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Melissa DeTora
Residence Kent, Washington, United States
Nationality {USA} American
Professional Career
Pro Tour debut Pro Tour Venice 2003
Top Finishes 1 (0 wins)
GP top 8s 2 (0 wins)

Melissa DeTora is a member of the Magic Play Design team at Wizards of the Coast.


She is a former professional Magic player and writer for GatheringMagic. She became the first woman to make the top eight of a Pro Tour when she made the top eight of Pro Tour Gatecrash.

Wizards of the Coast R&D[]

In 2015-2016 DeTora was hired by Wizards of the Coast as a playtester and occasional designer and developer. In May 2017, she became a full-time employee as part of the Play Design team.[1][2][3] In this capacity, she took over Latest Developments from Sam Stoddard. The column was also renamed Play Design[4] but later petered out of existence. In June 2021, DeTora was promoted to Senior Designer.

Under the lead of DeTora, Casual Play Design was created in the last weeks of 2021.[5][6]



Pro Tour[]


Season Event type Location Format Date Rank
2011 Grand Prix Santiago Limited 22–23 October 2011 4
2012–13 Pro Tour Montreal Standard and Booster Draft 15–17 February 2013 6
2014–15 Grand Prix Orlando Limited 4–5 October 2014 2


Pro Tour Results[]

List of the Pro Tour results and winnings of Melissa DeTora
Season Pro Tour Format Finish Winnings
2002–03 Venice Block Constructed 209
2003–04 Boston Team Limited 107
2005 Colombus Extended 172
2006 Charleston Team Constructed 42
2007 Valencia Extended 54 $610
2008 Kuala Lumpur Booster Draft 62 $530
2008 Hollywood Standard 243
2008 Berlin Extended 141
2008 Worlds (Memphis) Special 285
2012 Dark Ascension in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 402
2012 Avacyn Restored in Barcelona Block Constructed and Booster Draft 232
2012–13 Gatecrash in Montreal Standard and Booster Draft 6 $10,000
2012–13 Dragon's Maze in San Diego Block Constructed and Booster Draft 64 $1,000
2013–14 Theros in Dublin Standard and Booster Draft 133
2013–14 Born of the Gods in Valencia Modern and Booster Draft 95
2013–14 Journey into Nyx in Atlanta Block Constructed and Booster Draft 302
2013–14 Magic 2015 in Portland Standard and Booster Draft 23 $2,500
2014–15 Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 344



  1. Mark Rosewater (May 17, 2017). "Play Design". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Dan Burdick (June 16, 2017). "On the Shoulders of Giants". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Bryan Hawley (April 24, 2019). "Checking in With Play Design". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Melissa DeTora (June 23, 2017). "Cycle of Torment". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Melissa DeTora (October 21, 2021). "I am leading the new MTG Casual Play Design team at Wizards". Twitter.
  6. Melissa DeTora (October 21, 2021.) "AMA". Magic: The Gathering Discord.
  7. Melissa De Tora (October 14, 2021). "The Stranger Things secret lair drop was one of the projects I worked on.". Twitter.

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