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. The Pro Tour Team Series was terminated in 2019, when Magic Esports were introduced with the Magic Pro League and Mythic Championships on MTG Arena.
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.
2018–19 teams[edit | edit source]
|Team name||Team members|
|Axion Now||Jelco Bodewes, Autumn Burchett, George Channing, Joao Choca, Francesco Giorgio, Jamin Kauf|
|Baguette||Julien Berteaux, Davy Loeb, Guillaume Matignon, Antoine Ruel, Florian Trotte, Guillaume Wafo-Tapa|
|Belgic Magic||Christophe Gregoir, Branco Neirynck, Leon Van Der Linden, Thomas Van Der Paelt, Peter Vieren, Pascal Vieren|
|Bolt the Bird||Oscar Christensen, Matti Kuisma, Leo Lahonen, Roope Metsa, Kasper Nielsen, Karl Sarap|
|Cardboard Live||Andrew Elenbogen, Marcus Luong, Maxwell Mick, Rob Pisano, Vidianto Wijaya, Bradley Yoo|
|Cardhoarder Mentoring||Drew Helbig, Douglas Romani, Hamish Seymour, Daniel Troha, Daniel Vega, Nick Waugh|
|ChannelFireball||Mike Sigrist, Ben Stark, Josh Utter-Leyton, Martin Jůza, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Luis Scott-Vargas|
|Eureka||Immanuel Gerschenson, Piotr Głogowski, Radek Kaczmarczyk, Elias Klocker, Panagiotis Papadopoulos, Aleksa Telarov|
|FacetoFaceGames.com||Peter Ingram, Eli Kassis, Edgar Magalhaes, Morgan McLaughlin, Gabriel Nassif, Shaheen Soorani|
|Final Last Samurai||Atsuki Kihara, Yuki Matsumoto, Makihito Mihara, Takuma Morofuji, Kazutaka Naide, Ryoichi Tamada|
|GeekGear||Dani Anderson, Gary Campbell, Kyle Cooper, Lauge De-place, Alexander Gordon-Brown, Luke Southworth|
|GOAT||Matt Brown, Joe Demestrio, Ethan Gaieski, Kevin Jones, Makis Matsoukas, Sam Rolph|
|Good Luck High Five||Dirk Baberowski, Kai Budde, Patrick Cox, Gerard Fabiano, Craig Wescoe, Jelger Wiegersma|
|Greater Good||Sam Black, Eric Froehlich, Quinn Kiefer, Steve Rubin, Ben Yu, David Williams|
|Grey Ogre Games||Thirawat Chaovarindr, Tay Jun Hao, Ernest Lim, Christian Wijaya, Wing Chun Yam, Lim Zhong Yi|
|Hareruya Axe||Christian Calcano, Jason Chung, Raphaël Lévy, Tomoharu Saito, Petr Sochůrek, Kenji Tsumura|
|Hareruya Latin||Lucas Berthoud, Marcio Carvalho, Sebastian Pozzo, Carlos Romão, Luis Salvatto, Thiago Saporito|
|Hareruya North America||Brandon Ayers, Ben Hull, Jacob Nagro, Gregory Orange, John Rolf, Allen Wu|
|Hareruya Sword||Kelvin Chew, Jérémy Dezani, Javier Dominguez, Grzegorz Kowalski, Andrea Mengucci, Lee Shi Tian|
|KMC-Genesis||Corey Baumeister, Brian Braun-Duin, Seth Manfield, Brad Nelson, Logan Nettles, Shahar Shenhar|
|Kusemono||Rei Sato, Ryuji Murae, Toru Inoue, Shuhei Nakamura, Kazuyuki Takimura, Yuuta Takahashi|
|Legion||Ben Friedman, Gerry Thompson, Oliver Tiu, Oliver Tomajko, Noah Walker, Jacob Wilson|
|Magicsur||Julio Bernabe, Jose Luis Echeverria Paredes, Marcelino Freeman, Guilherme Merjam, Luis Navas, Ignacio Parot|
|Massdrop||Mark Jacobson, Jack Kiefer, Pascal Maynard, Jon Stern, Ben Weitz, Timothy Wu|
|MTG Manager||Dmitriy Butakov, Antonio Del Moral León, Louis Deltour, Gonçalo Pinto, Bernardo Santos, Francisco Sifuentes|
|MTGSheep||Yeh Chih-Cheng, Yuchen Liu, Zhu Yuxuan, Bolun Zhang, Zhang Zhiyang, Zhou Zirui|
|Musashi||Kentaro Yamamoto, Yuuya Watanabe, Ken Yukuhiro, Yuuki Ichikawa, Teruya Kakumae, Shota Yasooka|
|Myst||Hao-Shan Huang, Mak Wai Hou, Martin Hrycej, Jan Ksandr, Dominik Prosek, Zhi Yimin|
|Nerd Rage Gaming||Joshua Collier, Lewk Faley, William Hahn, Matthew Haney, Jake Lamb, Scott Matthews|
|Omega Card Games||Maxime Auger, Slater Claudel, Lucien Longlais, Jeff Pyka, Charles Rinehart, Richard Tan|
|Phoenix: New Dawn||Joshua Bausch, Jasper Grimmer, Christian Hauck, Marius Heuser, Arne Huschenbeth, Thoralf Severin|
|Snapcardster X MtGMintcard||Michael Bonde, Martin Dang, Thomas Enevoldsen, Christoffer Larsen, Martin Müller, Simon Nielsen|
|Spanish Masters||Alvaro Fernandez Torres, Sergio Ferrer Rozalen, Antonio Martos Donaire, Cristian Ortiz Ros, Adrian Ramiro, Francisco Sanchez|
|Team RIW||Zach Allen, Corey Burkhart, Tyler Hill, Ari Lax, Max McVety, Stuart Parnes|
|The Comic Book Store||Hunter Cochran, Wyatt Darby, Alexander Hayne, Mattia Rizzi, Ondřej Stráský, and Jonathan Sukenik|
|Tower Games||Sam Beaulieu, Samuel Ihlenfeldt, Gregory Michel, Matt Sikkink Johnson, Matt Stankey, Daniel Weiser|
|Ultimate Guard Pro Team||Reid Duke, Owen Turtenwald, William Jensen, Jon Finkel, Andrew Cuneo, Paul Rietzl|
|Ultra PRO||Thomas Hendriks, Ivan Floch, Andrew Baeckstrom, Matt Nass, Sam Pardee, Matt Severa|
|Waaagh Taverne Paris||Eliott Boussaud, Pierre Dagen, Jean-Emmanuel Depraz, Remi Fortier, Théau Mery, Julien Stihle|
Past seasons[edit | edit source]
|List of teams and team members in the 2016–17 Team Series|
|List of teams and team members in the 2017–18 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.
- Elaine Chase. (December 6, 2018.) “The Next Chapter for Magic: Esports”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Rasmussen, Blake (2018-08-16). AUGUST 16, 2018 PRO TOUR UPDATE. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2016-04-29.
- 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).
- Hoaen, Rich (2017-10-23). Introducing the New Faces of Face to Face. Manadeprived.