|Born||24 July 1981
|Pro Tour wins (Top 8)||0 (5)|
|Grand Prix wins (Top 8)||5 (27)|
|Lifetime Pro Points||497|
|Highest Constructed Rating||2276|
|Planeswalker Level||50 (Archmage)|
Olivier Ruel (born 24 July 1981 in Aubervilliers, France) is one of the most successful professional Magic: The Gathering players. He holds the record for most Grand Prix Top 8’s, and is one of twenty players with five or more Pro Tour top 8’s. After 2010 Pro Tour San Juan Olivier surpassed Kai Budde as the leader in lifetime Pro Points. However, Budde regained that title later that season.
Born in Aubervilliers, France, Olivier and his brother Antoine started playing Magic in 1994. Olivier won the first Pro Tour Qualifier he attended and thereby qualified for Pro Tour Rome 1999. After a mid-table result there he teamed up with his brother and Florent Jeudon for Pro Tour Washington D.C., going under the name of "Phenome J". They finished eleventh at the Pro Tour and quickly followed that up with a victory at Grand Prix Cannes, now going as "Black Ops". These achievements were rewarded with a ranking-based invitation to the Masters Series at Pro Tour New York 2000. Again Black Ops prevailed defeating Game Empire consisting of Alan Comer, Brian Selden, and Kurt Burgner as well as the Antarctica-team of Jon Finkel, O'Mahoney-Schwartz brothers.
Their first major individual success came several month later when the Ruel brothers met in the final of Grand Prix Porto where Antoine defeated Olivier. Another few months later in May 2001 Olivier secured himself a place on the French national team by finishing third at French Nationals. His first Pro Tour Top 8 followed in March 2002 where he finished second at Pro Tour Osaka. Olivier has since racked up an unprecedented 27 Grand Prix Top 8 finishes, winning five. He also has five Pro Tour Top 8 finishes and won the French Nationals in 2004. In 2008, Olivier was voted in the Hall of Fame and was inducted at the World Championship in Memphis.
Top 8 Appearances
|1999–00||Grand Prix||Madrid||Extended||29–30 January 2000||5|
|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||2|
|2000–01||Grand Prix||Valencia||Sealed and Booster Draft||10–11 February 2001||2|
|2000–01||Masters||Tokyo||Team Limited||16–18 March 2001||3|
|2000–01||Nationals||Avignon||Standard and Booster Draft||12–13 May 2001||3|
|2001–02||Grand Prix||Shizuoka, Shizuoka||Rochester Draft||13–14 October 2001||4|
|2001–02||Grand Prix||Biarritz||Rochester Draft||24–25 November 2001||8|
|2001–02||Grand Prix||Lisbon||Extended||19–20 January 2002||4|
|2001–02||Pro Tour||Osaka||Block Constructed||15–17 March 2002||2|
|2001–02||Grand Prix||Barcelona||Sealed and Booster Draft||23–24 March 2002||3|
|2001–02||Grand Prix||Naples||Sealed and Booster Draft||6–7 April 2002||4|
|2002–03||Nationals||Chambéry||Standard and Booster Draft||3–4 May 2003||3|
|2003–04||Pro Tour||Amsterdam||Rochester Draft||16–18 January 2004||4|
|2003–04||Grand Prix||Hong Kong||Sealed and Booster Draft||6–7 March 2004||2|
|2003–04||Nationals||Tours||Standard and Booster Draft||17–18 July 2004||1|
|2005||Pro Tour||Columbus||Extended||29–31 October 2004||4|
|2005||Grand Prix||Helsinki||Rochester Draft||6–7 November 2004||1|
|2005||Pro Tour||Philadelphia||Block Constructed||6–8 May 2005||4|
|2005||Grand Prix||Bologna||Sealed and Booster Draft||11–12 June 2005||1|
|2005||Grand Prix||Copenhagen||Extended||5–6 November 2005||5|
|2005||Grand Prix||Bilbao||Extended||19–20 November 2005||1|
|2005||Grand Prix||Beijing||Extended||26–27 November 2005||3|
|2006||Grand Prix||Dortmund||Sealed and Booster Draft||18–19 February 2006||7|
|2006||Pro Tour||Honolulu||Standard||3–5 March 2006||4|
|2006||Grand Prix||Barcelona||Sealed and Booster Draft||8–9 April 2006||5|
|2006||Grand Prix||Toulouse||Sealed and Booster Draft||24–25 June 2006||6|
|2007||Grand Prix||Singapore||Extended||3–4 March 2007||5|
|2007||Grand Prix||Krakow||Standard||3–4 November 2007||4|
|2007||Grand Prix||Kitakyuushuu||Sealed and Booster Draft||10–11 November 2007||4|
|2008||Grand Prix||Shizuoka, Shizuoka||Standard||8–9 March 2008||2|
|2008||Grand Prix||Buenos Aires||Standard||28–29 June 2008||6|
|2008||Nationals||Tours||Standard and Booster Draft||2–3 August 2008||2|
|2008||Grand Prix||Okayama||Sealed and Booster Draft||20–21 November 2008||6|
|2008||Grand Prix||Auckland||Sealed and Booster Draft||6–7 December 2008||5|
|2009||Nationals||Aix-en-Provence||Standard and Booster Draft||25–26 July 2009||6|
|2009||Grand Prix||Brighton||Sealed and Booster Draft||8–9 August 2009||1|
|2011||Nationals||La Rochelle||Standard and Booster Draft||22–24 July 2011||7|
|2012–13||Grand Prix||Lyon||Modern||3–4 November 2012||6|
Last updated: 4 November 2012
- Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008
- "France National Championship". Wizards of the Coast. 2008-08-03. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
- "Top 200 All-Time Money Leaders". Wizards of the Coast. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
- "Lifetime Pro Tour Top 8s". Wizards of the Coast. 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
- "Lifetime Grand Prix Top 8s". Wizards of the Coast. 2009-03-23. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
- "DCI Ratings and Rankings". Wizards of the Coast. 2010-05-10. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
- Olivier Ruel 2006 Pro Player card (from the Magic: The Gathering Time Spiral expansion)
- Wise, Gary (May 2003). "Personal Profile Olivier Ruel". The Sideboard (Wizards of the Coast) 8 (46).
|Magic French National Champion