Dave Humpherys "Da Hump" ... Winner of Pro Tour-Washington, D.C. 1999 with fellow Hall of Famers Darwin Kastle and Rob Dougherty of Your Move Games ... Five top-4 Pro Tour finishes ... Two Grand Prix titles ... Cerebral approach to the game matched by few in the history of the Tour.
Class of: 2006
Hometown: Encinitas, California
Debut: Pro Tour-New York 1996
Career winnings: $143,742
Lifetime Pro Points: 281


Dave Humpherys terrorized his local Magic scene with his prowess on the $1,000 tournament circuit long before there was a Pro Tour. He was invited to the very first Pro Tour on the basis of his win at the Ice Age Prerelease tournament in Toronto earlier that year. The Pro Tour gave him an international stage to display his machine-like approach to the game.

Dave's first four events yielded finishes of 25th, 15th, 16th, and 18th. He had a couple of heartbreaking ninth-place finishes in Paris 1997 and Rome 1999 before he finally basked in the Sunday spotlight. New York 1999 was the event that finally broke the dam for him and he went on to rack up five such appearances in his career.

"I felt honored and relieved," Dave revealed after learning of his election. "I was disappointed that I did relatively poorly in the ballot last year so this was reassuring. I realized getting in after this year would be an uphill battle."

Looking back at that first Pro Tour, Humpherys said it definitely stood out as a new experience.

"It was on a grander scale and with an all-new scope, with tons of new faces everywhere," he said. "It was a bit of a roller coaster for me starting 5-0 and losing the last two rounds to miss the top 16 cut in what was then a very short Swiss event."

While he looked back at that first event very fondly, there should be little surprise as to his favorite memory playing on the Pro Tour – that honor would be reserved for Pro Tour–Washington D.C. in 1999.

"The best feeling was winning the first team PT," said Dave, who teamed for that event with Darwin Kastle and Rob Dougherty, whom Dave joins in the Hall of Fame. "It was a new and challenging event versus a lot of good competition. It was especially rewarding to share the win with teammates."

Now he shares lifetime Level 3 Players Club status and a Hall of Fame ring with his Your Move Games teammates. "I can say I really ever thought there would even really be anything like a Hall of Fame for Magic," admitted Dave who appreciated not only the commendation but the support it offered him to continue playing by virtue of becoming a Level 3 player for life. "It's an honor and an achievement. In terms of the recognition and the related perks, it is also a strong incentive to play again."

Humpherys said that he worked with a great number of people throughout his years on the Pro Tour and wishes to thank all of them for making the Pro Tour a fun place to be. But one name definitely stands out.

"If I had to single out one person it would almost certainly be Darwin Kastle, as he was a constant source of encouragement. We prepared for and ventured to countless events, even before the notion of a Pro Tour existed. He was the only player I worked with through all those years."

By Format

Format W L D BYE Matches Win %
Limited 205 120 24 36 385 58.74%
Constructed 237 139 24 36 442 56.97%
Total 442 259 64 62 827 57.78%

By Event Type

Event W L D BYE Matches Win %
Worlds 71 31 8 0 110 64.55%
Pro Tour 220 142 32 2 396 55.84%
Nationals 49 24 4 0 77 63.64%
Grand Prix 94 56 20 60 230 55.29%
Masters Series 8 6 0 0 14 57.14%
Total 442 259 64 62 827 57.78%

