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, Worlds 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 United States.png Randy Buehler
1998–99 Germany.png Dirk Baberowski
1999–00 United States.png Brian Davis
2000–01 Japan.png Katsuhiro Mori
2001–02 France.png Farid Meraghni
2002–03 Japan.png Masashi Oiso
2003–04 Netherlands.png Julien Nuijten
2005 France.png Pierre Canali
2006 Germany.png Sebastian Thaler
2007 Japan.png Yuuya Watanabe
2008 Australia.png Aaron Nicastri
2009 Germany.png Lino Burgold
2010 Italy.png Andrea Giarola
2011 United States.png Matthias Hunt
2012 Canada.png Alexander Hayne
2012–13 Chile.png Felipe Tapia Becerra
2013–14 United States.png Raymond Perez, Jr.
2014–15 United States.png Justin Cohen
2015–16 United States.png Oliver Tiu
2016–17 Canada.png Ben Hull

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”,, Wizards of the Coast.
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