Top 8 Profiles

Posted in GRAND PRIX KUALA LUMPUR 2016 on October 23, 2016

By Chapman Sim

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 8 for Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur is set! Learn more about this event's Top 8 competitors, their history at the top tables, and more by taking a look through the Top 8 profiles.


Yuuki Ichikawa

Age: 28

Occupation: Team Cygames Pro Player

Hometown: Japan

Previous Accomplishments: 2 Pro Tour Top 8s and 7 Grand Prix Top 8s with 3 wins.

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

Score on Day 2: 5 - 0 - 1

What deck are you playing and why?
White-Blue Flash. It was best for the new metagame.

What is your favorite card from Kaladesh?
Bomat Bazaar Barge


Anthony Lee

Age: 24

Occupation: MTG "Bent" Card Captain (It's an inside joke within Team MTG Mint Card because I play with poor condition cards all the time!)

Hometown: Perth, Australia

Previous Accomplishments: Andrea Mengucci's favorite Australian.

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

Score on Day 2: 3 - 1- 2

What deck are you playing and why?
White-Blue Flash splashing black for Scrapheap Scrounger. It was built by Justin Cheung and Zen Takahashi so it must be good. White-Blue Flash is clearly the best deck at the moment.

What is your favorite card from Kaladesh?
Lee Shi Tian's Pro Player Card


Mark Lawrence Tubola

Age: 31

Occupation: Bank Employee

Hometown: Iloilo City, Philippines

Previous Accomplishments: 15th place at Grand Prix Manila 2015

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

Score on Day 2: 3 - 2 -1

What deck are you playing and why?
White-Blue Flash, because the internet said so.

What is your favorite card from Kaladesh?
I love Smuggler's Copter. Special shoutout to Team Iloilo!


Yuta Takahashi

Age: 30

Occupation: Hareruya Employee

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Previous Accomplishments: 2 Pro Tour Top 8s and 12 Grand Prix Top 8s

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

Score on Day 2: 4 - 1 - 1

What deck are you playing and why?
White-Blue Flash. There are no bad matchups and it feels like Blue-Black Faeries.

What is your favorite card from Kaladesh?
Smuggler's Copter. It reminds me of "turn two Bitterblossom".


Fumiya Matsumoto

Age: 27

Occupation: Engineer

Hometown: Japan

Previous Accomplishments: 1 Grand Prix Top 8

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

Score on Day 2: 4 - 1 - 1

What deck are you playing and why?
Mardu Vehicles with Ceremonious Rejection. It's very strong!

What is your favorite card from Kaladesh?
Smuggler's Copter. No, wait. Toolcraft Exemplar.


Marcus Oh

Age: 27

Occupation: Tutor

Hometown: Singapore

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

Score on Day 2: 3 - 2 - 1

What deck are you playing and why?
White-Blue Flash. I kept losing to it during playtesting so I decided to join them.

What is your favorite card from Kaladesh?
Unlicensed Disintegration. Destroying creatures and dealing damage to my opponent are two of my favorite things in Magic .


Au Yong Wai Kin

Age: 35

Occupation: Store Owner

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Previous Accomplishments: Malaysian National Champion 2004 and 2008. 3rd place at the very first Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur in 2000!

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

Score on Day 2: 4 - 1 - 1

What deck are you playing and why?
White-Blue Flash, it was the best performing deck at the Pro Tour.

What is your favorite card from Kaladesh?
Smuggler's Copter.


Teruya Kakumae

Age: 29 (tomorrow is my birthday, yay!)

Occupation: Team Cygames Pro Player

Hometown: Japan

Previous Accomplishments: Two-time Grand Prix Champion

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

Score on Day 2: 4 - 1 - 1

What deck are you playing and why?
Mardu Vehicles, because I love very fast decks!

What is your favorite card from Kaladesh?
Toolcraft Exemplar.

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