By Event

Event Date Finish W L D BYE Matches Win %
Pro Tour-New York 2/16/1996 25 7 6 0 0    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 5/4/1996 15 7 3 0 0    
Pro Tour-Columbus 7/6/1996 16 9 4 0 0    
1995-96 Season     23 13 0 0 36 63.89%
Pro Tour-Atlanta 9/13/1996 18 6 2 1 0    
Pro Tour-Dallas 11/23/1996 152 3 4 1 0    
Pro Tour--Los Angeles 2/28/1997 71 4 2 0 0    
Pro Tour-Paris 4/11/1997 9 8 2 2 0    
Pro Tour-New York 5/30/1997 148 2 3 0 0    
1996-97 Season     23 13 4 0 40 57.50%
Pro Tour-Chicago 10/10/1997 168 2 2 3 0    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 3/6/1998 161 3 3 1 0    
1997-98 Season     5 5 4 0 14 35.71%
Grand Prix-Boston 9/5/1998 9 6 1 3 3    
Pro Tour-Chicago 9/25/1998 76 7 6 1 0    
Pro Tour-Rome 11/13/1998 9 10 3 1 0    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/26/1999 56 8 5 1 0    
Pro Tour-New York 4/30/1999 4 11 3 2 0    
Grand Prix-Washington D.C. 6/18/1999 179 1 2 1 2    
1999 U.S. Nationals 7/3/1999 7 9 5 0 0    
1999 World Championships 8/13/1999 43 10 6 2 0    
1998-99 Season     62 31 11 5 109 59.62%
Pro Tour-Washington, D.C. (Team) 9/3/1999 1            
Pro Tour-London 10/15/1999 160 2 3 1 1    
Pro Tour-Chicago 12/3/1999 160 3 3 1 0    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/4/2000 178 3 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Philadelphia 2/19/2000 10 7 3 0 4    
Grand Prix-Frankfurt (Team) 4/7/2000 n/a            
Pro Tour-New York 4/14/2000 44 8 5 1 0    
Grand Prix-St. Louis (Team) 5/13/2000 3            
2000 U.S. Nationals 6/10/2000 20 7 4 1 0    
Grand Prix-Pittsburgh (Team) 6/24/2000 4            
2000 World Championships 8/4/2000 13 11 4 3 0    
1999-2000 Season     41 26 7 5 79 55.41%
Pro Tour-New York (Team) 9/28/2000 11            
Masters-New York 9/28/2000 27 0 1 0 0    
Grand Prix-Dallas 10/28/2000 18 6 3 1 3    
Grand Prix-Sydney 11/18/2000 10 6 2 2 3    
Pro Tour-Chicago 12/1/2000 191 3 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-New Orleans 1/6/2001 23 6 3 1 3    
Grand Prix-Amsterdam 1/13/2001 13 7 3 1 3    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/2/2001 65 8 5 1 0    
Grand Prix-Boston 2/24/2001 43 6 5 0 3    
Pro Tour-Tokyo 3/16/2001 62 8 6 0 0    
Masters-Barcelona 5/3/2001 12 1 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-Barcelona 5/4/2001 190 3 4 0 0    
2001 U.S. Nationals 6/2/2001 28 8 4 0 0    
2001 World Championships 8/10/2001 40 11 7 0 0    
2000-01 Season     73 48 6 15 142 57.48%
Pro Tour-New York (Team) 9/7/2001 125            
Grand Prix-Minneapolis 9/29/2001 1 10 2 1 3    
Grand Prix-Montreal 10/13/2001 10 7 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-New Orleans 11/2/2001 4 11 3 2 0    
Grand Prix-Atlanta 11/17/2001 45 5 5 0 3    
Grand Prix-Las Vegas 12/8/2001 12 6 1 3 3    
Grand Prix-Houston 1/5/2002 136 0 2 2 3    
Masters-San Diego 1/10/2002 2 4 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-San Diego 1/11/2002 71 7 5 2 0    
Pro Tour-Osaka 3/15/2002 129 3 3 1 0    
Masters-Nice 5/3/2002 32 0 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-Nice 5/3/2002 209 2 2 3 0    
2002 U.S. Nationals 6/1/2002 15 8 3 1 0    
Grand Prix-New Jersey (Team) 6/29/2002 6            
2002 World Championships 8/16/2002 4 13 4 1 0    
2001-02 Season     76 35 16 15 142 59.84%
Pro Tour-Boston (Team) 9/27/2002 84            
Grand Prix-Philadelphia 10/26/2002 185 1 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-Houston 11/8/2002 185 2 4 0 1    
Masters-Houston 11/10/2002 15 1 1 0 0    
Grand Prix-Los Angeles 11/23/2002 202 0 2 1 3    
Masters-Chicago 1/17/2003 5 2 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-Chicago 1/17/2003 82 7 6 1 0    
Grand Prix-Boston 2/22/2003 153 2 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-Venice 3/21/2003 39 8 5 1 0    
Pro Tour-Yokohama 5/9/2003 31 9 5 0 0    
Grand Prix-Pittsburgh (Team) 5/31/2003 78            
2003 US Nationals 6/29/2003 37 7 4 1 0    
2003 World Championships 8/10/2003 4 15 5 0 0    
2002-03 Season     54 39 4 10 107 55.67%
Pro Tour-Boston (Team) 9/12/2003 53            
Pro Tour-New Orleans 10/31/2003 52 9 5 2 0    
Grand Prix-Anaheim 12/13/2003 78 2 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-Amsterdam 1/16/2004 28 10 5 0 0    
Grand Prix-Oakland 2/7/2004 2 10 3 1 3    
Pro Tour-Kobe 2/27/2004 65 8 7 1 0    
Grand Prix-Columbus 3/27/2004 95 5 4 2 3    
Pro Tour-San Diego 5/14/2004 40 9 5 1 0    
2004 US Nationals 6/19/2004 7 10 4 1 0    
Pro Tour-Seattle (Team) 7/9/2004 52            
2004 World Championships 9/3/2004 34 11 5 2 0    
2003-04 Season     74 41 10 9 134 59.20%
Pro Tour-Columbus 10/29/2004 26 10 5 1 0    
Grand Prix-Chicago (Team) 12/18/2004 10            
Grand Prix-Seattle 3/5/2005 150 1 3 1 3    
Pro Tour-Atlanta (Team) 3/11/2005 31            
2005 Season     11 8 2 3 24 52.38%

