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2002/2003 Magic Invitational

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After tallying all the votes, I’m happy to announce this year’s invitees to the 2002/2003 Magic Invitational. Like last year, this year’s Invitational will be held on Magic Online. The date for the event hasn’t been finalized yet but expect it to occur in late winter or early spring 2004. Here are the sixteen invitees:

Slot 1) Last Year’s Magic Invitational Champion

Jens Thoren [Sweden]
28 Pro Points
2nd Invitational Appearance (‘01/’02, ‘02/’03)

1st, Magic Invitational (’02)
13th, 2003 World Championships
19th, Pro Tour Chicago
62nd, Pro Boston
3rd, Grand Prix Amsterdam
6th, Grand Prix Copenhagen

Slot 2) 2003 World Champion

Daniel Zink [Germany]
37 Pro Points
1st Invitational Appearance (‘02/‘03)

1st, 2003 World Championships
35th, Pro Tour Venice

Slot 3) Highest Ranked DCI Member (Composite Rating)

Jordan Berkowitz [United States]
40 Pro Points
1st Invitational Appearance (‘02/’03)

10th, 2003 World Championships
56th, Pro Tour Yokohama
3rd, Pro Tour Venice
28th, Grand Prix Pittsburgh

Slot 4) Highest Ranked Player, Pro Points

Kai Budde [Germany]
80 Pro Points
4th Invitational Appearance (‘98/’99, ‘99/’00, ‘00/’01, ‘02/‘03)

17th, 2003 World Championships
51st, Pro Tour Venice
1st, Pro Tour Chicago
1st, Pro Tour Boston
5th, Grand Prix Amsterdam
30th, Grand Prix Sevilla
29th, Grand Prix Reims
3rd, Grand Prix Copenhagen

Slot 5) 2nd Highest Ranked Player, Pro Points

Justin Gary [United States] 64 Pro Points 1st Invitational Appearance (‘02/’03) 36th, 2003 World Championships 1st, 2003 World Team Competition 11th, Pro Tour Venice 1st, Pro Tour Houston 21st, Pro Tour Boston 1st, Grand Prix Pittsburgh

Slot 6) 3rd Highest Ranked Player, Pro Points

Mattias Jorstedt [Sweden]
64 Pro Points
1st Invitational Appearance (‘02/’03)

64th, 2003 World Championships
1st, Pro Tour Yokohama
8th, Pro Tour Venice
6th, Pro Tour Houston
25th, Grand Prix Copenhagen

Slot 7) 4th Highest Ranked Player, Pro Points

Dirk Baberowski [Germany]
58 Pro Points
2nd Invitational Appearance (‘98/’99, ‘02/’03)

45th, 2003 World Championships
49th, Pro Tour Yokohama
26th, Pro Tour Chicago
23rd, Pro Tour Houston
1st, Pro Tour Boston
5th, Grand Prix Amsterdam
19th, Grand Prix Prague
16th, Grand Prix Sevilla
15th, Grand Prix Reims
5th, Grand Prix Copenhagen

Slot 8) 5th Highest Ranked Player, Pro Points

Bob Maher [United States]
56 Pro Points
2nd Invitational Appearance (‘99/’00, ‘02/’03)

45th, Pro Tour Yokohama
7th, Pro Tour Houston
3rd, Pro Tour Boston
1st, Grand Prix Detroit
23rd, Grand Prix Amsterdam
2nd, Grand Prix Los Angeles
9th, Grand Prix Philadelphia
1st, Grand Prix Copenhagen
31st, Grand Prix London

Slot 9) Top Ranked North American Player, Pro Points

Osyp Lebedowicz [United States]
52 Pro Points
1st Invitational Appearance (‘02/’03)

59th, Pro Tour Yokohama
1st, Pro Tour Venice
16th, Pro Tour Chicago
29th, Grand Prix Detroit
24th, Grand Prix Pittsburgh
24th, Grand Prix New Orleans
16th, Grand Prix Cleveland

Slot 10) Top Ranked Latin American Player, Pro Points

Carlos Romao [Brazil]
31 Pro Points
2nd Invitational Appearance (‘01/’02, ‘02/’03)

11th, 2003 World Championship
1st, Grand Prix Amsterdam
2nd, Grand Prix Sevilla

Slot 11) Top Ranked European Player, Pro Points

Nicolai Herzog [Norway]
47 Pro Points
2nd Invitational Appearance (‘98/’99, ‘02/’03)

22nd, Pro Tour Yokohama
2nd, Pro Tour Chicago
11th, Pro Tour Boston
1st, European Championships
13th, Grand Prix Sevilla
11th, Grand Prix Copenhagen

Slot 12) Top Ranked APAC Player, Pro Points

Masashi Ooiso [Japan]
49 Pro Points
1st Invitational Appearance (‘02/’03)

2nd, Pro Tour Yokohama
59th, Pro Tour Venice
26th, Pro Tour Boston
2002/2003 Pro Tour Rookie of the Year
3rd, Grand Prix Kyoto
4th, Grand Prix Utsunomiya
9th, Grand Prix Sapporo

Slot 13) Highest Ranked Player, Player’s Ballot

Jon Finkel [United States]
46 Pro Points
6th Invitational Appearance (‘97/’98, ‘98/’99, ’99/’00, ‘00/’01, ‘01/’02, ‘02/’03)

4th, Pro Tour Yokohama
3rd, Pro Tour Chicago
53rd, Pro Tour Houston
58th, Pro Tour Boston
2nd, Grand Prix Amsterdam

