Raphaël Lévy First active Pro to be enshrined in Hall of Fame ... Longtime Pro has played in 49 consecutive Pro Tours (as of 2006 Worlds), with no sign of slowing down ... 11 Grand Prix Top 8, with one title ... Resident Ask the Pro at magicthegathering.com, sharing his knowledge with a new generation of players..
Class of: 2006
Hometown: Toulouse, France
Debut: Pro Tour-Paris 1997
Career winnings: $96,793
Lifetime Pro Points: 284


Raphaël Lévy's first-ballot induction into the Pro Tour Hall of Fame represents the first time a current active player has been so enshrined. Lévy, who fittingly began playing on the Pro Tour at the first European stop on the Tour, was in the thick of the Player of the Year race and had already locked up Level 3 status in the Pro Players Club for the 2007 season with two Pro Tours to go when he was elected.

Raph looked back to his first time playing at a large event. Fittingly it was at Pro Tour-Paris, the same city where he will step up on stage this winter and slip on his Hall of Fame ring for the very first time.

"I qualified through a PTQ not so far from Toulouse, my hometown. Back then, winning a PTQ, becoming a Pro Tour player really meant something! I had absolutely no clue of what was ahead. I was only 15 and did not really have anyone to playtest with for that event," reminisced Raph. "I was told so often that everyone was so much better on the Pro Tour, that I believed it. I did pretty poorly there, but mostly due to my lack of preparation. I knew I could and would eventually take those guys! I qualified for Worlds the same year through my Nationals, where I did much better there than in Paris. I won what would be the last PTQ I would ever play in to qualify for Pro Tour-Mainz the following season."

Raphael has remained a constant fixture on the Pro Tour ever since Paris, with his streak of events attended hitting 49 at the 2006 World Championships. He was second among all Hall of Fame-eligible players in lifetime Pro Points and has managed a very impressive median finish when you take into account 10 years of solid play. The only thing missing from Lévy's resume are Top 8 finishes – he is also the first player to be enshrined with fewer than four Top 8s on the Pro Tour. That's something that worried Lévy as he waited to see how he fared in the balloting.

"I believed I had a fair shot but I knew it would be hard, mostly because one of the most important criteria, the thing that stays in memories, is PT Top 8s, and I only have two of them," Lévy explained. "People around me told me that the voters will take seriously into account my consistency and longevity. That kind of scared me as I started to believe that I would make it for sure but I knew I had to keep my expectations as low as possible to not be disappointed in the case I would not have made it."

While he does not have the basis for comparison, Raph was confident that there could not be a greater feeling than the one he has been experiencing since learning of his induction: "When I first heard of the Hall of Fame, I thought that it would be something I would love to be part of. I dedicated half of my life to that game I love so much. What if the game itself thanked me for such a dedication? I saw Olle, Darwin, Tommi, Alan, and Jon last year in Yokohama and I told myself: this has to be better than winning a Pro Tour. Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to win one (yet?), but it feels like this is the supreme recognition. I felt that way when I saw my Pro Player Card in Ravnica starter packs, but this is the next step, the highest step."

Raphaël seemed overwhelmed by the honor and wanted to make sure he expressed his gratitude to the many people who were there for him along the way. "Looking back at everything I have achieved in the last 10 years is strange and exciting. I am glad I will be inducted in the same city where everything started for me, almost 10 years ago. I am also very happy that my closest friends will be able to attend that wonderful day.

"First of all, I would like to thank my parents, who have always been there for me, and who trusted me when I started playing the Pro Tours. Parents don't like to see their kid going away for a few days, skipping school and jeopardizing the success of their studies. But they allowed me to go, and I didn't fail them.

"Then in no particular order, I'd like to thank my closest friends, all the ones who have been there for me when I needed them and who I hope are now proud of me today: Jaybee, Yohan, Mathieu, Marc, Mattias, Emilie, Carly, and Lisa. Also all the Magic community that supported me, and a special thank to all of you who always make my journeys to the PTs memorable: Olivier, Alex, Antoine, Geoffrey, Berber, Manuel, Amiel, all the Dutchies, and many more..."

