Top 8 Profiles

Posted in GRAND PRIX GUANGZHOU 2016 on August 28, 2016

By Chapman Sim

After many great games of Magic, the Top 8 of Grand Prix Guangzhou is set! Learn more about Guangzhou's Top 8 competitors, including their previous accomplishments, below.


Jia Hao

Age: 32
Occupation: Businessman
Hometown: Beijing, China

Previous Accomplishments: Two Super Sunday Series Top 8s

Score on Day 1: 9-0 (2 byes)
Score on Day 2: 4-2

What deck are you playing and why?
Naya Burn without Wild Nacatl, because I am the most familiar with this deck.

What is the most interesting deck you saw all weekend?
None. Burn is the best!


Ryoichi Tamada

Age: 31
Occupation: Shop Owner
Hometown: Osaka, Japan

Previous Accomplishments: Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar finalist and 3 Grand Prix Top 8s

Score on Day 1: 9-0 (3 byes)
Score on Day 2: 4-2

What deck are you playing and why?
Jeskai Pyromancer Ascension. I wanted to play with Lightning Helix and that's why I splashed white.

What is the most interesting deck you saw all weekend?
In Round 13, my opponent was playing a White-Blue Spirits “flash” deck with Spell Queller and Restoration Angel.


Wu Kon Fai

Age: 27
Occupation: Bank Employee
Hometown: Hong Kong

Previous Accomplishments: World Magic Cup 2012 participant

Score on Day 1: 8-1 (2 byes)
Score on Day 2: 5-1

What deck are you playing and why?
Naya Burn (with Wild Nacatl). It is good in the metagame now and doesn't have a lot of bad matchups.

What is the most interesting deck you saw all weekend?
The Sliver deck running around in Day 2 was pretty fun!


Lim Zhong Yi

Age: 29
Occupation: Information Technology
Hometown: Singapore

Previous Accomplishments: Singapore Nationals Top 4

Score on Day 1: 9-0 (2 byes)
Score on Day 2: 3-2-1

What deck are you playing and why?
Death's Shadow Aggro. I like the deck and it has Steppe Lynx in it.

What is the most interesting deck you saw all weekend?
Nothing much. Most of it were as I had expected.


Kentaro Yamamoto

Age: 31
Occupation: Team Cygames pro player
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Previous Accomplishments: Three Pro Tour Top 8s

Score on Day 1: 8-1 (3 byes)
Score on Day 2: 4-1-1

What deck are you playing and why?
Goryo's Vengeance. I really like Emrakul, the Aeons Torn!


Keita Kawasaki

Age: 30
Occupation: Office Worker
Hometown: Osaka, Japan

Previous Accomplishments: Top 4 at Grand Prix Singapore 2015

Score on Day 1: 8-1 (2 byes)
Score on Day 2: 4-1-1

What deck are you playing and why?
Jund with both Dark Confidant and Grim Flayer. I always play Jund!


Kelvin Chew

Age: 30
Occupation: Games Haven Manager & MTG Mint Card pro player
Hometown: Singapore

Previous Accomplishments: Pro Tour Return to Ravnica Top 8 and Grand Prix Sydney 2015 Top 4

Score on Day 1: 8-1 (2 byes)
Score on Day 2: 4-1-1

What deck are you playing and why?
Bant Knightfall, because Spell Queller is broken in Modern.

What is the most interesting deck you saw all weekend?
The Open the Vault deck was most interesting by far.


Albertus Law

Age: 35
Occupation: Self-Employed
Hometown: Singapore

Previous Accomplishments: Pro Tour Barcelona 2001 Top 8 and Grand Prix Singapore 2001 Champion

Score on Day 1: 8-1 (2 byes)
Score on Day 2: 4-1-1

What deck are you playing and why?
Grixis Delver. It's consistent and fairly aggressive.

What is the most interesting deck you saw all weekend?
Jason Chung's and Huang Hao-Shan's Green-White Tron.