Gabriel Nassif

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Gabriel Nassif
Gabriel Nassif playing Magic
Born (1983-11-08) 8 November 1983 (age 35)
ResidenceParis, France
NationalityFrance French
Pro Tour wins (Top 8)2 (9)[3]
Grand Prix wins (Top 8)1 (6)[4]
Lifetime Pro Points470[5]
Planeswalker Level49 (Archmage)

Gabriel Nassif (born 8 November 1983)[6] is a French professional card player. He is known for his continuous success on the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour and was the 2004 Pro Tour Player of the Year. He also enjoys playing poker, having moderate success at the World Series of Poker in recent years. In 2010, Nassif was inducted into the Magic: The Gathering Hall of Fame.

Magic: The Gathering[edit]

Gabriel Nassif first caught public attention at Magic Block Constructed Grand Prix London, 2001 where he reached the finals with his aggressive White/Blue/Red deck, and lost to German "Juggernaut" Kai Budde.[7] This was only the first of many successes Nassif would have in Constructed. At that time he was already wearing his trademark yellow hat that eventually led to his nickname "Yellow Hat".[8]

Only one week later Nassif made Top 4 at Pro Tour: New York 2001 with teammates Nicolas Olivieri and Amiel Tenenbaum, in what was only his second Pro Tour. He again lost in the finals to Kai Budde's team Phoenix Foundation.[9]

After a relatively quiet year and a half, Nassif returned to success with an impressive string of high finishes, including fifth place at Pro Tour: Venice 2003,[10] second place at the 2003 Yokohama Masters,[11] ninth place at the 2003 World Championships,[12] second place at Pro Tour: New Orleans 2003,[13] second place at Pro Tour: Kobe 2004,[14] seventh place at the 2004 World Championships,[15] and Pro Tour: Atlanta 2005 champion with teammates Gabriel Tsang and David Rood as Team Nova.[16]

With three Pro Tour Top Eights in the 2003–04 season including two runner-up finishes, Nassif earned the 2004 Player of the Year award.[15] He has been dubbed by many as the best Constructed player in Magic. Indeed, he has often met success with home-made designs. Tooth and Nail, a deck directly derived from Nassif's TwelvePost deck he piloted to the finals at the 2004 Pro Tour Kobe,[14] was one of the best performing deck in Standard until Mirrodin rotated out of the format in 2005. He showed his gaming prowess again when he made the Top 8 of the 2006 World Championships piloting a blue/white MartyrTron deck that, according to Randy Buehler, "broke the format". Nassif lost in the semifinals to Makahito Mihara and his Dragonstorm combo deck.[17]

Ironically, Nassif made Top 8 of the 2007 World Championships with a mono-red Dragonstorm deck designed by him and American teammate Patrick Chapin, where he again made a semifinal exit while playing against Patrick Chapin in the mono-red Dragonstorm mirror.[18] 2008 was a weaker season for Nassif. His only significant finish was a second place at Grand Prix Brussels. It was also the first season since 2000–01 that Nassif did not reach the Top 8 of a Pro Tour. The following season Nassif won the first Pro Tour of the season with a 61-card five colour control deck.[19] He then followed up his PT win with a first-place finish at the next event: Grand Prix Chicago.


  • Nassif was the first player to win the Player of the Year race without a Pro Tour victory that season.[15]
  • Nassif has lost more Pro Tour Finals than any other player.
  • Nassif defeated Nicolai Herzog to become Player of the Year, despite the fact that Herzog had won two Pro Tours that year.[15]
  • According to Ask Wizards, Nassif also boasts the highest-ever constructed rating at 2318 in round 18 of Pro Tour–Kobe in February 2004.


