Bob Maher "The Great One" ... Holds titles from a Pro Tour, Grand Prix, Masters Series, and Invitational ... Player of the Year in 1999-2000 ... One of the keenest minds ever to play on Tour ... Overcame a brutal matchup to win Pro Tour-Chicago 1999 ... Immortalized in Dark Confidant, his creation after winning the 2004 Invitational.
Class of: 2006
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Debut: Pro Tour-Los Angeles 1997
Career winnings: $157,402
Lifetime Pro Points: 262


When Bob Maher, Jr started playing on the top floor of the Puck Building in the Junior division of the very first Pro Tour, little did anyone know that he would go on to rack up every major title there is to win in this game – a run culminating in his induction into the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.

"I know that the Hall of Fame doesn't recognize Juniors," recalled Bob, "but to me that is still my first event. I remember thinking of how amazing it was that Magic could have an event like that. My first-round match was against Paul McCabe, future Player of the Year. I won. I had hoped to do well, but didn't know what to expect. I believe I ended up around 19th place, and I was happy with my finish."

The following season saw Bob earn a berth on the U.S. National team and quietly finish in 10th place at Worlds that year. His breakout finish came two seasons later when he dazzled the hometown Chicago card and made his surname the first name for Oath of Druids for many years after.

"My best memory of playing on the Pro Tour was winning Pro Tour-Chicago in '99," Bob said, not too surprisingly. "I had been playing on the PT without any real standout performances. It was a great feeling to get a win in front of my home crowd and my family. It was also a great feeling to win because you really start to think after a while that maybe you just aren't good enough to compete at that level. Anyone on the PT for a few years without making the Top 8 has doubts, and I was no different. That win gave me a huge boost in confidence."

It was one heck of a boost. Bob went on to make three more Pro Tour Top 8s and 10 Grand Prix Top 8s – including posing for the trophy shot three times. In 2000 he won the Player of the Year title after his finals showdown with Jon Finkel at the World Championships. Several years later he added Masters Series Champion to his resume when he knocked off Gabriel Nassif in the finals in Yokohama. As his career wound down, Bob topped it all off with Dark Confidant – his prize for winning the 2004 Magic Invitational.

Grand Prix, Pro Tour, Masters, Invitational, Player of the Year, National team member... Bob had accomplished everything there was for a player to do in the game of Magic. His most recent accomplishment was not something in his control, which only made it more significant in Bob's mind.

"When I started playing Magic, I was in high school, just playing at local tournaments and with groups of friends," Bob marveled at being elected into the Hall of Fame. "I never envisioned getting to play on a professional tour, much less getting inducted to a Hall of Fame. This is all far beyond what I could have even envisioned, and I am honored to be a part of it.

"It gives me a real sense of accomplishment to be inducted. It means that not only did I win a few tournaments, but I had the respect of my peers. It also gives you the feeling that you were truly great at something in life, and no matter what, that something is in your life. It is a very rewarding feeling."

Such a long, storied career isn't accomplished in a vacuum. Maher knows many people helped him on his way to the top, and thanks were in order.

"Wow, where to start?" Bob pondered. "My parents were probably the biggest factor in my success. My parents saw that I had a passion for the game, and always supported me. Courtney, my wife, has always been great. How far can you really go in any endeavor without the support of your significant other? The people I played with in Chicago and Madison. They are what make the game fun for me, and I wouldn't still be around if it wasn't for them. All the great friends I made during the Pro Tour, especially Neil Reeves and David Williams. They were the reason that I kept going back to the PTs."

