Top 8 Players of Grand Prix Portland 2010

Posted in Event Coverage on September 12, 2010

By Event Coverage Staff

Name: Thomas Kiene
Profession: Network Engineer
Age: 27

Record in Sealed: X-1-0
Record and color(s) in Draft 1: White-blue, 3-0
Record and color(s) in Draft 2: White-blue, 2-0-1

Previous top finishes (Grand Prix, Pro Tour, SCG Open, etc.): Won multiple PTQs, no Top 8 at PTs or GPs

What colors did you draft and why?
I started red-blue then got pass cut so I switched to white. My end deck is white-blue plus 2 Lightning Bolt.

What common do you most hope to open during Magic 2011 drafts?

Stormfront Pegasus or Pacifism

How many hours a week do you spend playing Magic?

Recently only 2+.

Who did you prepare for Grand Prix-Portland with?

Magic: The Gathering Online Sealed and Draft.

What archetype do you feel is strongest in Magic 2011 Draft and why do you feel that way?

White-blue is the strongest because the tempo draws can let you win without bombs and both colors are deep enough to share in a draft.


Name: Philip Bau
Profession: Data fixer
Age: 28

Record in Sealed: 8-1-1
Record and color(s) in Draft 1: Red-black, 2-1
Record and color(s) in Draft 2: Blue-black, 3-0

Previous top finishes (Grand Prix, Pro Tour, SCG Open, etc.):
None.

What colors did you draft and why?
Red-black. I opened Chandra and got passed burn and black removal and Liliana.

What common do you most hope to open during Magic 2011 drafts?
Foresee or Doom Blade.

How many hours a week do you spend playing Magic?
Less than 10.

Who did you prepare for Grand Prix-Portland with?
Paper Hero's Comics in Valencia, CA.

What archetype do you feel is strongest in Magic 2011 Draft and why do you feel that way?
Blue-black. They are the best card advantage colors and contain the best solutions.


Name: Josh Layne
Profession: Classical musician
Age: 33

Record in Sealed: 9-1
Record and color(s) in Draft 1: Red-green, 2-1
Record and color(s) in Draft 2: Blue-green, 2-1-1

Previous top finishes (Grand Prix, Pro Tour, SCG Open, etc.):
Long time MTGO ringer, Day 2 Pro Tour-Berlin, 21st Grand Prix-Seattle 2009.

What colors did you draft and why?
Green-white. I tried to find what was open and didn't want to fight over blue pick 1, pack 1 with four blue playables.

What common do you most hope to open during Magic 2011 drafts?
No clue; I wanted to draft Mirrodin/Darksteel/Fifth Dawn!

How many hours a week do you spend playing Magic?
Six.

Who did you prepare for Grand Prix-Portland with?
The crew at Yellowjacket Comics in Victoria, plus some random MD5 drafts on MTGO.

What archetype do you feel is strongest in Magic 2011 Draft and why do you feel that way?
Crystal Shard plus Chittering Rats!


Name: Nick Lynn
Profession: Software Engineer
Age: 25

Record in Sealed: 10-0
Record and color(s) in Draft 1: White-red, 2-1
Record and color(s) in Draft 2: Green-red, 1-0-2

Previous top finishes (Grand Prix, Pro Tour, SCG Open, etc.): 16th Pro Tour-Kyoto

What colors did you draft and why?
Red-black because I opened Magma Phoenix and got a Reassembling Skeleton.

What common do you most hope to open during Magic 2011 drafts?
Pacifism.

How many hours a week do you spend playing Magic?
1-2

Who did you prepare for Grand Prix-Portland with?
Magic Online

What archetype do you feel is strongest in Magic 2011 Draft and why do you feel that way?
White aggro when it comes together is basically unstoppable since it is just too fast.


