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Kai Budde

Kai Budde, born in 1979 in Cologne, Germany, is widely regarded as the greatest professional Magic: The Gathering player in the game's history. Among those who follow Magic as a competitive game, Budde has reached the same level of fame and accomplishment that Michael Jordan, Pelé, and Garry Kasparov have attained in their respective sports.

As of December 2003, he has won five individual Pro Tour titles (no other player has won more than two), and two Team Pro Tour titles (alongside fellow Germans Marco Blume and Dirk Baberowski). Budde also won the 1999 Magic World Championships in Tokyo. His cash winnings in six years of premier Magic: The Gathering tournaments are well over $300,000. He has also been awarded three Player of the Year titles, 1999, 2001 and 2002. In addition to Budde's cash winnings, he also won the 2001 Magic Invitational tournament in Cape Town, and as his prize was given the rare opportunity to design an actual card (the end result was Voidmage Prodigy).

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