2001 Pro Tour Los Angeles

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By Wizards of the Coast

[view] A World Champion and a Pro Tour Champion

[view] A giant check!

[view] With a handshake and a flourish, PTLA ends with Mikey P triumphant

[view] Maher with Runner-Up Cornelissen

[view] Cornelissen plots some destruction

[view] Semifinalist Klauser accepts his award

[view] Last year's two best players

[view] Pustilnik appeals to the masses

[view] Mikey P scared to death

[view] A sad, sad discard pile

[view] Cornelissen bashes through Pustilnik's defenses

[view] Ace Sideboard reporters Adrian Sullivan and Michelle Bush

[view] Champion Michael Pustilnik and his trophy

[view] THE RED ZONE!

[view] Cornelissen looks at the board

[view] Pustilnik is happy with his tournament result

[view] Pustilnik, or Mikey P or Dr. P

[view] Cornelissen is pleased

[view] Trophy in sight, finalists Michael Pustilnik and Kamiel Cornelissen play for the gold

[view] Pustilnik shakes after beating Klauser

[view] Finkel and Cornelissen shake after a brutal match

[view] Cornelissen taps his creature while Sideboard reporter Ben Ronaldson observes

[view] The Finals Stage

[view] Kamel Cornelissen made it to the finals

[view] Klauser is one of two players sporting Rith

[view] No matter what he tried, Cornelissen always checked Finkel

[view] Finkel got crushed in the semis, 3-0

[view] Pustilnik vs. Klauser

[view] A happy Dr. P

[view] Benedikt Klauser of Austria

[view] Dr. P Absorbs!

[view] Jeff Donais and Collin Jackson, senior judges

[view] Red Zone hijinks!

[view] Rose vs. Cornelissen

[view] Erno Ekebom of Finland

[view] Mister Michael Gurney

[view] Chester, Virginia's Lawrence Creech

[view] Jon Finkel dropped the semifinals

[view] Pustilnik points at his Hope Weaver

[view] Gurney Zaps Finkel's Rats

[view] Kamiel Cornelissen weighs his options

[view] Jon Finkel has Smoldering Tar in play

[view] Michael Gurney

[view] Erno Ekebom takes his blocker out of the Red Zone

[view] Cornelissen fends off Rose's quick deck

[view] Klauser looks puzzled at Ekebom's play

[view] Kyle Rose

[view] Klauser and Ekebom shake after their match

[view] New Yorker Mikey P

[view] Erno Ekebom

[view] Kamiel Cornelissen

[view] A dead-set Kyle Rose

[view] Austrian Benedikt Klauser

[view] Rose dropped the quarterfinals to Cornelissen

[view] Kamiel Cornelissen

[view] Ekebom vs. Klauser

[view] Jon Finkel, after two days of play, looks a little tired

[view] A good ol' standoff

[view] Creech vs. Pustilnik

[view] Lawrence Creech Repulses in response to Shackles

[view] The Top 8

[view] Top 8: Kyle Rose

[view] Top 8: Michael Pustilnik

[view] Top 8: Benedikt Klauser

[view] Top 8: Michael Gurney

[view] Top 8: Jon Finkel

[view] Top 8: Erno Ekebom

[view] Top 8: Lawrence Creech

[view] Top 8: Kamiel Cornelissen

[view] The Maro - Mark Rosewater

[view] The final draft

[view] Random Canadians: Jeff Donais and Josh Bennett

[view] Ekebom stands up to lay out his pack

[view] Klauser selects a green card

[view] Finkel checks out a pack

[view] Klauser and Rose at the draft

[view] Rith sits atop Cornelissen's draft pile

[view] The Top 8 draft

[view] A large crowd gathered to watch the final draft

[view] Finkel reaches across the table

[view] Michael Gurney lays out his pack

[view] Kai Budde reads all about it in the newly redesigned Sideboard Magazine

[view] Fujita vs. Nakamura

[view] Sadeghpour vs. Rose

[view] The Kyle Rose - close to the Top 8

[view] Sweden's Sadeghpour

[view] Froelich vs. Cornelissen

[view] Virginia's Eric Froelich

[view] Ekebom vs. Niemenen

[view] Niemenen

[view] Erno Ekebom looks good for the Top 8

[view] Satoshi sulks at an overpopulated Red Zone

[view] Kenichi Fujita, Japan's hope for its first Top 8 at a Pro Tour

[view] James Lee gets some!

