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Magic Pro Tour Team Series

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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,[1] 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)
1 $17,000
2 $8,500
3–4 $4,000
Total $201,000

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
Team name Team members
Almost Finnished Anssi Alkio, Lauri Pispa, Tuomas Tuominen, Matti Kuisma, Leo Lahonen, Samuel Tharmaratnam
Basic Craig Chapman, Sam-Luca Rolph, Pip Griffiths, Jaime Archdekan, Matthew Stein, Pete Ward
Cardhoarder[2] Noah Walker, Andrew Tenjum, Jacob Baugh, Joe Lossett, Robert Graves, Zachary Kiihne
ChannelFireball Fire[3] Patrick Cox, Josh Utter-Leyton, Martin Jůza, Andrew Baeckstrom, Matt Nass, Corey Burkhart, (Paul Cheon)[I]
ChannelFireball Ice[4] Eric Froehlich, Joel Larsson, Mike Sigrist, Ben Stark, Ondřej Stráský, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
Conflagreece Panagiotis Papadopoulos, Bill Chronopoulos, Dimitris Triantafillou, Petros Tziotis, Makis Matsoukas, Nikolaos Kaponis
D3 GO! Ben Rubin, Tom Martell, Matt Costa, Jelger Wiegersma, Shahar Shenhar, Brock Parker
Dave & Adam's Alex Bianchi, Andrew Skorik, Nick D'Ambrose, Joey Manner, Jacky Wang, Alex Bastecki
Dex Army Willy Edel, Marcio Carvalho, Carlos Romão, Thiago Saporito, Luis Salvatto, Antonio Del Moral Leon
Dexthird Felipe Valdivia, Patrick Fernandes, Cristian Cespedes, Jose Luis Echeverria Paredes, João Lucas Caparroz, Lucas Esper Berthoud
Eureka Immanuel Gerschenson, Valentin Mackl, Patrick Dickmann, Steve Hatto, Aleksa Telarov, Marc Tobiasch
Face to Face Games Ivan Floch, Alexander Hayne, Sam Pardee, Steve Rubin, Oliver Tiu, Jacob Wilson
Fire Squad Thien Nguyen, Nathaniel Smith, David Shiels, Ben Hull, Brandon Ayers, Jonathan Morawski
Genesis Brad Nelson, Lukas Blohon, Seth Manfield, Martin Dang, Martin Müller, Thomas Hendriks, (Michael Majors)[II]
Hareruya Tomoharu Saito, Shuhei Nakamura, Yuuta Takahashi, Jérémy Dezani, Oliver Polak-Rottmann, Petr Sochůrek
Hotsauce Games Raymond Perez, Jr., Gregory Orange, Tyler Hill, Cody Lingelbach, Gabriel Carleton-Barnes, Stephen Neal
Last Samurai Kenji Tsumura, Tsuyoshi Fujita, Masashi Oiso, Makihito Mihara, Kazuyuki Takimura, Ryoichi Tamada
Ligamagic Pedro Carvalho, Eduardo dos Santos Vieira, Sebastian Pozzo, Guilherme Merjam, Marcelino Freeman, Marcos Paulo de Jesus Freitas
Lingering Souls Shaheen Soorani, Chris Fennell, Travis Woo, Andreas Ganz, Ashraf Abou Omar, Donald Smith
Magic Corsairs Crew Eliott Boussaud, Maxime Martin, Julien Stihle, Samuel Vuillot, Pierre Sommen, Martin Hrycej
Massdrop: East[5] Pascal Maynard, Jarvis Yu, Ricky Chin, Timothy Wu, Eric Severson, Jon Stern
Massdrop: West[5] Mark Jacobson, Paul Dean, Jiachen Tao, Ari Lax, Scott Lipp, Ben Weitz
Max Box Bowl Ben Friedman, Alex Majlaton, Eugene Hwang, Rob Pisano, Brandon Fischer, Paul Yeem
MTG Bent Card Andrea Mengucci, Anthony Lee, Javier Dominguez, Christian Calcano, Michael Bonde, Corey Baumeister
MTG Mint Card Lee Shi Tian, Jason Chung, Hao-Shan Huang, Kelvin Chew, Eduardo Sajgalik, Sungwook Nam
Musashi Kentaro Yamamoto, Yuuya Watanabe, Ken Yukuhiro, Yuuki Ichikawa, Teruya Kakumae, Shota Yasooka
Mutiny David Ochoa, Joshua Cho, Gerry Thompson, Justin Cohen, Matt Severa, Sam Black
Norcal Jason Smyth, Mike Mei, Huaxing Bai, Harold Chow, Caleb Van Patten, Dan Besterman
Opportunity Pierre Dagen, Gabriel Nassif, Magnus Lantto, Matteo Moure, Marco Cammilluzzi, Grzegorz Kowalski
Puzzle Quest Reid Duke, Owen Turtenwald, William Jensen, Jon Finkel, Andrew Cuneo, Paul Rietzl
Tapas Ryan Cubit, David Mines, James Wilks, Garry Lau, Riccardo Bragato, Matthew Anderson
Top Level[6] Raphaël Lévy, Patrick Chapin, Dan Lanthier, Brian Braun-Duin, Craig Wescoe, Mike Hron

Past winners[edit | edit source]

Season Team Players
2016–17 Musashi Japan.png Kentaro Yamamoto
Japan.png Yuuya Watanabe
Japan.png Ken Yukuhiro
Japan.png Yuuki Ichikawa
Japan.png Teruya Kakumae
Japan.png Shōta Yasooka


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]

  1. PRO TOUR ELDRITCH MOON ORGANIZED PLAY ANNOUNCEMENT. Wizards of the Coast (2016-08-02). Retrieved on 2016-08-03.
  2. Long, Jennifer (2017-01-23). Team Cardhoarder at the Pro Tour!. Cardhoarder.
  3. Cox, Patrick (2017-01-19). Presenting: Team ChannelFireball Fire. ChannelFireball.
  4. Froehlich, Eric (2017-01-19). Presenting: Team ChannelFireball Ice. ChannelFireball.
  5. a b Announcing MTG Team Massdrop East/West. Massdrop (2017-01-19).
  6. All the Ways to Play Saheeli Rai. Top Level Podcast (2017-01-20).