TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in NEWS on March 24, 2014

By Corbin Hosler


Auston Tramper Hometown: Cherokee, NC
Occupation: Entertainer at Deer Clan productions

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Professional Scrub

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
B/W Midrange

How did you prepare for this weekend?
Testing with my team! Team DB4M! Clayton, Sauce Boss, and friends

What card impressed you the most this weekend?
Revoke Existence

What is the best deck in Standard that you're not playing?
Whatever decks shuffles up in front of me.

 



 


Bradford Grant Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Occupation: Grad student at Ohio University in Athens

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
None.

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
Esper Control. I'm playing this deck because it's all that I own in Standard.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
I ran through my sideboard plan. Then I played legacy for a few hours!

What card impressed you the most this weekend?
Blind Obedience. It won three matches for me, two against Boros Burn and one against White-Red-Green Monsters.

What is the best deck in Standard that you're not playing?
Mono Black splashing white or red or blue or green.

 



 


Jacob Maynard Hometown: Independence, Kentucky
Occupation: Student

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Winner, Grand Prix Columbus 2012; undefeated record in Day 2s.

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
Naya Hexproof (Auras) because it's the Standard Affinity deck.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
Borrowed the deck from Travis Hall Friday and decided I liked it a lot.

What card impressed you the most this weekend?
Boros Charm.

What is the best deck in Standard that you're not playing?
Esper Control?

 



 


Jeffrey Pyka Hometown: Rochester, NY
Occupation: Student

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
There's always a first

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
UW Devotion, just felt the most comfortable with it.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
I didn't, just had the deck from PTQ season.

What card impressed you the most this weekend?
Jace, Memory Adept

What is the best deck in Standard that you're not playing?
Esper

 



 


Brad Nelson Hometown: Mandan, North Dakota
Occupation: StarCityGames.com premium content provider

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Pied Evan Erwin right in the face!

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
Esper Control. Not only is it the best deck, but also one of the easiest to play.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
Grinded Magic Online all week playing Brave Naya, but was too cowardly to commit to it.

What card impressed you the most this weekend?
Thoughtseize

What is the best deck in Standard that you're not playing?
White Weenie Devotion

 



 


Clyde Martin Hometown: North Vernon, Indiana
Occupation: Training department at Cummins

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Won some FNM; Top 8 one Grand Prix Trial; just started back after a long break that started in Ice Age.

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
Mono-Black Aggro to take advantage of the current slow control environment.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
FNM, deck test with my friends and my sons.

What card impressed you the most this weekend?
Herald of Torment.

What is the best deck in Standard that you're not playing?
White-Black midrange

 



 


Jared Boettcher Hometown: Rensselaer, New York
Occupation: Magic

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
9th, Pro Tour Valencia 2014; 2nd, Grand Prix Washington DC 2013.

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
Black with a white splash. It has the best overall win percentage in the format, and no matchup is really out of reach.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
Created the deck on my drive down, had been testing black with red before.

What card impressed you the most this weekend?
Sin Collector.

What is the best deck in Standard that you're not playing?
Quite possibly the Green-Black deck Ari Lax was playing, if not that then White-Blue splash black.

 



 


Kyle Boggemes Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Occupation: Student

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
2nd place, Pro Tour San Diego 2010; 4th place, Grand Prix Washington DC 2010

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
Esper Control. I wanted to play a deck that was fun if I was losing.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
Tested for a couple of hours.

What card impressed you the most this weekend?
Nightveil Specter in the sideboard. It came in 12 of my 14 rounds.

What is the best deck in Standard that you're not playing?
Mutavaults #3 and #4.