Hall of Fame

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The Hall of Fame consists of an online museum and the Pro Tour Hall of Fame Exhibit, which makes appearances at events such as World Championships and the first Pro Tour of the season. The Hall honors Magic: The Gathering's "significant and influential competitors". The Hall opened in 2005.[1][2]

Eligibility[edit | edit source]

To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a player must have at least 150 lifetime Pro Points (prior to 2014, only 100 Pro Points were needed), must have participated in their first Pro Tour event (including Worlds prior to 2011) at least 10 seasons before the current voting year, and must not be currently suspended by the DCI. Starting in 2017, an added rule prescribes that a player must have at least two Pro Tour final-day finishes.[3]

Removal from ballot[edit | edit source]

Players who have been eligible for the Hall of Fame, but received less than 10% of the votes in three years, are removed from the ballot. Prior to 2018, this was restricted to three consecutive years.[3] Players who have been removed from the ballot can be reinstated by earning four or more Pro Points within one calendar year.

Selection process[edit | edit source]

Each year, eligible players are selected for the Hall of Fame through voting by a Selection Committee consisting primarily of certain Wizards of the Coast employees, reporters and commentators of the Pro Tour, high-level judges, previously inducted Hall of Famers, and professional players with at least 150 Pro Points.

For the first three years, the top five players on the ballot with the most votes were elected. This was changed in 2008; only players who received at least 40% of the votes would be inducted – or, if no one on the ballot reached 40%, the top vote getter. In theory, this means that as few as one player could get inducted, but also that the number of inductees could be in excess of five. In 2017, the threshold was raised to 60%.[3]

Each year, at the first Pro Tour of the new season, an induction ceremony is held to award Hall of Fame rings to that year's Hall of Fame elects, officially enshrining them into the Hall. Prior to 2012, this ceremony was at the Magic World Championships.

Benefits[edit | edit source]

Being elected to the Hall of Fame has several benefits in addition to the recognition:

  • Three byes at all individual format Grand Prix events
  • Invitation to all Pro Tours and Nationals
  • One bye at Nationals
  • Complimentary sleep-in special at all Grand Prix events (where available)
  • 35 QPs given each month in Magic Online Championship Series
  • A $1500 appearance fee for participating in the Pro Tour where the Hall of Fame introduction ceremony is held (i.e. the first Pro Tour of the season). If the player is also a Platinum-level pro, both appearance fee rewards apply.

The Hall of Fame appearance fee is in addition to what, if anything, they receive for their Pro Players Club level. For byes and Magic Online QPs, however, only the higher reward applies.

Inductees[edit | edit source]

Class of 2005 Votes
{USA} Jon Finkel
{USA} Darwin Kastle
{USA} Alan Comer
{FIN} Tommi Hovi
{SWE} Olle Råde
97.1%
62.3%
52.2%
46.4%
34.8%
Class of 2006 Votes
{USA} Bob Maher, Jr.
{USA} Dave Humpherys
{FRA} Raphaël Lévy
{CAN} Gary Wise
{USA} Rob Dougherty
60.0%
56.8%
42.6%
39.0%
38.2%
Class of 2007 Votes
{DEU} Kai Budde
{USA} Zvi Mowshowitz
{JPN} Tsuyoshi Fujita
{NOR} Nicolai Herzog
{USA} Randy Buehler
90.4%
62.3%
49.7%
41.5%
35.6%
Class of 2008 Votes
{DEU} Dirk Baberowski
{USA} Mike Turian
{NLD} Jelger Wiegersma
{FRA} Olivier Ruel
{USA} Ben Rubin
52.4%
50.1%
48.2%
46.0%
45.6%
Class of 2009 Votes
{FRA} Antoine Ruel
{NLD} Kamiel Cornelissen
{NLD} Frank Karsten
 
 
63.4%
62.5%
44.8%
 
 
Class of 2010I Votes
{FRA} Gabriel Nassif
{USA} Brian Kibler
{NLD} Bram Snepvangers
 
 
89.3%
49.4%
40.0%II
 
 
Class of 2011 Votes
{JPN} Shuhei Nakamura
{SWE} Anton Jonsson
{USA} Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz
 
 
89.3%
69.8%
50.6%
 
 
Class of 2012 Votes
{BRA} Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
{JPN} Kenji Tsumura
{JPN} Masashi Oiso
{USA} Patrick Chapin
 
85.7%
81.8%
76.2%
44.9%
 
Class of 2013 Votes
{USA} Luis Scott-Vargas
{USA} William Jensen
{USA} Ben Stark
 
 
95.6%
60.0%
59.0%
 
 
Class of 2014 Votes
{JPN} Makihito Mihara
{USA} Paul Rietzl
{FRA} Guillaume Wafo-Tapa
 
 
86.8%
72.6%
60.9%
 
 
Class of 2015 Votes
{USA} Eric Froehlich
{JPN} Shota Yasooka
{BRA} Willy Edel
 
 
66.4%
62.5%
47.6%
 
 
Class of 2016 Votes
{JPN} Yuuya Watanabe
{USA} Owen Turtenwald
 
 
 
90.3%
70.9%
 
 
 
Class of 2017 Votes
{USA} Josh Utter-Leyton
{CZE} Martin Jůza
 
 
 
86.3%
66.4%
 
 
 
Class of 2018 Votes
{USA} Seth Manfield
{HKG} Lee Shi Tian
 
 
 
65.2%
64.2%
 
 
 


Controversy[edit | edit source]

Although Mike Long was eligible since the first year of the Hall of Fame (2005), he was not inducted. Though he has the necessary statistical credentials and garnered some votes (21.7% in 2005 at the most), he was not voted in. Mark Rosewater is among those who have voted and argued for his induction.[4] However, his alleged cheating and his shady reputation repeatedly prevented his induction. He fell off the ballot following the 2012 voting, when he received 5.2% of the votes.

Notes[edit | edit source]

^I In 2010, Tomoharu Saito was voted into the Hall of Fame, receiving 47.7% of the votes. However, at Grand Prix Florence, two weeks before the induction ceremony, Saito was disqualified and subsequently suspended from the game for 18 months. The Hall of Fame rules state that suspended players cannot be voted for, but Saito had already been voted in. However, Wizards of the Coast announced that due to the suspension, Saito would not be a part of the 2010 Hall of Fame. Saito was eligible for Hall of Fame again in 2012, and has received 11.2%, 18.3%, 14.7%, and 13.9% of the votes from 2012 to 2015, respectively.
^II In the originally announced voting results for 2010, Bram Snepvangers barely missed getting voted into the Hall of Fame, receiving 39.95% of the votes. Following the announcement, however, it was discovered an error in the calculations, and that Snepvanger's correct result was 40.03%, barely enough to be inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Gabriel Nassif and Brian Kibler.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Chris Galvin. (June 06, 2005.) “The Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (June 20, 2005.) “Decking the Hall”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. a b c Mike Rosenberg. (June 8, 2017.) “Pro Tour Hall of Fame Updates”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (February 11, 2003.) “It’s a Long Story”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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