Kai Budde "The German Juggernaut" ... Winner of five individual Pro Tours and two Team Pro Tours, four more titles than any other player ... Four-time Player of the Year ... All-time leader in lifetime Pro Points and career money winnings ... Formed legendary Phoenix Foundation team with Dirk Baberowski and Marco Blume ... Won 2001 Magic Invitational, crafting Voidmage Prodigy.
Class of: 2007
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany
Debut: Pro Tour-Mainz 1997
Career winnings: $352,620
Lifetime Pro Points: 475


One of the most common posts in any thread about the Hall of Fame has gone something along the lines of: "OMG! How can you have a Pro Tour Hall of Fame without Kai Budde?"

One of many trophies Kai Budde hoisted during his Magic career.
It is pretty hard to imagine a Magic Pro Tour of Hall of Fame and not immediately think of Kai Budde, and even harder still to imagine that he accomplished everything in his career despite not playing on the Pro Tour until Mainz in 1998—making him ineligible until this class.

While the German Juggernaut has the second-most Top 8 appearances of all time, he emerged from those Top 8s as the winner in seven of nine tries. Those seven wins are not just more wins than anyone else in the history of the game; you have to add up the wins of the next three players on the Pro Tour winners list to equal the number of Kai's wins. His string of wins was so preposterous that he literally made Eric Taylor eat his hat. (Eric made a public wager that Kai could not possibly win Pro Tour–New Orleans. One timely Morphling later and Eric was reaching for the ketchup.)

Not surprisingly Kai won the Player of the Year title four times (three of those being in consecutive years). He is also the Lifetime Pro Points leader with a gap of more than 90 points between him Jon Finkel, who is No. 2 on the list. Along the way he also racked up seven Grand Prix wins. Among his 14 GP Top 8s, he never finished worse than third. Not enough? How about three quarterfinal Masters appearances with one win?

The numbers are simply staggering, and to think it all began with a trip to a Pro Tour Qualifier for the second Pro Tour in New York.

"I won a PT Qualifier in Hamburg," recalled Kai, who eventually would move to that part of Germany. "I still remember a guy, who was the self-proclaimed best Type 2 player in Germany back then, passing me a Kor Chant while he took a 2/2 creature for 3 ManaBlack Mana with a Disrupting Scepter ability. He was playing 6/6/6 mana with six of those being Plains. That Kor Chant won me the semifinals."

Kai had the option of playing in either the Masters or Juniors division of that event, but based on comparing himself with some of the local players in Cologne, he did not feel confidant that he was ready to slug it out with the older players.

"I did not exactly have high expectations going into the event. Back then I was not nearly the best player in Cologne. Frank Adler had won the Mirage 'prerelease' PT a while back and there were several others that were just better. (That Pro Tour) was the final stop of the PT that had both a Masters and Juniors division and they called this the Junior World Championship. Figuring that I was not going to do very well in the main event, I just used my qualification to play in the Juniors tournament. I 4-0'd my first draft but then dropped two straight in the next including being shot down by an Aladdin's Ring. If I won one of those two matches, I would have been Top 8 with a draw but after winning my last round to go 1-2 in that draft, I finished top 16, if I remember correctly."

That Top 16 was good enough to get Kai qualified for the next Pro Tour. While he played in the Junior division, Kai later realized that he was playing against some Master-level talent.

"A few years later the DCI added their match by match database and I saw that in that Juniors Division my opponents in the first draft included Jamie Parke and Brian Kibler, and one of my losses in the second was Eric Philipps. So the opponents there turned out to be able to play Magic pretty well a few years later."

Kai remembered barely squeaking into Day Two of his first 'grown-up' Pro Tour in Mainz, Germany. It all came down to a crucial third game in the final round:

"My opponent had me pretty much beaten. I was horribly mana flooded, he had two creatures and four lands in play and I had 11 lands and my last card in hand was a land. Now if he played one of the creatures in his hand, he would have 100 percent won. He decided to go with a Mana Severance though, removing all the lands in his deck from the game as he figured he could not possibly lose if he never drew a land again."

"My next draw was Capsize. He had two relevant permanents and his four lands would never again in the game allow him to play more then two threats at once and he had no tricks/burn in his blue/white deck to get out of the Capsize lock."

