TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on April 18, 2016

By Jacob Van Lunen and Marc Calderaro

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 8 for Grand Prix Albuquerque is set! Learn more about this event's Top 8 competitors, their history at the top tables, and more by taking a look through the Top 8 profiles.


Allen Wu

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Won some PTQs on Magic Online

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

Started Blue-Red, but I should have played Blue-Black-Green and I sideboarded into it most rounds. Traverse the Ulvenwald was surprisingly strong. I thought it would just search up a land, but it ended up being much better than that. So much so that I second picked it in a Draft today.

What did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Blue-Black. Most cards performed as expected. Pore Over the Pages was the one that stood out. I expected it to be good and it was great.

What did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Black-Green-White. Sage of Ancient Lore. Again, I thought it would be good and it was great.

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Shadows over Innistrad? Why?

Morkrut Necropod just because I've played it a lot and it's carried me a ton.


William Craddock

Age: 29

Occupation: Bond Agent

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 63rd at Pro Tour Amsterdam

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

Green-White Humans - Gryff's Boon

What did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Blue-Black Zombies - Compelling Deterrence

What did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Green-White Humans - Equestrian Skill

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Shadows over Innistrad? Why?

Common - Dead Weight. It's really efficient.
Uncommon - Duskwatch Recruiter. Because it's bonkers.

Rare - Whatever one wins me games.


Jacob Thiessen

Age: 29

Occupation: Sales

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

1st StarCityGames Seattle

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

Black-Green. Watcher in the Web.

What did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

White-Black. Bygone Bishop.

What did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

White-Black. Angelic Purge.

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Shadows over Innistrad? Why?

Archangel Avacyn. Bound by Moonsilver. Dauntless Cathar.


Seth Manfield

Age: 25

Occupation: Professional Magic player

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2015 World Champion; Pro Tour Fate Reforged Top 8; 3 Grand Prix wins

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

Red-White - Nahiri, the Harbinger and Avacyn's Judgment

What did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

White-Blue Flyers - Dauntless Cathar, Angelic Purge

What did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Black-Red Vampires - Mad Prophet and Malevolent Whispers

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Shadows over Innistrad? Why?

Dauntless Cathar. It trades and makes a spirit – my kind of Magic card. And it's a human!


Michael Simon

Age: 35

Occupation: Information Wizard

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 8 Grand Prix Chicago (Non-Qualifying)

Top 10 Grand Prix Pittsburgh (Qualifying)

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

Black-Green-white - The Gitrog Monster and Angelic Purge

What did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Red-Blue Spells - Pyre Hound and Welcome to the Fold

What did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Green-Blue - Ulvenwald Hydra and Watcher in the Web

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Shadows over Innistrad? Why?

Common: Pyre Hound. An uncommon build-around at common.

Uncommon: Howlpack Resurgence. Trample combat trick.

Rare: Engulf the Shore. One-sided instant-speed bounce is great.


JC Tao

Age: 31

Occupation: Accountant

Previous Magic Accomplishments: PT Oath of the Gatewatch Champion

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

White-Black. True-Faith Censer.

What did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Red-Green Werewolves. Howlpack Resurgence.

What did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Blue-Black. Tamiyo's Journal.

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Shadows over Innistrad? Why?

Descend upon the Sinful is a Wrath of God that puts you ahead.


Christian Keeth

Age: 29

Occupation: Server

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Couple PTQ wins and GP Top 16s.

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

Black-Red. Call the Bloodline

What did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Black-Green Rares. Westvale Abbey was a given, but Morkrut Necropod was awesome.

What did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Blue-Black-Green. Finally got to play with Pack Guardian and it was as good as advertised.

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Shadows over Innistrad? Why?

Falkenrath Gorger. Call the Bloodline. Rabid Bite, but only because I never see any Fiery Temper.


Rick Chong

Age: 40

Occupation: Really old father, like Paul Cheon.

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

White-Blue-Red. Nahiri, the Harbinger.

What did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

White-Blue Fliers. Nothing, my deck was subpar.

What did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Green-White Humans. Declaration in Stone.

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Shadows over Innistrad? Why?

Nahiri, the Harbinger.

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