2001 Pro Tour Barcelona

Posted in Event Coverage

By Wizards of the Coast

[view] These guys go home happily. Congratulations to all of them!

[view] Kai Budde, the record breaking winner of three Pro Tours now

[view] Way to go, Alan!

[view] Dan Clegg and his third place Pro Tour trophy

[view] Patrick Mello and his fourth place Pro Tour trophy

[view] The finalists evaluating the match

[view] A fair win for Kai Budde

[view] Alan Comer bursts out in laughter over his game

[view] Koichiro Maki covering the finals match for the Japanese Sideboard Online

[view] Alan Comer near the end of the game

[view] "I'm taking home a trophy anyway!"

[view] Alan Comer considering his options in the finals

[view] "Let's keep this short, shall we?"

[view] Budde pulling a face

[view] Kai Buddha

[view] Zvi "My, I look good in print" Moshowitz

[view] The finalists of Pro Tour Barcelona are ready for the challenge

[view] Kai Budde and his trophy. At that point in time, he wasn't sure he could keep it.

[view] Keita Mori did great work on the Japanese coverage. If you can't read Japanese, you're missing out.

[view] "Cool, I'm getting a trophy anyway!"

[view] Comer's three big monsters

[view] Food for the hungry

[view] Mikey P is a star now!

[view] Yuri Kolomeyko vs. Patrick Mello in the quarter finals.

[view] Spectators can watch the semi final matches live with expert commentary

[view] Flyers coming in.

[view] Patrick Mello looks very relaxed in his semi final match against Kai Budde.

[view] Patrick Mello attacking with a smile.

[view] "Your turn" Kai Budde in his semi final match against Patrick Mello.

[view] Dan Clegg is looking very worried.

[view] Kai,looking very determined to win his 3rd Pro Tour title in 2 years.

[view] Dan Clegg and Alan Comer in the semi finals.

[view] Alan Comer looking carefully at his card before casting it.

[view] "And I target this land." Alan Comer in his semifinal match against Dan Clegg.

[view] Alan Comer is looking very pleased with himself.

[view] Dan Clegg doesn't look very confident.

[view] Yuri Kolomeyko, the pride of the Ukraine

[view] Yuri at pray

[view] Patrick Mello versus Yuri Kolomeyko in the quarterfinals of Pro Tour Barcelona

[view] Patrick Mello is almost sure of the match now

[view] Brad Swan played his aggressive red-green deck to an 0-3 finish

[view] Scott Johns judges over the Comer - Swan match

[view] Albertus Law checks Budde out over the brim of his glasses

[view] Chad Ellis is saying "Hit me with your best shot"

[view] Dan Clegg seems to be many players' favorite

[view] Red Zone

[view] Kai Budde defeated Albertus Law, 3-0

[view] Self-assured Patrick Mello

[view] Alan Comer just defeated Brad Swan, 3-0

[view] Jaap Brouwer at the Budde - Law match

[view] Kai Budde distracted. As is the camera man, Sideboard reporter Josh Bennett and Head Judge Thomas Bisballe

[view] Kai Budde versus Albertus Law in the quarterfinals of Pro Tour Barcelona

[view] Big Bird's sister

[view] Jeweled Bird decorated for five-color Magic

[view] A finals deck?

[view] These cards should take Mello through

[view] Patrick Mello's neat rows

[view] Kai Budde lays out his cards for to build his deck

[view] Sabertooth Nishoba, an obvious choice for Budde

[view] Patrick Mello can go for Scorching Lava or maybe Annihilate

[view] Yuri Kolomeyko and Brad Swan pass on the rest of the booster

[view] Dan Clegg and Patrick Mello are in doubt still

[view] Alan Comer made his pick at the draft table

[view] Chad Ellis carefully puts his draft choice on the table

[view] The draft table

[view] Antonio de Rosas had to come too early to his liking

[view] Alan Comer going in fourth seed

[view] Kai Budde going in third seed

[view] Yuri Kolomeyko going in seventh seed

[view] Dan Clegg going in first seed

[view] Brad Swan going in fifth seed

[view] The top eight in the streets of Barcelona

[view] Albertus Law going in sixth seed

[view] Patrick Mello going in second seed

[view] Chad Ellis going in eighth seed

[view] Chad Ellis overjoyed with his place in the top 8

[view] Mark Rosewater announcing the top 8 of the Pro Tour

[view] Brad Swan versus Justin Gary in an all-American feature match in round fourteen