THE POWER OF KAI

Pro Tour:
Boston 03: 3rd (Teams)
Boston 02: 1st (Teams)
Chicago 03: 1st (Rochester Draft)
New York 01: 1st (Teams)
New Orleans 01: 1st (Extended)
Nice: 5th (Booster Draft)
Chicago 00-01: 1st (Standard)
Barcelona 00-01: 1st (Booster Draft)
Worlds 99: 1st

Player of the Year in 1998-99, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03

Grand Prix:
Brussels 03-04: 2nd (Block Constructed)
Madrid 03-04: 1st (Booster Draft)
Goteborg 03-04: 4th (Rochester Draft)
Copenhagen 02-03: 3rd (Rochester Draft)
Naples 01-02: 3rd (Booster Draft)
Antwerp 01-02: 1st (Booster Draft)
Lisbon 01-02: 1st (Extended)
Biarritz 01-02: 2nd (Rochester Draft)
London 01-02: 1st (Block Constructed)
Florence 00-01: 3rd (Extended)
Birmingham 98-99: 2nd (Standard)
Amsterdam 98-99: 1st (Nov 96 Type II)
Barcelona 98-99: 1st (Booster Draft)
Vienna 98-99: 1st

Masters:
Venice 03: Top 8 (Teams)
Nice 02: Top 4 (Booster Draft)
Osaka 02: Winner (Teams)

With such an impressive resume it would seem unfathomable for Kai to not be enshrined in the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, but when you are talking about a process that involves gamers there is always some concern. Because it was such a tough ballot there had been speculation that some voters would assume that everyone else was voting for Kai and therefore could use their five votes on other players.

"To be honest, when I read that they are going to introduce a Pro Tour Hall of Fame, I liked my chances to eventually make it. After the voting started I was slightly worried that either people did not vote me as I would get in anyway or that I just stopped too long ago to get enough votes," admitted Kai. "But after reading a few of the voting articles, I felt pretty safe."

What does getting into the Hall of Fame mean for Kai?

"First of all it means I am going to play some tournaments again, which I am looking forward to," replied the inveterate gamer. "Playing in big events has always been the most fun to me, but I was definitely not going through the PTQ circuit again or try to keep up Level 3 if I should make it there at some point. For a long time I devoted most of my time to Magic and to that extent, I don't want to and won't be able to do that again. Being voted into the Hall of Fame shows me that the people who did those votes recognize the time and effort I put into playing Magic and believe I should be a future part of the Pro Tour as well, which makes me feel even better about looking back at my time on the Pro Tour."

This means we can look forward to seeing Kai play in New York this December. Could we be looking forward to a tenth Top 8 as well?

"I am definitely going to play in Worlds. I already made sure I would get enough days off work, in case I got into the Hall of Fame," Kai confirmed. "I don't think I am going to miss many Pro Tours that are within a 6-8 hour flight's reach. I am not a big fan of flying to Japan and back just for a few days over there. Chances are I will not attend many events in Asia. Other then that I plan to attend most Pro Tours/Worlds if my work schedule allows and the format seems fun. For example I have high doubts I will ever attend a 2HG event, but I won't miss European or East Coast Limited tournaments. And making a Top 8... sure, why not? I still think I know how to play those cards. Also if you play in enough PTs, odds are you get lucky sooner or later. I've been fortunate enough in the past when I needed it, why not again in the future?"

"As I already suggested, I appreciate getting the votes to make it a lot," said Kai when asked if there was anyone in particular he wished to thank. "Other then that I think the people that helped me get there during my time on the PT know who they are. The list is too long and includes family, friends and even teachers who allowed me to take time off school to travel and play in events, so I am not going to list everyone here. Thanks, guys."

By Format

Format W L D BYE Matches Win %
Limited 355 169 32 85 641 63.85%
Constructed 344 184 28 52 608 61.87%
Total 699 353 60 137 1249 62.86%

By Event Type

Event W L D BYE Matches Win %
Worlds 77 49 3 0 129 59.69%
Pro Tour 218 107 22 4 351 62.82%
Nationals 53 21 5 0 79 67.09%
Continental Championship 41 27 3 1 72 57.75%
Masters 6 9 0 0 15 40.00%
Grand Prix 299 138 27 132 596 64.44%
PT Juniors 5 2 0 0 7 71.43%
Total 699 353 60 137 1249 62.86%

