Magic: The Gathering Hall of Fame

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The Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Fame was started in 2005 to honor the most successful Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour players. The first inductions came on the tenth anniversary of the first Pro Tour event, and new Hall of Famers will be determined annually. Players with at least 150 Pro Points (before 2013, the requirement was 100 Pro Points) can be voted in the Hall of Fame if they get more than 40% of the election committee's votes. As of 2016, there are 44 players from 10 different countries in the Hall of Fame.

Eligibility[edit]

In order to appear on the Hall of Fame selection ballot, a player must meet the following three requirements:[1]

  1. The player must have participated in his or her first Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour at least 10 seasons prior to the current voting year.
  2. The player must have at least 150 lifetime Pro Tour Points. (Prior to 2013, the threshold was 100 lifetime Pro Tour Points.)
  3. The player must not currently be suspended from playing Magic or be under investigation by the DCI. (Previous suspension does not disqualify a player from entering the Hall of Fame.)

Voting process[edit]

The Selection Committee votes on who to induct into the Hall of Fame. The committee includes Wizards of the Coast employees, DCI members, judges, long-time reporters, developers, all Hall of Famers, and every Magic player with at least 150 Pro Points.[2] Every member of the Selection Committee gets to vote for up to five of the eligible players. Afterwards every player with at least 40% of the votes gets inducted into the Hall of Fame. If nobody gets 40% of the vote, the player with the most votes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Historical selection process[edit]

The selection procedure was changed several times. In 2005 the Selection Committee voted for five players, and the four players receiving the most votes were inducted. Then a Players' Committee voted for one player that was not already selected, and the player receiving the most votes was also inducted.

From 2006 members of the Selection Committee and the Players' Committee received the list of players eligible for induction. Each member selected five players for induction. The votes were tabulated by a weighted percentage: Selection Committee votes counted 2/3, and Players' Committee votes counted 1/3. In 2006 and 2007 the five players with the highest percentages were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Starting from 2008 only the players with over 40% of the weighted votes were inducted or if no one mets this criterion the player with the highest percentage was inducted.

Benefits[edit]

The Hall of Fame inductees will receive a number of benefits for the rest of his or her life (unless suspended by the DCI). As of 2016–17 season, it includes the benefits below:

  1. A guaranteed entry to any Pro Tour event and World Magic Cup Qualifiers
  2. Appearance fee at the Pro Tour featuring the yearly Hall of Fame induction.
  3. Bye(s) in Grand Prix and World Magic Cup Qualifiers.
  4. Additional Magic Online Championship Series seasonal QPs.

If a Hall of Fame player is a current Platinum level member of the Pro Players Club, the higher reward will apply to them (i.e. they receive two instead of one bye in World Magic Cup Qualifiers, 20QP instead of 15QP in the Magic Online Championship Series).

Players who enter the Hall of Fame since will also receive a special commemorative ring at the induction ceremony.

Inductees[edit]

