2018 US Nationals Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on July 1, 2018

By Meghan Wolff

Meghan is one half of the podcast Magic the Amateuring and an adjunct professor at Tolarian Community College. She loves Limited, likes Modern, and dips her toes into each Standard season. She's decidedly blue and is the #1 hater of Siege Rhino in the Multiverse.

Congratulations to the Top 8 players from US Nationals 2018!


Name: Kevin Jones

Age: 30

Hometown: Kingston, NY

Occupation: content producer @ The Bearded Dragon Games

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

GP Montreal Champion 2017

US Nationals Team 2016

2 SCG wins!

PT Dominaria Top 17!

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Jeskai Control - good against UB and Red Decks. Ryoichi Tamada is the best.

What was the best card in your main deck and why?

Glimmer of Genius - helps hit land drops

Teferi, Hero of Dominaria - does everything

What card from Magic 2019 are you most excited for?

Nicol Bolas!

What would winning US Nationals mean to you?

It would be fulfilling one of my Magic career goals!


Name: Joe Bernal

Age: 28

Hometown: Chicago

Occupation: hotsaucegames.com

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Played in a Pro Tour

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

UB Control, Glimmer plus Gearhulk is my favorite thing to do in Standard

What was the best card in your main deck and why?

The Scarab God

What card from Magic 2019 are you most excited for?

Nicol Bolas

What would winning US Nationals mean to you?

Everything


Name: Justin Andrus

Age: 29

Hometown: St. Louis

Occupation: Financial analyst

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

two for two on GPs for Day 2

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Esper Control. I enjoy value decks with toolbox styles. There's a lot of cheap card filter.

What was the best card in your main deck and why?

Yahenni's Expertise. 4 mana board wipe combos with Doomfall for a strong tempo play

What card from Magic 2019 are you most excited for?

Bolas. Value town.

What would winning US Nationals mean to you?

I'd love to win with my brew. I've been brewing for years and this is my best deck.


Name: Dylan Brown

Age: 25

Hometown: Port Huron, MI

Occupation: Server

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Small time stuff. This is my best finish so far.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Blue-Black Midrange. Casting Scarab God was the place to be this weekend.

What was the best card in your main deck and why?

Scarab God for obvious reasons

What card from Magic 2019 are you most excited for?

Nicol Bolas the Ravager

What would winning US Nationals mean to you?

I've been chasing the big stage for a long time. It would be fantastic to represent the US at the World Cup.


Name: Chris Andersen

Age: 28

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Lots of SCG tour finishes, handful of PT appearances

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

WU Gift, Jack Kiefer told me to.

What was the best card in your main deck and why?

Champion of Wits, he fixes your draws, fills your graveyard, and pulls you ahead in the mid/late game.

What card from Magic 2019 are you most excited for?

Goblin Trashmaster, the art and name are funny

What would winning US Nationals mean to you?

It would be an honor to represent my country, but my studies come first.


Name: Owen Turtenwald

Age: 29

Hometown: Arlington, VA

Occupation: Magic Pro

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Hall of Fame, 5 PT Top 8, two time Player of the Year

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Red-Black, I've been vocal about my love of The Chainwhirler

What was the best card in your main deck and why?

Goblin Chainwhirler

What card from Magic 2019 are you most excited for?

Duress

What would winning US Nationals mean to you?

I'd represent the US alongside Reid Duke.


Name: Matthew Nickolai

Age: 26

Hometown: Waterford, MI

Occupation: Software Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 8 Grand Prix Toronto 2017, JSS competitor

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Blue-Black Midrange. I found it on Twitter, it seemed good. There are a bunch of cards I like in it.

What was the best card in your main deck and why?

The Scarab God . . . it's The Scarab God. It does everything. It is very messed up.

What card from Magic 2019 are you most excited for?

Ugin!

What would winning US Nationals mean to you?

I would get to go to the World Magic Cup! An actual dream! Shoutouts to Team BC Comix, Team Muscle Quest, Clinic, Jennifer, and my family for being supportive.


Name: Brent Clawson

Age: 29

Hometown: Battle Creek, MI

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

GP Indy 2015 Champ

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Red

What was the best card in your main deck and why?

Hazoret

What card from Magic 2019 are you most excited for?

Nicol Bolas

What would winning US Nationals mean to you?

Not sure.

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