The 2017–18 Pro Tour Team Series Rosters

Posted in Organized Play on October 30, 2017

By Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg is a writer and gamer and has been part of the Magic text coverage team since 2011. He joined Wizards as organized play’s content specialist in June 2014.

We're excited to reveal the Pro Tour Team Series teams that you'll see at the next four Pro Tours! These 37 teams will be competing in the 2017–18 Pro Tour Team Series for Pro Tour invitations and their share of just over $200,000 at the end of the season!


Blitz

Team Members: Nathan Basser, Raphael Coors, Karl Eyre, Micheal Maurici, Jarron Puszet, and Joe Soh

Jarron Puszet and Joe Soh headline a team featuring three first-time Pro Tour competitors under the banner of Blitz for the 2017–18 season!


Team Cardhoarder

Team Members: Robert Graves, Eli Kassis, Jack Kiefer, Joe Lossett, Shaheen Soorani, and Noah Walker

Team Cardhoarder is back for the 2017–18 season, headlined by four-time Grand Prix Top 8 competitor and Gold-level pro Noah Walker. They are joined by many of last season's faces, along with fifteen-year-old Jack Kiefer and Silver-level pro and resident Esper expert Shaheen Soorani.


Team Cardhoarder Brazil

Team Members: Marcos Paulo de Jesus Freitas, Willy Edel, Jonathan Melamed, Guilherme Merjam, Bernardo Santos, and Eduardo dos Santos Vieira

Speaking of Team Cardhoarder, they have two teams in this season's Pro Tour Team Series! This group is looking to keep their members coming back to the Pro Tour regularly, as Hall of Famer Willy Edel and the team work to grow Latin American Magic's presence at the Pro Tour.


Cardmarket

Team Members: Robin Dolar, Jasper Grimmer, Martin Hrycej, Arne Huschenbeth, Leon Van Der Linden, and Pascal Vieren

Six of Europe's Grand Prix regulars—headlined by Slovenia's Robin Dolar—have joined together as team Cardmarket. The six members have varying experience across their roster, but a fairly solid amount of experience at the Grand Prix level that they aim to leverage on Magic's big stage.


Catharsis

Team Members: Pierre Dagen, Niels Molle, Niels Noorlander, Oliver Polak-Rottmann, Marc Tobiasch, and Peter Vieren

Catharsis is another European-based roster, with talent representing six different countries. They are headlined by two-time Pro Tour Top 8 competitor Pierre Dagen, but all six competitors have claims to fame, making this team one to keep an eye on.


ChannelFireball

Team Members: Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Martin Jůza, Luis Scott-Vargas, Mike Sigrist, Ben Stark, and Josh Utter-Leyton

Already regarded as one of this season's super-teams, ChannelFireball is headlined by . . . well, everyone on the team, as by the time the next Pro Tour is under way, five out of six of the members of ChannelFireball will be Pro Tour Hall of Famers.


Child's Play

Team Members: Gerard Fabiano, Anthony Lee, David Mines, Simon Nielsen, Samuel Tharmaratnam, and Zen Takahashi

A global collection of Pro Tour competitors, Child's Play features six competitors spread across three different continents, united under the banner of a good cause.


Cloudpost Crew

Team Members: Jean-Francois Beti, Tzu-Mainn Chen, Slater Claudel, Benjamin Coursey, Ryan Schumacher, and Christian Trudel

Cloudpost Crew features a team of relative Pro Tour newcomers (five of them, in fact) as they unite under one incredibly adorable banner in pursuit of more Pro Tour invitations and glory!


Connected Company

Team Members: Christian Calcano, Jérémy Dezani, Javier Dominguez, Raphaël Lévy, Andrea Mengucci, and Tomoharu Saito

A combination of three continents, including half of the incredibly successful MTG Bent Card team from last season, Connected Company unites former and current teammates as they head into the 2017–18 season.


Dave & Adam's

Team Members: Ralph Batesh, Evan Esposito, Ryan Hare, Joey Manner, Jeff Pyka, and Adam Ragsdale

Dave & Adam's is back with an almost completely new roster, with only Pro Tour Kaladesh Top 8 competitor Joey Manner returning to the team from last season.


EUreka

Team Members: Patrick Dickmann, Immanuel Gerschenson, Steve Hatto, Valentin Mackl, Panagiotis Papadopoulos, and Aleksa Telarov

Team EUreka returns with only a few roster changes. These players consistently put up solid finishes at the Pro Tour level, so keep your eyes on them in 2017–18 to see how they do at the top tables.


