TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX BALTIMORE 2015 - WELCOME on December 15, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

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


Josh Utter-Leyton

Age: 29
Hometown: Rohnert Park
Occupation: Software Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Five Pro Tour Top 8s, seven Grand Prix Top 8s

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
8-1. Played straight White-Black, but sideboarded into Sultai most of the time. Sultai's mana wasn't great, but I think I came up on the wrong side of the power versus consistency decision playing the two-color main deck.

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
3-0 with White-Red Aggro. First picked Mardu Hordechief--didn't open a great rare or uncommon and it's the best common.

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
1-0-2 with Sultai. First picked Rakshasa Deathdealer because it's great.

Which Khans of Tarkir card has changed the most in your evaluation for Limited?
Barrage of Boulders went from what I thought was a fringe playable to a key card to draft around.

What present would you most like to unwrap during your Top 8 draft?
Wingmate Roc.


David Foster

Age: 19
Hometown: Crofton, MD
Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Won the two Grand Prix Trials I've competed in.

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
9-0. Abzan splashing Crater's Claws. There were no difficult decisions. The pool built itself. Wingmate Roc OP.

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
2-1 (11-0 at one point!). I played five-color good stuff. First-picked Flying Crane Technique because it wins games.

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
2-1. I played Abzan splashing red. I first-picked Arc Lightning because it's versatile and cheap.

Which Khans of Tarkir card has changed the most in your evaluation for Limited?
Dragonscale Boon. When it was spoiled I thought it wasn't that good, but I now know its power.

What present would you most like to unwrap during your Top 8 draft?
Foil Wingmate Roc.


Harry Bradford

Age: 23
Hometown: Salem, MA
Occupation: Software Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
None

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
8-1. Abzan with Siege Rhino and Sorin, Solemn Visitor. Hardest decision was deciding how many delve cards I could afford to play.

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
2-1. Temur. First-picked Savage Knuckleblade because he's awesome. Got passed Surrak Dragonclaw three picks later.

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
3-0. Sultai. Sultai Charm because it was the most powerful and versatile card in the pack.

Which Khans of Tarkir card has changed the most in your evaluation for Limited?
Sage-Eye Harrier. Big butts are awesome.

What present would you most like to unwrap during your Top 8 draft?
Wingmate Roc.


Craig Wescoe

Age: 32
Hometown: Oreskos
Occupation: King

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Pro Tour Dragon's Maze champion.

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
9-0. White-Black Warriors. Whether to play one or both Rakshasa's Secrets.

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
2-1. Mardu. Butcher of the Horde.

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
1-0-2. White-Black Aggro. High Sentinels of Arashin.

Which Khans of Tarkir card has changed the most in your evaluation for Limited?
Alabaster Kirin is better than it looks.

What present would you most like to unwrap during your Top 8 draft?
Wingmate Roc.


Tim Wu

Age: 38
Hometown: Washington, D.C. by way of Kalamazoo, MI
Occupation: Economist / Government

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Day 2 at Pro Tour New York 1936.

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
8-1. Jeskai Flying Crane Kick. Top drop or not to drop after seeing my sealed pool.

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
3-0. Mardu Ankles Shankers.

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
1-0-2. Jeskai. Feat of Resistance because I couldn't "resist."

Which Khans of Tarkir card has changed the most in your evaluation for Limited?
Ponyback Brigade.

What present would you most like to unwrap during your Top 8 draft?
World Peace.


Gerard Fabiano

Age: 31
Hometown: New Jersey
Occupation: Teacher

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 4 at Pro Tour Boston. Won Grand Prix Philadelphia and Grand Prix Montreal.

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
Was 7-2, with two byes. If I should play Trail of Mystery or not! (I did not.)

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
3-0. Four-color (no red).

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
3-0. Four-color (no red).

Which Khans of Tarkir card has changed the most in your evaluation for Limited?
Allen Jackson yelled at me over Skype drafts until I got better. Thank you!

What present would you most like to unwrap during your Top 8 draft?
Sorin, Solemn Visitor or Rakshasa's Secret.


Chris Fennell

Age: 31
Hometown: Tallahassee
Occupation: Attorney-to-be

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Five previous Limited Grand Prix Top 8s, with one win at Grand Prix Washington D.C. in 2004. Top 8 at Pro Tour Born of the Gods. Top 16 at Pro Tour Dragon's Maze.

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
8-1. Abzan splash red and blue. Whether to play slightly better cards or worse cards with better mana.

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
Temur. Frontier Bivouac. I prefer green and tri-lands help so much.

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
Temur. Hooded Hydra. Extremely powerful mythic rare.

Which Khans of Tarkir card has changed the most in your evaluation for Limited?
Trail of Mystery. It is much harder to get lands now. It was easier when the set was released.

What present would you most like to unwrap during your Top 8 draft?
Wingmate Roc.


Ben Stark

Age: 31
Hometown: Tamarac, Florida
Occupation: Pro Magic player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Won Pro Tour Paris. Won Grand Prix Indy. Four Pro Tour Top 8s. Fourteen Grand Prix Top 8s. Hall of Fame.

What was your record in Sealed? What did you play? What was the hardest decision in your build?
8-1. Five-color. Cutting Icy Blast.

What was your record in Draft 1? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
2-1. Blue-Green Tempo. Mardu Hordechief, the best card in the pack.

What was your record in Draft 2? What did you play? What did you first-pick and why?
3-0. Blue-Red, splashing white for Flying Crane Technique.

Which Khans of Tarkir card has changed the most in your evaluation for Limited?
Hooting Mandrills.

What present would you most like to unwrap during your Top 8 draft?
Wingmate Roc.