By Event

Event Date Finish W L D BYE Matches Win %
Grand Prix-Amsterdam 3/22/1997 18 6 3 0 0    
Pro Tour-New York (Juniors) 5/30/1997 n/a 5 2 0 0    
Pro Tour-Mainz 12/5/1997 52 6 5 1 0    
Grand Prix-Lyon 2/7/1998 15 6 2 1 0    
Grand Prix-Antwerp 4/25/1998 39 5 4 0 2    
Gran Prix-Zurich 5/30/1998 n/a 3 2 0 1    
1998 European Championship 7/11/1998 n/a 8 4 0 0    
1997-98 Season     39 22 2 3 66 61.90%
Pro Tour-Chicago 9/25/1998 19 8 4 1 1    
Grand Prix-Birmingham 10/17/1998 2 8 2 1 3    
Pro Tour-Rome 11/13/1998 126 3 3 1 0    
Grand Prix-Barcelona 2/6/1999 1 9 2 0 3    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/26/1999 51 8 5 1 0    
Pro Tour-Washington D.C. 3/5/1999 10    
Grand Prix-Vienna 3/13/1999 1 10 1 1 2    
Grand Prix-Oslo 4/10/1999 97 1 1 2 3    
Pro Tour-New York 4/30/1999 27 8 3 3 0    
Grand Prix-Amsterdam 5/15/1999 1 10 0 2 3    
1999 European Championship 7/9/1999 156 2 3 1 0    
1999 World Championships 8/15/1999 1 15 3 3 0    
1998-99 Season     82 27 16 15 140 65.60%
Pro Tour-London 10/15/1999 11 10 3 1 0    
Grand Prix-Milan 11/5/1999 33 6 5 0 3    
Grand Prix-Tours 11/27/1999 9 8 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-Chicago 12/3/1999 51 8 5 1 0    
Grand Prix-Madrid 1/29/2000 16 6 4 0 3    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/4/2000 98 4 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Frankfurt (Teams) 4/8/2000 n/a            
Pro Tour-New York 4/14/2000 42 8 5 1 0    
2000 Germany Nationals 6/3/2000 n/a 9 3 2 0    
Grand Prix-Copenhagen 6/17/2000 67 2 2 0 3    
2000 European Championship 7/15/2000 54 7 4 1 0    
2000 World Championships 8/4/2000 120 9 9 0 0    
1999-2000 Season     77 46 6 12 141 59.69%
Grand Prix-Porto 9/23/2000 75 2 2 0 3    
Pro Tour-New York (Teams) 9/28/2000 28            
Masters-New York 9/28/2000 17 0 1 0 0    
Grand Prix-Manchester 10/7/2000 90 1 3 0 3    
Grand Prix-Firenze 11/25/2000 3 10 2 1 3    
Masters-Chicago 11/30/2000 19 0 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-Chicago 12/1/2000 1 14 2 1 0    
Grand Prix-Amsterdam 1/13/2001 18 7 3 1 3    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/2/2001 25 10 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Cologne 2/24/2001 38 6 5 0 3    
Pro Tour-Tokyo 3/16/2001 85 7 6 1 0    
Grand Prix-Göteborg 3/24/2001 25 6 4 0 3    
Masters-Barcelona 5/3/2001 21 0 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-Barcelona 5/4/2001 1 14 2 1 0    
2001 Germany Nationals 5/26/2001 21 7 3 2 0    
2001 European Championship 6/30/2001 25 9 4 1 0    
Grand Prix-Columbus (Teams) 7/28/2001 43            
2001 World Championships 8/10/2001 44 11 7 0 0    
2000-01 Season     104 50 8 18 180 64.20%
Grand Prix-London 9/1/2001 1 11 2 1 3    
Pro Tour-New York (Teams) 9/7/2001 1            
Grand Prix-Oslo 9/22/2001 33 5 5 0 3    
Masters-New Orleans 11/1/2001 14 1 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-New Orleans 11/2/2001 1 14 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Biarritz 11/24/2001 2 10 3 1 3    
Masters-San Diego 1/10/2002 17 0 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-San Diego 1/11/2002 77 7 6 1 0    
Grand Prix-Lisbon 1/19/2002 1 11 2 1 3    
