Class of: 2008
Hometown: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Debut: Pro Tour-New York 1999-00
Lifetime Pro Points: 319
The first player from The Netherlands inducted into the Hall of Fame ... Won Pro Tour-Seattle along with Kamiel Cornelissen and Jeroen Remie as the powerhouse team Von Dutch ... His two Grand Prix titles came five years apart, the latest in 2008 ... The model of consitency, rarely finishing out of the money at a Pro Tour ... Shaped metagames with his ahead-of-the-curve deckbuilding.
Jelger Wiegersma just seems to get stronger the longer he plays. His career began rather inauspiciously at Pro Tour–New York (in New Jersey) over ten years ago and it took a couple of seasons for him to find a handhold on the so-called gravy train. Once he qualified for every event from 2001 through this current season, he has been the picture of consistency and has steadily climbed up the leaderboards in both points and lifetime winnings. He has strung together Top 32 and Top 16 finishes around three Pro Tour Top 8 appearances with a win as a member of Von Dutch at Pro Tour—Seattle. He also has thirteen GP Top 8s with two wins—including a win within the current Pro Tour season.
“I wasn't sure I was going to get in,” admitted Jelger despite his high profile and continued success. “I knew a lot of my friends on the Pro Tour had voted for me, so I thought I had a decent shot. I was very happy when I got the news that I made it. I didn't even realize the voting had even ended yet, so it was definitely a surprise.”
While there is no question that Jelger will play at Worlds—he was already planning on it in the course of normal events—the Hall of Fame may have come at just the right time for a player who will shortly be entering the workforce. “I just got a new job, so I might not be able to attend all the Pro Tours, but I will try to go as many as possible. When I do go I will make sure I have enough practice with the format to be competitive. I hate losing, so I hope I get to another Sunday at some point. I never really expect myself to win and am always surprised when I do well, so I won't make any predictions about playing on Sunday. I will definitely try to get there though.”
“My first Pro Tour was in Secaucus, New Jersey,” recalled the Dutch player of his first taste of Pro Tour play. “It was Urza Block Constructed and I qualified in Extended with a Pox deck. We didn't have Top 8s in our PTQs back then—just straight Swiss. I was behind on tiebreakers when there was only one match going on in the last round. Fortunately one of my earlier opponents was still playing and he managed to win, pushing my tiebreakers just far enough for me to qualify.”
“I was only fifteen and I remember that I was very excited to travel all the way to the U.S. I had a great time with Noah Boeken, Alexander Witt, Roel Dols and Bram Snepvangers. And even though I didn't do so well—3-5 I think—I knew that I would do anything to try to qualify again because I just loved competing against all the great players. I remember playing against both Randy Buehler and Ben Rubin.”
While many of the players enshrined before him had retired by the time the Hall of Fame was introduced, Jelger has been an active player for the last three World Championships and he could not help but to fantasize about stepping up on stage himself.
“I attended all the other induction ceremonies—seeing all the great players—so I was always hoping that it would be me some day. Of course when I first started playing on the Pro Tour I would never have even imagined I would be so successful. Being honored in this way is definitely not something I would have expected 10 years ago. I am honored to be considered one of the best by the people who know most about the game.”
In that vein, Jelger wanted to “thank everyone who voted for me. I want to thank all my good friends at the Pro Tour for making all the tournaments so enjoyable. I want to thank all the organizers and judges who ever had anything to do with the Pro Tour for their great work. I want to thank Wizards for making Magic.”
