TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on June 6, 2016

By Marc Calderaro

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 8 for Grand Prix Costa Rica 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.
 



Name/Nombre:
Erick Manuel Lopez Basulto

Age/Edad: 23

Occupation/Ocupación: Merchant

Hometown/Residencia: Merida, Yucatan, México

Previous Magic accomplishments/Logros Previos en Magic:
Winning a PTQ, unfortunately I could not attend because my Visa was denied.


What deck did you play, and why?/Que deck jugaste y porque?
Green-White Tokens because I think it’s the best Standard deck at the moment.


What changes would you make to your deck, and why?/Que cambios harias a tu deck, y porque?
Angelic Purge to sideboard for any other removal, like Declaration in Stone or Silkwrap.


What's the most important card in your deck and sideboard?/Cual es la carta mas importante en tu deck, y sideboard?
In main deck, without a doubt, Archangel Avacyn, and then Chandra, Flamecaller. In the sideboard, Tragic Arrogance and Planar Outburst. Gave me a lot of games.

Are you in Costa Rica for business? Pleasure? Or is business pleasure?/Estas en Costa Rica por trabajo? Placer? O trabjando por placer?
I don’t know if playing Magic is considered a job, for me it’s more like a sport, so then I would say pleasure.

[Thanks to translation by Scorekeeper McCoy]




Name/Nombre: Javier Dominguez

Age/Edad: 29

Occupation/Ocupación: Magic Grinder

Hometown/Residencia: Barcelona, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments/Logros Previos en Magic:
9th place Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar; 3 Grand Prix Top 8


What deck did you play, and why?/Que deck jugaste y porque?
Green-White Tokens. Marc Samarra told me to stick with it.


What changes would you make to your deck, and why?/Que cambios harias a tu deck, y porque?
Would change Tragic Arrogance for Lambholt Pacifist — I love that card!


What's the most important card in your deck and sideboard?/Cual es la carta mas importante en tu deck, y sideboard?
Archangel Avacyn. She’s your defender and your finisher in one card. And the Pacifist lets you play Aggro more.


Are you in Costa Rica for business? Pleasure? Or is business pleasure?/Estas en Costa Rica por trabajo? Placer? O trabjando por placer?
Pleasure. The business is casting Gideon!




Name/Nombre: Saul Alvarado

Age/Edad: 36

Occupation/Ocupación: Trainer, Student

Hometown/Residencia: Panama

Previous Magic accomplishments/Logros Previos en Magic:
Several times National Champion, Grand Prix Los Angeles Top 8


What deck did you play, and why?/Que deck jugaste y porque?
White-Black Control. It’s a little clunky on the first three turns, but has massive spells for the late game.


What changes would you make to your deck, and why?/Que cambios harias a tu deck, y porque?
One less Linvala, the Preserver in the sideboard, and one extra Archangel Avacyn. She is the real MVP.

What's the most important card in your deck and sideboard?/Cual es la carta mas importante en tu deck, y sideboard?
Archangel Avacyn AND Linvala, the Preserver


Are you in Costa Rica for business? Pleasure? Or is business pleasure?/Estas en Costa Rica por trabajo? Placer? O trabjando por placer?
Came to play the game and see the world.




Name/Nombre: Oliver Tiu

Age/Edad: 18

Occupation/Ocupación: Up and Comer

Hometown/Residencia: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Previous Magic accomplishments/Logros Previos en Magic:
2 Grand Prix Top 8s
2 Pro Tour Top 16s


What deck did you play, and why?/Que deck jugaste y porque?
Bant Humans. Because Yuuya plays it and he’s a master.


What changes would you make to your deck, and why?/Que cambios harias a tu deck, y porque?
I would add Fevered Visions to the sideboard.

What's the most important card in your deck and sideboard?/Cual es la carta mas importante en tu deck, y sideboard?
Tireless Tracker, card is broken.


Are you in Costa Rica for business? Pleasure? Or is business pleasure?/Estas en Costa Rica por trabajo? Placer? O trabjando por placer?
To get Pro Points. [Oliver needed three Pro Points this weekend to clinch Platinum.]