[view] Dan Bock

[view] Wise vs. Ekebom

[view] Erno Ekebom

[view] Gary Wise dropped his last match and missed out on the Top 8

[view] A happy Svend Geersten

[view] Cornelissen enters the Red Zone

[view] Johns with the laugh

[view] Kamiel Cornelissen proved that he's an up and comer by staying in contention for the second straight Pro Tour

[view] Tuomo Nieminen plays for the Top 8

[view] Nathan Gapasain, JSS winner

[view] Naveen Gowda, JSS finalist

[view] Olivier Ruel

[view] Fujita vs. Ruel

[view] Geertsen is ANGRY!

[view] Pustilnik puts his Zombie in front of a Kavu

[view] Geertsen's beatdown is slowing down

[view] Mike Pustilnik is in a tight spot

[view] Assault!

[view] Fujita Kenichi

[view] Jon "The Machine" Finkel

[view] Michael Gurney is hunting for his first Top 8

[view] Gurney beats Finkel in a characteristic upset

[view] Kai Budde in a famous sweater!

[view] Budde frowns as Kyle puts his finger in the air

[view] Virginian Kyle Rose is looking for the Top 8

[view] Players must be very careful as they draft - accidentally touching the wrong card forces them to draft it

[view] Late drafts are packed with quality players

[view] Finkel, looking uncharacteristically confused

[view] First pick?

[view] Finkel picks a card - overhead

[view] Judge Elaine Chase busts up the draft

[view] Michelle Bush with Darwin Kastle

[view] Elements of Your Move Games: Danny Mandel, Rob Dougherty, Darwin Kastle and Chad Ellis

[view] Mike Long with groupies!

[view] Entrance to PT - LA

[view] Play was set up on three levels

[view] Setting up the Finals stage

[view] Jon Finkel, looking good for his ninth PT Top 8

[view] Satoshi Nakamura

[view] Mike Turian, PT New York Team Champion

[view] GP Hiroshima Champion, Masayuki Higashino

[view] Baby Huey Jensen

[view] Canada's Gary Krakower

[view] Katsuhiro Mori vs. Gary Krakower

[view] CMU's Mike Turian vs. Satoshi Nakamura

[view] Ruel vs. Maruyama

[view] William Jensen plays against Masayuki Higashino

[view] Van Cleave vs. Pustilnik

[view] Everybody's hero, Mike Pustilnik

[view] The never-controversial Trey Van Cleave

[view] An ambivalent looking Brian Kibler

[view] Englishman John Ormerod

[view] Brian Kibler plays against John Ormerod

[view] Quinton Hoover, longtime Magic artist

[view] DCI judge guy James Lee leads the charge of artist signings. Artists usually stop by the judges' area to do sketches and other cool stuff

[view] Artist Terese Nielsen of Force of Will fame

[view] Sportsmanship!

[view] Trading was rampant both on and off the Boat

[view] The friendly WOTC Staff - Alex Tinsman and Mindy Sherwood-Lewis

[view] Jeff Donais with Honorary Canadian Tony Tsai

[view] Michelle Bush flaunts her Coalition Victory

[view] Yes, Pro Tour Champion Buehler DOES have a Ley Line in front of him, on purpose

[view] Anthony Alongi and Randy Buehler play multiplayer. Collusion was rampant

[view] New Wizards employees: Bonecrusher Zantides and Paul "Full English Breakfast" Barclay

[view] Budde vs. O'Mahoney Schwartz

[view] Steve OMS played Kai Budde in a clash of the titans

[view] Finkel led, 1-0

[view] Tim McKenna

[view] Perennial favorite, Jon Finkel

[view] PT - Chicago Champion, Kai Budde

[view] SuperTexan Adrian Sayers, undefeated after eight rounds

[view] Denmark's Svend Geertsen mulls

[view] Humphreys played Clarke in round 9

[view] The Hump - Dave Humphreys of Your Move Games

[view] Nate Clarke

[view] The littlest Magic player

[view] Jon Finkel with fan Adam Propokin

[view] Mori vs. Chiclick!

