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Team ChannelFireball

When ChannelFireball burst onto the scene at Pro Tour Paris 2011 it was clear right away that they had defined the next level of competitive Magic. The team proved to dominate the Pro Tours for years to come, and even now that professional teams are the norm, ChannelFireball is still at the top of the game.

Nationalities: United States, Brazil, Japan, France, Israel

Combined Pro Points: 3,504

Combined Pro Tours Played: 378

Combined Top 8 Results: 40 Pro Tours (6 wins) and 129 Grand Prix (25 wins)

Bios and stats by Florian Koch

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Luis Scott-Vargas

About Luis Scott-Vargas:

Luis is known to be a master of the pun, a lover of the most precious spells, and generally one of the most adroit persons on the Pro Tour. And although his friendliness is genuine, Luis is also one of the fiercest competitors and most successful players in the game. Captain of ChannelFireball, he is considered the best player in the world by many, and keeps the team organized and on track for upcoming events. Known for his love of control strategies in Limited and Constructed, he's trusted to determine whether that's a viable archetype during testing.

Notable Finishes:

Nickname: LSV
Age: 31
Nationality: United States
Qualified via Pro Club Silver Level, Hall of Fame
Pro Points: 400 lifetime, 16 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: San Diego 2004
Pro Tours Played: 38
Median: 55
80%-Quantile: 12.1
Top 8: 5 Pro Tours (1 win), 13 Grand Prix (5 wins), and 3 Nationals (1 win)
Planeswalker Level: 49 (Archmage)
Other Accomplishments: 2013 Hall of Fame class (vote leader); $271,555 career earnings; only player in the era of 16-round Pro Tours to finish the Swiss with a perfect 16–0 record

Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

About Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa:

Paulo has made himself a name as one of the most insightful Magic writers, especially when it comes to theory articles. Not all good theorists make good practitioners, but Paulo's astonishing nine Pro Tour Top 8s loudly proclaim that he is also one of the greatest Magic players ever. While rightly recognized as a gifted all-around player, he brings a unique perspective to Team ChannelFireball in his ability to identify bad decks and dead-ends before too much time is wasted on them. Time is always an issue in PT testing, and when you can't playtest you must rely on theory—here PV truly excels as a teammate.

Notable Finishes:

Nickname: PV / PVDDR
Age: 27
Nationality: Brazil
Qualified via GP Nashville Top 4, Pro Club Silver Level, Hall of Fame
Pro Points: 433 lifetime, 12 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: Worlds 2003 (Berlin)
Pro Tours Played: 39
Median: 60
80%-Quantile: 8.2
Top 8: 9 Pro Tours (1 win), 15 Grand Prix (1 win), 2 Nationals (2 wins), and 1 Players Championship
Planeswalker Level: 49 (Archmage)
Other Accomplishments: 2012 Hall of Fame class (vote leader); $291,385 career earnings; most Worlds/Players Championship Top 8s of all players

Josh Utter-Leyton

About Josh Utter-Leyton:

Josh's versatility as a player is legend, and goes hand in hand with his ability to choose the correct deck for a tournament, where many others would fall for their own preferences. His skills are accompanied by a workhorse mentality that enable Josh to sculpt a good deck into tournament-winning engine over the course of testing.

Notable Finishes:

Nickname: wrapter
Age: 29
Nationality: United States
Qualified via Pro Club Platinum Level
Pro Points: 296 lifetime, 18 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: Hollywood 2008
Pro Tours played: 24
Median: 85.5
80%-Quantile: 13.8
Top 8: 5 Pro Tours, 9 Grand Prix, 1 Nationals (1 win), and 2 Worlds
Planeswalker level: 48 (Archmage)
Other accomplishments: 2012–13 Player of the Year; $176,000 career earnings

David Ochoa

About David Ochoa:

David is connoisseur of all things food, drinks, and Magic. His love for Vintage Magic is well-established, but when the broken cards must be put aside, his patience and accuracy make him the ideal choice to pilot midrange decks.

