Finkel moved with his family to Woking, England in the summer of 1992 and learned about Magic: The Gathering shortly thereafter at a local game shop named Fun and Games.
After reaching another Top 8 in the Junior Division of Pro Tour Columbus Finkel had his first appearance in the senior competition of the Pro Tour at the 1996 World Championship in Seattle. Finkel had three Top 16 finishes in the 1996–97 season, but never made it to the finals.
His first Top 8 appearance was at Pro Tour Chicago 1997.
Later in 2000 Finkel also won the Magic Invitational, giving him the chance to design his own Magic card.
His creation, Shadowmage Infiltrator, debuted in the Odyssey set and was later reprinted in Time Spiral and Modern Masters 2015 edition.
(Although it becomes clear that she almost doesn’t have to give his name, as Jon Finkel — that’s his name — is a legend among the Magic community because of his “world champion” status.) I don’t care what the hell your hobby is in life — sports, knitting, marathon running, competitive eating, playing the ukulele, whatever — being so good at something you do for fun and not letting it effect the work you do out of necessity or your personal life and relationships, is one of the more attractive qualities I could possibly imagine in another person.
Alyssa and Jon’s first date — during which, Alyssa notes, Jon takes her to see a one-man show based on serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s life story — is clearly immediately spoiled by the fact that Jon’s hobby is terribly uncool in Alyssa’s eyes.
But maybe he didn’t because he knew it might turn off women like Alyssa who would maybe otherwise actually end up finding his hobby endearing once they got to know more about him.
There are likely things he did include in his profile that didn’t occur to him might be a turnoff to potential admirers — a fondness for a certain band or a fear of heights — who thus never got in touch or returned his messages.
During his career he has won 3 Grand Prix events and made the Top 8 of a record 16 Pro Tour events, winning three of those.