William Jensen

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William Jensen
Nicknames Huey
Born (1982-07-26) July 26, 1982 (age 34)
Residence Las Vegas, NV
Nationality American
Pro Tour debut Pro Tour Rome 1998
Winnings US$208,955[1]
Pro Tour wins (Top 8) 1 (5)[2]
Grand Prix wins (Top 8) 4 (21)[3]
Lifetime Pro Points 389[4]
Planeswalker Level 48 (Archmage)

William Jensen is an American Magic: The Gathering player. He won Pro Tour Boston 2003, and has finished in the top 8 of four additional Pro Tours. He also has 18 Grand Prix top eights, including four wins. Jensen is one of the few players to have beaten Kai Budde in the elimination rounds of a Pro Tour. In 2013 he was voted into the Hall of Fame. He is the current record holder of most Grand Prix top eight finishes within a single season, with eight in 2013–14.[5]

Magic: The Gathering career[edit]

William Jensen started playing Magic in 1995 at age 13,[6] and his first Pro Tour was Pro Tour Rome 1998. One year later, at Pro Tour London 1999, he got his major breakthrough by making the top 8, ultimately finishing 6th, losing to eventual champion Kyle Rose. Only one month later, at Grand Prix San Diego, Jensen experienced his first Grand Prix success by not only making the top 8, but winning the event.[7]

The 2000–01 Pro Tour season started with Jensen winning the inaugural Masters event, beating among others eventual Hall of Famers Nicolai Herzog, Olivier Ruel, and Bob Maher en route to the title.[8] Jensen continued to be a mainstay on the professional scene, putting up additional Grand Prix top 8s, including another win at Grand Prix Pittsburgh 2000,[9] as well as solid Pro Tour finishes. In 2003, Jensen returned to the top 8 of the Pro Tour, finishing 8th at Pro Tour Chicago, once again losing to the eventual champion, in this case Kai Budde.[10] However, Jensen would return to the top 8 at the very next Pro Tour, finishing 4th at Pro Tour Venice 2003.[11]

The first Pro Tour of the next season, the 2003–04 Pro Tour season, was a Team Rochester draft Pro Tour in Boston. Teaming up with Brock Parker and Matt Linde as 'The Brockafellars', Jensen won his first Pro Tour.[12] The team defeated the German team 'Phoenix Foundation', the winners of the previous two Team Limited Pro Tours, with Jensen defeating Kai Budde 2–0 in his match. In the finals, they faced the Norwegian team 'Unoriginal Slackers', where Jensen won his match 2–0 over Jake Smith. Jensen continued to play on the pro circuit for one more year, his final Pro Tour being the 2004 World Championships, before he retired from professional play. Jensen has cited being tired of traveling and friends leaving the scene as the reasons for quitting.[6]

In 2012, despite not having played a professional event in almost eight years, William Jensen was among the top candidates for getting voted into the Hall of Fame. He eventually missed by a single vote,[13] but received a special invitation to play at Pro Tour Return to Ravnica.[14] He playtested for the event with team StarCityGames Black (currently known as Team Pantheon[15]), featuring players like Jon Finkel, Gabriel Nassif, and Jelger Wiegersma. This reignited his interest in competitive Magic. One year later, he was voted into the Hall of Fame, garnering a total of 59.97% of the votes.[16]

The 2013–14 Pro Tour season was Jensen's comeback season. He won his third Grand Prix shortly after being voted into the Hall of Fame by defeating Neal Oliver in the final of Grand Prix Oakland.[17] He continued to make additional Grand Prix top 8s throughout the season, though without winning another one. At the end of the season, he had made the top 8 of eight total Grand Prix, setting the record for most Grand Prix top 8 finishes within a single season.[5] In the final event of the season, Pro Tour Magic 2015 in Portland, Jensen made his fifth Pro Tour top 8, finishing 7th.[18] His overall performance in the season earned him an invitation to the 2014 World Championship.[5]

The very first Grand Prix of the 2014–15 Pro Tour season, Grand Prix Portland, was won by Jensen's team, 'Peach Garden Oath', with teammates Reid Duke and Owen Turtenwald.[19] This was Jensen's fourth Grand Prix win. At the 2014 World Championship, Jensen came close to reaching the top 4, but lost the last round of Swiss to Yuuya Watanabe, resulting in an 8th-place finish.[20] He finished the season on 47 points, enough for Platinum status in the Pro Player Club, but not enough to qualify for the 2015 World Championships.

