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  • Packing an old-school Psychatog deck, Pro Tour veteran Antoine Ruel fought his way through the 340-player field to become champion of Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2005.

    Ruel eschewed the new Extended format's popular Dredge/Life from the Loam addition to the classic 'Tog build and it proved to be a smart decision. He started his run through the Top 8 by defeating Tsuyoshi Fujita and his Boros Deck Wins 3-1 and never looked back.

    Facing current Player of the Year leader Kenji Tsumura in the semifinals, Ruel's classic 'Tog waded through Tsumura's Dredgatog build in rapid fashion. The player whom Antoine's brother Olivier claimed was the best in the world could do little to stop Antoine's march to the finals, falling 3-0.

    After waiting nearly an hour as Billy Moreno came back to defeat Chris McDaniel in the other semifinal, Ruel got his crack at the Texan's Blue-green 'Tog Madness deck under the finals spotlights. Ruel never let up, cracking early with Psychatog throwdown thanks to a well-timed Wonder. After a touch-and-go Game 2 win, Ruel used his other game-breaking creature -- Meloku the Clouded Mirror -- to secure the victory and take home the title.

    With the win, Antoine not only got an early birthday present (he turns 26 on Monday), but he also thrusts himself into the Player of the Year race as we look toward the World Championships at the end of November.

    The dust has far from settled as the Magic world starts down the rotated Extended path. Many strategies were on display in Los Angeles over the weekend, with almost 50 different deck archetypes being used by the world's top players. Find one that fits your style, hit your local Pro Tour Qualifier and maybe you'll be hoisting the winner's trophy at Pro Tour-Honolulu!


    Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
    1 Kenji Tsumura [JPN]   Kenji Tsumura, 3-1        
    8 Ryuichi Arita [JPN]   Antoine Ruel, 3-0
           
    4 Antoine Ruel [FRA]   Antoine Ruel, 3-1   Antoine Ruel, 3-0
    5 Tsuyoshi Fujita [JPN]    
           
    2 Billy Moreno [USA]   Billy Moreno, 3-2
    7 Ervin Tormos [USA]   Billy Moreno, 3-2
           
    3 Chris McDaniel [USA]   Chris McDaniel, 3-1
    6 Chih-Hsian Chang [TWN]    



    EVENT COVERAGE FINAL TOP 8 STANDINGS

    • Final: Psychatog, Meloku Carry Ruel to Victory
      Antoine Ruel vs. Billy Moreno
      by Zvi Mowshowitz
    • Semifinal: Controversy in Game 5
      Billy Moreno vs. Chris McDaniel
      by Mike Turian
    • Semifinal: Tog-on-Tog Violence
      Antoine Ruel vs. Kenji Tsumura
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Feature: Decks by the Numbers
      by Ted Knutson
    • Quarterfinal: Long Odds Go the Distance
      William Moreno vs. Ervin Tormos
      by Ted Knutson
    • Quarterfinal: Darting to Dash Desired Dreams
      Chris McDaniel vs. Chih-Hsiang Chang
      by Mike Turian
    • Quarterfinal: Something to Prove
      Antoine Ruel vs. Tsuyoshi Fujita
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Quarterfinal: Dredging Toward Victory
      Ryuichi Arita vs. Kenji Tsumura
      by Zvi Mowshowitz
    • Decklists: The Top 8 Decks
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Feature: The Top 8 Player Profiles
      by Event Coverage Staff



