Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in GRAND PRIX HONG KONG 2015 on August 9, 2015

By Chapman Sim

Here are the final eight players who made it through the sea of 843 other aspirants to make the Top 8 at Grand Prix Hong Kong 2015!

A final booster draft and three more rounds separate them from a glittering Champion trophy!


Yam Wing Chun

Hometown: Hong Kong
Age: 23
Occupation: Gold Pro

Score, Colors, and MVP of Day 1 Sealed
9-0 (3 byes). Black Red with Liliana, Heretical Healer.

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 1
3-0. Blue Red Artifacts with triple Chief of the Foundry.

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 2
0-2-1. I drafted a White Black pile of cards with double Languish.

Previous Magic Accomplishments
3rd at Grand Prix Washington D.C., 15th at Pro Tour Fate Reforged. I went 0-3 drop at three Grand Prix but also went 9-0 three times!

What are your Magic origins?
When I first started playing Magic, I met a lot of lifelong friends. Today, there are also here with me at Grand Prix Hong Kong and it would be great to hoist the trophy in their presence and in my hometown.


Chye Yian Hsiang

Hometown: Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Age: 32
Occupation: Liquidation Manager

Score, Colors, and MVP of Day 1 Sealed
9-0 (2 byes). White Red Aggro that transforms into White Black after sideboard.

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 1
2-1. White Blue with a bunch of Faerie Miscreants.

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 2
1-1-1. I drafted Blue Black "garbage". It was a very bad deck with no good cards.

Previous Magic Accomplishments
Won an FNM at Eternal Magic and completed a set of Power 9 on MTGO solely by drafting Vintage Masters!

What are your Magic origins?
I started to play Magic during High School during the times of Zendikar and since then, I've loved playing any deck that has a lot of interaction.


Victoriano Lim

Hometown: Quezon City, Philippines
Age: 38
Occupation: Collections Manager

Score, Colors, and MVP of Day 1 Sealed
9-0 (2 byes). I played White Red and I had Kytheon's Irregulars and Pia and Kiran Nalaar!

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 1
1-2. Blue Red with Ravaging Blaze and Chandra's Fury.

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 2
2-0-1. White Red with Blessed Spirits and 5 enchantments!

Previous Magic Accomplishments
I came in Top 32 at Grand Prix Hong Kong 2004! That's more than a decade ago!

What are your Magic origins?
My classmates back in University taught me how to play the game. 17 years later, I'm still playing Magic and loving every moment of it!


Liu Yuchen

Hometown: Beijing, China
Age: 24
Occupation: MTG Sheep

Score, Colors, and MVP of Day 1 Sealed
7-2 (2 byes). I was in White Red, but my deck is nothing special.

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 1
3-0. I drafted White Red and won the pod with Tragic Arrogance and Chandra's Ignition!

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 2
2-0-1. White Green. Sentinel of the Eternal Watch and Skysnare Spider were my best cards.

Previous Magic Accomplishments
Grand Prix Manila 2010 Top 8, Grand Prix Shanghai 2014 Top 8.

What are your Magic origins?
When I was a kid, I had the honor of playing a lot of Magic with Zhang Zhiyang. Maybe that is why I have improved a lot over these years!


Cheung Lap Chung

Hometown: Hong Kong
Age: 23
Occupation: Actuarial Analyst

Score, Colors, and MVP of Day 1 Sealed
7-1-1 (2 byes). Black Green.

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 1
3-0. I had a Black Red deck with Chandra's Ignition and Priest of the Blood Rite.

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 2
2-0-1. Black Red once again, with yet another Chandra's Ignition! Also had Graveblade Marauder!

Previous Magic Accomplishments
None

What are your Magic origins?
My most memorable tournament was Nationals 2011, when I had two copies of Gideon Jura in my deck. I later found out there were four copies of the same Planeswalker in the draft pod! I love to play Boros Burn and my favorite color is Red.


Kwok Suen Wang

Hometown: Hong Kong
Age: 27
Occupation: Accountant

Score, Colors, and MVP of Day 1 Sealed
8-1 (1 bye). I had an average White Blue deck.

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 1
1-1-1. Blue Red Aggro with Willbreaker.

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 2
3-0. White Blue Control with Tragic Arrogance.

Previous Magic Accomplishments
Around 50 FNM Top 8s. =)

What are your Magic origins?
I originally played another card game but decided to switch over to Magic because it seemed more exciting. I want to thank all my teammates from our local store "Battleground" for the good times over the years.


Wu Songwei

Hometown: Chengdu, China
Age: 31
Occupation: Sales

Score, Colors, and MVP of Day 1 Sealed
8-1 (0 byes). Black Green.

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 1
Black Green. Languish.

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 2
Black Green. Gilt-Leaf Winnower.

Previous Magic Accomplishments
Grand Prix Shanghai 2011 Top 16

What are your Magic origins?
Fifteen years ago, I bought a Portal starter and played with some friends in my home. Since that, I made many friends playing the game and even met my wife! I love Magic, especially green cards and Elves!


Jan Ang

Hometown: Quezon City, Philippines
Age: 30
Occupation: Manager

Score, Colors, and MVP of Day 1 Sealed
8-1 (2 byes). White Green.

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 1
3-0. White Green with Somberwald Alpha and pump spells.

Score, Colors, and MVP of Draft 2
2-1. Red Green with Somberwald Alpha and pump spells, again!

Previous Magic Accomplishments
Philippines National Champion 2011.

What are your Magic origins?
I started playing Magic around 4th Edition. I bought myself a Starter and I remember opening Force of Nature, Llanowar Elves, and some Forests to help me cast it. Those were the times!

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