TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in NEWS on April 13, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast


William Jensen Age: 31
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupation: Pro Magic Player and content provider for Channelfireball.com break>


Previous Magic Accomplishments: Inducted into the Magic Hall of Fame, 2013

Record on:

Day 1:
7-2

Draft 1:
3-0

Draft 2:
3-0

What was your MVP on Day 1?
Ephara’s Enlightenment

What is your favorite archetype to draft in Theros-Born of the Gods?
White-based heroic

What was the most interesting/craziest/most noteworthy play that you saw or accomplished this weekend?
Played against 13-year-old Oliver Tomajko on the last round for Top 8. I was really impressed by his performance.

What officially spoiled Journey into Nyx card are you most excited about?
Extinguish all Hope


Reid DukeAge: 24 Hometown: Sugarloaf, NY Occupation: MTG

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2011 Magic Online Champion. Nine previous GP Top 8s, two wins

Record on:

Day 1: 9-0, undefeated in games

Draft 1: 2-1

Draft 2: 2-1

What was your MVP on Day 1? Keepsake Gorgon

What is your favorite archetype to draft in Theros-Born of the Gods? Devotion to Black

What was the most interesting/craziest/most noteworthy play that you saw or accomplished this weekend? Eye Gouged a Cyclops.

What officially spoiled Journey into Nyx card are you most excited about? Silence the Believers

 

 

 

 


Adam MancusoAge: 24 Hometown: Santa Monica, CA Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8, GP Sacramento

Record on:

Day 1: 8-1

Draft 1: 3-0

Draft 2: 2-0-1

What was your MVP on Day 1? Swordwise Centaur

What is your favorite archetype to draft in Theros-Born of the Gods? Any deck with Lightning Strike

What was the most interesting/craziest/most noteworthy play that you saw or accomplished this weekend? Lightning Volley wiping the board

What officially spoiled Journey into Nyx card are you most excited about? Sigiled Starfish

 

 

 

 


Mark EvaldiAge: 28 Hometown: Stroupsburg, Pa. Occupation: Waiter/bartender

Previous Magic Accomplishments: A few PTQ Top 8s

Record on:

Day 1: 9-0

Draft 1: 3-0 (12-0)

Draft 2: 1-2

What was your MVP on Day 1? Casting Forgestoker Dragon and curving out.

What is your favorite archetype to draft in Theros-Born of the Gods? Midrange deck that suits my play style.

What was the most interesting/craziest/most noteworthy play that you saw or accomplished this weekend? Aqueous Form on my 2/3 creature with a bestowed Nyxborn Wolf and then casting Hunter’s Prowess. Draw 8!

What officially spoiled Journey into Nyx card are you most excited about? King Macar! Gild on a stick

 

 

 

 


Pierre MondonAge: 30 Hometown: Cols, OH. Currently live in Kansas City, Kansas Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments: GP Oklahoma City champion, GP St. Louis Top 8

Record on:

Day 1: 8-1

Draft 1: 2-1

Draft 2: 3-0

What was your MVP on Day 1? Polukranos and Mistcutter Hydra

What is your favorite archetype to draft in Theros-Born of the Gods? I don’t know

What was the most interesting/craziest/most noteworthy play that you saw or accomplished this weekend? Ray of Dissolution Blue Archetype mid-combat, block all attackers. One-sided Wrath.

What officially spoiled Journey into Nyx card are you most excited about? I don’t know

 

 

 

 


Christian CalcanoAge: 25 Hometown: New York, NY Occupation: Tom Ma and Adam Reiser Fan Club

Previous Magic Accomplishments: PT Theros Top 16, Worlds 2010 Top 16, GP Minneapolis 2012 1stMember of Team One Hit

Record on:

Day 1: 9-0

Draft 1: 2-1

Draft 2: 2-0-1

What was your MVP on Day 1? Tromokratis

What is your favorite archetype to draft in Theros-Born of the Gods? UW Heroic or UB Control

What was the most interesting/craziest/most noteworthy play that you saw or accomplished this weekend? Beat Frank Skarren in round 13 when he cast Brimaz on turn three all three games.

What officially spoiled Journey into Nyx card are you most excited about? Sigiled Starfish looks amazing for limited.

 

 

 

 


Danny GoldsteinAge: 25 Hometown: Columbia, MD Occupation: Head Magician at Drop Zone Games

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2 SCG Open Top 8 finishes. #4vaporsnag #9-0-1-drop

Record on:

Day 1: 7-2

Draft 1: 3-0

Draft 2: 3-0

What was your MVP on Day 1? Dat curve

What is your favorite archetype to draft in Theros-Born of the Gods? Forced blue-green Prophet of Kruphix; get passed Prophet. #infiniteprofit

What was the most interesting/craziest/most noteworthy play that you saw or accomplished this weekend? Used Akroan Crusader to cast Fall of the Hammer on Omenspeaker, then Searing Blood to finish it.

What officially spoiled Journey into Nyx card are you most excited about? Atheros, God of Passage

 

 

 

 


Frank SkarrenAge: 23 Hometown: Merrick, NY Occupation: SCG Writer, Data Entry

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Winner of Grand Prix Charlotte, multiple cash finishes (top 32 and top 64), played in 5 Pro Tours

Record on:

Day 1: 8-1

Draft 1: 3-0

Draft 2: 2-1

What was your MVP on Day 1? Eidolon of Countless Battles, mostly because my deck was a relatively average black-white build, and Eidolon won me a lot of games.

What is your favorite archetype to draft in Theros-Born of the Gods? I like red-black Minotaurs. It is very hard to draft successfully, but when you can, it’s unbeatable.

What was the most interesting/craziest/most noteworthy play that you saw or accomplished this weekend? Every time I cast Necrobite… the card is insane.

What officially spoiled Journey into Nyx card are you most excited about? I’ve got to go with King Macar, the Gold-Cursed. Such awesome flavor, and a limited bomb.