He's a Grand Prix Champion. He's a Team Grand Prix Champion. He's a Mythic Champion. He is, of course, the reigning Magic World Champion. He finished at the very top of the inaugural Magic Pro League with over 200 Mythic Points, 50 ahead of the nearest competitors.
He had, to put it mildly, a stellar 2019 season.
But "dominance" in Magic or the wider world of competition is hard to pin down. For one thing, it isn't just about winning, at least in Magic. Winning any given event is next to impossible for any player. The very best in history settle at a 66% career win rate, and a 10-6 or 11-5 record is rarely enough for a Top Finish.
By its nature, Magic doesn't always have the same obvious cues to dominance like other sports and esports, where a team might be atop the standings for years or individuals compile career statistics beyond reproach. In those cases, there's no room for doubt. The dominance is beyond dispute.
The harsh fact is that Dominguez has lost almost every tournament he's ever entered—like every other Magic player ever. So how can we so confidently laud his dominance over the game that can never be beaten? History gives us some clues.
A Look Back at Dominance
In rare cases, there's a multi-season body of work that screams dominance. In the late '90s it was Jon Finkel, in the early 2000s it was Kai Budde. Two of the greatest players ever to sleeve up a deck put together years of being, by consensus, the best players in the room, turning that dominance into trophy shots with staggering consistency—and Magic Hall of Fame inductions.