Rookie of the Year

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Rookie 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 that also made their debut in Pro Tour, World Championship or World Magic Cup that season.

The prize currently for this award is a Gold membership in the Pro Players Club for the next year - in 2016, the winner also had a slot at Worlds, though this has since been retired. The competitiveness of the award varies each year; the winner may range from not having achieved Gold status to being in range of Platinum status. Thus, 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.

Rookie of the Year Winners[edit | edit source]

Past Rookie of the Year Winners
Year Winner
1997–98 {USA} Randy Buehler
1998–99 {DEU} Dirk Baberowski
1999–00 {USA} Brian Davis
2000–01 {JPN} Katsuhiro Mori
2001–02 {FRA} Farid Meraghni
2002–03 {JPN} Masashi Oiso
2003–04 {NLD} Julien Nuijten
2005 {FRA} Pierre Canali
2006 {DEU} Sebastian Thaler
2007 {JPN} Yuuya Watanabe
2008 {AUS} Aaron Nicastri
2009 {DEU} Lino Burgold
2010 {ITA} Andrea Giarola
2011 {USA} Matthias Hunt
2012 {CAN} Alexander Hayne
2012–13 {CHL} Felipe Tapia Becerra
2013–14 {USA} Raymond Perez, Jr.
2014–15 {USA} Justin Cohen
2015–16 {USA} Oliver Tiu
2016–17 {CAN} Ben Hull
2017–18 {USA} Samuel Ihlenfeldt

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.[1]
    • Only Yuuya Watanabe has won Player of the Year after becoming the Rookie of the Year.
  • Although Jared Boettcher finished with more Pro Points than Raymond Perez, Jr. in 2013–14 season, subsequent investigations by DCI confirmed that Boettcher was cheating in multiple events that involved Pro Points, which resulted in a suspension and the revoking of his Rookie of the Year title.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1997-1998 PLAYER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-09-24.
  2. Helene Bergeot. (October 30, 2014.) “2013-2014 Rookie of the Year Title Revoked”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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