Witness the Pro Tour Season's Culmination in Portland

Posted in Feature on July 15, 2014

By Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg is a writer and gamer and has been part of the Magic text coverage team since 2011. He joined Wizards as organized play’s content specialist in June 2014.

It's coming! The home stretch of the 2013–2014 Magic season is upon us, and it all comes to a close at the Portland Expo Center in Portland, Oregon, with Pro Tour Magic 2015 at the end of the month.

Witness the culmination of what has been a stellar season of Magic on August 1–3, as players seek to lock up their slots at the World Championship this December; earn those last remaining Pro Points to achieve greatness in the Pro Players Club; and, of course, battle for the title of Pro Tour Magic 2015 Champion.

With one of the closest Player of the Year races we've seen in years between No. 1-ranked player Reid Duke and No. 2-ranked player Jérémy Dezani, Pro Tour Magic 2015 is sure to be a spectacle for Magic lovers everywhere. And if you're in the area, you can come watch the events of the 2013–2014 season unfold in person!

Spectator Hall Hours

The tournament hall opens to spectators on Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m., and remains open until 8 p.m. that night. Watch your favorite players battle it out at the Pro Tour. The hall will be set up to accommodate spectators, allowing you to view most matches of Magic in progress each round.

On Sunday, the feature match area may be closed off, but you can watch the Top 8 battle it out on the official Pro Tour Magic 2015 stream on the big screen, as a projector and seating will allow you to watch Magic at its biggest and best. The hall is open Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Stop by, watch some Magic, and you may just have the chance to cheer for the game-changing plays alongside game's greatest!

Come watch the Top 8 of Pro Tour Magic 2015 as it unfolds, and you may even have a chance to cheer on the big plays of the game with some of the game's greatest.

Garruk Live Art Project

All weekend long, join artists Cynthia Sheppard and Eric Deschamps as they create a unique Garruk-themed art piece live. And you'll get a chance to join in on the creating!

Four times each day, we will spin a wheel featuring Magic- and Garruk-inspired items. Wherever it lands will determine what elements the artists must add or take away from the art piece.

In addition, by coming to the Pro Tour and entering into a drawing, you'll have a chance to be one of ten players to choose either a playmat or an art print of the completed art piece for you to take home! Here are some more details on the promotion:

  • Ten winners will be randomly drawn from the total entries, subject to the limit of one prize per winner.
  • Attendees must submit an entry ticket to be part of the drawing.
  • Entry tickets will be available beginning at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 1, until 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 3, at the Event Host desk located at the front of the tournament hall. During those hours, attendees may submit one entry ticket per hour.
  • There is no limit to the total number of entry tickets submitted; odds of winning depend on total entries received.
  • The drawing for the ten art prizes will be on Sunday, August 3, at 3:00 p.m., local time. You must be present to win.
  • Click here to download the official rules.

Pro Tour Exclusives

Looking to commemorate your visit to Pro Tour Magic 2015? Our merchandise booth is the place to go if you'd like to take some product or some souvenirs home with you. The merchandise booth will have Magic booster packs, single cards, accessories, T-shirts, and more available to you.

It's also the place to go if you'd like to pick up this event-exclusive playmat.

This limited-edition exclusive playmat is only available at Pro Tour Magic 2015!

The merchandise booth is also where you can pick up this cute little limited-edition fella: a limited-edition Pop! Garruk vinyl figure.

Awww. He's all veiny and corrupted by The Chain Veil. Isn't that adorable?

Spectator Schedule

In addition to the merchandise booth and watching lots of Magic, we'll also be hosting events for spectators throughout the weekend. You can get a look at that schedule below:

Saturday—VIP Drafting: Sign up at the Event Host desk for your chance to draft with R&D members Ben Hayes and Sam Stoddard. Drafts fire at 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., with space extremely limited!

Friday–Sunday—Garruk Live Art Project: Watch Eric Deschamps and Cynthia Sheppard create a custom piece of Garruk-themed art live! Attendees will be able to determine the final look and get a chance to take a copy of it home through an on-site drawing. Click here to download the official rules.

Sunday—Top 8 Viewing: Watch the Top 8 on the big screen and root on your favorite pros.

Sunday—Spellslinging with Top Pros and R&D: Battle against top pros and members of Wizards R&D, with Platinum Pros Josh Utter-Leyton, Martin Juza, Brian Kibler, Shahar Shenhar, and No. 1-Ranked Player Reid Duke hosting Conspiracy Draft. (Note: player availability depending on Top 8 participation)

For more information about Pro Tour Magic 2015 and a complete schedule of the Pro Tour weekend and the Twitch.TV live video stream, click here. Follow the Pro Tour Magic 2015 conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #PTM15.

Pro Tour Magic 2015 is located at the Portland Expo Center in Northeast Portland, a nine-mile cab ride from Portland International Airport. The event kicks off on Friday August 1, and runs until August 3.

With a $250,000 prize purse up for grabs, along with one final chance for Pro Players to pick up valuable Professional Points, Pro Tour Magic 2015 will be packed with action as the season comes to a conclusion. We hope to see you there!

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