TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on November 6, 2016

By Corbin Hosler

After more than 2,000 players competed in Grand Prix Dallas, only eight remained to play for the trophy. Congratulations to these players for advancing to the Top 8!

Name: Phillip Napoli

Age: 36 + counting

Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey

Occupation: Finance

Previous Magic Accomplishments (before this Grand Prix): One Grand Prix Top 8 with Infect as well. #lucky

What Modern deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Infect. I have a decent amount of experience with the deck, and it plays to my strengths.

What was the most important card in your main deck and why?
Become Immense lol. :)

What was the most important card in your sideboard and why?
Viridian Corrupter. Poor Chalice of the Void...

What Modern-legal card would you love to play with, but haven't yet?
Death's Shadow


Name: Brian Braun-Duin

Age: 30

Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia

Occupation: Writer at Channelfireball.com

Previous Magic Accomplishments (before this Grand Prix):

2016 World Champion

2 Grand Prix wins

2008 Runner Up at a local casual game

What Modern deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Dredge. Thought it was just the best deck.

What was the most important card in your main deck and why?
They are all about the same level of importance. Conflagrate was the missing piece for why old Dredge decks sucked.

What was the most important card in your sideboard and why?
Nature's Claim. Gotta have the hate.

What Modern-legal card would you love to play with, but haven't yet?
Sword of the Meek.


Name: Corey Burkhart

Age: 24

Hometown: Alta Loma, CA

Occupation: Game Designer

Previous Magic Accomplishments (before this Grand Prix):
Three Grand Prix Top 8 (two in Modern with Grixis Control previous to this). Gold level pro, member of Team Channel Fireball.

What Modern deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Grixis Control. It's my baby. I betrayed it in Indianapolis two months ago, but came back to my swamp lord roots.

What was the most important card in your main deck and why?
Snapcaster Mage. Without it, blue wouldn't be able to play a control game.

What was the most important card in your sideboard and why?
Surgical Extraction. Zero-mana cards are exceptionally important, especially against the slower unfair decks and Dredge.

What Modern-legal card would you love to play with, but haven't yet?
Saheeli Rai. She's very powerful. The combo with Liquimetal Coating may just be too cute, but she is powerful at three mana.


Name: Michael Mei

Age: 24

Hometown: Toronto

Occupation: Full-time Ninja

Previous Magic Accomplishments (before this Grand Prix): 12th Grand Prix NY, RPTQ Top 8, Top 64 Grand Prix LA

What Modern deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Infect was my weapon of choice because sometimes, you have to just pump & pray.

What was the most important card in your main deck and why?
Rancor because all my friends (including Bradley Yoo) said it was hot garbage, but it's effectively Vines of Vastwood if you think really hard about it.

What was the most important card in your sideboard and why?
Scavenging Ooze. Hedging strongly against Narcomoeba and Lingering Souls was critical.

What Modern-legal card would you love to play with, but haven't yet?
Ad Nauseam. It's my style of deck but couldn't get together the cards in time. :(


Name: Nicolas D'Ambrose

Age: 22

Hometown: Rochester, New York

Occupation: Carshop guy

Previous Magic Accomplishments (before this Grand Prix): A Star City Games Top 8, lost to Dredge there but hopefully not here also.

What Modern deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Infect; I've been playing it for as long as it has been legal.

What was the most important card in your main deck and why?
Become Immense. The card won me so many games by itself.

What was the most important card in your sideboard and why?
Spell Pierce. Card is very good and won me many games.

What Modern-legal card would you love to play with, but haven't yet?
Death's Shadow. I love the card, it is really powerful and I like casting Become Immense.


Name: Zach Voss

Age: 23

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Occupation: Warehouse Manager

Previous Magic Accomplishments (before this Grand Prix): 2nd at SCG Indianapolis. First at SCG Regionals in January. 82nd at Pro Tour Eldritch Moon.

What Modern deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Titanshift (Through the Breach). I like Chalice of the Void with Simian Spirit Guide.

What was the most important card in your main deck and why?
Valakut… reasons.

What was the most important card in your sideboard and why?
Sudden Shock. It wins the Infect matchup.

What Modern-legal card would you love to play with, but haven't yet?
Liliana of the Veil


Name: Alex Mitas

Age: 21

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Occupation: College student

Previous Magic Accomplishments (before this Grand Prix):

Played on the Pro Tour once...

What Modern deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Wafo-Tapa–inspired Jeskai, because I can't win with other decks.

What was the most important card in your main deck and why?
Think Twice; it's a powerhouse.

What was the most important card in your sideboard and why?
Vendilion Clique let me down a few times (but came in a lot).

What Modern-legal card would you love to play with, but haven't yet?
Surrak, Dragonclaw.


Name: Kevin Mackie

Age: 22

Hometown: San Jose, California

Occupation: Lowe's

Previous Magic Accomplishments (before this Grand Prix):

FNM grinder … Few Opens, GPs, etc… Game Day grinder...

What Modern deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Skred! Fun to play, solid matchups all around and clear lines of play.

What was the most important card in your main deck and why?
Mind Stone/Skred. Close tie. One is your best tempo play and the other kills almost everything in the format.

What was the most important card in your sideboard and why?
Molten Rain. Comes in against the most matchups for bad cards.

What Modern-legal card would you love to play with, but haven't yet?
Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver. Most troll card, but not very good main deck.

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