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Magic Pro Tour Team Series
The Magic Pro Tour Team Series is a professional event series that started with the 2017–18 Pro Tour season, though there was a soft launch starting at Pro Tour Aether Revolt. Announced on August 2, 2016, the series emphasizes the team aspect of Pro Tours. Formerly, teams were unofficial, and players frequently joined and left the major teams that collaborated; the Magic Pro Tour Team Series makes teams an official part of the Pro Tour.
Format[edit | edit source]
Teams consist of six players each, including a designated team captain; these teams are registered prior to the first Pro Tour of the season that counts towards the Team Series. The only requirement for being a member of a team is being qualified for that Pro Tour. Once players are registered on a team, he or she will belong to that team until the end of that Pro Tour season unless player being substituted, or their team had disbanded. Similarly, players can only be a member of one team (including disbanded team) in a single season.
Players earn points for their team by winning Pro Points at Pro Tours. For the first, second, and third Pro Tour in that season, the top five members' Pro Points are added to the team score. The Top 8 teams (top 4 for the 2016–17 season due to it being a soft launch, top 16 for the 2017–18 season due to the special format of Pro Tour 25th Anniversary) after the third Pro Tour receive invitations and travel awards to the season's last Pro Tour, where all members of those teams earn Pro Points that are added to the team score.
In the 2018–19 season, teams may replace any members with the approval of involved players, the captain, and WotC. Points earned by the replaced member, as well as those earned by the new member previously in the season, are excluded from team scores. Teams may also disband if the majority of players, including their captain, decided to do so. Disbanding a team is the equivalent of withdrawal from the Team Series for that season, and members of that team are not allowed to join new teams for the remainder of the season.
The top 2 teams after the season's conclusion are invited to compete in a team playoff at the following World Championship, where the winning team is crowned the Team World Champion.
Prizes[edit | edit source]
The prize purse of in excess of $200,000 is distributed as follows between the top four teams after the Pro Season's conclusion:
|Place||Payout (per player)|
Additionally, the all members of the Top 8 teams receive invitations and travel awards to the first Pro Tour of the next season, regardless of whether they remain on the same team.
Note that for the 2016–17 season's Team Series, being the soft launch of the program, the total prize purse was $50,400.
2017–18 teams[edit | edit source]
|Team name||Team members|
|Cardhoarder||Bobby Graves, Jack Kiefer, Devin Koepke, Joe Lossett, Shaheen Soorani, Noah Walker|
|Cardhoarder Brazil||Willy Edel, Guilherme Merjam, Jonathan Melamed, Bernardo Santos, Marco Paulo de Jesus Freitas, Eduardo dos Santos Vieira|
|ChannelFireball||Mike Sigrist, Ben Stark, Josh Utter-Leyton, Martin Jůza, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Luis Scott-Vargas|
Past seasons[edit | edit source]
|List of teams and team members in the 2016–17 Team Series|
Past winners[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- ^I ChannelFireball Fire replaced Paul Cheon, who was later employed by WotC (thus losing right to play in Premier Events), with Andrew Baeckstrom after Pro Tour Amonkhet. However, all points earned by Cheon up to that PT would still count.
- ^II Genesis replaced Michael Majors, who was later employed by WotC (thus losing right to play in Premier Events), with Thomas Hendriks after Pro Tour Amonkhet. However, all points earned by Majors up to that PT would still count.
References[edit | edit source]
- PRO TOUR ELDRITCH MOON ORGANIZED PLAY ANNOUNCEMENT. Wizards of the Coast (2016-08-02). Retrieved on 2016-08-03.
- Long, Jennifer (2017-01-23). Team Cardhoarder at the Pro Tour!. Cardhoarder.
- Cox, Patrick (2017-01-19). Presenting: Team ChannelFireball Fire. ChannelFireball.
- Froehlich, Eric (2017-01-19). Presenting: Team ChannelFireball Ice. ChannelFireball.
- Announcing MTG Team Massdrop East/West. Massdrop (2017-01-19).
- All the Ways to Play Saheeli Rai. Top Level Podcast (2017-01-20).