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The Pantheon

The name is no coincidence. Many of the best players in the history of the game are on this team, including the all­-time greats Kai Budde and Jon Finkel. The joint venture has proven highly successful as shown by numerous Top 8 appearances and an overall high win rate throughout the 2013–15 seasons.

 

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Kai Budde

About Kai Budde:

Kai is widely considered the most skillful chef on the Pantheon. Rumor has it that he also brings some Magic skills to the team. In a world where almost every top level Magic pro considers himself very lucky to win a Pro Tour just once in his life, Kai has won seven.

Notable Finishes:

Nickname: The German Juggernaut
Age: 35
Nationality: Germany
Qualified via Pro Club Silver Level, Hall of Fame
Pro Points: 541 lifetime

Pro Tour Debut: New York 1997 (Junior Divison), Mainz 1997 (Senior Division)
Pro Tours played: 51
Median: 42
80%-Quantile: 13.9
Top 8: 10 (7 wins), 15 Grand Prix (7 wins), 1 Nationals (1 win), 2 Masters (1 win), 3 Invitationals (1 win), and 1 Worlds Team Portion (1 win)
Planeswalker level: 49 (Archmage)
Other accomplishments: Pro Tour Player of the Year 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03; 2007 Hall of Fame class (vote leader); most career earnings ($375,220); most individual Pro Tours won; most Team Pro Tours won (tied with his team mates); most Grand Prix won (tied with Yuuya Watanabe); most Player of the Year titles won; first player to break 500 lifetime Pro Points; first player to win three Pro Tours lifetime; only player to ever win three consecutive Grand Prix; first player to win more than one Player of the Year title; first player to win two Pro Tours in a season; designed Voidmage Prodigy

Reid Duke

About Reid Duke:

Reid is currently the most consistent player on the Pro Tour, having cashed 9 out of 10 Pro Tours since 2012. The secret to his success lies in his deliberate gameplay, which is always just as flawless technically as it is superb strategically. While Reid has shown a love for midrange decks, especially Jund, he had great success with various decks and across all formats.

Notable Finishes:

Age: 25
Nationality: United States
Qualified via Pro Club Platinum Level
Pro Points: 196 lifetime, 24 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: Amsterdam 2010
Pro Tours played: 16
Median: 60.5
80%-Quantile: 34.3
Top 8: 1 Pro Tour, 11 Grand Prix (3 wins), and 1 Worlds
Planeswalker level: 48 (Archmage)
Other accomplishments: $128,350 career earnings; 2011 Magic Online Champion

Andrew Cuneo

About Andrew Cuneo:

Many players are known for their love of blue control decks. Cuneo is different—he invented the very thing. Besides his accomplishments as a deckbuilder Cuneo is also an adept spellslinger, who is usually found lurking very close to the top of the standings.

Notable Finishes:

Age: 39
Nationality: United States
Qualified via PT Khans of Tarkir – Top Finisher, Pro Club Gold Level
Pro Points: 179 lifetime, 20 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: Paris 1997
Pro Tours played: 27
Median: 63
80%-Quantile: 22.8
Top 8: 2 Pro Tours, 2 Grand Prix, and 1 Masters
Planeswalker level: 45 (Battlemage)
Other accomplishments: $65,675 career earnings

Jon Finkel

About Jon Finkel:

Jon was the first player that was generally considered not only to be the best of his time, but the best of all time. His fourteen Pro Tour Top 8s are unrivaled, and unlikely to be improved upon anytime soon by anybody but himself. For Team ChannelFireball: The Pantheon, Jon solves Limited formats with ease, and fills a fundamental leadership role.

Notable Finishes:

Nickname: Jonny Magic
Age: 36
Nationality: United States
Qualified via Pro Club Silver Level, Hall of Fame
Pro Points: 559 lifetime, 10 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: New York 1996 (Junior Division), Worlds 1996 (Senior Division)
Pro Tours played: 67
Median: 52
80%-Quantile: 11.4
Top 8: 14 Pro Tours (3 wins), 9 Grand Prix (3 wins), 3 Nationals (1 win), 2 Masters, 4 Invitationals (1 win), 2 Worlds Team Portion (2 wins), and 3 Worlds / Players Championship (1 win)
Planeswalker level: 48 (Archmage)
Other accomplishments: Pro Tour Player of the Year 1997–98; 2005 Hall of Fame class (vote leader); $366,084 career earnings; most Pro Tour top 8s; first player to top 8 ten Pro Tours lifetime; designed Shadowmage Infiltrator

Jelger Wiegersma

About Jelger Wiegersma:

Unknown to many, respected by the best, Jelger has quietly been one of the most successful players in the game ever. Underestimate him at your own peril!

