Pro Tour Theros Event Information

Posted in Feature on August 12, 2013

By Wizards of the Coast

Royal Dublin Society
Dublin, Ireland
October 11-13, 2013

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The Pro Tour visits Ireland for the first time in the long history of Magic: The Gathering. Pro Tour Theros is the first Pro Tour of the 2013-14 season, featuring the debut of the new Theros set on the premier-play stage. The top players from around the world will be in Dublin to battle for fame, glory, and $250,000 in cash prizes in the Standard Constructed and Theros Booster Draft formats. Pro Tour Theros also features the induction ceremony for the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame's newest class of Luis Scott-Vargas, William Jensen, and Ben Stark. Tune in for the three-day live webcast starting Friday morning for complete access to the Pro Tour: live match coverage, deck techs, behind-the-scenes interviews with R&D members, and much more!

Viewer Information

Live Webcast
The live video webcast for Pro Tour Theros begins Friday morning and runs all three days, with Brian David-Marshall, Rich Hagon, Rashad Miller, Zac Hill, Marshall Sutcliffe, and Tim Willoughby calling the action. 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):

Dublin9 a.m. 9 a.m. 11 a.m.
Los Angeles1 a.m.1 a.m.3 a.m.
Chicago3 a.m3 a.m5 a.m.
New York4 a.m.4 a.m.6 a.m.
Rio de Janeiro5 a.m.5 a.m.7 a.m.
London9 a.m. 9 a.m. 11 a.m.
Paris10 a.m.10 a.m.Noon
Berlin10 a.m.10 a.m.Noon
MoscowNoonNoon2 p.m.
Tokyo5 p.m.5 p.m.7 p.m.
Sydney7 p.m.7 p.m.9 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 Theros is #ptths.

Attending Pro Tour Theros as a Spectator

The tournament hall is open to the public. Spectators are invited to watch the Pro Tour on flat-screen televisions showing the live webcast and matches from along the rail in designated viewing areas.

Tournament Hall Hours
Thursday: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

There are no side events held at the tournament site. Visit for information about local events during the Pro Tour. Specators are also invited to the Crowe's Pub (10 Merrion Rd, Ballsbridge—one block from the RDS) to watch the live video stream.

Other hall attractions include:

  • Single-card vendors Card Haus and Gaming Etc.
  • Q&A sessions with Director of Magic R&D Aaron Forsythe (times to be announced)
  • Magic cosplayer Christine Sprankle dressed as Elspeth

The Pro Tour Social Network
We know you’re a fan of Magic: The Gathering; now you can make it official! Check out Magic on Facebook: become a fan, find out about new updates to Magic and the Pro Tour, view exclusive photos, share your story with the community, and more!

Media Requests
Please send an email to if you wish to set up a media credential for Pro Tour Theros. Wizards of the Coast asks that all media requests be submitted by September 27 (two weeks prior to the event). Requests made after that date, including requests made on-site, may be denied.

Media check-in will take place Thursday, October 10 from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. at player registration (see below for information). If you cannot attend the check-in period, please make arrangements via the email address prior to the event.

Player Information

PlacePrizePro Points
Winner is awarded Platinum status in the Pro Players Club for the remainder of the 2013-14 Pro Season. Top 25 finishers also earn invitations and airfare to Pro Tour Born of the Gods in Valencia. All prizes in U.S. Dollars. Prizes subject to change.

Pro Tour Theros is a three-day invitation-only Standard Constructed and Theros Booster Draft format event with a Standard Top 8.

Venue Information
Royal Dublin Society
Hall 1
Merrion Road
Dublin 4

Tournament Hall Hours

Thursday: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Single-card vendors Card Haus and Gaming Etc. will be at the venue starting Thursday night for player registration. To ensure specific card availability, we encourage players to contact these vendors in advance of the Pro Tour.

Local stores in the Dublin area include Gamers World (Unit 1, 1 Jervis Street, Dublin, +353 (0) 18 044 540) and The Warchest (Unit 2, Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, +353 87 782 5886).


The Magic: The Gathering Tournament Rules and Infraction & Penalty Guide are in effect for this event unless specifically overruled by information in this Format Document.

Pro Tour Registration

Time: 5-11 p.m., Thursday, October 10
8-8:30 a.m., Friday, October 11 (will be extended if start of Pro Tour is delayed)

Location: Royal Dublin Society
Hall 1
Merrion Road
Dublin 4

Players must have a signed waiver and consent form to compete at Pro Tour Theros. Forms can be downloaded at and will be available onsite.

Minors must have a parent or guardian’s signature on these forms. Minors will not be able to register or play unless we receive a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No exceptions!

Bring these forms with you to registration. We will make forms available for competitors at registration, if necessary.

To register, all participants must present one of the following forms of identification:

  • a driver’s license, or
  • a passport, or
  • a copy of a birth certificate and photo IDs (school IDs are acceptable).

We encourage players to attend mandatory registration on Thursday. However we understand that delays might cause players to miss this and we have a registration on Friday morning between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Players at late registration do not always receive the same gifts as those at mandatory registration.

Players not registered by 8:30 a.m. on October 11, 2013 may be denied entry to the Pro Tour.

If you anticipate any difficulty registering during the official registration hours, please contact Scott Larabee at

Tournament Length

  • Day One will consist of 3 rounds of Booster Draft followed by 5 rounds of Standard
  • Day Two will consist of 3 rounds of Booster Draft followed by 5 rounds of Standard
  • 16 Swiss Rounds total, 55 minutes per round
  • When time is called, the active player will finish the turn and five additional turns will be taken
  • Stalling and slow play rules will be strictly enforced during the tournament.


  • All players may participate in all 8 Swiss rounds of Friday's competition.
  • Players with 12 or more match points after round 8 will advance to Saturday's competition.
  • The top 8 players after round 16 will advance to Sunday’s Top 8 single-elimination finals.

Top 8

  • Top 8 will be Standard format
  • Top 8 matches will be best 3 of 5
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will still be used to determine final order in the standings.
  • While there are no time limits in the Top 8, players are expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 90 minutes.
  • For the first game of each match in the Top 8, the player that finished higher in the Swiss rounds chooses either to play first or to play second. For subsequent games in each Top 8 match, the usual Play/Draw rule applies (loser of the previous game decides whether to play first in the next game.)


  • Planeswalker Points Multiplier 12x (Lifetime Total only), REL: Professional
  • Players are required to use the same Standard deck for Day One, Day Two, and the Top 8
  • Players are responsible for knowing all DCI rules and high-level tournament rules.
  • Players are responsible for bringing their own appropriate counters or tokens.


5 p.m. - 11 p.m.: Player registration at event site

8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Player registration at event site (will be extended if start of Pro Tour is delayed)
9 a.m.: Pro Tour Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Induction Ceremony
9:40 a.m.: Seating for player meeting posted
9:45 a.m.: Mandatory player meeting begins. Standard decklists are collected from player tables by judges.
10 a.m.: Day One play begins

8:55 a.m.: Day Two pairings posted
9 a.m.: Day Two play begins

10:30 a.m.: Finals players check in at the Top 8 area
11 a.m.: Single-elimination matches begin

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