By Format

Format W L D BYE Matches Win %
Limited 227 149 16 56 448 57.91%
Constructed 248 157 25 36 466 57.67%
Total 475 306 41 92 914 57.79%

By Event Type

Event W L D BYE Matches Win %
Worlds 91 59 3 0 153 56.14%
Pro Tour 141 111 12 3 267 53.41%
Nationals 13 13 1 1 28 48.15%
Grand Prix 205 110 25 88 428 60.29%
Masters Series 12 5 0 0 17 70.59%
Pro Tour Juniors 13 8 0 0 21 61.90%
Total 475 306 41 92 914 57.79%

By Event

Event Date Finish W L D BYE Matches Win %
Pro Tour-1 Juniors 2/16/1996 n/a 5 2 0 0    
1995-96 Season     5 2 0 0 7 71.43%
Pro Tour-Atlanta (Juniors) 9/13/1996 n/a 3 3 0 0    
Pro Tour-Dallas -Type II Juniors 11/23/1996 n/a 5 3 0 0    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/28/1997 99 3 3 0 0    
Pro Tour-Paris 4/11/1997 95 3 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Washington D.C. 4/26/1997 n/a 4 4 3 0    
1997 World Championships 8/15/1997 10 14 7 0 0    
1996-97 Season     32 23 3 0 58 55.17%
Grand Prix-Toronto 8/30/1997 n/a 7 4 0 0    
Pro Tour-Chicago 10/10/1997 82 4 3 0 0    
Pro Tour-Mainz 12/5/1997 170 2 3 0 1    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 3/6/1998 58 8 6 0 0    
Grand Prix-Atlanta 3/28/1998 n/a 2 2 0 3    
Pro Tour-New York 4/17/1998 171 3 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Indianapolis 6/27/1998 32 6 4 0 3    
1998 World Championships 8/15/1998 90 10 9 2 0    
1997-98 Season     42 35 2 7 86 53.16%
Pro Tour-Chicago 9/25/1998 138 4 3 0 0    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/26/1999 92 6 7 1 0    
Grand Prix-Kansas City 3/27/1999 3 7 2 2 0    
Pro Tour-New York 4/30/1999 50 8 6 0 0    
Grand Prix-Washington D.C. 6/18/1999 117 2 2 1 2    
1999 World Championships 8/13/1999 38 11 7 0 0    
1998-99 Season     38 27 4 2 71 55.07%
Pro Tour-Washington D.C. (Team) 3/5/1999 47            
Grand Prix-San Diego 11/20/1999 n/a 2 3 0 2    
Pro Tour-Chicago 12/3/1999 1 13 1 3 0    
Grand Prix-Seattle 1/15/2000 1 10 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/4/2000 169 3 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Philadelphia 2/19/2000 56 4 5 0 3    
Grand Prix-Kuala Lumpur 3/4/2000 30 4 3 2 3    
Pro Tour-New York 4/14/2000 188 3 4 0 0    
Grand Prix St Louis (Team) 5/13/2000 12            
2000 U.S. Nationals 6/10/2000 22 7 4 1 0    
Grand Prix-Copenhagen 6/17/2000 33 5 4 1 3    
Grand Prix Pittsburgh (Team) 6/24/2000 22            
2000 World Championships 8/4/2000 2 16 5 0 0    
1999-2000 Season     67 36 7 14 124 60.91%
Grand Prix-Porto 9/23/2000 33 5 4 1 3    
Pro Tour-New York (Team) 9/28/2000 25            
Masters-New York 9/28/2000 7 2 1 0 0    
Grand Prix-Dallas 10/28/2000 12 7 3 0 3    
Masters-Chicago 11/30/2000 8 2 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-Chicago 12/1/2000 11 10 3 1 0    
