Tommi Hovi

Tommi Hovi (born 5 January 1980)[1] is a former professional Magic: The Gathering player from Finland.[6] He was inducted into the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Hall of Fame in the inaugural class in 2005. Hovi was also the first player to win two Pro Tour championships.[7][8]

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Tommi Hovi
Born 5 January 1980
Residence Helsinki, Finland[1]
Nationality Finnish
Winnings US$103,185[2]
Pro Tour wins (Top 8) 2 (4)[3]
Grand Prix wins (Top 8) 0 (1)[4]
Median Pro Tour Finish 32[1]
Lifetime Pro Points 222[5]
Highest Constructed Rating 2176[1]
Highest Limited Rating 2150[1]
Planeswalker Level 43 (Battlemage)

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The deck that took Hovi to his win at Pro Tour Rome was of a type that is now considered the most powerful and “broken” in the game’s history: The Academy Deck, named after its key card, Tolarian Academy. The card can be tapped to add 1 blue mana to its controller’s mana pool for each artifact under that player’s control. Decks of this type rely on large numbers of mana-producing artifacts (like Mox Diamond, Lotus Petal, Grim Monolith, and Thran Dynamo), mechanisms for repeatedly untapping the Academy and/or those artifacts (like Voltaic Key and Mind Over Matter), and ways to get more cards into the player’s hand (like Stroke of Genius). Time Spiral was a particularly abusive card in this deck type because it replenishes the player’s hand, recycles the graveyard, and untaps the Academy at the same time. The game ends when the Academy player generates enough mana to cast a 60-point (or so) Stroke of Genius on the opponent, resulting in the opponent getting “decked” and thereby losing the game. This deck type was so powerful that almost every card in it was put on the Restricted list, and even then, it continued to survive as “Neo-Academy”.

Other notable deck (co-)created by Hovi was the Turbo-Stasis deck, which won him the Finnish Nationals in 1996. This deck got worldwide attention when several top spots at the US Nationals 1996 were playing copies of it.

Season Event type Location Format Date Rank
1996 Nationals Finland Standard and Booster Draft Exact date Unknown 1
1996 Worlds Seattle Special 14–18 August 1996 8
1996–97 Pro Tour Los Angeles Rochester Draft 28 February–2 March 1997 1
1997–98 Invitational Rio de Janeiro Special 29 January–2 February 1998 7
1998–99 Pro Tour Rome Extended 13–15 November 1998 1
1998–99 European Championship Berlin Special 10–12 July 1999 6
2000–01 Nationals Finland Standard and Booster Draft 27–28 May 2001 5
2000–01 Worlds Toronto Special 8–12 August 2001 8
2003–04 Grand Prix Göteborg Rochester Draft 22–23 November 2003 2

Last updated: 31 July 2009

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