GP Vegas Legacy Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on June 16, 2017

By Meghan Wolff

Meghan is one half of the podcast Magic the Amateuring and an adjunct professor at Tolarian Community College. She loves Limited, likes Modern, and dips her toes into each Standard season. She's decidedly blue and is the #1 hater of Siege Rhino in the Multiverse.

These eight players battled through fifteen rounds of fierce Legacy competition, going up against some of the most powerful decks that Magic has to offer. Congratulations to the GP Vegas Legacy Top 8 competitors!


Name:
Jody Keith

Twitter Handle: @JodyMFKeith

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Occupation: Goon Squad Captain, Retired Cab Driver

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 4 GP Atlanta 2011.

Most Life from the Loams Cast.

What deck are you playing and why?

Lands, I've been playing it for four years.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Glacial Chasm, you can’t die if you play it right. Drop of Honey is close second, thanks Matthew Patte

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

Playing against so many different decks and seeing if you are prepared enough for anything.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

It would mean the most to me. I’ve been playing long enough, and all the support from my friends and family have kept me in the game. This one is for my mom and everyone who has supported me on the grind.



Name:
Daniel Cathro

Twitter Handle: @djcathro

Hometown: Provo, UT

Occupation: Catering Coordinator at Cafe Zupas

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 16 PT Eldritch Moon

Just got Silver from this finish

What deck are you playing and why?

Sneak and Show. I don’t play Legacy at all, and it is pretty easy to play. You also win quickly but still interact with other combo decks.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Show and Tell. It’s the best card in the deck by a mile. If it resolves you can almost never lose. And my version is playing Omniscience so you actually can’t lose if you resolve Show and Tell.

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

If you don’t die on the first few turns, then the games are very interactive and filled with meaningful decisions. There are lots of opportunities to outplay your opponent.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

A lot? It would make it hard to match my finish tomorrow at the Modern Grand Prix.



Name:
Chris Iaali

Hometown: Riverside, CA

Occupation: Data Analyst

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

#1 ranked control player at Top Deck Keep in Riverside

What deck are you playing and why?

Grixis Delver. It’s powerful and disruptive.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Deathrite Shaman. The card does everything.

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

I enjoy how much thought goes into each turn and how powerful the cards are.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

It would tie me with GP Portland winner Robert Santana for most Grand Prix wins on Team Top Deck Keep.



Name:
Jake Haversat

Twitter Handle: @InsolentNeonate

Hometown: Tewksbury, MA

Occupation: student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 8 Baltimore Open

Top 8 Eternal Extravaganza

What deck are you playing and why?

4-Color Control, Edgar Magalhaes gave me this list and I had no time to test with it.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Deathrite Shaman, duh.

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

The complexity.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

A good start to the weekend.



Name:
Andrew Calderon

Hometown: Miami

Occupation: Pro-Play Games Magic player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

last undefeated player in largest constructed event (Modern)

Finals of TCG Invitational

2 Pro Tour Appearances

What deck are you playing and why?

Death and Taxes. It became Tier 1 with the printing of Recruiter of the Guard and Sanctum Prelate in Conspiracy.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Recruiter of the Guard. It gets whatever I need to win.

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

The large card pool and playing an interactive deck.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

Bringing a major trophy back to my gaming community.



Name:
Samuel Tharmaratnam (Sammy T)

Twitter Handle: @SammyTMTG

Hometown: Toronto/UK

Occupation: Marketer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 8 GP Miami 2013

Some good Pro Tour finishes

Gold Pro 2015-2017

What deck are you playing and why?

Grixis Delver, because Matt Dilks the “Slayer” said so. Thanks to Mark Dizon for lending me the deck and Dilks for the best 10-page match-up guide.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Deathrite Shaman, it just feels so good to accelerate early and win in the late game.

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

Som many decisions, I think it really rewards play skill.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

Everything.



Name:
Jonathan Semeyn

Twitter Handle: @jdsemeyn2013

Hometown: Lansing, MI

Occupation: student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

I won a PPTQ once.

What deck are you playing and why?

UR Delver. It’s good against fair decks and has game against fast combo.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Thunderous Wrath. 5 damage for one red.

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

It’s a ton of fun to play.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

Don’t know. Making Top 8 is already my best Magic achievement.



Name:
Patrick Tierney

Hometown: Seattle

Occupation: software engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 8 at GP Orlando

4 other 12-2 finishes this year

What deck are you playing and why?

Temur Delver. All my spells are extremely cheap so I always have options. And Nimble Mongoose is insanely good.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Nimble Mongoose. No one is prepared to answer it, so I often won when my opponent had 2 or 3 removal spells in hand.

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

The variety. Other than 4 Grixis Delver, I played against all different archetypes, all of which had really interesting games.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

It would be a great finish to my first year of actively traveling to GPs, and give me a chance to qualify for Gold in Kyoto at my first PT.

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