[view] Super Latin American player, Gerardo Godinez

[view] Top Japanese player Katsuhiro Mori

[view] These kids may not need the scholarships for awhile - but they could win them

[view] The Junior Super Series brings out the best young players

[view] JSS kids are tough competitors

[view] Dynamite Side Events Guy, Scott Larabee

[view] Crimson Acolyte is good

[view] High level judges, John Shannon, Collin Jackson and Mike Donais

[view] Erno Ekebom

[view] An undefeated Svend Geertsen

[view] Svend Geertsen vs. Erno Ekebom

[view] Fuller targets Williams in their round 8 Feature Match

[view] Canadian National Champion Ryan Fuller

[view] Texan Dave Williams

[view] Diligent judges pore over the decklists

[view] It's a long way away sometimes

[view] Everyone's favorite, The Queen Mary. Above, there may or may not be a flying saucer

[view] Geertsen picks a card - he is one of the few undefeated players

[view] Head Judge Collin Jackson calls the draft

[view] Saftey comes first on the Queen Mary

[view] A nice overhead shot of some of the area

[view] Some players stayed all night!

[view] One of the Queen Mary's attractions . . . spooky

[view] Geertsen vs. Humphreys

[view] David Humphreys

[view] Svend Geertsen

[view] Jensen adjusts his life total

[view] Fuller vs. Jensen

[view] Super-Canadian Ryan Fuller

[view] Sayers vs. Klauser

[view] Texan Adrian Sayers is doing very well

[view] Benedikt Klauser

[view] Gallitz vs. Selden

[view] The ubiquitous Donnie Gallitz

[view] Former World Champion Brian Selden

[view] Matt Vienneau is so very dynamic. Hi mom!

[view] Masayuki Higashino sideboards

[view] Dougherty and Jensen play

[view] Rob Dougherty considers his options

[view] William Jensen

[view] David Williams

[view] Blackwell reveals his hand

[view] David Williams busts out against Trevor Blackwell

[view] The Hump! David Humphreys plays in a Feature Match

[view] Nakamura flies over while his Teferi's Moat keeps the ground tied up

[view] Satoshi!

[view] Dave Humphreys plays against Satoshi Nakamura while Adrian Sullivan reports

[view] The diligent judging staff is always in the thick of the action

[view] Meet Gary Wise's worst enemy!

[view] Outside the Queen Mary

[view] Watch out! It's the coolest stuffed rabbit in Los Angeles

[view] Noah Boeken poses with a lucky ducky

[view] Senior Judges Mike Donais, Chris "Bonecrusher" Zantides and Collin Jackson confer on a ruling

[view] Renee Roub in brief respite

[view] Nicolai Herzog is used to the pressure

[view] Rubin leads Price by a game - the new scoreboard makes it easier for players to follow the match

[view] A slightly psychotropic Dave Price

[view] Ben Rubin is about to peel

[view] Norway's Nicolai Herzog vs. Sweden's Matthais Kettil

[view] Tony Dobson is English!

[view] A happy, as always, Gary Wise

[view] Matthais Kettil enters the Red Zone

[view] Sheldon Menery lays down the law . . .

[view] And it's funny!

[view] Jon Finkel

[view] DCI Tournament Manager Jeff Donais converses with the bottom half of Sheldon Menery's head

[view] Sideboard Writer Becky Hiebert

[view] Sideboard Photographer Craig Cudnohufsky shows why he's behind the camera!

