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Living on the beach, playing a game and cashing in on a cool $40,000…what more could a Magic fan ask for?

Mark Herberholz defeated Craig Jones 3-2 in the finals of Pro Tour-Honolulu, capping a fantastic debut to the 2006 Pro Tour season. Herberholz came out to Hawaii a few days early from dreary Michigan to hang out with a bunch of other Pros in a house on the North Shore, and now he's a Pro Tour champion!

A fabulous location, a massive Pro Tour, a dramatic Top 8 - with perhaps the greatest topdeck in Magic history - a fevered fan might not know where to start.

VIDEO COVERAGE

But how about seeing Herberholz, a three-time Top 8er, strike gold with his aggressive Gruul Beats deck? He thrashed Osyp Lebedowicz in the quarterfinals, and then smoothly dispatched Tiago Chan to make the finals against Jones. Moldervine Cloak paved the way for Heezy against the Professor, depositing a huge check into Herberholz's bank account.

Jones's path to the finals was much more dramatic as he personally took on the Ruel brothers, Magic's reigning royal family. Antoine Ruel had no chance against Jones in the quarterfinals thanks to possibly the worst deck matchup of all time.

Olivier, however, battled back from a 2-1 deficit to put Jones on the brink of elimination before the fates turned on him in the semifinals. Jones needed a burn spell to save himself, and up came Lightning Helix ! The crowd roared, Jones celebrated and Olivier's hopes were dashed against the rocks of topdeck tragedy.

We hope you enjoyed Pro Tour-Honolulu as much as everyone here did. Congratulations to Mark Herberholz and all the players, and we'll see you again at Pro Tour-Prague on May 5-7.


top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Craig Jones [ENG]

(8) Antoine Ruel [FRA]

(4) Maximilian Bracht [DEU]

(5) Olivier Ruel [FRA]

(2) Osyp Lebedowicz [USA]

(7) Mark Herberholz [USA]

(3) Tiago Chan [PRT]

(6) Ruud Warmenhoven [NLD]

Semi-finals

Craig Jones, 3-0

Olivier Ruel, 3-2

Mark Herberholz, 3-1

Tiago Chan, 3-0

Finals

Craig Jones, 3-2

Mark Herberholz, 3-1

Champion

Mark Herberholz, 3-2

EVENT COVERAGE

  • Finals: Cloak of a Champion Mark Herberholz vs. Craig Jones
    by Scott Johns
  • Semifinals: Topdeck of the Ages Olivier Ruel vs. Craig Jones
    by Ted Knutson
  • Semifinals: Warning: Flammable Owls Tiago Chan vs. Mark Herberholz
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Quarterfinals: Good Council Olivier Ruel vs. Maximillian Bracht
    by Scott Johns
  • Quarterfinals: Who Needs Practice? Tiago Chan vs. Ruud Warmenhoven
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Quarterfinals: It's Easy Being Heezy Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Mark Herberholz
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinals: No Owls Allowed at This Zoo Antoine Ruel vs. Craig Jones
    by Ted Knutson
  • Decklists: The Complete Decklists: A-D
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decklists: The Complete Decklists: E-K
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decklists: The Complete Decklists: L-S
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decklists: The Complete Decklists: T-Z
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: The Top 8 Player Profiles
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decklists: The Top 8 Decks
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • The Flores File: The Field Narrows, the Noose Tightens
    by Mike Flores
  • Round 16: Two Champs, One Slot Shu Komura vs. Antoine Ruel
    by blisterguy
  • Round 16: Cross Your Fingers and Hope for Tiebreaks Ben Goodman vs. Billy Moreno
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 16: Chan Breaks Through Tiago Chan vs. Michael Diezel
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Round 15: Back in Black Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Ben Goodman
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 14: A Ruel Vendetta Olivier Ruel vs. Michael Diezel
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Photo Essay: Hawaiian Sling
    by Scott Johns and Craig Gibson
  • Round 13: Having Your Cake and Eating It Too Masashi Oiso vs. Gabe Walls
    by blisterguy
  • Feature: Up from the Ranks of the PTQs
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Photo Essay: The Play's the Thing
    by Aaron Forsythe and Craig Gibson
  • Round 12: Taking an Easy Road Craig Jones vs. Antoine Ruel
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Round 11: Not Just Good, but Great Jelger Wiegersma vs. Julien Goron
    by Scott Johns
  • Photo Essay: Gamer's Paradise
    by Scott Johns and Craig Gibson
  • Round 10: Drawing Dead Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Antoine Ruel
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 9: Power Concerns Craig Krempels vs. Tomoharu Saitou
    by blisterguy
  • Info: Day 2 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • The Flores File: Our Most Diverse Day One Wrap-up Yet
    by Mike Flores
  • Round 8: Making the Cut Kenji Tsumura vs. Eric Darland
    by blisterguy
  • Metagame Breakdown: I Will Beat You Until You Are Black, White, Red, Green, and Blue
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 7: Explosive Endings Rich Hoaen vs. Antoine Ruel
    by Ted Knutson
  • Feature: 10 Years on Tour
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 6: Controlling the Flow Shu Komuro vs. Osyp Lebedowicz
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 5: Consistency Trumps Diversity Jim Roy vs. Arnost Zidek
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Feature: R&D at the Tournament
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Round 4: Blink and You'll Miss It Olivier Ruel vs. Gabriel Nassif
    by blisterguy
  • Round 3: A Clash of Styles Kyle Goodman vs. Sam Gomersall
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 2: Howling Owls Antoine Ruel vs. Anton Jonsson
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 1: Battling Housemates Jelger Wiegersma vs. Jeroen Remie
    by Aaron Forsythe
  • Info: Day 1 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Pro Tour-Honolulu Preview: Welcome to Paradise
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff

FINAL TOP 8 STANDINGS

     
1. Mark Herberholz [USA] $40,000
2. Craig Jones [ENG] $22,000
3. Tiago Chan [PRT] $15,000
4. Olivier Ruel [FRA] $14,000
5. Osyp Lebedowicz [USA] $11,500
6. Maximilian Bracht [DEU] $11,000
7. Ruud Warmenhoven [NLD] $10,500
8. Antoine Ruel [FRA] $10,500

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9

8 7 6 5 4 3 1

Results

16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9

8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9

8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

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