Out of the 73 teams that started, 48 made Day Two. They will be split in eight groups of six for the first round of pool play. Each pool consists of four teams that finished in 17th–48th place on Day One (the "low" seeds) and two teams that finished in 1st–16th place (the "high" seeds).
The first thing on the schedule for tomorrow is an elimination match for the four low seeds in every group. It will be carnage; the winner stays, the loser is out. Meanwhile, the two high seeds will automatically advance.
Once the elimination match in the first stage of Day Two is complete, the remaining four teams in each pool (the two winners and the two high seeds) will compete in a modified double-elimination tournament structure for three rounds. Essentially, a team must win two matches over three rounds to make it through to the second stage of Day Two.
In that second stage, the remaining teams will be split into eight pools of four teams each for another modified double-elimination structure, which will eventually determine who will advance to the Top 8 on Sunday.
Without further ado, let's break down the eight pools, with a short introduction for the Top 16 teams.
|1||Belgium||Peter Vieren||Jerome Bastogne, Branco Neirynck, Pascal Vieren|
|16||Bulgaria||Hristiyan Ivanov||George Naydenov, Stefan Pavlov, Blagovest Vladimirov|
|17||Portugal||Márcio Carvalho||Luis Gobern, José Rodrigues, Bernardo Santos|
|32||Serbia||Aleksa Telarov||Javorko Petricevic, Nenad Bacic, Miodrag Kitanovic|
|33||Northern Ireland||Stephen Madden||Rene Verheesen, Krzysztof Dominiak, Thomas McKiernan|
|48||Scotland||Stephen Murray||Marc Ferguson, Brandon Balfour, Kevin Pass|
Team Belgium 2016
Leading the field overnight was Team Belgium. Their team composition was great: it included three of the best players from their country, all with plenty of premier event experience and Grand Prix Top 8s on their resume. Two of them were, in fact, brothers (Peter and Pascal Vieren), and the third (Branco Neirynck) was last year's captain. Coincidentally, earlier this year the trio had agreed to play Grand Prix Rotterdam together. When they all qualified for the World Magic Cup, they took it as a sign of good things to come—and so far, the tournament couldn't have gone better for them. Jerome Bastogne joins them as their fourth member.
Team Bulgaria 2016
The other Top 16 team in their group was Bulgaria. National Champion Hristiyan Ivanov, along with Blagovest Vladimirov, George Naydenov, and Stefan Pavlov, were certainly very happy to squeak into the Top 16. Aside from not having to play Round 1 of Stage 1, there were also assured prize money and at least 1 additional Pro Point. Collectively, they have fewer than 20 lifetime Pro Points, which makes their run on Day One even more impressive. This is also the first time that Bulgaria has advanced to Day Two, with advanced standing no less, making it a delightful experience for the Bulgarians through and through.
|2||Chinese Taipei||Huang Hao-Shan||Han Chin Yao, Huang Yung-Ming, Feng Ren|
|15||Ukraine||Sergiy Sushalskyy||Iurii Babych, Artem Fedorchenko, Sorozhinsky Bogdan|
|18||Ireland||Alexander Ball||David Murphy, Michele Gravina, Vaclav Novak|
|31||Austria||Oliver Polak-Rottmann||Lukas Mittendorfer, Valentin Mackl, Markus Spoerk|
|34||Slovakia||Ivan Floch||Milan Niznansky, Patrik Surab, Matej Zatlkaj|
|47||Spain||Javier Dominguez||Pedro Grati, Miguel Ángel Nunez Reyes, Ricardo Diaz Rojo|
Team Chinese Taipei 2016
Chinese Taipei won the very first World Magic Cup, held in Indianapolis in 2012, and they have been consistent ever since. This year, their team was led by Huang Hao-Shan, a vastly experienced player who has played at many Pro Tours and who has six Grand Prix Top 8s to his name. Huang Yung-Ming is back for another attempt at the World Magic Cup, and he showed he is on top of his game by making the Top 8 of Grand Prix Taipei 2016. Rounding out the team are Han Chin Yao and Feng Ren.
Team Ukraine 2016
Together with Team Chinese Taipei, Team Ukraine is the other team in Pool B to enjoy a bye in Stage 1. Reigning Ukraine National Champion Sergiy Sushalskyy has three Grand Prix Top 8s under his belt, making him the most experienced player and the one who can guide Ukraine past bigger frontiers. Comparatively, the three World Magic Cup Qualifier winners, Sorozhinsky Bogdan, Iurii Babych, and Artem Fedorchenko, have much less experience on the premier event level, but they've clearly proven that they're able to perform at the highest pinnacles of Magic pro play. Like his team captain, Babych is participating in his second World Magic Cup, which means that he has some experience to offer to his teammates.
