A Huge Weekend for Team BCW in Indy!

Team BCW started the weekend with a BCW Challenge, hosted by Game Time Indy on Friday, Feb. 16th. Team members Todd Stevens, Brennan DeCandio, Ross Merriam, and Jim Davis, took on 44 players in one of the largest Challenge events to date. The first 36 players in the BCW Challenge were given a pack of Elite Deck Guards, with the new mulberry color Elites in high demand.

BCW Challenge at Game Time Indy

On Saturday, Team BCW competed in the Star City Games Indy Open. This was the largest SCG Open in history with 1,060 players competing for a shot at the ultimate prize. It would take a record of 7-2 or better to make Day Two and three Team BCW members got there! Ross and Brennan advanced with a record of 8-1, while Jim advanced with a 7-2 record. Todd just missed Day Two with a record of 6-3. Not to worry Value Town fans, we will see more of Todd on the SCG Standard Classic on Sunday.

Going into Sunday, both Jim and Brennan looked good to make the Final 8. Then the pairing for Round 15 pitted Jim against teammate Brennan. Good news is one of them would make Top 8, but the bad news is one of them would be out of the Open. Brennan playing Grixis Death’s Shadow would take the round winning 2-1 against Jim on B/G Tron. Brennan would navigate his way once again to the Open finals, and in stunning fashion he won the largest Modern Open!

Brennan receiving his SCG Indy Open trophy from Nick Miller

As for Mr. Value Town, Todd made some noise in standard. He went 6-0-2 for the Swiss rounds of the Classic. Todd piloted his take on U/B Control only dropping 2 games. He would go on to win the Standard Classic bringing home the hardware as well.

Team BCW members (left to right) Ross Merriam, Todd Stevens, Brennan DeCandio, and Team Manager Rick Kivett

How will Jace TMS and Bloodbraid Elf change the Modern format? Make sure to tune into Team BCW members’ Twitch streams over the next few weeks to watch and learn as they test the new Modern format and continue to push the Standard format. Follow each team member on Twitter for updates on when they go live, and follow Team BCW for updates on the BCW Challenge events. If you are in the Worcester area before #SCGWOR, please join us at TJ Collectibles on Friday, March 2nd for our next BCW Challenge.

@JimDavisMTG
@THETannonGrace
@RossHunneds
@BDecandio7
@ToddStevensMTG

Team BCW had an Amazing Weekend in Philly

It was another great BCW Challenge during the January 26th Friday Night Magic at Alternate Universes in Blue Bell, PA. About 30 players took a shot at taking down Todd Stevens, Jim Davis, Tannon Grace, and Ross Merriam. While several players took home a t-shirt for winning a game of their chosen format, every participant received BCW Elite Deck Guards just for challenging a Team BCW member.

On Saturday, the SCG Open in Philly was a packed house with almost 1,000 players in the team event. Tannon Grace, Brennan DeCandio, and Caleb Durward were a team for the weekend. They finished Saturday with an impressive 8-1 team record. The team of Jim Davis, Todd Stevens, and Jody Keith were also a team for the Open. They finished Saturday with a respectful record of 7-2 to make it to Day Two. Ross Merriam’s team failed to make the Day Two cut, but that was not the last to hear of Ross on the weekend.

#SCGPHILLY 2nd Place team of Tannon Grace, Caleb Durward, and Brennan DeCandio

On Sunday, we saw Tannon/DeCandio/Durward make it to the Top 8 as the second seed, and the team of Davis/Stevens/Keith finish just short of the top 8 in 13th place. Tannon/DeCandio/Durward would battle all the way to the finals of the event and just fall short of taking home the top prize and the trophy. It was a great day for Team BCW, but it’s not done just yet. Ross would not be outdone by his teammates. He entered the largest Classic event held last weekend (Modern) and would fight his way to the Top 8 of the Classic. Ross finished the Swiss rounds with an impressive record of 8-1 to lock up the second seed of the Top 8. He battled his way to the finals of the SCG Modern Classic where he won!

#SCGPHILLY Modern Classic Champion Ross Merriam

Our next event will be a special BCW Challenge at Game Time Indy starting around 8:30pm on Friday, Feb. 16th. Then Team BCW will compete at #SCGINDY on Feb. 17th and 18th.

Stay tuned as Team BCW will announce another huge “Retweet to Win” giveaway on Thursday, Feb. 1st at @Team_BCW in recognition of their huge weekend in Philly!

Team BCW Recap from Dallas/Fort Worth

Members of Team BCW visited Madness Games in Plano on January, 19th for the team’s second BCW Challenge. Almost forty players challenged Jim Davis, Todd Stevens, and Tannon Grace to a game of Magic. Several challengers claimed a victory, winning BCW Elite Deck Guards and t-shirts.

Tannon, Todd, and Jim at Madness Games Plano

The January 20th and 21st Dallas/Fort Worth SCG Open had a 3-member team format. Team BCW members Brennan DeCandio and Tannon Grace joined with Harlan Firer for the weekend. They made Day Two with a 7-2 record. Team BCW members Jim Davis and Todd Stevens banded with Jody Keith and just missed advancing to Day Two.

On Sunday, Brennan, Tannon, and Harlan finished the team event in 13th place. Jim entered the Standard Classic, playing a deck he had been streaming on Twitch, and finished in 3rd place. Todd took Mono Green Tron into the Modern Classic where he just missed Top 8 and finished in 11th.

Jim and Todd at the SCG Open Dallas/Fort Worth

Join Team BCW on Friday, January 26th, for another BCW Challenge. Play team members during FNM at Alternate Universes’ Blue Bell location. The team will be competing in the SCG Philly Open January 27th and 28th. Follow Team BCW on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend as well as more giveaway opportunities coming soon!

Team BCW Gets Rolling with FNM Event and SCG Open in Columbus

With the first weekend of the 2018 Star City Games Open Series in the books, here’s how Team BCW fared:

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.

Why Does Team BCW Have Five Members?

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.




Meet Team BCW

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 Davis
@JimDavisMTG
JimDavisMTG
SCG Articles by Jim
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 DeCandio
@BDecandio7
BDecandio7
SCG Articles by Brennan
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
@THETannonGrace
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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 Merriam
@rosshunneds
SCG Articles by Ross
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 Stevens
@ToddStevensMTG
toddstevensmtg
SCG Articles by Todd
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.