Class /
year
Country Inductee Weighted
ballot %
Ballot rank
within class
2005 United States United States Jon Finkel 97.10%[3] 1
2005 United States United States Darwin Kastle 62.32%[3] 2
2005 United States United States Alan Comer 52.17%[3] 3
2005 Finland Finland Tommi Hovi 46.38%[3] 4
2005 Sweden Sweden Olle Råde 34.78%[3] 5
2006 United States United States Bob Maher 60.01%[4] 1
2006 United States United States Dave Humpherys 56.78%[4] 2
2006 France France Raphaël Lévy 42.58%[4] 3
2006 Canada Canada Gary Wise 39.03%[4] 4
2006 United States United States Rob Dougherty 38.20%[4] 5
2007 Germany Germany Kai Budde 90.42%[5] 1
2007 United States United States Zvi Mowshowitz 62.28%[5] 2
2007 Japan Japan Tsuyoshi Fujita 49.74%[5] 3
2007 Norway Norway Nicolai Herzog 41.50%[5] 4
2007 United States United States Randy Buehler 35.58%[5] 5
2008 Germany Germany Dirk Baberowski 52.36%[6] 1
2008 United States United States Mike Turian 50.13%[6] 2
2008 Netherlands Netherlands Jelger Wiegersma 48.19%[6] 3
2008 France France Olivier Ruel 46.01%[6] 4
2008 United States United States Ben Rubin 45.62%[6] 5
2009 France France Antoine Ruel 63.43%[7] 1
2009 Netherlands Netherlands Kamiel Cornelissen 62.48%[7] 2
2009 Netherlands Netherlands Frank Karsten 44.79%[7] 3
2010 France France Gabriel Nassif 89.25%[8] 1
2010 United States United States Brian Kibler 49.36%[8] 2
2010 Netherlands Netherlands Bram Snepvangers 40.03%[9] 4[a]
2011 Japan Japan Shuhei Nakamura 89.25%[10] 1
2011 Sweden Sweden Anton Jonsson 69.81%[10] 2
2011 United States United States Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz 50.57%[10] 3
2012 Brazil Brazil Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa 85.65%[11] 1
2012 Japan Japan Kenji Tsumura 81.76%[11] 2
2012 Japan Japan Masashi Oiso 76.18%[11] 3
2012 United States United States Patrick Chapin 44.91%[11] 4
2013 United States United States Luis Scott-Vargas 95.63%[12] 1
2013 United States United States William Jensen 59.97%[12] 2
2013 United States United States Ben Stark 58.96%[12] 3
2014 Japan Japan Makihito Mihara 86.80% 1
2014 United States United States Paul Rietzl 72.59% 2
2014 France France Guillaume Wafo-Tapa 60.91% 3
2015 United States United States Eric Froehlich 66.35%[13] 1
2015 Japan Japan Shouta Yasooka 62.50%[13] 2
2015 Brazil Brazil Willy Edel 47.60%[13] 3
2016 Japan Japan Yuuya Watanabe 90.31%[14] 1
2016 United States United States Owen Turtenwald 70.93%[14] 2

Controversies[edit]

Tomoharu Saito banning[edit]

In the ballot of 2010, Tomoharu Saito was voted into the Hall of Fame with a weighted percentage of 47.74%.[8] However, two weeks prior to the induction Saito was disqualified during Grand Prix Florence leading to an 18-month suspension from the game. The rules do not allow currently-suspended players to be voted into the Hall of Fame. Wizards announced without further explanation that Saito would not be part of the Hall of Fame based on the 2010 ballot.[15]

Bram Snepvangers miscalculation[edit]

In the original ballot results for 2010, Bram Snepvangers received a weighted percentage of 39.95%, barely missing the required 40%. However, in the days following the publication of results it was discovered that there had been an error in the calculations. Weights of 0.667 and 0.333 had been used for the votes from the Selection Committee and Players Committee respectively while the rules clearly stated that 0.67 and 0.33 were the correct numbers. After recalculating the scores Snepvangers landed at 40.03% and was inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Nassif and Kibler.[9]

Inductees by country[edit]

Country Number of inductees
United States United States 19
Japan Japan 7
France France 5
Netherlands Netherlands 4
Germany Germany 2
Sweden Sweden 2
Brazil Brazil 2
Canada Canada 1
Finland Finland 1
Norway Norway 1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ At 40.03%, Bram Snepvangers's ballot rank within the class was fourth. At 47.74%, Tomoharu Saito's ballot rank within the class was third, but Saito was disqualified as described in more detail in the Controversies section of this article.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hall of Fame Rules". Wizards of the Coast. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Selection Committee". Wizards of the Coast. 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame 2005 Ballot". Wizards of the Coast. 2005-08-01. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame 2006 Ballot". Wizards of the Coast. 2005-08-01. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame 2007 Ballot". Wizards of the Coast. 2007-09-07. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame 2008 Ballot". Wizards of the Coast. 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  7. ^ a b c "Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame 2009 Ballot". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  8. ^ a b c "Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame 2010 Ballot". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  9. ^ a b "Snepvangers Joins 2010 Hall of Fame Class". Wizards of the Coast. 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  10. ^ a b c David-Marshall, Brian (19 August 2011). "Introducing the 2011 Hall of Fame Class". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c d David-Marshall, Brian (2012-07-27). "Introducing the 2012 Pro Tour Hall of Fame Class". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  12. ^ a b c "2013 Ballot". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2013-07-31. 
  13. ^ a b c "VOTING RESULTS". Wizards of the Coast. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "VOTING RESULTS". Wizards of the Coast. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "Saito removed from Hall of Fame selection". Wizards of the Coast. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] Hall of Fame webpage
  • [2] Eligibility through 2020