Name: Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
Profession:Magic player
Age: 22

Record in Sealed: 10-0
Record and color(s) in Draft 1: 2-1
Record and color(s) in Draft 2: 1-2

Previous top finishes (Grand Prix, Pro Tour, SCG Open, etc.):
6 GP Top 8
6 PT Top 8

What colors did you draft and why?
Blue-white. I opened Sleep, got passed Blinding Mage and never saw a reason to move.

What common do you most hope to open during Magic 2011 drafts?
Foresee

How many hours a week do you spend playing Magic?
Depends. When there are no tournaments in sight, I preey much don't play, though I read articles and talk to people. Before tournaments, around 20-25 hours/week.

Who did you prepare for Grand Prix-Portland with?
ChannelFireball.com crew.

What archetype do you feel is strongest in Magic 2011 Draft and why do you feel that way?
I think blue-white is the strongest overall, both colors are deep and you don't need many strong cards to make a blue-white deck work. Black-red Act of Treason is also good, but a "bad" blue-white deck is better than a "bad" black-red deck.


Name: Martin Juza
Profession: *censored* (Tourist!)
Age: 23

Record in Sealed: 8-2
Record and color(s) in Draft 1: Red-black, 3-0
Record and color(s) in Draft 2: Green-black, 2-0-1

Previous top finished (Grand Prix, Pro Tour, SCG Open, etc.):
3 GP Top 8
2 PT Top 8
Won Nationals twice!

What colors did you draft and why?
Red-back, green-black, just happened to be those colors, o preferences.

What common do you most hope to open during Magic 2011 drafts?
Doom Blade.

How many hours a week do you spend playing Magic?
Around 10. If there is a GP/PT to prepare for, it's obviously WAY more.

Who did you prepare for Grand Prix-Portland with?
Drafted a lot on MTGO, discussed with Ben Stark and Lukas Blohon.

What archetype do you feel is strongest in Magic 2011 Draft and why do you feel that way?
Monowhite because Infantry Veteran is way better than you think.


Name: Jon Loucks
Profession: Game Designer
Age: 22

Record in Sealed: 9-1 (three byes from a grinder)
Record and color(s) in Draft 1: Green-white, 3-0
Record and color(s) in Draft 2: Blue-black, 1-0-2

Previous top finishes (Grand Prix, Pro Tour, SCG Open, etc.):
This is my first money finish! I've made a deck that 2x GP Top 8'ed before. (P.S. Kik-Jiki!)

What colors did you draft and why?
Blue-black. First pick Doom Blade, late Water Seravnt. I like blue a lot in this format. Pack three made me think I read pack one signals wrong.

What common do you most hope to open during Magic 2011 drafts?
Doom Blade is the default answer, but Æther Adept is the fun answer.

How many hours a week do you spend playing Magic?
6-15, maybe 20 on really busy weeks.

Who did you prepare for Grand Prix-Portland with?
Brian Wong! And the rest of the Seattle crew: Gavin Verhey, Kellen Abel, Peter Beckfield, etc.

What archetype do you feel is strongest in Magic 2011 Draft and why do you feel that way?
Blue-white if it is open is awesome. It just has the best Scroll Thieves.


Name: David Ochoa
Profession: Writer, ChannelFireball.com
Age: 29

Record in Sealed: 8-2
Record and color(s) in Draft 1: White-blue, 3-0
Record and color(s) in Draft 2: Green-red, 2-0-1

Previous top finishes (Grand Prix, Pro Tour, SCG Open, etc.):
1 GP Top 8
1 Nationals Top 8
Several GP/PT Top 16s

What colors did you draft and why?
Black-red-blue because black was open.

What common do you most hope to open during Magic 2011 drafts?
Doom Blade.

How many hours a week do you spend playing Magic?
20-40.

Who did you prepare for Grand Prix-Portland with?
The ChannelFireball.com team.

What archetype do you feel is strongest in Magic 2011 Draft and why do you feel that way?
White/x Aggro, black-red Act of Treason/sac outlet. Infantry Veteran and Act of Treason are powerful cards.


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