By Format

Format W L D BYE Matches Win %
Limited 362 219 31 107 719 59.15%
Constructed 257 174 20 19 470 56.98%
Total 619 393 51 126 1189 58.23%

By Event Type

Event W L D BYE Matches Win %
Worlds 95 64 5 0 164 57.93%
Pro Tour 203 154 18 4 379 54.13%
Nationals 58 25 2 4 85 68.24%
Grand Prix 260 147 26 122 555 60.05%
Masters Series 3 3 0 0 6 50.00%
Total 619 393 51 126 1189 58.23%

By Event

Event Date Finish W L D BYE Matches Win %
Pro Tour-Paris 4/11/1997 130 3 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Barcelona 5/3/1997 13 8 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-London 7/13/1997 n/a 3 3 0 0    
1997 French Nationals 6/28/1997 n/a 11 3 0 0    
1997 World Championships 8/15/1997 53 10 9 1 0    
1996-97 Season     35 21 1 0 57 61.40%
Pro Tour-Mainz 12/5/1997 12 8 2 2 0    
Grand Prix-Lyon 2/7/1998 1 8 1 1 0    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 3/6/1998 149 4 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Zurich 5/30/1998 n/a 3 5 0 3    
1998 French Nationals 6/28/1998 10 8 3 1 0    
1998 World Championships 8/15/1998 4 16 5 2 0    
1997-98 Season     47 19 6 3 75 65.28%
Pro Tour-Chicago 9/25/1998 108 4 3 0 0    
Pro Tour-Rome 11/13/1998 22 9 4 1 0    
Grand Prix-Barcelona 2/6/1999 4 7 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/26/1999 117 4 3 0 0    
Pro Tour-New York 4/30/1999 167 3 4 0 0    
1999 World Championships 8/13/1999 87 9 8 1 0    
1998-99 Season     36 25 2 3 66 57.14%
Pro Tour-Washington D.C. (Team) 9/5/1999 23    
Pro Tour-London 10/15/1999 17 9 3 2 0    
Grand Prix-Tours 11/27/1999 241 0 2 1 3    
Pro Tour-Chicago 12/3/1999 4 11 3 2 0    
Grand Prix-Madrid 1/29/2000 12 7 3 1 2    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/4/2000 245 2 4 1 0    
Grand Prix-Cannes (Team) 2/26/2000 5            
Grand Prix-Frankfurt (Team) 4/7/2000 n/a            
Pro Tour-New York 4/14/2000 55 7 4 3 0    
Grand Prix-Copenhagen 6/17/2000 6 2 1 3    
2000 World Championships 8/4/2000 15 12 6 0 0    
1999-2000 Season     54 27 11 8 100 58.70%
Grand Prix-Porto 9/23/2000 34 5 4 1 3    
Pro Tour-New York (Team) 9/28/2000 34            
Masters-New York 9/28/2000 26 0 1 0 0    
Masters -Chicago 11/30/2000 17 0 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-Chicago 12/1/2000 54 8 5 1 0    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/2/2001 71 8 6 0 0    
Grand Prix-Valencia 2/10/2001 116 1 3 0 3    
Grand Prix-Cologne 2/24/2001 40 5 5 0 4    
Pro Tour-Tokyo 3/16/2001 55 8 6 0 0    
Grand Prix-Göteborg 3/24/2001 3 8 2 2 3    
Pro Tour-Barcelona 5/4/2001 80 8 6 0 0    
2001 French Nationals 5/13/2001 51 6 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Torino (Team) 5/26/2001 10            
2001 World Championships 8/10/2001 266 5 7 1 0    
2000-01 Season     62 50 5 13 130 52.99%
Pro Tour-New York (Team) 9/7/2001 12            
Grand Prix-Vienna 10/6/2001 10 9 3 0 2    
Pro Tour-New Orleans 11/2/2001 29 9 4 1 0    
Grand Prix-Biarritz 11/24/2001 35 7 4 1 2    
Pro Tour-San Diego 1/11/2002 50 8 5 1 0    
Grand Prix-Heidelberg 2/9/2002 124 2 2 1 3    
Grand Prix-Antwerp 3/2/2002 304 0 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-Osaka 3/15/2002 43 8 5 1 0    