[view] The Pros: Brian Davis and Sigurd Eskeland

[view] Snazzy pamphlets inform players of the weekend's happenings

[view] Trading at the Pro Tour is fast and furious

[view] Former U.S. National Champion Matt Linde talks some strategy during a break

[view] William Jensen vs. Jamie Parke

[view] Jamie Parke is a fine young man

[view] New York Masters Champion William Jensen

[view] Ronaldson vs. Dougherty

[view] Englishman and Sideboard writer, Ben Ronaldson

[view] After making Top 8 in Chicago, Rob Dougherty has nowhere to go but up

[view] Popular columnist, Aaron Forsythe

[view] CMU's Mike Turian

[view] Teammates Aaron Forsythe vs. Mike Turian

[view] Nakamura vs. Johns

[view] Satoshi looks over the board full of cupcakes. Yummy!

[view] PT - New York co-Champion, Scott Johns

[view] Lan Ho has a fatty . . . on his head

[view] A nice pack for the first picker

[view] A frowning Lan Ho and a happy Zvi Mowshowitz

[view] The second draft

[view] Chris Benafel, winner of PT Amsterdam

[view] Trevor Blackwell and Dave Williams

[view] Satoshi Nakamura and Pete Leiher

[view] Masayuki Higashino, fresh off of a GP win, drafts at LA

[view] Players crowd around the pairings. Can you spot Brian Davis?

[view] Happy players check out the newly revamped Sideboard Magazine

[view] A confused Mike Long stumbles on some cards

[view] At the DCI booth, Pro Tour Player Coordinator Andy Heckt helps out a DCI member

[view] Satoshi Nakamura, Japan's biggest star

[view] Bui!

[view] Dobson vs. Truc Bui, a venerable old Pro

[view] Englishman Tony Dobson

[view] Kamiel Cornlissen, PT - Chicago's finalist

[view] Old School Pro Svend Geertsen

[view] Scott Johns, of Mindripper, a popular Magic strategy site

[view] Alan Comer takes it to the stack

[view] Trevor Blackwell goes on the defensive

[view] Rubin takes it to the Red Zone

[view] Accomplished players Rubin and Dougherty duke it out in round 2

[view] Rob Dougherty of Team Your Move Games

[view] Long vs. Budde - controversy!

[view] PT - Chicago Champion, Kai Budde

[view] Kai Budde Plague Spores Mike Long

[view] Stern struggles in round 2

[view] Dustin Stern's Blazing Specter

[view] A panoramic view of the site

[view] The quintessential Quentin Hoover

[view] Artist Ben Thompson displays Dust Bowl

[view] Sideboard writer Toby Wachter is down

[view] Players compete in Booster Drafts and have a great time

[view] Side events filled up early

[view] John Loniak administers judge certification with some happy applicants

[view] John Grant works the DCI booth

[view] A bunch of beautiful trophies

[view] Pro Tour Los Angeles' front desk

[view] The Feature Match area

[view] Coming off a great performance at Chicago's Masters Series, Dave Williams dropped round 1

[view] A tired Jakub Slemr

[view] Jakub Slemr plays against Dave Williams

[view] The Pro Tour makes every decision more important

[view] Some players bring their own playmats. It's no Red Zone

[view] The scorekeeping station . . . creepy

[view] Sideboard writers . . . creepy

[view] Gab Tsang is having trouble with a flier

[view] Very bright dice and Mike Bregoli

[view] Steve preps to enter the Red Zone

[view] Steve OMS vs. Scott McCord

[view] Scott McCord

[view] Shvartsman very carefully places his creature in the Red Zone

[view] Mark Rosewater looks over Alex Shvartsman's shoulder

[view] The William Jensen. Baby Huey is good

[view] LA!

[view] Players, who are glad they aren't balding, play under a balcony

[view] An overview of the play area

[view] Dustin Stern played against William Ericson

[view] Dustin Stern, after recent high finishes at two Grand Prix, plays in the first round

[view] Canada's Gab Tsang

[view] Nothing like a Rout to cheer you up, thinks Mike Bregoli

[view] Some players are already sad

[view] Aaron Jackson reaches across the table to snag a card

[view] Ben Rubin is caught between a Dougherty and a Kastle

[view] Alex Shvartsman mises a Distorting Wake

[view] Steve OMS selects Nightscape Apprentice

[view] Players in the Pit, drafting before round 1

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