  • Dave was a monster on the East Coast tournament scene before there was ever a Pro Tour.
  • Qualified for the very first Pro Tour by winning the Ice Age prerelease in Toronto.
  • RECORD VS. HALL OF FAME W L D
    vs. Jon Finkel 1 2 0
    vs. Darwin Kastle 1 2 0
    vs. Tommi Hovi 0 0 0
    vs. Alan Comer 0 4 0
    vs. Olle Råde 0 1 0
    vs. Bob Maher 2 1 0
    vs. Raphaël Lévy 0 0 0
    vs. Gary Wise 1 0 0
    vs. Rob Dougherty 3 0 1
    Career Total 8 10 1

  • Dave finished 25th, 16th, 15th, and 18th in his first four professional events – a consistency he would display throughout his career.
  • Despite solid numbers, Top 8 success eluded Dave early in his career. Tiebreakers had him finishing 9th at Pro Tour–Paris in 1997 with an innovative (nearly) mono-blue control deck.
  • His similarly outside the box creation Free Whaley also left him decimal points off from Sunday in Rome 1999.
  • He finally smashed through to Sunday later that season with a Top 4 at Pro Tour–New York – his first after two near misses.
  • With the Top 8 drought off the books Dave followed up with a Pro Tour win in Washington D.C. alongside his Hall of Fame teammates Rob Dougherty and Darwin Kastle as Team Your Move Games.
  • That same team configuration won Grand Prix–Columbus.
  • Dave racked up seven Grand Prix Top 8 finishes in his career including his win in Minneapolis on the wings of Desolation Angel.
  • The next few years offered 'only' a handful of Top 16 finishes until his fourth-place finish at Pro Tour–New Orleans in 2002 playing the YMG Reanimator monstrosity.
  • Dave still had two more Top 8 finishes in him, both at World Championships. He finished 4th in 2002 and 2003.
  • Even as Dave's career was winding down he displayed the same machine-like approach to the game that was the hallmark of the beginning of his career by putting together a string of Top 64 and Top 32 finishes over his last two years of play.
  • Listed below are notable decklists from Dave Humpherys's Pro Tour career.

    Dave Humpherys - Free Whaley
    Pro Tour Rome 1999, Ninth Place, Extended


    Dave Humpherys - The Angel Deck
    Grand Prix-Minneapolis 2001, Winner, Invasion Block Constructed


    David Humpherys
    2003 World Championships, 4th place


    David Humpherys - Reanimator
    Pro Tour-New Orleans 2001 4th place


    David Humpherys - Psychatog
    2002 World Championships, 4th place


    Video

  • 2006 Hall of Fame Highlight Reel (106 MB mp4 zip)
  • Pro Tour-Washington, D.C. Finals Draft: Your Move Games vs. Game Empire, Part I (17.9 MB mp4 zip)
  • Pro Tour-Washington, D.C. Finals Draft: Your Move Games vs. Game Empire, Part II (35.1 MB mp4 zip)
  • Pro Tour-Washington, D.C. 1999 Finals: Dave Humpherys vs. Alan Comer, Part I (24.4 MB mp4 zip)
  • Pro Tour-Washington, D.C. 1999 Finals: Dave Humpherys vs. Alan Comer, Part II (29.6 MB mp4 zip)
  • Pro Tour-Washington, D.C. 1999 Semifinal Team Draft, Part I: Your Move Games vs. Antarctica (31 MB WMP zip)
  • Pro Tour-Washington, D.C. 1999 Semifinal Team Draft Part II: Your Move Games vs. Antarctica (27 MB WMP zip)
  • Pro Tour-Washington, D.C. 1999 Finals: Dave Humpherys vs. Steve O'Mahoney-Schwartz, Part I (16.6 MB mp4 zip)
  • Pro Tour-Washington, D.C. 1999 Finals: Dave Humpherys vs. Steve O'Mahoney-Schwartz, Part II (36.3 MB mp4 zip)
  • Pro Tour-Washington, D.C. 1999 Finals: Dave Humpherys vs. Steve O'Mahoney-Schwartz, Part III (21.2 MB mp4 zip)
  • 1999 U.S. Nationals Semfinals: Dave Humpherys vs. Zvi Mowshowitz, Part I (16.3 MB mp4 zip)
  • 1999 U.S. Nationals Semfinals: Dave Humpherys vs. Zvi Mowshowitz, Part II (35.5 MB mp4 zip)
  • Photo Gallery

    Dave Humpherys, a.k.a. The Hump, is one of the most recognizable players on the Tour.


    Dave Humpherys finished 25th or better in his first four Pro Tours.


    Known as a meticulous player, Dave Humpherys analyzed the game like few others.


    Dave Humpherys made five Pro Tour Top 8s, including New Orleans 2001 when he lost to Kai Budde in the semifinals.


    Now all enshrined in the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame, the members of Your Move Games formed one of the most powerful teams in the game's history.

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