Dirk van Duijvenbode had relinquished his place on the Pro Tour circuit this time last year, yet now he makes his Alexandra Palace return as a major finalist.
Krzysztof Ratajski, Gabriel Clemens and Mervyn King are among the dark horses in the World Championship who will be buoyed by Peter Wright's exit.
Gary Anderson stayed on course for his third World Championship title after coming through a tungsten tear-up with Mensur Suljovic at Alexandra Palace on Monday night.
Gary Anderson discusses a frustrating two years, as he aims to get back to his very best form.
Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price have their sights set on the World Darts Championship title, but the world No 1 spot is up for grabs too.