Team Face to Face Games – Pro Tour Eldritch Moon

When introducing the Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad edition of Team Face to Face Games, we kept talking about how the team was able to consistently show up with an innovative deck that dominated the Constructed portion of Pro Tours.

While Bant Company was the most popular archetype, Steve Rubin won the entire tournament with the team’s blend of GW Tokens. GW Tokens would then proceed to become the boogeyman of the Standard PPTQ season. It seems likely that the team will once again come up with something to solve the current Bant Company infestation.

Most of the core remain intact with one notable and exciting addition. The team added current Rookie of the Year leader Oliver Tiu who has been on an absolute tear. He has two T16 Pro Tour finishes under his belt along with three Grand Prix top 8s. He helped popularized Grixis Control in Standard, so his ability to deviate from the norm will certainly make him a valuable asset.

As always, this is one of the teams to watch!

Team Face to Face Games

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Damo Da Rosa
Floch
Hayne
Nakamura
Pardee
Rubin
Sigrist
Stern
Strasky
Tiu
Wilson

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Player Name: Brian Braun-Duin
Hometown: Winchester, VA
Current Residence: Roanoke, VA
Age: 30
Occupation: Writer at ChannelFireball.com
Twitter Handle: @braunduinit
Magic Online Account: BBD

Invitation Source: Gold
Pro Level: Gold
Lifetime Pro Points: 134
Current Pro Points: 37
Notable Finishes: 7 GP top 8s (2 wins)

Favorite Magic Card: Foil Squire
Favorite Format (and why): Legacy. Small decisions matter so much and there is so much play to it.
Most Memorable Moment: Beating Jon Stern in the finals of GP Louisville.

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Player Name: Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
Hometown: Porto Alegre
Current Residence: Porto Alegre
Age: 28
Occupation: Magic player
Twitter Handle: @pvddr
Magic Online Account: N/A

Invitation Source: Hall of Fame
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 528
Current Pro Points: 54
Notable Finishes: 10 Pro Tour top 8s

Favorite Magic Card: Vendilion Clique
Favorite Format (and why): Block Constructed, because cards that would normally be bad become good due to a more constrained card pool. But I also like Sealed/Draft a lot, Legacy and some Standard formats.
Most Memorable Moment: My first PT top 8 in Charleston

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Player Name: Ivan Floch
Hometown: Bratislava, Slovakia
Current Residence: Bratislava, Slovakia
Age: 30
Occupation: Professional tourist
Twitter Handle: @IvanFloch19

Invitation Source: Platinum
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 295
Current Pro Points: 48
Notable Finishes: PT Magic 2015 winner, GP Lisbon winner, Team Champion Worlds Chiba 2010

Favorite Magic Card: Upheaval
Favorite Format (and why): draft right now, I like the new format and synergies between cards
Most Memorable Moment: Winning Team Worlds in Chiba 2010, it was a big thing back then when a small country like Slovakia could beat every magic power-houses. Since then other small countries have made their mark too, but World Magic Cup makes it easier now. We won it before WMC has been introduced. It was also my first big victory – a proof I can do it.

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Player Name: Alexander Hayne
Hometown: Montreal, QC, Canada
Current Residence: Westmount, QC, Canada
Age: 27
Occupation: International Man of Mystery
Twitter Handle: @insaynehayne

Invitation Source: Platinum
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 267
Current Pro Points: 53

Notable Finishes:
– PT AVR Champion
– GP Prague 2016 (4th)
– GP Krakow 2015 Champion
– GP Atlantic City 2015 (2nd)
– GP Vancouver 2015 (4th)
– GP Vancouver 2014 Champion
– GP Calgary 2013 Champion
– GP Kyoto 2013 Champion
– GP Strasbourg 2013 (3rd)
– GP Montreal 2011 (2nd)
– 2012 Rookie of the Year
– 2015 Canadian National Team
– 2014 Canadian National Team
– 2012 Canadian National Team (Captain)

Favourite Magic Card (and why): Brainstorm, it gives you so many options but is challenging to play correctly
Favourite Format (and why): Cube – It never gets boring
Most memorable Magic moment: Winning PT Avacyn Restored

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Player Name: Shuhei Nakamura
Hometown: Somewhere in Japan
Age: 34
Occupation: Pro Magic Player
Magic Online Account: astarisk
Twitter Handle: @nakashu_

Invitation Source: Hall of Fame, Gold
Pro Level: Gold
Lifetime Pro Points: 647
Current Pro Points: 43

Favourite Magic Card (and why): Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Favourite Format (and why): Generally draft
Most Memorable Magic Moment: Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch. It was time to say goodbye for me, but Magic never lets me.

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Player Name: Sam Pardee
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Current Residence: Berkeley, CA
Age: 27
Occupation: Web Designer
Magic Online Account: Smdster
Twitter Handle: @Smdster

Invitation Source: Gold
Pro Level: Gold
Lifetime Pro Points: 148
Current Pro Points: 41

Notable Finishes:
– GP Detroit 2015 (1st)
– GP Krakow 2015 (T8)
– GP Charlotte 2015 (T8)
– GP Denver 2015 (3rd)
– GP Portland 2013 (1st)
– GP Albuquerque 2013 (2nd)
– GP Toronto 2012 (2nd)
– GP Madison (T8)

Favourite Magic Card (and why): Gavony Township, makes your bad creatures great
Favourite Format (and why): Modern, the games are very interactive and it feels easiest to get an edge
Most memorable Magic moment: Going 12-0 in Toronto after punting my win-and-in in Chicago the week before.

