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Player of the Year

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Player of the Year is an award given at the end of a Pro Tour season to the Magic player with the highest number of Pro Points in that season.

It is possible to win this award without winning any Pro Tour or Grand Prix events if the player finishes high enough in enough events.

Player of the Year Winners[edit | edit source]

Past Player of the Year Winners
Year Winner
1996 Sweden.png Olle Råde
1996–97 Canada.png Paul McCabe
1997–98 United States.png Jon Finkel
1998–99 Germany.png Kai Budde
1999–00 United States.png Bob Maher, Jr.
2000–01 Germany.png Kai Budde
2001–02 Germany.png Kai Budde
2002–03 Germany.png Kai Budde
2003–04 France.png Gabriel Nassif
2005 Japan.png Kenji Tsumura
2006 Japan.png Shota Yasooka
2007 Japan.png Tomoharu Saito
2008 Japan.png Shuhei Nakamura
2009 Japan.png Yuuya Watanabe
2010 United States.png Brad Nelson
2011 United States.png Owen Turtenwald
2012 Japan.png Yuuya Watanabe*
2012–13 United States.png Josh Utter-Leyton
2013–14 France.png Jérémy Dezani
2014–15 United States.png Mike Sigrist
2015–16 United States.png Owen Turtenwald
2016–17 Brazil.png Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
* Watanabe won the Magic Players Championship

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Kai Budde is the player who has won the most Player of the Year titles, with four.
  • Kai Budde and Yuuya Watanabe are also the only players to have won Worlds/Players Championship and Player of the Year in the same year.
    • Watanabe's record is a bit different from that of Budde's. The 2012 season was the only year during which the Player of the Year was not decided by Pro Points; instead, the winner of the 2012 Players Championship was considered the Player of the Year. However, Yuuya was also the one with the most Pro Points for the 2011–12 season,[1] so he would have been the 2012 Player of the Year even with the old system.
  • No player has won Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year in the same year.
    • Randy Buehler was the closest to achieving this feat when he finished second in the 1997–98 Player of the Year race.[2]
  • In 2010, Brad Nelson and Guillaume Matignon tied in the Player of the Year race, forcing a playoff at the next Pro Tour, where Brad Nelson won.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 2011-2012 PLAYER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-09-24.
  2. 1997-1998 PLAYER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-09-24.
  3. Bennett, Josh (2011-02-12). Player of the Year Match: The Full Nelson. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-09-24.