Pro Tour Aether Revolt FAQ

Posted in Competitive Gaming on February 2, 2017

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.

Players and teams from all over the world have been spending the first month of 2017 preparing for a shaken-up Standard format and the Aether Revolt–recharged Booster Draft format for the three-day tournament excitement of Pro Tour Aether Revolt, which takes place this weekend starting on February 3 in Dublin, Ireland!

As deck-building options opened up with the early exits of Smuggler's Copter; Reflector Mage; and Emrakul, the Promised End, this Pro Tour is expected to be an exciting one. We'll see what ascends to the top as the best players on earth battle for their share of $250,000!

As is customary, today's article serves as a quick guide that should answer any questions you may have on what to expect from this weekend.

Pro Tour Aether Revolt Basics

Here's the general overview of Pro Tour Aether Revolt:

  • The Pro Tour is a three-day, invitation-only event featuring some of the best Magic pros, top Grand Prix finishers, Hall of Famers, and players who found success in December's Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers. Those players will be competing for a share of the $250,000 prize pool, with $50,000 going to the winner along with an invitation to the 2017 Magic: The Gathering World Championship. Pro Tour Aether Revolt is the second of four Pro Tours in the 2016–17 season.
  • The formats for Friday and Saturday are three rounds of Booster Draft—using two Aether Revolt booster packs and one Kaladesh booster pack, in that order—and five rounds of Standard Constructed. All matches on Friday and Saturday are best-two-out-of-three games.
  • The following sets are legal in Standard Constructed for this tournament: Battle for Zendikar, Oath of the Gatewatch, Shadows over Innistrad, Eldritch Moon, Kaladesh, and Aether Revolt.
  • The following cards were recently banned in Standard Constructed, and cannot be used by players: Smuggler's Copter; Reflector Mage; and Emrakul, the Promised End.
  • All players with 12 or more match points (a 4-4 record or better) at the end of the first day will advance to Day Two of the competition.
  • The Top 8 players at the end of Day Two will advance to Sunday's playoff, featuring a modified single-elimination playoff, which you can see for yourself.

  • In this modified bracket, the fifth through eighth seeds all start in the first stage of the quarterfinals. Third and fourth seed at the end of Day Two advance to the second stage of the quarterfinals. The top two seeds at the end of Day Two automatically advance to the semifinals. Do well after two days, and you guarantee yourself a minimum of $15,000, and you'll only be two matches away from winning the whole thing!
  • All matches played on Sunday are best-three-out-of-five, with the first two games featuring pre-sideboard action.
  • The winner gets $50,000, Platinum status in the Pro Tour Players Club (which will give that player invitations with airfare and appearance fees through the 2016–17 and 2017–18 seasons), and an invitation to the 2017 Magic: The Gathering World Championship.

That's the gist of what you can expect from the Pro Tour as a tournament. Now, what about coverage?

When Does Coverage Start?

You can catch all three days of Pro Tour Aether Revolt on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. local time. As this tournament will be broadcast live from Dublin, that means 9 a.m. GMT/UTC. Here's a look at when coverage may start for you, depending on your time zone:

Time Zone Day One Day Two Day Three
Pacific Time (PT) 1 a.m. 1 a.m. 1 a.m.
Eastern Time (ET) 4 a.m. 4 a.m. 4 a.m.
Central European Time (CET) 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m.
Japan Time (JST) 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m.

If you can't watch the broadcast live, then never fear. We'll be replaying the broadcast once each day concludes. And in addition to that, VODs (Videos on Demand) of each round and segment will be available in our Twitch uploads.

The Coverage Team

Here's who will be bringing you the latest at Pro Tour Aether Revolt this weekend.

Play-by-Play Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe, Tim Willoughby, and Gaby Spartz
Color Commentators: Luis Scott-Vargas and Ian Duke
News Desk: Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
Feature Match Floor Reporters: Tim Willoughby and Gaby Spartz
Feature Match Spotter: Matej Zatlkaj and Rashad Miller
Writer-Reporters: Meghan Wolff and Tobi Henke
Content Managers/Editors: Blake Rasmussen and Mike Rosenberg
Social Media: Nate Price
Executive Producer: Greg Collins


Round-by-round content, decklists, articles, pairings, results, and standings can all be found on our Pro Tour Aether Revolt coverage page, so don't forget to bookmark to keep up with coverage on the go or if you'd like to dive into our articles!

In addition, Nico Nico will be hosting a Japanese-language stream of the Pro Tour.

When Will Decklists be Published?

This is a question many of you may have, especially leading into the overhaul Standard saw. All of our Constructed feature match articles and deck-centric articles will have decklists come Round 16 of the Pro Tour. Top 8 decklists will be posted following the end of Day Two.

The rest of the top decklists, featuring all 6-4 or better decks, get posted no later than Sunday afternoon. This is a little more work dependent, but we often finish these and get them published by the time the two stages of quarterfinals wrap up.

Where Can I Find Out More?

If you can't stay tuned in during the weekend but still want updates, follow @magicprotour on Twitter for the very latest. Join in on the conversation using the hashtag #PTAER.

Our Magic: The Gathering Facebook page will also include some photos and other cool things, so give that a follow for some Pro Tour goodness as well!

We look forward to seeing you tune in this weekend. Pro Tour Aether Revolt is almost upon us, so join us in the Twitch chat and we'll see you soon!

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