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Owen Turtenwald
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Nickname ORAT[1]
Born April 16, 1989
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Nationality {USA} American
Professional Career
Pro Tour debut Pro Tour Valencia 2007
Top Finishes 5 (0 wins)
GP top 8s 25 (5 wins)
Hall of Fame
Player of the Year

Owen Robert Alexander Turtenwald is a former American professional player. His greatest accomplishments include the 2011 and 2015–16 Player of the Year titles, five Pro Tour top eights, and five Grand Prix wins. In 2016, he was voted into the Hall of Fame.

Professional play

Turtenwald started playing Magic at a young age, having been taught by the owner of the local card shop. He first gained prominence as a player of Eternal formats - Legacy and Vintage - and his first success at the professional scene was at Grand Prix Colombus 2007, where he piloted a Legacy Goblins deck to a second-place finish.[2] He thus qualified for his first Pro Tour, PT Valencia, where he took an Extended version of the Goblin deck to an 18th-place finish.[3] In the following Pro Tour seasons, Turtenwald played several Pro Tours without quite making it onto the gravy train. He later stated that he was about to quit during the 2010 season due to performing poorly and not getting rewarded for the work he was putting in.[4] But he joined ChannelFireball, which helped elevate his game, and by the end of the season, he'd achieved level 5 in the Pro Players Club.[5]

The 2011 season started well for Turtenwald; he made the top eight of the season's first event, Grand Prix Atlanta, and followed it up with a 12th-place finish at Pro Tour Paris two weeks later. Turtenwald finished in the top eight of six additional Grand Prix events that year - at Denver, Dallas, Providence, Singapore, Santiago, and San Diego - equalling Ryan Fuller's record of seven GP top eights in a single season. When he finished 33rd at the World Championships and Luis Scott-Vargas failed to win his quarterfinal match, Turtenwald became the 2011 Player of the Year, the first to do so without making the top eight of at least one Pro Tour during the season they won. Turtenwald's title contributed to Platinum status in the Pro Players Club following the 2012 season, and qualified him for the inaugural 2012 Players Championship (later renamed the World Championship), where he finished 10th.[6]

In early 2013, Turtenwald joined the team now known as The Pantheon, and at PT Gatecrash, he finally advanced to Sunday play at a Pro Tour, finishing 5th after losing to Eric Froehlich in the quarterfinals.[7] Turtenwald renewed his Platinum membership, but came a few points short of qualifying for the 2013 World Championship.[8] The 2013–14 season proved to be better, as Turtenwald won his first two Grand Prix tournaments, with back-to-back wins at Prix Washington, D.C. and Albuquerque, finished in the money at all four Pro Tour events; he finished 55th, 15th, and 29th at the first three, and then concluded the season with his second Pro Tour top eight appearance at PT Magic 2015, where he placed fourth after beating Patrick Cox and losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Ivan Floch. He finished runner-up in the Player of the Year race behind Jérémy Dezani. This qualified him for the 2014 World Championship, where he ended up in 13th-place; and he captained the United States national team to a fourth-place finish at the 2014 World Magic Cup.

A good start to the 2014–15 season, where he won Grand Prix Portland alongside Peach Garden Oath teammates Reid Duke and William Jensen, and finished 11th at Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir, saw him take an early lead in the Player of the Year race. He would eventually be surpassed by multiple players, ending the season in 13th-place, but qualified for the 2015 World Championship.[9] This would be the start of a great season for Turtenwald. He finished second behind Seth Manfield at Worlds, and then made his third Pro Tour top eight at PT Battle for Zendikar. He took his fourth Grand Prix title at GP Houston 2016, and scored four additional GP top eights. Despite his performances, he came into the last Pro Tour of the season, PT Eldritch Moon, trailing Seth Manfield in the Player of the Year race by 13 points, needing a top eight finish to have a shot at the title. Turtenwald started the event 11–1, but lost the next three matches, needing to win the last to clinch top eight and the PotY title. After being down a game against Daniel Cathro, Turtenwald came back and won, claiming both a top eight berth and his second Player of the Year title, becoming only the second player to win two, after Kai Budde and Yuuya Watanabe. Turtenwald eventually finished second in the event after dispatching Yuuta Takahashi in the quarterfinals and Luis Scott-Vargas in the semifinals, but losing the final match to Lukas Blohon. Turtenwald was also revealed to have been voted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the 2016 class alongside Yuuya Watanabe, having won 70.9% of the votes.

