Team Face to Face Games – Pro Tour Kaladesh

Let us remind ourselves that last time, Team Face to Face Games compiled the best Constructed record at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon and that team member Sam Pardee was able to finish in 3rd place with the team’s GB Delirium deck.

At this point, we will not be surprised at all if the team can crack the Constructed code once again as they have been doing so for more than the past couple of Pro Tours. Most of the team is back working together in Hawaii and we will also see the return of GP Detroit Champion Josh McClain who opted to skip Pro Tour Eldritch Moon.

Here’s the lineup for Pro Tour Kaladesh:

Team Face to Face Games

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

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Player Name: Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
Hometown: Porto Alegre
Current Residence: Porto Alegre
Age: 29
Occupation: Magic player
Twitter Handle: @pvddr
Magic Online Account: N/A

Invitation Source: Platinum, Hall of Fame
Current Pro Points: 10
Last Season’s Pro Points: 58
Lifetime Pro Points: 543
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: 31
Occupation: Professional tourist
Twitter Handle: @IvanFloch19

Invitation Source: Platinum
Current Pro Points: 2
Last Season’s Pro Points: 53
Lifetime Pro Points: 302
Notable Finishes: PT Oath of the Gatewatch finalist, 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: 28
Occupation: International Man of Mystery
Twitter Handle: @insaynehayne

Invitation Source: Platinum, GP Prague
Current Pro Points: 4
Last Season’s Pro Points: 58
Lifetime Pro Points: 276

Notable Finishes:
– PT AVR Champion
– GP Louisville 2016 (3rd)
– 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
– 2016 Canadian National Team (Captain)
– 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: Josh McClain
Hometown: Johnston, IA
Current Residence: Iowa city, IA
Age: 26
Occupation: Student
Magic Online Account: Good_Game
Twitter Handle: @Good_Game_

Invitation Source: Gold
Current Pro Points: 0
Last Season’s Pro Points: 40
Lifetime Pro Points: 149

Notable Finishes:
– GP Providence 2015 (T8)
– GP Detroit 2013 (1st)
– GP Miami 2013 (2nd)
– Pro Tour Born of the Gods (11th)
– GP Oakland (T8)

Favourite Magic Card (and why): Kitchen Finks
Favourite 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: Shuhei Nakamura
Hometown: Tokyo and Kyoto
Age: 34
Occupation: Semi-Retired Pro Magic Player
Magic Online Account: astarisk
Twitter Handle: @nakashu_

Invitation Source: Gold, Hall of Fame
Current Pro Points: 0
Last Season’s Pro Points: 48
Lifetime Pro Points: 654

Favourite Magic Card (and why): Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Favourite Format (and why): I really like to play Limited GPs.
Most Memorable Magic Moment: Dropped at X-4 in round 11 of GP China this year.

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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: Platinum, PT Eldritch Moon
Current Pro Points: 6
Last Season’s Pro Points: 63
Lifetime Pro Points: 176

Notable Finishes:
– PT Eldritch Moon (3rd)
– 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, GP Pittsburgh
Current Pro Points: 15
Last Season’s Pro Points: 67
Lifetime Pro Points: 174
Notable Finishes:
– GP Louisville 2016 (3rd)
– Pro Tour Madrid Champion
– 4 other 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 Tour Eldritch Moon
Current Pro Points: 14
Last Season’s Pro Points: 58
Lifetime Pro Points: 215

Notable Finishes:
– GP Louisville 2016 (3rd)
– 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
Current Pro Points: 2
Last Season’s Pro Points: 37
Lifetime Pro Points: 186

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, PT Eldritch Moon
Current Pro Points: 6
Last Season’s Pro Points: 62
Lifetime Pro Points: 140
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: Jacob Wilson
Hometown: San Francisco
Current Residence: Vancouver
Age: 21
Occupation: Magic Player
Magic Online Account: feefyfohfum
Twitter Handle: @JacobWilson95

Invitation Source: Platinum, MOCS Final, Pro Tour Eldritch Moon
Current Pro Points: 1
Last Season’s Pro Points: 50
Lifetime Pro Points: 204

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