|3||Germany||Patrick Dickmann||Marc Tobiasch, Fabian Friedrich, Dennis Nolte|
|14||Italy||Andrea Mengucci||Mattia Rizzi, Alessandro Portaro, Alessandro Casamenti,|
|19||Sweden||Joel Larsson||Per Nyström, Daniel Larsson, Alex Wahlquist|
|30||Colombia||Diego Alejandro Celeita||Jhonatan Restrepo, Fredy Castro, Camilo Pineda cañas|
|35||Switzerland||Andreas Ganz||Yannick Studer, Julian Felix Flury, Lukas Grauwiler|
|46||Czech Republic||Lukas Blohon||Pavel Zuna, Ondrej Straka, Alexander Rossijcenko|
Team Germany 2016
Team Germany was led by Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch Top 8 competitor Patrick Dickmann, but there was plenty of talent on the team as a whole. Marc Tobiasch is a well-respected deck builder with a lot of premier event experience, and Fabian Friedrich has a Grand Prix Top 8 to his name. Dennis Nolte rounds out the German team.
Team Italy 2016
Team Italy is led by Platinum pro Andrea Mengucci, who is the only player in the room gunning for back-to-back World Magic Cup victories. The burden of defending a title is a great one, but one that these four Italians are more than happy to shoulder. Together with Mattia Rizzi, Alessandro Casamenti, and Alessandro Portaro, they successfully won their final round to propel themselves ahead in the standings. Now that they've got a bye in Stage 1, it brings the Italians even closer to their unified goal of bringing the World Magic Cup title back to Italy once again.
|4||Canada||Alexander Hayne||Brian Su, Jacob Wilson, Felix Tse|
|13||Australia||David Mines||James Wilks, Ryan Cubit, Garry Lau|
|20||Philippines||Mike Hron||Mark Ramos, Ang Jan, Reginald Jbelli,|
|29||Latvia||Andrejs Prost||Aleksejs Laizans, Nikita Klimov, Gints Dreimanis|
|36||Macedonia||Miro Popov||Martin Nanik, Ivo Neskovik, Nebojsa Stamenkov|
|45||Israel||Shahar Shenhar||Gal Barak, Philip Korsunsky, Dan Tzirkel|
Team Canada 2016
Canada was touted as one of the early favorites. It featured the fabulous front of Pro Tour Avacyn Restored champion Alexander Hayne and Pro Tour Born of the Gods finalist Jacob Wilson. Moreover, Felix Tse and Brian Su, both of whom have competed at multiple Pro Tours, brought some solid additional experience to the team. Everyone expected them to make it to Day 2 at least, and they didn't disappoint.
Team Australia 2016
Team Australia is captained by Grand Prix Melbourne 2016 Champion David Mines who, leads James Wilks, Ryan Cubit, and Garry Lau. The Australians have an average of ten Grand Prix appearances among them, meaning that they're not unfamiliar to the kind of intense competition they'll face tomorrow. No matter though—with a shoo-in to Round 2 of Stage 1, they find themselves in as enviable a position as Team Canada.
|5||Dominican Republic||Caupolican Lopez Yapor||Fabio Portes, Jairo Balbuena, Ricardo Sasso|
|12||Greece||Bill Chronopoulos||Petros Tziotis, Panagiotis Papadopoulos, Nikolaos Kaponis|
|21||Uruguay||Juan Pablo Llodra||Leandro Cabrera, Nicolas Righetti, Federico Pereira|
|28||Bolivia||David Sologuren||A. Guillermo Ibanez Loayza, Leonardo Quiroga Flores, Alejandro Pena|
|37||Poland||Grzegorz Kowalski||Piotr Glogowski, Maciej Janik, Mateusz Jedlinski|
|44||South Korea||Park Jun Young||Park Heechan, Bae Sanghoon, Kwak Jae Hwan|
Team Dominican Republic 2016
Dominican Republic was an underdog in a field filled with more experienced teams, but they had an excellent run today. With only minor Grand Prix experience and no prior Pro Tour or World Magic Cup experience, the squad of Caupolican Lopez Yapor, Ricardo Sasso, Fabio Portes, and Jairo Balbuena performed admirably, and they will surely have many fans at home who are excited to see if they can make a deep run tomorrow.