THE POWER OF JELGER
Creature (26)4 Arcbound Ravager 4 Arcbound Worker 4 Disciple of the Vault 4 Frogmite 4 Myr Enforcer 3 Myr Retriever 3 Ornithopter
Sorcery (4)4 Thoughtcast
Land (19)4 Blinkmoth Nexus 4 Darksteel Citadel 1 Glimmervoid 2 Great Furnace 4 Seat of the Synod 4 Vault of Whispers
Sideboard (15)2 Glimmervoid 1 Great Furnace 1 Myr Retriever 4 Electrostatic Bolt 1 Furnace Dragon 3 Genesis Chamber 3 Terror
Blue (4)4 Thoughtcast
Colorless (59)4 Blinkmoth Nexus 4 Darksteel Citadel 3 Glimmervoid 3 Great Furnace 4 Seat of the Synod 4 Vault of Whispers 4 Arcbound Ravager 4 Arcbound Worker 4 Frogmite 4 Myr Enforcer 4 Myr Retriever 3 Ornithopter 4 Æther Vial 2 Chromatic Sphere 4 Skullclamp 1 Talisman of Dominance 3 Genesis Chamber
1 (22)4 Arcbound Worker 4 Disciple of the Vault 4 Æther Vial 2 Chromatic Sphere 4 Skullclamp 4 Electrostatic Bolt
4 (4)4 Frogmite
5 (4)4 Thoughtcast
7 (4)4 Myr Enforcer
9 (1)1 Furnace Dragon
Common (44)4 Darksteel Citadel 3 Great Furnace 4 Seat of the Synod 4 Vault of Whispers 4 Arcbound Worker 4 Disciple of the Vault 4 Frogmite 4 Myr Enforcer 2 Chromatic Sphere 4 Thoughtcast 4 Electrostatic Bolt 3 Terror
Creature (27)4 Burrenton Forge-Tender 4 Cloudgoat Ranger 2 Goldmeadow Harrier 4 Goldmeadow Stalwart 4 Knight of Meadowgrain 2 Mirror Entity 3 Thistledown Liege 4 Wizened Cenn
Sorcery (4)4 Spectral Procession
Instant (3)3 Mirrorweave
White (43)4 Burrenton Forge-Tender 4 Cloudgoat Ranger 2 Goldmeadow Harrier 4 Goldmeadow Stalwart 4 Knight of Meadowgrain 2 Mirror Entity 4 Wizened Cenn 4 Spectral Procession 3 Ajani Goldmane 3 Oblivion Ring 3 Pollen Lullaby 3 Reveillark 3 Wispmare
6 (4)4 Spectral Procession
Uncommon (30)4 Burrenton Forge-Tender 4 Cloudgoat Ranger 4 Goldmeadow Stalwart 4 Knight of Meadowgrain 4 Wizened Cenn 4 Spectral Procession 3 Oblivion Ring 3 Pollen Lullaby
Rare (18)3 Mutavault 4 Rustic Clachan 2 Mirror Entity 3 Thistledown Liege 3 Mirrorweave 3 Reveillark
Sorcery (2)2 Gaea's Blessing
Instant (23)4 Accumulated Knowledge 4 Brainstorm 4 Counterspell 4 Enlightened Tutor 4 Force of Will 3 Swords to Plowshares
Artifact (1)1 Powder Keg
Enchantment (7)2 Oath of Druids 1 Overgrown Estate 2 Seal of Cleansing 1 Sylvan Library 1 Wild Research
Land (24)4 Flood Plain 2 Savannah 3 Treetop Village 4 Tropical Island 4 Tundra 1 Underground Sea 3 Volcanic Island 3 Wasteland
Sideboard (15)2 Morphling 1 Seal of Cleansing 1 Swords to Plowshares 1 Circle of Protection: Red 1 Crater Hellion 1 Pernicious Deed 4 Pyroblast 4 Wrath of God
White (16)4 Enlightened Tutor 3 Seal of Cleansing 4 Swords to Plowshares 1 Circle of Protection: Red 4 Wrath of God
Colorless (25)4 Flood Plain 2 Savannah 3 Treetop Village 4 Tropical Island 4 Tundra 1 Underground Sea 3 Volcanic Island 3 Wasteland 1 Powder Keg
2 (18)4 Accumulated Knowledge 4 Counterspell 2 Gaea's Blessing 2 Oath of Druids 1 Powder Keg 3 Seal of Cleansing 1 Sylvan Library 1 Circle of Protection: Red
6 (1)1 Crater Hellion
Common (22)4 Accumulated Knowledge 4 Brainstorm 4 Counterspell 2 Gaea's Blessing 3 Seal of Cleansing 1 Circle of Protection: Red 4 Pyroblast
Rare (34)2 Savannah 4 Tropical Island 4 Tundra 1 Underground Sea 3 Volcanic Island 3 Morphling 1 Spike Weaver 4 Force of Will 2 Oath of Druids 1 Overgrown Estate 1 Powder Keg 1 Sylvan Library 1 Wild Research 1 Crater Hellion 1 Pernicious Deed 4 Wrath of God
Mythic (4)4 Swords to Plowshares
Creature (18)1 Hokori, Dust Drinker 2 Kodama of the North Tree 2 Meloku the Clouded Mirror 1 Myojin of Cleansing Fire 3 Orochi Sustainer 1 Patron of the Kitsune 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder 4 Yosei, the Morning Star
Enchantment (2)2 Genju of the Cedars
Land (22)1 Eiganjo Castle 10 Forest 1 Island 1 Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers 7 Plains 2 Tendo Ice Bridge
Sideboard (15)1 Hokori, Dust Drinker 1 Myojin of Cleansing Fire 4 Empty-Shrine Kannushi 4 Ghostly Prison 3 Hisoka's Defiance 2 Wear Away
