TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in NEWS on March 9, 2014

By Adam Styborski

Stybs has played Magic the world over, writing and drafting as part of the event coverage team and slinging Commander everywhere his decks will fit.

Grand Prix Richmond Top 8


Luis Scott-Vargas Age: 31 Hometown: Oakland, CA Occupation: Vice President, ChannelFireball.com

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 5 Pro Tour Top 8s, 11 Grand Prix Top 8, Pro Tour Hall of Fame Class of 2013, US National Champion 2007

What deck are you playing, and why? Melira Pod because it's powerful and versatile against and open field. Also can't get hated easily.

If you were playing Modern tomorrow, what would you change about your deck? The main deck Thrun, the Last Troll wasn't good. Maybe play a fourth Noble Hierarch instead.

What was the best card in your sideboard, and why? Thoughtseize, because it comes in against a ton of decks (though maybe Kataki, War's Wage since I played five Affinity decks).

 

 


 


Mike Sigrist Age: 31 Hometown: Mansfield, MA Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Played in some Pro Tours, Top 8 Pro Tour Boston 2003

What deck are you playing, and why? Affinity. It loses to cards, not decks.

If you were playing Modern tomorrow, what would you change about your deck? Gut a Rule of Law for Grafdigger's Cage in the sideboard.

What was the best card in your sideboard, and why? Grafdigger's Cage. It won a couple of games that were of out reach otherwide.

 
 
 

 

Brian Liu Age: 22 Hometown: Toronto, Canada Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Sacrificing Linvala, Keeper of Silence with Birthing Pod to lose the finals of a PTQ against an opponent playing Splinter Twin

What deck are you playing, and why? Kiki-Pod, since it has game against most of the Modern Field and attacks from multiple angles.

If you were playing Modern tomorrow, what would you change about your deck? Nothing

What was the best card in your sideboard, and why? Fiery Justice. It sets my opponent's very far deck.

 

 

 

Ben Friedman Age: 20 Hometown: Baltimore, MD Occupation: Co-Owern with Joe Dimestria, Day1MTG

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 3 StarCityGames Invitations Top 8s, 2 Grand Prix Top 8s, Stole Jacob Wilson from Kea

What deck are you playing, and why?

Melira Pod. It has more tutor tagrtes than I have shout-outs: Joe Dimestria, Christian Calcano, Matt Costa, Jacob WIlson, Kurt Spiess, Shahar Shenhar, Josh McClain, Sma Pardee, Noah Walker, Pete Ingram, Dylan Donegan, Save Shiels, Jason Ford, Alex Majalton, Steve Dupal, Max Brown, Jermol Jupiter, and of course Branch Stanton

If you were playing Modern tomorrow, what would you change about your deck? Fewer sleeves. More dice in the front pocket, and a few more Day1MTG tokens.

What was the best card in your sideboard, and why? The $5 scratch-off ticket Joe gave me. Very lucky!

 

 

Josh McClain Age: 24 Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 1st at Grand Prix Detroit; 2nd at Grand Prix Miami; 11th at Pro Tour Born of the Gods.

What deck are you playing, and why? Melira Pod. I've been playing the deck for over a year and am very comfortable with it. It's also one of the hardest decks to hate out.

If you were playing Modern tomorrow, what would you change about your deck? If the mirror gets more popular, I think I might re-add the second Viscera Seer. I didn't play against Storm once, so the Ethersworn Canonist was pretty bad.

What was the best card in your sideboard, and why? Entomber Exarch. It gives you so much game against the combo decks, while also being good against control decks.

 

 

 

Oscar Jones Age: 16 Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2012 Magic Online Championship Series Finalist, Winner of Oasis Games' Tuesday Night Draft

What deck are you playing, and why? Melira Pod because it's the best deck if you have experience with it.

If you were playing Modern tomorrow, what would you change about your deck? I could see adding a second Slaughter Pact to the sideboard, but I would know for sure what card ot cut for it.

What was the best card in your sideboard, and why? Entomber Exarch. It drastically improves your worst matchups.

 

 

 

Vipin Chackoral Age: 25 (It's my birthday today!) Hometown: Freehold, New Jersey Occupation: Accountant

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 1st place at FNM.

What deck are you playing, and why? Affinity. I've been playing it for almost a year. I know the deck in and out.

If you were playing Modern tomorrow, what would you change about your deck? Absolutely nothing.

What was the best card in your sideboard, and why? Thoughtseize, because of its versatility and its power against combo decks

 

 

 

Jamie Parke Age: 32 Hometown: NYC, New York Occupation: Miser

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2 Worlds Top 8s (1999, 2008)2 Grand Prix Top 8s (New Orleans 2000, Indianapolis 2008)1 Junior Worlds Finalist (1997)

What deck are you playing, and why? Tempo Twin, because I was the most comfortable with it. There are so many decks to choose from and no clear best deck, so familiarity won out. (PS - Josh Ravitz has a different name for this particular build; ask him about it next time you see him.)

If you were playing Modern tomorrow, what would you change about your deck? Maybe make a few tweaks here and there, but nothing big.

What was the best card in your sideboard, and why? Probably the second Flame Slash or the second Dispel. Both were very impactful and efficient spells.

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