Top 8 Players

Posted in Event Coverage on February 24, 2019

By Adam Styborski

Stybs has played Magic the world over, writing and drafting as part of the event coverage team and slinging Commander everywhere his decks will fit.

After sixteen rounds, eight players remain in the running for the glory, fortune, and prestige of winning Mythic Championship I! Learn more about them below.


Name: Luis Scott-Vargas
Age: 36
Hometown: Oakland, California
Occupation: Vice President, ChannelFireball.com and Game Designer
Ravnica Guild Affiliation: Dimir
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Mulligan to four in the previous Pro Tour finals.
Limited Record: 4-2
Standard Record: 8-1-1
What is your proudest non-Magic accomplishment? Eating an eight-pound burrito (mostly) by myself. Josh Utter-Leyton helped a little bit, if we're being honest.
What is your favorite Magic memory? Getting interviewed by Brian David-Marshall at my third Pro Tour.
Who is your hero, Magic or not? My parents, for teaching me what really matters.
If you could get help from one Planeswalker in the Top 8, who would it be and why? Ral, because he's served me well so far.


Name: Márcio Carvalho
Age: 33
Hometown: Portugal
Occupation: MPL Player
Ravnica Guild Affiliation: Simic
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 5 Pro Tour Top 8s. In my last four Pro Tours I made Top 8 three times—feels unreal.
Limited Record: 6-0
Standard Record: 7-1-2
What is your proudest non-Magic accomplishment? Being invited to Gonçalo Pinto's wedding.
What is your favorite Magic memory? When I made Top 4 of Pro Tour 25h Anniversary with Carlos Romão and Thiago Saporito.
Who is your hero, Magic or not? Willy Edel. He's way more than a Hall of Famer—he's just the best person you will ever know.
If you could get help from one Planeswalker in the Top 8, who would it be and why?

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. He never leaves a man down.


Name: Reid Duke
Age: 29
Hometown: Sugar Loaf, NY
Occupation: Magic: The Gathering
Ravnica Guild Affiliation: Selesnya
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2011 Magic Online Champion; three previous Pro Tour Top 8s; Team Series Champions with Ultimate Guard Pro Team
Limited Record: 6-0
Standard Record: 7-2-1
What is your proudest non-Magic accomplishment? High School Math Team State Championship Competitor
What is your favorite Magic memory? Winning the Team Series Championship with the Ultimate Guard Pro Team
Who is your hero, Magic or not?

  • Lou Gehrig
  • Sir Launcelot of the Lake
  • Luis Scott-Vargas

If you could get help from one Planeswalker in the Top 8, who would it be and why? Urza. Going to need a powerful blue Planeswalker to get me through this.


Name: Alex Majlaton
Age: 34
Hometown: Lanham, Maryland
Occupation: Data Scientist
Ravnica Guild Affiliation: Izzet
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 8 GP Top 8s; played in 34 PTs
Limited Record: 4-2
Standard Record: 8-1-1
What is your proudest non-Magic accomplishment? Personal development; I worked hard on my ability to interact with people in general and treating everyone with respect.
What is your favorite Magic memory? PT Portland 2014, playing 3 consecutive tournaments, practicing with Face to Face Games, vacationing in a log cabin playing games for a week afterward.
Who is your hero, Magic or not? My dad. I hope I can be half as great as he is.
If you could get help from one Planeswalker in the Top 8, who would it be and why?

Karn—shout out to my robots.


Name: Autumn Burchett
Age: 27
Hometown: Langley, England
Occupation: Streamer, writer, professional Magic player
Ravnica Guild Affiliation: Temur
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Back-to-back English National Champion
Limited Record: 5-1
Standard Record: 7-1-2
What is your proudest non-Magic accomplishment? I had a few rough years early in my adulthood, and I am proud to have left them stronger, happier, and more confident in myself.
What is your favorite Magic memory? Preparing for PT GRN with Jade.
Who is your hero, Magic or not? Mike, Charlie, Emma, Jadine, and Aaron all fill my life with so much love and joy.
If you could get help from one Planeswalker in the Top 8, who would it be and why? Narset, because representation matters <3


Name: Julien Berteaux
Age: 35
Hometown: a small town in the north of France
Ravnica Guild Affiliation: Boros
Previous Magic Accomplishments:

  • Nationals Top 8
  • Finalist, GP Warsaw 2018
  • 26th, PT Bilbao

Limited Record: 6-0
Standard Record: 6-3-1
What is your proudest non-Magic accomplishment? Having so many awesome friends!
What is your favorite Magic memory? My first PT qualification, six years ago.
If you could get help from one Planeswalker in the Top 8, who would it be and why? Karn, if I need to restart some games.


Name: Yoshihiko Ikawa
Age: 33
Hometown: Tokyo
Occupation: none
Ravnica Guild Affiliation: Boros
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8, PT San Diego 2010
Limited Record: 5-1
Standard Record: 7-2-1
What is your favorite Magic memory? The first time I qualified for the Pro Tour.
Who is your hero, Magic or not? Yoon Soo Han. He is my MTG master.
If you could get help from one Planeswalker in the Top 8, who would it be and why? Kaya. She will help me a lot!


Name: Michael Bonde Pilgaard
Age: 31
Hometown: Aarhus, Denmark
Occupation: Masters student
Ravnica Guild Affiliation: Simic
Previous Magic Accomplishments:

  • 17th, PT Rivals of Ixalan
  • 17th, PT Shadows over Innistrad
  • 4 GP Top 8s, 1 win

Limited Record: 5-1
Standard Record: 7-2-1
What is your proudest non-Magic accomplishment? Becoming a father to my wonderful daughter on January 1, 2019.
What is your favorite Magic memory? Meeting Thomas Enevoldsen (and beating him) in my first PTQ 11 years ago
Who is your hero, Magic or not? Martin Jůza; I watched all his matches when I started—he is always happy and positive, a great player and friend.
If you could get help from one Planeswalker in the Top 8, who would it be and why? Tibalt! He also needs some help and minus X minus is positive, right?

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