Pro Tour Kaladesh FAQ

Posted in Competitive Gaming on October 13, 2016

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.

Get ready to see three days of 40-card mastery and the finest inventions to emerge from the Standard format as Pro Tour Kaladesh kicks off on Friday, October 14, and features some of the world's top Magic players competing for their share of a prize purse totaling a quarter of a million dollars!

Pro Tour Kaladesh will be Standard's big debut since the rotation of Dragons of Tarkir and Magic Origins. It's the event many professional players have been waiting for to showcase their new approaches to Standard Constructed, and millions of eyes will be peeled to the results of this tournament to see what directions the world's top players go in building decks for the fresh format.

Whether this is your first time diving into the Pro Tour (in which case, hello and welcome!) or you're a veteran of Pro Tour coverage, I'll be going through the basics of this event and will also provide some answers to some of those frequently asked questions we receive with every Pro Tour. Read on!

Pro Tour Kaladesh Basics

Here's all you need to know about Pro Tour Kaladesh:

  • The Pro Tour is a three-day, invitation-only event featuring top Magic pros, top Grand Prix finishers, Hall of Famers, and players who found success in August's Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers. These 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 Kaladesh, this weekend's big event, takes place October 14–16.
  • The formats for Friday and Saturday are three rounds of Booster Draft—using three Kaladesh boosters—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, and Kaladesh.
  • 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 (more on that in a minute).
  • 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 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.

So there you have it! Now, about that modified single-elimination playoff.

New Top 8 Bracket

This Pro Tour will be the first one to introduce a modified single-elimination bracket, a transition away from the traditional single-elimination format you see on Sunday.

With the switch to the new bracket, the players seeded in 5th through 8th place at the end of sixteen rounds of Swiss will be put into stage 1 of the quarterfinals and will have four matches ahead of them to claim the trophy. Meanwhile, the 1st- and 2nd-seed players at the end of sixteen rounds of Swiss are automatically placed into the semifinals, guaranteeing them $15,000 in prize money with their finish and a maximum of two matches to win a trophy.

The switch to this modified single-elimination bracket will make for some interesting games to close out Day Two as players aim for the top spots at the end of sixteen rounds.

When Does Coverage Start?

You can watch all three days of Pro Tour Kaladesh live on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. local time (Hawaii time). Key thing here is Hawaii time, which is actually 3 hours behind the time here at Wizards of the Coast HQ. If you'd like to know when coverage gets started in your time zone, see below:

Time Zone Day One Day Two Day Three
Pacific Time (PT) 12 p.m. 12 p.m. 12 p.m.
Eastern Time (ET) 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m.
Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.
Central European Time (CEST) 9 p.m. 9 p.m. 9 p.m.
Japan Time (JST) Saturday, 4 a.m. Sunday, 4 a.m. Monday, 4 a.m.

Can't watch the broadcast live? Don't worry. We will replay the broadcast after each day concludes, so you can catch every moment when it better fits into your day. In addition, you'll find all the round-by-round coverage and deck techs over on our YouTube page.

The Coverage Team

Here's who will be bringing you the coverage at Pro Tour Kaladesh 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 Spotters: Neil Rigby and Rashad Miller
  • Writer-Reporters: Corbin Hosler, Adam Styborski, and Melissa DeTora
  • Content Managers/Editors: Blake Rasmussen and Mike Rosenberg
  • Social Media: Trick Jarrett and Nate Price
  • Executive Producer: Greg Collins

Where Else Can I Experience the Coverage?

Live coverage of Pro Tour Kaladesh can also be found on our YouTube page, Nico Nico (in both English and Japanese), and Bili Bili (for our Chinese viewing audience).

Round-by-round content, decklists, articles, pairings, results, and standings can all be found on our Pro Tour Kaladesh coverage page, so bookmark that one for all the latest throughout the weekend.

When Will Decklists be Published?

The always-popular question, which is completely understandable, especially since this Pro Tour will showcase a brand-new Standard format.

Every Constructed feature match write-up, as well as select articles on the coverage page, will feature decklists once Round 16 of the tournament is underway. (To ensure tournament integrity is protected for our competitors, we will not post until the final round of Swiss is underway.)

Top 8 decklists will be posted once Day Two wraps up, and the 6-4 or better Standard decklists will be published no later than Sunday afternoon.

Where Can I Find Out More?

If you're unable to stay glued to the live video and still want to keep up on what's happening, be sure to give @MagicProTour a follow on Twitter, as our social media team will be posting updates and content there all weekend. You can also join in on the conversation using the hashtag #PTKLD.

The Magic: The Gathering Facebook page will also feature photos, additional stories, and more, so check out that throughout the weekend for new stuff.

The Pro Tour is the Inventors' Fair of earth, and we're bound to see some fantastic inventions from the world's best deck builders. Tune in to see the new Standard at its finest!

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