Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on February 15, 2014

By Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg is a writer and gamer and has been part of the Magic text coverage team since 2011. He joined Wizards as organized play’s content specialist in June 2014.


Mario Flores

Age: 21
Hometown: México D.F.
Occupation: Student

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
7th Worlds 2010 (Team finish)2/2 Top 8 Grand Prix

What was your record and best card from the Sealed Deck:
7-0-1, Prognostic Sphinx

What was your record and best card from the first draft pod:
3-0, Phalanx Leader

What was your record and best card from the second draft pod:
1-0-2, Scholar of Athreos

What is your favorite card from Born of the Gods for Limited and why?
Fall of the Hammer. It’s good removal.

What card from Theros has changed in value the most (better/worse) with the addition of Born of the Gods?
Phalanx Leader


 


Hugo Daniel Araiza Castro

Age: 41
Hometown: México D.F.
Occupation: Poker Player

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
2nd place Mexico National Championship, winner GP Buenos Aires 2000, winner Argentina open

What was your record and best card from the Sealed Deck:
7-1, Hundred-Handed One

What was your record and best card from the first draft pod:
3-0, Firedrinker Satyr

What was your record and best card from the second draft pod:
1-2, most of my deck was bad, so I don’t have a favorite.

What is your favorite card from Born of the Gods for Limited and why?
I don’t know if I have a favorite, but if I had to pick one, I’d say the red Dragon from the prerelease (Forgestoker Dragon)

What card from Theros has changed in value the most (better/worse) with the addition of Born of the Gods?
Phalanx Leader


 


Emiliano Sánchez González

Age: 26
Hometown: México D.F.
Occupation: Psychology student/bodybuilder

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 Grand Prix Guadalajara 2013

What was your record and best card from the Sealed Deck:
6-1-1

What was your record and best card from the first draft pod:
3-0, Aerie Worshipper

What was your record and best card from the second draft pod:
2-1, Akroan Conscriptor

What is your favorite card from Born of the Gods for Limited and why?
Mogis, God of Slaughter

What card from Theros has changed in value the most (better/worse) with the addition of Born of the Gods?
I don’t know. But I really want to thank my teammates Miguel Gatica, Cesar “Shaq”, Jesus “Chuy”, and my friends, Marlon, Luis “Lic”, etc… Cerberus Battle Center


 


Marcelino Freeman

Age: 26
Hometown: Puebla
Occupation: Transfer Pricing Manger

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Won some FNMs and some PTQs…oh, and a Nationals and Top 8 GP Detroit

What was your record and best card from the Sealed Deck:
6-1-1. Hammer of Purphoros

What was your record and best card from the first draft pod:
3-0, Medomai the Ageless

What was your record and best card from the second draft pod:
2-0-1, Ember Swallower

What is your favorite card from Born of the Gods for Limited and why?
Akroan Skyguard. It lets me have more aggro.

What card from Theros has changed in value the most (better/worse) with the addition of Born of the Gods?
Xenagos, the Reveler and Elspeth, Sun’s Champion


 


Ignacio Ibarra del Rio

Age: 26
Hometown: Culiacan, Sinaloc
Occupation: Chef for the governor

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
FNM

What was your record and best card from the Sealed Deck:
7-1, Fall of the Hammer

What was your record and best card from the first draft pod:
2-1, Archetype of Imagination

What was your record and best card from the second draft pod:
2-0-1, Fanatic of Xenagos

What is your favorite card from Born of the Gods for Limited and why?
Fall of the Hammer. It’s a cheap instant that can kill anything when combined with the red giants.

What card from Theros has changed in value the most (better/worse) with the addition of Born of the Gods?
I don’t know.


 


Marc Lalague

Age: 26
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: MTGDeals.com/Team TCGPlayer.com

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
GP Anaheim 2012 Champion, GP Houston 2013 Semifinals

What was your record and best card from the Sealed Deck:
7-1, Phalanx Leader (W/R)

What was your record and best card from the first draft pod:
2-1, Gild (G/b)

What was your record and best card from the second draft pod:
2-0-1, Prognostic Sphinx (B/U)

What is your favorite card from Born of the Gods for Limited and why?
Gild? I’ve opened two in a row now…

What card from Theros has changed in value the most (better/worse) with the addition of Born of the Gods?
Gray Merchant of Asphodel. Monoblack is much harder to draft now.


 


Miguel Angel Rodriguez

Age: 27
Hometown: Cuernavaca, Morales
Occupation: Finance

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
PTQGP Albequerque Top 32GP Mexico City 2013 Top 32

What was your record and best card from the Sealed Deck:
7-0-1, Tymaret, the Murder King

What was your record and best card from the first draft pod:
2-0-1, Sea God’s Revenge

What was your record and best card from the second draft pod:
2-0-1, Sea God’s Revenge

What is your favorite card from Born of the Gods for Limited and why?
Kiora’s Follower. It’s a cheap creature with a good body that accelerates your curve. In long games, it can effectively give a big creature vigilance.

What card from Theros has changed in value the most (better/worse) with the addition of Born of the Gods?
Purphoros, God of the Forge


 


Derek Woloshyn

Age: 30
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Occupation: Category Analyst

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Gatecrash Prerelease Top 8… so none.

What was your record and best card from the Sealed Deck:
6-2, Agent of the Fates. The card just wins games.

What was your record and best card from the first draft pod:
3-0. Spiteful Returned. Bestow on a creature with intimidate is awesome.

What was your record and best card from the second draft pod:
2-0-1. Wingsteed Rider. Gets out of control very quickly.

What is your favorite card from Born of the Gods for Limited and why?
Hunter’s Prowess. Drawing cards in green feels really good.

What card from Theros has changed in value the most (better/worse) with the addition of Born of the Gods?
Voyage’s End has gotten more important because there is less bounce with Born of the Gods.

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