GRAND PRIX DALLAS-FORT WORTH 2013 - TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on December 9, 2013

By Nate Price

A longtime member of the Pro Tour and Grand Prix coverage staff, Nate Price now works making beautiful words for all of you lovely people as the community manager for organized play. When not covering events, he lords over the @MagicProTour Twitter account, ruling with an iron fist.


William Jensen

Age: 31
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Occupation: Gamer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Hall of Fame 2013

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Blue/White Control because Andrew Cuneo built it, and I like to play control decks.

What was your most memorable Magic moment in 2013?
Being elected to the Hall of Fame.


 

Benjamin Stark

Age: 30
Hometown: Tamarc, FL
Occupation: None

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
13 GP Top 8s, Hall of Fame, 4 PT Top 8s, Won PT Paris and GP Indy

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
White Weenie. It's favored against Monoblue and Monoblack Devotion.

What was your most memorable Magic moment in 2013?
The Hall of Fame ceremony in Dublin. I got inducted with two good friends, Huey and LSV, and my girlfriend Michelle, sister, mom, and dad were there.


 

Darin Minard

Age: 24
Hometown: Oklahoma City
Occupation: IT Tech

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 Grand Prix Houston

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Burn. I've been doing well with it. People don't usually know how to play against it.

What was your most memorable Magic moment in 2013?
Spending 10 hours in a car stuck in snowy weather.


 

Seth Manfield

Age: 22
Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD
Occupation: Job Hunting/Magic Player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Winner GP Daytona Beach and GP Kansas City, Top 8 GP Daytona, Top 16 Worlds 09

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
UW Control. I felt like it was the deck that gave me the most room to maximize play skill. Plus Last Breath makes the deck a lot better.

What was your most memorable Magic moment in 2013?
My GP win at Kansas City.


 

Haibing Hu

Age: 32
Hometown: Houston
Occupation: Engineer this year, hopefully traveling magician next year

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 3 US Nationals

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Monoblack Devotion. I have no idea why, but it seemed good.

What was your most memorable Magic moment in 2013?
Hopefully not the drive home.


 

Carlos Becerra Reyes

Age: 23
Hometown: Queretaro, Mexico
Occupation: Physiotherapist

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
My 2nd Grand Prix, finished 61st in the first, made Top 8 here in the second.

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Monored Devotion splashing Domri Rade. Domri beat a lot of decks, and it does the same things as the Chained to the Rocks version.

What was your most memorable Magic moment in 2013?
Coming to Dallas with my friends, driving 16 hours from Mexico, and having the best weekend of my life!


 

Marlon Jacob Avila Gutierrez

Age: 30
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation: Masters Student/Professor

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 64 GP Guadalajara, Top 100 PT Barcelona, Top 8 Nationals 2008

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Orzhov Control. I chose it because I'm in love with Vizkopa and Pack Rat. 14 removal spells and 6 discard spells are a perfect mix for this Grand Prix.

What was your most memorable Magic moment in 2013?
This Top 8. I know that in Mexico, all of the people are raising their hands for the Big Genkidama.


 

Eric Orion Centauri

Age: 31
Hometown: Mountain Home, Idaho
Occupation: Professor of Astrophysics at University of Tulsa

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Utah State Champion 2008, Oklahoma State Champion 2013, 7th in the world in the old Arena rankings from 1998, Top 32 GP Dallas 2012

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Azorius Control. These cards are all insane, and it's what I had in foil.

What was your most memorable Magic moment in 2013?
Waking up every morning next to my wife.


 

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