2008 Pro Tour Season

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2008 Pro Tour Season
Player of the Year {JPN} Shuhei Nakamura
Rookie of the Year {AUS} Aaron Nicastri
World Champion {FIN} Antti Malin
Team Champion {USA} United States
Hall of Fame inductions {DEU} Dirk Baberowski
{USA} Mike Turian
{NLD} Jelger Wiegersma
{FRA} Olivier Ruel
{USA} Ben Rubin
Pro Tours 4
Grands Prix 21
Previous season:
2007
Next season:
2009

The 2008 Pro Tour season was the thirteenth Pro Tour season. It started on 15 December 2007 with Grand Prix Stuttgart, and ended on 14 December 2008 with the conclusion of the 2008 World Championships.

Grand Prix (December 2007)[edit | edit source]

GP Stuttgart
 Date: 15–16 December 2007
 Format: Limited
 Attendance: 1336
 1. {JPN} Shuhei Nakamura
 2. {NLD} Robert van Medevoort
 3. {SWE} Jonathan Bergström
 4. {DEU} Raul Porojan
 5. {ESP} Joel Calafell
 6. {BEL} Fried Meulders
 7. {ITA} Patrizio Golia
 8. {DEU} Marc Vogt

Pro Tour Kuala Lumpur[edit | edit source]

15–17 February 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 {USA} Jon Finkel $40,000 25 Twelwth Pro Tour Top 8, third Pro Tour win
2 {ITA} Mario Pascoli $20,000 20
3 {PRT} Marcio Carvalho $15,000 16 Second Pro Tour Top 8
4 {CHN} Ming Xu $13,000 16 First Chinese in a Pro Tour Top 8, Pro Tour debut
5 {FRA} Guillaume Wafo-Tapa $11,000 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
6 {USA} Mike Hron $10,500 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
7 {ESP} Joel Calafell $10,000 12
8 {NOR} Nicolai Herzog $9,500 12 Fifth Pro Tour Top 8

Grand Prix (February–May 2008)[edit | edit source]

GP Vancouver GP Shizuoka GP Vienna
 Date: 23–24 February 2008  Date: 8–9 March 2008  Date: 15–16 March 2008
 Format: Extended  Format: Standard  Format: Extended
 Attendance: 395  Attendance: 827  Attendance: 1154
 1. {USA} Paul Cheon  1. {JPN} Yuuta Takahashi  1. {POL} Mateusz Kopeć
 2. {USA} Ben Lundquist  2. {FRA} Olivier Ruel  2. {AUT} Nikolaus Eigner
 3. {CAN} Marc Bonnefoy  3. {JPN} Kenji Tsumura  3. {HRV} Matija Vlahovic
 4. {USA} Zack Hall  4. {JPN} Ryousuke Masuno  4. {JPN} Tomoharu Saito
 5. {CAN} Jason Fleurant  5. {JPN} Kazuya Mitamura  5. {ITA} Gianluca Bevere
 6. {USA} Michael Guerney  6. {JPN} Shintarou Ishimura  6. {AUT} Horst Winkelmann
 7. {CAN} Aaron Paquette  7. {JPN} Taichi Fujimoto  7. {POL} Wojciech Zuber
 8. {USA} Hunter Coale  8. {JPN} Akira Asahara  8. {HUN} Andras Nagy
GP Philadelphia GP Brussels
 Date: 15–16 March 2008  Date: 3–4 May 2008
 Format: Extended  Format: Limited
 Attendance: 969  Attendance: 1430
 1. {USA} Gerard Fabiano  1. {NLD} Kamiel Cornelissen
 2. {USA} Adam Yurchick  2. {FRA} Gabriel Nassif
 3. {USA} Luis Scott-Vargas  3. {FRA} Raphaël Lévy
 4. {USA} Tyler Mantey  4. {FRA} Antoine Ruel
 5. {USA} Paul Mathews  5. {FRA} Gaetan Lefebvre
 6. {USA} Ben Wienburg  6. {NLD} Rogier Kleij
 7. {USA} Matt Hansen  7. {DEU} Holger Lange
 8. {USA} Jon Sonne  8. {FRA} Alexandre Peset

Pro Tour Hollywood[edit | edit source]

23–25 May 2008 in Hollywood, California, United States.

