|Born||May 7, 1982|
|Residence||Mountain View, California, United States|
|Pro Tour debut||Pro Tour Chicago 2000|
|Winnings||$162,175 (as of 2018-08-06)|
|Pro Tour top 8s||2 (1 win)|
|Grand Prix top 8s||9 (3 wins)|
|Median Pro Tour Finish||70|
|Pro Tours Played||31|
|Lifetime Pro Points||331 (as of 2018-08-14)|
|Pro Tour Champion|
Tom Martell is an American former professional player. He won Pro Tour Gatecrash in 2013. His other notable finishes include another Pro Tour top eight, at Pro Tour Paris 2011, as well as three Grand Prix wins.
Professional play[edit | edit source]
Martell qualified for a few Pro Tours in the early 2000s, but without putting up any major finishes; he disappeared from the professional scene, and quit playing Magic for some time. However, after finishing college and moving to New York City, Martell was invited to play at Jon Finkel's apartment, where many of the best players in the area came to play. Martell's first Pro Tour after returning to the game was Pro Tour San Juan 2010, which he qualified for via the Last Chance Qualifier. Martell finished 32nd in the event, qualifying himself for the next Pro Tour. A couple of months later, Martell got his first Grand Prix top eight by finishing second at Grand Prix Columbus, losing to Tomoharu Saito in the final. He joined Team ChannelFireball prior to Pro Tour Amsterdam. Martell ended the 2010 Pro Tour season on 25 points, earning him invitations to all the Pro Tours in 2011.
The 2011 Pro season started well for Martell, with him earning his first Pro Tour top eight at Pro Tour Paris. Like the rest of the ChannelFireball team members, he played 'Caw-Blade', losing to teammate Ben Stark in the quarterfinals. Martell failed to make the top eight of any more professional events in 2011, and finished the season on 29 points, one shy of level 6 in the Pro Players Club.
In the following seasons, Tom Martell established himself as one of the top professional players. He won his first Grand Prix at GP Indianapolis 2012, and in 2013, he went on to win Pro Tour Gatecrash. His win qualified him for the 2013 World Championship, where he finished 12th. In 2014, he won his second Grand Prix event, in Sacramento, earning much praise from the commentators for his play and his decisions during the top eight booster draft. He finished the season with enough points to qualify for the World Championship for the second year in a row, where he finished 16th.
The 2014–15 season was a disappointing one for Martell. He did finish in the top eight of two Grand Prix, at GP Nashville and GP Vancouver, but his Pro Tour finishes were unspectacular; his best result being a 57th place finish at Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir. As a result, he didn't finish the year with enough points to reach Platinum status in the Pro Players Club for another season, but he did get enough for Gold. In 2015–16, he won his third Grand Prix event when he beat Owen Turtenwald in the finals of GP Atlanta. He skipped Pro Tour Eldritch Moon, which was the first Pro Tour he did not attend since PT San Diego 2010, and ended the season with Gold status in the Pro Players Club for the second year in a row.
