TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in NEWS on March 17, 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.


Ian Robertson Age: 24
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Occupation: Business Analyst

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Almost got Top 8 at a PTQ a few times!

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
8-1. Hardest decision was whether to splash for sick cards or not.

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?

2-0-1 with Green-Blue. First-picked Courser of Kruphix. It was either that or Ornitharch. I thought white would be over-drafted... also it's better?

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
2-0-1 with Green-Black. First-picked Asphyxiate. The card is awesome and I like black in this format.

What's your favorite Born of the Gods Draft archetype, and why?
Green-Blue.

Which Born of the Gods card exceeded your expectations in Limited, and why?
Both Retraction Helix and Arbiter of the Ideal.

 



 


Brock Parker Age: 32
Hometown: Silver Springs, MD
Occupation: Poker player

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Team Pro Tour Champion [Boston 2003 with Huey Jensen and Matt Linde as "The Brockafellars"], Team Grand Prix Champion [Turin 2000 with Daniel Clegg and Peter Szigeti as "Team Clegg"], and Grand Prix Pittsburgh 2013 Champion.

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
8-1 with Blue-Green with Kiora, the Crashing Wave, Polukranos, World Eater and Courser of Kruphix. Had to decide which five of seven bad cards to play.

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
3-0 with White-Green Heroic. First-picked Akroan Skyguard. It's great.

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
1-1-1 with Green-White 2 Aspect of Hydra bad deck. First-Picked Ghostblade Eidolon. The pack was terrible but white is great.

What's your favorite Born of the Gods Draft archetype, and why?
White-based Heroic decks. White has a million great cards that all work well together.

Which Born of the Gods card exceeded your expectations in Limited, and why?
Kiora, even though my expectations were very high. As far as not-great cards, Crypsis.

 



 


Ben Gomes Age: 23
Hometown: Livermore, CA
Occupation: Insurance Adjuster

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
23rd at GP Oakland 2013, 17th at GP Sacramento 2013.

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
7-2 with a Red-White Aggro deck that played only a single card that cost more than three. The hardest decision was passing on green's Courser of Kruphix and Hunter's Prowess.

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
3-0 with Red-White Aggro. I only had five white cards, but one was Elspeth. I first-picked Hero of Leina Tower.

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
3-0 with Red-White splashing Blue. I ended up with too few playables so I splashed Nimbus Naiad off Astral Cornucopia. I first-picked Akroan Conscriptor.

What's your favorite Born of the Gods Draft archetype, and why?
Blue-Green with Griptides. That card is unreal.

Which Born of the Gods card exceeded your expectations in Limited, and why?
Fearsome Temper has been superb for me.

 



 


Judah Alt Age: 36
Hometown: Watertown, NY
Occupation: Writer

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Monied at Pro Tour Philadelphia 2005. Top 8'd States.

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
8-1 with Blue-White Ephara featuring Akroan Horse and Plea for Guidance. Hardest decision was leaving Divination out of the main deck.

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
3-0 with Blue-White. I first-picked Temple of Enlightenment hoping to go base-white aggro.

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
2-1 with White-Red-Green. It was aggressive, removal-heavy and mostly white, supported by two Temples, Opaline Unicorn and Springleaf Drum.

What's your favorite Born of the Gods Draft archetype, and why?
Blue-based decks with Retraction Helix and untapping cards such as Crypsis, Kiora's Follower and Breaching Hippocamp.

Which Born of the Gods card exceeded your expectations in Limited, and why?
Mischief and Mayhem, because on Magic Online I always lose to it, yet never win when I play it myself.

 



 


Daniel Fournier Age: 21
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Occupation: Student

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Four Pro Tour Qualifier Top 8s. Six Grand Prix Day 2s. One Grand Prix winner's photo. Once beat "the" Andrew van Leeuwen in a sanctioned match.

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
9-0 with Blue-Red. I struggled with which mediocre two-drop was best in my deck.

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
3-0 with Red-White Aggro. First picked and did not play Ornitharch. It was the best card in the pack by far.

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
1-0-2 with Blue-Red Aggro. First picked Kragma Butcher in an otherwise weak pack because I only needed to win one match to make Top 8.

What's your favorite Born of the Gods Draft archetype, and why?
White-Red Aggro or heroic. When it's open it's completely obscene.

Which Born of the Gods card exceeded your expectations in Limited, and why?
Everflame Eidolon. It won me many games. When it falls off it still trades with something on the ground.

 



 


Morgan Chang Age: 32
Hometown: New York City, New York
Occupation:

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Two Grand Prix Top 8s

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
8-1 in Sealed. Played Black-Red with Mogis, God of Slaughter. Played red with bigger creatures (higher curve) and removal as opposed to the white with a lower curve, but with no way to close of grindy games.

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
2-1 with White-Red Aggro.

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
3-0 with White-Red Aggro.

What's your favorite Born of the Gods Draft archetype, and why?
White-Red Aggro or heroic. The deck is mostly commons and very synergistic.

Which Born of the Gods card exceeded your expectations in Limited, and why?
Fearsome Temper. It's well-costed, has a big upside, and is quasi-evasion.

 



 


Gerard Fabiano Age: 30
Hometown: New Jersey
Occupation: Teacher, StarCityGames Writer

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Prerelease champion at The Adventurer's Guild in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
9-0 with Red-Blue-Green. Those colors had the rares.

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
2-1 with Red-Blue-Green with Forge-Stoker Dragon.

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
2-0-1 with Blue-Black with Siren of the Fanged Coast.

What's your favorite Born of the Gods Draft archetype, and why?
Blue-Black in the hopes to open Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver

Which Born of the Gods card exceeded your expectations in Limited, and why?
Sudden Storm

 



 


Dave Shiels Age: 25
Hometown: The Sanctuary, Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation: Powerful Wizard

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Winner Grand Prix Dallas 2011, three Grand Prix Top 8s, worked with the 40-card Friedman

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
7-2 with Blue-Green, whether or not to play Stymied Hopes

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
3-0 with Blue-Green with Xenagos that I first picked out of a weak pack.

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
3-0 with Blue-White. Akroan Phalanx because white is the best color.

What's your favorite Born of the Gods Draft archetype, and why?
White heroic. Lots of good cards in both packs and can be paired with any other color.

Which Born of the Gods card exceeded your expectations in Limited, and why?
Crypsis. Catching opponents off guard, especially with inspired creatures or against Sudden Storm