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Player Name: Steve Rubin
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Current Residence: Pittsburgh, PA
Age: 24
Occupation: High School Boys Varsity Ultimate Frisbee Coach, Part-time Student, Magic Player
Twitter Handle: @RubinZoo
Magic Online Account: Sturvedog

Invitation Souce: Platinum
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 151
Current Pro Points: 60
Notable Finishes: Pro Tour Madrid Champion, 4 GP top 8s

Favorite Magic Card: Ingot Chewer
Favorite Format (and why): Team Draft, because that’s how I got into playing Magic.
Most Memorable Moment: Climbing Oahu’s Diamond Head Summit Trail with teammates and friends after PT Hawaii.

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Player Name: Mike Sigrist
Hometown: Weymouth MA
Current Residence: Mansfield MA
Age: 32
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: CHRISTIAN LAETTNER
Twitter Handle: @MSigrist83

Invitation Source: Platinum
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 191
Current Pro Points: 48

Notable Finishes:
– GP Charlotte 2016 (4th)
– GP New York City 2016 (5th)
– PT Magic Origins (2nd)
– Player of the Year 2015
– Team USA 2015 (Captain)
– GP Montreal 2015 Champion
– PT Khans of Tarkir (T4)
– PT Portland 2014 (26th)
– GP Washington DC 2014 (1st)
– GP Richmond 2014 (3rd)
– PT Boston 2008 (7th)

Favourite Magic Card (and why): Living Death, played my first constructed tournament
Favourite Format (and why): Limited (draft), the games and decks are always fresh.
Most memorable Magic moment: Winning Grand Prix Washington D.C.

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Player Name: Jon Stern
Hometown: Montreal
Current Residence: Montreal
Age: 38
Occupation: Magic Player & Writer
Twitter Handle: @JonSternMTL

Invitation Source: Gold, GP Toronto
Pro Level: Gold
Lifetime Pro Points: 179
Current Pro Points: 33

Notable Finishes:
GP Toronto 2016 – 2nd
GP Atlanta 2014 – 1st
GP Atlantic City 2013 – 1st
GP Louisville 2013 – 2nd
GP Vancouver 2014 – Top 4
GP Toronto 2012 – Top 8

Favourite Magic Card (and why): Aquamoeba. Some tides need no moon.
Favourite Format (and why): Rochester Draft – rewards planning ahead and adjusting on the fly
Most Memorable Magic Moment: Winning GP Atlantic City

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Player Name: Ondrej Strasky
Hometown: Ceske Budejovice
Current Residence: Prague
Age: 21
Occupation: Magic player
Twitter Handle: @ondrejstrasky
Magic Online Account: straca3

Invitation Source: Platinum
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 120
Current Pro Points: 50
Notable Finishes: 2 PT top 8s

Favorite Magic Card: Daze
Favorite Format (and why): changes every week
Most Memorable Moment: winnning a match vs Thiago Saporito

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Player Name: Oliver Tiu
Current Residence: Cambridge, MA
Age: 18
Occupation: Student
Twitter Handle: @TheTiuTangClan
Magic Online: TiuTangClan

Invitation Source: Top 16 Last Pro Tour
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 56
Current Pro Points: 51
Notable Finishes: 2 PT top 16s, 3 GP top 8s

Favorite Magic Card: Deathmist Raptor
Favorite Format (and why): Standard, I enjoy metagames that are constantly changing week to week and having to adapt accordingly.
Most Memorable Moment: Top 8ing my first Grand Prix, thus qualifying me for my first PT.

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Player Name: Jacob Wilson
Hometown: San Francisco
Current Residence: Vancouver
Age: 21
Occupation: Magic Player
Magic Online Account: feefyfohfum
Twitter Handle: @JacobWilson95

Invitation Source: Platinum
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 190
Current Pro Points: 39

Notable Finishes:
– 2 Pro Tour top 8s
– 6 Gp top 8s including 2 team wins

Favourite Magic Card (and why): Oracle of Mul Daya, my first constructed deck was RUG in standard.
Favourite Format (and why): Legacy, Daze is so much fun! Every deck is very consistent and powerful
Most Memorable Magic Moment: 2nd Place at PT Born of the Gods

Team Face to Face Games – Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir

The core of Team Face to Face Games sees a few changes this time around, including the addition of Pro Tour Fate Reforged Top 8 finisher Jesse Hampton.

Introducing Team Face to Face Games – Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir edition!

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Player Name: Jesse Hampton
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Current Residence: Seattle
Age: 26
Occupation: Student/Professional Gamer
Magic Online Account: slaxx
Twitter Handle: @romanrainman

Invitation Source: Top 8 Pro Tour Fate Reforged
Pro Level: Silver
Lifetime Pro Points: 95

Notable Finishes:
Top 8 Pro Tour Philadelphia
Top 8 Pro Tour Fate Reforged
GP Nashville – 1st

Favourite Magic Card (and why): [card]Strip Mine[/card]. I enjoy unconditional land destruction.
Favourite Format (and why): Legacy. I enjoy playing a format where combo is viable.
Most memorable Magic moment: Making the Top 8 of my first Pro Tour.

