Tongo Nation

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Tongo Nation (or The Nation) was a professional Magic: The Gathering team from 1997-98 known for making three pro tour grand-finals appearances in 1997, their eponymous deck Tongo Nation and landing one of the first team sponsorship deals in Magic.[1][2] The team disbanded following the end of their one-year sponsorship deal with The National Collector (TNC) (a card sales company) and clashing of several strong personalities on the team.

Tongo Nation was centered around Mike Long and four core members: Dominic Crapuchettes, David Mills, Pete Leiher and Donnie Gallitz. In addition to these core members were: Chris Bishop, Jon Becker, Brian Schneider, Justin Schneider, Jeff Donais and a group of around twenty behind-the-scenes testers and builders.[3] Unscrupulous behavior of several of its team members positioned the team as the 'bad guys' of the pro tour and created feuds with other teams on the tour, most notably team Deadguy.[4][5]

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  1. Tongo Nation. (July 17, 1997). Press Release: Tongo Nation and The National Collector sign massive sponsorship agreement . Retrieved on August 8, 2018 from https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/rec.games.trading-cards.magic.misc/PsxTF0f5sEg/0VEtBYfrAY4J
  2. Wise, G. (August 11, 2001). Wise Words - Teams of History. Retrieved on August 8, 2018 from https://www.wizards.com/sideboard/article.asp?x=sb20010911b
  3. Wise, G. (August 11, 2001). Wise Words - Teams of History. Retrieved on August 8, 2018 from https://www.wizards.com/sideboard/article.asp?x=sb20010911b
  4. Wise, G. (August 11, 2001). Wise Words - Teams of History. Retrieved on August 8, 2018 from https://www.wizards.com/sideboard/article.asp?x=sb20010911b
  5. Whitby, D., & Hsu, J. (August 10, 2016). Humans of Magic: #017 - Damon Whitby on Dredge, Virginia Legacy, and great Magic moments. Retrieved on August 8, 2018 from https://soundcloud.com/humansofmagic/episode-017-damon-whitby