Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on May 22, 2016

By Meghan Wolff and Jacob Van Lunen

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 8 for Grand Prix Charlotte is set! Learn more about this event’s Top 8 competitors, their history at the top tables, and more by taking a look through the Top 8 profiles.


Robert Graves

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Occupation: Clerk at Something 2 Do Games

Record: 13-1-1

What deck are you playing and why?
Kiki Chord. It seemed good.

What’s the most interesting deck you played against this weekend?
Bant Eldrazi

In your opinion, what’s the most underrated card in Modern? Your Favorite? Why?
Jeskai Ascendancy. Jeskai Ascendancy. I like tapping and untapping the same cards over and over. (See Kiki Chord)


Jack Wang

Hometown: Philiadelphia, PA

Occupation: Scientist

Record: 13-1-1

What deck are you playing and why?
Four-Color Bring to Light Scapeshift. It’s lit.

What’s the most interesting deck you played against this weekend?
A dank Bant Company brew.

In your opinion, what’s the most underrated card in Modern? Your Favorite? Why?
Spell Snare. Cryptic Command. Blue too Stronk.


Adonnys Medrano

Hometown: Burke, Virginia

Occupation: Student

Record: 13-1-1

What deck are you playing and why?
Jund. Jund lyfe is best lyfe.

What’s the most interesting deck you played against this weekend?
Got ruined by Goblins because of Goblin Grenade. So probably that.

In your opinion, what’s the most underrated card in Modern? Your Favorite? Why?
Night of Soul’s Betrayal, silver bullet against tons of decks. Thoughtseize, one of the most powerful cards in Modern.


Andreas Ganz

Hometown: Zurich, Switzerland

Occupation: Content Manager

Record: 13-2

What deck are you playing and why?
Ad Nauseam. It’s well-positioned against the field (except for Infect), favored vs Jeskai Harbinger, and people aren’t prepared for the deck/don’t know it.

What’s the most interesting deck you played against this weekend?
Bant Eldrazi, most other decks I faced were stock tier 1 decks.

In your opinion, what’s the most underrated card in Modern? Your Favorite? Why?
I don’t think there is really a single underrated card in a format as wide as Modern. If anything, there are underrated archetypes. As far as underrated decks go, I would say Green White Death and Taxes.


Sam Black

Hometown: Madison, WI

Occupation: pro player/writer for StarCityGames.com

Record: 13-1-1

What deck are you playing and why?
Death’s Shadow - I watched Magnus Lantto win a lot on Magic Online

What’s the most interesting deck you played against this weekend?
Bant Eldrazi

In your opinion, what’s the most underrated card in Modern? Your favorite? Why?
Become Immense - it ends games easily
Spellstutter Sprite - history


Eli Kassis

Hometown: Vestal, NY

Occupation: licensed mental health counselor

Record: 13-1-1

What deck are you playing and why?
Nightshade, it has lots of play and people don’t expect it.

What’s the most interesting deck you played against this weekend?
Merfolk.

In your opinion, what’s the most underrated card in Modern? Your favorite? Why?
Retreat to Coralhelm, Nahiri - powerful and versatile


Mike Sigrist

Hometown: Foxboro, MA

Occupation: professional Magic player

Record: 13-2

What deck are you playing and why?
Jund. Couldn’t find a deck that was more consistent.

What’s the most interesting deck you played against this weekend?
Bant Eldrazi. Sakura-Tribe Elder seemed good in it as well.

In your opinion, what’s the most underrated card in Modern? Your favorite? Why?
Dark Confidant. It can take over games on its own and it’s not in any decks but Jund.
Amulet of Vigor is my favorite card in Modern. It was in my favorite deck, I don’t care if the deck doesn’t function anymore.


Jon Bolding

Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.

Occupation: property manager

Record: 13-2

What deck are you playing and why?
Company Zoo - it’s the deck I know the best and familiarity is extremely important in Modern

What’s the most interesting deck you played against this weekend?
Jund splashing white for Nahiri and Lingering Souls

In your opinion, what’s the most underrated card in Modern? Your favorite? Why?
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben - it’s naturally strong against a lot of archetypes.
Lightning Bolt - it’s the most versatile removal in Modern

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