Season Two Invitational – Player Profiles

Hello everyone! We’re moving into the closing days of our second season of the Eternal Tournament Series, and I can’t stress enough how amazed I am at how the series has grown. From our very first weekly with 8 attendees, we broke records with an astonishing 70 participants! We had over 150 different tournament players who won at least one match this season, and the best 32 were able to qualify for the Season Two Invitational. That’s twice the size of Season One! With so many players, it can be tough to keep track of all the names, especially those you do not know well. With that in mind, I’m going to introduce all the players to you and give you an idea of how they got here. Some of the names may be familiar to you, as eight of the twelve November Invitational players requalified! Tournament results include all tournaments from the November Invitational onwards.

Full information on the Season Two Invitational, including dates and viewer information

The Players

First Seed – Ilyak1986

Qualification Type: ETS Winner (Jan 7), ETS Finalist (Dec 17)
Invitational Points: 31 (1st overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Winner, ETS Finalist, 2x ETS Top 8, 5th at the EoWC
Location: USA
Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/ilyak1986

You’ve probably heard his name by now. One of our frontrunning ladder players, he was last season’s overall #1. He has the most Invitational points by far, and he earned all of them this season, fair and square. With 4 top 8s or better out of seven weeklies, as well as a top 8 finish at the EoWC, Ilyak is a player who’s accustomed to going deep in tournaments. He’ll be looking to add an Invitational title to his list of trophies.

Second Seed – Shedd

Qualification Type: ETS Winner (Dec 31)
Invitational Points: 24 (3rd overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Winner, ETS Top 8, 5th at the November Invitational
Location: United States

The first of our returning Invitational players, Shedd snuck in as the bottom seed last time and put up a solid showing, ending up fifth. This season, he’s one of the favourites, and has plenty of tournament experience to keep him poised throughout the event. A self-professed lover of Shadow decks, keep an eye on Shedd as he aims to equal or better his last Invitational result.

Thirds Seed – Swagson

Qualification Type: ETS Winner (Jan 21)
Invitational Points: 23 (4th overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Winner, ETS Top 8
Location: United States
Stream: www.twitch.tv/Swagson

One of the newer additions to the tournament scene, Swagson is nonetheless a tournament veteran, with MTG Pro Tour appearances and plenty of major tournament experience. That said, MTG and Eternal are different games – how will he fare against Eternal’s best?

Fourth Seed – Sir Rhino

Qualification Type: ETS Winner (Dec 10)
Invitational Points: 21 (T-6th overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Winner
Location: United States
Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/sir_rhino

Another returning November Invitational player, Sir Rhino is a well-known draft specialist and streamer. He converted his sole Season Two top 8 into a win, and took the time to cast the EoWC. While he has the skill to do all these things, how will he fare against the more focused tournament grinders?

Fifth Seed – Unearthly

Qualification Type: ETS Winner (Dec 17)
Invitational Points: 18 (11th overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Winner, ETS Top 8
Location: United States

Well known for his love of Rakano and his ladder prowess, Unearthly took Rakano to a top 5 ladder finish last season. In tournament play, his Rakano deck remains successful, granting him two top 8s in four attempts. That said, Unearthly is something of a “known quantity” at this point – will he be able to succeed despite this disadvantage?

Sixth Seed – DDevitt

Qualification Type: ETS Winner (Dec 3)
Invitational Points: 11 (T-25th overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Winner
Location:

The undefeated winner of the first weekly of Season Two, DDevitt hasn’t entered many tournaments since then. Jumping back into a tournament this competitive could be an uphill battle if they’re rusty – will they remain in top form?

Seventh Seed – JockeD

Qualification Type: ETS Winner (Jan 14)
Invitational Points: 7 (T-42nd overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Winner
Location: Sweden

Conversely to DDevitt, JockeD has played in only the final weekly tournament of Season Two, which he won. Coming off a win is a big morale booster, but he lacks the long-term tournament experience of some of our other players. Will he be able to continue his winning ways?

Eighth Seed – Smoonay

Qualification Type: ETS Finalist (Jan 7)
Invitational Points: 21 (T-6th overall)
Tournament Results: EoWC Champion, ETS Finalist, 2x ETS Top 8
Location: Austria
Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/smoonay

Our reigning EoWC Champion, Smoonay cruised through the tournament undefeated in seven matches. With three more ETS top 8s in only four attempts, Smoonay places very highly in tournaments that he enters. There’s only one way he can equal his EoWC run – keep an eye on Smoonay as he aims to win it all!

Ninth Seed – RedWorld

Qualification Type: ETS Finalist (Jan 21)
Invitational Points: 15 (17th overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Finalist
Location: USA

A relatively new addition to the tournament scene, RedWorld has only played in three tournaments – yet he has 4 wins or more in each one! With one of the best winrates in the tournament, RedWorld should be able to make a deep run if he can avoid an early loss.

