Rob Castellon continued his undefeated run in the second draft, standing atop the field with an 11–0 record after winning pod 1. The featured player for the second draft was Hall of FamerBob Maher, Jr., who was sitting on 6–1–1. His four-color deck did not yield much success; he ended up going 0–3 in the draft, and ultimately missed out on a money finish in the event. Famous players who did find success included Craig Wescoe, Gabriel Nassif, Patrick Chapin, and Player of the Year hopeful Josh Utter-Leyton. Nassif came close to his tenth Pro Tour top eight, but faced against Makihito Mihara in round 14, he made a mistake by not keeping mana up for Plasm Capture, and failed to advance; instead, it would be Mihara who would make it to his fourth Sunday appearance after defeating Brian Kibler in the next round. Josh Utter-Leyton would clinch the Player of the Year title by making the top eight of the tournament, and faced by a win-and-in situation against David Sharfman in round 15, he did not fail. Another player making a return to the Sunday stage was Matej Zatlkaj, who finished second at PT Berlin 2008, but had not played on the Pro Tour for a couple of years; he got the win in the penultimate round against Rob Castellon to make it in. Finally, three players couldn't make it to the final eight, but had significant matches in the last round nonetheless: Luis Scott-Vargas, Ari Lax, and Reid Duke. Scott-Vargas and Lax faced each other in a match for top 16 where the winner would hit Platinum in the Pro Players Club; meanwhile, Duke played Denniz Rachid in a match where he would qualify for the 2013 World Championship with a win, and fail to make Platinum with a loss. In the end, Scott-Vargas and Duke won their matches, finishing 11th and 9th, respectively.