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Player Name: Jon Stern
Hometown: Montreal
Current Residence: Montreal
Age: 37
Occupation: Magic
Twitter Handle: @JonSternMTL

Invitation Source: Gold
Pro Level: Gold
Lifetime Pro Points: 137

Notable Finishes:
GP Atlanta 2014 – 1st
GP Atlantic City 2013 – 1st
GP Louisville 2013 – 2nd
GP Vancouver 2014 – Top 4
GP Toronto 2012 – Top 8

Favourite Magic Card (and why): [card]Aquamoeba[/card]. Some tides need no moon.
Favourite Format (and why): Rochester Draft (more strategic feedback since you can see where you went wrong)
Most memorable Magic moment: Winning GP Atlantic City

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Player Name: Alexander Hayne
Hometown: Montreal, QC, Canada
Current Residence: Westmount, QC, Canada
Age: 26
Occupation: Wizard
Twitter Handle: @insaynehayne

Invitation Source: Platinum
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 167

Notable Finishes:
– PT AVR Champion
– GP Vancouver 2015 (4th)
– GP Calgary 2013 Champion
– GP Vancouver 2014 Champion
– GP Kyoto 2013 Champion
– GP Strasbourg 2013 (3rd)
– GP Montreal 2011 (2nd)
– 2012 Rookie of the Year
– 2014 Canadian National Team
– 2012 Canadian National Team (Captain)

Favourite Magic Card (and why): [card]Gifts Ungiven[/card], (pre-[card]Unburial Rites[/card]), the whole card is a puzzle for you to outwit your adversary into getting what you want
Favourite Format (and why): Cube – It never gets boring
Most memorable Magic moment: YouTube Link

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Player Name: Josh Mcclain
Hometown: Johnston, IA
Current Residence: Iowa city, IA
Age: 25
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: Good_Game
Twitter Handle: @Good_Game_

Invitation Source: Platinum
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 91

Notable Finishes:
– GP Detroit 2013 (1st)
– GP Miami 2013 (2nd)
– Pro Tour Born of the Gods (11th)

Favourite Magic Card (and why): [card]Kitchen Finks[/card]
Favourite Format (and why): Modern
Most memorable Magic moment: Chording for[card]Orzhov Pontiff[/card] to save my team from a [card]Grapeshot[/card] on camera vs. Gaudenis at PT Born of the Gods

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Player Name: Mike Sigrist
Hometown: Weymouth MA
Current Residence: Mansfield MA
Age: 32
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: CHRISTIAN LAETTNER
Twitter Handle: @MSigrist83

Invitation Source: Silver
Pro Level: Silver
Lifetime Pro Points: 90

Notable Finishes:
– PT Khans of Tarkir (T4)
– PT Portland 2014 (26th)
– GP Washington DC 2014 (1st)
– GP Richmond 2014 (3rd)
– PT Boston 2008 (7th)

Favourite Magic Card (and why): [card]Living Death[/card], played my first constructed tournament
Favourite Format (and why): Limited (draft), the games and decks are always fresh.
Most memorable Magic moment: Winning Grand Prix Washington D.C.

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Player Name: Sam Pardee
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Current Residence: Berkeley, CA
Age: 25
Occupation: Web Designer
Magic Online Account: Smdster
Twitter Handle: @Smdster

Invitation Source: Gold
Pro Level: Gold
Lifetime Pro Points: 87

Notable Finishes:
– GP Denver 2015 (3rd)
– GP Portland 2013 (1st)
– GP Albuquerque 2013 (2nd)
– GP Toronto 2012 (2nd)

Favourite Magic Card (and why): [card]Gavony Township[/card], makes your bad creatures great
Favourite Format (and why): Modern, the games are very interactive and it feels easiest to get an edge
Most memorable Magic moment: Going 12-0 in Toronto after punting my win-and-in in Chicago the week before.

Team Face to Face Games – Pro Tour Fate Reforged

When it came to landing a team member into the top 8 of a Pro Tour, Team Face to Face Games was successful at their last Pro Tour, landing newest member Mike Sigrist in the top 4 with their innovative list of Abzan Aggro which is an archetype that is still extremely popular in today’s Standard.

For Pro Tour Fate Reforged, Team Face to Face Games has decided to join forces with one of the most dominant teams in Pro Tour history as they will team up with LSV and Team ChannelFireball. All the members of every major team can be found in this Teams Reforged article written by our friend Brian David-Marshall.

The core of Team Face to Face Games sees no new additions this time around, but have now whittled down to six, with Dave Shiels and Nathan Holiday not coming back for this Pro Tour.

Introducing Team Face to Face Games – Pro Tour Fate Reforged edition!

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Player Name: Jon Stern
Hometown: Montreal
Current Residence: Montreal
Age: 37
Occupation: Magic
Twitter Handle: @JonSternMTL

Invitation Source: Gold
Pro Level: Gold
Lifetime Pro Points: 130

Notable Finishes:
GP Atlanta 2014 – 1st
GP Atlantic City 2013 – 1st
GP Louisville 2013 – 2nd
GP Vancouver 2014 – Top 4
GP Toronto 2012 – Top 8

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Aquamoeba. Some tides need no moon.
Favorite Format (and why): Rochester Draft (more strategic feedback since you can see where you went wrong)
Most memorable Magic moment: Winning GP Atlantic City

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Player Name: Alexander Hayne
Hometown: Montreal, QC, Canada
Current Residence: Westmount, QC, Canada
Age: 26
Occupation: Wizard
Twitter Handle: @insaynehayne

Invitation Source: Platinum
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 159

Notable Finishes:
– PT AVR Champion
– GP Calgary 2013 Champion
– GP Vancouver 2014 Champion
– GP Kyoto 2013 Champion
– GP Strasbourg 2013 (3rd)
– GP Montreal 2011 (2nd)
– 2012 Rookie of the Year
– 2014 Canadian National Team
– 2012 Canadian National Team (Captain)

