Ninth Edition Russian Release Event

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Magic: The Gathering ® will be available in Cyrillic when Ninth Edition hits the stores in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. To celebrate this, you can play in one of the many release events scheduled for the weekend of 24 and 25 September across those countries. Or come to Moscow and not only participate in a release event, but also see the best local players (Russia, Ukraine and Belarus) face off against the best of the world.

Albert Khamzin (Russia) Antoine Ruel (France)
Alexander Gerasimenko (Ukraine) Anton Jonsson (Sweden)
Andrii A Alieksieiev (Ukraine) Bernardo Da Costa Cabral (Belgium)
Artem Dushkevitch (Russia) Carlos Romao (Brazil)
Artem Kozachuk (Ukraine) Gabriel Nassif (France)
Denis Tagunov (Russia) Jeroen Remie (Netherlands)
Egor Guskov (Ukraine) Julien Nuijten (Netherlands)
Karyagin Svyatoslav (Ukraine) Kai Budde (Germany)
Kirill Efimov (Belarus) Kamiel Cornelissen (Netherlands)
Matvey Linov (Russia) Masashi Oiso (Japan)
Ruslan Shatskih (Russia) Mattias Jorstedt (Sweden)
Rustam Bakirov (Russia) Olivier Ruel (France)
Sergey Kuznetsov (Ukraine) Osyp Lebedowicz (USA)
Sergey Paigusov (Russia) Raphael Levy (France)
Sergey V Markov Sr. (Russia) Sam Gomersall (England)
Yuri Kolomeyko (Ukraine) Geoffrey Siron (Belgium)

For player profiles, click here.

Tournament Format and Schedule

Introducing Ninth Edition to Russia
Click here to download a video interview with DCI Europe Manager Gijsbert Hoogendijk as he announces the special Russian Ninth Edition release event, pitting the best local players against the best the world has to offer. (8.1 MB zip)

Saturday, September 24:

8.00 am: Doors open
9.00 am: Release events begin (Sealed Deck with five boosters Russian Ninth Edition) These will be four rounds and held throughout the day.

9.00 am: Local Heroes against the Best of the Rest begins. Eight rounds of single games with a Russian Ninth Edition Sealed Decks.

2.00 pm: Local Heroes against the Best of the Rest begins. Second Sealed Deck and another eight single games.

7.00 pm: Doors close

Sunday, September 25:

8.00 am: Doors open
9.00 am: Release events begin (Sealed Deck with five boosters Russian Ninth Edition) These will be four rounds and held throughout the day.

10.00 am: Local Heroes against the Best of the Rest Top 8 begins. Rotisserie draft (for more on Rotisserie draft click here) with a Russian foil set of Ninth Edition.

12.00 pm: Local Heroes against the Best of the Rest Quarterfinals

2.00 pm: Local Heroes against the Best of the Rest Semifinals

4.00 pm: Local Heroes against the Best of the Rest Finals

7.00 pm: Doors close

Tournament Location

Novi Manesj
Georgievskiy Pereulok, 3/3, str.3
(Behind the House of Unions)
103009 Moscow

Participation Fee

  • Sealed deck release event: 500 Ruble
  • Draft: 300 Ruble


  • Mark Tedin
  • John Avon
  • Donato Giancola

For more information contact
Tel: +32 70/233.277


Player Profiles

Local Heroes

Andrii Alieksieiev (Ukraine)
Andrii Alieksieiev made his debut on the Pro Tour in Amsterdam in 2004. He finished one point short of Top 8 in a respectable 11th place.

Rustam Bakirov (Russia)
The winner of Grand Prix-Leipzig earlier this year also made into the Top 8 of Grand Prix-Moscow back in 2001. He also made it to the Top 4 of Russian Nationals twice.

Artem Dushkevich (Russia)
The 2004 Russian champion has a very high Constructed rating, his Limited skills are probably better then his rating reflects otherwise he wouldn’t have clinched the title last year.

