Top 8 - Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on November 20, 2010

By Event Coverage Staff


Ari Lax

Name: Ari Lax
Age: 20
Occupation: Student

Record in Sealed: 9-1
Record in Draft 1: 2-1
Record in Draft 2: 2-0-1

What were the best cards in your Sealed Pool?
Acid Web Spider, Viridian Revel

What is your preferred draft strategy?
Green/not Blue

What is the card you MOST hope to open during the draft?
Slice in Twain

What are your overall perceptions of the Scars of Mirrodin draft format?
Very good, lots of play decisions and build-around cards. People just need to hate poison to let this happen.

Are you a Phyrexian, or a Mirran?
Phyrexian


Conley Woods

Name: Conley Woods
Age: 23
Occupation: Pro Magic player/Writer

Record in Sealed: 9-1
Record in Draft 1: 3-0
Record in Draft 2: 1-0-2

What were the best cards in your Sealed Pool?
True Conviction
3x Shatter
3x Turn to Slag
2x Arrest

What is your preferred draft strategy?
Furnace Celebration or whatever is open

What is the card you MOST hope to open during the draft?
Wurmcoil Engine

What are your overall perceptions of the Scars of Mirrodin draft format?
Good other than Infect, which is a bad limited mechanic.

Are you a Phyrexian, or a Mirran?
Mirran


Kyle Stoll

Name: Kyle Stoll
Age: 21
Occupation: Data entry

Record in Sealed: 10-0
Record in Draft 1: 2-1
Record in Draft 2: 1-1-1

What were the best cards in your Sealed Pool?
2 Grasp of Darkness
1 Arc Trail
2 Necrotic Ooze – they were Molten-Tail Masticores with no drawback

What is your preferred draft strategy?
Metalcraft provides the most synergy.

What is the card you MOST hope to open during the draft?
Contagion Engine, the card just auto-wins games, just goes in every deck.

What are your overall perceptions of the Scars of Mirrodin draft format?
It is fast, but it's important to draft decks, not cards.

Are you a Phyrexian, or a Mirran?
Mirran! The symbol is much better.


Conrad Kolos

Name: Conrad Kolos
Age: 26
Occupation: Vagabond

Record in Sealed: 8-2
Record in Draft 1: 3-0
Record in Draft 2: 2-0-1

What were the best cards in your Sealed Pool?
Sunblast Angel
Revoke Existence
Kuldotha Phoenix

What is your preferred draft strategy?
None. "The packs are the boss."

What is the card you MOST hope to open during the draft?
Molten-Tail Masticore

What are your overall perceptions of the Scars of Mirrodin draft format?
It's awesome. Skill-intensive, lots of interaction, combos, archetypes, etc. The bombs in Sealed are too good, but draft can be fast enough to help that.

Are you a Phyrexian, or a Mirran?
eh, I don't anything the storyline.


Martin Juza

Name: Martin Juza
Age: 23
Occupation: Professional Tourist

Record in Sealed: 8-1-1
Record in Draft 1: 2-0-1
Record in Draft 2: 3-0

What were the best cards in your Sealed Pool?
Contagion Engine

What is your preferred draft strategy?
Open something sweet!

What is the card you MOST hope to open during the draft?
Probably Hoard-Smelter Dragon.

What are your overall perceptions of the Scars of Mirrodin draft format?
Sealed is rough because it's all about rares. Draft is awesome!

Are you a Phyrexian, or a Mirran?
Neither.


Gerry Thompson

Name: Gerry Thompson
Age: No comment
Occupation: Writer, StarCityGames.com, Grinder, Professional fan of MTGMom.com

Record in Sealed: 9-1
Record in Draft 1: 2-1
Record in Draft 2: 2-0-1

What were the best cards in your Sealed Pool?
Oxidda Scrapmelter (deck was REAAAAALLL bad).

What is your preferred draft strategy?
U/R Metal, but I can draft whatever.

What is the card you MOST hope to open during the draft?
Probably Scrapmelter; I'll rely on everyone else to ship the Volition Reins and Golden Urns.

What are your overall perceptions of the Scars of Mirrodin draft format?
Very skill intensive, both Mirrodin formats are awesome.

Are you a Phyrexian, or a Mirran?
Phyrexian, I suppose.


Josh Utter-Leyton

Name: Josh Utter-Leyton
Age: 24
Occupation: Software Engineer

Record in Sealed: 9-1
Record in Draft 1: 3-0
Record in Draft 2: 2-1

What were the best cards in your Sealed Pool?
Sunblast Angel, 2x Arc Trail

What is your preferred draft strategy?
Staying open.

What is the card you MOST hope to open during the draft?
Contagion Engine.

What are your overall perceptions of the Scars of Mirrodin draft format?
The format is great, but I don't like what infect does to the format, and I wish there were fewer super swingy uncommon and rares.

Are you a Phyrexian, or a Mirran?
Phyrexian


Gerard Capashen

Name: Gerard Capashen
Age: 27
Occupation: GGsLive.com Pro/Pro story teller

Record in Sealed: 9-1
Record in Draft 1: 3-0
Record in Draft 2: 1-1-1

What were the best cards in your Sealed Pool?
Strata Scythe, Spikeshot Elder, Precursor Golem.

What is your preferred draft strategy?
Stay away from poison.

What is the card you MOST hope to open during the draft?
Black Lotus (one can hope!).

What are your overall perceptions of the Scars of Mirrodin draft format?
I think it's skill intensive. This Top 8 is pretty good, and Juza won a GP already in this format.

Are you a Phyrexian, or a Mirran?
I roll with Gerrard Capashen. (We think that means Mirran. –Staff).

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