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, decide 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.
Following each season, the members of the top 8 teams of that season each receive invitations and airfare to the first Pro Tour of the following season.
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|
|Blitz||Nathan Basser, Raphael Coors, Karl Eyre, Micheal Maurici, Jarron Puszet, Joe Soh|
|Cardhoarder||Bobby Graves, Jack Kiefer, Devin Koepke, Joe Lossett, Shaheen Soorani, Noah Walker|
|Cardhoarder Brazil||Willy Edel, Guilherme Merjam, Jonathan Melamed, Bernardo Santos, Marcos Paulo de Jesus Freitas, Eduardo dos Santos Vieira|
|Cardmarket||Robin Dolar, Jasper Grimmer, Martin Hrycej, Arne Huschenbeth, Leon Van Der Linden, Pascal Vieren|
|Catharsis||Pierre Dagen, Niels Molle, Niels Noorlander, Oliver Polak-Rottmann, Marc Tobiasch, Peter Vieren|
|ChannelFireball||Mike Sigrist, Ben Stark, Josh Utter-Leyton, Martin Jůza, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Luis Scott-Vargas|
|Child's Play||Gerard Fabiano, Anthony Lee, David Mines, Simon Nielsen, Samuel Tharmaratnam, Zen Takahashi|
|Cloudpost Crew||Jean-Francois Beti, Tzu-Mainn Chen, Slater Claudel, Benjamin Coursey, Ryan Schumacher, Christian Trudel|
|Connected Company||Christian Calcano, Jérémy Dezani, Javier Dominguez, Raphaël Lévy, Andrea Mengucci, Tomoharu Saito|
|Dave & Adam's||Ralph Batesh, Evan Esposito, Ryan Hare, Joey Manner, Jeff Pyka, Adam Ragsdale|
|Eureka||Patrick Dickmann, Immanuel Gerschenson, Steve Hatto, Valentin Mackl, Panagiotis Papadopoulos, Aleksa Telarov|
|Face to Face Games||Eric Froehlich, Corey Burkhart, David Williams, Rich Hoaen, Gabriel Nassif, Ben Rubin|
|Final Last Samurai||Tsuyoshi Fujita, Yuuta Hirosawa, Yuki Matsumoto, Makihito Mihara, Ryoichi Tamada, Kenji Tsumura|
|First Strike||Robert Anderson, Daniel Fournier, Mathew Kelly, Dean McLaren, Doug Potter, Vidianto Wijaya|
|Genesis||Corey Baumeister, Lukas Blohon, Brian Braun-Duin, Seth Manfield, Martin Müller, Brad Nelson|
|Hareruya Latin||Lucas Berthoud, Marcio Carvalho, Sebastian Pozzo, Carlos Romão, Luis Salvatto, Thiago Saporito|
|Hotsauce Games||Tyler Hill, Ben Hull, Adam Jansen, Stephen Neal, Gregory Orange, Andrejs Prost|
|Kusemono||Kazuaki Fujimura, Riku Kumagai, Toru Inoue, Shuhei Nakamura, Kazuyuki Takimura, Yuuta Takahashi|
|La Perla Nera||Federico del Basso, Marco Cammilluzzi, Carmine D'Aniello, Carlos Alexandre dos Santos Esteves, Alessandro Lippi, Matteo Moure|
|Lingering Souls||Daniel Cathro, Andreas Ganz, Michael Hinderaker, David Irvine, Anand Khare, Alex Sittner|
|Magic Corsairs Crew||Alexandre Aurejac, Eliott Boussaud, Alexandre Habert, Guillaume Perbet, Florian Trotte, Samuel Vuillot|
|ManaTraders||Andrew Baeckstrom, Ricky Chin, Patrick Cox, Alex Majlaton, David Ochoa, Gaudenis Vidugiris|
|Massdrop East||Thomas Ashton, Mark Jacobson, Ari Lax, Scott Lipp, Timothy Wu, Jarvis Yu|
|Massdrop West||Pascal Maynard, Shaun McLaren, Rob Pisano, Eric Severson, Jon Stern, Ben Weitz|
|MetaGame Gurus Moon||Brandon Ayers, Mattia Rizzi, John Rolf, Nathaniel Smith, Jacob Wilson, Shahar Shenhar[III]|
|MetaGame Gurus Sun||Joshua Cho, Ben Friedman, Ondřej Stráský, Matt Severa, Gerry Thompson, Oliver Tiu|
|MTG Mint Card||Kelvin Chew, Jason Chung, Hao-Shan Huang, Lee Shi Tian, Eduardo Sajgalik, Wing Chun Yam|
|MTGSheep||Bolun Zhang, Yuchen Liu, Qi Wentao, Sun Chuan, Yao Zile, Yi Ding|
|Musashi||Kentaro Yamamoto, Yuuya Watanabe, Ken Yukuhiro, Yuuki Ichikawa, Teruya Kakumae, Shota Yasooka|
|Phoenix: 404||Torsten Anders, Joshua Bausch, Christian Hauck, Florian Koch, Benjamin Luft, Michael Steinecke|
|Revelation||Martin Dang, Paul Dean, Thomas Hendriks, Christoffer Enggaard Larsen, Joel Larsson, Petr Sochůrek|
|Snapcardster||Michael Bonde, Bill Chronopoulos, Ryan Cubit, Vitor Grassato, Grzegorz Kowalski, Makis Matsoukas|
|Sourcery||Luke Feeney, Ethan Gaieski, Zack Kanner, Evan Petre, Ray Tautic, Oliver Tomajko|
|The Comic Book Store||Michael Cochran, William Craddock, Jonathan Morawski, Jacob Nagro, Collin Rountree, Jonathan Sukenik|
|Tower Games||Jackson Hicks, Samuel Ihlenfeldt, Alex Johnson, Matt Sikkink Johnson, Scott Markeson, Dan Wesier|
|Ultimate Guard||Reid Duke, Owen Turtenwald, William Jensen, Jon Finkel, Andrew Cuneo, Paul Rietzl|
|Ultra PRO||Sam Black, Ivan Floch, Alexander Hayne, Matt Nass, Sam Pardee, Steve Rubin|
Past seasons[edit | edit source]
|List of teams and team members in the 2016–17 Team Series|
Past winners[edit | edit source]
|2017–18||Ultimate Guard||Reid Duke|
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.
- ^III Travis Woo was originally the sixth member of MetaGame Gurus Moon, but following a controversy, Team MGG announced on Twitter that they had separated ways. Shahar Shenhar was later announced as his replacement.
References[edit | edit source]
- PRO TOUR ELDRITCH MOON ORGANIZED PLAY ANNOUNCEMENT. Wizards of the Coast (2016-08-02). Retrieved on 2016-08-03.
- Rasmussen, Blake (2018-08-16). AUGUST 16, 2018 PRO TOUR UPDATE. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-04-29.
- Hoaen, Rich (2017-10-23). Introducing the New Faces of Face to Face. Manadeprived.
- 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).