Notable Finishes:

Nickname: Web/Webster
Age: 33
Nationality: United States
Qualified via Pro Club Gold Level
Pro Points: 245 lifetime, 11 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: Philadelphia 2005
Pro Tours Played: 26
Median: 91
80%-Quantile: 39.4
Top 8: 1 Pro Tour, 5 Grand Prix, and 1 Nationals
Planeswalker Level: 49 (Archmage)
Other Accomplishments: $100,780 career earnings

Pat Cox

About Pat Cox:

Despite his Pro Tour Top 8 and five Grand Prix Top 8s, Pat's proudest accomplishment is his acquisition of the original art of Wild Nacatl, a card he plays at each and every opportunity—and is certainly happy to see the Cat let out of his cage in Modern. For Pro Tour Born of the Gods, Team ChannelFireball will have a tireless advocate for Zoo and aggro decks in general.

Notable Finishes:

Age: 30
Nationality: United States
Qualified via GP Nashville – Top 4 Teams, Pro Club Gold Level
Pro Points: 147 lifetime, 7 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: Berlin 2008
Pro Tours played: 17
Median: 110
80%-Quantile: 53.2
Top 8: 2 Pro Tours, and 6 Grand Prix
Planeswalker level: 48 (Archmage)

Tom Martell

About Tom Martell:

With GP wins in Indianapolis and Sacramento, and a PT win at Pro Tour Gatecrash, Tom is undoubtedly among the best players in the world. Tom's playskill and keen perception make him invaluable in the final stages of Team ChannelFireball preparation, from refining decks to hammering out the final draft pick order.

Notable Finishes:

Age: 32
Nationality: United States
Qualified via GP Nashville – Top 4 Teams, Pro Club Platinum Level
Pro Points: 233, 16 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: Chicago 2000
Pro Tours played: 19
Median: 51
80%-Quantile: 13.6
Top 8: 2 Pro Tours (1 win), and 6 Grand Prix (2 wins)
Planeswalker level: 47 (Archmage)
Other accomplishments: $130,300 career earnings

Eric Froehlich

About Eric Froehlich:

EFro is a top-level pro in both poker and Magic. He has often declared Magic to be his first love, and his dedication resulted in some of the best decks on the Pro Tour, before and after the advent of the internet. EFro is also responsible for keeping Team ChannelFireball from indulging their desire to brew in Limited—with limited success.

Notable Finishes:

Nickname: EFro/Frodog Millionaire
Age: 30
Nationality: United States
Qualified via PT Khans of Tarkir – Top Finisher, GP Salt Lake City Top 8, Pro Club Platinum Level
Pro Points: 318 lifetime, 32 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: London 1999
Pro Tours Played: 39
Median: 52
80%-Quantile: 19.9
Top 8: 3 Pro Tours, 13 Grand Prix (1 win), and 1 Nationals
Planeswalker Level: 48 (Archmage)
Other Accomplishments: $133,364 career earnings

Brandon Nelson

About Brandon Nelson:

Notable Finishes:

Age: 29 or 30
Nationality: United States
Qualified via GP Salt Lake City – Top 8
Pro Points: 71 lifetime, 11 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: Berlin 2008
Pro Tours played: 8
Median: 101.5
80%-Quantile: 52.1
Top 8: 2 Grand Prix (1 win)
Planeswalker level: 46 (Archmage)

Shuhei Nakamura

About Shuhei Nakamura:

Shuhei's 18 Grand Prix top 8s in one format or other, are ample proof of his capabilities, but he still manages to awe his team mates with his uncanny ability to win drafts with horrible cards.

Notable Finishes:

Age: 33
Nationality: Japan
Qualified via GP Shanghai – Top 8, Pro Club Gold Level, Hall of Fame
Pro Points: 578 lifetime, 12 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: San Diego 2002
Pro Tours played: 49
Median: 57
80%-Quantile: 31.7
Top 8: 5 Pro Tours, 25 Grand Prix (6 wins), and 2 Nationals (1 win)
Planeswalker level: 50 (Archmage)
Other accomplishments: 2011 Hall of Fame class (vote leader); $352,850 career earnings; most lifetime Planeswalker Points

Brian Kibler

About Brian Kibler:

Kibler's keen sense in all things style and Magic resulted in Kibler becoming one of the most admired Magic players, and one of the most successful. If there is a good red/green deck in the format, be certain that Kibler finds it, and probably wins with it, too.