[view] Justin Gary - very concentrated

[view] Brad "son of" Swan explains his tactics

2playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/551.jpgWorried, Jbstl? It's an honorable thing to lose from Kai Budde

[view] Kai Budde had to win this one. Guess what? He did

2playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/553.jpgKai Budde (DE) versus Markus Jbstl (AT) in a round fourteen feature match 2playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/554.jpgJon Finkel (US) versus Raphal Gennari (CH) in the last round of the day

[view] For Jon Finkel, top 8 is a no-go by now

2playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/556.jpgImagine playing your first Pro Tour, being in contention for top 8 and only having to win one match in the last round and then discover that you're paired up against Jon Finkel. Raphal Gennari from Switzerland

[view] "What are you talking about, I'm planning on giving Ukraine its first Top 8 finish"

[view] Yuri Kolomeyko earning his first Pro Tour top 8

[view] Franck Canu at 10 victories in round thirteen, but missed the last round

[view] Chris Benafel

[view] Trey Van Cleave

[view] Gary Wise

[view] Alexander Witt

[view] Yoshii Tatsuo (Japan) versus Jan Tomcani (Slovak Republic)

[view] One more Plains for Jan Tomcani

[view] Yoshii Tatsuo intensely looking at the other side of the table

[view] A very disappointed Jon Finkel congratulates Comer

[view] Finkel wrecking his brain

[view] Alan Comer showing his hand

[view] Finkel lingering on Recoil

[view] Benedikt Klauser raising an eyebrow

[view] Justin Gary "If there is anybody up there, please give me a little hand"

[view] Benedikt Klauser (AT) versus Justin Gary (US) in round thirteen

[view] Stewart Shinkins scored well in last Pro Tour Los Angeles and is considered the best Irish player by far

[view] Yuri Kolomeyko surprising everyone, but he keeps his cool

[view] Yuri Kolomeyko (Ukraine) versus Stewart Shinkins (Ireland) in round thirteen

[view] Utter concentration for Kai Budde, much is at stake

[view] Albertus Law from Singapore

[view] Shake it baby. Finkel for president!

[view] Jon Finkel "Punch, smack, pow!"

[view] The audience follows the show between Kastle and Finkel

[view] Smash! One more Yoco, Kai?

[view] Yoco para beber, Kai Budde gets himself pumped up

[view] Patrick Mello trying to give his Duskwalker flying

[view] Darwin Kastle draws his last card of the match

[view] Steady course to top 8? Finkel had to win - so he did

[view] No...more...beatings! Darwin Kastle gets it hard from Jon Finkel in round twelve

[view] Kai Budde versus Patrick Mello in an all German feature match in round twelve

[view] Going to confessional

[view] Big in Japan - tonight: Yoshi Tatsuro

[view] Law won round twelve, one more and he probably makes top 8

[view] Yoshi Tatsuro (JP) versus Albertus Law (SG) in round twelve

[view] Chris Benafel and Benedikt Klauser, hands neatly in their laps

[view] Justin Gary has been all over the place during this tournament. He is making a come-back towards the top 8 now. To his left Tuomo Nieminen

[view] Jon Finkel drafting black-blue-white again

[view] Kai Budde has been at the top all tournament now

[view] Yoshii Tatsuro at the draft. This Pro Tour rookie is making an impression

[view] Head Judge Thomas Bisballe wanted a shirt to match the Pro Tour banners

[view] Vicky Korstanje, Jeroen Beeckx and Christophe Weyers taking a break

[view] Judges Juan Tavira, Thomas Bisballe and Mario Van Leeuwen are called to mediate

[view] David Price (US) versus Alan Comer (US) in a round eleven feature match

[view] David Price, check out the pink

[view] French kiss

[view] Benedikt Klauser (AT) versus Olivier Ruel (FR) in a round eleven feature match

[view] Benedikt Klauser is all concentration. Or maybe just tired

[view] Chris Benafel (US) versus Darwin Kastle (US) in a round eleven feature match

[view] Darwin Kastle was a trendsetter: goatees rule

[view] The hat is his teammate's. The trash talk is his. Chris Benafel

[view] Scott Johns' broad smile

[view] Scott Johns (US) versus Mike Pustilnik (US) in a round eleven feature match

[view] Mikey P having the time of his life

[view] After so many years in California, Alan Comer still hasn't lost his English accent

[view] Wizards' staff Randy Buehler, Mike Donais, Jeff Donais, Worth Wollpert and the back of Thomas Pannell making it cosy up on the stage

