GP Atlanta Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on October 10, 2016

By Meghan Wolff

Meghan is one half of the Good Luck High Five podcast 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.

Learn more about Grand Prix Atlanta's Top 8 competitors—including who they are, what they’ve done in the game, and more—by taking a look through their profiles!


Name: Carlos Romao

Age: 34

Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Occupation: Store Owner

Previous Magic Accomplishments: World Championship 2002, Magic Online World Championship 2010, 4 Grand Prix titles

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

Black-Green. Gonti, Lord of Luxury.

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

Black-Green. Gonti.

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

Black-Green. Renegade Freighter.

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Kaladesh? Why?

Sumggler’s Copter. It’s an Origins Jace that hits for 3!

Longtusk Cub. Because he is so cute. It’s a cub.

Renegade Freighter. The train never stops.
 


Name: Geddes Cooper

Age: 35

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Occupation: Gamer/Poker Player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Team money draft beast!

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

Black-Green splashing Shrewd Negotiations .

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

Red-Green Energy, because it was open. Pia & Riparian Tiger impressed me in that deck.

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

Blue-Black Control. Demon of Dark Schemes!!!

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Kaladesh? Why?

Rare - Demon of Dark Schemes (won nearly all day 1 matches with it)

Uncommon - Shrewd Negotiations in Sealed

Common - Renegade Freighter
 


Name: Thien Nguyen

Age: 25

Hometown: Boston, MA

Occupation: Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 8 GP Pittsburgh

Got Titanshift into the PT gauntlet

Silver Pro

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

Blue-Green splashing red. Torrential Gearhulk got me a 6-for-1, so that.

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

Blue-Red. Metalwork Colossus. It’s so big. How do they deal.

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

Red-White. Giant Spectacle aka the Dan Ward special. They just died.

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Kaladesh? Why?

Rare - Torrential Gearhulk

Uncommon - Whirler Virtuoso

Common - Appetite for the Unnatural
 


Name: Noah Walker

Age: 20

Hometown: Amherst, MA

Occupation: MtG Grinder

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

1 GP top 8, a couple of top 16s

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

Green-Red Aggro. Longtusk Cub is unreal.

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

Red-Black Aggro. Removal spells are fantastic in this format.

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

Red-Green Midrange. Peema Outrider MVP.

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Kaladesh? Why?

Smuggler’s Copter for rare, Longtusk Cub for uncommon, Peema Outrider for common. I like well-costed creatures and good tricks.
 


Name: Chris Fennell

Age: 33

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Occupation: Lawyer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

8th Limited GP top 8, 1 Constructed

PT Born of the Gods Top 8

PT Dragon’s Maze Top 16

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

Green-White. Wispweaver Angel.

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

Blue-White, splashing red. Prophetic Prism.

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

Black-White. Chief of the Foundry.

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Kaladesh? Why?

Verderous Gearhulk, Wispweaver Angel, Renegade Freighter
 


Name: Raymond Perez Jr.

Age: 26

Hometown: Lansing, MI

Occupation: Future Pro

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2nd place GP Indy 2015

PT Theros Top 16

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

I played Black-White splashing Cloudblazer. Midnight Oil was sided in every round and it has always been great. Drew 12 cards in one game yesterday.

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

Blue-Black Control. Panharmonicon plus anything.

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

Red-Black Aggro. Inventor’s Goggles was an all-star.

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Kaladesh? Why?

Rare - Panharmonicon, it’s so great to draft it first and make a combo deck

Uncommon - Longtusk Cub. If I can get them down early, they just win games

Common - Inventor’s Goggles now. I like gaining free mana from my plays
 


Name: Matt Frank

Age: 38

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Occupation: Financial Advisor

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

none

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

RUG. Very happy with Weldfast Monitor and Cultivator of Blades.

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

RG. I had to “hijack” a win. One mana combat tricks. Built to Smash.

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

RW Vehicles. Renegade Freighter and Built to Last.

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Kaladesh? Why?

Common: Welding Sparks. Kills Renegade Freighter

Uncommon: Longtusk Cub. On the play he wins by himself.

Rare: Cultivator of Blades + Spontaneous Artist haste combo kill
 


Name: Cash Turner

Age: 32

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Occupation: Penetration Tester He's in security, and tests systems for vulnerabilities. Maybe "ethical hacker" might also describe the occupation. -Ed]

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 16 GP Vegas 2015, successfully casting Unlicensed Disintegration off two Prophetic Prisms in my green-blue deck.

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

Me and Kambal represented the Orzhov guild investigating Kaladesh. Cataclysmic Gearhulk was incredible and bailed me out of whatever situations looked . . . cataclysmic. Snare Thopter is the True-Faither Censor of the format representing incredible strength against what the card reads as.

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

We played B/R haste with all the removal. I was lucky enough to open a gearhulk and even though it came up seldom it won a critical game or two. Harsh Scrutiny did much more than it read as it allowed me to control my opponents’ removal choices and sequencing. In a conditional removal format the reveal was way better than I thought especially against green.

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

I played base-green take every good card and hope.dek. Oviya is just green Pack Rat. That card was amazing through and through.

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Kaladesh? Why?

Rare - Cultivator’s Caravan because it fights game in and out against power droughts.

Uncommon - Snare Thopter, it steals momentum and can control the pace of the game

Common - Prophetic Prisms make the world go ‘round. They solve the mana issues of the format and play well with a lot of cards in Kaladesh, like Aviary Mechanic, Shrewd Negotiation, and Aether Tradewinds, AND draws a card. Plus your Dhund Operatives facepunch with it.

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