TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in NEWS on June 29, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

How were their Sealed decks? How did their drafts turn out? Learn more about the Top 8 competitors of Grand Prix Washington DC 2014 competitors in the profiles below!


Alex John

Hometown: East Lansis, MI
Occupation: VP of Membership, MSU Student Housing Cooperative

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Team 2nd place at Grand Prix Providence, Top 16 Grand Prix Louisville, Top 32 GP Detroit.

What were your Sealed and Draft records?
Sealed: 7-2; Draft 1: 3-0; Draft 2: 3-0.

What did you play in Sealed, and how did it go?
Green-white. I had a bunch of creatures and combat tricks. Hunter's Prowess won almost every game alongside Akroan Mastiff.

What did you play in your drafts, and how did they go?
Draft 1 I had blue-green with two Voyaging Satyr, a Prophet of Kruphix and other stellar creatures. I fought great decks en route to 3-0. Draft 2 I was green with white for two Mastiffs. My four rare green creatures were too hot to handle, too cold to hold.

Which cards were the most important in your Sealed and Draft decks this weekend, and why?
Akroan Mastiff and Hunter's Prowess won me pretty much all my rounds. Woof. Woof.


Charles League

Hometown: Richmond, VA
Occupation: Streamer (www.twitch.tv/Flekov), software developer, community organizer.

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
4x Draft with Scrubland Top 8.

What were your Sealed and Draft records?
Sealed: 8-1; Draft 1: 2-1; Draft 2: 3-0.

What did you play in Sealed, and how did it go?
Played Simic. Lots of tricks and the Scourge of Fleets.

What did you play in your drafts, and how did they go?
Draft 1 was Orzhov. Really strong, rode Dawnbringer Charioteers and Hero of Iroas. Draft 2 was Selesnya. Acolyte's Reward and Ajani's Presence are the only reasons I'm here.

Which cards were the most important in your Sealed and Draft decks this weekend, and why?
Fleetfeather Cockatrice and Scourge of Fleets were amazing in Sealed. Ajani's Presence was good in both drafts.


William "Huey" Jensen

Hometown: Boston, MA
Occupation: Magic player and content provider for ChannelFireball.com

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Hall of Fame class of 2013. 8th Grand Prix Top 8 this season.

What were your Sealed and Draft records?
Sealed: 8-1; Draft 1: 3-0; Draft 2: 2-0-1.

What did you play in Sealed, and how did it go?
Black splash blue; went 8-1 (with three byes).

What did you play in your drafts, and how did they go?
Black-red: 3-0. Black-blue: 2-0-1.

Which cards were the most important in your Sealed and Draft decks this weekend, and why?
Sealed: a vast assortment of black removal. Draft 1: two copies of Tymaret, the Murder King. Draft 2: Shipwreck Singer.


David Fulk

Hometown: Deep Creek, VA
Occupation: Delivery driver

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
24th Pro Tour Born of the Gods

What were your Sealed and Draft records?
Sealed: 9-0; Draft 1: 1-2; Draft 2: 3-0.

What did you play in Sealed, and how did it go?
White-black with Grim Guardian and fliers.

What did you play in your drafts, and how did they go?
Red-green 1-2. Blue-black 3-0.

Which cards were the most important in your Sealed and Draft decks this weekend, and why?
Sealed: Grim Guardian and Dictate of Erebos. Draft 1: Nothing; it was a bad deck. Draft 2: Nullify and Prescient Chimera.


Mike Sigrist

Hometown: Mansfield, MA
Occupation: Student

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 Pro Tour Boston 2003 (Teams), Top 8 Grand Prix Richmond 2014

What were your Sealed and Draft records?
Sealed: 8-1, Draft 1: 2-1, Draft 2: 3-0

What did you play in Sealed, and how did it go?
Green-White. Quite well given a mediocre deck.

What did you play in your drafts, and how did they go?
Draft 1: U/W deck was ridiculous. Disappointed to lose with it. Draft 2: R/W deck was solid despite not playing most of the cards from Pack 1.

Which cards were the most important in your Sealed and Draft decks this weekend, and why?
Fleecemain Lion and Colossal Heroics in Sealed: The best creature and the best trick. Hour of Need was my best card in the first draft; Wingsteed Rider in the second.


Yuuya Watanabe

Hometown: Machina, Japan
Occupation: Magic: The Gathering Pro Player

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Two time Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Two Pro Tour Top 8s, Six Grand Prix Wins

What were your Sealed and Draft records?
Sealed: 7-2, Draft 1: 2-0-1, Draft 2: 3-0

What did you play in Sealed, and how did it go?
W/R/u, but sideboarding into Blue-Green. Not a good pool.

What did you play in your drafts, and how did they go?
B/g - A very good deck. G/B/u - Only so so. Good draws.

Which cards were the most important in your Sealed and Draft decks this weekend, and why?
Golden Hind. It works all the time.


Christian Calcano

Hometown: New York, NY
Occupation: #TeamPanda

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Two Pro Tour Top 16s, 3 Grand Prix Top 8s including this one

What were your Sealed and Draft records?
Sealed: 9-0, Draft 1: 2-1, Draft 2: 2-1

What did you play in Sealed, and how did it go?
Blue-Green with eighteen lands, a Courser of Kruphix, and Hydra Broodmaster

What did you play in your drafts, and how did they go?
Blue-Red in both drafts. Was fortunate to get a 2-1 in both.

Which cards were the most important in your Sealed and Draft decks this weekend, and why?
Sealed - Courser of Kruphix for sure. The card advantage and life gain is too good in Sealed. Draft - Fearsome Temper in the first deck led to explosive draws. Bladetusk Boar in the second deck because he's overpowered.


Yam Wing Chun

Hometown: Hong Kong
Occupation: Student

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Several Grand Prix Top 64s

What were your Sealed and Draft records?
Sealed: 9-0 (with three byes), Draft 1: 3-0, Draft 2: 2-1

What did you play in Sealed, and how did it go?
R/G "Monster" with Courser of Kruphix and some fatties.

What did you play in your drafts, and how did they go?
Draft 1: R/G with Revel of the Fallen God that I can cast on turn 5 via Satyr Hedonist. I went 3-0, winning Round 12 on the back of Ember Swallower via Satyr Hedonist when I was stuck on two lands. Draft 2: R/G with some random fatties. I went 2-1.

Which cards were the most important in your Sealed and Draft decks this weekend, and why?
Obviously Satyr Hedonist! It can power out a huge creature on turn 3. Fear the Satyr!