Jelger Wiegersma just seems to get stronger the longer he plays. His career began rather inauspiciously at Pro Tour–New York (in New Jersey) over ten years ago and it took a couple of seasons for him to find a handhold on the so-called gravy train. Once he qualified for every event from 2001 through this current season, he has been the picture of consistency and has steadily climbed up the leaderboards in both points and lifetime winnings. He has strung together Top 32 and Top 16 finishes around three Pro Tour Top 8 appearances with a win as a member of Von Dutch at Pro Tour—Seattle. He also has thirteen GP Top 8s with two wins—including a win within the current Pro Tour season.
While there is no question that Jelger will play at Worlds—he was already planning on it in the course of normal events—the Hall of Fame may have come at just the right time for a player who will shortly be entering the workforce. “I just got a new job, so I might not be able to attend all the Pro Tours, but I will try to go as many as possible. When I do go I will make sure I have enough practice with the format to be competitive. I hate losing, so I hope I get to another Sunday at some point. I never really expect myself to win and am always surprised when I do well, so I won't make any predictions about playing on Sunday. I will definitely try to get there though.”
“My first Pro Tour was in Secaucus, New Jersey,” recalled the Dutch player of his first taste of Pro Tour play. “It was Urza Block Constructed and I qualified in Extended with a Pox deck. We didn't have Top 8s in our PTQs back then—just straight Swiss. I was behind on tiebreakers when there was only one match going on in the last round. Fortunately one of my earlier opponents was still playing and he managed to win, pushing my tiebreakers just far enough for me to qualify.”
Pro Tour: Seattle 04: 1st (Team)Kobe 04: 4th (Block Constructed)New Orleans 01-02: 3rd (Extended)
Grand Prix: Indianapolis 08: 1st (Booster Draft)Birmingham 08: 4th (Block Constructed)Yamagata 06: 3rd (Booster Draft)Malmo 06: 5th (Booster Draft)Toronto 06: 8th (Booster Draft)Barcelona 06: 3rd (Booster Draft)Goteborg 03: 1st (Rochester Draft)Lyon 03: 8th (Rochester Draft)Prague 03: 5th (Booster Draft)Naples 02: 2nd (Booster Draft)Heidelberg 02: 5th (Booster Draft)Lisbon 02: 8th (Extended)Turin 00: 4th (Team)
“I was only fifteen and I remember that I was very excited to travel all the way to the U.S. I had a great time with Noah Boeken, Alexander Witt, Roel Dols and Bram Snepvangers. And even though I didn't do so well—3-5 I think—I knew that I would do anything to try to qualify again because I just loved competing against all the great players. I remember playing against both Randy Buehler and Ben Rubin.”
While many of the players enshrined before him had retired by the time the Hall of Fame was introduced, Jelger has been an active player for the last three World Championships and he could not help but to fantasize about stepping up on stage himself.
“I attended all the other induction ceremonies—seeing all the great players—so I was always hoping that it would be me some day. Of course when I first started playing on the Pro Tour I would never have even imagined I would be so successful. Being honored in this way is definitely not something I would have expected 10 years ago. I am honored to be considered one of the best by the people who know most about the game.”
In that vein, Jelger wanted to “thank everyone who voted for me. I want to thank all my good friends at the Pro Tour for making all the tournaments so enjoyable. I want to thank all the organizers and judges who ever had anything to do with the Pro Tour for their great work. I want to thank Wizards for making Magic.”
Listed below are notable decklists from Jelger Wiegersma's Pro Tour career.
Jelger Wiegersma has been a consistent force on the Pro Tour for nearly 10 years.
Equally skilled at Constructed and Limited play, Jelger posted 14 Top 32 finishes in Pro Tours.
Jelger tops the list of prominent Dutch players with more than 300 lifetime Pro Points.
Wiegersma's crowning Pro Tour moment came in 2004 when he, Kamiel Cornelissen, and Jerone Remie won Pro Tour-Seattle as Von Dutch.
A pro's pro, Jelger embodies a quiet consistency that has kept him among the top players for years.
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