Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on July 23, 2017

By Chapman Sim

Learn more about Grand Prix Kyoto's Top 8 competitors by taking a look through their profiles!


Martin Müller

Age: 19

Hometown: Jyllinge, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments: 2 Pro Tour Top 8s, World Magic Cup 2014 Champion

What was your record this weekend and what decks did you play?

Day 1 Sealed Deck: 9-0 (3 byes) with Blue-Red

Day 2 Draft 1: 3-0 with White-Blue


Day 2 Draft 2: 1-1-1 with White-Black

What is your favorite card from Hour of Devastation, and why?

I don't really have a favorite card, but I really like how the Limited format is playing out so far.

What was the happiest moment of your weekend?

When I won Round 12 to lock Platinum.


William Jensen

Age: 34

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Previous Magic accomplishments: Hall of Fame 2013, 5 Pro Tour Top 8s with 1 win, 5-time Grand Prix Champion

What was your record this weekend and what decks did you play?

Day 1 Sealed Deck: 9-0 (3 byes) with Grixis Control and Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh

Day 2 Draft 1: 1-2 with Blue-Red Prowess


Day 2 Draft 2: 3-0 with 4-Color Green

What is your favorite card from Hour of Devastation, and why?

Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh, because it is the most powerful card.

What was the happiest moment of your weekend?

It's nice to see Jon Finkel make an individual Top 8 after such a long hiatus.


Qi Wentao

Age: 29

Hometown: Beijing, China

Previous Magic accomplishments: Grand Prix Shizuoka 2017 finalist, Grand Prix Manila 2017 finalist

What was your record this weekend and what decks did you play?

Day 1 Sealed Deck: 8-1 (2 byes) with White-Blue

Day 2 Draft 1: 3-0 with Blue-Red

Day 2 Draft 2: 3-0 with Blue-Red

What is your favorite card from Hour of Devastation, and why?

Blur of Blades. It helped me win a lot of games.

What was the happiest moment of your weekend?

I got the opportunity to draft with the top players in the world, such as Martin Muller, Marcio Carvalho and Jon Finkel.


Jon Finkel

Age: 39

Hometown: Fanwood, New Jersey, USA

Previous Magic accomplishments: Pro Tour New York 1998 Champion, 2000 World Champion, Pro Tour Kuala Lumpur 2008 Champion, Winner of 2000 Invitational, 16 Pro Tour Top 8s.

What was your record this weekend and what decks did you play?

Day 1 Sealed Deck: 8-1 (3 byes) with 4-Color Green

Day 2 Draft 1: 3-0 with White-Blue splash Red


Day 2 Draft 2: 2-1 with White-Black

What is your favorite card from Hour of Devastation, and why?

Unquenchable Thirst. It's my favorite common.

What was the happiest moment of your weekend?

Billy Jensen making the Top 8. Nice to see the old guys getting it done.


Yang Xiao Yu (Roy)

Age: 23

Hometown: Vancouver, Canada

Previous Magic accomplishments: Top 32 at Grand Prix Vancouver 2016, Top 64 at Grand Prix Vancouver 2017.

What was your record this weekend and what decks did you play?

Day 1 Sealed Deck: 8-1 (2 byes) with White-Black Life Gain

Day 2 Draft 1: 2-1. White-Green Midrange splash Samut

Day 2 Draft 2: 3-0 with Jund Midrange

What is your favorite card from Hour of Devastation, and why?

Oasis Ritualist. It allows you to splash bombs of all colors.

What was the happiest moment of your weekend?

Both the Grand Prix and Pro Tour being in the same city, Kyoto! I love the city and all the good food!


Pascal Maynard

Age: 24

Hometown: Quebec City, Canada

Previous Magic accomplishments: 12 Grand Prix Top 8s with 2 wins

What was your record this weekend and what decks did you play?

Day 1 Sealed Deck: 8-1 (3 byes) with a bad Blue-Red aggro deck. Sideboarded into 4-Color Greedy as suggested by Mike Sigrist

Day 2 Draft 1: 3-0 with White-Red


Day 2 Draft 2: 2-0-1 with White-Red

What is your favorite card from Hour of Devastation, and why?

Graven Abomination

What was the happiest moment of your weekend?

Winning a game where Overwhelming Splendor and No Mercy were in play.


Kazuki Yada

Age: 24

Hometown: Chiba, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments: Grand Prix Tokyo 2016 Top 8

What was your record this weekend and what decks did you play?

Day 1 Sealed Deck: 8-1 (0 byes) with Red-Black The Scorpion God

Day 2 Draft 1: 3-0 with Green-Black


Day 2 Draft 2: 2-1 with a 4-color deck

What is your favorite card from Hour of Devastation, and why?

God Pharaoh's Gift

What was the happiest moment of your weekend?

Winning a match against Owen Turtenwald!


Atsuki Kihara

Age: 25

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments: Grand Prix Chiba 2016 Finalist

What was your record this weekend and what decks did you play?

Day 1 Sealed Deck: 8-1 (2 byes) with White-Green splash Blue

Day 2 Draft 1: 2-1 with Red-White


Day 2 Draft 2: 3-0 with Blue-Black Cycling

What is your favorite card from Hour of Devastation, and why?

Hour of Devastation!

What was the happiest moment of your weekend?

Finishing Day 1 with only one loss.

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