[view] Gary Wise (CA) versus Paco Llopis (SP) in a round ten feature match

[view] Local boy Paco Llopis

[view] Gary Wise reaching for his beard

[view] Scott Johns (US) versus Kai Budde (DE) in a round ten feature match

[view] Scott Johns and his pen never separate

[view] Kai Budde shows his best side for the camera

[view] Matt Place (US) versus Laurence Creech (US) in a round ten feature match

[view] An attack of Matt Place

[view] Laurence Creech is studying what Creech has played so far

[view] Kyle Rose and Rob Dougherty at the beginning of a round ten feature match

[view] Kyle Rose's fingers are itching

[view] Rob Dougherty having a laugh

[view] Lots of local players and lots of fun at side events

[view] Bryan Hubble

[view] Bryan Hubble (US) versus Tomoharu Seito (JP) in round nine

[view] Tomoharu Seito

[view] Darwin Kastle (US) versus Shawn Regnier (US) in a round nine feature match

[view] Shawn "Now you show me what you got" Regnier

[view] Darwin Kastle keeps his hand warm

[view] Head Judge Thomas Bisballe keeps track of the clock

[view] Judge Mike Donais and Head Judge Thomas Bisballe

2playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/634.jpgJanosch Khn didn't know he was going to lose yet

[view] All confidence, Mikey P.

2playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/636.jpgMike Pustilnik (US) versus Janosch Khn (DE) in a round nine feature match

[view] David Price (US) versus Steve OMS (US) in a round nine feature match

[view] David Price takes the blow

[view] Steve O'Mahoney-Schwartz is waiting for his opponent to wake up

[view] Justin Gary (US) versus Olle Rade (SE) in a round nine feature match

[view] Olle Rade plays with conviction

[view] Justin Gary giving away his best joke

[view] Nicolas Olivieri and the traces of a savage fight?

2playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/647.jpgRaphal Lvy "You were saying?"

[view] Little Franck Canu

[view] Paul Barclay, Laura Waniuk and Reid Schmadeke keep the side events going

[view] Nobody beats Nicolas Labarre's distinction

[view] Olivier Ruel, always in a good mood

[view] Benedikt Klauser at the draft

[view] A shake of the Hammer

[view] Kai Budde (DE) had a very strong first day at the Pro Tour

[view] Dan Clegg (US) versus Kai Budde (DE) in round eight

[view] Dan Clegg has his own little worries

[view] Justin Gary (US) versus Kamiel Cornelissen (NE) in round eight

[view] That is sneaky, Justin Gary

[view] A sharp eye from Kamiel Cornelissen

[view] Jaap Brouwer and Jeff Donais do the deck check

[view] Shawn Regnier (US) versus Tommi Hovi (FI) in round eight

[view] Does Tommi Hovi play for money?

[view] The Hammer. There is nothing else you can say

[view] Chad Ellis plays a teammate in round eight

[view] A brand new day for Darwin Kastle

[view] Chad Ellis (US) versus Darwin Kastle (US) in round eight

[view] Red alert: these are feature matches

[view] Kyle Rose and Rob Dougherty drafting

[view] Chad Ellis, Darwin Kastle and Chris Manning from Your Move Games, next to each other at the draft table

[view] The sound of shuffling cards

[view] The third draft of the Pro Tour has begun

[view] Had a tough night

[view] The local judge, Juan Tavira and Jakub Wysoczanski from Poland

[view] Jaap Brouwer is ready for the second day of the Pro Tour

2staffhttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/678.jpgCyril Grillon, Jeff Donais and Jerme Mioso. Lots of experience in one trio

[view] Judges checking decklists

2staffhttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/680.jpgWizards' staff Nathalie Sury and Jerme Bothy

[view] Anthony Waters making himself comfortable

[view] Laura Waniuk tries hard not to look at the camera

[view] Scorekeeper Cajus Von Engelmann hides behind his computer

[view] Masticore makes a big impression at the DCI information booth

2playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/685.jpgOlivier Ruel, Antoine Ruel, Noah Boeken and Raphal Lvy having a first morning chat

[view] Mister Mark Rosewater picks out the feature matches

[view] Cesarsan

[view] Neither of these two gentlemen seems to believe what is happening

[view] Daniel O'Mahoney-Schwartz has a last look at his card before he plays it

[view] Willian Jensen is not sure whether he heard this right

[view] Ko Okada

[view] Katsuhiro Mori plays pink sleeves, how cool

[view] Katsuhiro Mori versus Ko Okada

[view] David Bachmann, so serious

[view] Aaron Forsythe versus David Bachmann in round seven

[view] Tough one - Gary Wise

[view] Mike Bregoli about to suck a thumb?