Grand Prix-New Orleans 1/6/2001 28 6 4 0 3    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/2/2001 110 7 6 0 1    
Grand Prix-Boston 2/24/2001 14 7 3 1 3    
Pro Tour-Tokyo 3/16/2001 80 8 6 0 0    
Grand Prix-Detroit 3/31/2001 3 9 3 1 3    
Masters-Barcelona 5/3/2001 32 0 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-Barcelona 5/4/2001 78 8 6 0 0    
2001 US Nationals 6/2/2001 85 5 5 0 0    
Grand Prix Columbus (Team) 7/28/2001 10            
2001 World Championships 8/10/2001 24 12 6 0 0    
2000-01 Season     88 52 4 16 160 61.11%
Grand Prix-Denver 8/18/2001 15 6 3 1 3    
Grand Prix-Santiago 8/25/2001 36 5 4 1 3    
Pro Tour-New York (Team) 9/7/2001 104            
Grand Prix-Minneapolis 9/29/2001 76 2 2 0 3    
Grand Prix-Montreal 10/13/2001 6 7 3 1 3    
Masters-New Orleans 11/1/2001 4 3 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-New Orleans 11/2/2001 281 1 2 2 0    
Grand Prix-Atlanta 11/17/2001 190 0 3 0 3    
Grand Prix-Las Vegas 12/8/2001 81 2 2 0 3    
Grand Prix-Houston 1/5/2002 5 7 3 1 3    
Pro Tour-San Diego 1/11/2002 49 8 5 1 0    
2002 World Championships 8/16/2002 140 8 9 1 0    
2001-02 Season     49 37 8 21 115 52.13%
Grand Prix-London 8/31/2002 31 7 4 1 2    
Pro Tour-Boston (Team) 9/27/2002 3            
Grand Prix-Cleveland 9/7/2002 33 7 4 1 2    
Grand Prix-Copenhagen 10/12/2002 1 12 2 1 2    
Grand Prix-Philadelphia 10/26/2002 9 9 3 0 2    
Pro Tour-Houston 11/8/2002 7 10 3 2 0    
Grand Prix-Los Angeles 11/23/2002 2 11 3 1 2    
Grand Prix-New Orleans 1/4/2003 35 7 4 1 2    
Masters-Chicago 1/17/2003 31 0 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-Chicago 1/17/2003 220 3 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Boston 2/22/2003 138 2 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-Venice 3/21/2003 138 3 4 0 0    
Pro Tour-Yokohama 5/9/2003 45 7 5 1 1    
Masters-Yokohama 5/11/2003 1 5 0 0 0    
Grand Prix-Amsterdam (Team) 6/7/2003 23            
2003 US Nationals 6/29/2003 180 1 4 0 1    
Grand Prix-Detroit 7/12/2003 1 12 1 1 3    
2003 World Championships 8/8/2003 86 10 8 0 0    
2002-03 Season     106 53 9 20 188 63.10%
Grand Prix-Atlanta 8/30/2003 27 6 3 2 3    
Pro Tour-Boston (Team) 9/12/2003 6            
Grand Prix-Kansas City 10/18/2003 177 1 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-New Orleans 10/31/2003 153 4 4 0 0    
Pro Tour-Amsterdam 1/16/2004 171 3 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Oakland 2/7/2004 18 7 4 0 3    
Pro Tour-Kobe 2/27/2004 197 2 6 0 0    
Grand Prix-Columbus 3/27/2004 18 8 3 1 3    
Pro Tour-San Diego 5/14/2004 100 7 7 1 0    
Pro Tour-Seattle (Team) 7/9/2004 13            
2004 World Championships 9/3/2004 83 10 8 0 0    
2003-04 Season     48 41 4 12 105 51.61%
Pro Tour-Atlanta (Team) 3/11/2005 62            
2006 Season                
Grand Prix Madison (Team) 3/25/2006 3            
2005 Season                

