Teams play best 4 out of 7 matches with 5 “different” Modern decks. (“Different” means no two decks may overlap by more than 12 non-land, non-sideboard cards.) Teams may use 3 or 4 players in any given week and must alternate both decks and players every round according to a schedule that is locked in before showtime (and before they know their opponents’ decks).
See the schedule and results so far here.
Decklists are all posted on Hipsters of the Coast.
Brothers Who Bash 2-0
Mage Market 1-1
Brew Crew 1-1
Stream Team 1-1
Scary Pterrys 0-2
Play Design Team 0-2
The information below is from TMSL 1.
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Decklists are HERE.
Whenever a player wins a match, they keep playing (with the same deck) until somebody knocks them off. First team to win 4 matches takes the overall team series. Once a player loses, they are out until everyone on the team has a loss. (In other words, everybody plays until they lose once, and then one person gets a second chance. Functionally, it will play out as best 4 of 7.)
Teams submit 6 different* Modern decks, which are published ahead of time. The opposing team gets to ban one of your decks. Once a deck loses, it is eliminated. When choosing who plays next, you can send them up with any of your remaining decks. (Yes, with the exception of the first match, you’ll know what you’re playing against.) Note that one deck on the losing side will go unplayed and unbanned. As far as the winning side goes, it could in theory be one player winning 4 straight with the first deck.
*The current definition of “different” deck we are working with is as follows: two decks may not overlap by more than 12 total non-land, non-sideboard cards. There are no constraints on lands or sideboard cards. (Note: for round one the constraint was that two decks could have no more than 2 overlapping card names).
Team Genesis: Brian Braun-Duin, Brad Nelson, Seth Manfield
Pamplemousse: Reid Duke. Gabriel Nassif, Logan Nettles
The Brew Crew: Corbin Hosler, Saffron Olive, Todd Stevens
MNVA: Meghan Wolff, Emma Handy, Sam Ihlenfeldt
Team Madison: Caleb Durward, Sam Black, Matt Severa
Play Design Team: Paul Cheon, Tom Ross, Melissa de Tora, COACH = Dan Burdick, ALTERNATES: Everyone else on the Play Design team in R&D
ChannelFireball: Eric Froehlich, Ben Stark, Mike Sigrist, COACH/ALTERNATE: Matt Nass
International Alliance: Raphael Levy, Lee Shi Tian, Patrick Dickmann
February 6: International Alliance versus MNVA (Winner 4-2)
February 13: The Brew Crew (Winner 4-2) versus Team Madison
February 20: Pamplemousse versus Play Design Team (Winner 4-3)
February 27: Genesis versus ChannelFireball (Winner 4-3)
March 6 (POSTPONED TO MARCH 13): International Alliance (Winner 4-2) versus Team Madison
March 13: Pamplemousse (Winner 4-0) vs Genesis
March 20: Play Design (Winner 4-2) versus ChannelFireball
March 27: Brew Crew v MNVA (Winner 4-2)
The two 2-0’s will get byes – MNVA and Play Design
The four 1-1’s will be paired
April 3: ChannelFireball (Winner 4-2) vs International Alliance
April 10: Brew Crew vs Pamplemousse (Winner 4-2)
April 17: Pamplemousse vs Play Design (Winner 4-2)
April 24: ChannelFireball (Winner 4-0) vs MNVA
May 1: FINALS! Play Design vs ChannelFireball (Winner 4-2)
Congratulations to our winners – the Play Design Team from inside Wizards of the Coast R&D!