Accomplishments[edit | edit source]
|2010||Grand Prix||Colombus||Legacy||July 31–August 1, 2010||2|
|2011||Pro Tour||Paris||Standard and Booster Draft||February 11–13, 2011||7|
|2012||Grand Prix||Indianapolis||Legacy||March 10–11, 2012||1|
|2012||Grand Prix||Salt Lake City||Standard||March 31–April 1, 2012||3|
|2012–13||Grand Prix||Indianapolis||Limited||December 22–23, 2012||7|
|2012–13||Pro Tour||Montreal||Standard and Booster Draft||February 15–17, 2013||1|
|2013–14||Grand Prix||Sacramento||Limited||January 18–19, 2014||1|
|2014–15||Grand Prix||Nashville||Team Limited||November 1–2, 2014||2|
|2014–15||Grand Prix||Vancouver||Modern||February 21–22, 2015||5|
|2015–16||Grand Prix||Atlanta||Limited||November 14–15, 2015||1|
|2015–16||Grand Prix||Washington, D.C.||Team Limited||12–13 March 2016||2|
→ Source: Wizards.com
Pro Tour Results[edit | edit source]
|2010||San Juan||Block Constructed and Booster Draft||32||$1,350|
|2010||Amsterdam||Extended and Booster Draft||94|
|2011||Paris||Standard and Booster Draft||7||$10,000|
|2011||Nagoya||Block Constructed and Booster Draft||289|
|2011||Philadelphia||Modern and Booster Draft||16||$3,750|
|2011||Worlds (San Francisco)||Special||131|
|2012||Dark Ascension in Honolulu||Standard and Booster Draft||13||$3,500|
|2012||Avacyn Restored in Barcelona||Block Constructed and Booster Draft||213|
|2012–13||Return to Ravnica in Seattle||Modern and Booster Draft||20||$2,000|
|2012–13||Gatecrash in Montreal||Standard and Booster Draft||1||$40,000|
|2012–13||Dragon's Maze in San Diego||Block Constructed and Booster Draft||12||$5,000|
|2013–14||Theros in Dublin||Standard and Booster Draft||51||$1,000|
|2013–14||Born of the Gods in Valencia||Modern and Booster Draft||21||$2,500|
|2013–14||Journey into Nyx in Atlanta||Block Constructed and Booster Draft||14||$5,000|
|2013–14||Magic 2015 in Portland||Standard and Booster Draft||60||$1,000|
|2014–15||Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu||Standard and Booster Draft||210|
|2014–15||Fate Reforged in Washington, D.C.||Modern and Booster Draft||191|
|2014–15||Dragons of Tarkir in Brussels||Standard and Booster Draft||57||$1,000|
|2014–15||Magic Origins in Vancouver||Standard and Booster Draft||230|
|2015–16||Battle for Zendikar in Milwaukee||Standard and Booster Draft||363|
|2015–16||Oath of the Gatewatch in Atlanta||Modern and Booster Draft||70||$1,000|
|2015–16||Shadows over Innistrad in Madrid||Standard and Booster Draft||129|
|2016–17||Kaladesh in Honolulu||Standard and Booster Draft||115|
|2016–17||Aether Revolt in Dublin||Standard and Booster Draft||70|
|2016–17||Amonkhet in Nashville||Standard and Booster Draft||350|
|2016–17||Hour of Devastation in Kyoto||Standard and Booster Draft||60||$1,000|
|2017–18||Dominaria in Richmond||Standard and Booster Draft||421|
|2017–18||25th Anniversary in Minneapolis||Team Constructed||16||$5,000|
|2018–19||Mythic Championship Cleveland 2019||Standard and Booster Draft||260||$500|
→ Source: Wizards.com
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- 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]
- 2014 World Championship Competitors: Tom Martell. Wizards of the Coast (2014-10-28). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
- Secret Origins. Wizards of the Coast (2013-12-13). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
- Round 2: Monumental. Wizards of the Coast (2010-05-28). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
- Pro Tour–San Juan Final Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2010-05-28). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
- Saito's Legacy Continues!. Wizards of the Coast (2010-08-01). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
- 2010 Pro Tour Player of the Year Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2011-02-12). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
- Stark Flies High with Planeswalkers in Paris. Wizards of the Coast (2011-02-13). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
- 2011 Pro Tour Player of the Year Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2011-11-23). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
- Martell’s Victory Lingers in Indianapolis. Wizards of the Coast (2012-03-11). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
- Youth Served in a Flash. Wizards of the Coast (2013-08-04). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
- Martell Displays Mastery of Theros in Sacramento. Wizards of the Coast (2014-01-19). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
- 2014 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 14 STANDINGS. Wizards of the Coast (2013-12-03). Retrieved on 2014-12-04.
- PLAYER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS: 2014-15. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-08.