Shahar Shenhar is an Israeli-American professional player and former world champion. He is the only player to have won the World Championship more than once, winning the tournament in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014. Shenhar also has three Grand Prix wins, and is often regarded as one of the best players without a Pro Tour top eight.
Professional play[edit | edit source]
Introduced to Magic: The Gathering in 2007 at age 14, Shenhar quickly picked up the game at a competitive level, and played his first Pro Tour in 2011, Pro Tour Paris. A 38th place finish qualified him for the next Pro Tour, and later that season, in San Diego, he reached the top eight of a Grand Prix event for the first time. He ended up winning the event, beating Richard Bland in the final. Less than six months later, at Grand Prix Salt Lake City, Shenhar won his second Grand Prix title. Thanks to his performances, he reached Platinum status in the Pro Players Club at the end of the 2011–12 season.
In the 2012–13 season, Shahar posted his best Pro Tour finish to date, a 22nd place finish at Pro Tour Gatecrash in Montreal. He made an additional two Grand Prix top eights, at Colombus and Verona, and was at the end of the season rewarded with an invitation to the 2013 World Championship, as well as the 2013 World Magic Cup as the captain of the Israeli national team. Despite being the youngest participant in the event, Shenhar made it all the way to the top four, where he defeated Ben Stark in the quarterfinal before facing Reid Duke in the final. Considered a heavy favorite, Duke took a 2–0 lead in the best-of-five match, but Shenhar came all the way back to win the match 3–2. As such, Shenhar was crowned the 2013 World Champion. At the World Magic Cup, Shenhar finished 16th with the Israeli team, losing to eventual champions France in the last round to miss the top eight.
Though Shenhar's performances at the Pro Tour during the 2013–14 season were unspectacular, with his best finish being 74th place at Pro Tour Journey into Nyx in Atlanta, he did win his third Grand Prix event, Grand Prix Houston, and qualified for the 2014 World Championship as the reigning champion, and the 2014 World Magic Cup as the Israeli captain. Finishing 4th after the swiss rounds, beating Shaun McLaren on tiebreakers, Shenhar advanced to the top four, where he faced the winner of the 2012 event, Yuuya Watanabe. A 3–1 winner, Shenhar then faced Hall of Famer Patrick Chapin in the final. Shenhar ended up defeating Chapin 3–0 to claim his second World Championship title. This made Shenhar both the first repeat winner and the first to win it in consecutive years. At the World Magic Cup, Israel again came close to a top eight finish, but lost to South Korea in the final round to finish 10th.
Shenhar posted stellar results at the 2014–15 Pro Tours, finishing 22nd, 51st, 96th and 47th in consecutive events. However, a Pro Tour top eight still eluded him. Alongside teammates Tom Martell and Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Shenhar finished second at Grand Prix Nashville, and he also put up a fifth-place finish at Grand Prix Ottawa. As the World Champion, he was automatically granted Platinum status at the end of the season, but he would have had enough points even if this wasn't the case. Shahar was one of only four players to have reached Platinum status every season since the 2012 Professional Play changes, the others being Josh Utter-Leyton, Owen Turtenwald and Yuuya Watanabe; however, following a disappointing 2015–16 season, he was relegated to Gold status in the Pro Players Club. Following 2016–17, he was further relegated to Silver level.
Accomplishments[edit | edit source]
|2011||Grand Prix||San Diego||Limited||12–13 November 2011||1|
|2012||Grand Prix||Salt Lake City||Standard||31 March–1 April 2012||1|
|2012–13||Grand Prix||Columbus||Modern||21–22 July 2012||5|
|2012–13||Grand Prix||Verona||Standard||9–10 March 2013||7|
|2013–14||Grand Prix||Houston||Limited||15–16 June 2013||1|
|2013–14||Worlds||Amsterdam||Special||31 July–4 August 2013||1|
|2014–15||Grand Prix||Nashville||Team Limited||1–2 November 2014||2|
|2014–15||Grand Prix||Ottawa||Limited||22–23 November 2014||5|
|2014–15||Worlds||Nice||Special||2–7 December 2014||1|
|2015–16||Grand Prix||Detroit||Team Limited||15–16 August 2015||4|
|2016–17||Grand Prix||Rotterdam||Team Limited||12–13 November 2016||4|
Pro Tour Results[edit | edit source]
|List of the Pro Tour results and winnings of Shahar Shenhar|
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- Top 200 All-Time Money Leaders
- Lifetime Pro Tour Top 8s
- Lifetime Grand Prix Top 8s
- List of players by lifetime Pro Points (requires Planeswalker Points login)
References[edit | edit source]
- Player Profile: Shahar Shenhar. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
- Rosenberg, Mike (2015-08-03). SHAHAR SHENHAR'S ORIGIN STORY. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
- 2011-2012 PLAYER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
- Revamped Premier Play Coming in 2012. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
- Pro Tour Gatecrash Final Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2013-02-13). Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
- Bennett, Josh (2013-08-04). Finals: Comeback of the Ages. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
- World Magic Cup 2013 Final Standings. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
- Pro Tour Journey into Nyx Final Standings. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
- FINAL STANDINGS. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
- PLAYER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS: 2014-15. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.