Hello, and welcome to a new year. With every new year come changes and I’m excited to announce the changes that have come to Team Cardhoarder

It’s no surprise that the primary goal of the team is to perform well, so the plan is to place as many members into the Pro Tour this year as possible. Wait, the Pro Tour? I thought Team Cardhoarder played on the SCG circuit!?  That is the first big announcement: Starting January 6th, 2017 the team will begin to focus on the GP circuit.

With the changes to the SCG Open Series and the discontinuation of the Players’ Championship, we have decided to follow Wizard of the Coast’s path to greatness.


Goals

Many of the team’s goals will remain the same. The team will strive for improvement, performance, and cohesion. Working together to grow as Magic players and individuals is a central focus for the team. Last year there was a Prime team and an Academy team. While many of the members remain the same there will no longer be a divide. Each member is expected to bring everything they can to put the best foot forward for the team.

Teaching Magic and helping new and aspiring Pros is still something that Team Cardhoarder believes in very strongly and will continue supporting. Enabling new and developing Magic players to take their game to the next level is a focus of the team, which is why it is composed of both known players and rising stars. We wish to develop a new generation of Professional Magic players.

Team Cardhoarder strives to be a positive force in the game and the community. We wish to be ambassadors for both the Cardhoarder brand and Magic in general. If possible we would like to support the rise of Magic as an eSport, including supporting Magic Online.


Events

Each member of the team will be attending at least one GP each month.  Those GPs are:


These events are by no means exclusive and you will still see many members of Team Cardhoarder at other GPs and SCG Opens. We hope the entire team will qualify for upcoming Pro Tours, so be sure to root for us at Pro Tour Ixalan in November, and Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan in February!


Player Profiles

I wanted to take a bit of time to introduce each member and begin to follow their story for 2017. It will be fun to look back and see how many personal goals were met or exceeded.


Robert Graves

Age: 27
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Accomplishments: 1 GP Top 8, 4 SCG Open Top 8s, 3 PT appearances, Qualified for PT Dublin
When and how did you start playing Magic? Started playing weekly unsanctioned Vintage tournaments at a shop called Something 2 Do in Louisville in 2004.
When and how did you start playing Magic competitively? My first sanctioned event was the Betrayers of Kamigawa prerelease in 2005. I started traveling to competitive events that year with friends.
Personal goals for the year: I want to get better at Magic and enjoy playing this year. I'd like to participate in all the Pro Tours this year.


Jack Kiefer

Age: 14
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Accomplishments: 2 GP Top 32s, 1 SCG Classic Top 8, 1 SCG Classic win, 2 SCG Open Top 16s
When did you start playing Magic? I started playing MtG when I had just turned seven.
When did you start playing Magic competitively? I started playing casual local events when I was nine, went to my first GP at eleven; I've been hooked ever since.
Personal goals for the year: I want to Top 8 a GP and go the Pro Tour.


Lucas Kiefer

Age: 16
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Accomplishments: 1 SCG Open Top 8, 2 SCG Open Top 16s
When and how did you start playing Magic? In 2009 when my dad got some cards and my dad got some cards and my brothers and I started playing.
When and how did you start playing Magic competitively? In 2013 after seeing the Mono Blue Devotion deck.
Personal goals for the year: I want to improve my play and start doing well at GPs and not just SCG Opens.


Devin Koepke

Age: 24
Hometown: Okawville, IL
Accomplishments: 4 Top 8s, 1 SCG Open win, 1 PT appearance
Personal goals for the year: Try to get better at Magic and play my best.


Joe Lossett

Age: 37
Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
Accomplishments: 5 SCG Open wins, 2 GP Top 8's, 44th in PT Kaladesh, Qualified for PT Dublin, 2016 SCG Players' Champion
When and how did you start playing Magic? I started when I was 14 or 15 and remember playing entire collections as decks until that became unrealistic.
When and how did you start playing Magic competitively? I started playing competitively in Colorado. My first PTQ was Mercadian Masques block constructed - it did not go well.
Personal goals for the year: My goal was to get silver which is very likely now, so my new goal is to play all 4 PT's this season.


Noah Walker

Age: 20
Hometown: Amherst, MA
Accomplishments: 7 SCG Open Top 8s, 2 GP Top 8s, 3 PT appearances, Qualified for PT Dublin
When did you start playing Magic? Started playing magic at the end of Mirrodin block.
When did you start playing Magic competitively? Played my first PTQ when I was 12, it was Shards of Alara sealed.
Personal goals for the year: Win or Top 8 more GPs, 11-5 a PT, Gonna try my hardest to make Gold.

Team Management Profiles

Ken Crocker

Age: 30
Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Role: Team Cardhoarder Manager
Accomplishments: 2 Top 8s, Former SCG Personality
When did you start playing Magic? 1998
When did you start playing Magic competitively? 2013
Personal goals for the year: Be a part of a dominant team on the GP Circuit, have the entire team qualify for as many PTs as they can, and personally qualify for one PT.


Nathaniel Buckley-Wright

Age: 33
Hometown: Somerville, MA
Role: Co-owner of Team Cardhoarder
Accomplishments: 1 PT appearance
When and how did you start playing Magic? I started playing in Middle School with my friends. We played super casually after school and had very little concept of the rules (we played multiple lands a turn!)
When and how did you start playing Magic competitively? In Summer of 2002 when Judgement was just released and I discovered Magic Online.
Personal goals for the year: Continued success of Cardhoarder and Isle of Cards, and work to pull magic into the eSports scene.