TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX LOS ANGELES 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on October 20, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 8 for Grand Prix Los Angeles 2014 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.


Brad Nelson

Age: 28
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
Occupation: Content Producer for StarCityGames.com

Favorite clan (Temur, Abzan, Jeskai, Sultai, Mardu)
Temur!!!

(Other) previous Magic Accomplishments
2 Pro Tour Top 8s, 9 Grand Prix, Player of the Year

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Mardu Midrange. Butcher of the Horde does some pretty absurd things.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best: Jeskai, Worst: Sultai Delve [Sidisi Whip]things.

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
Hordeling Outburst probably won them all.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I don't know yet. I will be changing strategies once people realize just how busted three goblin tokens can be.

If you could meet any person from history, who would it be?
Arcanis, the Omnipotent.


Carlo Falcis

Age: 30
Hometown: La Piñas City, Phillipines
Occupation: OFW

Favorite clan (Temur, Abzan, Jeskai, Sultai, Mardu)
Abzan

(Other) previous Magic Accomplishments
FNM Winner?

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Abzan Midrange

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best: Jeskai, Worst: Mono-Red

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
Wingmate Roc, Sorin, Solemn Visitor, and Rakshasa Deathdealer

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
-1 Elspeth, Sun's Champion, +1 Hero's Downfall

If you could meet any person from history, who would it be?
Dolphy


Tamada Ryiochi

Age: 29
Hometown: Japan
Occupation: Software Engineer

Favorite clan (Temur, Abzan, Jeskai, Sultai, Mardu)
Abzan

(Other) previous Magic Accomplishments
2 Nationals Top 8, 1 Grand Prix Top 8

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Abzan. I think it's very strong.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best: Jeskai Wins, Worst: Green-X Devotion

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
Thoughtseize

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Some of the sideboard cards, because there were some I didn't use.

If you could meet any person from history, who would it be?
George Washington


Chris Goldsmith

Age: 33
Hometown: San Diego, California
Occupation: Systems Engineer

Favorite clan (Temur, Abzan, Jeskai, Sultai, Mardu)
Abzan

(Other) previous Magic Accomplishments
N/A

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Abzan, The deck had the most success in the recent Pro Tour and Abzan performed well at my local store since the release.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best: Temur Tempo, Worst: Big Burn/Hasty Flyers

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
Tied between Siege Rhino, Wingmate Roc, and Elspeth Sun's Champion, of course.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Sideboard, mostly. Felt the Duneblast wasn't what I wanted, maybe too greedy. Games needing rests could be done at a lower cost. Few other changes.

If you could meet any person from history, who would it be?
George Washington


Daniel Scheid

Age: 23
Hometown: Oakland, California
Occupation: Courier/Pokemon Master

Favorite clan (Temur, Abzan, Jeskai, Sultai, Mardu)
Temur

(Other) previous Magic Accomplishments
2nd place at several FNMs.

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Red-Green Monsters. It's proactive and plays Courser of Kruphix.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best: Goldfishes. Thought matchup to lose, but I've managed to do it. Worst: Jeskai Ascendancy Combo

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
Crater's Claws.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I would find matching Mountains so as to, uh, match.

If you could meet any person from history, who would it be?
George Washington, what a badass.


Isaac Sears

Age: 26
Hometown: Santa Rosa, California
Occupation: Dealer

Favorite clan (Temur, Abzan, Jeskai, Sultai, Mardu)
Azkaban

(Other) previous Magic Accomplishments
WMCQ Oakland 2014 Champ; Modern 5k CFB Champ, Top 8 SCG Legacy Open

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Mike Sigrist's Abzan Aggro, cuz it looked fun.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best: Blue-based control decks, Worst: Red-based aggro decks

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
Siege Rhino or Forest. It's a tie.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
More Thoughtseizes

If you could meet any person from history, who would it be?
Harpo Marx, seem like he had a lot to say.


Eric Pei

Age: 28
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Favorite clan (Temur, Abzan, Jeskai, Sultai, Mardu)
Mardu

(Other) previous Magic Accomplishments
Grand Prix Top 8

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Mono-Red. Kevin Rand wanted me to play it.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best: Jeskai and control decks, Worst: Drown in Sorrow, Courser of Kruphix decks

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
Lightning Strike


Denis Ulanov

Age: 27
Hometown: Samara, Russia
Occupation: Software Engineer

Favorite clan (Temur, Abzan, Jeskai, Sultai, Mardu)
Abzan

(Other) previous Magic Accomplishments
a few StarCityGames Open Top 8s

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Mono-Red Sligh, a.k.a., "Red Army." The deck was outstanding during testing and this is the kind of deck I like to play.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Most of the popular matches are favorable, including Abzan and Jeskai. The worst is probably Mardu Midrange.

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
Hammerhand, Stoke the Flames, and Goblin Rabblemaster

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I would not play Blinding Flare. The rest of the deck is pretty insane.

If you could meet any person from history, who would it be?
My wife is the person I would like to meet, others are not even close. Even the ones from history.