2012 Players Championship

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2012 Players Championship
Date 29–31 August 2012
Location United States.png Seattle, Washington, United States
Formats Cube Draft, Modern, Magic 2013 Booster draft
Prize pool $108,000
Winner Japan.png Yuuya Watanabe
Previous Worlds:
2011
Next Worlds:
2013

The 2012 Players Championship was held on 29–31 August 2012 in Seattle, Washington, United States. It was the inaugural Players Championship event after the previous Worlds system had been abolished; however, future iterations of the Players Championship event were named the World Championship, and the 2012 Players Championship has also been granted status as a World Championship event.

The tournament featured only 16 players; methods for qualification were exceedingly difficult in order to generate a field of players consisting of the best in the world. In a top four that featured Jon Finkel and Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, considered two of the best players of all time, former Player of the Year Yuuya Watanabe defeated another former Player of the Year Shota Yasooka in the final 3–2 to win the first ever Players Championship. He simultaneously was awarded the 2012 Player of the Year title, as the title was not awarded to the player with the most Pro Points during that season (though Watanabe was the player with the most Pro Points in the 2011–12 season, meaning he would have won the title regardless), thereby becoming only the second player after Kai Budde to win that title more than once. His victory also retroactively made him the 2012 World Champion.

Invitations[edit | edit source]

The following 16 players were invited to the event:

Player Method of qualification
United States.png Owen Turtenwald 2011 Player of the Year
Japan.png Jun'ya Iyanaga 2011 World Champion
United States.png Reid Duke 2011 Magic Online Champion
Italy.png Samuele Estratti Pro Tour Philadelphia winner
United States.png Brian Kibler Pro Tour Dark Ascension winner
Canada.png Alexander Hayne Pro Tour Avacyn Restored winner
United States.png Josh Utter-Leyton Most Pro Points – North America
Brazil.png Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa Most Pro Points – Latin America
Czech Republic.png Martin Jůza Most Pro Points – Europe
Japan.png Yuuya Watanabe Most Pro Points – Japan
Taiwan.png Tzu Ching Kuo Most Pro Points – APAC region
United States.png Jon Finkel Most Pro Points of otherwise unqualified
United States.png Luis Scott-Vargas 2nd most Pro Points of otherwise unqualified
Japan.png Shota Yasooka 3rd most Pro Points of otherwise unqualified
United States.png David Ochoa 4th most Pro Points of otherwise unqualified
Japan.png Shuhei Nakamura 5th most Pro Points of otherwise unqualified