Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame

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The Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame consists of an online museum and the Pro Tour Hall of Fame Exhibit, which makes appearances at events such as Magic World Championships and the first Pro Tour of the season. The Hall honors Magic: The Gathering's "significant and influential competitors". The Hall opened in 2005.[1][2]

Eligibility[edit | edit source]

To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a player must have at least 150 lifetime Pro Points (prior to 2014, only 100 Pro Points were needed), must have participated in their first Pro Tour event (including Worlds) at least 10 seasons before the current voting year, and must not be currently suspended by the DCI.

Removal from ballot[edit | edit source]

Players who have been eligible for the Hall of Fame, but received less than 10% of the votes in three consecutive years, are removed from the ballot. Players who have been removed from the ballot can be reinstated by earning four or more Pro Points within one calendar year.

Selection process[edit | edit source]

Each year, eligible players are selected for the Hall of Fame through voting by a Selection Committee consisting primarily of certain Wizards of the Coast employees, reporters and commentators of the Pro Tour, high-level judges, previously inducted Hall of Famers, and professional players with at least 150 Pro Points.

For the first three years, the top five players on the ballot with the most votes were elected. This was changed in 2008; only players who received at least 40% of the votes would be inducted – or, if no one on the ballot reached 40%, the top vote getter. In theory, this means that as few as one player could get inducted, but also that the number of inductees could be in excess of five. However, since 2008, three to five players have been elected for the Hall of Fame every year.

Each year, at the first Pro Tour of the new season, an induction ceremony is held to award Hall of Fame rings to that year's Hall of Fame elects, officially enshrining them into the Hall. Prior to 2012, this ceremony was at the Magic World Championships.

Benefits[edit | edit source]

Being elected to the Hall of Fame has several benefits in addition to the recognition:

  • Three byes at all Grand Prix events
  • One bye at all World Magic Cup Qualifiers
  • Complimentary sleep-in special at all Grand Prix events (where available)
  • Automatic invitation to all Pro Tours and World Magic Cup Qualifiers
  • 15 QPs for each Magic Online Championship Series season
  • A $1500 appearance fee for participating in Pro Tour and World Magic Cup events

The Hall of Fame appearance fee is in addition to what, if anything, they receive for their Pro Players Club level. For byes and Magic Online QPs, however, only the higher reward applies. For example, if a Hall of Fame member is also a Platinum-level pro, they do not get 15 plus 20 QPs for each Magic Online Championship Series season; they only get 20.

Inductees[edit | edit source]

Class of 2005 Votes Class of 2006 Votes Class of 2007 Votes Class of 2008 Votes
United States.png Jon Finkel 97.1% United States.png Bob Maher, Jr. 60.0% Germany.png Kai Budde 90.4% Germany.png Dirk Baberowski 52.4%
United States.png Darwin Kastle 62.3% United States.png Dave Humpherys 56.8% United States.png Zvi Mowshowitz 62.3% United States.png Mike Turian 50.1%
United States.png Alan Comer 52.2% France.png Raphaël Lévy 42.6% Japan.png Tsuyoshi Fujita 49.7% Netherlands.png Jelger Wiegersma 48.2%
Finland.png Tommi Hovi 46.4% Canada.png Gary Wise 39.0% Norway.png Nicolai Herzog 41.5% France.png Olivier Ruel 46.0%
Sweden.png Olle Råde 34.8% United States.png Rob Dougherty 38.2% United States.png Randy Buehler 35.6% United States.png Ben Rubin 45.6%
Class of 2009 Votes Class of 2010 [I] Votes Class of 2011 Votes Class of 2012 Votes
France.png Antoine Ruel 63.4% France.png Gabriel Nassif 89.3% Japan.png Shuhei Nakamura 89.3% Brazil.png Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 85.7%
Netherlands.png Kamiel Cornelissen 62.5% United States.png Brian Kibler 49.4% Sweden.png Anton Jonsson 69.8% Japan.png Kenji Tsumura 81.8%
Netherlands.png Frank Karsten 44.8% Netherlands.png Bram Snepvangers 40.0% [II] United States.png Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz 50.6% Japan.png Masashi Oiso 76.2%
United States.png Patrick Chapin 44.9%
Class of 2013 Votes Class of 2014 Votes Class of 2015 Votes
United States.png Luis Scott-Vargas 95.6% Japan.png Makihito Mihara 86.8% United States.png Eric Froehlich 66.4%
United States.png William Jensen 60.0% United States.png Paul Rietzl 72.6% Japan.png Shota Yasooka 62.5%
United States.png Ben Stark 59.0% France.png Guillaume Wafo-Tapa 60.9% Brazil.png Willy Edel 47.6%

Controversy[edit | edit source]

Although Mike Long was eligible since the first year of the Hall of Fame (2005), he was not inducted. Though he has the necessary statistical credentials and garnered some votes (21.7% in 2005 at the most), he was not voted in. Mark Rosewater is among those who have voted and argued for his induction.[3] However, his alleged cheating and his shady reputation repeatedly prevented his induction. He fell off the ballot following the 2012 voting, when he received 5.2% of the votes.

Notes[edit | edit source]

^I In 2010, Tomoharu Saito was voted into the Hall of Fame, receiving 47.7% of the votes. However, at Grand Prix Florence, two weeks before the induction ceremony, Saito was disqualified and subsequently suspended from the game for 18 months. The Hall of Fame rules state that suspended players cannot be voted for, but Saito had already been voted in. However, Wizards of the Coast announced that due to the suspension, Saito would not be a part of the 2010 Hall of Fame. Saito was eligible for Hall of Fame again in 2012, and has received 11.2%, 18.3%, 14.7%, and 13.9% of the votes from 2012 to 2015, respectively.
^II In the originally announced voting results for 2010, Bram Snepvangers barely missed getting voted into the Hall of Fame, receiving 39.95% of the votes. Following the announcement, however, it was discovered an error in the calculations, and that Snepvanger's correct result was 40.03%, barely enough to be inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Gabriel Nassif and Brian Kibler.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Chris Galvin. (June 06, 2005.) "The Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (June 20, 2005.) "Decking the Hall", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (February 11, 2003.) "It’s a Long Story", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.

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