Getting Ready for the Pro Tour

Posted in Arcana on May 7, 2014

By Trick Jarrett

Patrick "Trick" Jarrett oversees web content and social media for Magic, and acts as the publisher of and Magic content on the web. He's an ardent Commander player and lover of the game he's played since Ice Age.

Some of you may not know this about me but I'm a Georgia boy. I was born in a suburb of Atlanta called Roswell (note: not where the aliens landed... or at least that's what we want you to think). I did most of my growing up in Florida but I also went to college in Atlanta when I attended Georgia Tech.

The fact that the Pro Tour is returning to Atlanta is a bit more exciting for me as it gives me a chance to take a quick vacation before the event to spend time with family as well as show my wife around the city.

If you're within driving (or even flying) distance you should come out and watch the event! There will be lots of awesome Magic being played alongside other sweet hall activities.

Check out this awesome video from our friends Nate Holt & Shawn Kornhauser:

The live video webcast for Pro Tour Journey into Nyx begins Friday morning and runs all three days. The live video stream can be found at and, with a full replay of each day starting approximately one hour after the end of the day. Check out the schedule below to find the start time in your area (start times approximate):

City Friday Saturday Sunday
Atlanta 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m.
Los Angeles 6 a.m. 6 a.m. 6 a.m.
Chicago 8 a.m. 8 a.m. 8 a.m.
New York 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m.
London 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m.
Paris 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m.
Berlin 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m.
Moscow 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m.
Tokyo 10 p.m. 10 p.m. 10 p.m.
Sydney 11 p.m. 11 p.m. 11 p.m.
Find other corresponding start times around the world here.

More Event Coverage
In addition to the live video stream, text coverage will be available at starting Friday morning; live chat sessions with players, R&D staff, and coverage reporters will take place at various times during the three days on CoverItLive, and video content will be posted to YouTube on the wizardsmtg channel.

The official Twitter hashtag for Pro Tour Journey into Nyx is #ptjou.

Attending Pro Tour Journey into Nyx as a Spectator

The tournament hall is open to the public starting Friday morning. Spectators are invited to watch the Pro Tour on projection screens showing the live webcast and matches from along the rail in designated viewing areas. The play area has been set up to allow for nearly every table to be visible to spectators. The weekend features a range of activities to satisfy all types of Magic fans.

Tournament Hall Hours for Spectators
Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Along with the scheduled events, the Pro Tour Merchandise Booth is open all weekend. Don't miss out on your chance to buy the exclusive, limited-edition Pro Tour Journey into Nyx playmat. The Merchandise Booth will be selling current Magic booster packs, single cards, accessories, Araca t-shirts, and more. Booth hours are 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

This limited-edition exclusive playmat is only available at Pro Tour Journey into Nyx!

Wizards of the Coast is excited to announce that noted Magic cosplayer Christine Sprankle will be on site all weekend as Elsepth, Chandra, Liliana, and one special mystery character. She will be available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Here's a rundown of the scheduled spectator events at the Pro Tour:

  • Friday - R&D Design Panel: Ethan Fleischer and Ian Duke from Magic R&D talk about the design and development of Journey into Nyx and answer your questions. This will begin at approximately 2 p.m., starting a few minutes after the end of Round 3.
  • Saturday - VIP Drafting: Sign up at the Event Host desk for your chance to draft with Pro Tour Hall of Famer Mike Turian, Ethan Fleischer, and Ian Duke. Drafts fire at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., with space extremely limited!
  • Saturday and Sunday - Tokenize Yourself: Get your face immortalized on a minotaur or snake token creature!
  • Sunday - Top 8 Viewing: Watch the Top 8 on the big screen and root on your favorite pros. Be sure to watch for the announcement of Magic's new fall set, coming after the quarterfinals.
  • Sunday - Spellslinging with Top Pros and R&D: Battle against 2013 World Champion Shahar Shenhar, other top pros, and members of Wizards R&D (player availability depending on Top 8 participation).

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