[view] "Shoot". Bet that's what Antoine Ruel is saying here

1playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/770.jpgyvind degaard bites his lip

[view] Aaron Forsythe calling in the help from Mark Rosewater

[view] Mike Bregoli versus Gary Wise

1playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/773.jpgAntoine Ruel versus yvind degaard in round seven

[view] Ggggrrrrryan Fuller

[view] John Ormerod lets down his hair but wins the match

[view] John Ormerod versus Ryan Fuller

[view] Who is this?

[view] Australian and female, two reasons for having a picture on the web

[view] "I dare you" Stephan Valkyser

[view] Katsuhiro Mori

[view] Katsuhiro Mori versus Stephan Valkyser in round six

[view] Benedikt Klauser from Austria

[view] Rune Horvik knows what Cornelissen is laughing about

[view] Benedikt Klauser versus Kamiel Cornelissen

[view] Svend Geertsen

[view] Matt Vienneau does the Toronto shuffle

[view] Ponytail

[view] Shiny nose? Sigurd Eskeland

[view] Scott Wills is definitely not interested in Alan Comer's match

[view] Sharp dressed man with a red nose? There can be only one: Warren Marsh

[view] Dutch duck reading a book. Now, which other duck could do that?

[view] A quick hand from Noah Boeken

[view] The feature match area

[view] Alexandro Dominguez from Spain or two hats in a row

[view] What's that tongue doing there, Trey?

[view] Don't forget to take a breath! Side events registration area

[view] Judges Mario Van Leeuwen and Peter Coenen. No fast food for these guys!

[view] Neat and tidy Marc Hernandez

[view] Threefold Grand Prix winner Jim Herold turned his back on some very colorful players

[view] Italian OP Manager Ilja Rotelli probably still wonders how this picture will come out

[view] Satoshi Nakamura gives us a deep frown

[view] It will be one out of these two

[view] Mike Long - not happy

[view] Level 3 judges Gis Hoogendijk and Keith Anderson strike a pose

[view] Thomas Bisballe, Mike Donais, scorekeeeper Gordon Culp and Ilja Rotelli in one of their less active moments

[view] Roll out the red carpet for the Magic Pros!

[view] Wet corner near the site

[view] Palm trees and blue skies. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Spain

[view] A friendly English match between Tony Dobson and John Ormerod

[view] A signature from John Avon anyone?

[view] Ciruelo Cabral lines up his work

[view] Diana Johns and Ma Donais taking the guard at the information booth

[view] The Wizards of the Coast store of goodies

[view] The first steps

1staffhttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/817.jpgWizards' Christophe Weyers and Jerme Bothy expected more, better, whatever

[view] An Van Dam and Thomas Heuvelman

[view] Black seems to be a fashionable color

[view] Lots of people playing the fifth round

[view] Mike Pustilnik versus Scott Johns in round five

[view] William Jensen mesmerized

[view] Lightning Dart destroying Steel-Leaf Paladin

[view] Olivier Ruel versus William Jensen in round five

[view] David Price versus Steve O'Mahoney-Schwartz in round five

[view] David Price is not ready

[view] But Steve OMS is

1playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/828.jpgJanosh Khn versus Bob Maher in round five

[view] It's in the tips of his fingers, Bob Maher

1playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/830.jpgNo he is not falling asleep. Janosh Khn

[view] Can you see the light?

[view] Mikey P goes "Now what do you want me to say to that?"

[view] Olivier Ruel's ears go all red from thinking

[view] The second draft of the day

[view] Patrick Mello and Kai Budde clearly think in the same language

[view] Scott Johns at the draft. The pen is for inspiration

[view] Steve O'Mahoney-Schwartz drafting

[view] Mike Pustilnik at his second draft today

[view] Your regular Magic player's food

[view] Magic artist Anthony Waters

[view] Ron Spears. The red cheeks show he's been signing lots of cards today

[view] Shifty mad Vienneau

[view] Judges bite their nails when arguing with Mike Long over a game with Roel Doise

