Comic Town in Columbus hosted the first BCW Challenge during FNM on January 5th. Comic Town players challenged Team BCW members Ross Merriam, The Tannon Grace, and Brennan DeCandio to a single game of Magic. Thirty-three people took the challenge, with 8 people walking away with a victory and receiving a special prize, and all 33 people who played walked away with a pack of BCW Elite Deck Guards. The event was fun for both players and the team, with lots of laughs and great games from Standard, Modern, and Legacy.
Team BCW members at Comic Town in Columbus, OH
As for Saturday at the SCG Tour, the team started off strong with Todd Stevens playing his U/B Processor deck. If you missed it, Todd made a statement via Twitter that if he reached over 100 Twitch subscribers during his Christmas day stream, he would play U/B Processor at the first Open in 2018, and true to his word he played it in the open. Brennan Decandio played his Green Devotion deck that he has been working on and streaming for several weeks. Jim Davis played G/B Tron and he has also been streaming that deck for several weeks. The Tannon Grace took a shot at Grixis Death Shadow for this Open. Ross Merriam was the only team member to make day two and was running his take on Dredge. Ross finished day 1 with a record of 8-1.
Sunday Ross ran into some rough match ups on day two and finished the day in 59th place. Ross stated that he liked his build of Dredge because it was good versus the creature heavy decks. As for the rest of the team, Todd played in the Modern Classic with Bant Eldrazi and Brennan, Jim, and Tannon decided to take their shot at the Legacy Classic. Brennan finished the Legacy Classic in 32nd place with the rest of the team finishing outside of prizes.
The next Open is January 20th and 21st in Fort Worth, Texas, and we will have a BCW Challenge event held at Madness Comics and Games in Plano TX. If you plan on attending the Open, come hang out with the team Friday night. Follow us on Twitter at @Team_BCW for all the updates and fun.
Team BCW is a competitive Magic: The Gathering team, consisting of five members. During team-format events, such as the Team Constructed events on the StarCityGames Tour, the teams consist of three members. So why does Team BCW have five members, not three or six?
Team BCW was designed to help the members, and other MTG players, grow and become better players. The team is focused on the SCG Tour, and streaming content that’s current and relevant to the Magic community. Each member of the team brings their own take on the formats as well as play styles. This team was not formed to focus on team events and the members are not required to team with other Team BCW members for the team events.
To create this team, BCW reached out to several players who are writing content and streaming frequently. The members of Team BCW are excited to work together on several fronts, such as promoting each other, the SCG Tour, BCW card supplies, and giving back to the Magic: The Gathering community. One way the team is supporting the Magic community is supporting fun giveaways of cards and card supplies. A second way the team is supporting the Magic community is by hosting “BCW Challenges” at participating game shops during the FNMs before each SCG Tour weekend. At these FNM events, you can challenge a Team BCW member to a single game of Magic, and if you win, you’ll receive BCW Elite Deck Guards or other great prizes.
Members of Team BCW at Comic Town in Columbus, OH
Follow each team member on Twitter for streaming information and make sure to follow Team BCW for updates about giveaways and BCW Challenges.
One prize will be randomly selected and awarded to one eligible participant, although @Team_BCW may retweet the original tweet more than once. *The winner can select the color of their choice from the available colors. No purchase is necessary to enter. This sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States. Members of Team BCW and BCW Supplies employees are welcome to participate, but cannot win the prize. BCW Supplies will pay for the shipping of the prize to the winner. The entry period ends Monday, January 8th, 2018 and the potential winner will be contacted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 via a private Twitter message. The potential winner will have 72 hours from when the private Twitter message was sent to reply to claim the prize by providing their name and mailing address. If the initial potential winner does not respond within 72 hours, the initial winner will be disqualified and another potential winner will be selected, and so forth, until the prize is awarded. This sweepstakes is sponsored by BCW Supplies, who is solely responsible for the management of the promotion. BCW Supplies reserves the right to update these rules, if an unforeseen situation arises.
Five of the top Magic: the Gathering players on the Star City Games Tour have come together to represent BCW Supplies! Team BCW includes Jim Davis, Brennan DeCandio, Tannon Grace, Ross Merriam, and Todd Stevens. In addition to attending the SCG Opens, you can find these players online at the links below. They are often dueling on Twitch, providing coaching services, or offering deck advice on StarCityGames.com.
