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PRO TOUR LONDON BLOG

by Ted Knutson and Brian David-Marshall

Geoffrey Siron is the 2005 Pro Tour-London champion!

For the first time in memory, a Magic player swept through the entire final day of a Limited event without a game loss to wrap up a Pro Tour victory. Siron drafted red while everyone else fought over the other four colors, and the deck he assembled was a sight to behold.

VIDEO COVERAGE

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Siron eliminated Resident Genius Tsuyoshi Fujita 3-0 in the finals to secure his first Pro Tour title. It was Siron's second Top 8 appearance this season, adding a Limited final day to his Constructed showing at Pro Tour-Columbus, an Extended event. Siron pocketed a cool $30,000 and pushed himself into the Player of the Year race, and he's certainly looking forward to Pro Tour-Los Angeles later this year, also an Extended event.

In less than a year, Siron has recorded a PT win, another PT Top 8 and a Worlds team finals appearance as a member of Belgium's national team, cementing him as more than just a player to watch.

Standing meekly in Siron's march to the final were Masashi Oiso and Johan Sadeghpour, each bowing out without even scratching Siron's impenetrable shield of red badness. Oiso's draft surprised many with its lack of focus, quite a change from the single-mindedness he showed making the final day. Check out the new Draft Viewer to follow along pick by pick with Oiso and every other member of the Top 8, and see where you might have picked a different card than the Pros.

It was a Pro Tour of firsts for some, like Siron hoisting his first trophy and fresh Top 8 entrants Sadeghpour, Antti Malin, Arnost Zidek and David Larsson finding their way to Sunday, but it also featured the return of Tomi Walamies to the final day after an 18-month absence from the Pro Tour. The Japanese again showed their mastery of the game by sending two players to the Top 8, matched this time by Sweden and Finland. But in the end, it was the Belgian Geoffrey Siron who dominated the field. It certainly won't be a Pro Tour soon forgotten.

top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Antti Malin

(8) Tomi Walamies

(4) Arnost Zidek

(5) Tsuyoshi Fujita

(2) David Larsson

(7) Johan Sadeghpour

(3) Masashi Oiso

(6) Geoffrey Siron

Semi-finals

Antti Malin, 3-1

Tsuyoshi Fujita, 3-2

Johan Sadeghpour, 3-1

Geoffrey Siron, 3-0

Finals

Tsuyoshi Fujita, 3-0

Geoffrey Siron, 3-0

Champion

Geoffrey Siron, 3-0

EVENT COVERAGE

  • Finals: How Sweep It Is!
    Tsuyoshi Fujita vs. Geoffrey Siron
    by Scott Johns
  • Semifinals: Thank You, Sir…May I Have Another?
    Geoffrey Siron vs. Johan Sadeghpour
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Semifinals: Slave to the Rave
    Tsuyoshi Fujita vs. Antti Malin
    by Ted Knutson
  • Quarterfinals: Finnish Him!
    Tomi Walamies vs. Antti Malin
    by Ted Knutson
  • Quarterfinals: Coming Back from the Brink
    Tsuyoshi Fujita vs. Arnost Zidek
    by Scott Johns
  • Quarterfinals: The Swedish Gambit
    Johan Sadeghpour vs. David Larsson
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Quarterfinals: Don't Blink, or You'll Miss It
    Geoffrey Siron vs. Masashi Oiso
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Feature: Draft Observations
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Draft Viewer: Complete Pick-by-Pick Review
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decklists: The Top 8 Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Final Draft Cardlist
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Final Draft Order
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: The Top 8 Player Profiles
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Day 2 Blog Archive: Pizza-Face, Stand-Up Magic Pros, Side Events, Fallen New Faces, and Much More!
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 15: Jelly Got Back
    Luis Scott-Vargas vs. Tomi Walamies
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 14: Pulling Back the Top 8 Veil
    Wilco Pinkster vs. Tsuyoshi Fujita
    by Scott Johns
  • Photo Essay: Scenes from Day Two
    by Scott Johns and Craig Gibson
  • Round 13: Grind Taking a Toll
    Jeff Cunningham vs. Tim Aten
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Draft Perspective: Tomohiro Kaji
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 13: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 12: Too Much Fat
    Craig Edwards vs. Matt Abrams
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 11: Taking it to the Red Zone
    Geoffrey Siron vs. Arnost Zidek
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Feature: Who is Arnost Zidek?
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 10: Eighteen Minutes of Fury
    Adam Chambers vs. Shu Komuro
    by Ted Knutson
  • Feature: Revising 'The List'
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 9: Masters at Work
    Eugene Harvey vs. Masashi Oiso
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Draft Perspective: Eugene Harvey
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 10: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 8: French Leap to the Fore
    Gabriel Nassif vs. Antoine Ruel
    by Ted Knutson
  • Info: Day 2 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Day 1 Blog Archive: Top 8 Predictions, Venue Notes, Artists on Site, Chats with the Eugenius, Final Notes and Much More!
    by Ted Knutson
  • Draft Perspective: Sam Gomersall
    by Scott Johns
  • Draft Perspective: Anton Jonsson
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 7: Going Epic
    Geoffrey Siron vs. Masashi Oiso
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Where to Draft?
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Feature: Dilemmas of Kamigawa
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 7: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 6: The Battle of 5-0s
    Richard Hoaen vs. Eugene Harvey
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 6: Somebody's Day is Over
    Olivier Ruel vs. Steve Wolfman
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 5: Lessons of Mulliganing (or Not)
    Antonino DeRosa vs. Billy Postlethwait
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Podcasting the Pro Tour
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 4: Wrath Away, Wrath Away, Wrath Away All
    Gadiel Szleifer vs. Paul Rietzl
    by Scott Johns
  • Feature: Hoaen Back in Black
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 4: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 3: Big Names Face Early Elimination
    Anton Jonsson vs. Ryuichi Arita
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 2: Birthday Beatdown
    Chad Ellis vs. Itaru Ishida
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Feature: Richie Aces His First Draft
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 1: A King and His Jack (A Battle of Two Roommates)
    Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Eugene Harvey
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Feature: Is Dampen Dead?
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 1: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Pro Tour-London Preview
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Day 1 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff

INFORMATION

     
1. Geoffrey Siron $30,000
2. Tsuyoshi Fujita $20,000
3. Johan Sadeghpour $15,000
4. Antti Malin $13,000
5. Masashi Oiso $9,500
6. Tomi Walamies $8,500
7. Arnost Zidek $7,500
8. David Larsson $6,500

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8

7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8

7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8

7 6 5 4 3 2 1

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