Slot 14) 2nd Highest Ranked Player, Player’s Ballot

Zvi Mowshowitz [United States]
32 Pro Points
3rd Invitational Appearance (‘98/’99, ‘99/’00, ‘02/’03)

32nd, Pro Tour Venice
21st, Pro Tour Boston
1st, Grand Prix Pittsburgh
7th, Grand Prix Boston
1st, Grand Prix New Orleans
20th, Grand Prix Los Angeles

Slot 15) 3rd Highest Ranked Player, Player’s Ballot

Brian Kibler [United States]
29 Pro Points
3rd Invitational Appearance (‘00/’01, ‘01/’02, ‘02/’03)

36th, Pro Tour Yokohama
55th, Pro Tour Chicago
6th, Grand Prix Pittsburgh
1st, Grand Prix Boston
17th, Grand Prix New Orleans
23rd, Grand Prix Los Angeles
22nd, Grand Prix Philadelphia
29th, Grand Prix Cleveland

Slot 16) 4th Highest Ranked Player, Player’s Ballot

Jin Okamoto [Japan]
46 Pro Points
1st Invitational Appearance (‘02/’03)

2nd, 2003 World Championships
64th, Pro Tour Houston
8th, Pro Tour Boston
7th, Grand Prix Utsunomiya

For those interested here is all the data from which the different players were picked.

The Top Ranked DCI Member (Composite Rating)

1) Jordan Berkowitz2133- INVITED
2) David Humpherys2122
3) Gabriel Nassif2119
4)Daniel Zink2111(ALREADY INVITED – SLOT #2)
5) Gabe Walls2104

Top Ranked Player, Pro Points

[Ties broken by DCI Composite Rating]

1)Kai Budde [Germany] 80 - INVITED
2)Justin Gary [United States]64- INVITED
3) Mattias Jorstedt [Sweden]64- INVITED
4) Dirk Baberowski [Germany]58- INVITED
5) Bob Maher [United States]56- INVITED
6)Osyp Lebedowicz [United States]52(INVITED – SLOT #9)
7) Masashi Ooiso [Japan]49(INVITED – SLOT #12)
8) Nicolai Herzog [Norway]47(INVITED – SLOT #11)
9) Jon Finkel [United States]46(INVITED – SLOT #13)
10)Jin Okamoto [Japan]46(INVITED – SLOT #16)

Top Ranked North American Player, Pro Points

1) Justin Gary [United States]64(ALREADY INVITED – SLOT #5)
2) Bob Maher [United States]56(ALREADY INVITED – SLOT #8)
3) Osyp Lebedowicz [United States]48- INVITED
4) Jon Finkel [United States]46(INVITED – SLOT #13)
5) Rob Dougherty [United States]40

Top Ranked Latin American Player, Pro Points

1)Carlos Romao [Brazil]31- INVITED
2)Jose Barbero [Argentina]31
3)Diego Ostrovich [Argentina]27
4)Gustavo Chapela [Mexico]12
5) Gerardo Godinez [Mexico]11

Top Ranked European Player, Pro Points

1)Kai Budde [Germany]80 (ALREADY INVITED – SLOT #4)
2)Mattias Jorstedt [Sweden]]64(ALREADY INVITED – SLOT #6)
3)Dirk Baberowski [Germany]58(ALREADY INVITED – SLOT #7)
4)Nicolai Herzog [Norway]47- INVITED
5)Tomi Walamies [Finland]42

Top Ranked APAC Player, Pro Points

1)Masashi Oiso [Japan]49- INVITED
2)Jin Okamoto [Japan]46(INVITED – SLOT #16)
3)Tsuyoshi Ikeda [Japan]37
4)Itaru Ishida [Japan]34
5)Osamu Fujita [Japan]26

Player’s Ballot

[The Player’s Ballot was voted upon by players through a ballot on Sideboard.com]

1)Jon Finkel- INVITED
2)Zvi Moshowitz- INVITED
3)Brian Kibler- INVITED
4)Jin Okamoto- INVITED
5)Gary Wise
6)Tomi Walamies
7)Alex Shvartsman
8)Gabriel Nassif
9)Darwin Kastle
10)Jeff Cuningham
11)Rob Dougherty
12)Dave Price
13)Dave Humpherys
14)Chris Pikula
15)Billy Jensen
16)Eugene Harvey
17)Olivier Ruel
18)Gabe Walls
19)Itaru Ishida
20)Tsuyoshi Fujita

Alternates for Each Slot

If a player cannot attend, here is the first alternate for each slot. If a higher priority slot falls to a player already invited, he or she takes that slot and the alternate for their old slot is invited.

Slot #1 – Gary Wise [Canada] – Gary is #5 in the Fan Ballot
Slot #2 – Gary Wise [Canada] – Gary is #5 in the Fan Ballot
Slot #3 – Dave Humpherys [United States]
Slot #4 – Osyp Lebedowicz [United States]
Slot #5 – Osyp Lebedowicz [United States]
Slot #6 – Osyp Lebedowicz [United States]
Slot #7 – Osyp Lebedowicz [United States]
Slot #8 – Osyp Lebedowicz [United States]
Slot #9 – Jon Finkel [United States]
Slot #10 – Jose Barbero [Argentina]
Slot #11 – Tomi Walamies [Finland]
Slot #12 – Jin Okamoto [Japan]
Slot #13 – Gary Wise [Canada]
Slot #14 - Gary Wise [Canada]
Slot #15 - Gary Wise [Canada]
Slot #16 - Gary Wise [Canada]

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