Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on August 27, 2017

By Marc Calderaro

Learn more about Grand Prix Indianapolis' Top 8 competitors—including who they are, what they've done in the game, and more—by taking a look through their profiles!


Name: Kyle Boggemes

Age: 28

Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2nd Pro Tour San Diego 2010, 1st Grand Prix Cincinnati, 4th Grand Prix D.C. 2010, 9th Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

Black-Green splash Red, 7-2

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

Red-Green Aggro, three Ambuscade, two Synchronous Strike
Mono-Red, 16 Mountains

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

Ambuscade in the first deck; Firebrand Archer in the second deck.

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

I work as a financial analyst so I don’t travel a ton. I’m not great at Limited. Used to play professionally.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

I wasn’t Silver for not showing up to Japan, so it’s cool to requalify. It’s also my frist Limited Premier Event Top 8. I consider myself a Constructed player.



Name: 
Andrew Cuneo

Age: 42

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2-5 drop a Pro Tour Hour of Devastation

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

Black-Red

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

The Scorpion God because it’s good.

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

White-Blue, 2-1

Red-White, 2-1

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

Shatterstorm. I destroyed two Manaliths, two Wall of Forgotten Ancients, and one God-Pharaoh’s Gift with it.

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

My favorite cards are Winter Orb and Krovikan Horror. I hope to keep playing Magic long enough to see them back in Standard.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

It means all the practice drafts paid off.



Name:
Richard Richey

Age: 28

Hometown: Olathe, Kansas

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

None

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

Four-Color [WURG], 8-1

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

The Locust God

The card is totally busted. Lost to it as well.

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

Blue-Red and Black-Green – 3-0, 1-0-2.

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

Inferno Jet. Allowed me to steal games from tough positions.

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

Typical grinder. Finally got there

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

I’m finally better than Kyle Peters.



Name:
Kris McCord

Age: 26

Hometown: Auburn, Alabama

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

SCG Open Top 8, Grand Prix Minneapolis Top 64

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

Green-White, 7-2

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

Regal Caracal, had lots of cats!

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

White-Blue, White-Blue. 3-0, 3-0.

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

Counterspells in general!

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

Just an average guy playing average Magic!

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

Qualify for my second Pro Tour and Pro Points!



Name:
Andrew Funkhouser

Age: 29

Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Won an SCG Open

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

Blue-Black (white), 9-0

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

Wall of Forgotten Pharaohs, I had three and they add up fast.

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

Black-Green-white Midrange, 2-1

White-Black-red Zombies, 1-0-2

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

Ammit Eternal, it clocked my ramp opponent fast enough to win with a not-great deck.

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

I’m from Tulsa, got married in 2016 so been slowing down on Magic tournies. I play mostly on MTGO [Magic Online] these days.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

It’s a huge deal, means joining my friends in Spain and back on the Pro Tour.



Name:
Eli Kassis

Age: 33

Hometown: Binghamton, New York

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

18 PTQ wins (old-schoolers)

3x Grand Prix Top 8 (previously)

Dozens of DCG Open Top 8s

Bunch of Pro Tours, six or so cashes

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

White-Blue, 8-1

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

Oketra the True, ‘cause God...

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

Mono-Black splashing 2x Red removal and Nicol Bolas.

Black-Green Aggro, with all the split cards.

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

Supernatural Stamina

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

I’m a therapist, I’m single ;)

I believe in manners and good form.

“Treat others as you would have yourself treated”

Started playing in 1993, made the Pro Tour at age 13, never looked back.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

Putting the 4th one in the books is nice. More validation that my choices have been good.



Name:
Steve Rubin

Age: 25

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

8 Grand Prix Top 8s, Team Draft Super League Finalist,

Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad first place, Pro Tour Aether Revolt last place

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

Red-Green, 8-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

Majestic Myriarch, excellent with Trample!

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

3-0 with Blue-Red Spells, 1-0-2 with Green-Blue Tempo

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

Drake Haven, excellent with cyclers

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

Three straight years of Platinum, but still working for improvement.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

Another draft! Limited is swell.



Name:
Michael Peretz

Age: 28 (29 tomorrow)

Hometown: Morristown, New Jersey (Living in Spartanburg, South Carolina)

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Finished 10 places higher than LSV at Pro Tour Gatecrash

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

Green-White-red, 7-2.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

God-Pharaoh’s Gift. Card is insanely good and can turn a game around as soon as it resolves.

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

Black-Green, 3-0

Black-Green, 3-0

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

Dreamstealer / God-Pharaoh’s Gift

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

Took time off from Magic after Pro Tour Gatecrash. The spark was reignited a few months back.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

Back on the Pro Tour!!!

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