    • Day 2 Blog Archive: Ghetto Fabulous, Photo Essay, A Tale of Two Unknowns, and much more
      by Ted Knutson
    • Decklists: The Complete Decklists A-F
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Decklists: The Complete Decklists G-L
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Decklists: The Complete Decklists M-S
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Decklists: The Complete Decklists T-Z
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Feature: One Player's Perspective
      by Mike Flores
    • Feature: A Lighter Look at Lesser Lists
      by Zvi Mowshowitz
    • Feature: The Rogues of Day 2
      by Noah Weil
    • Feature: A Final Look Around the Metagame
      by Zvi Mowshowitz
    • Round 16: History in the Making
      Chih-Hsang Chang vs. Raphael Levy
      by Mike Turian
    • Round 15: Fresh Faces Eyeing Sunday Slots
      Chih-Hsiang Chang vs. William Moreno
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Round 15: Wily 'Tog vs. Fresh New Burns
      Antoine Ruel vs. Benjamin Peebles-Mundy
      by Noah Weil
    • Round 14: The Madness of 'Tog
      Kenji Tsumura vs. Billy Moreno
      by Mike Turian
    • Deck Analysis: Maindeck Card Breakdown
      by Rune Horvik
    • Deck Analysis: Sideboard Card Breakdown
      by Rune Horvik
    • Feature: Japanese Deck Updates
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Round 13: Two Times 'Tings
      Gabriel Nassif vs. Masashi Oiso
      by Noah Weil
    • Round 13: Osyp Steals the Show
      Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Geoffrey Siron
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Feature: How Did They Fair?
      by Mike Turian
    • Feature: The Return of Mind's Desire
      by Zvi Mowshowitz
    • Round 12: Racing to Victory
      Mark Herberholz vs. Arnost Zidek
      by Mike Turian
    • Feature: Day Two Archetype Breakdown
      by Noah Weil
    • Feature: Draw Engines in the City of Guilds
      by Mike Flores
    • Round 11: Let the Pummeling Begin
      Tsuyoshi Fujita vs. Olivier Ruel
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Round 10: Life Rough at the Top
      Jeff Novekoff vs. Tsuyoshi Fujita
      by Mike Turian
    • Round 9: Attacking for Two
      Tsuyoshi Fujita vs. Raphael Levy
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Feature: Affinity and Goblins Still Popular Favorites
      by Zvi Mowshowitz
    • Information: Day 2 Player List
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Information: Day 2 Country Breakdown
      by Event Coverage Staff



    • Day 1 Blog Archive: Last Chance Decklists, Greeting Cards, Battle of Wits, On the Bubble, and much more!
      by Brian David Marshall
    • Round 8: And Then There Was One
      Raphael Levy vs. Craig Jones
      by Mike Turian
    • Round 7: A Quick Exit
      Akira Asahara vs. Gadiel Szleifer
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 6: 'Two Masters Going At It'
      David Williams vs. Andrew Pacifico
      by Zvi Mowshowitz
    • Round 5: Too Many Togs
      Itaru Ishida vs. Gabriel Nassif
      by Mike Turian
    • Feature: Extended Archetype Breakdown
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 4: Rocking at Wits' End
      Sam Gomersall vs. Jeroen Remie
      by Ted Knutson
    • Feature: Dredging to the Top
      by Mike Turian
    • Round 3: Silence Marks The Match
      Jeff Cunningham vs. Itaru Ishida
      by Zvi Mowshowitz
    • Round 2: Nagoya Rematch on Constructed Soil
      Anton Jonsson vs. Shu Komuro
      by Mike Turian
    • Feature: How's Your Mana?
      by Zvi Mowshowitz
    • Round 1: Extended Picks Up With Affinity
      Olivier Ruel vs. Terry Soh
      by Ted Knutson
    • Feature: Podcasting the Pro Tour
      by Randy Buehler
    • Feature: Pro Tour-Los Angeles Preview
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Information: Day 1 Player List
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Information: Day 1 Country Breakdown
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Information: Pro Tour-Los Angeles Fact Sheet
      by Event Coverage Staff
     1.  Antoine Ruel [FRA] $30,000
     2.  Billy Moreno [USA] $20,000
     3.  Kenji Tsumura [JPN] $15,000
     4.  Chris McDaniel [USA] $13,000
     5.  Tsuyoshi Fujita [JPN] $9,500
     6.  Chih-Hsiang Chang [TWN] $8,500
     7.  Ervin Tormos [USA] $7,500
     8.  Ryuichi Arita [JPN] $6,500
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