October 31, 1979 |
|Pro Tour debut||Pro Tour Washington D.C. 1999|
|Pro Tour wins (Top 8)||1 (4)|
|Grand Prix wins (Top 8)||2 (18)|
|Median Pro Tour Finish||113|
|Lifetime Pro Points||403|
|Planeswalker Level||50 (Archmage)|
Antoine Ruel (born 31 October 1979 in Auberville, France) is a professional Magic: The Gathering player. He has reached the top eight at the Pro Tour four times, including a win in Los Angeles in 2005. With eighteen Grand Prix top eights, he is among the most successful Grand Prix players of all time. In 2009, Ruel joined his brother Olivier in the Magic: The Gathering Hall of Fame.
Born in Aubervilliers, France, Antoine and his brother Olivier started playing Magic in 1994. In the 1999-2000 Pro Tour season, he first began to attract attention in the new teams format alongside his brother and Florent Jeudon. As Phenomène J, they finished eleventh at the first teams Pro Tour in Washington D.C., and followed with a win and Grand Prix Cannes under the name Black Ops. These two finishes qualified the three Frenchmen for a special event called the Magic: The Gathering Team Challenge. The event featured some very prominent players, with seven of the twelve players involved being future members of the Hall of Fame. Black Ops won the event, with Antoine defeating Jon Finkel in the final.
Antoine's first major individual success followed soon after. In September 2000, he won Grand Prix Porto defeating his brother in final. At the 2001 World Championships, Antoine had his first breakthrough at the Pro Tour level with a third place finish. Although, his next high finish at the Pro Tour would not come until 2004, Antoine would continue to make top eight appearances at the Grand Prix Level. In 2004, he made the finals of Pro Tour San Diego, losing to Nicolai Herzog for whom it was the second Pro Tour win that season. The following year, Antoine won Pro Tour Los Angeles taking out Japanese giants Tsuyoshi Fujita and Kenji Tsumura in the quarter- and semifinals respectively. The semifinal match is known for a well played bluff on the part Antoine. He would then go on to sweep American Billy Moreno in the finals in three games. In 2005, he reached the top eight of Pro Tour Honolulu with his brother, making it the first time that brothers had reached the top eight of an individual Pro Tour together. Antoine would lose the quarterfinals to Craig Jones in what has been described as "the most lopsided match in the history of Pro Tour top eights."
Top 8 Appearances
|1999–00||Grand Prix||Cannes||Team Limited||26–27 February 2000||1|
|1999–00||Masters||New York||Team Limited||16 April 2000||1|
|2000–01||Grand Prix||Porto||Rochester Draft||23–24 September 2000||1|
|2000–01||Grand Prix||Amsterdam||Limited||13–14 January 2001||6|
|2000–01||Grand Prix||Cologne||Limited||24–25 February 2001||2|
|2000–01||Grand Prix||Prague||Limited||10–11 March 2001||6|
|2000–01||Grand Prix||Moscow||Standard||21–22 April 2001||4|
|2000–01||Worlds||Toronto||Special||8–12 August 2001||3|
|2001–02||Grand Prix||London||Block Constructed||1–2 September 2001||7|
|2001–02||Grand Prix||Curitiba||Extended||8–9 December 2001||3|
|2001–02||Grand Prix||Sao Paulo||Standard||13–14 July 2002||3|
|2002–03||Grand Prix||Sevilla||Sealed and Booster Draft||22–23 February 2003||4|
|2003–04||Grand Prix||Sendai||Booster Draft||20–21 March 2004||3|
|2003–04||Pro Tour||San Diego||Booster Draft||14–16 May 2004||2|
|2005||Grand Prix||Vienna||Rochester Draft||9–10 October 2004||2|
|2005||Invitational||Los Angeles||Special||17–20 May 2005||6|
|2005||Pro Tour||Los Angeles||Extended||28–30 October 2005||1|
|2006||Invitational||Los Angeles||Special||10–12 May 2006||1|
|2006||Pro Tour||Honolulu||Standard||3–5 March 2006||8|
|2006||Grand Prix||Cardiff||Sealed and Booster Draft||25–26 March 2006||8|
|2006||Grand Prix||Turin||Sealed and Booster Draft||3–4 June 2006||2|
|2006||Grand Prix||Athens||Sealed and Booster Draft||14–15 October 2006||6|
|2006||Grand Prix||Yamagata||Sealed and Booster Draft||18–19 November 2006||6|
|2007||Grand Prix||Singapore||Extended||3–4 March 2007||3|
|2007||Invitational||Essen||Special||18–21 October 2007||3|
|2008||Grand Prix||Brussels||Sealed and Booster Draft||3–4 May 2008||4|
|2010||Nationals||Reims||Standard and Booster Draft||24–25 July 2010||3|
Last updated: 10 August 2009
- Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009
- Antoine Ruel 2007 Pro Player card (from the Magic: The Gathering Lorwyn expansion)
- "Top 200 All-Time Money Leaders". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2014-12-16.
- "Lifetime Pro Tour Top 8s". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2014-12-16.
- "Lifetime Grand Prix Top 8s". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2014-12-16.
- "Planeswalker Points (requires login)". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2014-12-16.