Kirill Efimov (Belarus)
Kirill Efimov is the best player in the Belarus without a doubt. He has 10 years of experience and has placed high in many high-profile events in Russia and the Ukraine.

Alexander Gerasimenko (Ukraine)
This youngster from Odessa made it to the Top 8 of his nationals twice already. The first time, in 2003, he had only been playing for about two years.

Egor Guskov (Ukraine)
Egor Guskov has been playing for four years and already played in three nationals. He is the third-rated player in the Ukraine and is no stranger to international events.

Albert Khamzin (Russia)
Albert Khamzin was the Russian champion back in 2003. He hasn’t played in some time, but will come into this tournament ready for action.

Yuri Kolomeyko (Ukraine)
Yuri is the first player from this part of the world to make an impact on the international scene with his Top 8 at Pro Tour-Barcelona in 2001. He also reached the Top 8 of Grand Prix- Heidelberg.

Artem Kozachuk (Ukraine)
Artem Kozachuck has been the Ukranian champion twice and has an additional two Nationals Top 8s. He also placed in the top 32 of Pro Tour-Nice back in 2002.

Sergey Kuznetsov (Ukraine)
Sergey Kuznetsov is the Ukrainian champion of 2004. Hopefully this tournament will go roughly the same for him as last year’s nationals.

Matvey Linov (Russia)
Hailing from St. Petersburg, Matvey is primarily known for his presence on Magic Online. This doesn’t mean he can’t play in the real world because he has one nationals Top 8 to his name.

Sergey Markov (Russia)
Playing Constructed is more Sergey Markov’s game, having played many more Constructed events than Limited. He won the Russian open championship back in 2003.

Sergey Paigusov (Russia)
Sergey Paigusov plays a lot in the local scene, his most memorable win was the Apocalypse prerelease, which was one of the biggest events he has played in.

Ruslan Shatskih (Russia)
Ruslan Shatskih was a member of the Russian national team, which played in the World Championship last year in San Francisco.

Karyagin Svyatoslav (Ukraine)
This all-around player from Vinnitsa in the Ukraine hasn’t had many big tournament finishes yet. Hopefully this tournament will be his chance for glory.

Denis Tagunov (Russia)
Playing, playing and playing some more, that’s what it’s all about – at least if you are Denis Tagunov. He and his friends played for 24 hours straight back in 1998…now that’s dedication.

Best of the Rest

Kai Budde (Germany)
Kai is the man to beat. His dominance of the game between 2000 and 2003, being Player of the Year three consecutive times, is unsurpassed. He has a record number of seven Pro Tour wins and another seven Grand Prix wins. He also won the Magic Invitational in 2002 and is the leader in both lifetime Pro Points and lifetime earnings. He is without a doubt the player with the best resume in the world.

Kamiel Cornelissen (Netherlands)
When Kamiel beat Jon Finkel in the Top 8 of Pro Tour-Chicago 2000 and lost to Kai in the final, he wasn’t big news. When he again made Top 8 at the next stop in LA (2001) beat Finkel again and lost in the finals to Mike Pustilnik, a new star was born. People were expecting him to take over from Finkel as the best player in the game. That didn’t quite happen, and he needed to wait three years before he finally won a Pro Tour (Seattle 2004). He brought a lot of game to the table in the years in between and won one of the larger Grand Prix, in Heidelberg in 2002.

Bernardo Da Costa Cabral (Belgium)
Not a big name yet, but many people know his name on the tour. Bernardo has two Pro Tour top 32 finishes this year in Columbus and Nagoya, and finished in the Top 8 at Grand Prix-Leipzig. He lost the finals of the 1355-player Grand Prix-Madrid in 2004 to none other than Kai Budde, with whom he formed a team for Pro Tour-Atlanta this year with Mattias Jorstedt.

Sam Gomersall (England)
Sam has been a solid player for a while, he just hasn’t cracked the Top 8 at a Pro Tour yet. He has two Grand Prix Top 8s and his draft skills are known and feared among the Pros – and he got to play the 2005 Magic Invitational based on that respect when the players voted him to go.

