
18 Joeb Weber 2
Jon Finkel 2
Mike Bregoli 1
7 Trevor Blackwell
26 Mike Bregoli 2
Mike Bregoli 2
Jakub Slemr
10 Sigurd Eskeland
23 Jakub Slemr 2
Jon Finkel 2
Alex Shvartsman 0
3 Alex Shvartsman 2
30 Andrew Cuneo
Alex Shvartsman 2
Ryan Fuller
14 Mike Turian
19 Ryan Fuller 2
Alex Shvartsman 2
Christian Lührs 1
6 Darwin Kastle
27 Satoshi Nakamura 2
Satoshi Nakamura
Christian Lührs 2
11 Chris Benafel
22 Christian Lührs 2

Pro Player of the year standings[edit]

Rank Player Pro Points
1 Germany Kai Budde 40
2 United States Scott Johns 35
3 United States Mike Turian 29
4 Netherlands Kamiel Cornelissen 28
Canada Gary Wise 28

Grand Prixs – Singapore, New Orleans, Amsterdam, Hiroshima[edit]

Pro Tour – Los Angeles (2–4 February 2001)[edit]

The 2001 Pro Tour Los Angeles was the last Pro Tour held on the Queen Mary, were all previous Pro Tours in Los Angeles had been held. In a final eight featuring three players, who had also been amongst the last eight in Chicago, Michael Pustilnik took the title and thus the lead in the Pro Player of the year standings.[1] Kamiel Cornelissen also made his second consecutive second place Pro Tour finish, the first person to do so in Pro Tour history.[1]

Tournament data[edit]

Players: 327
Prize Pool: $200,130
Format: Rochester Draft (Invasion)
Head Judge: Collin Jackson[2]

Top 8[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                 
1 Michael Pustilnik 3
8 Lawrence Creech 1
Michael Pustilnik 3
Benedikt Klauser 1
5 Benedikt Klauser 3
4 Erno Ekebom 1
Michael Pustilnik 3
Kamiel Cornelissen 2
3 Michael Gurney 1
6 Jon Finkel 3
Jon Finkel 0
Kamiel Cornelissen 3
7 Kyle Rose 1
2 Kamiel Cornelissen 3

Final standings[edit]

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 United States Michael Pustilnik $30,000 32 3rd Final day
2 Netherlands Kamiel Cornelissen $20,000 24 2nd Final day
3 Austria Benedikt Klauser $15,000 16 3rd Final day
4 United States Jon Finkel $13,000 16 9th Final day
5 United States Kyle Rose $9,000 12 4th Final day
6 United States Michael Gurney $8,500 12
7 Finland Erno Ekebom $8,000 12 2nd Final day
8 United States Lawrence Creech $7,500 12

Pro Player of the year standings[edit]

Rank Player Pro Points
1 United States Michael Pustilnik 55
2 Netherlands Kamiel Cornelissen 52
3 Germany Kai Budde 47
4 United States Scott Johns 40
5 Canada Gary Wise 37

Grand Prixs – Kaohsiung, Valencia, Cologne, Boston, Prague, Rio de Janeiro[edit]

Pro Tour – Tokyo (16–18 March 2001)[edit]

The 2001 Pro Tour Tokyo saw a number of interesting firsts for the Pro Tour. Canadian player Ryan Fuller became the first player to go undefeated in the Swiss rounds of a Pro Tour, finishing with a 14-0 record.[1] Also, Tsuyoshi Fujita became the first Japanese player to make a Pro Tour Top 8.[1] Ultimately it was future Hall of Fame member Zvi Mowshowitz who would take the title, winning his first individual Pro Tour.

