Players Tour Series 2
|Players Tour Series 2|
|Date||June 13, 2020 - August 1, 2020|
Description[edit | edit source]
Players Tour Series 2 was originally planned to be played on tabletop in May, 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark (for Europe), Charlotte, USA (for the Americas) and Kitakyushu, Japan (for Asia-Pacific). The Finals had been planned for Minneapolis, USA on July 10–12, 2020. These events were canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and replaced by a series of events on MTG Arena.
Tournaments[edit | edit source]
There were four tournaments. Qualified players could play in only one of their choosing:
Invitees[edit | edit source]
All players were invited that were on the invitation list for 2020 Players Tour (Series 2), including all outstanding qualifications, those earned through fractional invites, and earned through Events awarding Players Tour qualification that took place prior to these Players Tour events. Invitations couldn't be deferred as no future Players Tour events will be scheduled in 2020. There was a total of 918 invitees.
Format[edit | edit source]
Each event used the following structure:
- 15 Swiss rounds
All players that finished with 33 or more match points qualified for the 2020 Players Tour Finals.
There is a $150,000 prize pool per Players Tour event (First Place: $8,000).
Players Tour Online 1[edit | edit source]
- Jun 13, 2020: 12:00 AM PDT
The players field comprised among others 6 members from the MPL, 5 from the Rivals League and 12 Hall of Famers. Although scheduled to fall into proper daytime hours for Europeans, the single biggest national contingent came from Japan: a total of 35 players. Overall, 195 players signed up to compete in the first Players Tour event run on MTG Arena, and fought through nine rounds of Standard. Following the most recent bannings and rules change, Temur Reclamation became the deck to beat (claiming a metagame share of 40.5%). Five players ended 8-1 (Elias Watsfeldt, Joonas Eloranta, HoF-er Kenji Tsumura and Sergio Garcia Gonzalez, all on Temur Reclamation, and Rivals League player Louis-Samuel Deltour running Bant Ramp), and 96 players in total continued to Day Two.
On day 2, 45.8% of the players played Temur Reclamation. 58.3% of the Top 24 — that is, everyone who finished with a record of 10-5 or better, with eight players at 11-4. Among the Top 8 were two brothers: Dominik and Simon Görtzen, a feat not seen at the highest levels since the Ruels in 2006.
|1||Elias Watsfeldt||$8,000||None awarded||Temur Reclamation|
|2||Dominik Görtzen||$7,000||Temur Reclamation|
|3||Joonas Eloranta||$6,000||Temur Reclamation|
|4||Louis-Samuel Deltour||$5,000||Bant Ramp||Rivals League|
|5||Simon Görtzen||$4,500||Temur Reclamation||Rivals League|
|6||Shinsuke Hayashi||$4,500||Bant Ramp|
|7||Jeong Woo Cho||$4,000||Temur Reclamation|
|8||Kazuhiro Noine||$4,000||Temur Reclamation|
Players Tour Online 2[edit | edit source]
- Jun 13, 2020: 9:00 AM PDT
There were 242 players who competed in Players Tour Online 2, and Temur Reclamation comprised 30% of the field. In the end, just one player went undefeated. Eduardo Sajgalik brought a tweaked version of the newly resurgent Jund Sacrifice deck, and finished a perfect 9-0. 119 players went through to Day 2.
|1||Ryuji Murae||$8,000||None awarded||Temur Reclamation|
|2||Jean-Emmanuel Depraz||$7,000||Temur Reclamation||MPL|
|3||Allison Warfield||$6,000||Temur Reclamation||Rivals League|
|4||Christoffer Larsen||$5,000||Jund Sacrifice|
|5||Eduardo Sajgalik||$4,500||Jund Sacrifice|
|6||Eli Loveman||$4,500||Rakdos Sacrifice||Rivals League|
|7||Kevin Antonio Perez||$4,000||Sultai Ramp||First Guatemalan/Central American Top Finish|
|8||Abe Corrigan||$4,000||Temur Reclamation|
Players Tour Online 3[edit | edit source]
- Jun 19, 2020: 5:00 PM PDT
151 players signed up for tournament 3. Again, the most-played non-land cards were Growth Spiral, Mystical Dispute, Shark Typhoon, Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, and Aether Gust, in that order. What was surprising, however, was that the top spot in the metagame chart was taken not by Temur Reclamation (23.8%) but by Bant Ramp (24.5%). The consensus belief was that Bant Ramp had a good matchup against Temur Reclamation, the deck that everyone was gunning for after the previous weekend. The surprising challenger archetype was Rakdos Knights, an archetype not even present in the previous weekend, while the previous rival of Jund Sacrifice dropped in popularity after a weaker showing. Orzhov Yorion was the breakout deck of the day, not on its quantity, but on the prestige of its pilots: Brad Nelson, Ben Stark, Eric Froehlich, Seth Manfield and in the next event Shahar Shenhar and William Jensen all registered the deck. Two others also registered the deck, making it a rare instance where the pros championed a deck so far ahead of the metagame that few others did. Although Stark fell in the quarterfinals and Manfield narrowly missed in tenth place, they cemented Orzhov Yorion as a powerful new addition to the competitive Standard metagame.