Grand Prix-Barcelona 3/23/2002 7 8 3 1 3    
Grand Prix-Naples 4/6/2002 7 7 3 1 3    
2002 French Nationals 4/28/2002 14 8 4 0 0    
Pro Tour-Nice 5/3/2002 317 1 3 0 0    
2002 World Championships 8/16/2002 16 12 6 0 0    
2001-02 Season     79 45 7 16 147 60.31%
Grand Prix-London 8/31/2002 81 3 2 0 3    
Pro Tour-Boston (Team) 9/27/2002 20            
Grand Prix-Copenhagen 10/12/2002 41 6 5 0 3    
Pro Tour-Houston 11/8/2002 203 3 3 0 0    
Masters-Houston 11/10/2002 4 3 1 0 0    
Grand Prix-Reims 11/30/2002 41 6 4 2 3    
Pro Tour-Chicago 1/17/2003 84 6 6 1 1    
Pro Tour-Venice 3/21/2003 117 4 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Prague 4/12/2003 2 10 3 2 3    
2003 French Nationals 5/4/2003 21 8 4 0 0    
Pro Tour-Yokohama 5/9/2003 66 7 6 1 0    
Grand Prix-Amsterdam (Team) 6/7/2003 17            
2003 World Championship 8/8/2003 145 9 9 0 0    
2002-03 Season     65 46 6 13 130 55.56%
Pro Tour-Boston (Team) 9/12/2003 51            
Grand Prix-Lyon 10/25/2003 409 1 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-New Orleans 10/31/2003 79 8 7 1 0    
Grand Prix-Goteborg 11/22/2003 11 7 3 1 3    
Grand Prix-Munich 12/6/2003 86 4 2 0 3    
Pro Tour-Amsterdam 1/16/2004 333 0 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Madrid 2/21/2004 4 11 3 1 2    
Pro Tour-Kobe 2/27/2004 27 10 6 0 0    
Pro Tour-San Diego 5/14/2004 50 9 6 0 0    
Grand Prix-Zurich 6/26/2004 23 3 2 1 2    
2004 World Championships 9/3/2004 51 11 7 0 0    
2003-04 Season     64 42 4 13 123 58.18%
Grand Prix-Vienna 10/9/2004 5 5 1 3    
Pro Tour-Columbus 10/29/2004 74 8 8 0 0    
Grand Prix-Paris 11/27/2004 4 10 2 2 3    
Pro Tour-Nagoya 1/28/2005 173 1 4 0 1    
Pro Tour-Atlanta (Team) 3/11/2005 90            
Grand Prix-Leipzig 3/26/2005 122 4 6 1 3    
Grand Prix-Lisbon 4/23/2005 26 8 4 0 3    
Pro Tour-Philadelphia 5/6/2005 159 2 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Bologna 6/10/2005 125 2 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-London 7/8/2005 184 3 3 0 0    
2005 French Nationals 7/31/2005 8 9 3 1 0    
Grand Prix-Nottingham 10/15/2005 219 1 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 10/28/2005 14 11 5 0 0    
Grand Prix-Copenhagen 11/5/2005 15 7 4 0 3    
Grand Prix-Bilbao 11/19/2005 135 3 3 0 3    
2005 World Championships 12/2/2005 50 11 7 0 0    
2005 Season     85 63 5 25 178 55.56%
Grand Prix-Lille 12/17/2005 35 8 4 0 3    
Grand Prix-Hasselt 1/28/2006 27 8 4 0 3    
Grand Prix-Dortmund 2/18/2006 23 8 4 0 3    
Pro Tour--Honolulu 3/3/2006 355 1 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Cardiff 3/25/2006 7 8 4 0 3    
Grand Prix-Barcelona 4/8/2006 2 11 2 2 3    
Pro Tour-Prague 5/5/2006 211 3 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Torino 6/3/2006 15 8 4 0 3    
Pro Tour-Charleston (Team) 6/16/2006 9            
Grand Prix-Toulouse 6/24/2006 10 8 3 0 3    
Grand Prix-Malmo 7/22/2006 113 2 3 0 3    
2006 Sweden Nationals 8/5/2006 19 8 4 0 0    
2006 Grand Prix-Phoenix 9/2/2006 3 9 3 1 3    
Grand Prix-Athens 10/14/2006 48 5 5 1 3    
Pro Tour-Kobe 10/20/2006 122 5 8 0 2    
2006 Season     92 55 4 32 183 60.93%

