Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on May 7, 2017

By Adam Styborski

Stybs has played Magic the world over, writing and drafting as part of the event coverage team and slinging Commander everywhere his decks will fit.

Learn more about Grand Prix Richmond's Top 8 competitors—including who they are, what they’ve done in the game, and more—by taking a look through their profiles!


Name: Brad Carpenter

Age: 25

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida

Previous Magic Accomplishments: GP Washington DC, Top 8 2010; SCG Orlando Champion 2016

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

8-1 Red-Green, had Glorybringer and Rhonas the Indomitable.

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

3-0, 3-0 Abzan and Red-White

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Gust Walker, it’s one of the best cards in the set.

What were the most surprising cards you played against this weekend, and why?

Anything blue, because they seem very bad.

Which common or uncommon would you pick as Pack 1, Pick 1 in Amonkhet?

Gust Walker



Name:
Evan Esposito

Age: 28

Hometown: Rochester, New York

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Day 2 Pro Tour Sydney. Won a MTGO PTQ. All the MTGO trophies.

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

8-1 Red-Green Beefy Guys. Rhonas the Indomitable.

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

3-0 Black-Red Good Stuff. Minotaur Tribal, basically.

2-1 Green-White Extert with tons of untap.

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Fling. .... Synchronized Strike was also insane

What were the most surprising cards you played against this weekend, and why?

N/A

Which common or uncommon would you pick as Pack 1, Pick 1 in Amonkhet?

Jund Trials. Black or Green Cartouche [Cartouche of Strength, Cartouche of Ambition]



Name:
Josh Jones

Age: 27

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

N/A

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

8-1, Black-Green

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

5-1, Red-Green + Black-Red

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Bloodlust Inciter, Cartouche of Zeal

Red is very deep and can go in a bunch of directions.

What were the most surprising cards you played against this weekend, and why?

Commit // Memory with Kefnet the Mindful in play to go from 1 to 7 cards.

Which common or uncommon would you pick as Pack 1, Pick 1 in Amonkhet?

Edifice of Authority.



Name:
Michael Baraniecki

Age: 30

Hometown: Philly

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

1st Grand Prix Top 8; [played] at Pro Tour Gatecrash

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

9-0 with Glorybringer. I was just on auto-pilot until Day 2. The deck played itself.

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

2-1 in both drafts. First was an aggressive Black-Red deck and the I played a BUG [Sultai] Ramp.

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Cartouche of Zeal. You’ll need to stop sleeping on this card.

What were the most surprising cards you played against this weekend, and why?

In Round 9, my 8-0 opponent played that desert that dealt one damage to me ... so yea, that. [Sunscorched Desert]

Which common or uncommon would you pick as Pack 1, Pick 1 in Amonkhet?

EDIFICE OF AUTHORITY



Name:
Martin Dang

Age: 35

Hometown: Aarhus, Denmark

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir winner

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

Black-Green, 7-2. Bad deck lucky draws and matchups.

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

6-0 Red-White and Blue-Red. I’ve been drafting 50+ drafts online. Format is great, and I love the new release dates on Magic Online.

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Trial and Cartouches, the synergy is just great.

What were the most surprising cards you played against this weekend, and why?

Wasn’t surprised.

Which common or uncommon would you pick as Pack 1, Pick 1 in Amonkhet?

Red Trial [Trial of Zeal] would be nice.



Name:
Thiago Saporito

Age: 23

Hometown: Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

One Pro Tour Top 8

One Grand Prix Top 8

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

8-1, Green-White splashing black

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

3-0 with Black-Red

2-1 with Black-Red

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Fling—it won me six games!

What were the most surprising cards you played against this weekend, and why?

Glorybringer, so I could steal it and then defeat my opponent.

Which common or uncommon would you pick as Pack 1, Pick 1 in Amonkhet?

Gust Walker



Name:
Brian Braun-Duin

Age: 30

Hometown: Roanoke, VA

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2016 World Champion

Two-time Grand Prix champion

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

9-0 Blue-Black “Build a Baneslayer Angel” with Cartouche of Ambition and Cartouche of Knowledge

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

3-0 with Blue-Black Cycling
3-0 with White-Black Aggro

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Cartouche of Ambition won me the most games.

What were the most surprising cards you played against this weekend, and why?

Benefaction of Rhonas. Not a highly played card generally.

Which common or uncommon would you pick as Pack 1, Pick 1 in Amonkhet?

Trial of Solidarity



Name:
Eli Kassis

Age: 33

Hometown: Binghamton, NY

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

3rd lifetime Grand Prix Top 8; 15 SCG open Top 8s (one win); 6 Pro Tour cash finishes

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

8-1; Black-Red with cycling

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

5-1; White-Black Zombies and Jund Aggro

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Ruthless Sniper was an overperformer.

What were the most surprising cards you played against this weekend, and why?

Many of the Monuments were used well more than I expected.

Which common or uncommon would you pick as Pack 1, Pick 1 in Amonkhet?

Trial of Zeal

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