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 {USA} Charles Gindy $40,000 25
2 {DEU} Jan Ruess $20,000 20
3 {JPN} Shuhei Nakamura $15,000 16 Fifth Pro Tour Top 8
4 {SGP} Yong Han Choo $13,000 16
5 {CHE} Nico Bohny $11,000 12
6 {JPN} Makihito Mihara $10,500 12 Third Pro Tour Top 8
7 {BEL} Marijn Lybaert $10,000 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8
8 {BRA} Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa $9,500 12 Third Pro Tour Top 8

Grand Prix (May–October 2008)[edit | edit source]

GP Birmingham GP Indianapolis GP Buenos Aires GP Madrid
 Date: 30 May–1 June 2008  Date: 21–22 June 2008  Date: 28–29 June 2008  Date: 26–27 July 2008
 Format: Block Constructed  Format: Limited  Format: Standard  Format: Limited
 Attendance: 581  Attendance: 1124  Attendance: 580  Attendance: 1465
 1. {HKG} Lee Shi Tian  1. {NLD} Jelger Wiegersma  1. {BRA} Francisco Braga  1. {DNK} Lasse Nørgaard
 2. {FRA} Remi Fortier  2. {USA} Gaudenis Vidugiris  2. {BRA} Felipe Alves Pellegrini  2. {ESP} Daniel Martin Bermejo
 3. {FRA} Raphaël Lévy  3. {USA} Jamie Parke  3. {BRA} Adrien Degaspare  3. {CHE} Manuel Bucher
 4. {NLD} Jelger Wiegersma  4. {USA} Tyler Mantey  4. {ARG} Damian Buckley  4. {FRA} Romain Fenaux-Briot
 5. {FIN} Antti Malin  5. {USA} James Beltz  5. {BRA} Ivan Taroshi Fox  5. {DNK} Allan Christensen
 6. {CHE} Matthias Künzler  6. {USA} Eric Franklin  6. {FRA} Olivier Ruel  6. {ESP} Sergio Salas Martinez
 7. {CHE} Manuel Bucher  7. {USA} Randy Wright  7. {ARG} Nicolas Bevacqua  7. {CHE} Tommi Lindgren
 8. {GB-ENG} Jonathan Randle  8. {USA} Ben Rasmussen  8. {ARG} Sebastian Pozzo  8. {NOR} Geir Bakke
GP Kobe GP Denver GP Copenhagen GP Manila
 Date: 2–3 August 2008  Date: 9–10 August 2008  Date: 23–24 August 2008  Date: 30–31 August 2008
 Format: Block Constructed  Format: Block Constructed  Format: Standard  Format: Block Constructed
 Attendance: 811  Attendance: 625  Attendance: 610  Attendance: 641
 1. {JPN} Yuuta Takahashi  1. {USA} Gerry Thompson  1. {SWE} David Larsson  1. {JPN} Hironobu Sugaya
 2. {JPN} Takayuki Takagi  2. {USA} Lee Steht  2. {JPN} Tomoharu Saito  2. {JPN} Shota Yasooka
 3. {JPN} Masaya Tanahashi  3. {USA} Nathan Elkins  3. {CZE} Jakub Jahoda  3. {PHL} Luis Magisa
 4. {JPN} Shou Yoshimori  4. {USA} Kenneth Castor  4. {JPN} Shuhei Nakamura  4. {JPN} Shingou Kurihara
 5. {JPN} Hirosi Yosida  5. {USA} AJ Sacher  5. {FRA} Guillaume Wafo-Tapa  5. {JPN} Masami Kaneko
 6. {JPN} Katsuya Ueda  6. {USA} Kyle Bundgaard  6. {ITA} William Cavaglieri  6. {JPN} Koutarou Ootsuka
 7. {JPN} Koutarou Ootsuka  7. {USA} Antonino De Rosa  7. {AUT} Philipp Summereder  7. {FRA} Raphaël Lévy
 8. {JPN} Tsuyoshi Ikeda  8. {USA} Hunter Burton  8. {NLD} Robert van Meedevort  8. {MYS} Wai Keat Ken Lim
GP Rimini GP Paris GP Kansas City
 Date: 13–14 September 2008  Date: 18–19 October 2008  Date: 18–19 October 2008
 Format: Block Constructed  Format: Limited  Format: Limited
 Attendance: 686  Attendance: 1838  Attendance: 746
 1. {ITA} Emanuele Giusti  1. {NLD} Arjan van Leeuwen  1. {USA} Tim Landale
 2. {JPN} Shuhei Nakamura  2. {BEL} Pierre Rensonnet  2. {BRA} Carlos Romão
 3. {ITA} Claudio Salemi  3. {NLD} Menno Dolstra  3. {USA} Jon Sonne
 4. {ITA} Marcello Calvetto  4. {DEU} Simon Görtzen  4. {USA} Sammy Batarseh
 5. {CHE} Matthias Künzler  5. {NLD} Niels Noorlander  5. {USA} Brandon Scheel
 6. {ESP} Rodrigo Renedo  6. {FRA} Romain Lisciandro  6. {USA} Justin Meyer
 7. {ESP} Joel Calafell  7. {POL} Artur Cnotalski  7. {USA} Chris Pait
 8. {CZE} Petr Nahodil  8. {BEL} Jan De Coster  8. {BRA} Willy Edel

