TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on February 28, 2016

By Meghan Wolff and Marc Calderaro

We've seen these players in the feature match area for much of the weekend, but there's only so much you can know about a person from their play. Now check out this article for more about them.

Amir Radmard

Age: 27

Occupation: IT Tech

Hometown: Oklahoma City

Previous Magic accomplishments: I beat someone with Colossus of Akros.

What deck did you play and why?
Bant with Red, it's highly favored in Bant mirrors and the red splash creatures outclass other creatures.

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why?
Dispel, counters clutch spells
Disdainful Stroke, keeps them from making bigger plays

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change?
Yes. I'd try to find another red source for the deck to build a better mana base.


Cody Lingelbach

Age: 23

Occupation: Poker Dealer

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Previous Magic accomplishments:

  • 4th Place GP Oakland 2016
  • 2nd Place TCG Player Max Point 50K
  • Multiple Invitational Top 16s

What deck did you play and why?
Grixis Dragons. I felt that the Mardu thopter deck I played in Oakland was still good but the blue cards in this deck were just better positioned than Crackling Doom right now.

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why?
Dispel, not close.

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change?
I would not play the Seismic Rupture in the sideboard. I'm not 100% sure what I would add, maybe a Dragonlord Silumgar.


Brock Mosley

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Previous Magic accomplishments:
PTQ Top 8

What deck did you play and why?
Mardu Green. I played it because the deck has a strong mid and late game and has good synergy.

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why?
The second Chandra in the sideboard was an all-star all day.

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change?
Yes, I would continue honing the sideboard and probably not play mainboard Kolaghan's Command.


Brock Parker

Age: 34

Occupation: Poker Player

Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

  • Team PT win
  • GP Pittsburgh win

What deck did you play and why?
Rally. I won a lot with it online.

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why?
Dispel and Murderous Cut

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change?
Yep. I'd maybe add another Murderous Cut or maybe a Minister of Pain.


Owen Turtenwald

Age: 26

Occupation: Magician

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Previous Magic accomplishments:

  • 3 PT Top 8s
  • Player of the Year 2011

What deck did you play and why?
Rally

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why?
Murderous Cut

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change?
Yes, would change no cards.


Andrew Cuneo

Age: 40

Occupation: Magic Player


Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Previous Magic accomplishments:

  • Top 4 PT New York 2000
  • lost to Owen in the top 8 of GP DC

What deck did you play and why?
Jeskai, why do you ask?

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why?
Roast, because I played against Abzan a lot.

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change?
I would fix the lands in my deck so it is easier to cast my spells.


Chapman Sim

Age: 30

Occupation: Professional Tourist and Coverage Writer

Hometown: Singapore

Previous Magic accomplishments:

  • 2013 GP Singapore Top 8
  • 2014 GP Nagoya Top 8
  • 2015 GP Mexico City Top 8
  • Singapore National Champion 2015

What deck did you play and why?
Hardened Scales, because Pascal Maynard is an angel and told me it was good!

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why?
High Sentinels of Arashin, it's my pet card and I'm often teased for playing it. But it's a huge flying Tarmogoyf in this deck!

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change?
Maybe! Cutting a couple of lands for Oath of Nissa to prevent flooding and to soak up Dromoka's Commands to protect Hardened Scales.


Mark Jacobson

Age: 25

Occupation: Hardware Engineer at Nvidia

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Previous Magic accomplishments:

  • 12th at PT Origins
  • Top 4 GP Toronto

What deck did you play and why?
Hardened Scales - it has many powerful draws. Even its average draws typically have a lot of synergy. White provides good sideboard cards.

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why?
Valorous Stance. It gives no-frills coverage against large creatures and doubles as a means of protecting your own important creatures.

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change?
Maybe, maybe not. It's lost all of its surprise value. The main deck is pretty much perfect, but there are lots of potential tweaks to the board.

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