Can you defeat a pro in a game of Magic? On the Fridays before each SCG Open, you can challenge a Team BCW member to a single game of Magic. If you win, you’ll receive BCW Elite Deck Guards, or other great prizes. Follow Team BCW on Facebook and Twitter to learn about upcoming BCW Challenge events.
If you have any advice about how to improve BCW gaming supplies, please share your ideas with Team BCW. The team will be testing BCW products and providing feedback to BCW Supplies.
Jim has played Magic on every level from the humble beginning grinding at stores, all the way to the Pro Tour. Jim has played in fifteen Pro Tours, has thirteen SCG Open Top 8s, and three SCG Invitational Top 8s. Winning the Players’ Championship in 2015 sparked a full time Magic career. Jim frequently streams Magic on Twitch, he writes articles for www.starcitygames.com, and offers coaching services for other Magic players of all skill levels.
Brennan Michael DeCandio plays consistently on the SCG Tour and is one of only three people to win back-to-back Opens. Brennan has played in five Pro Tours and has seven SCG Open Top 8s. Brennan is a Magic online streamer who is known for his standard format tech. He also writes for www.starcitygames.com with articles that are posted most Fridays.
Tannon Grace started playing Magic competitively in 2003 with the launch of Mirrodin block. He has been to six Pro Tours and has three SCG Tour Top 8s. In addition to Magic, Tannon casts Hearthstone and is a professional poker player. While Tannnon is new to streaming Magic, he has a great understanding of the game and has a professional commentary background, so watch for him to become a top streamer in 2018.
Ross has been a fixture on the SCG Tour since 2012. He currently has eighteen SCG Open Top 8 finishes and two Invitational Top 8s. He has also played in eleven Pro Tours. Ross is well known for his articles and Daily Digest videos at www.starcitygames.com. He rates playing fundamentally sound Magic at the top of skills needed to have sustained success. Ross is also a trivia master and was a Jeopardy contestant in 2016.
Todd is the 2017 SCG Tour Player of the Year! He started traveling on the SCG Tour in 2015 and quickly moved up the SCG rankings. Aside from being a modern format master, he’s a regular Twitch streamer and can be viewed on the “VS” video series on www.starcitygames.com. Todd has twelve SCG Open Top 8 finishes. He’s now a full-time Magic: the Gathering player and plans to defend his Player of the Year title.
* Winner selects the color from the available options.
2017 BCW Liliana Sweepstakes Official Rules: No purchase is necessary to enter. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States, age 18 or older at the time of entry. One prize, listed above, will be awarded. The approximate retail value of the prize is $380. The entry deadline is Monday, August 28th, 2017. One entry will be accepted per valid email address. One winner will be randomly selected on or around Tuesday, August 29th, 2017. The potential winner will be notified by the email provided on the entry form. The potential winner will have 7 days from when the email is sent to respond and claim the prize. If the potential winner does not respond within 7 days, BCW will notify another potential winner, and so forth, until the prize is awarded. This sweepstakes is managed by BCW Supplies. BCW has the right to update the Official Rules if any unforeseen situations arise.
Retailer guests at the March 13-17, 2017 GAMA Trade Show in Vegas are invited to enter the BCW Passport Challenge. The GAMA Trade Show is an annual meeting of gaming hobby retailers, manufacturers, and distributors (GAMA members only).
This year, BCW will be awarding three sets of Magic: the Gathering Dual Lands and BCW Gaming Supplies! Three winners will be selected (one playset per winner).
To enter, GAMA Trade Show retailer guests can visit the BCW Supplies booth (330), in the GAMA exhibit hall on Wednesday, March 15th or Thursday, March 16th and pick-up your “BCW Passport”. Then get your passport stamped at the listed BCW distributors’ booths in the GAMA exhibit hall:
Return your stamped passport to the BCW booth before 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 16th, get the fourth stamp from BCW, and provide your passport to the BCW staff. Lastly, visit the BCW booth at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday when BCW will conduct a random drawing of all entries and announce three prize winners. The potential winners must be present to claim their prize.