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GP Columbus Top 4 Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on April 29, 2018

By Meghan Wolff

Meghan is one half of the podcast Magic the Amateuring 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.

Through fourteen rounds of Sealed, these four teams rose to the top. Congratulations to the GP Columbus Top 4 teams!


Team Pastore/Noga/Barkon

Name: Kellen Pastore

Twitter Handle: @theoddengineer

Hometown: Maple Glen, PA

Occupation: PhD Candidate

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 4 GP Hartford

Top 9 GP Richmond

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

White-Blue, Teferi

What color combination did you play on Day 2, and what was your best card?

White-Blue, Lyra

What's the sweetest interaction you’ve seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Evra and Jousting Lance

What would winning GP Columbus mean to you?

I won more money, and Ralph Betesh will regret not teaming with me and Dan.


 

Name: Steve Noga

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Occupation: Magic the Gathering player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

None.

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Black-Green, Thallid Omnivore

What color combination did you play on Day 2, and what was your best card?

Black-Green, Thallid Omnivore

What’s the sweetest interaction you’ve seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Thallid Omnivore + Saproling Token

What would winning GP Columbus mean to you?

Would be dope


Name: Daniel Barkon

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

None.

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Blue-Red, Siege Gang Commander

What color combination did you play on Day 2, and what was your best card?

Black-Red, Ghitu Chronicler

What’s the sweetest interaction you’ve seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Thallid Omnivore + sacrifice Garna, the Bloodflame with its trigger on the stack

What would winning GP Columbus mean to you?

A chance at bronze


Team Goldfarb/Magalhaes/Baugh

Name: David Goldfarb

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Occupation: account manager

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2nd, GP Montreal 2015

World Magic Cup competitor

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

mono-white splashing red for some creature, Blessed Light

What color combination did you play on Day 2, and what was your best card?

mono-white splashing green for some creature, Shanna, Sisay’s Legacy

What’s the sweetest interaction you’ve seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Edgar cast the same Yargle three times in one game

What would winning GP Columbus mean to you?

Get to win a tournament with one of my best friends . . . and Jacob


Name: Edgar Magalhaes

Twitter Handle: @EdgarMtG

Hometown: Burlington, Ontario

Occupation: reporting analyst

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

3 GP Top 8s

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

UBw durdle, The Eldest Reborn

What color combination did you play on Day 2, and what was your best card?

BGur durdle, Verdant Force

What’s the sweetest interaction you’ve seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Naban + Ghitu Chronicler + Blink of an Eye go infinite

What would winning GP Columbus mean to you?

No longer being just a GP finalist and doing it alongside my friends.


Name: Jacob Baugh

Twitter Handle: @JacobABaugh

Hometown: Waterloo, IL

Occupation: local game store manager

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

lots of success on the SCG tour

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Helm of the Host

What color combination did you play on Day 2, and what was your best card?

Karn, Scion of Urza

What’s the sweetest interaction you’ve seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

bouncing sagas with the third trigger on the stack

What would winning GP Columbus mean to you?

The culmination of my many years of Magic grindin


Team Black/Severa/Baeckstrom

Name: Sam Black

Twitter Handle: @samuelhblack

Hometown: Madison, WI

Occupation: Magic player/SCG writer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

3 PT Top 8s, 15 GP Top 8s, Worlds Top 4, Team Worlds win, won a car

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

White-Black, Phyrexian Scriptures

What color combination did you play on Day 2, and what was your best card?

URG, The Mirari Conjecture

What’s the sweetest interaction you’ve seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

The Mirari Conjecture + Nature's Spiral


Name: Matt Severa

Twitter Handle: @mattsevera

Hometown: Madison, WI

Occupation: applications architect/developer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

4 GP wins

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

mono-brown splashing black and white, the Weatherlight

What color combination did you play on Day 2, and what was your best card?

White-Blue skies, Raff Capashen

What’s the sweetest interaction you’ve seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

The Mirari Conjecture + Nature’s Spiral

What would winning GP Columbus mean to you?

Points and $$$$


Name: Andrew Baeckstrom

Twitter Handle: @abaeckst

Hometown: Denver, CO

Occupation: game designer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

won GP Providence

US National Team member in I think 2014?

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Blue-Red Wizards, my opponent’s Icy Manipulator (from my In Bolas’ Clutches)

What color combination did you play on Day 2, and what was your best card?

Black-Red, my opponents’ bombs (from my 2 The Eldest Reborn)

What’s the sweetest interaction you’ve seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Sam Black + Sagas

What would winning GP Columbus mean to you?

That more people would know how smart I am for listening to Severa and Sam.


Team Lavrenz/Lavrenz/Lamb

Name: Jeremy Lavrenz

Hometown: Germantown, WI

Occupation: fermentation operator

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

winning FNMs and prereleases

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Red-Green, Grand Warlord Radha

What color combination did you play on Day 2, and what was your best card?

Black-Green, Steel Leaf Champion

What’s the sweetest interaction you’ve seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Mirari Conjecture into Grow from Ashes kicked + Nature’s Spiral returning Mirari Conjecture

What would winning GP Columbus mean to you?

Just happy with Top 4


Name: James Lavrenz

Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI

Occupation: trainer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

won many FNM drafts and prereleases

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Blue-Red, Time of Ice

What color combination did you play on Day 2, and what was your best card?

Blue-Red, Mirari Conjecture

What’s the sweetest interaction you’ve seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Mirari Conjecture into Radiating Lightning

What would winning GP Columbus mean to you?

Exciting times on my 1st Pro Tour


Name: Jake Lamb

Twitter Handle: @GingerMcPhee

Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI

Occupation: cashier

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2 PTQ Top 8s, a few Day 2s

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

White-Black, History of Benalia

What color combination did you play on Day 2, and what was your best card?

Mono-White, Baneslayer 2.0

What’s the sweetest interaction you’ve seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Raff in play, flash in Rona and flash in Juggernaut from exile

What would winning GP Columbus mean to you?

Everything up to this point wasn’t in vain.

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