  • The first active Pro Tour competitor to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
  • RECORD VS. HALL OF FAME W L D
    vs. Jon Finkel 2 0 0
    vs. Darwin Kastle 1 1 0
    vs. Tommi Hovi 1 0 0
    vs. Alan Comer 1 1 0
    vs. Olle Råde 1 0 0
    vs. Bob Maher 1 3 0
    vs. Dave Humpherys 0 0 0
    vs. Gary Wise 1 3 0
    vs. Rob Dougherty 0 1 0
    Career Total 8 9 0

  • Began playing at Pro Tour–Paris 1997 when he was only 15 years old.
  • Has played in over 50 Pro Tours and is approaching 50 consecutive Pro Tours attended.
  • He made the first of countless Top 64 finishes at Worlds that year and quickly posted a Top 16 finish in Mainz the following season.
  • Levy won Grand Prix–Lyons with a scintillating mono-green land destruction deck that was dubbed Legion Land Loss.
  • Levy finished fourth at Worlds in 1998 playing Survival of the Fittest and has not missed a Pro Tour since that event.
  • Survival of the Fittest was Levy's weapon of choice when he returned to the Sunday stage for Chicago 1999.
  • Levy continually finishes in the money and recently posted a Top 16 finish at Pro Tour–Los Angeles 2005.
  • The consummate Magic Pro, Levy is one of the cornerstones of the European Magic Community.
  • Levy is the answer man behind the Ask the Pro column on Magicthegathering.com
  • He also writes regularly for www.starcitygames.com about his quest to achieve higher levels in the Pro Players Club.
  • His eleven Grand Prix Top 8 appearances put him in elite company with the likes of fellow Hall of Famer Darwin Kastle and ahead of fellow inductee Bob Maher.
  • Listed below are notable decklists from Raphaël Lévy's Pro Tour career.

    Raphaël Lévy - Legion Land Loss
    Grand Prix-Lyon 1998, Winner, Extended


    Raphaël Lévy - Aggro Rock
    Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2005, 14th place, Extended


    Video

  • Pro Tour-Chicago 1999 Quarterfinals: Raphaël Lévy vs. Alan Comer (12.4 MB mp4 zip)
  • Pro Tour-Chicago 1999 Semifinals: Raphaël Lévy vs. Brian Davis, Part I (35.3 MB mp4 zip)
  • Pro Tour-Chicago 1999 Semifinals: Raphaël Lévy vs. Brian Davis, Part II (31.0 MB mp4 zip)
  • 2006 Hall of Fame Highlight Reel (106 MB mp4 zip)
  • Photo Gallery

    Raphaël Lévy has been a fixture on the Pro Tour for nearly 10 years, attending 49 consecutive Pro Tour and Worlds events.


    Lévy takes on Noah Boeken at the 2000 European Championships final.


    The resident Ask the Pro at magicthegathering.com, Lévy shares his knowledge and experiences with readers every week.


    Raphaël Lévy was one of 16 Pro Tour stars who competed in the special Ninth Edition release event in Moscow to commemorate the printing of Russian Magic cards.


    Levy's election to the Hall of Fame was the first for a full-time active player.

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