Face to Face Games

Team Members: Corey Burkhart, Eric Froehlich, Rich Hoaen, Gabriel Nassif, Ben Rubin, and David Williams

Featuring three Hall of Famers and some serious star power, Face to Face Games brings a ton of experience and proven track records with them into 2017–18.


Final Last Samurai

Team Members: Tsuyoshi Fujita, Yuuta Hirosawa, Yuki Matsumoto, Makihito Mihara, Ryoichi Tamada, and Kenji Tsumura

A continuation of last season's Last Samurai squad, Final Last Samurai features multiple Hall of Fame competitors from Japan alongside longtime and new-era players from the region.


First Strike

Team Members: Robert Anderson, Daniel Fournier, Mathew Kelly, Dean McLaren, Doug Potter, and Vidianto Wijaya

First Strike is a combination of Silver-level pros and some relatively fresh faces teaming together, with Pro Tour invitations and more on their radar.


Genesis

Team Members: Corey Baumeister, Lukas Blohon, Brian Braun-Duin, Seth Manfield, Martin Müller, and Brad Nelson

Genesis is back after their 2nd-place finish in 2016–17 with a couple of changes. They have expanded to a second team in the form of Revelation, while Corey Baumeister and 2016 World Champion Brian Braun-Duin have joined the Genesis ranks.


Hareruya Latin

Team Members: Lucas Esper Berthoud, Márcio Carvalho, Sebastian Pozzo, Carlos Romão, Luis Salvatto, and Thiago Saporito

Latin America's best players have joined under the Hareruya banner to form Hareruya Latin, featuring the top Platinum and Gold-level pros from Brazil, Argentina, and Portugal.


Hotsauce Games

Team Members: Tyler Hill, Ben Hull, Adam Jansen, Stephen Neal, Gregory Orange, and Andrejs Prost

Hotsauce Games is back for another season, with many familiar faces from the team alongside two-time Grand Prix Champion Adam Jansen.


Kusemono

Team Members: Kazuaki Fujimura, Riku Kumagai, Toru Inoue, Shuhei Nakamura, Kazuyuki Takimura, and Yuta Takahashi

Headlined by Pro Tour Hall of Famer Shuhei Nakamura, Kusemono features multiple Japanese heavy hitters to showcase one of many powerful teams based out of the country.


La Perla Nera

Team Members: Federico del Basso, Marco Cammilluzzi, Carmine D'Aniello, Carlos Alexandre dos Santos Esteves, Alessandro Lippi, and Matteo Moure

Comprising a spread of some relatively new faces alongside multiple Gold-level pros, La Perla Nera is a six-person squad representing Italy's current and future talent.


Lingering Souls

Team Members: Daniel Cathro, Andreas Ganz, Michael Hinderaker, David Irvine, Anand Khare, and Alex Sittner

Lingering Souls lives up to its name from last season, this time uniting an almost completely different crew under one banner alongside the sole returning member from last season: Andreas Ganz.


Magic Corsairs Crew

Team Members: Alexandre Aurejac, Eliott Boussaud, Alexandre Habert, Guillaume Perbet, Florian Trotte, and Samuel Vuillot

Magic Corsairs Crew returns for another season, once again captained by Eliott Boussaud, as they aim to show the Pro Tour what French Magic is all about.


ManaTraders

Team Members: Andrew Baeckstrom, Ricky Chin, Patrick Cox, Alex Majlaton, David Ochoa, and Gaudenis Vidugiris

Longtime players from North America, Canada, and Lithuania join forces under the banner of new team ManaTraders in an effort to go from Silver to beyond in the 2017–18 season.


Massdrop East

Team Members: Thomas Ashton, Mark Jacobson, Ari Lax, Scott Lipp, Timothy Wu, and Jarvis Yu

Massdrop East returns for 2017–18, featuring many faces from last season's two teams, with a little switching around from one team to another.


Massdrop West

Team Members: Pascal Maynard, Shaun McLaren, Rob Pisano, Eric Severson, Jon Stern, and Ben Weitz

Massdrop West makes up the other half of the East-West team, again with some shuffling around and the debut of Shaun McLaren . . . uh, on a team!


