Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on June 19, 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.

Below are the profiles of the eight players who rose to the top in a field of 3200. Congratulations to the GP Vegas Modern Top 8 players!


Name:
Allen Wu

Twitter Handle: @lhefriel

Hometown: Mountain View, CA

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

GP Albuquerque winner

Some PT 10-6s

What deck are you playing and why?

Affinity, because Mox Opal is broken

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Mox Opal. Of my personal choices, Thoughtcast.

What do you enjoy most about Modern?

Having two mana on turn 1.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

Scoreboard rights over one Hunter Cochran.



Name:
Matt Sorensen

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Occupation: Teacher

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Day 2 GP LA

What deck are you playing and why?

Eldrazi Tron, I like colorless spells and big spaghetti monsters.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Chalice of the Void. It just stopped things.

What do you enjoy most about Modern?

The different decks and having to think about all the different lines of play and being able to turn 3 a Karn.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

It would mean that I could show my parents that this game isn't a waste of my money.



Name:
Theau Mery

Hometown: Paris

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Close to none. 11-4 at Copenhagen.

What deck are you playing and why?

Hatebears, the mono-white version. And I play it because the deck is sweet and because of Wescoe.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Thraben Inspector. It makes you draw cards, it’s obviously busted.

What do you enjoy most about Modern?

Hatebears.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

It would allow me to go to other GPs, which seems nice. And maybe find a good team for the Pro Tour.



Name:
Paul Peterson

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Occupation: US Army

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

I won a playmat.

What deck are you playing and why?

Burn. Ditched Living End at the last minute. Went with old faithful. I know it better than any deck.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

The one on top!

What do you enjoy most about Modern?

Diversity

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

My wife could no longer tell me it’s a waste of time. Love you honey!



Name:
Craig Wescoe

Twitter Handle: @Brimaz4Life

Hometown: Oreskos

Occupation: King

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Writer at TCGPlayer.com

Pro Tour Dragon’s Maze Champion

What deck are you playing and why?

Green-White Hatebears because I am Craig Wescoe

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Mirran Crusader because everyone is on black this weekend.

What do you enjoy most about Modern?

Anyone can play their favorite strategy.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

That I was blessed.



Name:
Mani Davoudi

Twitter Handle: @zapgaze

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Occupation: Bookkeeper

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 8 GP Houston 2013

What deck are you playing and why?

Affinity, it is my favorite Modern deck.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Mox Opal, it is an unfair card.

What do you enjoy most about Modern?

Every once in a while, people cut down on their Affinity hate.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

It would be nice to have a trophy.



Name:
Benjamin Coursey

Twitter Handle: @ben_cenobi

Hometown: Rumney, NH

Occupation: Manager/Level 2 Judge

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

3 PTQ Top 8s

What deck are you playing and why?

Robots. I felt the most comfortable with it.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Cranial Plating. Applies the most pressure per square inch.

What do you enjoy most about Modern?

Everything

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

Trying not to think about that right now.



Name:
Daniel Wong

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

Occupation: Software Developer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Losing in RPTQs

What deck are you playing and why?

Blue-Black Turns. It’s an excellent deck and a blast to play. It also makes people salty, which is great.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Fatal Push. Worth the splash, buys enough time to go off.

What do you enjoy most about Modern?

Even jank can Top 8!

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

The start of an amazing Pro Magic career!

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