Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on January 26, 2014

By Marc Calderaro


Matt Sperling

Age: 30
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Occupation: Lawyer

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
GP San Jose ChampionGP Minneapolis FinalistPT Top 16 & 32s

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Mono-Black. Paul Rietzl told me to. (0 matches tested by me, several dozen by him.

Day 1 Record:
9-0

Day 2 Record:
4-1-1

What was the most important sideboard card this weekend?
Dark Betrayal, got sick of losing to Specters it.

Would you change anything in the main deck or sideboard if you could?
Maybe get an Erebos main.

What Born of the Gods card are you most excited about?
Tribute cards in Limited. The new card frame (jk).


 


Jon Stern

Age: 35
Hometown: Montreal
Occupation: Gamer

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Win GP Atlantic City2nd GP LouisvilleTop 8 GP TorontoTop 16 PT Gatecrash

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Mono black. One of the best decks and I worked on it a fair bit.

Day 1 Record:
8-1

Day 2 Record:
4-2

What was the most important sideboard card this weekend?
Erebos, God of the Dead

Would you change anything in the main deck or sideboard if you could?
Not really.

What Born of the Gods card are you most excited about?
Infest & Scry 1


 


Eugene Hwang

Age: 28
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Business Analyst

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
13th at GP Providence

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Mono Blue Devotion, because my teammate Andrew Brown told me to and I didn't have time to figure out for myself.

Day 1 Record:
8-1

Day 2 Record:
4-1-1

What was the most important sideboard card this weekend?
Domestication

Would you change anything in the main deck or sideboard if you could?
No.

What Born of the Gods card are you most excited about?
Brimaz, King of Oreskos


 


Adam Ruprecht

Age: 33
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Occupation: Programmer

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 16 GP VancouverFinals SCG Open Portland

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Mono blue. Don't like the mono black matchup UW but love islands.

Day 1 Record:
8-1

Day 2 Record:
5-0-1

What was the most important sideboard card this weekend?
Bident of Thassa

Would you change anything in the main deck or sideboard if you could?
No.

What Born of the Gods card are you most excited about?
UW Temple


 


Mike Vasovski

Age: 30
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario
Occupation: Pharmacist

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
2nd place 2007 Canadian NationalsMultiple GP Top 64s

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
UW Control

Day 1 Record:
7-2

Day 2 Record:
5-0-1

What was the most important sideboard card this weekend?
Archangel of Thune

Would you change anything in the main deck or sideboard if you could?
Try to find room for a 3rd Archangel.

What Born of the Gods card are you most excited about?
UW Scry land.


 


Robert Gillespie

Age: 24
Hometown: Ottawa
Occupation: Software Developer

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
FNM, Pre-release, Release Events 1st place.

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
UW Control

Day 1 Record:
7-2-0

Day 2 Record:
5-0-1

What was the most important sideboard card this weekend?
Jace, Memory Adept

Would you change anything in the main deck or sideboard if you could?
Archangel of Thune in the sideboard x3

What Born of the Gods card are you most excited about?
UW Scry land


 


Peter Sundholm

Age: 43
Hometown: Lacey, WA
Occupation: Programmer for the State of Washington

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Arena Test League Winner in '94

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Mono Blue Devotion, because Thassa and Master rule!!

Day 1 Record:
7-2

Day 2 Record:
6-0

What was the most important sideboard card this weekend?
Domestications #3 and #4

Would you change anything in the main deck or sideboard if you could?
I would LOVE to find a spot for Curse of the Swine in the sideboard.

What Born of the Gods card are you most excited about?
The Dimir God.


 


Alexander Hayne

Age: 25
Hometown: Montreal, Canada
Occupation: MTG Pro

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
PT Avacyn Restored ChampionRookie of the Year 2011-12GP Calgary ChampionGP Kyoto Champion2nd GP Montreal, 3rd GP Strasbourg

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Saito UW Control. I owned most of the cards.

Day 1 Record:
8-1

Day 2 Record:
4-1-1

What was the most important sideboard card this weekend?
Archangel of Thune. It makes the mono-U matchup much better.

Would you change anything in the main deck or sideboard if you could?
I would add a land.

What Born of the Gods card are you most excited about?
Brimaz, the Legendary Cat.

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