|1||William Craddock||$8,000||None awarded||Jund Sacrifice|
|2||Rei Hirayama||$7,000||Temur Reclamation|
|3||Iurii Babych||$6,000||Sultai Ramp|
|4||Dennis Chan||$5,000||Bant Ramp|
|5||Isaac Egan||$4,500||Jund Sacrifice|
|6||Logan Nettles||$4,500||Temur Reclamation|
|7||Ben Stark||$4,000||Yorion Orzhov Blink||Rivals League|
|8||Joshua Chan||$4,000||Rakdos Sacrifice|
Players Tour Online 4[edit | edit source]
- Jun 20, 2020: 6:00 AM PDT
The East-Coast-friendly 4th tournament was the biggest of the four with 315 players, having the remaining players and many who waited for the metagame data of the previous week. Reclamation's dominance trended down, but not the extent of the PT3: it was the most popular, but only 26.4% wielded the deck. As above, Bant and Knights were the other top decks, though six other decks had 10 or more registrants. A surprising 28.3% proportion of the decks were classified rogue decks with less than 10 pilots each - higher than even most Modern events. 152 players participated in Day 2. The Top 8 itself was stacked with a mix of the game’s biggest names from history and a crop of skilled rising players. Temur Reclamation reigned supreme, with four copies in the Top 8.
|1||Akira Asahara||$8,000||None awarded||Temur Reclamation|
|2||Thomas White||$7,000||Azorius Control|
|3||Gabriel Nassif||$6,000||Azorius Control||MPL|
|4||Arne Huschenbeth||$5,000||Temur Reclamation|
|5||Thomas Hendriks||$4,500||Bant Flash|
|6||Tomasz Sodomirski||$4,500||Temur Reclamation|
|7||Pesach Israeli||$4,000||Bant Ramp|
|8||Alexander Hayne||$4,000||Temur Reclamation||Rivals League|
Finals[edit | edit source]
The Players Tour Finals for Series 2will take place July 25-26, 2020, with Top 8 playoff occurring the following weekend on Saturday, August 1.
Invitees[edit | edit source]
- All MPL members
- All players who had qualified for the Players Tour Finals in Houston (Players Tour Series 1)
- All players who had qualified for the cancelled Players Tour Finals in Minneapolis
- All players who finished with 33 or more match points in the four Players Tour events held the weekends of June 13-14 and June 19-21
- The winner and finalist of each MagicFest Online Season Finals event
Structure[edit | edit source]
The Players Tour Finals will use the following structure:
- 14 Swiss rounds
- Day 1: 7 Rounds of Standard Constructed. All players with 12 or more match points after day 1 will advance to day 2
- Day 2: 7 Rounds of Standard Constructed
- Top 8: Standard Constructed (played on the following weekend on August 1)
The Top 16 players will qualify for the 2020 Season Grand Finals.
There is a $250,000 prize pool (First Place: $10,000).
References[edit | edit source]
- Wizards of the Coast (April 1, 2020). "Esports Update: MPL, Rivals, and Competitor 2020 Partial Season Changes". Magic.gg.
- Tobi Henke (June 14, 2020). "Players Tour Online 1 Day 1 Highlights". Magic.gg.
- Tobi Henke (June 15, 2020). "Players Tour Online 1 Day 2 Highlights". Magic.gg.
- Corbin Hosler (June 14, 2020). "Players Tour Online 2 Day 1 Highlights". Magic.gg.
- Corbin Hosler (June 15, 2020). "Players Tour Online 2 Day 2 Highlights". Magic.gg.
- Frank Karsten (June 20, 2020). "Players Tour Online 3 Day 1 Highlights". Magic.gg.
- Frank Karsten (June 21, 2020). "Players Tour Online 3 Day 2 Highlights". Magic.gg.
- Corbin Hosler (June 21, 2020). "Players Tour Online 4 Day 1 Highlights". Magic.gg.
- Corbin Hosler (June 22, 2020). "Players Tour Online 4 Day 2 Highlights". Magic.gg.