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Gifts Ungiven, (pre-Unburial Rites), the whole card is a puzzle for you to outwit your adversary into getting what you want
Favorite Format (and why): Cube – It never gets boring
Most memorable Magic moment: YouTube Link

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Player Name: Jacob Wilson
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Current Residence: Vancouver, BC
Age: 19
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: Feefyfohfum
Twitter Handle: @JacobWilson95

Invitation Source: Platinum
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 116

Notable Finishes:
– PT BNG: 2nd
– GP Chicago: 1st
– GP Nashville: 1st
– GP Strasbourg: 2nd
– GP Calgary: 8th
– Qualified for 2014 World Championships

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Hidetsugu’s Second Rite- My love for it cannot be described in words.
Favorite Format (and why): Legacy- the format is full of powerful cards which will never see print again.
Most memorable Magic moment: Beating Alexander Hayne in top 4 of GP Strasbourg by outplaying him.

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Player Name: Josh Mcclain
Hometown: Johnston, IA
Current Residence: Iowa city, IA
Age: 25
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: Good_Game
Twitter Handle: @Good_Game_

Invitation Source: Platinum
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 80

Notable Finishes:
– GP Detroit 2013 (1st)
– GP Miami 2013 (2nd)
– Pro Tour Born of the Gods (11th)

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Kitchen Finks
Favorite Format (and why): Modern
Most memorable Magic moment: Chording for Orzhov Pontiff to save my team from a Grapeshot on camera vs. Gaudenis at PT Born of the Gods

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Player Name: Mike Sigrist
Hometown: Weymouth MA
Current Residence: Mansfield MA
Age: 31
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: CHRISTIAN LAETTNER
Twitter Handle: @MSigrist83

Invitation Source: Silver
Pro Level: Silver
Lifetime Pro Points: 87

Notable Finishes:
– PT Khans of Tarkir (T4)
– PT Portland 2014 (26th)
– GP Washington DC 2014 (1st)
– GP Richmond 2014 (3rd)
– PT Boston 2008 (7th)

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Living Death, played my first constructed tournament
Favorite Format (and why): Limited (draft), the games and decks are always fresh.
Most memorable Magic moment: Winning Grand Prix Washington D.C.

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Player Name: Sam Pardee
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Current Residence: Berkeley, CA
Age: 25
Occupation: Web Designer
Magic Online Account: Smdster
Twitter Handle: @Smdster

Invitation Source: Gold
Pro Level: Gold
Lifetime Pro Points: 81

Notable Finishes:
– GP Portland 2013 (1st)
– GP Denver 2015 (

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Gavony Township, makes your bad creatures great
Favorite Format (and why): Modern, the games are very interactive and it feels easiest to get an edge
Most memorable Magic moment: Going 12-0 in Toronto after punting my win-and-in in Chicago the week before.

Team Face to Face Games – Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir

Team Face to Face Games is back for yet another Pro Tour! Although none of them were able to crack the top 8 last time, some of them managed to finish in the money for the event (Mike Sigrist [26th], Sam Pardee [35th], Jacob Wilson [43rd]). Although Dave Shiels was helping the team prepare for the Pro Tour and was qualified for the event, he was ultimately unable to participate but will be making his return at Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir.

This is the first edition of the team where we are not seeing any new faces as they look to build on top of the team chemistry they had at the last Pro Tour. We are used to seeing the core six of Hayne, Stern, Mcclain, Wilson, Pardee, and Shiels, but with Holiday and Sigrist returning, we might be looking a new core eight. We certainly can’t wait to see what these guys will brew up for the current Standard environment.

Introducing Team Face to Face Games – Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir edition!

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Player Name: Jon Stern
Hometown: Montreal
Current Residence: Montreal
Age: Unknown
Occupation: Jack of Some Trades
Twitter Handle: @JonSternMTL

Invitation Source: Gold
Pro Level: Gold
Lifetime Pro Points: 124

Notable Finishes:
GP Atlanta 2014 – 1st
GP Atlantic City 2013 – 1st
GP Louisville 2013 – 2nd
GP Vancouver 2014 – Top 4
GP Toronto 2012 – Top 8

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Aquamoeba (it’s MAAADDNESSSSSSSSS!)
Favorite Format (and why): Rochester Draft (more strategic feedback since you can see where you went wrong)
Most memorable Magic moment: Winning GP Atlantic City

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Player Name: Alexander Hayne
Hometown: Montreal, QC, Canada
Current Residence: Westmount, QC, Canada
Age: 26
Occupation: Wizard
Twitter Handle: @insaynehayne

Invitation Source: Platinum
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 143

Notable Finishes:
– PT AVR Champion
– GP Calgary 2013 Champion
– GP Vancouver 2014 Champion
– GP Kyoto 2013 Champion
– GP Strasbourg 2013 (3rd)
– GP Montreal 2011 (2nd)
– 2012 Rookie of the Year
– 2014 Canadian National Team
– 2012 Canadian National Team (Captain)

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Gifts Ungiven, (pre-Unburial Rites), the whole card is a puzzle for you to outwit your adversary into getting what you want
Favorite Format (and why): Cube – It never gets boring
Most memorable Magic moment: YouTube Link

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Player Name: Jacob Wilson
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Current Residence: Vancouver, BC
Age: 19
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: Feefyfohfum
Twitter Handle: @JacobWilson95

Invitation Source: Platinum
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 96

Notable Finishes:
– PT BNG: 2nd
– GP Chicago: 1st
– GP Strasbourg: 2nd
– GP Calgary: 8th
– Qualified for 2014 World Championships

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Hidetsugu’s Second Rite- My love for it cannot be described in words.
Favorite Format (and why): Legacy- the format is full of powerful cards which will never see print again.
Most memorable Magic moment: Beating Alexander Hayne in top 4 of GP Strasbourg by outplaying him.

