Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on September 16, 2018

By Event Coverage Staff

Only 8 players out of 908 remained standing after fifteen rounds of Swiss! Let's get to know them a little, and have them tell us about their amazing Modern weekend!


Name: Takumi Utsunomiya

Hometown: Saitama, Japan

Age: 23

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

I participated in Pro Tour Dominaria and Pro Tour 25th Anniversary.

Day 1 Record: 8 - 0 (2 byes)

Day 2 Record: 4 - 1 - 2

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

BridgeVine. It is a very fast deck.

What is your favorite memory of the weekend?

Winning Round 13 to secure the Top 8.

What is your favorite previewed card from Guilds of Ravnica?

Assassin's Trophy. It's the best card for Bridge Vine.


Name: Xu Siying

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Age: 20

Occupation: Student

Day 1 Record: 7 - 1 (2 byes)

Day 2 Record: 5 - 0 - 2

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

5-Color Humans. I like the deck a lot!

What is your favorite memory of the weekend?

I didn't lose a match in Day 2.

What is your favorite previewed card from Guilds of Ravnica?

I like Assassin's Trophy!


Name: Naonari Hoshide

Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan

Age: 28

Occupation: Graduate Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

22nd place at SCG Invitational 2018.

Day 1 Record: 7 - 1 (2 byes)

Day 2 Record: 5 - 1 - 1

What deck did you play this weekend?

Jund.

What is your favorite memory of the weekend?

At the present moment, I'm quite hungry. I'm going to McDonald's!

What is your favorite previewed card from Guilds of Ravnica?

I was busy preparing competitive matches, so I haven't looked at the cards yet. Sorry!


Name: Shota Takao

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Age: 29

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

4 other Grand Prix Top 8s

Day 1 Record: 8 - 0 (2 byes)

Day 2 Record: 4 - 2 - 1

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Jeskai Tempo. I love decks with “clock” and “permission”.

What is your favorite memory of the weekend?

The typhoon!

What is your favorite previewed card from Guilds of Ravnica?

Goblin Cratermaker. It's similar to Abrade, and it's a great card!


Name: Tan Lun Yi

Hometown: Singapore

Age: 29

Occupation: Healthcare Executive

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Competed in Pro Tour Hour of Devastation.

Day 1 Record: 6 - 2 (1 bye)

Day 2 Record: 6 - 0 - 1

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

5-Color Humans. The deck is strong, and it was recommended to me by my friend, David Tan. Thanks!

What is your favorite memory of the weekend?

Beating Hardened Scales Affinity in Round 9 to make Day 2. The matchup is brutal for 5-Color Humans.

What is your favorite previewed card from Guilds of Ravnica?

Assassin's Trophy. I'm a fan of Black-Green decks in both Standard and Modern.


Name: Quinton Lip

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Age: 28

Occupation: Banker

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 32 at Grand Prix Singapore 2018 and Top 8 at Malaysia Nationals 2018.

Day 1 Record: 7 -1 (2 byes)

Day 2 Record: 5 - 1 - 1

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Jeskai Miracles. Kudos to Brian DeMars for his list!

What is your favorite memory of the weekend?

Hanging out with all my friends!

What is your favorite previewed card from Guilds of Ravnica?

Assassin's Trophy. It's metagame changing!


Name: Xu Fei

Hometown: Guangzhou, China

Age: 35

Day 1 Record: 6 - 2 (No byes)

Day 2 Record: 6 - 0 - 1

What deck did you play this weekend?

Tron

What is your favorite memory of the weekend?

Trapped in the building due to the typhoon and playing Magic all day long!

What is your favorite previewed card from Guilds of Ravnica?

Not sure.


Name: Xiong Jian

Hometown: Suzhou, China

Age: 29

Occupation: Card Shop Owner

Day 1 Record: 7 - 1 (No byes)

Day 2 Record: 5 - 1 - 1

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Boris Burn. I just learned how to play Modern, and my friend lent me his deck.

What is your favorite memory of the weekend?

I was fortunate to be able to get a taxi this morning to get here on time!

What is your favorite previewed card from Guilds of Ravnica?

Aurelia, Exemplar of Justice[.

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