Zvi Mowshowitz

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Zvi Mowshowitz
Born (1979-01-08) January 8, 1979 (age 36)
Residence New York, NY, USA
Nationality United States American
Pro Tour debut 1998 Pro Tour Los Angeles
Winnings US$ 147,010[1]
Pro Tour wins (Top 8) 1 (4)[2]
Grand Prix wins (Top 8) 2 (9)[3]
Lifetime Pro Points 261[4]
Planeswalker Level 47 (Archmage)

Zvi Mowshowitz is a former professional Magic: The Gathering player who also held a developer intern position at Wizards of the Coast Magic R&D. He is known for having created innovative and sometimes game-breaking decks like TurboZvi and My Fires, as well as many other notable decks that put up respectable finishes at highly competitive Magic: The Gathering tournaments. His first place finishes include a Pro Tour and a Grand Prix. He has placed in the top eight of four Pro Tours, and earned over $140,000 playing Magic competitively.[5] In 2007, Mowshowitz was elected into the Magic Hall of Fame [6]

Mowshowitz was particularly noted for exploiting previously undiscovered card interactions and demonstrating that cards once believed to be quite poor were in fact "broken", meaning sufficiently powerful as to be game-dominating, when fully understood. Examples include Yawgmoth's Bargain once believed to be unplayable but which was rapidly banned as "too powerful" after Zvi demonstrated its potential when fully exploited, and Dream Halls, the engine behind the now-legendary TurboZvi deck archetype.

He is also an avid internet writer, previously with The Dojo, Mindripper, Brainburst, StarCityGames, and then for the official Magic website MagicTheGathering.com.[5] In April 2006, Zvi stopped writing for MagicTheGathering.com.

Mowshowitz was the CEO of MetaMed, a medical research analysis firm.[7]

Zvi Mowshowitz is the son of American biochemist Deborah Mowshowitz.

Top 8 appearances[edit]

Season Event type Location Format Date Rank
1998–99 Grand Prix Boston Block Constructed 5–6 September 1998 4
1998–99 Pro Tour New York Block Constructed 30 April–2 May 1999 3
1998–99 Grand Prix Washington D.C. Limited 19–20 June 1999 4
1998–99 Nationals Special 2–4 July 1999 4
1998–99 Worlds Yokohama National team 4–8 August 1999 1
1999–00 Invitational Kuala Lumpur Special 2–5 March 2000 3
2000–01 Grand Prix Manchester Limited 7–8 October 2000 8
2000–01 Pro Tour Chicago Standard 1–3 December 2000 7
2000–01 Pro Tour Tokyo Block Constructed 16–18 Mach 2001 1
2000–01 Masters Barcelona Booster Draft 1–4 May 2001 4
2001–02 Masters New Orleans Booster Draft 31 October–3 November 2001 5
2001–02 Masters Osaka Team Limited 14–17 March 2002 5
2001–02 Grand Prix New Jersey Team Limited 29–30 June 2002 2
2002–03 Grand Prix New Orleans Extended 3–4 January 2003 1
2002–03 Grand Prix Boston Limited 22–23 February 2003 7
2002–03 Masters Yokohama Booster Draft 8–11 May 2003 5
2002–03 Grand Prix Pittsburgh Team Limited 31 May–1 June 2003 1
2003–04 Grand Prix Atlanta Standard 29–30 August 2003 5
2003–04 Invitational Los Angeles Special 11–13 May 2004 4
2012–13 Grand Prix Portland Modern 11–12 May 2013 3

Last updated: 12 May 2013
Source: Wizards.com

Other accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 200 All-Time Money Leaders". Wizards of the Coast. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lifetime Pro Tour Top 8s". Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  3. ^ "Lifetime Grand Prix Top 8s". Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  4. ^ "Lifetime Pro Points". Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  5. ^ a b "Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame Profiles — Zvi Mowshowitz". Wizards of the Coast. 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  6. ^ "The Class of 2007". Wizards of the Coast. 2007-09-07. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  7. ^ "Our Scientists, Doctors & Researchers". Retrieved 2013-03-01. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Kushner, David (2005). Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids : how a gang of geeks beat the odds and stormed Las Vegas. Random House. ISBN 1-4000-6407-4. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
United States United States
Matt Linde
Mike Long
Bryce Currence
Jon Finkel
Magic: The Gathering Team World Champion
With:
John Hunka
Kyle Rose
Charles Kornblith

1999
Succeeded by
United States United States
Jon Finkel
Chris Benafel
Frank Hernandez
Aaron Forsythe