All this week (and occasionally in the run up to every Pro Tour) Paul Jordan (the Magic stats guy) puts on an entertaining—and incredibly informative—show on Twitter. His @magicPJ handle tweets out facts about the Pro Tour, its competitors, the field of players, and any other number of things his stat-minded brain dares to spew out into the internet.
For example, in honor of Abzan Week and the clan's penchant for outlasting the competition, we got this beauty.
Ben Stark is 7 wins away from 900 career PT+GP match wins. #PTKTK— paul jordan (@magicPJ) September 30, 2014
Of course, other pros, like Luis Scott-Vargas (@lsv), tend to chime in on Paul's threads from time to time…as Luis did in response to the Tweet above.
And when I ever-so-politely asked Paul to Tweet about draws, he delivered almost immediately.
Darwin Kastle is 2 draws away from 100 PT/GP draws. #ptktk— paul jordan (@magicPJ) September 30, 2014
So if you like Magic, if you enjoy the Pro Tour, if you're a stat-head, or any combination of the above, you really should be following the #mtgstatguy Paul Jordan for tidbits like these:
Shuhei has more GP byes (502) than 85% of the #PTKTK field has non-bye GP matches.— paul jordan (@magicPJ) September 30, 2014
Median #PTKTK player: 28 years old, 3 PTs played, 14 GPs played, 18 career Pro Points.— paul jordan (@magicPJ) September 30, 2014
Top career October PT/GP win % (min 50 matches): Cifka 75.5%, Lukas Jaklovsky 70.8%, Oiso 69.7%, Watanabe 68.3%, Bob Maher 67.7% #PTKTK— paul jordan (@magicPJ) September 30, 2014
Paul keeps his ear pretty close to the ground on all things Magic, so it was no surprise to see him pull out this nugget on Community Cup competitor Paul Cheon recently.
Top Constructed win % in PT/GP, min 200 matches, #PTKTK qualified players: Paul Cheon 151-71-14 68%— paul jordan (@magicPJ) September 28, 2014
Part of what makes the Pro Tour special are the performances that lead to stats just like that one. Or ones that shed even more light from a different angle on a season we already knew was special.
And he does this for every Pro Tour, like clockwork, and with aplomb.
Just got a data dump for the PT. Nom nom nom— paul jordan (@magicPJ) September 23, 2014
And remember, Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir starts Friday, October 10 at 9 a.m. Honolulu time (you can find local start times on the Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir information page ), so check out @magicPJ in the days leading up to the tournament, then tune in to see what new Standard has to offer.