Team Greece 2016
The other Top 16 team in Pool E was Greece. Despite not being usually associated as a dominant European force, things are very different when it comes to this particular international Magic stage. Team Greece has been regarded as a strong contender ever since they made it to the finals of the 2014 World Magic Cup , but let's not forget that the Greeks have made the Day Two of the World Magic Cup five out of five times! Not many nations can boast that feat. Greece National Champion Bill Chronopoulos is very pleased with his team, which comprises Nikolaos Kaponis, Panagiotis Papadopoulos, and Petros Tziotis.
|6||Iceland||Einar Agust Baldvinsson||Thorey Mariusdottir, Kjartan Másson, Halldór Vilhjálmsson|
|11||Hong Kong||Lee Shi Tian||Tang Kobe, Kevin Lam, Fung Chun Sing|
|22||Belarus||Pavel Miadzvedski||Dmitry Andronchik, Ihar Klionski, Bantsevich Hleb|
|27||Chile||Rodrigo Lopez||Felipe Valdivia, José Luis Echeverría Paredes, Javier Vera|
|38||Panama||Saul Alvarado||Sergio Bonilla, Manuel Succari, Cesar Segovia|
|43||Cyprus||Daniel Antoniou||Tatsiana Suponeva, Michalis Pantelides, George Pericleous|
Team Iceland 2016
Iceland is a beautiful island country with volcanoes, glaciers, and a population of only 300,000 people. I can definitely recommend visiting places like Jökulsárlón and Fjaðrárgljúfur. Despite their small population, Iceland can compete at the highest level at many international events, as they recently showed at the European soccer championships. In terms of Magic, Iceland made a superb Top 8 at the World Magic Cup in 2013 , and this year, captain Einar August Baldvinsson is back for the third time. He leads the squad of Halldór Vilhjálmsson, Kjartan Másson, and Thorey Mariusdottir.
Team Hong Kong 2016
Despite losing in Round 1, you need to know that Hong Kong National Champion and five-time Pro Tour Top 8 competitor Lee Shi Tian is not one who gives up in the face of adversity. Crawling back from a 2-2 start with Fung Chun Sing, Kevin Lam, and Tang Kobe, Team Hong Kong stuck through thin and think and rattled off three wins in the final rounds of the Team Unified Modern portion. Having a Modern Master on the team sure is nifty! Despite having three newcomers with no prior World Magic Cup experience, Team Hong Kong should not be counted out when led by one of the biggest titans in Asia Pacific.
|7||Wales||Ben Jones||Davie Whyte, James Sawyer, Aaron Boyhan|
|10||Finland||Lauri Pispa||Matti Kuisma, Leo Lahonen, Tuomas Tuominen|
|23||Puerto Rico||Gabriel Nieves||Luis Prieto, Cesar Soto, Adrian Marquez|
|26||Lithuania||Gaudenis Vidugiris||Jonas Drukteinis, Algirdas Neniskis, Andrius Averjanovas|
|39||Denmark||Martin Müller||Simon Nielsen, Asger Lundblad, Anders Gotfredsen|
|42||England||Eduardo Sajgalik||Peter Ward, Aaron Burns Lees, Graeme Mcintyre|
Team Wales 2016
Out of all the countries competing today, Wales came last alphabetically—but they placed pretty high when Magic was the deciding factor. None of their members have Pro Tour experience, but Aaron Boyhan and James Sawyer are in their second World Magic Cup, and 18-year-old captain Ben Jones has been here before as well. Flanked by Davie Whyte as their fourth, they are in a good position to put up a great finish this weekend.
Team Finland 2016
Finnish captain Lauri Pispa might not have a very experienced roster compared to some other stacked teams, but together with Tuomas Tuominen, Leo Lahonen, and Matti Kuisma, they've proven to be pretty good at Magic even if they have very little Pro Tour experience behind them. As one of the Top 16 teams from Day One, they're already assured a spot in the Top 32, but will strive to prove to the world that they're capable of performing on an international arena.
|8||United States||Owen Turtenwald||Kevin Jones, Paul Yeem, Lee Marino|
|9||Turkey||Caner Aktas||Yusuf Kemal Vefa, Ali Cinar, Ibrahim Celik|
|24||Peru||Jose Raul Velarde Gallegos||Renzo Arana, Miguel Llanos, Santiago Villanueva,|
|25||Malaysia||Chye Yian Hsiang||Rick Lee, Wee Pang Ming, Shawn Khoo|
|40||Ecuador||Jaime Flor||Daniel López, Francisco Cedeno, Walter Cordova|
|41||France||Raphaël Lévy||Kevin Sauvageon, Jérémy Dezani, Guillaume Perbet|
Team United States 2016
No. 3-ranked Owen Turtenwald captains Team United States, which also includes Paul Yeem, Lee Marino, and Kevin Jones. Together the Americans made it to their fourth World Magic Cup Day Two in five attempts. As usual, they're the hot favorites—and with over ten Pro Tour starts and 50 Grand Prix starts between the three World Magic Cup Qualifier winners, nobody is going to be surprised if they make it through to the Top 8.
Team Turkey 2016
Going into this weekend, Team Turkey was hunting for a third Day Two appearance, and they achieved their goal with flying colors. Turkey National Champion Caner Aktas, alongside Ali Cinar, Yusuf Kemal Vefa, and Ibrahim Celik, finished just one seed below Team United States, which means that they're stacking up well alongside even the greatest teams in the field. Aktas is participating in his third World Magic Cup, and Vefa is also a returning representative. Turkey seems to be in good hands.