Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on June 14, 2015

By Adam Styborski

Stybs has played Magic the world over, writing and drafting as part of the event coverage team and slinging Commander everywhere his decks will fit.

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


Name: Zach Jesse

Age: 30

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Several Grand Prix Top 8s. Did well at several Pro Tour but no Top 8s

What did you play this weekend, and why?
“Griselshoalbrand” – The deck is ridiculous. Honestly though, I played it because I wanted to have fun

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Nourishing Shoul. The deck couldn’t operate without it. I also like Worldspine Wurm as nothing feels better than putting a 15/15 into play.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Blood Moon. It’s even better when you cast it on turn 1 or 2.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?
Lots of turn 2 kills. I hard cast Griselbrand three times, twice in one game. I’ve also spliced onto Arcane more than any other time in my life. I kill my opponent in response to end step Deciever Exarch multiple times.


Name: Wesley See

Age: 23

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
States 2014

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Blue-Red Splinter twin because Blood Moon is a busted card.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Blood Moon. See above.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
A tie between the third Blood Moon and the first Keranos, God of Storms simply because they’re both unfair in different ways.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?
Splinter Twin targeting Sower of Temptation to steal my opponent’s manlands in combat.


Name: Sam Pardee

Age: 25

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Five previous Grand Prix Top 8s with one win.

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Blue-Red Splinter Twin. They took my Birthing Pods away!

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Remand. The card is so punishing on the play and enables from absurd tricks.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir. No one knew what it did and it enables from sweet blowouts.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?
Using Teferi to allow me to Vendilion Clique away my opponent’s Rending Volley.


Name: Donald Smith Jr.

Age: 20

Hometown: Cut Off, LA

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
22nd Grand Prix Las Vegas. I have a winning record versus Tom Ross.

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Burn. Burn has a fighting change versus all the decks while being good versus Grixis decks.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Flame Javelin. It dodges Inquisition of Kozilek, kills Deciever Exarch, doesn’t trigger Eidolon of the Great Revel, and hits the face for 4.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Path to Exile. And extremely tempo efficient catch-all answer.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?
Cast Lightning Bolt targeting my opponent.


Name: Michael Malone

Age: 24

Hometown: Destine, FL

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
TCG Player Jacksonville 5k Winner
Top 32 Grand Prix Nashville
Day 2 Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Collected Company Elves. It’s fantastic against the “fair” decks and after sideboarding the big mana decks (Red-Green Tron and Amulet Bloom) get reasonable.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Collect Company. It allows me to go over the top of everything in terms of card advantage and board presence. Honorable mention to Ezuri, Renegade Leader: That card is sick.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Bow of Nylea. The card is great versus Affinity and Burn. Deathtouch plus trample is always nice as well.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?
Casting Collected Company into double Elvish Archdruid to pump my creatures three times with Ezuri’s Overrun ability.


Name: Ian Bosley

Age: 25

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Abzan Company. Strong combo deck with grind potential (and I love the Collected Company).

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Collected Company/Fiend Hunter. Grind advantage engine that can combo kill and instant speed removal with Chord of Calling/Collected Company.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Tidehollow Sculler. Too good against combo and land decks.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?
Chord of Calling for a chain of Eternal Witnesses against Jund with an active Gavony Township, or swinging my Melira, Sylvok Outcast into a Griselbrand and conceding.


Name: Darien Elderfield

Age: 22

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Ad Nauseam. I have a pretty good version and have been playing it on Magic Online recently.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Ad Nauseam. The deck wouldn’t exist without it.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Leyline of Sanctity. Decks with seven or more discard spells are probably the deck’s worst matchups.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?
Holding lands to discard to Liliana of the Veil? Nothing too exciting.


Name: Andrew Wagoner

Age: 23

Hometown: Fort Wayne

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

What did you play this weekend, and why?
I played “Robots” this weekend because I’m ana ggro player and it doesn’t get more aggressive than ‘bots.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Etched Champion because once it resolves it’s near impossible to answer.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Torpor Orb. There was a ton of Splinter Twin decks with weekend and Orb can’t get Lighting Bolted, Path to Exiled, etc.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?
I Galvanic Blasted a Snapcaster Mage a control player was trying to Path to Exile to get a land.

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