2016–17 was a comparatively quiet season for Turtenwald, although two Grand Prix top eights with the Peach Garden Oath, including a win at GP Cleveland 2017, along with a couple of solid Pro Tour finishes (18th and 32nd), were sufficient for Platinum membership in the Pro Players Club for the sixth season running, as well as qualification for the 2017 World Championship, where he finished eighth. In 2017–18, although he was never very deep in the Player of the Year race, Owen reached the top eight of a Pro Tour for a fifth time, at PT Dominaria, and thanks to overall stellar, if not flashy, finishes, renewed Platinum membership and qualification for the 2018 World Championship. This tied Turtenwald with Yuuya Watanabe and Reid Duke when it comes to number of post-2012 World Championship events played in, with six. Turtenwald finished at a very disappointing 21st-place at that tournament; however, Turtenwald's team's performance at the season's Pro Tours was good enough to qualify them for the Team Series taking place simultaneously, where they ended up taking down the Hareruya Latin team to claim the title. In December 2018, it was announced that Turtenwald would be one of the 32 players joining the upcoming 2019 Magic Pro League.


On March 27, 2019 Magic Esports Twitter suddenly announced that Turtenwald wouldn't be participating in the Mythic Invitational for which he previously had been invited, and that he was replaced with Brian David-Marshall. No reason was given. Three days later unconfirmed rumors surfaced that Turtlewald had been behaving in an inappropriate manner towards female players.[10]

On April 25, 2019, it became clear that Turtenwald was removed from the Magic Pro League altogether. He was replaced by Autumn Burchett.[11]


Season Event type Location Format Date Rank
2007 Grand Prix Columbus Legacy 19–20 May 2007 2
2009 Grand Prix Minneapolis Limited 13–14 November 2009 5
2010 Grand Prix Washington, D.C. Standard 22–23 May 2010 2
2011 Grand Prix Atlanta Extended 22–23 January 2011 8
2011 Grand Prix Denver Limited 19–20 February 2011 3
2011 Grand Prix Dallas/Fort Worth Standard 9–10 April 2011 3
2011 Grand Prix Providence Legacy 28–29 May 2011 5
2011 Grand Prix Singapore Standard 4–5 June 2011 4
2011 Grand Prix Santiago Limited 22–23 October 2011 3
2011 Grand Prix San Diego Limited 12–13 November 2011 6
2012 Grand Prix Seattle Limited 3–4 March 2012 8
2012–13 Grand Prix San Jose Team Limited 9–10 October 2012 3 [I]
2012–13 Pro Tour Montreal Standard and Booster Draft 15–17 February 2013 5
2013–14 Grand Prix Washington, D.C. Legacy 16–17 November 2013 1
2013–14 Grand Prix Albuquerque Standard 23–24 November 2013 1
2013–14 Grand Prix Barcelona Team Limited 1–2 March 2014 3
2013–14 Pro Tour Portland Standard and Booster Draft 1–3 August 2014 4
2014–15 Grand Prix Portland Team Limited 9–10 August 2014 1
2014–15 World Magic Cup Nice National team 5–7 December 2014 4
2015–16 Grand Prix Detroit Team Limited 15–16 August 2015 3
2015–16 Worlds Seattle Special 27–30 August 2015 2
2015–16 Pro Tour Milwaukee Standard and Booster Draft 16–18 October 2015 5
2015–16 Grand Prix Atlanta Limited 14–15 November 2015 2
2015–16 Grand Prix Houston Standard 27–28 February 2016 1
2015–16 Grand Prix Washington, D.C. Team Limited 12–13 March 2016 3
2015–16 Grand Prix Minneapolis Standard 28–29 May 2016 6
2015–16 Pro Tour Sydney Standard and Booster Draft 5–7 August 2016 2
2016–17 Grand Prix San Antonio Team Modern 1–2 April 2017 2
2016–17 Grand Prix Cleveland Team Limited 24–25 June 2017 1
2017–18 Grand Prix Providence Team Limited 30 September–1 October 2017 2
2017–18 Pro Tour Richmond Standard and Booster Draft 1–3 June 2018 3
2017–18 Nationals Colombus Standard and Booster Draft 30 June–1 July 2018 7
2017–18 Pro Tour Team Series Las Vegas Team Limited 23 September 2018 1
2018–19 Grand Prix Milwaukee Standard 17–18 November 2018 8


