Despite taking place barely halfway through the 2012 calendar year, Pro Tour Avacyn Restored was the last event of the 2012 season. This was due to the season being a transitional period as pro seasons went from following the calendar year to starting halfway through one year and ending halfway during the next. As such, the 2012 season used the latter half of the 2011 season as well when it came to determining Pro Players Club levels, 2012 Players Championship and 2012 World Magic Cup invites, as well as the Rookie of the Year title, which was claimed by the winner of the event, Alexander Hayne. The Player of the Year title was in 2012 decided by the Players Championship, but the player who had the most Pro Points by the end of the 2012 season (Yuuya Watanabe) also won the event, meaning that the title would have gone to the same player regardless.
Pro Tour Avacyn Restored was also the first Pro Tour where a record of 4–4 was sufficient for advancement to the second day of competition. Previously, players needed 15 points (5–3) or better after the first eight rounds in order to stave off elimination.
The second day of competition started with another Avacyn RestoredBooster draft. Overnight leader Tomek Pedrakowski could not keep his position, going 1–2 in the draft and fell to 4th-place overall heading into the final Block Constructed portion of the event. In the lead was instead American-Lithuanian Gaudenis Vidugiris, who won pod 1 to advance to 10–1. Also winning was Jon Finkel, already with a Pro Tour top eight to his name in 2012; he won his draft pod to be 9–2. In a similar position was Sweden's Denniz Rachid. An unknown quantity coming into Pro Tour Dark Ascension, Rachid started PT Avacyn Restored 9–2 and in prime position to make a second top eight in as many events. As the last rounds came to a close, Vidugiris and Finkel were the first players to clinch a top eight berth, both playing SCGBlack's Blue-Green Geist deck. In the penultimate round, Pro Tour debutant Joshua Cho took out Vincent Lemoine to advance, Alexander Hayne beat Henry Romero, and Ken Yukuhiro defeated Bryan Hawley. Denniz Rachid secured his slot by dispatching Naoki Shimizu, but Shimizu would have another shot in the next round. Stanislav Cifka and Thomas Holzinger took a risky intentional draw; both were required to win their next match in order to reach the elimination rounds. Holzinger got paired down against Paul Rietzl in the last round, and due to Rietzl's excellent tiebreakers, it turned out to be a pretty clear win-and-in. Holzinger won the on-camera feature match 2–1 and moved on to Sunday play. Cifka was not so fortunate, and had to accept defeat in the face of Naoki Shimizu, who advanced to his second Pro Tour top eight, edging out Phil Summers and Tzu Ching Kuo on tiebreakers.
The best Block Constructed record belonged to Shōta Yasooka, who managed a 9–0–1 run with his Human Reanimator deck. However, a poor Booster draft record meant he finished outside the top eight, in 14th-place.
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