Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour season 2011

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2011 Pro Tour season
Pro Player of the YearUnited States Owen Turtenwald
Rookie of the YearUnited States Matthias Hunt
World ChampionJapan Jun'ya Iyanaga
Pro Tours4
Grands Prix20
Hall of Fame inductionsJapan Shuhei Nakamura
Sweden Anton Jonsson
United States Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz
Start of season22 January 2011
End of season20 November 2011

The 2011 Pro Tour season was the sixteenth season of the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour. It began on 22 January 2011 with Grand Prix Atlanta, and ended on 20 November 2011 with the conclusion of the 2011 World Championship in San Francisco. The season consisted of twenty Grands Prix,[1] and four Pro Tours, located in Paris, Nagoya, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.[2]

Mode[edit]

Four Pro Tours and eighteen Grands Prix were held in the 2011 season. Further Pro Points were awarded at national championships. These Pro Points were mainly used to determine the Pro Player club levels of players participating in these events, but also decide which player was awarded the Pro Player of the year title at the end of the season. Based on final standings Pro Points are awarded as follows:[3]

Rank Pro Points awarded at
Pro Tour Grand Prix Nationals Worlds (Team)
1 25 10 10 6
2 20 8 8 5
3–4 16 6 6 4
5–8 12 5 4 3
9–12 8 4 2 2
13–16 8 3 1 1
17–24 7 2
25–32 6 2
33–64 5 1
65–100 4
101–200 3
201+ 2

Grand Prix: Atlanta[edit]

GP Atlanta (22–23 January 2011)
  • Format: Extended
  • Attendance: 1223
  1. United States Jason Ford
  2. United States Ben Stark
  3. United States Jody Keith
  4. United States Christian Valenti
  5. United States Ari Lax
  6. United States John Runyon
  7. United States Charles Gindy
  8. United States Owen Turtenwald

Pro Tour – Paris (10–13 February 2011)[edit]

Pro Tour Paris was held at Espace Champerret. The formats were Standard and Scars of Mirrodin-Mirrodin Besieged Booster Draft.[2]

Tournament data[edit]

Prize pool: $230,795
Format: Standard, Booster Draft

Top 8[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
         
1 Vincent Lemoine 3
8 Shintaro Ishimura 2
Vincent Lemoine 2
Paul Rietzl 3
5 Patrick Chapin 0
4 Paul Rietzl 3
Paul Rietzl 1
Ben Stark 3
2 Nico Bohny 2
7 Naoki Nakada 3
Naoki Nakada 0
Ben Stark 3
3 Ben Stark 3
6 Tom Martell 2

Final standings[edit]

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 United States Ben Stark $40,000 25 3rd Final day
2 United States Paul Rietzl $20,000 20 3rd Final day
3 Belgium Vincent Lemoine $15,000 16
4 Japan Naoki Nakada $13,000 16
5 Switzerland Nico Bohny $11,000 12 2nd Final day
6 United States Patrick Chapin $10,500 12 4th Final day
7 United States Tom Martell $10,000 12
8 Japan Shintaro Ishimura $9,500 12

Pro Player of the year standings[edit]

Rank Player Pro Points
1 United States Ben Stark 33
2 United States Paul Rietzl 22
3 Belgium Vincent Lemoine 16
Japan Naoki Nakada
5 United States David Sharfman 13
Germany Christian Hüttenberger
United States Owen Turtenwald

Grands Prix: Paris, Denver, Hamburg, Kobe, Barcelona, Dallas, London, Prague, Providence, and Singapore[edit]

Originally scheduled for the weekend of 12–13 March GP Hamburg was cancelled as announced on 13 January.[4] On 14 March 2011, Wizards of the Coast announced that GP Kobe, originally scheduled for 19–20 March, had been postponed, citing safety, power and travel concerns.[5]

Pro Tour – Nagoya (10–12 June 2011)[edit]

Pro Tour Nagoya was held at the Trade & Industry Center. The formats are Block Constructed and Booster Draft.[2]

Tournament data[edit]

Prize pool: $230,795
Format: Block Constructed, Booster Draft

Top 8[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
         
6 Toshiyuki Kadooka 3
3 Luis Scott-Vargas 1
Toshiyuki Kadooka 3
Elie Pichon 0
5 Pat Cox 1
4 Elie Pichon 3
Toshiyuki Kadooka 0
David Sharfman 3
2 Gaudenis Vidugiris 2
8 Fabian Thiele 3
Fabian Thiele 0
David Sharfman 3
7 David Sharfman 3
1 Tsuyoshi Fujita 0

Top 8 pairings are determined at random

Final standings[edit]

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 United States David Sharfman $40,000 25
2 Japan Toshiyuki Kadooka $20,000 20
3 France Elie Pichon $15,000 16
4 Germany Fabian Thiele $13,000 16
5 Japan Tsuyoshi Fujita $11,000 12 4th final day
6 United States Gaudenis Vidugiris $10,500 12
7 United States Luis Scott-Vargas $10,000 12 4th final day
8 United States Pat Cox $9,500 12

Pro Player of the year standings[edit]

