DayC has a new job (yay!) and finally has a weekend off with some code to write. So, following up from my off topic post last weekend and it being the Pro Tour season, i’ll be posting links and updates regarding the current pro scene in Magic.
3rd - 5th Feb - Pro Tour Dublin
Wizards of the Coast seem to be giving more and more love to this side of the pond with Grand Prix’s in Liverpool and Birmingham but most importantly is this weekend when the Pro Tour visits the city of Dublin! During this event professionals are forced into multiple formats over the course of the weekend to test their capability to adapt and not be one deck wonders.
Day 1 and 2 follow the same format which is 3 rounds of draft followed by 5 rounds of Standard format that you’ll all be used to in Hearthstone. Standard is a min-60 card constructed deck, best of 3 format. Draft is a limited format whereby each player receives 3 booster packs and sits around a table of 7 other people which is called a pod. Each player in the pod opens a pack, picks one and moves it clockwise. They then receive a pack from the player in the opposite direction, pick one and so on and so forth until all cards from all packs have been picked. A min-40 card deck is then created from the picked cards.
16 swiss rounds in total wwith 50 minutes per round. Friday, everyone participates in the first 8 rounds. The field is cut to those with a min of 12 match points and all of those players advance to Saturday. After 16 rounds the top 8 standings advance to Sunday’s single elimination playoffs. Sunday gives us more standard action all day and moves the format to a best of 5 with the round time limit being bumped to 60 mins and the final 90 mins.
Any questions about the game or the tournament just post below and i’ll get to the answer as soon as I can!
The live events take place on Twitch of course. Coverage begins at 9am.
This gives an overview of all the coverage to date on the event. There is also a twitch playlist that allows you to watch some of the previous matches of the weekend.