日本語の取材へ

When 16-year-old Gadiel Szleifer strode into the Feature Match Area sporting a "Taking Back Sunday" T-shirt, you could not have scripted a better finals. His opponent was 18-year-old Kenji Tsumura, and their battle went the full five games -- with Gadiel's back against the wall for the last two.

The T-shirt is for an alternative band, but it also told the story of Gadiel's alternative team of young North American Magic players looking to take back the glory of Sundays from the Dutch, French, and especially the Japanese. Gadiel has gone from rising star to superstar with his win this weekend. It was his second straight Constructed Top 8 finish, previously falling in the quarterfinals of Columbus.

Gadiel was the lone North American player on that Sunday, but he was joined by four other players from his home continent this time around. Americans Mark Herberholz, Ryan Cimera, and Jeff Novekoff were joined by Canadian Steve Wolfman -- proving that if you write about the demise of American Magic enough, you can light a fire under that segment of the community. Rounding out the Top 8 were Frenchman Olivier Ruel and Germany's Andre Mueller.

PRO TOUR PHILADELPHIA BLOG

BY JOSH BENNETT Josh Bennett brings you all the interesting stories from behind the scenes at Pro Tour Philadelphia 2005!

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

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Coming into the tournament, people couldn't decide what was a greater danger, the sky falling or Umezawa's Jitte . This Top 8 should put that panic to rest. Only half the Top 8 players were wielding that particular hardware, and by the semifinals three of those players were outside looking for a draft. Sensei's Divining Top , on the other hand…

Two other stories this weekend were the skins style payout and the newly announced Player's Club. Of the 311 players in the tournament, only 40 of them left Philadelphia without a prize check.

The big winners were players who "leveled up" with their performances this weekend. Olivier Ruel and Julien Nuijten reached Level 6 -- more or less the financial equivalent of winning the Player of the Year race. They will now receive $2,000 appearance fees for Pro Tours, $500 for Grand Prix, and free travel and accommodations for every event from now through Worlds 2006.

top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Steven Wolfman

(8) Andre Mueller

(4) Jeff Novekoff

(5) Gadiel Szleifer

(2) Olivier Ruel

(7) Mark Herberholz

(3) Ryan Cimera

(6) Kenji Tsumura

Semi-finals

Steven Wolfman, 3-2

Gadiel Szleifer, 3-1

Olivier Ruel, 3-1

Kenji Tsumura, 3-2

Finals

Gadiel Szleifer, 3-0

Kenji Tsumura, 3-0

Champion

Gadiel Szleifer, 3-2

EVENT COVERAGE

  • Finals: Gifts Given and a Title Received
    Kenji Tsumura vs. Gadiel Szleifer
    by Josh Bennett
  • Semifinals: The Fracas of Far-flung Friends
    Olivier Ruel vs. Kenji Tsumura
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Semifinals: Looking for the Lockdown
    Gadiel Szleifer vs. Steve Wolfman
    by Ted Knutson
  • Quarterfinals: The Land of Legendary Fatties
    Steve Wolfman vs. Andre Mueller
    by Ted Knutson
  • Quarterfinals: Divining a Victory
    Olivier Ruel vs. Mark Herberholz
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Quarterfinals: Color Confusion Confounds
    Kenji Tsumura vs. Ryan Cimera
    by Josh Bennett
  • Quarterfinals: Tide Turns Quickly
    Gadiel Szleifer vs. Jeff Novekoff
    by Josh Bennett
  • Feature: The Top 8 Player Profiles
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decklists: The Top 8 Decks
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decklists: A-D
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decklists: E-J
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decklists: K-P
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decklists: R-Z
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Day 2 Blog Archive: Pro Tour Levels, Rotting Giants, Kai's Out, PTQ's and Much More!
    by Josh Bennett
  • The Flores File: 'The Dust Clears'
    by Mike Flores
  • Round 12: One Spot Up For Grabs
    Kenji Tsumura vs. Shuhei Nakamura
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 11: Japanese Duel to the Death
    Ichiro Shimura vs. Shuhei Nakamura
    by Ted Knutson
  • Feature: Kai Budde in Black and White
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Deck Analysis: Cards in Maindecks
    by Rune Horvik
  • Deck Analysis: Cards in Sideboards
    by Rune Horvik
  • Round 10: Mirror Breaker
    Jelger Wiegersma vs. Gerard Fabiano
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 9: Saturday Stress Showing
    Kai Budde vs. Mark Herberholz
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 8: March of the White Weenies
    Kai Budde vs. Simon Carlsson
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 7: Ninja on Parade
    Richard Hoaen vs. Morgan Douglass
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Day 2 Introduction
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Day 1 Blog Archive: LCQ's, Webcast Updates, First Player Out, Osyp's Money Troubles and Much More!
    by Josh Bennett
  • Info: Day 1 Wrap-Up
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • The Flores File: 'Except for All the Shuffling'
    by Mike Flores
  • Round 6: Elimination Rears its Ugly Head
    Julien Nuijten vs. Akira Asahara
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 5: Flabbergasted Fatties
    Rich Hoaen vs. Antoine Ruel
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Day 1 Archetype Breakdown
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 4: Bombs Everywhere
    Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Brian Kibler
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 3: Deck Masters at Work
    Frank Karsten vs. Tsuyoshi Fujita
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 2: Making the List
    Julien Nuijten vs. Itaru Ishida
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 1: Give That Man $100
    Kai Budde vs. Jon Sonne
    by Ted Knutson
  • Feature: Pro Tour-Philadelphia Preview
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Day 1 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Introduction
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff

FINAL TOP 8 STANDINGS

     
1. Gadiel Szleifer $21,725
2. Kenji Tsumura $12,275
3. Steven Wolfman $7,475
4. Olivier Ruel $6,950
5. Ryan Cimera $2,825
6. Jeff Novekoff $4,750
7. Mark Herberholz $3,175
8. Andre Mueller $2,075

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

12 11 10 9 8 7

6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

12 11 10 9 8 7

6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

12 11 10 9 8 7

6 5 4 3 2 1

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