1) Josh Utter-Leyton (Wrapter)
Wrapter won’t get 100% of the vote, because nobody does, but he is one of the few people that deserves it. Five Pro Tour Top 8s is already enough to need a compelling reason not to vote for someone, and Wrapter has a Player of the Year title, a Nationals title, and a well-earned reputation for being one of the best deck builders in the game to boot. I’m not even holding his Razorverge Thicket, Tectonic Edge, Vedalken Shackles deck against him (this is a deck he played at a Grand Prix), and am glad to cast a vote for the only windmill slam on the ballot this year. Wrapter being a teammate and a close friend makes me happy, but honestly, I’d snap vote for him even if I’d never talked to him, based on accomplishments alone. It’s hard to justify not voting for Wrapter, and that’s not something I say often when it comes to Hall of Fame voting.
I am voting for Josh Utter-Leyton.
2) Mark Herberholz
I’ve voted for Mark every year, for the following reasons: He has 4 Pro Tour Top 8s alongside a win, he was one of the best players in the mid-2000s, and he was one of the best deck builders during his time on the Pro Tour, with a hand in decks such as R/G Beatdown in Honolulu 2005, Martyr/Tron at Worlds 2006, and Dragonstorm at Worlds 2007. He even contributed greatly to the Puresteel Paladin deck that took Pat Cox and David Sharfman to the Top 8 of Pro Tour Nagoya in 2011, and that was well after Mark had stopped competing regularly. Additionally, if you look at my votes (and reasoning) over the last couple years, I value raw skill highly, and Mark was one of the best players of the game under that metric.
I am voting for Mark Herberholz.
3) Martin Juza
3 Pro Tour Top 8s is on the low end of what it takes to get my vote, though I did vote for Owen, Yuuya, and Eric Froehlich (who all then have added another Pro Tour Top 8 to their resumes). Martin has a lot more besides those Top 8s, as did those 3 players, and that’s what pushes him over the top for me. I value Pro Tour Top 16s highly, and 3 Top 8s alongside 3 Top 16s is a stat I care about (as well as a strong 3-year median, which indicates consistent performance at his peak). He did lose major points for his anti-Dredge sideboard plan at Pro Tour Austin being Gaddock Teeg + Ravenous Trap, but Martin’s demonstrated prowess in Limited alongside his unquestionable dedication to the game mean a lot to me. He is one of the few players with over 500 Pro Points not in the Hall of Fame, and the sum of his achievements makes me happy to vote for him.
I am voting for Martin Juza.
- Josh Utter-Leyton
- Mark Herberholz
- Martin Juza