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Player Name: Josh Mcclain
Hometown: Johnston, IA
Current Residence: Iowa city, IA
Age: 25
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: Good_Game
Twitter Handle: @Good_Game_

Invitation Source: Platinum
Pro Level: Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 70

Notable Finishes:
– GP Detroit 2013 (1st)
– GP Miami 2013 (2nd)
– Pro Tour Born of the Gods (11th)

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Kitchen Finks
Favorite Format (and why): Modern
Most memorable Magic moment: Chording for Orzhov Pontiff to save my team from a Grapeshot on camera vs. Gaudenis at PT Born of the Gods

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Player Name: Nathan Holiday
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Current Residence: Santa Cruz, CA
Age: 23
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: pseudo_nathan
Twitter Handle: @pseudo_nathan

Invitation Source: GP Boston
Pro Level: Silver
Lifetime Pro Points: 39

Notable Finishes: GP San Diego: 1st, Phoenix: 2nd, Minneapolis: 8th, PT San Diego: 27th, GP Salt Lake City: 8th

Favorite Magic Card (and why): All the ones with storm.
Favorite Format (and why): Hopefully new Standard!
Most memorable Magic moment: Winning my first Grand Prix where I made Day Two with the best deck ever. #EggLyfe

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Player Name: Mike Sigrist
Hometown: Weymouth MA
Current Residence: Mansfield MA
Age: 31
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: CHRISTIAN LAETTNER
Twitter Handle: @MSigrist83

Invitation Source: GP Washington DC
Pro Level: Silver
Lifetime Pro Points: 64

Notable Finishes:
– PT Portland 2014 (26th)
– GP Washington DC 2014 (1st)
– GP Richmond 2014 (3rd)
– PT Boston 2008 (7th)

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Living Death, played my first constructed tournament
Favorite Format (and why): Limited (draft), the games and decks are always fresh.
Most memorable Magic moment: Winning Grand Prix Washington D.C.

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Player Name: Sam Pardee
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Current Residence: Berkeley, CA
Age: 25
Occupation: Web Designer
Magic Online Account: Smdster
Twitter Handle: @Smdster

Invitation Source: Gold
Pro Level: Gold
Lifetime Pro Points: 68

Notable Finishes: GP Portland win, 2 other GP finals, PT top 25

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Gavony Township, makes your bad creatures great
Favorite Format (and why): Modern, the games are very interactive and it feels easiest to get an edge
Most memorable Magic moment: Going 12-0 in Toronto after punting my win-and-in in Chicago the week before.

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Player Name: Dave Shiels
Hometown: Holliston, MA
Current Residence: Boston, MA
Age: 26

Invitation Source: GP Montreal
Pro Level: N/A
Lifetime Pro Points: 89

Notable Finishes:
GP Dallas 2011 – 1st
GP Montreal 2014 – 2nd
GP Baltimore 2013 – 2nd
GP Charlotte 2005 – 4th
PT Montreal 2013 – 10th

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Consecrated Sphinx, I love drawing cards.
Favorite Format (and why): Modern, I always liked extended too. I enjoy the large variety in decks.
Most memorable Magic moment: Watching one of my best friends Nico Christiansen win GP Quebec City.

Team Face to Face Games – Pro Tour Magic 2015

Team Face to Face Games continues to be one of the main fixtures of the Pro Tour scene. Once again, the core group of Alexander Hayne, Jacob Wilson, Josh Mcclain, Sam Pardee, Dave Shiels, and Jon Stern have decided to work together for the upcoming Pro Tour. This time, they have added Nathan Holiday, Mike Sigrist, Brian Braun-Duin, Alex Majlaton, and Andrejs Prost to the mix.

Introducing Team Face to Face Games – Pro Tour Magic 2015 edition!

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Player Name: Jon Stern
Hometown: Montreal
Current Residence: Montreal
Age: Unknown
Occupation: Jack of Some Trades
Twitter Handle: @JonSternMTL

Invitation Source: Gold / GP Atlanta
Pro Level: Gold
Lifetime Pro Points: 121

Notable Finishes:
GP Atlanta 2014 – 1st
GP Atlantic City 2013 – 1st
GP Louisville 2013 – 2nd
GP Vancouver 2014 – Top 4
GP Toronto 2012 – Top 8

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Aquamoeba (it’s MAAADDNESSSSSSSSS!)
Favorite Format (and why): Rochester Draft (more strategic feedback since you can see where you went wrong)
Most memorable Magic moment: Winning GP Atlantic City

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Player Name: Alexander Hayne
Hometown: Montreal, QC, Canada
Current Residence: Westmount, QC, Canada
Age: 25
Occupation: Wizard
Twitter Handle: @insaynehayne

Invitation Source: Gold
Pro Level: (locked for) Platinum
Lifetime Pro Points: 136

Notable Finishes: PT AVR Champion, GP Calgary 2013 Champion, GP Vancouver 2014 Champion, GP Kyoto 2013 Champion, 2 other GP top 8s, 2012 Rookie of the Year

