Pro Tour Fate Reforged

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Pro Tour Fate Reforged
Date 6–8 February 2015
Location United States.png Washington, D.C., United States
Attendance 407
Format Modern and Booster draft
Prize pool $250,000
Winner Spain.png Antonio Del Moral Leon
Previous Pro Tour:
Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir
Next Pro Tour:
Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir

Pro Tour Fate Reforged was the second Pro Tour of the 2014–15 season, and the only non-Standard Pro Tour of the season. It took place on 6–8 February 2015 in Washington, D.C., United States. 407 players competed in Modern and Fate Reforged-Khans of Tarkir Booster draft. The event was won by Spanish player Antonio Del Moral Leon, who defeated Pro Tour debutant Justin Cohen in the final. This marked the first time a player from Spain won a Pro Tour.

Format[edit | edit source]

The Constructed format of the event was Modern, and it was the first premier event to feature the format following the banning of Birthing Pod, Treasure Cruise, and Dig Through Time. These cards had been centerpieces in the top decks prior to the bannings, including Melira Pod, Blue-Red Delver, and Jeskai Ascendancy. With the bannings, it was expected that these decks were no longer viable. This was the second Modern Pro Tour in a row that was immediately after a major shakeup; last year's Pro Tour Born of the Gods featured a Modern format where Deathrite Shaman was recently banned, and Bitterblossom and Wild Nacatl had been unbanned.

Day one[edit | edit source]

The Pro Tour started with a Fate Reforged-Khans of Tarkir (FKK) draft. Luis Scott-Vargas was featured on camera, and was successful with his White-Blue deck splashing for Jeskai Ascendancy, starting the event 3–0. Another 3–0 drafter was Jelger Wiegersma, whose strategy was to draft five-color Control decks if possible, prioritizing manafixing and powerful rares. Other notable players who started the event 3–0 included Patrick Chapin, Eric Froehlich, Kenji Tsumura, Andrew Cuneo, and reigning World Champion Shahar Shenhar. In the Modern portion of the event, popular decks included Burn, Splinter Twin, and Affinity. Several members of Team Pantheon, including Jon Finkel, had brought Blue-Green Infect decks. Undefeated players after day one, however, were Seth Manfield, playing Burn, and Austin Bursavich, who was playing a Living End-deck.

The top eight players after day one:

Rank Player Points Rank Player Points
1 United States.png Seth Manfield 24 5 Italy.png Roberto Esposito 21
2 United States.png Austin Bursavich 24 6 Scotland.png Stephen Murray 21
3 Italy.png Marco Lombardi 21 7 United States.png Zvi Mowshowitz 21
4 France.png Alexandre Bonneau 21 8 Denmark.png Martin Müller 21

Day two[edit | edit source]

Seth Manfield continued his success, winning the second FKK draft and then the first round of Modern on day two to be 12–0, and almost certain to have a top eight berth locked up. Hall of Famer Jelger Wiegersma and old school pro player Eric Froehlich were also having great tournaments, comfortably securing their seats on Sunday. Jon Finkel got close to his fifteenth Pro Tour top eight, but suffered a late defeat to Sam Black, who in turn was defeated by roommate Justin Cohen in a match for top eight. Finkel and Black finished 10th and 17th, respectively. Overnight co-leader Austin Bursavich lost to Justin Cohen in the last round, and finished 16th with an 11–4–1 record.

Top 8[edit | edit source]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                         
1  Eric Froehlich 1  
8  Jesse Hampton 2  
  8  Jesse Hampton 1  
  5  Justin Cohen 2  
4  Seth Manfield 1
5  Justin Cohen 2  
    5  Justin Cohen 1
  2  Antonio D. M. Leon 3
3  Jelger Wiegersma 2  
6  Jacob Wilson 1  
  3  Jelger Wiegersma 1
  2  Antonio D. M. Leon 2  
2  Antonio D. M. Leon 2
7  Lee Shi Tian 1  

The top eight saw three players who had already made it to a Modern Pro Tour top eight in the past: Jacob Wilson and Jesse Hampton, as well as Lee Shi Tian, who was in his third Modern Pro Tour top eight. Both Wilson and Shi Tian lost in the quarterfinals, however; Dutch Hall of Famer Jelger Wiegersma, equipped with a Blue-Red Twin deck, took down Jacob Wilson's Abzan deck 2–1, and Shi Tian lost a close match to Spanish Pro Tour top eight debutant Antonio Del Moral Leon. Jesse Hampton did win his match, defeating first-seeded Eric Froehlich, playing in his fourth Pro Tour top eight, in the Abzan mirror-match. In the semifinals, he faced Justin Cohen, who had won his quarterfinal match against Seth Manfield 2–1, and Cohen's Amulet Bloom deck won the match in three games. The last game looked to be in Hampton's favor, but Cohen, thanks to a Hornet Queen, ultimately prevailed. In the other semifinal, Jelger Wiegersma faced Antonio Del Moral Leon, both players running Blue-Red Twin decks, and it was Del Moral Leon who took the match, winning 2–1. Del Moral Leon's deck was well positioned in the final match against Justin Cohen's Amulet Bloom deck, and indeed won the best-of-five match 3–1. This was the first time a Spanish player had won a Pro Tour.

Place Player Deck Prize Pro Points Comment
1 Spain.png Antonio Del Moral Leon Blue-Red Twin $40,000 30 First Spaniard to win a Pro Tour
2 United States.png Justin Cohen Amulet Bloom $20,000 26 Pro Tour debut
3 Netherlands.png Jelger Wiegersma Blue-Red Twin $12,500 22 Fifth Pro Tour Top 8
4 United States.png Jesse Hampton Abzan $12,500 22 Second Pro Tour Top 8
5 United States.png Eric Froehlich Abzan $10,000 18 Fourth Pro Tour Top 8
6 United States.png Seth Manfield Burn $10,000 18
7 Canada.png Jacob Wilson Abzan $10,000 18 Second Pro Tour Top 8
8 Hong Kong.png Lee Shi Tian Burn $10,000 18 Fourth Pro Tour Top 8

Player of the Year Race[edit | edit source]

The leader coming into the event, Owen Turtenwald, just barely finished in the money, placing 75th. Eric Froehlich and Lee Shi Tian both made it to the top eight, though, passing Owen in the race. With his second Pro Tour top eight of the season after only two played, Shi Tian emerged from the event as the Player of the Year frontrunner.

Player Pro Points
Hong Kong.png Lee Shi Tian 53
United States.png Eric Froehlich 50
United States.png Owen Turtenwald 49
United States.png Ari Lax 48
Israel.png Shahar Shenhar 45

Notable performances[edit | edit source]

  • Seven players posted umblemished (6–0) draft records: Robin Dolar, Seth Manfield, Jelger Wiegersma, Hao-Shan Huang, Yuuki Ichikawa, Justin Maguire, and Lucas Michaels.
  • The best performing Modern players in the Swiss portion of the event, with 9–1 records, were Yam Wing Chun (Burn), Roberto Esposito (Affinity), and Tyler Hill (Infect).

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Standard was initially chosen as the format to be played in the Constructed portion of the event when the 2014–15 Pro Tour Season schedule was announced. However, WotC later revised this decision, and changed the Constructed format to Modern after taking player feedback into account; a significant player portion wanted a non-Standard Pro Tour event to be a part of the schedule.[1]
  • Hall of Famer Gary Wise made his first Pro Tour appearance since his Hall of Fame induction at the 2006 World Championships.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bergeot, Helene (2014-08-10). MODERN AT THE PRO TOUR IN 2015. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-04-18.