Notable Finishes:

Nickname: The Dragonmaster
Age: 34
Nationality: United States
Qualified via Pro Club Silver Level, Hall of Fame
Pro Points: 410 lifetime, 9 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: New York 1996 (Junior Division), Chicago 1997 (Senior Division)
Pro Tours played: 52
Median: 79
80%-Quantile: 55.4
Top 8: 5 Pro Tours (2 wins), 13 Grand Prix (3 wins), 1 Masters, and 2 Nationals
Planeswalker level: 50 (Archmage)
Other accomplishments: 2010 Hall of Fame class; $265,197 lifetime earnings

Shahar Shenhar

About Shahar Shenhar:

Shahar is the only Magic World Champion that is younger than the game itself, and the only repeat World Champion. Despite his young age, Shahar has also left his mark on the Grand Prix scene, and is looking to transfer his success to the Pro Tour level.

Notable Finishes:

Age: 21
Nationality: Israel / United States
Qualified via PT Khans of Tarkir – Top Finisher, GP Nashville Top 4 Teams, GP Ottawa Top 8, Pro Club Platinum Level
Pro Points: 189 lifetime, 39 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: Paris 2011
Pro Tours played: 13
Median: 128
80%-Quantile: 28.6
Top 8: 7 Grand Prix (3 wins), and 2 Worlds (2 wins)
Planeswalker level: 48 (Archmage)
Other accomplishments: $169,600 career earnings; only player to become World Champion more than once

Guillaume Matignon

About Guillaume Matignon:

Guillaume made himself a name during the 2010 season, where he made the finals of Pro Tour San Juan, and eventually won the World Championship at the end of the season, which in turn forced a decider between him and Brad Nelson for the Player of the Year title. He is a new addition to Team ChannelFireball and looking forward to bring some additional love for blue to the team.

Notable Finishes:

Age: 33
Nationality: France
Qualified via PTQ – 1st Place
Pro Points: 118 lifetime, 3 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: Yokohama 2003
Pro Tours played: 16
Win percentage: 60.2%
Median: 127
80%-Quantile: 53.8
Top 8: 2 Pro Tours (1 win) and 4 Nationals (1 win)
Planeswalker Level: 46 (Archmage)
Other accomplishments: $80,095 career earnings

Paul Cheon

About Paul Cheon:

Going into GP San Jose there was exactly one result a win that would give Paul the Pro Club Silver level and thus a late invite to Pro Tour Fate Reforged: a win. When the going gets tough the best get going they say, and the team of LSV, EFro, and Paul once again proved that they are among the very best by taking down the whole event.

Notable Finishes:

Age: 29
Nationality: United States
Qualified via Pro Club Silver Level
Pro Points: 148 lifetime, 20 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: Kobe 2006
Pro Tours played: 13
Median: 63
80%-Quantile: 41.5
Top 8: 8 Grand Prix (3 wins), and 2 Nationals (1 win)
Planeswalker level: 44 (Battlemage)
Other accomplishments: $55,846 career earnings

Matt Nass

About Matt Nass:

Matt is a successful Grand Prix warrior and long-term member of Team ChannelFireball. After a year of Pro Tour absence he is back and eager to follow up his Grand Prix Nashville victory with a high-class finish at Pro Tour Fate Reforged.

Notable Finishes:

Age: 23
Nationality: United States
Qualified via GP Nashville – Top 4 Teams
Pro Points: 107 lifetime, 7 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: San Diego 2010
Pro Tours played: 13
Median: 187
80%-Quantile: 51.6
Top 8: 5 Grand Prix (2 wins)
Planeswalker level: 47 (Archmage)