Top 8 Profiles

Posted in NEWS on November 2, 2013

By Nate Price

A longtime member of the Pro Tour and Grand Prix coverage staff, Nate Price now works making beautiful words for all of you lovely people as the community manager for organized play. When not covering events, he lords over the @MagicProTour Twitter account, ruling with an iron fist.


Greg Price

Age: 32
Hometown: Columbus, OH

Profession:
Customer Service Manager

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
None.

What deck are you playing in the Legacy Championships and why?
MUD. Chalice of the Void for 1 wrecks a good portion of the field. Also I've been working on the deck for two years.

How did you prepare for this event?
I watch and play a lot of Legacy. Team Mythic and Fog of Dusk have helped me improve a lot.

What is your favorite thing about Legacy?
Being able to play a Chalice of the Void on one or a first-turn Trinisphere.

What Legacy card would you most like to own a full-size, alternate art version of?
Metalworker or Sundering Titan

What card has been the most impressive for you this weekend?
Chalice of the Void


Ari Lax

Age: 23
Hometown: Boston

Profession:
Electrical Engineeer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
2 PT Top 16s, 6 GP Top 8s, demonstrated ability to count to ten.

What deck are you playing in the Legacy Championships and why?
Death and Taxes. It seemed reasonable, so I had to test it for Grand Prix DC.

How did you prepare for this event?
I borrowed a deck and played nine rounds with it today.

What is your favorite thing about Legacy?
Cheap spells = intricate sequencing decisions.

What Legacy card would you most like to own a full-size, alternate art version of?
Lion's Eye Diamond

What card has been the most impressive for you this weekend?
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. It's good against creatures and noncreatures.


Osyp Lebedowicz

Age: 33
Hometown: New Brunswick, NJ

Profession:
Marketing Research

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Last place 2004 Magic Invitational

What deck are you playing in the Legacy Championships and why?
UR Delver. Chris Pikula suggested a RUG shell that could support True-Name Nemesis.

How did you prepare for this event?
Listened to Chris Pikula and was insulted via email by Eric Berger.

What is your favorite thing about Legacy?
There's a lot of decisions to make and little room for error.

What Legacy card would you most like to own a full-size, alternate art version of?
Astral Slide

What card has been the most impressive for you this weekend?
True-Name Nemesis!


Micah Greenbaum

Age: 33
Hometown: Duxbury, MA

Profession:
Cleaning Solution Magnate

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 SCH Open, SCG Baltimore Legacy Champ, Day 2'd a Grand Prix

What deck are you playing in the Legacy Championships and why?
Tiny Pickles aka Death and Taxes. It has a good Show and Tell matchup, I'm comfortable with it, and it has no Brainstorm.

How did you prepare for this event?
Played SCG Indy Open last weekend.

What is your favorite thing about Legacy?
Almost any deck is good, and I've had success.

What Legacy card would you most like to own a full-size, alternate art version of?
Life from the Loam or Mother of Runes.

What card has been the most impressive for you this weekend?
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. She's done tons of work in conjunction with Wasteland and Rishadan Port.


Richard Nguyen

Age: 24
Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Profession:
Poker player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 GP Charlotte, Top 8 SCG Philly, Top 8 SCG DC, Top 8 SCG Baltimore, Top 8 SCG Richmond, Top 8 SCG Edison

What deck are you playing in the Legacy Championships and why?
RUG Delver. Getting ready for GP DC.

How did you prepare for this event?
Practiced with #TeamPanda

What is your favorite thing about Legacy?
Nothing. This is my second Legacy tournament.

What Legacy card would you most like to own a full-size, alternate art version of?
Undying Evil.

What card has been the most impressive for you this weekend?
Stifle


Paul Lynch

Age: 30
Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Profession:
Drafting Manager

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
SCG Baltimore Open champ, 18th GP Providence 2011, multiple SCG Open Top 8s

What deck are you playing in the Legacy Championships and why?
UWR Miracles. I have lots of experience and I think it's well positioned right now.

How did you prepare for this event?
Testing at Brewpoint Games with the Baltimore Legacy crew.

What is your favorite thing about Legacy?
The diversity of the format and the complexity of the decision-making skills needed.

What Legacy card would you most like to own a full-size, alternate art version of?
Meddling Mage. It's my fav!

What card has been the most impressive for you this weekend?
Vedalken Shackles in the maindeck, and Pyroclasm in the board.


Brad Jarman

Age: 30
Hometown: Newark, DE

Profession:
Credit Analyst

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 32 GP Atlantic City, several PTQ Top 8s, undisputed pauper EDH World Champion

What deck are you playing in the Legacy Championships and why?
RUG Delver. All I want to do in Legacy is counter broken spells and apply constant pressure. RUG Delver lets me do both.

How did you prepare for this event?
Playing in local events and talking theory with my teammates Tommy Evaristo and Andrew Flemming.

What is your favorite thing about Legacy?
There's a large variety of decks and you can play with old cards.

What Legacy card would you most like to own a full-size, alternate art version of?
Stangg

What card has been the most impressive for you this weekend?
Rough // Tumble from the board


Mark Tocco

Age: 27
Hometown: Dirty Jersey

Profession:
Retired Poker Dealer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Winning a bunch of unimportant Legacy tournaments

What deck are you playing in the Legacy Championships and why?
Ad Nauseam Tendrils. It's just what I do.

How did you prepare for this event?
~10 years of Legacy practice.

What is your favorite thing about Legacy?
BRAINSTORM

What Legacy card would you most like to own a full-size, alternate art version of?
BRAINSTORM

What card has been the most impressive for you this weekend?
BRAINSTORM