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Shahar Shenhar
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Residence Sacramento, California, United States
Nationality {ISR} Israeli
{USA} American
Professional Career
Pro Tour debut Pro Tour Paris 2011
Top Finishes 2 (0 wins)
GP top 8s 12 (4 wins)
World Champion

Shahar Shenhar is an Israeli-American professional player and former world champion. He is the only player to have won the World Championship more than once, winning the tournament in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014. Shenhar also has four Grand Prix wins, and is often regarded as one of the best players without a Pro Tour top eight.

Professional play[]

Introduced to Magic: The Gathering in 2007 at age 14,[1] Shenhar quickly picked up the game at a competitive level, and played his first Pro Tour in 2011, Pro Tour Paris. A 38th-place finish qualified him for the next Pro Tour,[2] and later that season, in San Diego, he reached the top eight of a Grand Prix event for the first time. He ended up winning the event, beating Richard Bland in the final. Less than six months later, at Grand Prix Salt Lake City, Shenhar won his second Grand Prix title. Thanks to his performances, he reached Platinum status in the Pro Players Club at the end of the 2011–12 season.[3][4]

In the 2012–13 season, Shahar posted his best Pro Tour finish to date, a 22nd-place finish at Pro Tour Gatecrash in Montreal.[5] He made an additional two Grand Prix top eights, at Colombus and Verona, and was at the end of the season rewarded with an invitation to the 2013 World Championship,[1] as well as the 2013 World Magic Cup as the captain of the Israeli national team. Despite being the youngest participant in the event, Shenhar made it all the way to the top four, where he defeated Ben Stark in the quarterfinal before facing Reid Duke in the final. Considered a heavy favorite, Duke took a 2–0 lead in the best-of-five match, but Shenhar came all the way back to win the match 3–2.[6] As such, Shenhar was crowned the 2013 World Champion. At the World Magic Cup, Shenhar finished 16th with the Israeli team,[7] losing to eventual champions France in the last round to miss the top eight.

Though Shenhar's performances at the Pro Tour during the 2013–14 season were unspectacular, with his best finish being 74th place at Pro Tour Journey into Nyx in Atlanta,[8] he did win his third Grand Prix event, Grand Prix Houston, and qualified for the 2014 World Championship as the reigning champion, and the 2014 World Magic Cup as the Israeli captain. Finishing 4th after the Swiss rounds, beating Shaun McLaren on tiebreakers, Shenhar advanced to the top four, where he faced the winner of the 2012 event, Yuuya Watanabe. A 3–1 winner, Shenhar then faced Hall of Famer Patrick Chapin in the final. Shenhar ended up defeating Chapin 3–0 to claim his second World Championship title. This made Shenhar both the first repeat winner and the first to win it in consecutive years.[2] At the World Magic Cup, Israel again came close to a top eight finish, but lost to South Korea in the final round to finish 10th.[9]

Shenhar posted stellar results at the 2014–15 Pro Tours, finishing 22nd, 51st, 96th and 47th in consecutive events. However, a Pro Tour top eight still eluded him. Alongside teammates Tom Martell and Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Shenhar finished second at Grand Prix Nashville, and he also put up a fifth-place finish at Grand Prix Ottawa. As the World Champion, he was automatically granted Platinum status at the end of the season, but he would have had enough points even if this wasn't the case.[10] Shahar was one of only four players to have reached Platinum status every season since the 2012 Professional Play changes, the others being Josh Utter-Leyton, Owen Turtenwald and Yuuya Watanabe; however, following a disappointing 2015–16 season, he was relegated to Gold status in the Pro Players Club. Following 2016–17, he was further relegated to Silver level.

In the 2017–18 season, after a few years of mediocre results, Shenhar returned to past form with a 14th-place finish at Pro Tour Ixalan, his best PT finish to date. He also posted three Grand Prix top eight finishes, including a win (his fourth) at GP Portland 2017, and at the final PT of the season, Pro Tour 25th Anniversary, Shenhar placed 9th alongside teammates Jacob Wilson and Mattia Rizzi. His performance during the season earned him a seat at the 2018 World Championship, where, after a poor 0–3 start to the event, he came back to finish in the top 4, losing to eventual champion Javier Dominguez in the semifinals. In December 2018, it was announced that Shenhar would be one of the 32 players joining the upcoming 2019 Magic Pro League. Because he finished in the Top 20 in the 2019 Magic Pro League, he could continue in the 2020 Season and the 2020-21 season. For the final league season, he was relegated to the Rivals League.