Pro Tour Berlin[edit | edit source]

Main article: Pro Tour Berlin 2008

31 October–2 November 2008 in Berlin, Germany.

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 {USA} Luis Scott-Vargas $40,000 25
2 {SVK} Matej Zatlkaj $20,000 20
3 {JPN} Tomoharu Saito $15,000 16 Fifth Pro Tour Top 8
4 {DEU} Sebastian Thaler $13,000 16
5 {SWE} Kenny Öberg $11,000 12
6 {CZE} Martin Jůza $10,500 12
7 {DEU} Denis Sinner $10,000 12
8 {BEL} Jan Doise $9,500 12

Grand Prix (November–December 2008)[edit | edit source]

GP Atlanta GP Okayama GP Taipei GP Auckland
 Date: 15–16 November 2008  Date: 22–23 November 2008  Date: 29–30 November 2008  Date: 6–7 December 2008
 Format: Limited  Format: Limited  Format: Limited  Format: Limited
 Attendance: 684  Attendance: 635  Attendance: 270  Attendance: 254
 1. {USA} Luis Scott-Vargas  1. {JPN} Makihito Mihara  1. {JPN} Shu Komuro  1. {AUS} Dominic Lo
 2. {USA} Gerry Thompson  2. {JPN} Kazuya Mitamura  2. {JPN} Yoshitaka Nakano  2. {NZL} Nick Tung
 3. {USA} Chris Fennell  3. {JPN} Chikara Nakajima  3. {JPN} Osamu Fujita  3. {AUS} Justin Cheung
 4. {USA} Steven Wolansky  4. {JPN} Tsuyoshi Ikeda  4. {TWN} Homg Gi Tsai  4. {NZL} Jason Chung
 5. {USA} Brett Piazza  5. {JPN} Daisuke Muramatsu  5. {TWN} Tun Min Huang  5. {FRA} Olivier Ruel
 6. {JPN} Tomoharu Saito  6. {FRA} Olivier Ruel  6. {TWN} Sheng Xiu Jian  6. {USA} Joseph Combs
 7. {USA} Chris Pait  7. {JPN} Akimasa Yamamoto  7. {HKG} Lee Shi Tian  7. {AUS} Basam Tabet
 8. {USA} Ken Adams  8. {FRA} Guillaume Wafo-Tapa  8. {TWN} Kang Nien Chiang  8. {NZL} Chris Hay

2008 World Championships[edit | edit source]

11–14 December 2008 in Mephis, Tennessee, United States.

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Place Player Prize Pro Points Comment
1 {FIN} Antti Malin $45,000 25 Second Pro Tour Top 8
2 {USA} Jamie Parke $24,000 20 Second Pro Tour Top 8
3 {JPN} Tsuyoshi Ikeda $15,000 16 Third Pro Tour Top 8
4 {EST} Hannes Kerem $14,000 16 First Estonian in a Pro Tour Top 8
5 {ITA} Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa $11,000 12 Fourth Pro Tour Top 8
6 {JPN} Kenji Tsumura $10,500 12 Sixth Pro Tour Top 8
7 {NLD} Frank Karsten $10,000 12 Third Pro Tour Top 8
8 {JPN} Akira Asahara $9,500 12 Second Pro Tour Top 8

Team competition[edit | edit source]

Place Country Player Prize Pro Points
1 {USA} United States Michael Jacob $4,000 6
Paul Cheon $4,000 6
Sam Black $4,000 6
2 {AUS} Australia Aaron Nicastri $2,500 5
Brandon Lau $2,500 5
Justin Cheung $2,500 5
3 {BRA} Brazil Willy Edel $2,000 4
Vagner Casatti $2,000 4
Luiz Guilherme de Michielli $2,000 4
4 {JPN} Japan Masashi Oiso $1,750 4
Yuuya Watanabe $1,750 4
Akihiro Takakuwa $1,750 4