Name/Nombre: Michael Derczo

Age/Edad: 35

Occupation/Ocupación: Mid-level Grinder, Caregiver for three dogs and Grandma. (Love you, Gab.)

Hometown/Residencia: Piscataway, New Jersey

Previous Magic accomplishments/Logros Previos en Magic:
1 Grand Prix Top 8, two Pro Tours, noted Death & Taxes specialist


What deck did you play, and why?/Que deck jugaste y porque?
Green-White Tokens. Have you read Archangel Avacyn and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar?


What changes would you make to your deck, and why?/Que cambios harias a tu deck, y porque?
75 was lit.


What's the most important card in your deck and sideboard?/Cual es la carta mas importante en tu deck, y sideboard?
Avacyn/Gideon/Evolutionary Leap

Are you in Costa Rica for business? Pleasure? Or is business pleasure?/Estas en Costa Rica por trabajo? Placer? O trabjando por placer?
Play the game, see the world.




Name/Nombre: Seth Manfield

Age/Edad: 25

Occupation/Ocupación: Professional Magic Player

Hometown/Residencia: Laurel, Maryland

Previous Magic accomplishments/Logros Previos en Magic:
2 Pro Tour Top 8s; 4 Grand Prix wins; Current World Champion.

What deck did you play, and why?/Que deck jugaste y porque?
Green-White Tokens. I think it is the default best deck.


What changes would you make to your deck, and why?/Que cambios harias a tu deck, y porque?
I would play more Declaration in Stone. Three stones, and maybe cut a few of the sideboard cards.


What's the most important card in your deck and sideboard?/Cual es la carta mas importante en tu deck, y sideboard?
Nissa, Voice of Zendikar – the Planeswalkers are the key to the deck.
Sideboard – Tragic Arrogance, as you need a sweeper sometimes.

Are you in Costa Rica for business? Pleasure? Or is business pleasure?/Estas en Costa Rica por trabajo? Placer? O trabjando por placer?
Just for Magic, and to hang out at Miguel Gatica’s house.




Name/Nombre: Brian Braun-Duin

Age/Edad: 29

Occupation/Ocupación: Writer at Channelfireball.com

Hometown/Residencia: Roanoke, Virginia

Previous Magic accomplishments/Logros Previos en Magic:
5 Grand Prix Top 8s, 2 Grand Prix wins.

What deck did you play, and why?/Que deck jugaste y porque?
Bant Company. I knew I was going to play either Bant CoCo or Bant Humans. Ended up playing the slower and grindier of the two.


What changes would you make to your deck, and why?/Que cambios harias a tu deck, y porque?
None. Brad Nelson designed a great 75.

What's the most important card in your deck and sideboard?/Cual es la carta mas importante en tu deck, y sideboard?
Boring answer, but Collected Company. With it, the deck would not exist.

Are you in Costa Rica for business? Pleasure? Or is business pleasure?/Estas en Costa Rica por trabajo? Placer? O trabjando por placer?
All business. But business is good.




Name/Nombre: Brandon Fischer

Age/Edad: 26

Occupation/Ocupación: Software Engineer

Hometown/Residencia: San Francisco, California

Previous Magic accomplishments/Logros Previos en Magic:
Bunch of 12-3s, RPTQ Top 8

What deck did you play, and why?/Que deck jugaste y porque?
Naya Tokens, with the additional red Planswalkers to trample the mirror and eat Eldrazi Displacers.


What changes would you make to your deck, and why?/Que cambios harias a tu deck, y porque?
Add more Needle Spires; it’s great.

What's the most important card in your deck and sideboard?/Cual es la carta mas importante en tu deck, y sideboard?
Oath of Nissa to help smooth out draws and land my color-heavy ‘walkers.

Are you in Costa Rica for business? Pleasure? Or is business pleasure?/Estas en Costa Rica por trabajo? Placer? O trabjando por placer?
Just here for Magic.

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