Tournament data[edit]

Players: 270
Prize Pool: $200,130
Format: Invasion Block Constructed (Invasion, Planeshift)
Head Judge: Chris Zantides[2]

Top 8[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                 
1 Ryan Fuller 2
8 Chris Benafel 3
Chris Benafel 1
Zvi Mowshowitz 3
5 Federico Bastos 0
4 Zvi Mowshowitz 3
Zvi Mowshowitz 3
Tsuyoshi Fujita 0
3 David Williams 1
6 Tsuyoshi Fujita 3
Lucas Hager 1
Tsuyoshi Fujita 3
7 Philip Freneau 0
2 Lucas Hager 3

Final standings[edit]

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 United States Zvi Mowshowitz $30,000 32 3rd Final day
2 Japan Tsuyoshi Fujita $20,000 24 1st Japanese Player in a Top 8
3 United States Lucas Hager $15,000 16
4 United States Chris Benafel $13,000 16 2nd Final day
5 Canada Ryan Fuller $9,000 12 2nd Final day
6 United States Philip Freneau $8,500 12
7 United States David Williams $8,000 12
8 Portugal Frederico Bastos $7,500 12 1st Portuguese Player in a Top 8

Masters – Team Rochester Draft[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                 
1 Your Move Games 1
8 Car Acrobatic Team 2
Car Acrobatic Team ?
Panzer Hunter 2
5 Team Outland 0
4 Panzer Hunters 2
Panzer Hunter 1
AlphaBetaUnlimited.com 2
3 Potato Nation ?
6 AlphaBetaUnlimited.com 2
AlphaBetaUnlimited.com 2
Black Ops 0
7 Black Ops 2
2 Game Empire ?
Team Player Team Player
AlphaBetaUnlimited.com Canada Ryan Fuller Panzer Hunter Japan Momose Kazuyuki
Netherlands Noah Boeken Japan Itaru Ishida
United States Chris Benafel Japan Reiji Ando
Black-Ops France Florent Jeudon Potato Nation United States Scott Johns
France Antoine Ruel Canada Gary Wise
France Olivier Ruel United States Mike Turian
Car Acrobatic Team United States Andrew Johnson Team Outland Norway Nicolai Herzog
United States Andrew Cuneo Norway Eivind Nitter
United States Aaron Forsythe Norway Bjorn Jocumsen
Game Empire United States Kurt Burgner Your Move Games United States Rob Dougherty
United States Alan Comer United States Dave Humpherys
United States Brian Selden United States Darwin Kastle

Pro Player of the year standings[edit]

Rank Player Pro Points
1 United States Michael Pustilnik 60
2 Netherlands Kamiel Cornelissen 58
3 Germany Kai Budde 50
4 United States Scott Johns 49
United States Zvi Mowshowitz 49

Grand Prixs – Gothenburg, Detroit, Moscow[edit]

Pro Tour – Barcelona (4–6 May 2001)[edit]

In Barcelona Kai Budde became the first player to win three Pro Tours overall and also the first to win two Pro Tours in a single season.[1] Ben Rubin won the Masters and thus became the only player to win two Masters tournaments.

Tournament data[edit]

Players: 335
Prize Pool: $200,130
Format: Booster Draft (Invasion-Planeshift)
Head Judge: Thomas Bisballe[2]

Top 8[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                 
1 Dan Clegg 3
8 Chad Ellis 0
Dan Clegg 2
Alan Comer 3
5 Alan Comer 3
4 Brad Swan 0
Alan Comer 1
Kai Budde 3
3 Kai Budde 3
6 Albertus Law 0
Kai Budde 3
Patrick Mello 1
7 Patrick Mello 3
2 Yuri Kolomeyko 0

Final standings[edit]

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 Germany Kai Budde $30,000 32 3rd Final day, 3rd Pro Tour win
2 United States Alan Comer $20,000 24 5th Final day
3 United States Dan Clegg $15,000 16 2nd Final day
4 Germany Patrick Mello $13,000 16 2nd Final day
5 United States Brad Swan $9,000 12
6 Singapore Albertus Law $8,500 12 1st Singaporean in a Top 8
7 Ukraine Yuri Kolomeyko $8,000 12 1st Ukrainian in a Top 8
8 United States Chad Ellis $7,500 12

Masters – Invasion Block Constructed[edit]

Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-final Semi-finals Finals
                             
1 Jon Finkel
32 Arto Hiltunen
Jon Finkel 2
Benedikt Klauser
16 Benedikt Klauser 2
17 William Jensen
Jon Finkel 2
Ryan Fuller 1
8 Ryan Fuller 2
25 Darwin Kastle
Ryan Fuller 2
Dave Humpherys
9 Tsuyoshi Fujita
24 Dave Humpherys 2
Jon Finkel 0
Ben Rubin 2
4 Kamiel Cornelissen
29 Ben Rubin 2
Ben Rubin 2
Rob Dougherty
13 Rob Dougherty 2
20 Philip Freneau
Ben Rubin 2
Tuomo Nieminen 1
5 Kai Budde
28 Tuomo Nieminen 2
Tuomo Nieminen 2
David Williams
12 Sigurd Eskeland
21 David Williams 2
Ben Rubin 2
Jay Elarar 0
2 Zvi Mowshowitz 2
31 Warren Marsh
Zvi Mowshowitz 2
Noah Boeken
15 Noah Boeken 2
18 Antoine Ruel
Zvi Mowshowitz 2
Markus Bell 0
7 Chris Benafel
26 Tommi Hovi 2
Tommi Hovi
Markus Bell 2
10 Scott Johns
23 Markus Bell 2
Zvi Mowshowitz 0
Jay Elarar 2
3 Michael Pustilnik
30 Mike Turian 2
Mike Turian 2
Alex Shvartsman
14 Alex Shvartsman 2
19 Olivier Ruel
Mike Turian 0
Jay Elarar 2
6 Bob Maher, Jr.
27 Jay Elarar 2
Jay Elarar 2
Gary Wise
11 Gary Wise 2
22 Satoshi Nakamura

Pro Player of the year standings[edit]

Rank Player Pro Points
1 Germany Kai Budde 83
2 United States Michael Pustilnik 66
3 Netherlands Kamiel Cornelissen 64
4 Canada Ryan Fuller 55
United States Scott Johns 55

Grand Prixs – Yokohama, Turin, Taipei, Columbus[edit]

2001 World Championships – Toronto (8–12 August 2001)[edit]

Tom Van de Logt won the World Championship while the United States took the team title. The final eight featured amongst several rather unknown players Antoine Ruel, Tommi Hovi, Mike Turian and David Williams, who had the dubious honour of becoming the first player to be disqualified from a Top 8.

Tournament data[edit]

Prize pool: $210,200 (individual) + $189,000 (national teams)
Players: 296
Formats: Standard, Rochester Draft (Invasion-Planeshift-Apocalypse), Extended
Head Judge: Mike Donais[2]

Top 8[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
                 
1 Antoine Ruel 3
8 Tommi Hovi 2
Antoine Ruel 2
Tom Van de Logt 3
5 Tom Van de Logt
4 David Williams DQ
Tom Van de Logt 3
Anlex Borteh 0
2 Alex Borteh 3
7 Jan Tomcani 2
Alex Borteh 3
Andrea Santin 1
3 Andrea Santin 3
6 Mike Turian 2

Final standings[edit]

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 Netherlands Tom Van de Logt $35,000 32 2nd Final day, 1st Dutch Player to win a Pro Tour
2 United States Alex Borteh $23,000 24
3 France Antoine Ruel $15,000 16
4 Italy Andrea Santin $13,000 16
5 United States Mike Turian $9,000 12 2nd Final day
6 Slovakia Jan Tomcani $8,500 12 1st Slovakian in a Top 8
7 Finland Tommi Hovi $8,000 12 4th Final day
8 England John Ormerod $7,500 12 2nd Final day*

* John Ormerod did not actually play in the final eight. When David Williams was disqualified he advanced to the eight place in the final standings, though.

National team competition[edit]

  1. United States United States (Trevor Blackwell, Brian Hegstad, Eugene Harvey)
  2. Norway Norway (Nicolai Herzog, Oyvind Odegaard, Jan Pieter Groenhof)

Pro Player of the year final standings[edit]

After the World Championship Kai Budde was awarded the Pro Player of the year title. He thus became the first player to win the title more than once.

Rank Player Pro Points
1 Germany Kai Budde 88
2 Netherlands Kamiel Cornelissen 75
3 United States Michael Pustilnik 71
4 United States Chris Benafel 65
5 Canada Ryan Fuller 64
United States Zvi Mowshowitz 64

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Rosewater, Mark (9 August 2004). "On Tour, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 1 December 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Head Judges of Pro Tours and World Championships". XS4ALL. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2009.