Today I’m proud to introduce you to Team ChannelFireball Fire! Most of us have been on various iterations of Team CFB for years, but this exact configuration is new to us, so I’m excited to see what we can do. The Pro Tour Team Series looks awesome for coverage, but it also adds a nice new aspect for players—now your team’s performance is worth more than just bragging rights.
Pro Tour Team Series?
For the unaware, the Pro Tour Team Series begins next month at Pro Tour Aether Revolt. Pros form 6-person teams, whose total Pro Points are counted after each Pro Tour. At the end of the Pro Tour season, the two teams with the most points then have a playoff at the World Championships! That’s the gist, but you can find further details here.
Without further ado, let’s look at the members of CFB Fire:
Pat Cox (Captain)
- 3 Pro Tour Top 8s
- 6 Grand Prix Top 8s
- SCG Invitational Champion
- Lifetime Pro Points: 232
- Team Role: Aggro Specialist
As you can see above, my Twitter handle is @wildestnacatl, which pretty well sums up the type of decks I like. All 3 of my Pro Tour Top 8s came while piloting aggro decks. My greatest hope every Pro Tour is that the White Weenie is great, and that Wrapter helps me tune it.
While I’m no Martin, I do love Limited, and spend much of my testing time trying to determine the Draft archetypes. I’ll be about 4 Aether Revolt Drafts in by the time this article goes up!
Josh Utter-Leyton (Wrapter)
- 2012-13 Player of the Year
- 5 Pro Tour Top 8s
- 8 Grand Prix Top 8s
- 2010 and 2013 U.S. National Champion
- Lifetime Pro Points: 372
- Team Role: Deck Builder
Just by looking at Wrapter’s stats, you can tell he’s a great player. He’s a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame later this year. But what many don’t know is that he’s one of the best deck builders on the Pro Tour, and has been for years. He was the main driver behind many decks that both he and Team CFB members have Top 8’d with over the years, and if I had to play another Pro’s deck in the dark, it’d be Wrapter’s.
- 2 Pro Tour Top 8s
- 24 Grand Prix Top 8s (4 Wins)
- 3-Time Czech National Champion
- Lifetime Pro Points: 481
- Team Role: Limited Specialist
You know how there’s a GP practically every weekend now? It didn’t used to be that way, and if you wanted to hit more than a handful every year, you had to be willing to travel all over the world. Martin did that, with great success. (24 Top 8s!)
While Martin has had plenty of success in Constructed, he’s a Limited player at heart. This is our first time teaming together in a couple of years, and I can’t wait to discuss the Draft format with him since we like similar archetypes. My favorite Martin quote, referring to others’ propensity for durdle-y decks: “These guys envision all of these things coming together—I just envision when they don’t.”
- 2010 Team World Champion
- 2008 U.S. National Champion
- 9 Grand Prix Top 8s (3 Wins)
- Lifetime Pro Points: 211
- Team Role: Documentarian
You surely know Paul from his popular Twitch stream and Chlogs, but he’s also had his share of success at the highest levels. I’m of course being facetious with his team role—Paul loves control decks, but is willing to work on anything, and will often volunteer to test with teammates online after streaming Magic all day for you guys. Paul is a great player, and certainly due for a Pro Tour Top 8. My only hope is that it comes this year, when the points count for me too!
- 1 Pro Tour Top 8
- 7 Grand Prix Top 8s (3 Wins)
- Lifetime Pro Points: 191
- Team Role: Combo Specialist
Speaking of people who are due for a Pro Tour Top 8, Matt Nass got his first just a few months ago at PT Kaladesh! Much like Wrapter, he’s a great deck builder, so I was happy to see him do well with his own creation (Temur Marvel). Matt and Wrapter both live in Denver, so they often brew and test together in person as soon as the spoiler comes out. Matt’s focus is typically on combo decks, and he’s already posted a flurry of them in our forums for this PT.
- 5 Grand Prix Top 8s
- Lifetime Pro Points: 78
- Team Role: Control Specialist
Corey is a relative newcomer to the Pro Tour, but he’s a former WoW TCG Pro, so he’s no stranger to competitive play. We also worked together as members of Team UltraPRO, so he’s not even new to this group. Corey’s focus is typically on control decks, even when they are of dubious positioning (see his Modern Grixis deck), but he makes them work. It is difficult to construct a control deck in an unknown metagame, so I advised Corey to shelve his brews last PT, and then two control decks met in the finals. Oops. For PT Aether Revolt, I plan to encourage Corey to brew control to his heart’s content.
See you there.