 Season   Event type   Location  Format Date  Rank 
2001–02 Grand Prix London Block Constructed 1–2 September 2001 2
2001–02 Pro Tour New York Team Limited 7–9 September 2001 2
2002–03 Pro Tour Venice Block Constructed 21–23 March 2003 5
2002–03 Grand Prix Prague Sealed and Booster Draft 12–13 April 2003 6
2002–03 Masters Yokohama Extended 8–11 May 2003 2
2003–04 Pro Tour New Orleans Extended 31 October–2 November 2003 2
2003–04 Pro Tour Kobe Block Constructed 27–29 February 2004 2
2003–04 Nationals Tours Standard and Booster Draft 17–18 July 2004 2
2003–04 Worlds San Francisco Special 1–5 September 2004 7
2005 Pro Tour Atlanta Team Limited 11–13 March 2005 1
2005 Invitational Los Angeles Special 17–20 May 2005 5
2006 Invitational Los Angeles Special 10–12 May 2006 4
2006 Worlds Paris Special 29 November–3 December 2006 4
2007 Grand Prix Amsterdam Two-Headed Giant 10–11 March 2007 2
2007 Worlds New York Special 6–9 December 2007 3
2008 Grand Prix Brussels Sealed and Booster Draft 3–4 May 2008 2
2009 Pro Tour Kyoto Standard and Booster Draft 27 February–1 March 2009 1
2009 Grand Prix Chicago Legacy 7–8 March 2009 1
2009 Grand Prix Tampa Sealed and Booster Draft 24–25 October 2009 5
2018 Grand Prix Lille Standard 26–28 October 2018 2

Last updated: 26 October 2009
Source: Event Coverage at

Other accomplishments

Preceded by
Germany Kai Budde
Pro Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Japan Kenji Tsumura


Nassif has had 30 cashes at the World Series of Poker, including back-to-back cashes at the 2010 and 2011 main events, finishing 73rd and 189th respectively. As of August 2018, Nassif's live tournament earnings exceed $ 1,100,000.[23]


  1. ^ Bennett, Josh (May 2003). "Top 8 Profiles". The Sideboard. Wizards of the Coast. 8 (46): 6–7.
  2. ^ "Top 200 All-Time Money Leaders". Wizards of the Coast. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  3. ^ "Lifetime Pro Tour Top 8s". Wizards of the Coast. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  4. ^ "Lifetime Grand Prix Top 8s". Wizards of the Coast. 2009-03-23. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  5. ^ "DCI & RPGA Rankings and Ratings". Wizards of the Coast. 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2011-03-11.
  6. ^ Gabriel Nassif 2007 Pro Player card (from the Magic: The Gathering Lorwyn expansion)
  7. ^ "2001 Grand Prix London Coverage". Wizards of the Coast. 2001-09-02. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  8. ^ Interview of Gabriel Nassif, 27 October 2007 by the Secte des Magiciens Fous
  9. ^ "2001 Pro Tour New York Coverage". Wizards of the Coast. 2001-09-09. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  10. ^ "Live Coverage of 2003 Pro Tour Venice". Wizards of the Coast. 2003-03-23. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  11. ^ "Live Coverage of 2003 Masters Yokohama". Wizards of the Coast. 2003-05-11. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  12. ^ "Live Coverage of 2003 World Championship". Wizards of the Coast. 2003-08-10. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  13. ^ "Live Coverage of 2003 Pro Tour New Orleans". Wizards of the Coast. 2003-11-02. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  14. ^ a b "Live Coverage of 2004 Pro Tour Kobe". Wizards of the Coast. 2004-02-29. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  15. ^ a b c d "Nuijten, Nassif dominate Worlds". Wizards of the Coast. 2004-09-05. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  16. ^ "Nova Burns Brightest in Atlanta!". Wizards of the Coast. 2005-03-13. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  17. ^ "Mihara, Dutch Crowned World Champions". Wizards of the Coast. 2006-12-03. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  18. ^ "Historic Win for Peleg, Swiss at Worlds". Wizards of the Coast. 2006-12-09. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  19. ^ "Nassif: The Greater Power". Wizards of the Coast. 2009-03-08. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
  20. ^ "Tiago Triumphant". Wizards of the Coast. 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  21. ^ "Ruel Invokes Invitationalists for Victory". Wizards of the Coast. 2006-05-12. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  22. ^ "Soh Rides Online Skills to Victory". Wizards of the Coast. 2005-05-20. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  23. ^