Tom Martell

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Tom Martell
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Demographics
Born May 7, 1982
Residence Mountain View, California, United States
Nationality {USA} American
Professional Career
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)
Awards
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

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,[1] 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,[2] which he qualified for via the Last Chance Qualifier.[3] Martell finished 32nd in the event,[4] 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.[5] He joined Team ChannelFireball prior to Pro Tour Amsterdam. Martell ended the 2010 Pro Tour season on 25 points,[6] 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.[7] 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,[8] 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,[9] and in 2013, he went on to win Pro Tour Gatecrash. His win qualified him for the 2013 World Championship, where he finished 12th.[10] In 2014, he won his second Grand Prix event, in Sacramento,[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] 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

Season Event type Location Format Date Rank
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

List of the Pro Tour results and winnings of Tom Martell
Season Pro Tour Format Finish Winnings
2000–01 Chicago Standard 272
2002–03 Houston Extended 87
2010 San Juan Block Constructed and Booster Draft 32 $1,350
2010 Amsterdam Extended and Booster Draft 94
2010 Worlds (Chiba) Special 137
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

External links

References

  1. 2014 World Championship Competitors: Tom Martell. Wizards of the Coast (2014-10-28). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
  2. Secret Origins. Wizards of the Coast (2013-12-13). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
  3. Round 2: Monumental. Wizards of the Coast (2010-05-28). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
  4. Pro Tour–San Juan Final Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2010-05-28). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
  5. Saito's Legacy Continues!. Wizards of the Coast (2010-08-01). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
  6. 2010 Pro Tour Player of the Year Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2011-02-12). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
  7. Stark Flies High with Planeswalkers in Paris. Wizards of the Coast (2011-02-13). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
  8. 2011 Pro Tour Player of the Year Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2011-11-23). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
  9. Martell’s Victory Lingers in Indianapolis. Wizards of the Coast (2012-03-11). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
  10. Youth Served in a Flash. Wizards of the Coast (2013-08-04). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
  11. Martell Displays Mastery of Theros in Sacramento. Wizards of the Coast (2014-01-19). Retrieved on 2014-11-19.
  12. 2014 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 14 STANDINGS. Wizards of the Coast (2013-12-03). Retrieved on 2014-12-04.
  13. PLAYER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS: 2014-15. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-08.