Notable Finishes:

Age: 33
Nationality: Netherlands
Qualified via PT Khans of Tarkir – Top Finisher, Hall of Fame
Pro Points: 393 lifetime, 14 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: New York 1999
Pro Tours played: 57
Win percentage: 60.2%
Median: 62
80%-Quantile: 26.6
Top 8: 4 Pro Tours (1 win) and 13 Grand Prix (2 wins)
Planeswalker Level: 50 (Archmage)
Other accomplishments: Hall of Fame class 2008; $195,652 career earnings

Gabriel Nassif

About Gabriel Nassif:

With a staggering nine Pro Tour Top 8s Nassif has time and again proven to be among the greatest players to ever touch a Magic card. However, he is even more famous for his deckbuilding, which may be the finest in the world. And while his love for Islands is legendary, Nassif doesn't content himself with blue decks, having designed tournament winning-decks of all colors and strategies.

Notable Finishes:

Nickname: Yellow Hat
Age: 31
Nationality: France
Qualified via Hall of Fame
Pro Points: 488 lifetime, 6 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: Chicago 2000
Pro Tours played: 61
Median: 54
80%-Quantile: 13.9
Top 8: 9 Pro Tours (2 wins), 2 Masters, 6 Grand Prix (1 win), and 1 Nationals
Planeswalker level: 49 (Archmage)
Other accomplishments: 2010 Hall of Fame class (vote leader); 2003–04 Player of the Year; $331,460 career earnings; first player to win the Player of the Year title without winning a Pro Tour in the same season

William Jensen

About William Jensen:

Huey made his way back to professional Magic in 2012 after a long hiatus, and quickly demonstrated why he was one of the most respected Limited players in his time. During the 2013–14 season he reached the Top 8 of six Limited Grand Prix. Add two Standard GP Top 8s in 2013–14, another two Grand Prix Top 8s this season, and a Pro Tour Top 8, and you have a player tearing up professional tournaments at breakneck speed.

Notable Finishes:

Nickname: Huey
Age: 32
Nationality: United States
Qualified via Pro Club Platinum Level, Hall of Fame
Pro Points: 332 lifetime, 28 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: Rome 1998
Pro Tours played: 40
Median: 62
80%-Quantile: 32.6
Top 8: 5 Pro Tours (1 win), 18 Grand Prix (4 wins), 1 Nationals, and 1 Masters (1 win)
Planeswalker level: 49 (Archmage)
Other accomplishments: 2013 Hall of Fame class; $168,420 career earnings; most Grand Prix top 8s in a single season (8)

Owen Turtenwald

About Owen Turtenwald:

With the help of a record-setting seven Grand Prix Top 8s, Owen Turtenwald claimed the Player of the Year title in 2011, cementing his position as one of the best players in the game. While he gained quite a reputation for playing aggressive decks, his tight technical play makes him a formidable threat with any archetype—in 40-card and 60-card formats alike. Owen's incomparable playskill make him the ideal test partner, and ensures that The Pantheon's decks are always given the rigor required to prepare a list for the Pro Tour.

Notable Finishes:

Age: 25
Nationality: United States
Qualified via PT Khans of Tarkir – Top Finisher, World Magic Cup – Top 8 teams, Pro Club Platinum Level
Pro Points: 319 lifetime, 43 in 2014–15

Pro Tour Debut: Valencia 2007
Pro Tours played: 24
Median: 92.5
80%-Quantile: 16.3
Top 8: 2 Pro Tours, 16 Grand Prix (3 wins), and 1 World Magic Cup
Planeswalker level: 50 (Archmage)
Other accomplishments: 2011 Player of the Year; $147,570 career earnings; 2010 Vintage World Champion