Live Coverage of 2005 Pro Tour Columbus

Posted in Event Coverage on October 30, 2004

By Brian David-Marshall

Brian David-Marshall is a New York–based game designer who has been involved with Magic since 1994, when he started organizing tournaments and ran a Manhattan game store. Since then, he has been a judge, a player, and one of the longest-tenured columnists on, as he enters his second decade writing for the site. He is also the Pro Tour Historian and one of the commentators for the Pro Tour.

We've secretly transmogrified the Day 2 standings at an undetermined point Saturday, exchanging player names with their deck archetypes. Here's a look at how the decks stack up.


Deck Played on Day 1 Played on Day 2 % from Day 1 to advance
Reanimator 31 16 51.60%
Goblins 55 16 29.00%
Rock 61 12 19.60%
Tog 24 10 41.60%
Madness 15 8 53.30%
Red Deck Wins 27 7 25.90%
Affinity 8 5 62.50%
Aluren 9 5 55.50%
Mind’s Desire 10 5 50.00%
Cephalid Breakfast 6 4 66.60%
White Weenie 8 3 37.50%
Scepter Control 4 2 50.00%
Rector? 1 1 100.00%
Pattern 1 1 100.00%
Squirrel Opposition 1 1 100.00%
Elf and Nail 1 1 100.00%
Life 1 1 100.00%

Here are the archetypes of Day 2, broken out by the number still playing Saturday, the number played yesterday and Day 2 penetration percentage.

The big story is obviously the remarkable penetration of Reanimator and combo Reanimator decks. Of the thirty-one Reanimator decks that were played yesterday, better than 50 percent of them made it through to Day 2. There were 16 players Exhuming Akroma's when play began this morning. Akroma or Rorix have both been in play on turn one in this tournament with a little help from a Mox.

Cephalid Breakfast is a combo deck that replaces the banned Hermit Druid from Angry Ghoul with Cephalid Illusionist and Nomads En-Kor. The En-Kor targets the Illusionist and mills the player's entire deck away. The player then uses flashback on a Krosan Reclamation to ensure that they draw Exhume or Reanimate and return a Sutured Ghoul with the stench of Dragon's Breath and swing for lethal damage. There were six players at the helm of the freshly minted deck and four of them made it through to today's action

All totaled better than 20 percent of the Day 2 field is playing some kind of Reanimator deck.

The biggest deck on Day 1 was The Rock with just over sixty players piloting the green-black staple of the Extended format. Just over 20 percent of the Day 1 Rock decks advanced with only twelve players of the sixty-one making playing on Saturday. Rock makes up just over 12 percent of the Saturday field after taking up a 21 percent chunk on Day 1.

Goblins in all of it stripes was the next most played deck yesterday with 55. Led by their Goblin Warchiefs, 16 of them advanced through to do battle Saturday. Goblins made up 18 percent of the Day 1 field and are a hair over 16 percent of the field Saturday. That means almost a third of the Goblin decks from Day 1 are still playing.

Half of the Mind's Desire players made it through, with five of the 10 still going. Madness posted similar percentages with eight of 15 Day 1 players making the cut. The same is true of Aluren with five of nine still going. Affinity put through five of eight.

Red Deck wins put a hair over 25 percent of its Day 1 advocates through to champion it Saturday. There were 27 players yesterday and seven were still trying to live up to the deck's demanding title come round 9.


Final Rank Deck Archtype
1 Affinity
2 Reanimator
3 Mind’s Desire
4 Goblins
5 Red Deck Wins
6 Blue-white Scepter Control
7 Life
8 Pattern Ghoul
9 Madness
10 Mind’s Desire
11 Madness
12 Goblins
13 Aluren
14 Cephalid Breakfast
15 Reanimator
16 Reanimator
17 Rock
18 Cephalid Breakfast
19 Reanimator
20 Goblins
21 Affinity
22 Reanimator
23 Tog
24 Reanimator
25 Cephalid Breakfast
26 Reanimator
27 Rock
28 Tog
29 Aluren
30 Aluren
31 Mind’s Desire
32 Madness
33 Squirrel Prison
34 Rock
35 Goblins
36 Goblins
37 Goblins
38 Goblins
39 Reanimator
40 Tog
41 Tog
42 Reanimator
43 Rock
44 Goblins
45 Aluren
46 Tog
47 Reanimator
48 Red Deck Wins
49 Reanimator
50 Goblins
51 White Weenie
52 Reanimator
53 Mind’s Desire
54 Tog
55 Red Deck Wins
56 Tog
57 Rock
58 White Weenie
59 Rock
60 Rock
61 Madness
62 Reanimator
63 Goblins
64 Rock
65 Red Deck Wins
66 Mind’s Desire
67 Madness
68 Reanimator
69 Rock
70 Elf and Nail
71 Goblins
72 Madness
73 Affinity
74 Tog
75 Rector? I Nearly Killed Her!
76 White Weenie
77 Goblins
78 Goblins
79 Reanimator
80 Reanimator
81 Tog
82 Tog
83 Madness
84 Affinity
85 Rock
86 Rock
87 Red Deck Wins
88 Red Deck Wins
89 Red Deck Wins
90 Affinity
91 Goblins
92 Madness
93 Goblins
94 Aluren
95 Scepter Control
96 Goblins
97 Rock
98 Cephalid Breakfast

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