  • Played at the very first Pro Tour in the Junior Division and made the leap to the Pro ranks by the second Pro Tour in Los Angeles.
  • RECORD VS. HALL OF FAME W L D
    vs. Jon Finkel 2 7 1
    vs. Darwin Kastle 3 3 0
    vs. Tommi Hovi 0 0 0
    vs. Alan Comer 2 1 2
    vs. Olle Råde 1 0 0
    vs. Dave Humpherys 1 2 0
    vs. Raphaël Lévy 3 1 0
    vs. Gary Wise 1 1 0
    vs. Rob Dougherty 1 1 0
    Career Total 14 16 3

  • First garnered attention as some 'random' guy on the 1997 U.S. National team playing Buried Alive.
  • He went on to finish 10th at Worlds that year, playing a four-color Black deck in the Standard portion.
  • Exploded into the public consciousness with Maher Oath and his improbable win in Chicago over Brian Davis's Necro deck – the first of four Pro Tour Top 8's in his career.
  • He would also win Grand Prix–Seattle that year with same deck.
  • Despite losing a Finals showdown with Jon Finkel at Worlds in a Tinker mirror match, Bob won the 2000 Player of the Year title.
  • Reanimation strategies continued to pay off for Bob when his third Top 8 came playing Angry Ghoul at Pro Tour–Houston 2002.
  • In 2003 Bob won the final Masters Series event, defeating Gabriel Nassif in two blowout games with an updated Tinker deck. For his career, Maher had an impressive 12-5 record in the single-elimination events.
  • Bob gained membership in a select club of players with Grand Prix, Pro Tour, and Masters titles – only an Invitational stood in the way of him joining Kai and Jon as the only players to accumulate all four major tournament titles.
  • He added two more Grand Prix wins to his resume during the 2002-03 season in Copenhagen (Rochester) and Detroit (Block Constructed).
  • Bob teamed with Neil Reeves and fellow Hall of Famer Gary Wise to form Courtney's Boys, finishing third at Pro Tour–Boston 2003 for the final Pro Tour Sunday of his career.
  • Bob completed the quadruple crown in 2004 when he defeated Mattias Jorstedt at the Magic Invitational. Luckily his submitted Asp's Grasp was rethought in favor of the tournament staple Dark Confidant.
  • Despite not actively playing the game, Bon still managed a Grand Prix Top 8 appearance in 2006 playing on a team with Rich Hoaen and Eric Froehlich in Madison.
  • Bob's mental game was second to none – he stunned players at Grand Prix–Columbus by deducing what his opponent's first pick had to have been by parsing the Pro Tour stamp on one of the cards in play.
  • Listed below are notable decklists from Bob Maher Jr.'s Pro Tour career.


    Bob Maher - Four-color Black
    1997 World Championships, 6-1 Standard


    Bob Maher - Buried Alive
    1997 U.S. Nationals


    Bob Maher Jr. - Tinker
    Yokohama Masters 2003, Winner, Extended


    Bob Maher Jr. - Angry Ghoul
    Pro Tour-Houston 2002


    Bob Maher Jr. - Tinker
    2000 World Championships, 2nd place


    Bob Maher - Red-white Control
    2003 Grand Prix-Detroit, Winner

    Video

  • 2006 Hall of Fame Highlight Reel (106 MB mp4 zip)
  • Pro Tour-Chicago 1999 Final: Bob Maher vs. Brian Davis, Game 1 (145 MB zip)
  • Pro Tour-Chicago 1999 Final: Bob Maher vs. Brian Davis, Game 2 (183 MB zip)
  • Pro Tour-Chicago 1999 Final: Bob Maher vs. Brian Davis, Game 3 (92 MB zip)
  • Pro Tour-Chicago 1999 Final: Bob Maher vs. Brian Davis, Game 4 (127 MB zip)
  • Pro Tour-Chicago 1999 Final: Bob Maher vs. Brian Davis, Game 5 (111 MB zip)
  • Pro Tour-Chicago 1999 Semifinals: Bob Maher vs. Christian Luhrs (32.1 MB mp4 zip)
  • 2000 World Championships Finals: Bob Maher vs. Jon Finkel (37 MB WMP zip)
  • 2003 Yokohama Masters Series Final: Bob Maher vs. Gabriel Nassif, Part I (22.1 MB mp4 zip)
  • 2003 Yokohama Masters Series Final: Bob Maher vs. Gabriel Nassif, Part II (23.9 MB mp4 zip)
  • Photo Gallery

    Known as "The Great One," Bob Maher was one of the most feared adversaries on the Pro Tour.


    Bob's ability to remember cards, especially during drafts, was uncanny amongst his peers.


    Maher made it to four Pro Tour Top 8s, defeating Brian Davis at Chicago 1999 in one of the most difficult matches ever to grace the Sunday stage.


    Maher teamed with fellow 2006 inductee Gary Wise and Neil Reeves to make it to the Top 4 of Pro Tour-Boston 2003 as Courtney's Boys.


    Maher is one of a select few players to have won a Pro Tour, Grand Prix, and Magic Invitational. He crafted Dark Confidant as his prize for winning the 2004 Invitational.

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