Live Coverage Turns Spotlight on Shadows over Innistrad

Posted in Competitive Gaming on April 14, 2016

By Greg Collins

After starting his career covering college football and basketball for ESPN.com, Greg Collins found a way to merge his love of sports and games into one job. He's been in charge of Magic event coverage since 2004.

Magic's return to Innistrad has a special place in many players' hearts. The same is true for the Wizards coverage team, as our first journey to the plane was when we kicked off our expanded Pro Tour video coverage back in 2012 with Pro Tour Dark Ascension.

As our cameras get ready to dive back into the amazing world of Vampires, Werewolves, Angels, and everything else that makes Innistrad great, here's a look at the major events we're covering during the Shadows over Innistrad season. Across a three-week span, we'll be going deep into the freshly rotated Standard format and Shadows over Innistrad Draft and Sealed Deck play.

The video coverage begins at Grand Prix Barcelona April 16 and 17. With many of the top pros already in Spain to prepare for the Pro Tour, this should be a fantastic first look at how to build Sealed decks and draft the new set. It continues at Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad in Madrid, and then concludes with Standard at Grand Prix Toronto.

To help tell the story of the Sealed Deck rounds in a more comprehensive way in Barcelona, the coverage team will be featuring three top players and their Sealed builds across Day One: No. 7-ranked Sam Black, No. 10 Fabrizio Anteri, and Pascal Maynard, fresh off his first Pro Tour Top 8. We hope that this new approach to Sealed Deck coverage will make those rounds more entertaining because you get to follow a few specific decks through the build process and see them in action across multiple rounds. Barcelona's coverage will also serve as a hub to bring you updates from Beijing and Albuquerque, telling a more complete story about SOI Limited around the world.

For the Pro Tour, we'll once again be taking our cameras into a testing house, continuing the feature we started at Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch with the Pantheon. This time we're featuring the dominant team from Europe, Team EUreka. Their roster for this Pro Tour includes No. 5 Martin Müller, No. 10 Fabrizio Anteri, No. 16 Joel Larsson, No. 17 Martin Dang, No. 20 Brad Nelson, Hall of Famers Frank Karsten and Olle Rade, Matej Zatlkaj, Pierre Dagen, Oliver Polak-Rottmann, Immanuel Gerschenson, Magnus Lantto, Simon Nielsen, Aleksa Telarov, and Thomas Hendricks. Along with segments from inside the testing house, two members of the team—Zatlkaj and Karsten—will be providing their insights into the formats and their testing as members of the Grand Prix coverage teams bracketing the Pro Tour.

GP Barcelona/Beijing/Albuquerque: April 16–17

Format: Shadows over Innistrad Sealed Deck/Booster Draft

Match Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe, Randy Buehler, and Matej Zatlkaj

Features Host: Brian David-Marshall

Writers: Tobi Henke and Frank Karsten (Barcelona), Ben Swartz (Beijing), Marc Calderaro and Jacob van Lunen (Albuquerque)

Video coverage begins Saturday, April 16, at 1 p.m. CEST/11 a.m. UTC.

Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad: April 22–24

Format: Standard, Shadows over Innistrad Booster Draft

Match Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe, Randy Buehler, Ian Duke, Tim Willoughby, and Gaby Spartz (with a possible Sunday cameo by Luis Scott-Vargas)

News Desk Anchors: Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall

Feature Match Floor Reporters: Rashad Miller, Tim Willoughby, and Gaby Spartz

Feature Match Spotter: Neil Rigby

Writers/Editors: Blake Rasmussen, Mike Rosenberg, Tobi Henke, Marc Calderaro, and Josh Bennett

Social Media: Trick Jarrett and Nate Price

Video coverage begins Friday, April 22, at 9 a.m. CEST/7 a.m. UTC.

Grand Prix Toronto: April 30–May 1

Format: Standard

Match Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe, Randy Buehler, and Frank Karsten

Features Host: Tim Willoughby

Writers: Corbin Hosler and Josh Bennett

Video coverage begins Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m. ET/6 p.m. UTC.

So if you're looking for the definitive word on Shadows over Innistrad in Standard, Booster Draft, and Sealed Deck, stay tuned to our live video coverage on twitch.tv/magic and written coverage on DailyMTG.com throughout April.

Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad Team Rosters

While a Pro Tour only crowns one winner, the game's players typically find that it benefits themselves and their friends and partners if they team up to tackle a brand-new Standard and Limited format. Here are just a few of those teams, with Platinum pros and Hall of Famers listed in bold.

Team EUreka

Team EUreka is the European superteam that dominated last year's Pro Tours and continues to put up some of the Pro Tour's best finishes. They have added North American Platinum pro Brad Nelson, along with the Netherlands' Frank Karsten and Thomas Hendricks, to their lineup.

  • Matej Zatlkaj
  • Fabrizio Anteri
  • Pierre Dagen
  • Oliver Polak-Rottmann
  • Immanuel Gerschenson
  • Martin Müller
  • Joel Larsson
  • Martin Dang
  • Magnus Lantto
  • Simon Nielsen
  • Olle Råde
  • Aleksa Telarov
  • Frank Karsten
  • Thomas Hendricks
  • Brad Nelson

East West Bowl

Team East West Bowl is following up a breakthrough Pro Tour with a group seventeen players strong, primarily just the last PT's team lineup. Captained by Alex Majlaton, the team had added some new faces to the lineup, including World Champion Seth Manfield and streamer Neil Oliver.

