TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in NEWS on April 6, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast


 

Robert Berni

Age: 28
Hometown: Austin, TX
Occupation: Sports Betting Consultant
 

 


 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 GP KC

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
Mono Black, Thoughtseize + Pack Rat is pretty good.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
Won the Hunter Burton Memorial a few weeks ago.

Which card in your deck has performed the best for you this weekend?
Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Which deck have you most hoped to face this weekend?
Mono Blue



 


 

Nathan Holiday

Age: 22
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Occupation: Student

 

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
GP San Diego 2013 Winner, 27th PT San Diego 2013, cashed a couple other Gps.

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
Mono Blue! Thassa good card.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
Tested with Michael Boland, Sam Pardee, and other NorCalers. Jammed a bunch of matches on MTGO.

Which card in your deck has performed the best for you this weekend?
Thassa!

Which deck have you most hoped to face this weekend?
Mono Red Weenie



 


 

Gary Wong

Age: 25
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Occupation: Phimus, Jax, and Abong Look-a-likes

 

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
States Champion

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
U/W Devotion. Meta shifted and Esper has declined.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
Southern Ami Tournament (Local)

Which card in your deck has performed the best for you this weekend?
Detention Sphere

Which deck have you most hoped to face this weekend?
Mono Black, Red, R/G/B Monsters, Mirror. Basically everything but Esper.



 


 

Art Marcurda

Age: 27
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Occupation: Student

 

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
JSS, Nationals, SCG Top 8

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
Jund, It has something for everyone.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
MTGO

Which card in your deck has performed the best for you this weekend?
Stormbreath Dragon!

Which deck have you most hoped to face this weekend?
Sphinx Control



 


 

Will Levin

Age: 36
Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Occupation: Engineer (Software/Electrical)

 

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Game Day Born of the Gods winner

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
Jund Good Stuff - It matches well against the field with Esper/Black Devotion/RG Monsters so prevalent. It is also a lot of fun.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
Playing with friends and at FNM.

Which card in your deck has performed the best for you this weekend?
Sire of Insanity has been an ALL STAR against Esper. Stormbreath Dragon was the heavy worker pulling a lot weight. Domri/Xenagos did some work too.

Which deck have you most hoped to face this weekend?
Esper Control



 


 

Eric Froehlich

Age: 30
Hometown: Las Vegas
Occupation: Poker Player/ChannelFireball Writer

 

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
3 PT Top 8s, 11 GP Top 8s

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
Black/Red Devotion, tune into ChannelFireball.com for details.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
Tested solo, talked to Orat.

Which card in your deck has performed the best for you this weekend?
Whip of Erebos won 5 matches. Erebos himself was fantastic, and Rakdos’s Return is busted.

Which deck have you most hoped to face this weekend?
Bring It.



 


 

Brandon Bercovich

Age: 31
Hometown: San Leandro
Occupation: Lead Systems Administrator

 

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Went 11-4 at the largest GP ever.

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
Mono-Black Devotion. I wanted to play Thoughtseize and didn’t like the mana issues with Esper.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
I playtested with friend and used Magic Online.

Which card in your deck has performed the best for you this weekend?
Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Which deck have you most hoped to face this weekend?
Splinter Twin



 


 

Daniel Ward

Age: 29
Hometown: Catskill, NY
Occupation: Air Traffic Control

 

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Lots of win and ins.

What deck are you playing this weekend and why?
BANT. I like it against the other control decks plus creature decks are free wins.

How did you prepare for this weekend?
Watching John Kassari test online.

Which card in your deck has performed the best for you this weekend?
Aetherling (It’s Bonkers).

Which deck have you most hoped to face this weekend?
Mono Blue.