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.