MetaGame Gurus Moon

Team Members: Brandon Ayers, Mattia Rizzi, John Rolf, Nathaniel Smith, Jacob Wilson, and Travis Woo

A new challenger emerges: MetaGame Gurus, featuring two teams in the 2017–18 Pro Tour Team Series! MetaGame Gurus Moon includes multiple Gold-level pros, with every competitor on the roster having had some success at the Grand Prix level.


MetaGame Gurus Sun

Team Members: Joshua Cho, Ben Friedman, Ondřej Stráský, Matthew Severa, Gerry Thompson, and Oliver Tiu

The second of the MGG rosters, MetaGame Gurus Sun includes half of last season's Mutiny, plus a few familiar and passionate players from the Pro Club.


MTG Mint Card

Team Members: Kelvin Chew, Jason Chung, Huang Hao-Shan, Lee Shi Tian, Eduardo Sajgalik, and Yam Wing Chun

MTG Mint Card returns with the vast majority of their roster unchanged, with the exception of Pro Tour Hour of Devastation Top 8 competitor Yam Wing Chun, who has joined the team lineup.


MTGSheep

Team Members: Bolun Zhang, Liu Yuchen, Qi Wentao, Sun Chuan, Yao Zile, and Yi Ding

China has entered the Pro Tour Team Series fray! Headlined by Pro Tour Aether Revolt Top 8 competitor Liu Yuchen, MTGSheep seeks further Pro Tour invitations and a chance to show the world what China can do on the big stage.


Musashi

Team Members: Yuuki Ichikawa, Teruya Kakumae, Yuuya Watanabe, Kentaro Yamamoto, Shota Yasooka, and Ken Yukuhiro

Last season's winners are back and remain unchanged, as Japanese super-team Musashi aims to add another set of trophies to their collection in the 2017–18 season.


Phoenix: 404

Team Members: Torsten Anders, Joshua Bausch, Christian Hauck, Florian Koch, Benjamin Luft, and Michael Steinecke

Phoenix: 404 represents an all-German Magic squad featuring multiple first-timers alongside longtime competitor Florian Koch as they seek to make their mark on the Pro Tour.


Revelation

Team Members: Martin Dang, Paul Dean, Thomas Hendriks, Christoffer Larsen, Joel Larsson, and Petr Sochůrek

Revelation represents the other half of the Genesis testing squad. Five out of these six players are from Europe, and the whole team has plenty of Pro Tour experience and many years at the top end of Pro Club status.


Snapcardster

Team Members: Michael Bonde, Bill Chronopoulos, Ryan Cubit, Vitor Grassato, Grzegorz Kowalski, and Makis Matsoukas

Snapcardster joins together Gold and Silver-level players from Europe alongside a Pro Tour newcomer from Brazil. The team is headlined by a few names that had great success in 2016–17, including Pro Tour Kaladesh Top 8 competitor Makis Matsoukas.


Sourcery

Team Members: Luke Feeney, Ethan Gaieski, Zack Kanner, Evan Petr, Ray Tautic, and Oliver Tomajko

Sourcery features one longtime competitor alongside newcomers and young talent. The team is headlined by 2017 US National Champion Oliver Tomajko.


The Comic Book Store

Team Members: Michael Cochran, William Craddock, Jonathan Morawski, Jacob Nagro, Collin Rountree, and Jonathan Sukenik

The Comic Book Store's roster features six Grand Prix regulars who consistently perform well as they strive for more opportunities to play at the Pro Tour level.


Tower Games

Team Members: Jackson Hicks, Samuel Ihlenfeldt, Alex Johnson, Matt Sikkink Johnson, and Scott Markeson, Dan Wesier

Headlined by GP Vegas 2015 Champion Scott Markeson, Tower Games features three folks who have competed at the Pro Tour level alongside three Pro Tour newcomers making their debut at Pro Tour Ixalan.


Ultimate Guard

Team Members: Andrew Cuneo, Reid Duke, Jon Finkel, William Jensen, Paul Rietzl, and Owen Turtenwald

Featuring four Pro Tour Hall of Famers—including 2017 World Champion William Jensen—Ultimate Guard is one of the early favorites in this season's Pro Tours.


Team Ultra PRO

Team Members: Samuel Black, Ivan Floch, Alexander Hayne, Matthew Nass, Samuel Pardee, and Steve Rubin

With eleven Pro Tour Top 8s and three wins across all six team members, Team Ultra PRO represents a spread of cross-format, cross-continent talent and one of 2017–18's powerhouse teams.


All the best to these teams in the 2017–18 professional season. We can't wait to see them in action at Pro Tour Ixalan this weekend!

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