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Gifts Ungiven, (pre-Unburial Rites), the whole card is a puzzle for you to outwit your adversary into getting what you want
Favorite Format (and why): Cube – It never gets boring
Most memorable Magic moment: YouTube Link

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Player Name: Jacob Wilson
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Current Residence: Vancouver, BC
Age: 19
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: Feefyfohfum
Twitter Handle: @JacobWilson95

Invitation Source: Gold
Pro Level: Gold (Locked for Platinum)
Lifetime Pro Points: 84

Notable Finishes: PT BNG: 2nd GP Chicago: 1st GP Strasbourg: 2nd GP Calgary: 8th

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Hidetsugu’s Second Rite- My love for it cannot be described in words.
Favorite Format (and why): Legacy- the format is full of powerful cards which will never see print again.
Most memorable Magic moment: Beating Alexander Hayne in top 4 of GP Strasbourg by outplaying him.

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Player Name: Josh Mcclain
Hometown: Johnston, IA
Current Residence: Iowa city, IA
Age: 24
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: Good_Game
Twitter Handle: @Good_Game_

Invitation Source: Gold invite
Pro Level: Gold
Lifetime Pro Points: 66

Notable Finishes: GP Detroit 1st place PT Born 11th PT Journey 101st

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Solitary confinement
Favorite Format (and why): Modern, without it I would have less than 20 lifetime pro points
Most memorable Magic moment: Recently it’d be chording for pontiff against Gaudenis to save my creatures from a grapeshot and attack back for lethal in game three.

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Player Name: Nathan Holiday
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Current Residence: Santa Cruz, CA
Age: 23
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: pseudo_nathan
Twitter Handle: @pseudo_nathan

Invitation Source: Top 8 GP Phoenix, GP Minneapolis
Pro Level: (Locked for) Silver
Lifetime Pro Points: 31

Notable Finishes: GP San Diego: 1st, Phoenix: 2nd, Minneapolis: 8th, PT San Diego: 27th

Favorite Magic Card (and why): All the ones with storm.
Favorite Format (and why): Modern. Fetch, shock manabase provides powerful fixing while paying life is a real cost.
Most memorable Magic moment: Chording for my deck against Tron on day two of GP Minneapolis (a moral victory).

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Player Name: Andrejs Prost
Hometown: Riga, Latvia
Current Residence: Anchorage, Alaska
Age: 22
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: Baconator5000
Twitter Handle: @andrejsprost

Invitation Source: Gold
Pro Level: Gold(for now)
Lifetime Pro Points: 89

Notable Finishes: PT Dragons maze 8th, PT Philly 7th GP Seattle 5th, 3 pt top50s World Magic Cup Latvia leader.
Favorite Magic Card (and why):Ribbons of the night(over everything)
Favorite Format (and why): Draft, best most diverse format, has by far the most decisions of any format.
Most memorable Magic moment: Craig Wescoe passing me a foil serra angel 5th pick in a money draft (m14)

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Player Name: Mike Sigrist
Hometown: Weymouth MA
Current Residence: Mansfield MA
Age: 31
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: CHRISTIAN LAETTNER
Twitter Handle: @MSigrist83

Invitation Source: Grand Prix Philadelphia
Pro Level: Silver
Lifetime Pro Points: 50

Notable Finishes: 1st GP Washington DC 2014 T8 Pro Tour Boston 2003 (team) Grand Prix Richmond 2014 Top 4 Grand Prix Philadelphia 2014 T9

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Living Death, played my first constructed tournament
Favorite Format (and why): Limited (draft), the games and decks are always fresh.
Most memorable Magic moment: Winning Grand Prix Washington D.C.

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Player Name: Brian Braun-Duin
Hometown: Winchester, VA
Current Residence: Roanoke, VA
Age: 28
Occupation: Magic Content Producer
Twitter Handle: @braunduinit

Invitation Source: Top 8 – Grand Prix Minneapolis
Pro Level: Silver
Lifetime Pro Points: 34

Notable Finishes:
GP Louisville – 1st Place
GP Minneapolis – Top 8

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Phyrexian Arena (Grind ’em out)
Favorite Format (and why): Legacy. The format is just awesome. (Modern is getting close).
Most memorable Magic moment: Winning 8 straight matches to top 8 Grand Prix Minneapolis and qualify for the next three Pro Tours, including Pro Tour Atlanta the following weekend!

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Player Name: Alex Majlaton
Hometown: Lanham, MD
Current Residence: Lanham, MD
Age: 29
Occupation: Statistician
Magic Online Account: FREEROLLIN
Twitter Handle: @AlexMajlaton

Invitation Source: GP Atlanta
Pro Level: Silver
Lifetime Pro Points: 126
Notable Finishes: 7 GP top 8s, two PT top 50s

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Arcbound Ravager. You can sacrifice your artifacts to it
Favorite Format (and why): Vintage Masters Sealed. It reminds me of the good old days

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Player Name: Sam Pardee
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Current Residence: Berkeley, CA
Age: 25
Occupation: IT Consultant
Magic Online Account: Smdster
Twitter Handle: @Smdster

Invitation Source: Silver
Pro Level: Locked for Gold
Lifetime Pro Points: 67

Notable Finishes: GP Portland win, 2 other GP finals, PT top 25

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Gavony Township, makes your bad creatures great
Favorite Format (and why): Modern, the games are very interactive and it feels easiest to get an edge
Most memorable Magic moment: Going 12-0 in Toronto after punting my win-and-in in Chicago the week before.