Rank Player Pro Points
1 United States Ben Stark 41
2 United States Owen Turtenwald 40
3 United States David Sharfman 38
4 Brazil Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 31
5 Czech Republic Martin Juza 29
Japan Shouta Yasooka 29

Grands Prix: Kansas City, Shanghai, and Pittsburgh[edit]

Pro Tour – Philadelphia (2–4 September 2011)[edit]

Pro Tour Philadelphia was held at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The formats were initially announced to be Extended and Booster Draft. Three weeks before the event it was announced that the Extended portion would be replaced by Modern.[2] The winner of the tournament was Samuel Estratti, who became the first Modern Pro Tour Champion and the first Italian player to win a Pro Tour.[6]

Tournament data[edit]

Prize pool: $230,795
Players: 417
Format: Modern, Booster Draft
Headjudge: Riccardo Tessitori

Top 8[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
         
6 Alessandro Portaro 1
3 Josh Utter-Leyton 3
Josh Utter-Leyton 3
Samuel Black 2
7 Samuel Black 3
2 Jesse Hampton 1
Josh Utter-Leyton 1
Samuele Estratti 3
5 Samuele Estratti 3
4 Andrejs Prost 1
Samuele Estratti 3
Chikara Nakajima 1
8 Chikara Nakajima 3
1 Max Sjöblom 1

Final standings[edit]

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 Italy Samuele Estratti $40,000 25
2 United States Josh Utter-Leyton $20,000 20 2nd Final Day
3 United States Samuel Black $15,000 16
4 Japan Chikara Nakajima $13,000 16 2nd Final Day
5 Finland Max Sjöblom $11,000 12
6 United States Jesse Hampton $10,500 12
7 United States Andrejs Prost $10,000 12
8 Italy Alessandro Portaro $9,500 12

Pro Player of the year standings[edit]

Rank Player Pro Points
1 United States Owen Turtenwald 48
2 United States Luis Scott-Vargas 45
3 United States Ben Stark 44
Japan Yuuya Watanabe 44
5 United States David Sharfman 40

Grands Prix: Montreal, Milan, Brisbane, Amsterdam, Santiago, Hiroshima, and San Diego[edit]

2011 World Championships – San Francisco (17–20 November 2011)[edit]

The 18th Magic World Championships was held in the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, United States.[2]

Tournament data[edit]

Prize pool: $245,245 (individual) + ? (teams)
Players: 375 from 60 countries[7]
Formats: Standard, Booster Draft, Modern
Team Formats: Standard, Modern, Legacy
Head Judge: Sheldon Menery

Top 8[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Finals
         
1 Conley Woods 3
8 Craig Wescoe 2
Conley Woods 0
Jun'ya Iyanaga 3
5 Jun'ya Iyanaga 3
4 Josh Utter-Leyton 1
Jun'ya Iyanaga 3
Richard Bland 0
2 Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 1
7 David Caplan 3
David Caplan 0
Richard Bland 3
3 Luis Scott-Vargas 2
6 Richard Bland 3

Final standings[edit]

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 Japan Jun'ya Iyanaga $45,000 25
2 England Richard Bland $24,000 20
3 United States Conley Woods $15,000 16 2nd final day
4 Canada David Caplan $14,000 16
5 Brazil Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa $11,000 12 8th final day
6 United States Luis Scott-Vargas $10,500 12 5th final day
7 United States Josh Utter-Leyton $10,000 12 3rd final day
8 United States Craig Wescoe $9,500 12 2nd final day

Team competition[edit]

  1. Japan Japan — Ryuuichirou Ishida, Makihito Mihara, Tomoya Fujimoto
  2. Norway Norway — Sveinung Bjørnerud, Kristoffer Jonassen, Andreas Nordahl

Pro Player of the Year final standings[edit]

Rank Player Pro Points
1 United States Owen Turtenwald 64
2 United States Luis Scott-Vargas 61
3 Czech Republic Martin Juza 56
United States Ben Stark
5 Brazil Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 53
Japan Shuhei Nakamura
7 United States Josh Utter-Leyton 52
Japan Yuuya Watanabe
Japan Shouta Yasooka

Performance by country[edit]

Country T8 Q Q/T8 GT Best Player (PPts)
United States United States 16 521 33 39 Owen Turtenwald (64)
Japan Japan 6 140 23 9 Shuhei Nakamura (53)
Italy Italy 2 60 30 2 Samuele Estratti (38)
Germany Germany 1 88 88 4 Fabian Thiele (30)
France France 1 91 91 2 Raphaël Lévy (40)
Belgium Belgium 1 32 32 1 Vincent Lemoine (40)
Brazil Brazil 1 27 27 1 Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (53)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Grand Prix Schedule Announced". Wizards of the Coast. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Magic Weekend Coming in 2011". Wizards of the Coast. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Magic: The Gathering Pro Points Structure". Wizards of the Coast. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  4. ^ "2011 Grand Prix Schedule Update". Wizards of the Coast. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Grand Prix Kobe Postponed". Wizards of the Coast. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  6. ^ David-Marshall, Brian (9 December 2011). "Pro Tour Cup Holders". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  7. ^ "2011 Magic: The Gathering World Championships Country Breakdown". Wizards of the Coast. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2011.