[view] Dutch Glory versus American Charm

[view] Kai Budde and Gary Wise in round four

[view] Hands on the table, Michelle Bush

[view] Kamiel Cornelissen makes room for his opponent

[view] All tied up, Gerardo Godinez-Estrada

[view] Masayuki Higashino plays his card

[view] Chris Benafel beat Casey McCarrel, 2-1

[view] Red rules - the hat, it's the hat

[view] Kai Budde does exactly the same thing

[view] Yes!Gary Wise top-decked the right one

[view] Chris Benafel, laughing at what he is about to do to his opponent

[view] Casey McCarrel, grinning his way through round four

[view] Lost squirrel waiting for its mum at the judges station

[view] Masaya Mori versus Matt Linde

[view] Matt Linde, one more second before he makes his choice

[view] Masaya Mori, no relation to Sideboard reporter Keita Mori

[view] Shawn Hammer Regnier likes to arm-wrestle

[view] Noah Boeken accidentally swallows his Nemata, Grove Guardian

[view] Will Federico Bastos repeat his Pro Tour Tokyo Top 8 achievement?

[view] Noah Boeken facing Federico Bastos in round three

[view] Considering options, Scott Johns

[view] Darwin Kastle has a choice of three

[view] Rose and Vienneau in a round three feature match

[view] Matt Vienneau lingering on his move

[view] Kyle Rose mistook Barcelona for Hawaii

[view] Sideboard's own electrician. Nele Van der borght

[view] Magic is a trading card game

[view] Japan is well represented

[view] Land man John Avon

[view] "Boom boom shakalakalaka boom. Everybody walks the dinosaur"

[view] Black eyed boy, Ciruelo Cabral

[view] Fujita leads against Pisicchio, 1-0

[view] Gabriele Pisicchio's pensive look

[view] Che peccato!

[view] He doesn't have a poker face, now does he? Tsuyoshi Fujita

[view] Josh Bennett falling asleep over the Fuller - game

[view] Ryan Fuller, patient for once

[view] Laurence Creech giving the "thumbs down"

[view] Two men wiggle for the camera

[view] Wow, Tommi Hovi never smiles!

[view] Mmm

[view] Satoshi Nakamura summoning his best spell

[view] Satoshi Nakamura versus Sigurd Eskeland

1playershttp://archive.wizards.com/sideboard/images/PTBAR01/893.jpgNicola Herzog and Tommi Hovi, short-cut and ready for the Barcelona beaches

[view] Priceless Price

[view] All the way from the Czech Republic, Jakub Slemr

[view] Tony Dobson. Shady looks

[view] Antoine Ruel without ripped trousers this time

[view] Justin Gary. The question to ask, is "Why?"

[view] Swills' best picture of the year

[view] Scott Johns, blond and beautiful

[view] Olivier Ruel in his favorite football shirt

[view] Nicolas Labarre has the light shining in his eyes

[view] Gary Wise, the freshmaker

[view] Alex Smartman

[view] A friendly shake to finish, Finkel and Jorstedt

[view] Mattias Jorstedt next to Noah Boeken

[view] Finkel real close

[view] "Heh heh" he goes

[view] Gerardo Godinez-Estrada, the guy wearing the Burger King crown at the Latin American Championship

[view] Broad smile. Chris Benafel probably has his reasons

[view] Chris Benafel faces Gerardo Godinez-Estrada in round one

[view] Pretty hard to impress this guy. Tom Swan

[view] Tom Swan and Dave Williams, two out of 110 Americans

[view] Plague Spores for you

[view] He is not joking. Antoine Ruel

[view] Whoosh! Are you trying to scare me? Gary Wise

[view] The first round of the day. Helvik and Stead next to Craig Jones and Darwin Kastle

[view] Bill Stead made a couple of top 8's at US Grand Prix lately

[view] Torbjorn Helvik from Norway

[view] Antoine Ruel has made his choice

[view] Mister Wise in slow motion

[view] Jon Finkel's third pick

[view] Keita Mori follows Finkel's draft

[view] Jesper Thrane and Andrea Paselli in the first draft

[view] Antonio De Rosas, "gimme a nice one"

[view] Sideboard rocks the boat

[view] Your favorite color combination in the draft? Barcelona!

[view] Rush to the seats

[view] Want to see my goodies?

[view] Here is one quick judge for you

[view] The DCI is watching you!

[view] The pros are building their first decks of the day

[view] Stop pushing!

[view] Coffee gets you going

[view] Morning paper

[view] Spanish breakfast...gives you wings

[view] A big thank you to all our Sideboard readers, it's you we do this for!

[view] Catalonia represented

[view] Fresh and clean, the judges team is ready to take on the Pro Tour

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