Brad Nelson

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Brad Nelson
Nickname FFfreaK
Born May 21, 1986
Residence Roanoke, Virginia, United States
Nationality United States.png American
Pro Tour debut Pro Tour Honolulu 2009
Winnings $186,480 (as of 2017-06-27)
Pro Tour top 8s 3 (0 wins)
Grand Prix top 8s 15 (3 wins)
Median Pro Tour Finish 64
Pro Tours Played 32
Lifetime Pro Points 387 (as of 2017-07-31)

Brad Nelson is an American professional player. In 2010, he finished in the top eight of two Pro Tours, San Juan and Amsterdam, and became the 2010 Player of the Year after defeating Guillaume Matignon in the first-ever Player of the Year playoff match. This made him the first American player to win the Player of the Year title since Bob Maher won it in 2000. During the following years, Nelson experienced varying degrees of success; in 2011, he failed to make it to the top eight of any premier event, and Nelson briefly fell off the Gravy train the following year. He bounced back starting in 2013–14, however, and has since been among the more successful Pro Tour players, qualifying for the World Championship in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and posting his third Pro Tour top eight at PT Shadows over Innistrad. In particular, Nelson has gained a reputation as a Standard specialist, both for his technical play and for his ability to react to subtle changes in the metagame; during coverage of Grand Prix Denver 2017, Ben Stark suggested that he is the best Standard player in the history of the game.

Nelson's brother, Corey Baumeister, is also a successful player at the professional stage.

Accomplishments[edit | edit source]

Season Event type Location Format Date Rank
2009 Nationals Kansas City Standard and Booster Draft 22–24 July 2009 4
2009 Grand Prix Minneapolis Limited 14–14 November 2009 4
2010 Grand Prix Washington, D.C. Standard 22–23 May 2010 1
2010 Pro Tour San Juan Block Constructed and Booster Draft 28–30 May 2010 6
2010 Grand Prix Colombus Legacy 31 July–1 August 2010 8
2010 Nationals Minneapolis Standard and Booster Draft 19–22 August 2010 8
2010 Pro Tour Amsterdam Extended and Booster Draft 3–5 September 2010 2
2010 Grand Prix Toronto Limited 23–24 October 2010 2
2010 Magic Online Championship Chiba Special 9–12 December 2010 4
2012–13 Grand Prix Minneapolis Standard 19–20 May 2012 2
2012–13 Grand Prix Atlantic City Standard 12–13 January 2013 3
2013–14 Grand Prix Miami Standard 29–30 June 2013 3
2013–14 Grand Prix Louisville Standard 19–20 October 2013 6
2013–14 Grand Prix Cincinnati Standard 22–23 March 2014 2
2014–15 Grand Prix Los Angeles Standard 18–19 October 2014 6
2014–15 Grand Prix Memphis Standard 21–22 February 2015 3
2014–15 Grand Prix Toronto Standard 2–3 May 2015 4
2015–16 Pro Tour Madrid Standard and Booster Draft 12–24 April 2016 6
2016–17 Grand Prix Omaha Standard 3–4 June 2017 1
2017–18 Grand Prix Minneapolis Standard 5–6 August 2017 6
2017–18 Grand Prix Denver Standard 19–20 August 2017 1
2017–18 Pro Tour Team Series Boston Team Limited 8 October 2017 2

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Pro Tour Results[edit | edit source]

List of the Pro Tour results and winnings of Brad Nelson
Season Pro Tour Format Finish Winnings
2009 Honolulu Block Constructed and Booster Draft 9 $7,000
2009 Austin Extended and Booster Draft 413
2009 Worlds (Rome) Special 33 $1,300
2010 San Diego Standard and Booster Draft 197
2010 San Juan Block Constructed and Booster Draft 6 $10,500
2010 Amsterdam Extended and Booster Draft 2 $20,000
2010 Worlds (Chiba) Special 135
2011 Paris Standard and Booster Draft 95
2011 Nagoya Block Constructed and Booster Draft 303
2011 Philadelphia Modern and Booster Draft 57 $580
2011 Worlds (San Francisco) Special 180
2012 Dark Ascension in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 407
2012 Avacyn Restored in Barcelona Block Constructed and Booster Draft 20 $2,000
2012–13 Return to Ravnica in Seattle Modern and Booster Draft 118
2012–13 Dragon's Maze in San Diego Block Constructed and Booster Draft 93
2013–14 Theros in Dublin Standard and Booster Draft 30 $1,500
2013–14 Born of the Gods in Valencia Modern and Booster Draft 355
2013–14 Journey into Nyx in Atlanta Block Constructed and Booster Draft 37 $1,500
2013–14 Magic 2015 in Portland Standard and Booster Draft 37 $1,500
2014–15 Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 30 $1,500
2014–15 Fate Reforged in Washington, D.C. Modern and Booster Draft 221
2014–15 Dragons of Tarkir in Brussels Standard and Booster Draft 14 $5,000
2014–15 Magic Origins in Vancouver Standard and Booster Draft 28 $1,500
2015–16 Battle for Zendikar in Milwaukee Standard and Booster Draft 161
2015–16 Oath of the Gatewatch in Atlanta Modern and Booster Draft 113
2015–16 Shadows over Innistrad in Madrid Standard and Booster Draft 6 $10,000
2015–16 Eldritch Moon in Sydney Standard and Booster Draft 19 $2,500
2016–17 Kaladesh in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 430
2016–17 Aether Revolt in Dublin Standard and Booster Draft 13 $5,000
2016–17 Amonkhet in Nashville Standard and Booster Draft 22 $3,000
2016–17 Hour of Devastation in Kyoto Standard and Booster Draft 71
2017–18 Ixalan in Albuquerque Standard and Booster Draft 152

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