Other achievements

Pro Tour Results

List of the Pro Tour results and winnings of Owen Turtenwald
Season Pro Tour Format Finish Winnings
2007 Valencia Extended 18 $3,250
2007 Worlds (New York) Special 287
2008 Hollywood Standard 218
2008 Berlin Extended 176
2009 Honolulu Block Constructed and Booster Draft 100
2009 Austin Extended and Booster Draft 360
2010 San Diego Standard and Booster Draft 27 $1,700
2010 San Juan Block Constructed and Booster Draft 265
2010 Amsterdam Extended and Booster Draft 225
2010 Worlds (Chiba) Special 53 $620
2011 Paris Standard and Booster Draft 12 $5,500
2011 Nagoya Block Constructed and Booster Draft 85
2011 Philadelphia Modern and Booster Draft 106
2011 Worlds (San Francisco) Special 33 $1,300
2012 Dark Ascension in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 159
2012 Avacyn Restored in Barcelona Block Constructed and Booster Draft 253
2012–13 Return to Ravnica in Seattle Modern and Booster Draft 287
2012–13 Gatecrash in Montreal Standard and Booster Draft 5 $10,000
2012–13 Dragon's Maze in San Diego Block Constructed and Booster Draft 340
2013–14 Theros in Dublin Standard and Booster Draft 55 $1,000
2013–14 Born of the Gods in Valencia Modern and Booster Draft 15 $5,000
2013–14 Journey into Nyx in Atlanta Block Constructed and Booster Draft 29 $1,500
2013–14 Magic 2015 in Portland Standard and Booster Draft 4 $12,500
2014–15 Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 11 $5,000
2014–15 Fate Reforged in Washington, D.C. Modern and Booster Draft 75 $1,000
2014–15 Dragons of Tarkir in Brussels Standard and Booster Draft 105
2014–15 Magic Origins in Vancouver Standard and Booster Draft 144
2015–16 Battle for Zendikar in Milwaukee Standard and Booster Draft 5 $10,000
2015–16 Oath of the Gatewatch in Atlanta Modern and Booster Draft 18 $2,500
2015–16 Shadows over Innistrad in Madrid Standard and Booster Draft 123
2015–16 Eldritch Moon in Sydney Standard and Booster Draft 2 $20,000
2016–17 Kaladesh in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 111
2016–17 Aether Revolt in Dublin Standard and Booster Draft 32 $2,000
2016–17 Amonkhet in Nashville Standard and Booster Draft 18 $3,000
2016–17 Hour of Devastation in Kyoto Standard and Booster Draft 138
2017–18 Ixalan in Albuquerque Standard and Booster Draft 18 $3,000
2017–18 Rivals of Ixalan in Bilbao Modern and Booster Draft 354
2017–18 Dominaria in Richmond Standard and Booster Draft 3 $15,000
2017–18 25th Anniversary in Minneapolis Team Constructed 56 $1,000
2018–19 Guilds of Ravnica in Atlanta Standard and Booster Draft 86
2018–19 Mythic Championship Cleveland 2019 Standard and Booster Draft 67 $750


External links


^I Turtenwald finished third at Grand Prix San Jose 2012 with teammates Conley Woods and Eric Froehlich,[13] and although the cutoff was to the top 2 teams instead of the usual top 4 for team events, it has been recognized as a counting Grand Prix top 8 finish by Wizards of the Coast.[14]


  1. Limited Resources 311 – Owen the Enchanter. Limited Resources.
  2. Brian David-Marshall (2007-05-07). "Sunday, May 20: 8:00 p.m. - Finals: Steve Sadin vs. Owen Turtenwald". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-08-09.
  3. Round 13 Standings. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Nate Price (2011-11-20). "Player of the Year: Owen Turtenwald". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-08-09.
  5. 2010 PLAYER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Magic Players Championship 2012 Final Standings. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Nate Price (2013-02-17). "Quarterfinals: Planeswalking Perils". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-08-09.
  8. 2012-2013 PLAYER OF THE YEAR. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. PLAYER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS: 2014-15. Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Cecilia D'Anastasio (March 30, 2019) "Pro Removed From $1.4 Million Magic Tournament Accused Of Harassing Women",
  11. Hipsters of the Coast (April 25, 2019). "Breaking News". Twitter.
  12. X AND OWEN – WINNING VINTAGE WORLDS 2010. Eternal Central (2010-10-29). Retrieved on 2016-08-09.
  13. Grand Prix San Jose Round 17 Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2012-10-14). Retrieved on 2014-09-08.
  14. GRAND PRIX LIFETIME TOP 8S BY PLAYER. Wizards of the Coast.