GP Dallas-Fort Worth Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on May 6, 2018

By Meghan Wolff and Marc Calderaro

After nine rounds of Sealed and two drafts, eight players topped the standings, ready to battle for the trophy in the GP Top 8. Congratulations to the GP DFW Top 8 competitors!


Name: Aaron Rubin

Hometown: Pasadena, CA

Occupation: Accountant

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

4th place SCG Open

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

WB – Demonlord Belzenlok

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?

Draft 1 - WB, Lyra Dawnbringer

Draft 2 - RW, Goblin Barrage

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?

Fungal Infection into Vicious Offering on camera in Round 12

What would winning GP DFW mean to you?

I really just wanted to qualify for the PT. This is gravy. But it would be a fantastic accomplishment.


Name: Robert Brown

Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK

Occupation: Assistant Professor of Engineering at Abilene Christian University

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

I 5-0-ed a couple of leagues on MTGO

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

Blue-Black-Green, Tatyova or In Bolas's Clutches

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?

Draft 1 - Green-White, 3 Jousting Lances with Saprolings

Draft 2 - Red-White, Keldon Marauder? The Pegasus? Run Amok?

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?

Grow from the Ashes, kicked, with Tatyova on the battlefield

What would winning GP DFW mean to you?

Hard to parse at this point, but it would mean a lot more toward our first house.


Name: Will Craddock

Twitter Handle: @Duddlekins

Hometown: Edmond, OK

Occupation: Sales

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2 GP Top 8s

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

Red-White-Black, Helm of the Host

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?

Draft 1 - Mono-Blue splashing Shelai, 3 Time of Ice

Draft 2 - Blue-Black-Green, Josu Vess

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?

Helm of the Host on Siege-Gang Commander

What would winning GP DFW mean to you?

Money for more GPs


Name: Vikram Kudva

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Occupation: Software Developer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 8 GP Phoenix, won SCG Open Denver 2015

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

UGwb - Skittering Surveyor

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?

Draft 1 - WG - Steel Leaf Champion

Draft 2 - Urw Wizards, Academy Journeymage

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?

Won on turn 6 with 3 Academy Journeymages

What would winning GP DFW mean to you?

I haven't won a GP yet. It would be pretty sweet.


Name: Andrew Elenbogen

Twitter Handle: @aje8888

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Occupation: Software Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2.5 GP Top 8s

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

UBr siding into UBw, Demonlord Belzenlok

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?

Draft 1 - BR Tribal Mythic Control, Verix, Jaya, Yawgmoth's Vile Offering, Phyrexian Scriptures

Draft 2 - UGr, MirariConjecture, Fight with Fire, Tatyova, Mending of Dominaria

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?

Attack with 2x Firefist Adepts, they both get eaten. Post-combat, +1 Jaya, cast Yawgmoth's Vile Offering, recur Gharna, bring back both adepts.

What would winning GP DFW mean to you?

I'm back on the PT, I'm not washed out. I'm not the worst player on Delta Flyers.


Name: José Daniel Garcia Rosas

Hometown: Ensenada, Mexico

Occupation: Magic player?

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2nd place Nationals

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

GW, Wild Onslaught

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?

Draft 1 - WG, 2 Serra Angels

Draft 2 - WB, 2 Serra Angels

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?

Making 20 Mishra's Self-Replicators

What would winning GP DFW mean to you?

Pride for my country and state.


Name: Matt Stankey

Twitter Handle: @mundungusRL

Hometown: Madison, WI

Occupation: Web Developer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 16 Pro Tour HOU, 9th GP Houston 2018

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

UW unblockables, In Bolas's Clutches obviously

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?

Draft 1 - UR semi-wizards, Fight with Fire was nice

Draft 2 - UWr bombs, was close between Teferi and Forebear's Blade

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?

Merfolk Trickster targeting On Serra's Wings creature

What would winning GP DFW mean to you?

All the hard work paying off, it's been a dream of mine for a long time


Name: Billy Hahn

Twitter Handle @whahn

Occupation: Predictive Maintenance Analyst

Hometown: Atkins, Iowa

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

10th GP Indianapolis 2016

Played 3 Pro Tours

Iowa State Champion

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

GWb and GBw. Three Grow from the Ashes tied the room together.

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?

Draft 1 – White-Black. Urza's Ruinous Blast and Traxos, Scourge of Kroog

Draft 2 – White-Black. Traxos again!

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?

Traxos and Yargle picked up On Serra's Wings!

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

One more Grand Prix win for Iowa, and a lifelong dream accomplished!

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