Grand Prix-Heidelberg 2/9/2002 27 6 3 2 3    
Grand Prix-Antwerp 3/2/2002 1 11 2 1 3    
Masters-Osaka (Teams) 3/15/2002 1            
Pro Tour-Osaka 3/15/2002 24 8 4 1 1    
Grand Prix-Naples 4/6/2002 3 8 2 2 3    
Masters-Nice 5/3/2002 4 3 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-Nice 5/3/2002 5 10 2 3 0    
2002 Germany Nationals 5/11/2002 1 12 2 1 0    
2002 European Championship 6/29/2002 22 9 4 0 1    
2002 World Championships 8/16/2002 45 11 7 0 0    
2001-02 Season     137 50 14 23 224 68.16%
Grand Prix-London 8/31/2002 72 3 2 0 3    
Pro Tour-Boston (Teams) 9/27/2002 1            
Grand Prix-Copenhagen 10/12/2002 3 9 3 1 3    
Pro Tour-Houston 11/8/2002 118 4 3 0 0    
Masters-Houston 11/10/2002 32 0 1 0 0    
Grand Prix-Reims 11/30/2002 29 7 4 1 3    
Masters-Chicago 1/17/2003 7 2 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-Chicago 1/17/2003 1 13 1 3 0    
Grand Prix-Sevilla 2/22/2003 30 6 4 1 3    
Masters-Venice (Teams) 3/21/2003 5            
Pro Tour-Venice 3/21/2003 51 8 5 1 0    
Grand Prix-Prague 4/12/2003 207 2 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-Yokohama 5/9/2003 105 4 3 0 0    
Masters-Yokohama 5/11/2003 20 0 1 0 0    
2003 Germany Nationals 5/31/2003 10 9 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Amsterdam (Teams) 6/7/2003 5            
2003 European Championship 7/6/2003 139 6 8 0 0    
2003 World Championships 8/8/2003 17 12 6 0 0    
2002-03 Season     85 48 7 15 155 60.71%
Grand Prix-London 8/23/2003 31 6 4 1 3    
Grand Prix-Atlanta 8/30/2003 118 2 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-Boston (Teams) 9/12/2003 4            
Grand Prix-Lyon 10/25/2003 25 7 4 1 3    
Pro Tour-New Orleans 10/31/2003 42 10 6 0 0    
Grand Prix-Goteborg 11/22/2003 4 9 3 1 3    
Grand Prix-Munich 12/6/2003 124 3 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-Amsterdam 1/16/2004 15 10 4 0 1    
Grand Prix-Madrid 2/21/2004 1 13 2 0 3    
Pro Tour-Kobe 2/27/2004 31 10 6 0 0    
Grand Prix-Birmingham 3/27/2004 14 7 3 1 3    
Grand Prix-Bochum (Teams) 4/17/2004 41            
Pro Tour-San Diego 5/14/2004 238 2 4 0 0    
2004 Germany Nationals 5/23/2004 37 7 5 0 0    
Grand Prix-Brussels 5/29/2004 2 10 3 1 3    
Grand Prix-Zurich 6/26/2004 138 2 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-Seattle (Teams) 7/9/2004 53            
Grand Prix-New Jersey 8/14/2004 29 8 4 0 3    
2004 World Championships 9/3/2004 109 10 8 0 0    
2003-04 Season     116 65 5 31 217 62.37%
Grand Prix-Vienna 10/9/2004 56 6 5 0 4    
Pro Tour-Columbus 10/29/2004 234 2 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Helsinki 11/6/2004 38 6 5 0 3    
Grand Prix-Paris 11/27/2004 746 0 3 0 3    
Grand Prix-Eindhoven 2/26/2005 12 9 3 0 3    
Grand Prix-Leipzig 3/26/2005 26 8 4 0 3    
Pro Tour-Philadelphia 5/6/2005 27 5 3 0 1    
Pro Tour-London 7/8/2005 173 3 3 0 0    
2005 Germany Nationals 8/13/2005 25 9 5 0 0    
Grand Prix-Copenhagen 11/5/2005 65 2 1 2 3    
2004-05 Season     50 36 2 20 108 56.82%
2006 World Championships 11/29/2006 175 9 9 0 0    
2006 Season     9 9 0 0 18 50.00%
Grand Prix-Amsterdam (Teams) 3/11/2007 28            
2007 Season                

