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|Residence||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Pro Tour debut||Pro Tour Paris 2011|
|Winnings||$235,350 (as of 2018-08-06)|
|Pro Tour top 8s||0|
|Grand Prix top 8s||12 (4 wins)|
|Median Pro Tour Finish||128|
|Pro Tours Played||29|
|Lifetime Pro Points||338 (as of 2018-08-14)|
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 four 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.
In the 2017–18 season, after a few years of mediocre results, Shenhar returned to past form with a 14th-place finish at Pro Tour Ixalan, his best PT finish to date. He also posted three Grand Prix top eight finishes, including a win (his fourth) at GP Portland 2017, and at the final PT of the season, Pro Tour 25th Anniversary, Shenhar placed 9th alongside teammates Jacob Wilson and Mattia Rizzi. His performance during the season earned him a seat at the 2018 World Championship, where, after a poor 0–3 start to the event, he came back to finish in the top 4, losing to eventual champion Javier Dominguez in the semifinals. In December 2018, it was announced that Shenhar would be one of the 32 players joining the upcoming 2019 Magic Pro League.
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|
|2017–18||Grand Prix||Portland||Standard||18–19 November 2017||1|
|2017–18||Grand Prix||Indianapolis||Team Limited||20–21 January 2018||4|
|2017–18||Grand Prix||Washington, D.C.||Team Limited||26–27 May 2018||3|
|2018–19||Worlds||Las Vegas||Standard and Booster Draft||21–23 September 2018||4|
|2018–19||World Magic Cup||Barcelona||National team||14–16 December 2018||2|
→ Source: Wizards.com
Pro Tour Results[edit | edit source]
|2011||Paris||Standard and Booster Draft||38||$1,050|
|2011||Nagoya||Block Constructed and Booster Draft||231|
|2011||Worlds (San Francisco)||Special||143|
|2012||Dark Ascension in Honolulu||Standard and Booster Draft||334|
|2012||Avacyn Restored in Barcelona||Block Constructed and Booster Draft||23||$2,000|
|2012–13||Return to Ravnica in Seattle||Modern and Booster Draft||63||$1,000|
|2012–13||Gatecrash in Montreal||Standard and Booster Draft||22||$2,500|
|2012–13||Dragon's Maze in San Diego||Block Constructed and Booster Draft||219|
|2013–14||Theros in Dublin||Standard and Booster Draft||132|
|2013–14||Born of the Gods in Valencia||Modern and Booster Draft||128|
|2013–14||Journey into Nyx in Atlanta||Block Constructed and Booster Draft||74||$1,000|
|2013–14||Magic 2015 in Portland||Standard and Booster Draft||185|
|2014–15||Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu||Standard and Booster Draft||22||$2,500|
|2014–15||Fate Reforged in Washington, D.C.||Modern and Booster Draft||51||$1,000|
|2014–15||Dragons of Tarkir in Brussels||Standard and Booster Draft||96|
|2014–15||Magic Origins in Vancouver||Standard and Booster Draft||47||$1,500|
|2015–16||Battle for Zendikar in Milwaukee||Standard and Booster Draft||116|
|2015–16||Oath of the Gatewatch in Atlanta||Modern and Booster Draft||327|
|2015–16||Shadows over Innistrad in Madrid||Standard and Booster Draft||235|
|2015–16||Eldritch Moon in Sydney||Standard and Booster Draft||237|
|2016–17||Kaladesh in Honolulu||Standard and Booster Draft||449|
|2016–17||Aether Revolt in Dublin||Standard and Booster Draft||145|
|2016–17||Amonkhet in Nashville||Standard and Booster Draft||120|
|2016–17||Hour of Devastation in Kyoto||Standard and Booster Draft||319|
|2017–18||Ixalan in Albuquerque||Standard and Booster Draft||14||$5,000|
|2017–18||Rivals of Ixalan in Bilbao||Modern and Booster Draft||427|
|2017–18||Dominaria in Richmond||Standard and Booster Draft||131|
|2017–18||25th Anniversary in Minneapolis||Team Constructed||9||$5,000|
|2018–19||Guilds of Ravnica in Atlanta||Standard and Booster Draft||104|
|2018–19||Mythic Championship Cleveland 2019||Standard and Booster Draft||78||$750|
→ Source: Wizards.com
Nexus of Fate Twitch incident[edit | edit source]
On January 29, 2019, while streaming Magic Arena on his Twitch channel, Shenhar faced a player who, using Nexus of Fate, reached a board position where they could take any number of additional turns, but without any means to win the game. Since Arena did not include a chess clock the way Magic Online did, Shenhar's opponent could repeat this process indefinitely, evidently hoping that Shenhar would concede rather than sit through the endless loop. Shenhar instead made a point not to concede, instead turning the game into a test of endurance so as to prove the poor design of Nexus of Fate. The game lasted 107 minutes, during which the Twitch channel attracted a peak viewship of about 3000, until Magic Arena designer Chris Clay temporarily banned Shenhar's opponent, giving him the victory.
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- Lifetime Pro Tour Top 8s
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- List of players by lifetime Pro Points (requires Planeswalker Points login)
- Shahar Shenhar's Twitch channel
References[edit | edit source]
- Player Profile: Shahar Shenhar. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
- Mike Rosenberg (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.
- Josh Bennett (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.
- David McCoy (2019-01-30). "Shahar Shenhar Plays a 107 Minute Game Against Nexus of Fate on MTG Arena". Hipsters of the Coast. Retrieved on 2019-01-31.