Tenth Seed – Kaneda

Qualification Type: ETS Finalist (Jan 21)
Invitational Points: 11 (T-25th overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Finalist
Location: London

Much of what I said for RedWorld holds true for Kaneda – new player, two tournaments, extremely high winrate. However, small sample size begins to become a concern – how will Kaneda fare at the Invitational?

Eleventh Seed – Grizzly

Qualification Type: ETS Finalist (Dec 10)
Invitational Points: 8 (T-37th overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Finalist
Location: USA

One of our tournament dark horses, Grizzly hasn’t played in many tournaments at all. His previous entry was way back in December – hopefully he’s spent the time in between practicing and tuning a killer deck. As an unknown quantity, he’ll certainly be able to surprise his opponents – if he can catch them off guard, he’ll go far.

Twelfth Seed – cybeRRage

Qualification Type: ETS Finalist (Dec 31)
Invitational Points: 7 (T-42nd overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Finalist
Location: Italy

The one name I can never spell! Always ends up with an extra R somewhere. As is the case with many of our finalists, after earning his invitation cybeRRage declined to go back to the well for more. He’s had plenty of time to rest up and come up with a solid decklist – we’ll see if it pays off for him.

Thirteenth Seed – Vomii

Qualification Type: Last Chance Qualifier
Invitational Points: 12 (T-22nd overall)
Tournament Results: LCQ Top 4, ETS Top 8
Location: Spain

One of the final contenders for an Invitational Points based invite found himself just outside the bubble, so he took it upon himself to qualify for certain. Coming off a win is a big morale boost going into the Invitation, and Vomii has proved his tournament prowess with an ETS top 8. While by no means the favourite, Vomii has a solid tournament record and should do well.

Fourteenth Seed – Komodo

Qualification Type: Last Chance Qualifier
Invitational Points: 6 (T-50th overall)
Tournament Results: LCQ Top 4
Location: Belgium

Komodo is not a well-known tournament player, with only a few tournament entries in January and only the LCQ as a notable finish to his name. However, flying under the radar has its advantages, as no one yet knows what he is capable of. Look for him to make a name for himself by aiming for a deep run at the Invitational.

Fifteenth Seed – JayNite

Qualification Type: Last Chance Qualifier
Invitational Points: 3 (T-89th overall)
Tournament Results: LCQ Top 4
Location: United States
Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/jay_nite

I’m somewhat scandalized that for the second Invitational in a row we’re letting someone with 3 IP in. A popular streamer/youtuber, JayNite cast a few of the weeklies and wasn’t able to put together a run in the others until he finally found success at the LCQ. Let’s hope that he can build on that success and avoid ending up back in the casting booth on day two.

Sixteenth Seed – Frostwriter111

Qualification Type: Last Chance Qualifier
Invitational Points: None
Tournament Results: LCQ Top 4
Location: United States

Our least known player and the official dark horse to take the tournament. Much like KampfKrote, the LCQ was Frostwriter’s first tournament – and Kampf came second at the Invitational! With only a single data point for his opponents to look at, Frostwriter is playing his cards close to his chest. Look for him to try to equal Kampf’s LCQ to Invitational conversion!

Seventeenth Seed – Toth201

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 25 (2nd overall)
Tournament Results: November Invitational Champion
Location: The Netherlands (NOT the Ukraine) (NOT HUNGARY EITHER)

Our returning Season One Champion! Famous for winning the whole event despite earning zero fan votes (he didn’t even vote for himself). Toth has played in a number of weekly tournaments this season, but has no Top 8s, and is now faced with a Shimmerpack-nerfing patch. Will he be able to adapt and return to his winning ways?

Eighteenth Seed – LocoPojo

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 22 (5th overall)
Tournament Results: 2x ETS Top 8, 4th at the November Invitational
Location: USA
Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/locopojo

One of the original first wave beta players and a longtime Eternal streamer, LocoPojo was runner-up at the first ever Eternal tournament. A RNG Eternal writer and sometimes caster, LocoPojo spends most of his Eternal time streaming crazy brews. A patch with new cards to shake up the metagame is exactly what he needs to find the right brew and take the tournament!

Nineteenth Seed – Chronocide

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 20 (T-8th overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Top 8
Location: Ukraine

After a heartbreaking top 4 loss in early Jan, Chronocide wasn’t quite able to return to Top 8 for another chance. Fortunately, he did manage to claim enough points to earn him a slot at the Invitational anyways. Let’s see if he can put together a stong showing!

Twentieth Seed – iReedMinds

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 20 (T-8th overall)
Tournament Results: 2x ETS Top 8, 13th at the EoWC
Location: USA
Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/ireedminds

A streamer as well as a tournament player, iReedMinds has put up solid results in the swiss portions of tournaments, but hasn’t had success in elimination matches. He’ll have to shake that habit if he wants to succeed at the double elimination Season Two Invitational!