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Player Name: Dave Shiels
Hometown: Holliston, MA
Current Residence: Boston, MA
Age: 26

Invitation Source: Gold level and top 8 GP Montreal
Pro Level: Gold
Lifetime Pro Points: 89

Notable Finishes:
GP Dallas 2011 – 1st
GP Montreal 2014 – 2nd
GP Baltimore 2013 – 2nd
GP Charlotte 2005 – 4th
PT Montreal 2013 – 10th

Favorite Magic Card (and why): Consecrated Sphinx, I love drawing cards.
Favorite Format (and why): Modern, I always liked extended too. I enjoy the large variety in decks.
Most memorable Magic moment: Watching one of my best friends Nico Christiansen win GP Quebec City.

Team Face to Face Games – Pro Tour Born of the Gods

Team Face to Face Games will be making its return at Pro Tour Born of the Gods this weekend. Headlined by Alexander Hayne, this version of the team has many new additions as only 50% of the previous team will be working together once again.

The older versions of the team have always had a strong Canadian base and this one is no different with Canadians Glenn McIelwain, Benjamin Moir, Lucas Siow, and Steve Wolfman added to the roster. Other additions include Alex Majlaton along with StarCityGames.com‘s Todd Anderson and Brian Braun-Duin.

There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to this team and the upcoming Modern Pro Tour. That’s because Alex Majlaton has been the most successful Affinity player in the world while Sam Pardee and Josh Mcclain have both claimed Grand Prix wins with Melira Pod. The team has a ton of Modern expertise. Let’s see what they can do with it!

In order to give you a better idea on the people from the team, we have provided detailed profiles on each of the members below.

Todd Anderson

Todd Anderson

Age: 27
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Residence: Roanoke, VA
Occupation: Writer/Content Producer for SCG
Twitter: @strong_sad
Magic Online: strong sad

Invitation Source: GP Albuquerque
Pro Points: 14
Pro Player Level: None
Pro Points Last Season: 1
Lifetime Pro Points: 67

Notable Finishes:
– SCG Invitational Champion
– four GP Top 8’s

Favorite card from RTR block: Pack Rat
Favorite Limited format of all-time: RGD
Favorite deck from 2013: UWR Flash
Favorite book, movie or tv show you read or watched in 2013: The Name of the Wind
Favorite color combination or archetype in triple Theros Draft: Mono Red

Brian Braun-Duin

BBD

Age: 27
Hometown: Winchester, Virginia
Residence: Roanoke, Virginia
Occupation: Content Producer and Warehouse Associate, StarCityGames.com
Twitter: @BraunDuinIt
Magic Online: BBD

Invitation Source: GP Louisville
Pro Points: 12
Pro Player Level: None
Pro Points Last Season: 0
Lifetime Pro Points: 18

Notable Finishes:
– GP Louisville Champion
– four SCG Invitational Top 8’s

Favorite card from RTR block: Obzedat, Ghost Council
Favorite Limited format of all-time: Triple Innistrad or any combination of Time Spiral Block
Favorite deck from 2013: Junk Reanimator
Favorite book, movie or tv show you read or watched in 2013: Breaking Bad
Favorite color combination or archetype in triple Theros Draft: U/G or nearly Mono-Black

Alexander Hayne

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Age: 25
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Residence: Westmount, Quebec, Canada
Occupation: MTG Pro
Twitter: @InsayneHayne

Invitation Source: GP Kyoto, Gold Level
Pro Points: 32
Pro Player Level: Gold
Pro Points Last Season: 33
Lifetime Pro Points: 117

Notable Finishes:
– PT Avacyn Restored Champion
– GP Vancouver 2014 Champion
– GP Kyoto 2013 Champion
– GP Calgary 2013 Champion
– 3rd GP Strasbourg 2013
– 2nd GP Montreal 2011
– Rookie of the Year 2012

Favorite card from RTR block: Sphinx’s Revelation
Favorite Limited format of all-time: Cube (if that doesn’t count, RRR)
Favorite deck from 2013: UWR Flash
Favorite book, movie, or tv show you read or watched in 2013: Breaking Bad
Favorite colour combination or archetype in triple Theros Draft: UW Heroic

Alex Majlaton

Alex Majlaton

Age: 29
Hometown: Lanham, MD
Residence: Lanham, MD
Occupation: Statistician
Twitter: @AlexMajlaton

Invitation Source: GP Detroit
Pro Points: 13
Pro Player Level: Silver
Pro Points Last Season: 28
Lifetime Pro Points: 116

Notable Finishes:
– six GP Top 8’s
– two PT T50’s

Favorite card from RTR block: Knightly Valor
Favorite Limited format of all-time: TPF
Favorite deck from 2013: Makihito Mihara’s G/R devotion deck
Favorite book, movie or tv show you read or watched in 2013: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Favorite color combination or archetype in triple Theros Draft: U/W Heroic

Josh Mcclain

Josh McClain

Age: 24
Hometown: Iowa CIty, Iowa
Residence: Iowa City Iowa
Occupation: Student
Twitter: @Good_Game_
Magic Online: Good_Game

Invitation Source: GP Detroit
Pro Points: 23
Pro Player Level: Silver
Pro Points Last Season: 11
Lifetime Pro Points: 43

Notable Finishes:
– GP Detroit Champion
– 2nd GP Miami
– two GP Top 16’s

Favorite card from RTR block: Sphinx’s Revelation
Favorite Limited format of all-time: Triple Betrayers of Kamigawa or Triple Rise of Eldrazi
Favorite deck from 2013: UW control at the very end of Innistrad/rtr standard
Favorite book, movie or tv show you read or watched in 2013: The last few books of the Song of Ice and Fire series
Favorite color combination or archetype in triple Theros Draft: UW heroic

