Q4 Coverage and More

Posted in Competitive Gaming on September 29, 2016

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.

I hope you were able to attend a Kaladesh Prerelease last weekend, because this set is a blast to play. Magic's brand new expansion hits stores on Friday, and I'm sure many of you are looking forward to the drafting and brewing that will follow!

As Kaladesh releases, I'm turning my attention to the fourth quarter of 2016. We've confirmed coverage teams for the rest of the year and wanted to provide you with a comprehensive list of what to expect for October, November, and December.

But first...

Additional GP and PT Swag (including GP and PT t-shirts)

There were a couple of Grand Prix–specific items that did not make it into last week's article that I'd like to highlight. This will also include December 2016's Grand Prix playmats.

First up is not a playmat, but rather this awesome t-shirt.

The Grand Prix t-shirt that you'll find at GP prize walls features some very, very sweet Chandra artwork. The back of the shirt will display all Grand Prix that are part of the current GP season where you can get this shirt, in keeping with an artwork and general shirt style that pays tribute to band tour shirts. Rock on!

In addition to that, here are December's Grand Prix playmats, starting off with Denver and Madrid, featuring the art from Ghirapur Orrery.

And finally, Grand Prix Milwaukee will feature a playmat with artwork from Skyship Stalker.

These playmats are available for players who participate in the main event of that weekend (while supplies last). For more info on how to get a playmat at a Grand Prix you're going to, visit the organizer's website for more information.

The Grand Prix isn't the only event with some cool swag, though. Pro Tour Kaladesh in Honolulu, Hawaii, will offer some additional opportunities to pick up a few items that made their debut in the merch booth at PAX West, along with a few event-exclusives.

First up is the Torch of Defiance t-shirt, along with a messenger bag. Both feature badass custom Chandra artwork and some fantastic work from our team.

The very Kaladeshian Planeswalker logo will also be at the Pro Tour.

Along with this cool water bottle featuring, well, who else but Chandra.

And finally, this event-exclusive playmat will only be available at Pro Tour Kaladesh. If you're qualified and going, get it quickly, because these always tend to disappear quickly into the weekend!

The merch booth will also have the usual items, such as mana t-shirts, notebooks, hats, and a new Pro Tour shirt for the 2016-17 season. Remember that the Pro Tour is open to the public (though there aren't any side events), so if you're a local or a competitor or just traveling with friends to enjoy the Hawaiian Islands, stop by to pick up some awesome and hard-to-get stuff!

Confirmed Coverage Line-ups

Last week, I had hinted at the rest of Q4's coverage teams being locked down. I'm happy to say that the rest of this year's teams have been organized, and today I'll bring you the list of who's covering where through the end of the 2016. Consider this article your definitive Grand Prix and Pro Tour coverage roster.

Below will list out the premier play events taking place each weekend through the end of the year, planned coverage start times, and the coverage team. Any show not listed below either has non-English video coverage only (in the case of Grand Prix Chiba), or writer-reporters only.

October 7–9: Grand Prix Atlanta and London

  • Live Video at: Grand Prix Atlanta (twitch.tv/magic)
  • Start Times: Saturday, October 8 (8 a.m. PT/3 p.m. UTC), and Sunday, October 9 (7 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UTC)
  • Video Producer: Rich Hagon
  • Video Director: Rashad Miller
  • Camera and Graphics: BJ Ogden and Steven Leeming
  • Play-by-Play Commentators: Tim Willoughby and Maria Bartholdi
  • Color Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe and Frank Karsten
  • Writer-Reporters: Marc Calderaro and Meghan Wolff (Atlanta), Tobi Henke and Craig Jones (London)

Grand Prix Atlanta will feature our first look at Kaladesh Limited at the premier-play level, so tune in for the newest Limited strategies to see who wins! Along with that, Atlanta also marks the play-by-play debut of Magic The Amateuring host Maria Bartholdi!


October 14–16: Pro Tour Kaladesh (twitch.tv/magic)

  • Play-by-Play Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe, Tim Willoughby, and Gaby Spartz
  • Color Commentators: Luis Scott-Vargas and Ian Duke
  • News Desk: Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature Match Floor Reporters: Tim Willoughby and Gaby Spartz
  • Feature Match Spotter: Neil Rigby and Rashad Miller
  • Writer-Reporters: Corbin Hosler, Adam Styborski, and Melissa DeTora
  • Content Managers/Editors: Blake Rasmussen and Mike Rosenberg
  • Social Media: Trick Jarrett and Nate Price
  • Executive Producer: Greg Collins

Pro Tour Kaladesh is our big look at Booster Draft and Standard, as pro players from all over the world compete for their share of a $250,000 prize pool. Expect tons of exciting new Standard decks with the rotation. Highlights to this line-up include LSV's first show in the coverage bracket for all three days, the return of TCGPlayer content director Adam Styborski to the writer-reporter crew, and a special Magic R&D guest appearance with Melissa DeTora on the writer-reporter team.


October 21–23: Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur and Providence

  • Live Video at: Grand Prix Providence (twitch.tv/magic)
  • Start Times: Saturday, October 22 (7 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UTC), and Sunday, October 23 (7 a.m. PT/2 p.m. UTC)
  • Video Producer: Rich Hagon
  • Video Director: Rashad Miller
  • Camera and Graphics: BJ Ogden and Steven Leeming
  • Play-by-Play Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe and Gaby Spartz
  • Color Commentators: Luis Scott-Vargas and Jacob Van Lunen
  • Writer-Reporters: Marc Calderaro and Corbin Hosler (Providence), Chapman Sim (Kuala Lumpur)

The Providence video line-up is set, and we've got Pro Tour Champions Luis Scott-Vargas and Jacob Van Lunen bringing you expert analysis alongside Marshall Sutcliffe and Gaby Spartz for the two-day Standard extravaganza!