Twenty-First Seed – Captaind2020

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 17 (T-12th overall)
Tournament Results: 2x ETS Top 8
Location:

The Captain has arrived! Every tournament he’s played in, he’s earned four swiss wins or better, missing the Top 8 twice on breakers. A very successful swiss player, we’ll have to see if he can translate that success into the Invitational.

Twenty-Second Seed – Thundershot

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 17 (T-12th overall)
Tournament Results:
Location: USA

A returning November Invitational player and an Eternal Tournament Series regular, Thundershot never misses a tournament! As a veteran of these events, he’s got the experience to go far – it’s just a matter of making it happen.

Twenty-Third Seed – Illunga

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 16 (T-14th overall)
Tournament Results:
Location: Germany

While he’s yet to see any breakout success, Illunga is a tournament regular. An MTG player, we’ll all be cheering for him as he looks for his breakout result!

Twenty-Fourth Seed – Rhyme

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 16 (T-14th overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Top 8
Location: USA

Rhyme’s had some tournament success, including a top 8, but hasn’t quite been able to collect his wins in one tournament. If there was ever a tournament to spike, this one is it! Hopefully Rhyme can put together a repeat of his Dec 10 performance and go far!

Twenty-Fifth Seed – Shadowfire

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 16 (T-14th overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Top 8, 9th at the EoWC
Location: Ukraine

A well known control lover, Shadowfire has ground his way through long tournaments before. With a perfect swiss run under his belt, as well as a deep EoWC run, he’s got the experience stringing wins together when he needs to. Hopefully he can manage the feat again at the Season Two Invitational.

Twenty-Sixth Seed – Calimdir

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 14 (T-18th overall)
Tournament Results:
Location: USA

Calimidir is a player known for his breadth of deck selection – as long as it’s a midrange deck that contains only primal and shadow cards. Like Unearthly, Calimdir has been something of a known quanitity this season – will he stick to his guns or branch out?

Twenty-Seventh Seed – BobertJoe

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 13 (T-20th overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Top 8
Location: USA

Another relatively new tournament player, BobertJoe only joined ETS tournaments at the very end of 2016. He’s put up solid results, including a top 8, but hasn’t had time to show his true potential yet. Does he have what it takes to take down the Invitational?

Twenty-Eigth Seed – KampfKrote

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 13 (T-20th overall)
Tournament Results: November Invitational Finalist
Location: USA
Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/kampfkrotetv

Our returning Invitational Finalist, Kampf looks to get revenge on Toth201 and win the whole thing this time. With a tournament three times the size and a deep roster of skilled players, it will be no easy task – but Kampf has proved before he can play tournaments back-to-back and succeed. Cheer for him as he sets his sights on first place!

Twenty-Ninth Seed – Jarboe

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 12 (T-22nd overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Top 8, 13th at the EoWC
Location: USA

Well known as a pilot of two to four faction Kalis decks, Jarboe has a theme and he sticks with it! Despite the questionably competitive nature of the archetype, Jarboe has had success with it. Will he stick to his guns, or find an alternative strategy to attack the Invitational?

Thirtieth Seed – Jellomoose

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 12 (T-22nd overall)
Tournament Results: EoWC Finalist
Location: USA

Runner-up at the EoWC and owner/operator of eternaldecks.cards. A mediocre at best very skilled Eternal player, Jellomoose’s EoWC results prove that he’s able to keep his cool in long tournaments, and his quick site updates show that he’s fast to react to patches. Will he be able to find the right deck to take him all the way this time?

Thirty-First Seed – Flowshu

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 11 (T-25th overall)
Tournament Results:
Location:

Our final known qualified player is Flowshu, another player who only began his tournament career at the very end of 2016. With no Top 8s to his name (yet), players would be surprised to see him go far – which makes him the perfect dark horse! It only takes one big tournament to make a name for yourself – let’s hope Flowshu can do it!

Thirty-Second Seed – MooToo

Qualification Type: Invitational Points
Invitational Points: 10 (T-29th overall)
Tournament Results: ETS Top 8
Location: Germany

Our final player, MooToo has only played in two ETS tournaments, one of which he managed to Top 8. His late entry gives him an unparalleled information advantage – he knows him opponents, but they don’t know him. Can he make use of his advantages to take down the tournament?

Watching the Tournament

The tournament will be streamed live on https://www.twitch.tv/arengeeeternal on both Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th. The tournament begins at 12pm EST (9 am PST/6 pm UTC), but we’ll start the stream beforehand for some pretournament analysis. Once we have all the players in, we’ll release the tournament fan vote, where you can predict who will win the tournament. Vote for your favourite players, then cheer them on as they make their way to the finals!

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