  • Known as the German Juggernaut, Kai was a member of Cologne Conjurors Club at the beginning of his career.
  • RECORD VS. HALL OF FAME W L D
    Jon Finkel 3 1 0
    Darwin Kastle 2 1 0
    Tommi Hovi 2 0 0
    Alan Comer 3 1 0
    Olle Rade 1 0 0
    Bob Maher 0 3 0
    David Humpherys 4 1 1
    Raphael Levy 9 1 1
    Gary Wise 2 1 0
    Rob Dougherty 2 0 0
    Zvi Mowshowitz 1 2 0
    Tsuyoshi Fujita 1 1 0
    Nicolai Herzog 5 1 0
    Randy Buehler 1 1 0
    Career Total 36 14 2

  • Before going on to dominate the Pro Tour, Kai was the terror of the European Grand Prix circuit with wins in Vienna, Barcelona, and Amsterdam. While those wins were impressive, no one believed that he could replicate that success at the Pro Tour level...
  • Playing a Standard deck built around Covetous Dragon, Kai won the 1999 World Championships in Tokyo when he defeated Mark LePine.
  • Kai would go on to win a staggering seven Pro Tour titles—that number of wins is equal to the next three players on the PT winners list added together.
  • His string of wins was so unprecedented that Eric Taylor had to literally eat his hat after a timely top-deck of Morphling gave Kai the Pro Tour–¬New Orleans trophy.
  • Kai was the captain of the most famous three-person team in history–The Phoenix Foundation, flanked by countrymen Marco Blume and Dirk Baberowski. They won two Pro Tours, made the Top 4 of another, and earned a Masters Series title as well.
  • Kai won the Player of the Year title four times, and three years in a row. To put that into perspective, no other player has won that many Pro Tours, let alone Player of the Year titles.
  • Kai is on the top of the leaderboard in virtually every category including Pro Tour wins, lifetime Pro Points—with over 90 points between him and the second player on the list—lifetime money winnings, and Player of the Year titles.
  • Kai reached the Top 8 of a Grand Prix fourteen times with seven wins and never finished worse than third at a GP once he made the Top 8.
  • Kai captained the German National team in 2002 and led them to a Worlds victory over the Eugene Harvey-led U.S. team.
  • Listed below are notable decklists from Kai Budde's Pro Tour career.

    Kai Budde – Covetous Wildfire
    1999 World Championships – Standard


    Kai Budde – High Tide
    1999 World Championships – Extended

    Main Deck

    60 cards

    11  Island
    Thawing Glaciers
    Underground Sea
    Volcanic Island

    22 lands


    0 creatures

    Brainstorm
    Counterspell
    Force of Will
    Frantic Search
    High Tide
    Impulse
    Meditate
    Merchant Scroll
    Stroke of Genius
    Turnabout
    Yawgmoth's Will

    38 other spells

    Sideboard
    Blue Elemental Blast
    Hydroblast
    Mountain
    Ophidian
    Palinchron
    Pyroblast

    16 sideboard cards



    Kai Budde – Rebels
    Pro Tour–Chicago 2000, 1st Place – Standard


    Kai Budde – Donate Illusions
    Pro Tour–New Orleans 2001, 1st Place – Extended

    Main Deck

    60 cards

    14  Island
    Shivan Reef
    Volcanic Island

    22 lands


    0 creatures

    Accumulated Knowledge
    Brainstorm
    Capsize
    Counterspell
    Donate
    Fire // Ice
    Force of Will
    Illusions of Grandeur
    Impulse
    Intuition
    Merchant Scroll
    Sapphire Medallion

    38 other spells

    Sideboard
    Hibernation
    Hydroblast
    Morphling
    Pyroblast
    Pyroclasm
    Stroke of Genius

    15 sideboard cards



    Kai Budde – Affinity
    Grand Prix–Brussels 2004, 2nd Place – Mirrodin Block Constructed


    Kai Budde – My Oath Part 1
    Grand Prix–Lisbon 2002, 1st Place – Extended


    Kai Budde – Domain
    Grand Prix–London 2001, 1st Place – Invasion Block Constructed


    Kai Budde – The Beach Hut III
    Grand Prix–Florence 2000, 3rd place – Extended

    Main Deck

    60 cards

    Badlands
    Gemstone Mine
    12  Swamp
    Underground Sea

    23 lands


    0 creatures

    Brainstorm
    Demonic Consultation
    Donate
    Duress
    Firestorm
    Force of Will
    Illusions of Grandeur
    Mox Diamond
    Necropotence
    Pyroblast
    Vampiric Tutor

    37 other spells

    Sideboard
    Annul
    Firestorm
    Massacre
    Masticore
    Phyrexian Negator
    Pyroblast

    15 sideboard cards



    Kai Budde – High Tide
    Grand Prix–Vienna 1999, 1st Place – Extended

    Main Deck

    60 cards

    16  Island
    Thawing Glaciers
    Volcanic Island

    23 lands

    Palinchron

    1 creature

    Arcane Denial
    Brainstorm
    Counterspell
    Force of Will
    Frantic Search
    High Tide
    Impulse
    Merchant Scroll
    Mystical Tutor
    Stroke of Genius
    Time Spiral
    Turnabout