Mattias Jorstedt (Sweden)
This quiet Swede is one of many top players Scandinavia has produced over the years. His 2002-03 season was definitely his best and included a Top 8 in Venice and the much-coveted win in Yokohama.

Anton Jonsson (Sweden)
Anton is no stranger to Sundays on the Pro Tour – he is one of the few people who have made it there five times. He doesn’t have a win yet, but has shown he is able to be the last man standing at Grand Prix-Sevilla in 2003.

Osyp Lebedowicz (USA)
Joe Black is famous for his tournament reports…which might sometimes not relate the events exactly how they happened, but they are a great read no matter what. His win at Pro Tour-Venice was surely a fact, and his win at Grand Prix-Orlando wasn’t fiction either.

Raphael Levy (France)
Raphael is one of those players who has been competing for a long time. Calling him an old timer is a bit weird though because he is only 24. He has been a consistent factor on the Pro Tour for years, including a victory at Grand Prix-Lyon back in 1998.

Gabriel Nassif (France)
Gabriel burst onto the scene at the beginning of the 2001-02 season, facing of against Kai Budde in the finals of Grand Prix-London and again a week later at Pro Tour-New York (team). He lost both confrontations and would put up many solid results in the following years. His high finishes in the ’03-’04 season earned him the title Pro Player of the Year. But it wasn’t until the team Pro Tour in Atlanta that he finally got his first, and well-deserved, Pro Tour win.

Julien Nuijten (Netherlands)
At 16 years of age he is the youngest competitor in this field, but that doesn’t mean he is easily beaten. After all, he is the reigning World Champion. The youngster from Amsterdam didn’t like it when he made a money finish with team “Die Gedankenversklavers” at the Grand Prix in Bochum. The pro points that he got there meant he lost his amateur status and wouldn’t be able to compete in the JSS anymore. Who would have known that those points would help him become Rookie of the Year in the 2004 season?

Masashi Oiso (Japan)
Masashi Oiso won the Rookie of the Year award in 2003 after a solid season. Since then he joined the elite “five Pro Tour Top 8” club although he hasn’t won one yet. He also has made six Grand Prix Top 8s (three this year), five in Asia but his one win was in Boston.

Jeroen Remie (Netherlands)
This colorful Dutchman got his big win last year at Pro Tour-Seattle with Kamiel Cornelissen and Jelger Wiegersma. The 2004 Dutch champion can be found a lot at the other side of the pond, even sporting a Captain America jersey at this year’s Grand Prix-Detroit – where he made Top 8.

Carlos Romao (Brazil)
His first win was at Grand Prix-Rio de Janeiro in 2001. But that wasn’t what made him famous– it was his win at the 2002 World Championships in Sydney that put South America on the Magic map and got his name engraved on the Worlds Trophy. He won another Grand Prix in Amsterdam in 2003 with his teammates Wilfried Ranque and Jose Barbero.

Antoine Ruel (France)
Olivier’s older brother is less extravagant, but then again, who isn’t? He quietly slings his spells and not without merit. Two Pro Tour Top 8s and 12 Grand Prix Top 8s (just like his brother). But his win in Grand Prix-Porto over his brother in the finals must have been very satisfying.

Olivier Ruel (France)
Road warrior, clown, whatever you want to call him, he is a character and can play with the best of them. He’s well known for his love of penguins and for flying across the world to attend every possible professional event. He has four Pro Tour Top 8s and has won three Grand Prix. With the new Pro Player Club, his efforts are being well rewarded.

Geoffrey Siron (Belgium)
The winner of the most recent Pro Tour (London, July 2005) from Belgium, Siron had already made the Top 8 of Pro Tour-Columbus earlier this season. It has been a good 12 months for Geoffrey, which started of with his 23rd-place finish at Worlds in San Francisco last year. That finish helped the Belgium team go far in the Team Competition, eventually losing to Germany in the championship round.

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