Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame

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The Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame consists of an online museum and the Pro Tour Hall of Fame Exhibit, which makes appearances at events such as Magic 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). Should the player is also a Platinum-level pro, both appearance fee rewards applies.

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

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

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