White (20)2 Hokori, Dust Drinker 2 Myojin of Cleansing Fire 1 Patron of the Kitsune 4 Yosei, the Morning Star 3 Final Judgment 4 Empty-Shrine Kannushi 4 Ghostly Prison
Green (20)2 Kodama of the North Tree 3 Orochi Sustainer 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder 2 Genju of the Cedars 4 Kodama's Reach 3 Time of Need 2 Wear Away
Colorless (30)1 Eiganjo Castle 10 Forest 1 Island 1 Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers 7 Plains 2 Tendo Ice Bridge 4 Sensei's Divining Top 4 Umezawa's Jitte
2 (19)3 Orochi Sustainer 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder 3 Time of Need 4 Umezawa's Jitte 3 Hisoka's Defiance 2 Wear Away
4 (2)2 Hokori, Dust Drinker
8 (2)2 Myojin of Cleansing Fire
Common (34)10 Forest 1 Island 7 Plains 3 Orochi Sustainer 4 Sakura-Tribe Elder 4 Kodama's Reach 3 Hisoka's Defiance 2 Wear Away
Rare (20)1 Eiganjo Castle 1 Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers 2 Tendo Ice Bridge 2 Hokori, Dust Drinker 2 Kodama of the North Tree 2 Meloku the Clouded Mirror 2 Myojin of Cleansing Fire 1 Patron of the Kitsune 3 Final Judgment 4 Umezawa's Jitte
Artifact (4)4 Orzhov Signet
Land (23)2 Godless Shrine 1 Orzhov Basilica 4 Overgrown Tomb 4 Plains 1 Selesnya Sanctuary 1 Shizo, Death's Storehouse 3 Swamp 4 Temple Garden 3 Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree
Sideboard (15)1 Eradicate 4 Last Gasp 2 Naturalize 3 Nezumi Shortfang 2 Night of Souls' Betrayal 1 Peace of Mind 2 Pithing Needle
Black (20)2 Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni 4 Cranial Extraction 4 Phyrexian Arena 1 Eradicate 4 Last Gasp 3 Nezumi Shortfang 2 Night of Souls' Betrayal
Green (2)2 Naturalize
Colorless (29)2 Godless Shrine 1 Orzhov Basilica 4 Overgrown Tomb 4 Plains 1 Selesnya Sanctuary 1 Shizo, Death's Storehouse 3 Swamp 4 Temple Garden 3 Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree 4 Orzhov Signet 2 Pithing Needle
1 (2)2 Pithing Needle
4 (18)4 Loxodon Hierarch 4 Cranial Extraction 3 Faith's Fetters 4 Wrath of God 1 Eradicate 2 Night of Souls' Betrayal
6 (2)2 Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni
7 (2)2 Angel of Despair
Common (26)1 Orzhov Basilica 4 Plains 1 Selesnya Sanctuary 3 Swamp 4 Castigate 3 Faith's Fetters 4 Orzhov Signet 4 Last Gasp 2 Naturalize
Rare (36)2 Godless Shrine 4 Overgrown Tomb 1 Shizo, Death's Storehouse 4 Temple Garden 2 Angel of Despair 4 Loxodon Hierarch 4 Cranial Extraction 4 Phyrexian Arena 4 Wrath of God 3 Nezumi Shortfang 2 Night of Souls' Betrayal 2 Pithing Needle
Mythic (2)2 Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni
JELGER WIEGERSMACAREER STATISTICS
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JELGER WIEGERSMACAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- Qualified for Pro Tour-Chicago ’99-00 with a deck he designed that would ultimately become known as The Rock.
- Finished 10th at that Pro Tour playing an innovative Back to Basics Blue deck with Thieving Magpie that took the field completely by surprise.
- His 319 Pro Points are the most for any Dutch player in Magic history.
- The first of Jelger’s three Pro Tour Top 8s came in New Orleans with Oath of Druids – he never finished worse than fourth once he made the Top 8.
- Jelger made the Top 4 of Pro Tour-Kobe playing Vial Affinity.
- Alongside Jeroen Remie and Kamiel Cornelissen, he won Pro Tour-Seattle 2004 as a member of Von Dutch.
- Is regarded as one of the most consistent performers in the history of the Pro Tour with 14 Top 32 finishes.
- Jelger has 13Grand Prix Top 8 finishes with two trophies, including a win in 2008 after his "retirement" from active play.
- Is considered to be the pro’s pro and was overwhelmingly voted into the 2007 Magic Invitational on the Player’s Ballot.
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