  • Alex Majlaton
  • Timothy Wu
  • Ben Friedman
  • Thomas (Tommy) Ashton
  • Jarvis Yu
  • Seth Manfield
  • Pascal Maynard
  • Ricky Chin
  • Michael Majors
  • Mark Jacobson
  • Ben Weitz
  • Scott Lipp
  • Andrew Brown
  • Eric Severson
  • Soohwang (Paul) Yeem
  • Jiachen (JC) Tao
  • Neal Oliver

Team Ultra PRO

Team Ultra PRO expanded its lineup to include the core members of ChannelFireball, making this one very star-stacked team.

  • Bob Maher
  • Paul Rietzl
  • Ben Stark
  • Patrick Chapin
  • Craig Wescoe
  • Sam Black
  • David Williams
  • Pat Cox
  • Matt Sperling
  • Ari Lax
  • Tom Martell
  • Rich Hoaen
  • Justin Cohen
  • Corey Burkhart
  • Matt Severa

They are joined by the following players from ChannelFireball:

  • Luis Scott-Vargas
  • Josh Utter-Leyton
  • Paul Cheon
  • David Ochoa
  • Matt Nass

MTG Mint Card

The union between Asia and Oceania has expanded again to include the former members of Team Revolution, along with Andrea Mengucci and Christian Calcano.

  • Lee Shi Tian
  • Jason Chung
  • Paul Jackson
  • Yam Wing Chung
  • Huang Hao-Shan
  • Raphaël Lévy
  • Christian Calcano
  • Jérémy Dezani
  • Andrea Mengucci
  • Thierry Ramboa
  • Faye Lai
  • Maitland Cameron
  • Anthony Lee

In addition, while playing under the MTG Mint Card banner, the following three friends of the team are testing on their own due to scheduling conflicts this time around:

  • Tzu Ching Kuo
  • Park Jun Young
  • Chapman Sim

Team Face to Face Games

Team Face to Face Games has added a few new folks from the now-defunct Team Blitz. They remain a strong force that now encompasses multiple continents.

  • Jon Stern
  • Alexander Hayne
  • Josh McClain
  • Sam Pardee
  • Jacob Wilson
  • Mike Sigrist
  • Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
  • Shuhei Nakamura
  • Ivan Floch
  • Thiago Saporito
  • Ondřej Stráský
  • Brian Braun-Duin
  • Steve Rubin
  • Nathan Holiday

The Pantheon

The always-strong Pantheon has added a few faces from the Pro Tour's past, including Grand Prix Vancouver 2016 Top 8 competitor Aeo Paquette and Hall of Famer Anton Jonsson, who is returning to his first Pro Tour since the 2011 World Championship.

  • William Jensen
  • Owen Turtenwald
  • Reid Duke
  • Jon Finkel
  • Gabriel Nassif
  • Andrew Cuneo
  • Brock Parker
  • Shahar Shenhar
  • Matt Costa
  • Anton Jonsson
  • Aeo Paquette
  • Ben Rubin

Cygames

The Cygames lineup has not changed, which means that it is still as stacked as it usually is with some of Japan's best players.

  • Yuuya Watanabe
  • Yuuki Ichikawa
  • Kentaro Yamamoto
  • Teruya Kakumae

Hareruya Pros

Tomoharu Saito leads a Japanese force featuring multiple Hall of Famers as part of his company's team, the Hareruya Pros.

  • Tomoharu Saito
  • Kenji Tsumura
  • Yuta Takahashi
  • Shota Yasooka
  • Yoshihiko Ikawa

DEX Army

Now a combination of players from the Iberian Peninsula as well as North and South America, the DEX Army is captained by Hall of Fame pro Willy Edel and features well over 20 team members, including a few who are supporting the team's testing and analysis despite not presently being qualified for the Pro Tour. New team members from North America include Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar semifinalist Paul Deen and US competitors Dan Ward and Joe Spanier. 2015 Super Sunday Series Champion Luis Salvatto from Argentina has also joined the DEX Army for this Pro Tour.

  • Willy Edel
  • Eduardo dos Santos Vieira
  • Guilherme Merjam
  • Tulio Jaudy
  • Mateus Martins
  • Marcos de Jesus Freitas
  • Modi Sapiras
  • Lucas Berthoud
  • Paulo Cortez
  • Juliano Souza
  • Marcio Carvalho
  • Gonçalo Pinto
  • Bernardo Santos
  • Javier Dominguez
  • Antonio Del Moral Léon
  • Dan Ward
  • Joe Spanier
  • Marcelino Freeman
  • Paul Dean
  • Matia Rizzi
  • Felipe Vandivia
  • Sebastian Pozzo
  • Luis Salvatto
  • Thiago Rodrigues

Their support staff includes:

  • Pedro Carvalho
  • Ricardo Sanchez
  • Alonso Astroza

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