Glenn McIelwain

Glenn

Age: 29
Hometown: Cobourg, ON
Residence: Toronto
Occupation: Civil Engineer / Web Developer for hire
Twitter: @gmacmtg
Magic Online: _GMac_

Invitation Source: GP Washington DC
Pro Points: 3
Pro Player Level: None
Pro Points Last Season: 1
Lifetime Pro Points: 5

Notable Finishes:
– beat David Caplan in a cube draft
– multiple FNM cashes

Favorite card from RTR block: Lobber Crew
Favorite Limited format of all-time: NPH/MBS/SOM
Favorite deck from 2013: pre-M14 GB Mutilate (Standard)
Favorite book, movie or tv show you read or watched in 2013: The Art of War / Breaking Bad
Favorite color combination or archetype in triple Theros Draft: U/x Aqueous Form (pref. UG)

Benjamin Moir

Ben Moir

Age: 19
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Residence: Ottawa, Ontario
Occupation: Student
Twitter: @B_Moir

Invitation Source: GP Detroit, GP Toronto
Pro Points: 12
Pro Player Level: None
Pro Points Last Season: 5
Lifetime Pro Points: 23

Notable Finishes:
– GP Toronto Top 8
– GP Detroit Top 8

Favorite card from RTR block: Skullcrack
Favorite Limited format of all-time: Modern Masters
Favorite deck from 2013: Junk Rites
Favorite book, movie or tv show you read or watched in 2013: Community
Favorite color combination or archetype in triple Theros Draft: 5 Color Green

Sam Pardee

Sam Pardee

Age: 24
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Residence: Berkeley, CA
Occupation: Web Designer
Twitter: @Smdster
Magic Online: Smdster

Invitation Source: GP Albuquerque
Pro Points: 22
Pro Player Level: Silver
Pro Points Last Season: 27
Lifetime Pro Points: 50

Notable Finishes:
– GP Portland Champion
– three-time GP Finalist
– MOCS 2012 Top 4

Favorite card from RTR block: Pack Rat
Favorite Limited format of all-time: RGD
Favorite deck from 2013: Melira Pod
Favorite book, movie or tv show you read or watched in 2013: The Name of the Wind
Favorite color combination or archetype in triple Theros Draft: W/X devotion

Dave Shiels

Dave Shiels

Age: 25
Hometown: Boston MA
Residence: Boston MA
Occupation: Student

Invitation Source: PTQ, Gold Level
Pro Points: 3
Pro Player Level: Gold
Pro Points Last Season: 31
Lifetime Pro Points: 75

Notable Finishes:
– GP Dallas Champion
– GP Baltimore Top 8
– GP Charlotte Top 8
– PT Gatecrash Top 16

Favorite card from RTR block: Hallowed Fountain
Favorite Limited format of all-time: Ravnica
Favorite deck from 2013: UWR control
Favorite book, movie or tv show you read or watched in 2013: Game of Thrones
Favorite color combination or archetype in triple Theros Draft: Anything that is not red

Lucas Siow

Lucas Siow

Age: 27
Hometown: Toronto
Residence: Toronto
Occupation: Bank Analyst
Twitter: @toordeforce

Invitation Source: Silver Level
Pro Points: 13
Pro Player Level: Silver
Pro Points Last Season: 21
Lifetime Pro Points: 62

Notable Finishes:
– 2nd GP Columbus
– 2nd GP San Jose
– World Magic Cup Team 2012

Favorite card from RTR block: Deathright Shaman
Favorite Limited format of all-time: Zendikar Limited
Favorite deck from 2013: BGw in Modern (GP Detroit)
Favorite book, movie or tv show you read or watched in 2013: Justified
Favorite color combination or archetype in triple Theros Draft: UB

Jon Stern

Jon Stern

Age: 35
Hometown: Montreal
Residence: Montreal
Occupation: Pro Gamer
Twitter: @JonSternMTL

Invitation Source: GP Louisville, Gold Level
Pro Points: 22
Pro Player Level: Gold
Pro Points Last Season: 37
Lifetime Pro Points: 102

Notable Finishes:
– GP Atlantic City Champion
– 2nd GP Louisville
– GP Vancouver Top 4
– GP Toronto Top 8
– PT Gatecrash Top 16

Favorite card from RTR block: Domri Rade
Favorite Limited format of all-time: IPA
Favorite deck from 2013: Standard RG Aggro
Favorite book, movie or tv show you read or watched in 2013: Breaking Bad
Favorite color combination or archetype in triple Theros Draft: GU

Steve Wolfman

Steve Wolfman

Age: 34
Hometown: Toronto
Residence: Toronto
Occupation: Software developer
Magic Online: Wolfman

Invitation Source: PTQ
Pro Points: 0
Pro Player Level: None
Pro Points Last Season: 1
Lifetime Pro Points: 85

Notable Finishes:
– 2nd PT Boston 2002
– PT Philadelphia 2005 Top 4
– 2nd Nationals 2008, Top 8 Nationals 1997, 2003

Favorite card from RTR block: Deathrite Shaman. Just a great card in all formats.
Favorite Limited format of all-time: Triple Odyssey draft
Favorite deck from 2013: Legacy American delver
Favorite color combination or archetype in triple Theros Draft: UG – it won me the PTQ