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PRO TOUR PHILADELPHIA BLOG
Josh Bennett brings you all the interesting stories from behind the scenes at Pro Tour Philadelphia 2005!
BY JOSH BENNETT

When 16-year-old Gadiel Szleifer strode into the Feature Match Area sporting a "Taking Back Sunday" T-shirt, you could not have scripted a better finals. His opponent was 18-year-old Kenji Tsumura, and their battle went the full five games -- with Gadiel's back against the wall for the last two.

The T-shirt is for an alternative band, but it also told the story of Gadiel's alternative team of young North American Magic players looking to take back the glory of Sundays from the Dutch, French, and especially the Japanese. Gadiel has gone from rising star to superstar with his win this weekend. It was his second straight Constructed Top 8 finish, previously falling in the quarterfinals of Columbus.

Gadiel was the lone North American player on that Sunday, but he was joined by four other players from his home continent this time around. Americans Mark Herberholz, Ryan Cimera, and Jeff Novekoff were joined by Canadian Steve Wolfman -- proving that if you write about the demise of American Magic enough, you can light a fire under that segment of the community. Rounding out the Top 8 were Frenchman Olivier Ruel and Germany's Andre Mueller.

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    Coming into the tournament, people couldn't decide what was a greater danger, the sky falling or Umezawa's Jitte. This Top 8 should put that panic to rest. Only half the Top 8 players were wielding that particular hardware, and by the semifinals three of those players were outside looking for a draft. Sensei's Divining Top, on the other hand…

    Two other stories this weekend were the skins style payout and the newly announced Player's Club. Of the 311 players in the tournament, only 40 of them left Philadelphia without a prize check.

    The big winners were players who "leveled up" with their performances this weekend. Olivier Ruel and Julien Nuijten reached Level 6 -- more or less the financial equivalent of winning the Player of the Year race. They will now receive $2,000 appearance fees for Pro Tours, $500 for Grand Prix, and free travel and accommodations for every event from now through Worlds 2006.



    Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
    1 Steven Wolfman   Steven Wolfman, 3-2        
    8 Andre Mueller   Gadiel Szleifer, 3-0
           
    4 Jeff Novekoff   Gadiel Szleifer, 3-1   Gadiel Szleifer, 3-2
    5 Gadiel Szleifer    
           
    2 Olivier Ruel   Olivier Ruel, 3-1
    7 Mark Herberholz   Kenji Tsumura, 3-0
           
    3 Ryan Cimera   Kenji Tsumura, 3-2
    6 Kenji Tsumura    


    EVENT COVERAGE FINAL TOP 8 STANDINGS

    • Finals: Gifts Given and a Title Received
      Kenji Tsumura vs. Gadiel Szleifer
      by Josh Bennett
    • Semifinals: The Fracas of Far-flung Friends
      Olivier Ruel vs. Kenji Tsumura
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Semifinals: Looking for the Lockdown
      Gadiel Szleifer vs. Steve Wolfman
      by Ted Knutson
    • Quarterfinals: The Land of Legendary Fatties
      Steve Wolfman vs. Andre Mueller
      by Ted Knutson
    • Quarterfinals: Divining a Victory
      Olivier Ruel vs. Mark Herberholz
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Quarterfinals: Color Confusion Confounds
      Kenji Tsumura vs. Ryan Cimera
      by Josh Bennett
    • Quarterfinals: Tide Turns Quickly
      Gadiel Szleifer vs. Jeff Novekoff
      by Josh Bennett
    • Feature: The Top 8 Player Profiles
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Decklists: The Top 8 Decks
      by Event Coverage Staff

    • Decklists: A-D
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Decklists: E-J
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Decklists: K-P
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Decklists: R-Z
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Day 2 Blog Archive: Pro Tour Levels, Rotting Giants, Kai's Out, PTQ's and Much More!
      by Josh Bennett
    • The Flores File: 'The Dust Clears'
      by Mike Flores
    • Round 12: One Spot Up For Grabs
      Kenji Tsumura vs. Shuhei Nakamura
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Round 11: Japanese Duel to the Death
      Ichiro Shimura vs. Shuhei Nakamura
      by Ted Knutson
    • Feature: Kai Budde in Black and White
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Deck Analysis: Cards in Maindecks
      by Rune Horvik
    • Deck Analysis: Cards in Sideboards
      by Rune Horvik
    • Round 10: Mirror Breaker
      Jelger Wiegersma vs. Gerard Fabiano
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 9: Saturday Stress Showing
      Kai Budde vs. Mark Herberholz
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Round 8: March of the White Weenies
      Kai Budde vs. Simon Carlsson
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 7: Ninja on Parade
      Richard Hoaen vs. Morgan Douglass
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Info: Day 2 Introduction
      by Brian David-Marshall

    • Day 1 Blog Archive: LCQ's, Webcast Updates, First Player Out, Osyp's Money Troubles and Much More!
      by Josh Bennett
    • Info: Day 1 Wrap-Up
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • The Flores File: 'Except for All the Shuffling'
      by Mike Flores
    • Round 6: Elimination Rears its Ugly Head
      Julien Nuijten vs. Akira Asahara
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 5: Flabbergasted Fatties
      Rich Hoaen vs. Antoine Ruel
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Feature: Day 1 Archetype Breakdown
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 4: Bombs Everywhere
      Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Brian Kibler
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 3: Deck Masters at Work
      Frank Karsten vs. Tsuyoshi Fujita
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Round 2: Making the List
      Julien Nuijten vs. Itaru Ishida
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Round 1: Give That Man $100
      Kai Budde vs. Jon Sonne
      by Ted Knutson
    • Feature: Pro Tour-Philadelphia Preview
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Info: Day 1 Player List
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Day 1 Introduction
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Info: Fact Sheet
      by Event Coverage Staff
     1.  Gadiel Szleifer $21,725
     2.  Kenji Tsumura $12,275
     3.  Steven Wolfman $7,475
     4.  Olivier Ruel $6,950
     5.  Ryan Cimera $2,825
     6.  Jeff Novekoff $4,750
     7.  Mark Herberholz $3,175
     8.  Andre Mueller $2,075
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