A weekend that started with 252 competitors is now down to a final 8, each ready to claim the winner's trophy and title at Pro Tour March of the Machine!
Congratulations to the Top 8 players at Pro Tour March of the Machine. The live broadcast begins with quarterfinals at twitch.tv/magic at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT/5 p.m. CEST) Sunday, May 7.
Burchett makes a triumphant return to the Top 8 after winning a Pro Tour Qualifier in Philadelphia. Despite a slow start to Day Two at 5-3, the 2019 Mythic Championship winner Burchett was just setting the stage for an incredible run; and with a 7-1 Saturday record to round out the tournament, Burchett has punched her ticket to another Top Finish.
A veteran of the Sunday Super Series of events, Yiwen Chen earned his Pro Tour March of the Machine invitation through a Regional Championship. While he came hoping for a rematch against the endboss of the legacy event series, he instead found a quiet march to the top tables–and Round 16 win-and-in success–en route to claiming his first Pro Tour Top 8 appearance. Will this first-time Top Finisher also be a first-time Pro Tour winner?
Javier Dominguez earned his appearance on Fervent Champion for winning the 2018 Magic World Championship, but a better nickname may be Frequent Champion given his results as a ten-time Grand Prix Top 8 competitor with seven lifetime Top Finishes. With a win at Mythic Championship V and enduring success through the seasons that followed, it's easy to see how he claimed the first Top 8 slot here at Pro Tour March of the Machine.
Simon Nielsen first put himself onto the Magic map in the 2014 World Magic Cup finals by clinching an almost unwinnable game through Duneblast—cementing "Daneblast" into the lexicon of players everywhere. Since then, his persistence and positivity have kept his successes coming. With a finalist finish at the New Capenna Championship and invitations from four consecutive events leading him to Minneapolis, Mr. Checklistcard is ready for another shot at the trophy with Pro Tour March of the Machine.
Like Burchett, Olsen faced down winning nearly every match on his Day Two, starting Pro Tour March of the Machine on Day One at just 5-3. Also like Burchett, he was able to continue his dream run after winning a Qualifier event earlier this year. But unique to Olsen is the power of the Five-Color Ramp build his team innovated and led him to a perfect record in the Saturday Swiss and his first Top Finish.
With both a Grand Prix Top 8 in 2018 and a 2022 Magic Online Champions Showcase appearance under their belt—plus years of work on the SCG Tour circuit and beyond—Cain Rianhard's hard work has finally paid off with their first career Top Finish at Pro Tour March of the Machine. Will that hard work also lead to their first Pro Tour win?
This Magic Online hero has emerged as a force with his recent years' focus on digital play. A part of Team Handshake, Karl Sarap notched his first Top 8 at the New Capenna Championship and translated that into a Top 4 finish at Magic World Championship XXVIII alongside teammate (and winner) Nathan Steuer. Now he's notched his third Top Finish in the span of a year; and this time, he looks ready to take the trophy home, too.
Nathan Steuer may well be unstoppable. After dominating the Magic Online Champions Showcase events and a Magic World Championship XXVIII comeback victory, Steuer has had back-to-back Top 8 appearances at Pro Tour Phyrexia and Pro Tour March of the Machine. His work with what is quickly becoming Magic's highest-performing team (Team Handshake) and relentless focus on play clearly shows the reigning World Champion has no intention to rest on his laurels and is ready to claim another win here in Minneapolis.
Join us at twitch.tv/magic beginning 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT/5 p.m. CEST) Sunday, May 7 for the complete Pro Tour March of the Machine Top 8 playoff!