League play[]

Season Rank
2019 Magic Pro League 14
2020 Magic Pro League 19
2020-21 Magic Pro League 20
2021–22 Rivals League


Season Event type Location Format Date Rank
2011 Grand Prix San Diego Limited 12–13 November 2011 1
2012 Grand Prix Salt Lake City Standard 31 March–1 April 2012 1
2012–13 Grand Prix Columbus Modern 21–22 July 2012 5
2012–13 Grand Prix Verona Standard 9–10 March 2013 7
2013–14 Grand Prix Houston Limited 15–16 June 2013 1
2013–14 Worlds Amsterdam Special 31 July–4 August 2013 1
2014–15 Grand Prix Nashville Team Limited 1–2 November 2014 2
2014–15 Grand Prix Ottawa Limited 22–23 November 2014 5
2014–15 Worlds Nice Special 2–7 December 2014 1
2015–16 Grand Prix Detroit Team Limited 15–16 August 2015 4
2016–17 Grand Prix Rotterdam Team Limited 12–13 November 2016 4
2017–18 Grand Prix Portland Standard 18–19 November 2017 1
2017–18 Grand Prix Indianapolis Team Limited 20–21 January 2018 4
2017–18 Grand Prix Washington, D.C. Team Limited 26–27 May 2018 3
2018–19 Worlds Las Vegas Standard and Booster Draft 21–23 September 2018 4
2018–19 World Magic Cup Barcelona National team 14–16 December 2018 2
2018–19 Mythic Championship Las Vegas (MTG Arena) Traditional Standard 21–23 June 2019 4
2020-21 Split Championship MTG Arena Standard and Historic March 26-28, 2021 5


Pro Tour Results[]

List of the Pro Tour results and winnings of Shahar Shenhar
Season Pro Tour Format Finish Winnings
2011 Paris Standard and Booster Draft 38 $1,050
2011 Nagoya Block Constructed and Booster Draft 231
2011 Worlds (San Francisco) Special 143
2012 Dark Ascension in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 334
2012 Avacyn Restored in Barcelona Block Constructed and Booster Draft 23 $2,000
2012–13 Return to Ravnica in Seattle Modern and Booster Draft 63 $1,000
2012–13 Gatecrash in Montreal Standard and Booster Draft 22 $2,500
2012–13 Dragon's Maze in San Diego Block Constructed and Booster Draft 219
2013–14 Theros in Dublin Standard and Booster Draft 132
2013–14 Born of the Gods in Valencia Modern and Booster Draft 128
2013–14 Journey into Nyx in Atlanta Block Constructed and Booster Draft 74 $1,000
2013–14 Magic 2015 in Portland Standard and Booster Draft 185
2014–15 Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 22 $2,500
2014–15 Fate Reforged in Washington, D.C. Modern and Booster Draft 51 $1,000
2014–15 Dragons of Tarkir in Brussels Standard and Booster Draft 96
2014–15 Magic Origins in Vancouver Standard and Booster Draft 47 $1,500
2015–16 Battle for Zendikar in Milwaukee Standard and Booster Draft 116
2015–16 Oath of the Gatewatch in Atlanta Modern and Booster Draft 327
2015–16 Shadows over Innistrad in Madrid Standard and Booster Draft 235
2015–16 Eldritch Moon in Sydney Standard and Booster Draft 237
2016–17 Kaladesh in Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 449
2016–17 Aether Revolt in Dublin Standard and Booster Draft 145
2016–17 Amonkhet in Nashville Standard and Booster Draft 120
2016–17 Hour of Devastation in Kyoto Standard and Booster Draft 319
2017–18 Ixalan in Albuquerque Standard and Booster Draft 14 $5,000
2017–18 Rivals of Ixalan in Bilbao Modern and Booster Draft 427
2017–18 Dominaria in Richmond Standard and Booster Draft 131
2017–18 25th Anniversary in Minneapolis Team Constructed 9 $5,000
2018–19 Guilds of Ravnica in Atlanta Standard and Booster Draft 104
2018–19 Mythic Championship Cleveland 2019 Standard and Booster Draft 78 $750
2018–19 Mythic Championship III Traditional Standard 4 $20,000


Nexus of Fate Twitch incident[]

On January 29, 2019, while streaming Magic Arena on his Twitch channel, Shenhar faced a player who, using Nexus of Fate, reached a board position where they could take any number of additional turns. Since Arena did not include a chess clock the way Magic Online did, Shenhar's opponent could repeat this process indefinitely regardless of have means to win the game or not, evidently hoping that Shenhar would either concede rather than sit through the endless loop, or making routine mistake during the looping process making the opponent win. Shenhar instead made a point not to concede, instead turning the game into a test of endurance so as to prove the poor design of Nexus of Fate. The game lasted 107 minutes, during which the Twitch channel attracted a peak viewship of about 3000, until Magic Arena designer Chris Clay temporarily banned Shenhar's opponent, giving him the victory.[11]

External links[]


  1. a b Player Profile: Shahar Shenhar. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  2. a b Mike Rosenberg (2015-08-03). "SHAHAR SHENHAR'S ORIGIN STORY". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  3. 2011-2012 PLAYER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  4. Revamped Premier Play Coming in 2012. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  5. Pro Tour Gatecrash Final Standings. Wizards of the Coast (2013-02-13). Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  6. Josh Bennett (2013-08-04). "Finals: Comeback of the Ages". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  7. World Magic Cup 2013 Final Standings. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  8. Pro Tour Journey into Nyx Final Standings. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  9. FINAL STANDINGS. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  10. PLAYER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS: 2014-15. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2015-08-11.
  11. David McCoy (2019-01-30). "Shahar Shenhar Plays a 107 Minute Game Against Nexus of Fate on MTG Arena". Hipsters of the Coast. Retrieved on 2019-01-31.