October 28–30: Grand Prix Warsaw and Santiago

  • Live Video at: Grand Prix Warsaw (twitch.tv/magic)
  • Start Times: Saturday, October 29 (1 a.m. PT/8 a.m. UTC), and Sunday, October 30 (1 a.m. PT/7 a.m. UTC)
  • Video Producer: Rich Hagon
  • Video Director: Rashad Miller
  • Camera and Graphics: Neil Rigby and Steven Leeming
  • Play-by-Play Commentators: Riley Knight and Tim Willoughby
  • Color Commentators: Matej Zatlkaj and Simon Görtzen
  • Writer-Reporters: Tobi Henke and Olle Råde (Warsaw), Neale Talbot (Santiago)

More Standard, this time with live video from the Europe coverage crew in Warsaw. Keep in mind that central Europe undergoes a daylight savings shift this weekend, so for those basing their schedules around UTC, keep an eye out for those start times above.


November 4–6: Grand Prix Dallas

Live coverage from Grand Prix Dallas's Modern rounds will be brought to you by the ChannelFireball video team, so keep your eyes peeled on their website as we get closer to the event for full details of what you can expect (besides new Fact or Fictions, I'm sure).


November 11–13: Grand Prix Rotterdam

  • Live Video at: Grand Prix Rotterdam (twitch.tv/magic)
  • Start Times: Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 (exact times TBD)
  • Video Producer: Rich Hagon
  • Video Director: Rashad Miller
  • Camera and Graphics: Neil Rigby and Steven Leeming
  • Play-by-Play Commentators: Riley Knight and Brian David-Marshall
  • Color Commentators: Matej Zatlkaj and Simon Görtzen
  • Writer-Reporters: Tobi Henke and Chapman Sim

Grand Prix Rotterdam will feature many teams from all over the world vying for a trio of trophies in this Team Limited event. It's the weekend before the World Magic Cup, so expect a huge global showing for this one.

Please mind the TBD start times. We fully intend to show you all rounds of Swiss in action (even if the first round of each day is recorded), and I'll be sure this article is updated once we have confirmed when exactly we will go live.


November 18–20: 2016 World Magic Cup (twitch.tv/magic)

  • Play-by-Play Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe, Tim Willoughby, and Gaby Spartz
  • Color Commentators: Luis Scott-Vargas and Simon Görtzen
  • News Desk: Rich Hagon and Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature Match Floor Reporters: Tim Willoughby and Gaby Spartz
  • Feature Match Spotter: Neil Rigby and Rashad Miller
  • Writer-Reporters: Tobi Henke, Chapman Sim, and Frank Karsten
  • Content Managers/Editors: Blake Rasmussen and Mike Rosenberg
  • Social Media: Nate Price
  • Executive Producer: Greg Collins

Tune in to one of the most interesting and thrilling Magic tournaments of the year! The World Magic Cup is unlike any other offering on our schedule, showcases some of the biggest and most impacting moments of the year in the feature match area, and is a team competition unlike any other.


December 2–4: Grand Prix Denver and Madrid

  • Live Video at: Grand Prix Denver (twitch.tv/magic)
  • Start Times: Saturday, December 3 (9 a.m. PT/5 p.m. UTC) and Sunday, December 4 (8 a.m. PT/4 p.m. UTC)
  • Video Producer: Rich Hagon
  • Video Director: Rashad Miller
  • Camera and Graphics: BJ Ogden and Maria Bartholdi
  • Play-by-Play Commentators: Marshall Sutcliffe and Gaby Spartz
  • Color Commentators: Luis Scott-Vargas and Reid Duke
  • Writer-Reporters: Marc Calderaro and Hallie Santo (Denver), Tobi Henke, and Frank Karsten (Madrid)

Our last show with video in 2016 features a doozy of a coverage line-up, spotlighting the return of Reid Duke to the commentator booth! Denver and Madrid both feature the Standard format many weeks in, and should showcase one solid look at the format before we close out the year.

2016's got plenty of coverage left for you to watch, and we look forward to you tuning in with us as we see plenty of Magic from the feature match tables!

New Leaderboard Layout

Meanwhile, we have made a long desired and overdue change to how we have tracked Player of the Year and many other races in the premier play season. What was once the Player of the Year page has transformed into the Premier Play Leaderboard, a comprehensive, in-depth look at:

  • The Pro Point leaders of the 2016–17 premier play season
  • The nationality and geo regions of all players on the leaderboard
  • Detailed statistics on players on the leaderboard including the number of Pro Tour and Grand Prix Top 8s that player has gotten, along with the most match points earned in one of those respective events
  • The number of Grand Prix Pro Point finishes that count toward a player's Pro Points in the 2016–17 season, with regard to the cap of the six best Grand Prix finishes

The goals of this new leaderboard are:

  • To provide a look at all potential prospective World Championship and World Magic Cup seats in one sortable sheet that also addresses potential tiebreaker scenarios
  • To help educate a player on where they stand in those respective races without needing to do their own work to check

The 2016–17 Premier Play Leaderboard will typically be updated on Tuesdays following a Grand Prix, Pro Tour, World Championship, or World Magic Cup event. If you regularly participate in these events and want to know how you're stacking up against the world's competitors, against your country's competitors for a World Magic Cup slot, and more, I strongly advise bookmarking that page. It will be the definitive source that we use to track Pro Tour Players Club levels and seats at invitation-only events.

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