    36 other spells

    Sideboard
    Hydroblast
    Mountain
    Null Rod
    Ophidian
    Pyroblast

    15 sideboard cards



    Kai Budde – Winner
    2001 Magic Invitational – 5-Color Format

    Main Deck

    250 cards

    Adarkar Wastes
    Bad River
    Badlands
    Bayou
    City of Brass
    Flood Plain
    12  Island
    Library of Alexandria
    Mountain
    Plains
    Plateau
    Savannah
    Scrubland
    Strip Mine
    Swamp
    Thawing Glaciers
    Tolarian Academy
    Tropical Island
    Tundra
    Underground River
    Underground Sea
    Volcanic Island
    Wasteland

    77 lands

    Mystic Snake
    Sliver Queen
    Uktabi Orangutan
    Wall of Blossoms

    11 creatures

    Abeyance
    Allied Strategies
    Ancestral Recall
    Balance
    Barbed Sextant
    Black Lotus
    Braingeyser
    Brainstorm
    Browse
    Burnout
    Chromatic Sphere
    Contract from Below
    Counterspell
    Crop Rotation
    Demonic Tutor
    Diabolic Tutor
    Dismantling Blow
    Duress
    Enlightened Tutor
    Fact or Fiction
    Fellwar Stone
    Fire // Ice
    Fireball
    Force of Will
    Gamble
    Grim Monolith
    Grinning Totem
    Impulse
    Intuition
    Jeweled Bird
    Land Grant
    Land Tax
    Lat-Nam's Legacy
    Mana Drain
    Mana Vault
    Memory Jar
    Merchant Scroll
    Mind Over Matter
    Mind Stone
    Mind Twist
    Misdirection
    Mox Diamond
    Mox Emerald
    Mox Jet
    Mox Pearl
    Mox Ruby
    Mox Sapphire
    Mystical Tutor
    Necropotence
    Peek
    Pyroblast
    Red Elemental Blast
    Regrowth
    Restock
    Seal of Cleansing
    Shattering Pulse
    Sky Diamond
    Sleight of Hand
    Sol Ring
    Stroke of Genius
    Sylvan Library
    Time Spiral
    Time Walk
    Time Warp
    Timetwister
    Tinker
    Tithe
    Urza's Bauble
    Urza's Blueprints
    Vampiric Tutor
    Vindicate
    Wheel of Fortune
    Wrath of God
    Yawgmoth's Will

    162 other spells


    Hall of Fame: Kai Budde

    Members of the Magic community share their memories of Kai Budde on his induction into the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.

    Video

  • Pro Tour-Barcelona 2001 Finals, Game 1: Alan Comer vs. Kai Budde (28 MB)
  • Pro Tour-Barcelona 2001 Finals, Game 2: Alan Comer vs. Kai Budde (26 MB)
  • Pro Tour-Barcelona 2001 Finals, Game 3: Alan Comer vs. Kai Budde (11 MB)
  • Pro Tour-Barcelona 2001 Finals, Game 4: Alan Comer vs. Kai Budde (13 MB)
  • Pro Tour-Barcelona 2001: Awards Ceremony (9.6 MB)
  • Pro Tour-Barcelona 2001 Semifinals, Part 1: Kai Budde vs. Patrick Mello (52 MB zip)
  • Pro Tour-Barcelona 2001 Semifinals, Part 2: Kai Budde vs. Patrick Mello (35 MB zip)
  • Pro Tour-Barcelona 2001 Semifinals, Part 3: Kai Budde vs. Patrick Mello (17 MB zip)
  • Photo Gallery

    Who's the greatest, Jon or Kai? In head-to-head matches, Kai leads 3-1, including a win in the semifinals of Pro Tour-Chicago.


    Many players crumbled under the steely gaze of "The German Juggernaut."


    Budde, Dirk Baberowski (left) and Marco Blume terrorized the Magic world as Phoenix Foundation. The threesome won two team Pro Tours and a team Masters event.


    Kai's preparation, testing, and will to win were second to none.


    A four-time Player of the Year, Kai won five individual Pro Tours, two team Pro Tours, a team Masters title, an individual World Championship, a team World Championship, a German National Championship, seven Grand Prix titles, and the Magic Invitational.

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