Hall of Fame: One Man's Ballot

Michael "elf" Feuell, Magic Online Developer/Level 3 Judge

Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame

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The Hall of Fame voting certainly has generated a huge uproar, almost all of it focused on the Mike Long discussion. I'll get right to the point for you then, I didn't vote for Mike (I can picture Elaine cheering in the background already).

When it came down to it, I had to stop and weigh a number of things. Did I want my vote to reflect pure accomplishments? How do I weigh accomplishments? Is lifetime earnings more important than Pro points? Is median finish more important than number of Top 8s? Or do I want to vote for people I'd like to see back on the Tour again? Should I be looking at lifetime overall accomplishments or just looking for peak accomplishments? Mark Justice and Olle Rade were two of the best ever – when they played. But does that mean they get in ahead of MikeyP or Steve O., both of whom had better overall accomplishments?

In the end I took a combined approach. First, I looked over some data from Pro Tour finishes.

Top 10 lifetime Pro Points:
Jon Finkel
Darwin Kastle
David Humpherys
Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz
Robert Dougherty
Tommi Hovi
Michael Pustilnik
Alan Comer
Michael Long
Scott Johns

Top 10 "best players" by median finish:
Tommi Hovi
Mark Justice
Olle Rade
Michael Long
Alan Comer
Jakub Slemr
Svend Sparre Geertsen
David Humpherys
Jon Finkel
Chris Pikula

Top 10 "best players" by average points per Pro Tour:
Olle Rade
Jon Finkel
Mark Justice
Tommi Hovi
Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz
Darwin Kastle
Robert Dougherty
Jakub Slemr
Alan Comer
Scott Johns

Top 10 career winnings:
Jon Finkel
Darwin Kastle
David Humpherys
Robert Dougherty
Tommi Hovi
Michael Long
Michael Pustilnik
Scott Johns
Jakub Slemr
Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz

Top 10 most persistent (most PTs attended):
Darwin Kastle
David Humpherys
Jon Finkel
David Price
Michael Pustilnik
Robert Dougherty
Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz
Michael Long
Alan Comer
Terry Tsang

Players who are in the top 10 in 3+ of those lists:
Jon Finkel (5)
Tommi Hovi (4)
Steven O'Mahoney-Schwartz (4)
Robert Dougherty (4)
Michael Long (4)
David Humpherys (4)
Darwin Kastle (4)
Alan Comer (4)
Scott Johns (3)
Michael Pustilnik (3)
Jakub Slemr (3)

That gives me a nice list of the "top players" to work with.

From there I cast my votes by picking the five favorites I'd most like to see back on the Pro Tour.

  • Jon Finkel
  • Tommi Hovi
  • Alan Comer
  • Rob Dougherty
  • David Humpherys
  • I'd like to tip the hat to Olle Rade and Mark Justice, each of whom had wonderful median and average performances but only attended 18 total Pro Tours each. It would have been interesting to see if they could keep up the high level of play if they had of stayed on the Tour longer. Scott Johns and Steve O both nearly made my list, with me making the hard cuts at the last minute.

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