TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on November 23, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 8 for Grand Prix Ottawa is set! Learn more about this event’s Top 8 competitors, their history at the top tables, and more by taking a look through the Top 8 profiles.


Pascal Maynard

Age: 21
Hometown: Quebec City
Occupation: Manager at Boutique Donjon and I'm back on the Pro Tour!

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
3 Grand Prix Top 8s

What was your record on Day 1? What colors did you play? What were the MVP cards from your sealed deck?
8-1. Green/White Aggro. Sideboarded into Sultai on the draw. MVP = Two drops.

What were your draft decks? How did they perform?
Four color, four Wrath of God, 3-0. Black/White Trainwreck 1-1-1.

What was the hardest deckbuilding or drafting decision you've had to make so far this weekend?
My sealed pool. I thought I misbuilt, but I ended up hardly losing a game with it.

What is your favorite deck to draft in Khans of Tarkir, and what is its most important common?
Blue/Green Aggro/Tempo. Dragonscale Boon.

Who is your pick to win the World Championship this year?
Shahar Shenhar


Shahar Shenhar

Age: 21
Hometown: Sacramento/Jerusalem
Occupation: Professional Magic Player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
3 Grand Prix wins, 1 finals. A lot of Pro Tour cashes, but no Top 8s. 2013 World Champion.

What was your record on Day 1? What colors did you play? What were the MVP cards from your sealed deck?
8-1 Abzan deck with nine or ten removal spells. I lost to Matt Costa in two games and didn't lose otherwise.

What were your draft decks? How did they perform?
Temur bombs 3-0. Mardu Tokens 2-0-1.

What was the hardest deckbuilding or drafting decision you've had to make so far this weekend?
Spells over lands or lands over spells.

What is your favorite deck to draft in Khans of Tarkir, and what is its most important common?
Unknown.

Who is your pick to win the World Championship this year?
ME!


Xavier Allegucci

Age: 17
Hometown: Montreal
Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Grand Prix Washington D.C. Top 64

What was your record on Day 1? What colors did you play? What were the MVP cards from your sealed deck?
My record was 7-2. I played an Abzan deck with High Sentinels of Arashin, End Hostilities, Necropolis Fiend, and Hooded Hydra.

What were your draft decks? How did they perform?
I 3-0ed my first draft with a Blue/Red tempo deck that had many fliers and decent removal. My second draft was a Black/White deck splashing red for powerful cards.

What was the hardest deckbuilding or drafting decision you've had to make so far this weekend?
My hardest draft pick was Ainok Bond-Kin against Ponyback Brigade. At that point, my deck had a high curve.

What is your favorite deck to draft in Khans of Tarkir, and what is its most important common?
Blue/Green/Red Morphs. Snowhorn Rider.

Who is your pick to win the World Championship this year?
Shaun McLaren


Neal Oliver

Age: 25
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Occupation: Magictraders.com content producer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Grand Prix Las Vegas Champion. Grand Prix Oakland finalist. WMCQ Winner 2014. Most importantly, beating Orie Guo in a fair game of Magic.

What was your record on Day 1? What colors did you play? What were the MVP cards from your sealed deck?
7-2. Played Temur splashing Black. Sultai Charm and Trap Essence were great.

What were your draft decks? How did they perform?
Sultai 3-0. Sultai splashing White 3-0.

What was the hardest deckbuilding or drafting decision you've had to make so far this weekend?
I had to decide between Savage Punch and a land pack 1 pick 2. I took the Savage Punch and regretted it.

What is your favorite deck to draft in Khans of Tarkir, and what is its most important common?
I love Sultai. Rotting Mastodon is secretly great. Mystic of the Hidden Way is the best.

Who is your pick to win the World Championship this year?
Owen Turtenwald


Seth Manfield

Age: 24
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Occupation: Student/Professional Magic Player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Grand Prix Daytona Beach Champion. Grand Prix Kansas City Champion. This is my 5th Grand Prix Top 8. Top 16 Worlds 2008.

What was your record on Day 1? What colors did you play? What were the MVP cards from your sealed deck?
7-2, Abzan, Sorin, Solemn Visitor

What were your draft decks? How did they perform?
Mardu 3-0, Abzan 2-0-1.

What was the hardest deckbuilding or drafting decision you've had to make so far this weekend?
Ruthless Ripper vs Debilitating Injury first pick

What is your favorite deck to draft in Khans of Tarkir, and what is its most important common?
Green/Black. Archers' Parapet.

Who is your pick to win the World Championship this year?
William Jensen


Sam Black

Age: 32
Hometown: Madison, WI
Occupation: SCG Writer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Nine Grand Prix Top 8s. Two Pro Tour Top 8s.

What was your record on Day 1? What colors did you play? What were the MVP cards from your sealed deck?
9-0, Abzan, Siege Rhino, Incremental Growth, Rush of Battle

What were your draft decks? How did they perform?
Five color aggro, 3-0. Jeskai card draw theme deck 0-0-3.

What was the hardest deckbuilding or drafting decision you've had to make so far this weekend?
Building my sealed pool. I had a very similarly powerful Blue/Green Control option.

What is your favorite deck to draft in Khans of Tarkir, and what is its most important common?
Jeskai, none of the commons really matter.

Who is your pick to win the World Championship this year?
I get to pick? Me! More likely? Someone Else.


Jessica Buchanan

Age: 24
Hometown: Hamilton, ON, Canada
Occupation: Factory Worker

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Grand Prix Atlanta Top 100. Super Sunday Series Top 4.

What was your record on Day 1? What colors did you play? What were the MVP cards from your sealed deck?
8-1. Played Mardu. MVP cards were Sorin and Crater's Claws.

What were your draft decks? How did they perform?
Draft 1: Temur splash white 2-1. Draft 2: Jeskai Tempo 2-0-1.

What was the hardest deckbuilding or drafting decision you've had to make so far this weekend?
Whether or not to jump completely into white during pack two of draft one or just splash.

What is your favorite deck to draft in Khans of Tarkir, and what is its most important common?
I love five colour Secret Plans decks. Monastery Flock is pretty good there.

Who is your pick to win the World Championship this year?
Shaun McLaren


Lucas Siow

Age: 28
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Occupation: Financial Analyst

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Two Grand Prix Top 8s. I once beat Orie Guo in a fair game of Magic.

What was your record on Day 1? What colors did you play? What were the MVP cards from your sealed deck?
8-1, five color, Stubborn Denial, Siege Rhino

What were your draft decks? How did they perform?
Jeskai 3-0. Temur 2-0-1. I had many copies of Mystic of the Hidden Way. They were great!

What was the hardest deckbuilding or drafting decision you've had to make so far this weekend?
Pick two Mystic of the Hidden Way or a second copy of Flying Crane Technique.

What is your favorite deck to draft in Khans of Tarkir, and what is its most important common?
Mystic of the Hidden Way.

Who is your pick to win the World Championship this year?
Shahar Shenhar


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