TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in NEWS on June 15, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

Featuring players spread out amongst three different continents as well as newly-minted Platinum Pro Lee Shi Tian all playing a wide spread of decks, the Grand Prix Moscow Top 8 is set. Check out the profiles of these players below!


Alexey Rogov

Age: 26
Hometown: Kazan, Russia
Occupation: Scientist (Physics)

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 at the World Magic Cup Qualifier in 2013, Top 8 at the Grand Prix Trial Izhevsk in 2012

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Jund Monsters - it has a great match-up against Mono-Black Devotion and a high card quality, which can result in unbeatable draws.

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I would change 1 copy of Mutavault for a Forest or a Mountain.

What are the most important cards in your deck?
An Elvish Mystic on turn 1, followed by Sylvan Caryatid on turn 2.


Sergiy Sushalskyy

Age: 31
Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine
Occupation: Sales Manager and a IESE Student

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 at Grand Prix Warsaw in 2014, some Top 32 in the Grand Prix I attended in the 2013 / 2014 season.

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Jund Monsters, because it beats most of the field.

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I wouldn't apply any changes. I'm quite happy with the way it worked out.

What are the most important cards in your deck?
Rakdos's Return


Dmitriy Butakov

Age: 25
Hometown: Barnaul, Russia
Occupation: Full Time Magician

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
2013 Magic Online Champion, Top 8 Grand Prix Valencia 2013

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
"Bant Superfriends", a control deck with a bunch of Planeswalkers. It's my favorite archetype.

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I can't come up with any at the moment.

What are the most important cards in your deck?
Every single one of them.


Sergey Zheleznov

Age: 25
Hometown: Penza, Russia
Occupation: Journalist

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Winner of the PTQ Atlanta in Moscow

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Mono-Black Devotion with Pack Rat since it's the best card in Standard and maybe even in Modern!

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I wouldn't apply any changes to it.

What are the most important cards in your deck?
Pack Rat!


Efim Kashapov

Age: 35
Hometown: Perm, Russia
Occupation: Engineer

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 16 at Grand Prix Moscow 2012

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
4 Color Midrange - I created this list myself; that's why I like it.

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I'm very happy with it as it stands.

What are the most important cards in your deck?
Lands! :-)


Igor Gorbunov

Age: 32
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Occupation: Owner of a restaurant chain

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
I advanced to the finals of my National Championship. I have participated in the Magic World Championship in both Kyoto and San Francisco and I made it to the Pro Tour Valencia and attended 2 Grand Prix prior to this one.

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Boros Burn - I'm a huge fan of red decks. Whenever I can make a burn deck work, I will play it in the respective tournament.

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I would swap out Eidolon of the Great Revel for Young Pyromancer in my main deck, because I think it would have worked better in the current environment.

What are the most important cards in your deck?
Chandra's Phoenix!


Lee Shi Tian

Age: 26
Hometown: Hong Kong
Occupation: Accountant

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 4 Pro Tour Return to Ravnica, Top 8 Pro Tour Born of the Gods, Grand Prix Birmingham 2008 Champion, Hong Kong National Champion 2008, APAC Representative for the Player's Championship 2013

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Mono-Black Devotion with a splash of Blue. Nam Sung Wook's combined record in 4 consecutive events was an impressive 37 - 3, so I decided to follow the master!

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I would cut Notion Thief for an additional copy of Dark Betrayal, but it's Nam's signature card and I don't dare to make the change!

What are the most important cards in your deck?
Mutavault. They have been following me since 2008 where I won the Grand Prix!


Keraan Chetty

Age: 24
Hometown: Durban, South Africa
Occupation: Channel Manager

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Member of the World Cup Team 2012, 2 PTQ Wins

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
B/R Devotion. It was excellent against U/W/X Control decks, burn or in the mirror.

What changes would you apply to your deck and why?
I would probably add an additional Swamp.

What are the most important cards in your deck?
Thoughtseize.

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