Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on May 10, 2015

By Wizards of the Coast

Learn more about Grand Prix Atlantic City's Top 8 competitors by taking a look through their profiles!
 

Name: Gaudenis Vidugiris


Age: 30


Hometown: Vilnius / Madison / New York


Previous Magic Accomplishments: Three-time Grand Prix champion; Pro Tour Avacyn Restored finalist

What did you play on Saturday, and why?
Red-White Aggro with Citadel Siege and two Runemarks. My pool wasn't good and Citadel Siege is amazing, so I tried to be as aggro as possible.

What did you draft today?
Red-Green Aggro and Blue-Red Control


What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?
Goblin Heelcutter: The card is unbeatable in aggro. Abzan Runemark: It was the only way my Sealed pool could win tihout drawing Citadel Siege.


What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?
A Dragonlord. They are almost unbeatable. (Also, less thinking for the rest of the draft.)
 




Name: Stephen Neal


Age: 29


Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin


Previous Magic Accomplishments: Madison and Milwaukee city champion. Top 8 at the Pro Tours in San Juan and Barcelona.


What did you play on Saturday, and why?
White-Black with Citadel Siege and Brutal Hordechief, because those cards are unbeatable.


What did you draft today?
Blue-Black, 2-1. Black-Red, 2-0-1.


What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?
Rakshasa Gravecaller and Deadly Wanderings, because they weren't in the same deck. Butcher's Glee also overperformed.


What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?
Any Dragonlord. Failing that, Rakshasa Gravecaller.
 




Name: Alexander Hayne


Age: 26


Hometown: Westmount, Canada


Previous Magic Accomplishments: Four Grand Prix wins, three other Top 8s. Pro Tour Avacyn Restored Champion. Rookie of the Year, 2011-2012.


What did you play on Saturday, and why?
I played Blue-Black, splash Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury. I prepared by Skype-ing with Limited master Mike Sigrist, who loves Blue-Black, and it was one of the deeper combinations in my pool.


What did you draft today?
Draft 1: Green-Blue Conifder Strider / Taigam's Strike combo. 2-1. It was awful. I got lucky.
Draft 2: Red-White Aggro. Good curve, good removal, no cares. 3-0.


What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?
Strongarm Monk. It just makes combat impossible for your opponents.


What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?
Dragonlord Silumgar. Blue-Black is great and deep, and having a giant, flying, deathtouch creature, plus your opponent's best creature seems good. Also, I'm a proud Dimir mage.
 




Name: Zachary Jesse


Age: 30


Hometown: Richmond, Virginia


Previous Magic Accomplishments: One Pro Tour Top 16. Two or three Pro Tour Top 25s. One Grand Prix Top 8.


What did you play on Saturday, and why?
Blue-Red Unblockable. My deck had no rares, but a bunch of unblockable creatures and flyers. First time I've every played Dragonrage happily. It killed a lot of people out of nowhere.


What did you draft today?
Draft 1: Red-Green Dudes. I had a Descent of the Dragons; never cast it.
Draft 2: White-Black, splashing Boltwing Marauder.


What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?
Dragonrage won me several games with my Sealed deck that I probably had no business winning. I didn't play it main deck, and I sided it in every game.


What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?
Besides an insane rare? Ultimate Price or Rakshasa Gravecaller.
 




Name: Bryan Gottlieb


Age: 32


Hometown: Brooklyn, New York


Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 50 at Pro Tour Born of the Gods. Convinced a bunch of people Nivmagus Elemental was broken.


What did you play on Saturday, and why?
Blue-Red with no plan. My pool was very bad.


What did you draft today?
Blue-Black Exploit, 3-0. Black-Red Impact Tremors, 3-0.


What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?
Anything with exploit.


What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?
I don't know card names...Probably the uncommon Grave Titan exploit thingy.
 




Name: Jacob Wilson


Age: 20


Hometown: San Francisco


Previous Magic Accomplishments: Two Pro Tour Top 8s. Five Grand Prix Top 8s. Platinum Pro.


What did you play on Saturday, and why?
Black-Green splashing red (Jund). I put as many rares in my deck as I could.

What did you draft today?
Black-Red Dash, 3-0. White-Blue Ojutai, 2-1.


What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?
Qarsi Sadist: high toughness and occasional exploit. Dragonloft Idol: fantastic when combined with luck.


What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?
Dragonlord Ojutai.
 



Name: Christian Calcano


Age: 26


Hometown: New York, NY


Previous Magic Accomplishments: Five Grand Prix Top 8s. Two Pro Tour Top 16s.

What did you play on Saturday, and why?
Blue-Black, splashing white. Black was my best color and blue was my best support color. Had two on-color white duals, so I splashed an extra win condition and removal spell.


What did you draft today?
Blue-Black (3-0) and Black-Red (2-0-1).


What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?
Ojutai's Breath in the first draft won me multiple games I would've lost otherwise. Second draft: Qal Sisma Behemoth. A 5/5 for 3 mana is insane.


What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?
Dragonlord Silumgar because it's unfair.


Name: Luis Scott-Vargas

Age: 32


Hometown: Oakland


Previous Magic Accomplishments: Hall of Fame. Third in Vintage Super League, season two. Second in Vintage Super League, season one.


What did you play on Saturday, and why?
Red-Green Midrange, because I had a bunch of removal and a few finishers.


What did you draft today?
Two Blue-Back Control decks. Both were top-heavy and full of value cards.


What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?
Aven Surveyor and Reach of Shadows were both great at dealing with opposing anything.


What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?
Dragonlord Silumgar, so I can draft Blue-Black.
 


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