Achievements[edit]

 Season   Event type   Location  Format Date  Rank 
1999–2000 Pro Tour London Block Constructed 15–17 October 1999 6
1999–2000 Grand Prix San Diego Limited 20–21 November 1999 1
1999–2000 Grand Prix Philadelphia Extended 19–20 February 2000 5
1999–2000 Grand Prix Cannes Team Limited 26–27 February 2000 4
1999–2000 Grand Prix Pittsburgh Team Limited 24–25 June 2000 1
2000–01 Masters New York City Extended 29 September–1 October 2000 1
2000–01 Grand Prix Detroit Limited 31 March–1 April 2001 5
2000–01 Nationals Orlando Standard and Booster Draft 1–3 June 2001 6
2001–02 Grand Prix Houston Extended 5–6 January 2002 3
2001–02 Grand Prix Milwaukee Standard 11–12 May 2002 7
2002–03 Pro Tour Chicago Rochester Draft 17–19 January 2003 8
2002–03 Pro Tour Venice Block Constructed 21–23 March 2003 4
2003–04 Pro Tour Boston Team Limited 12–14 September 2003 1
2003–04 Grand Prix Orlando Block Constructed 24–25 July 2004 5
2013–14 Grand Prix Oakland Limited 24–25 August 2013 1
2013–14 Grand Prix Louisville Standard 19–20 October 2013 8
2013–14 Grand Prix Toronto Limited 30 November–1 December 2013 3
2013–14 Grand Prix Dallas/Fort Worth Standard 7–8 December 2013 2
2013–14 Grand Prix Barcelona Team Limited 1–2 March 2014 3
2013–14 Grand Prix Philadelphia Limited 12–13 April 2014 6
2013–14 Grand Prix Atlanta Limited 24–25 May 2014 3
2013–14 Grand Prix Washington DC Limited 28–29 June 2014 5
2013–14 Pro Tour Portland Standard and Booster Draft 1–3 August 2014 7
2014–15 Grand Prix Portland Team Limited 9–10 August 2014 1
2014–15 Grand Prix Denver Standard 3–4 January 2015 6
2015–16 Grand Prix Detroit Team Limited 15–16 August 2015 3
2015–16 Grand Prix Washington, D.C. Team Limited 12–13 March 2016 3
2015–16 Grand Prix Barcelona Limited 16–17 April 2016 3

Last updated: 19 April 2016
Source: Wizards.com

Personal life[edit]

On November 10, 2016, Jensen came out as gay on Twitter.[21]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Lifetime Pro Tour Top 8s". Wizards of the Coast. 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Lifetime Grand Prix Top 8s". Wizards of the Coast. 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  4. ^ "Planeswalker Points". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  5. ^ a b c "2014 World Championship Competitors: William Jensen". Wizards of the Coast. 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  6. ^ a b "My Magic Life". StarCityGames. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  7. ^ "Grand Prix-San Diego November 19-21, 1999". Wizards of the Coast. 1999-11-21. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  8. ^ "Masters Series Coverage: New York 2000". Wizards of the Coast. 2000-10-01. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  9. ^ "Grand Prix Pittsburgh 2000 Coverage". Wizards of the Coast. 2000-06-25. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  10. ^ "Live Coverage of 2003 Pro Tour Chicago". Wizards of the Coast. 2003-01-17. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  11. ^ "Live Coverage of 2003 Pro Tour Venice". Wizards of the Coast. 2003-03-23. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  12. ^ "Live Coverage of 2003 Pro Tour Boston". Wizards of the Coast. 2003-09-12. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  13. ^ "2012 Ballot". Wizards of the Coast. 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  14. ^ "Invitation List for Pro Tour Return to Ravnica 2012". Wizards of the Coast. 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  15. ^ "Team Pantheon". ChannelFireball. Retrieved 2014-12-18. 
  16. ^ "2013 Ballot". Wizards of the Coast. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  17. ^ "He's back! Jensen shows mastery in Oakland". Wizards of the Coast. 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  18. ^ "FLOCH IMMORTALIZED AT PRO TOUR". Wizards of the Coast. 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  19. ^ "THE PANTHEON CONQUERS PORTLAND". Wizards of the Coast. 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-11-20. 
  20. ^ "2014 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 14 STANDINGS". Wizards of the Coast. 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2014-12-04. 
  21. ^ HueyJensen (10 November 2016). "Open and Honest" (Tweet) – via Twitter.