Pro Tour Amonkhet Photo Essay

Posted in Event Coverage on May 15, 2017

By Craig Gibson and Mike Rosenberg

After three days, sixteen Swiss rounds, four quarterfinals, two semifinals, the finals, and an awards ceremony congratulating the winner, Pro Tour Amonkhet is now in the books. In these three days, photographer Craig Gibson has been capturing the Pro Tour through his lens. Today, we'd like to show you the story of the event through those pictures.

The Pro Tour feature match stage has gone through a bit of a transformation in the last year.

Players lined up on Thursday to check in for the Pro Tour, picking up some freebies for their troubles.

Thursday's also a good opportunity to see some old friends before game time, including those who you've worked with in the past.

Platinum players in the Pro Tour Players Club also received their new player cards, a cool token of their accomplishment that they can give to friends and fans alike.

Drafts are a common sight at the Pro Tour, even outside of the actual tournament's Draft rounds, where players are busy building masterpieces.

Of course, once the tournament is in progress, the focus for the competitors is oftentimes building a lean, mean beatdown machine—especially when it comes to the Amonkhet Booster Draft format.

The Pro Tour began with 378 players, and the room was filled with the sounds of cards flicking, cards hitting the table, and shuffling early on Friday.

Rich Hagon and Maria Bartholdi eagerly wait for results to start coming in to the news desk.

In the Standard rounds of the weekend, Ulamog was not an uncommon sight on the battlefield...

...but neither were armies of Zombies.

The Top 8 of Pro Tour Amonkhet featured plenty of familiar faces...

...and it ultimately came down to a superstar finals as Pro Tour Hall of Famer Yuuya Watanabe faced off against veteran Gerry Thompson for the trophy and the title...

...with Thompson coming out on top. Congratulations to Gerry Thompson, Pro Tour Amonkhet Champion!

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