Hall of Fame Class of 2005

Posted in Feature on August 1, 2005

By Brian David-Marshall

Brian David-Marshall is a New York–based game designer who has been involved with Magic since 1994, when he started organizing tournaments and ran a Manhattan game store. Since then, he has been a judge, a player, and one of the longest-tenured columnists on DailyMTG.com, as he enters his second decade writing for the site. He is also the Pro Tour Historian and one of the commentators for the Pro Tour.

All photos by Craig Gibson.

Jon Finkel after winning Worlds 2000, capping an amazing year in which he was U.S. National Champion, World Champion, and part of the championship U.S. team.

Jon Finkel faces Kai Budde at Pro Tour-Chicago 2003 in one of the few sanctioned matches between the game's greatest players.

Jon Finkel at Pro Tour-Chicago 2000, which featured a Top 8 including Kai Budde, Kamiel Cornelissen, Brian Kibler, Rob Dougherty, Michael Pustilinik, Zvi Mowshowitz and Jay Elarar.

Jon Finkel, at Worlds 2004. This was Jon's most recent appearance on the Pro Tour.

Darwin Kastle played in every Pro Tour from 1996 until Kobe in 2004, a remarkable stretch of activity.

Darwin Kastle at Pro Tour-Venice 2003, the last of his Top 8 appearances stretching over an eight-year span.

Darwin Kastle finished 7th at Pro Tour-New Orleans 2001, one of his eight Top 8 appearances.

Darwin Kastle, with fellow YMG team members Rob Dougherty and Dave Humpherys. YMG remains one of the dominant forces in team play

Darwin Kastle at the 2001 Magic Invitational in Sydney, Australia. Darwin won the second Invitational and gave the world Avalanche Riders.

Tommi Hovi's stone-faced demeanor was not something you wanted to see seated across from you on the Tour.

Tommi Hovi at Grand Prix-Göteborg 2003.

Tommi Hovi at Worlds 2001, where he finished 7th.

Tommi Hovi finished in the top 25 of 15 of his 30 Pro Tour appearances.

Tommi Hovi's reach helped elevate European Magic to the heights it is at today.

Alan Comer's skill as a deckbuilder changed the face of Magic several times.

Alan Comer at Pro Tour-Barcelona 2001, one of his five Top 8 appearances.

Alan Comer with the rest of Game Empire (Brian Selden and Kurt Burgner ) at Pro Tour-Washington, D.C. 2000. Also playing on Sunday were Jon Finkel and Team Antarctica and Darwin Kastle and YMG, who won the event.

Alan Comer at Pro Tour-San Diego 2002, in one of his last Pro Tour appearances.

Alan Comer at Worlds 2001, showing his characteristic joy in playing Magic.

Olle Råde shows off Sylvan Safekeeper, his prize for winning the first Magic Invitational.

Olle Råde in action at Pro Tour-Barcelona 2003. After repeated strong showings in the early years of the Tour, Rade has appeared in only three events since 1999.

Olle Råde at Pro Tour-Tokyo 2001, one of his 10 Top 32 finishes (out of 18 events).

After playing for many years on the Pro Tour with long hair (see Sylvan Safekeeper), when Råde re-appeared on the Tour with a shaved head some people didn't recognize him.

Olle Råde at Pro Tour-Boston 2003, squaring off against a fresh-faced Masashi Oiso.

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