Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on February 19, 2017

By Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw

Do you want to know more about our Top 8 players here at Grand Prix Brisbane? Well lucky for you, so did I, so I made them answer the following questions and pose awkwardly to have their photos taken.


Oliver Oks

Hometown: Adelaide, South Australia.
Age: 37
Occupation: Solicitor
What deck did you play? Lantern Control
Day 1 Record: 8-1
Day 2 Record: 5-0-1
What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? 3rd place, GP Melbourne 2012.
Which deck do you least want to face in this Top 8? Black-Green Tron (Sean Hume).


Zen Takahashi

Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Age: 19
Occupation: Full-time student, part-time business intelligence analyst.
What deck did you play? Dredge. Lee Shi Tian broke it so I didn't have to play burn.
Day 1 Record: 8-1
Day 2 Record: 4-1-1
What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? This. My third GP Top 8 in the last 4 Australian GP's. It gives me the confidence that I can play constructed.
Which deck do you least want to face in this Top 8? White-Red Nahiri (Tetsu Kawaguchi), it's my Quarters matchup!


Lee Shi Tian

Hometown: Hong Kong
Age: 29
Occupation: Accountant
What deck did you play? Dredge, because Golgari Grave-Troll was banned.
Day 1 Record: 9-0
Day 2 Record: 4-0-2
What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? GP Birmingham 2008 winner, Hong Kong National Champ, 5 Pro Tour Top 8s
Which deck do you least want to face in this Top 8? White-Red Nahiri (Tetsu Kawaguchi) and Lantern Control (Oliver Oks)


Timothy Cheng

Hometown: Sydney, New South Wales.
Age: 33
Occupation: Full time scrubber.
What deck did you play? Living End.
Day 1 Record: 7-2
Day 2 Record: 3-1-2
What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? Probably this one.
Which deck do you least want to face in this Top 8? Lantern Control (Oliver Oks) or Dredge (Lee Shi Tian or Zen Takahashi).


Chris Grimshaw

Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Age: 32
Occupation: Operations Manager
What deck did you play? Affinity
Day 1 Record: 8-1
Day 2 Record: 4-0-2
What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? PTQ Oath of the Gatewatch, Auckland NZ.
Which deck do you least want to face in this Top 8? White-Red Nahiri (Tetsu Kawaguchi).


Tetsu Kawaguchi

Hometown: Kyoto, Japan
Age: 25
Occupation: Student
What deck did you play? White-Red Nahiri "Sun and Moon".
Day 1 Record: 7-2
Day 2 Record: 5-0-1
What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? This GP.
Which deck do you least want to face in this Top 8? Black-Green Tron (Sean Hume)


Sean Hume

Hometown: Palmerston North, New Zealand
Age: 24
Occupation: Storeman
What deck did you play? Black-Green Tron
Day 1 Record: 7-2
Day 2 Record: 5-0-1
What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? This GP today.
Which deck do you least want to face in this Top 8? Affinity (Chris Grimshaw).


James Larsen-Scott

Hometown: Hobart, Tasmania.
Age: 19
Occupation: Student
What deck did you play? Abzan
Day 1 Record: 8-1
Day 2 Record: 4-2
What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? This one.
Which deck do you least want to face in this Top 8? Black-Green Tron (Sean Hume).

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