Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on June 17, 2017

By Marc Calderaro

Learn more about Grand Prix Las Vegas Limited's 2017 Top 8 competitors—including who they are, what they’ve done in the game, and more—by taking a look through their profiles!


Name:
Paul Herr

Age: 32

Hometown: Irvine, California

Previous Magic Accomplishments: None

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

9-0, Black-Green

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

3-0 Red-White splash Black

1-2 White-Black Zombies

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Sandwurm Convergence – I never lost when I played it in the Sealed portion.

Insult // Injury – It works great with trample.

Unburden – I cast it when my opponents have two cards left.

What's been the best part of the Las Vegas weekend so far?

Spending time with my friends John Balla and Greg Hatch

What Amonkhet God best describes you?

Oketra



Name:
Sam Pardee

Age: 27

Hometown: Berkeley, California

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

1 Pro Tour Top 8,

11 Grand Prix Top 8s

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

8-1, Red-White with Oketra, the True and Hazoret, the Fevor

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

2-1 with White-Blue Slitherblade

3-0 with Black-Green Counters

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Splendid Agony, Oketra, the True and Oketra’s Monument.

What’s been the best WORST part of the Las Vegas weekend so far?

Circus Circus stealing all my belongings.

What Amonkhet God best describes you?

The Locust God



Name:
Andrew Cuneo

Age: 42

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

1st Grand Prix Mexico City

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

9-0, Sandwurm Convergence

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

4-2

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Enigma Drake

What’s been the best part of the Las Vegas weekend so far?

Top 8 in the Limited GP, and Hayne not making Top 8.

What Amonkhet God best describes you?

The Scorpion God



Name:
Steve Rubin

Age: 25

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

7 Grand Prix Top 8; Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad Champion

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

8-1 White-Black Zombies

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

3-0 Black-Green splashing two Angler Drakes and one Glyph Keeper!

2-1 Green-Blue splash Black/Red

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Gift of Paradise

What’s been the best part of the Las Vegas weekend so far?

Top 8ing a Vegas Grand Prix at X-2, lucky!

What Amonkhet God best describes you?

Hazoret the Fervent



Name:
Mike Sigrist

Age: 34

Hometown: Foxboro, Massachusetts

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2014–15 Player of the Year

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

8-1 Five-Color Gifts of Paradise—had three.

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

2-1 Temur, multiple Heaven // Earth, Sandwurm Convergence

3-0 Blue-Red Spells

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Gifts of Paradise. Enables me to play all my double-pipped bombs.

What’s been the best part of the Las Vegas weekend so far?

2/3 of Dem Boyz making Top 8; also watching Sam lose all his belongings

What Amonkhet God best describes you?

Kefnet the Mindful



Name: Bolun Zhang

Age: 22

Hometown: Tianjin, China

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Second Place of Super Sunday Series

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

7-1-1; Black-Green. Solid creatures without a rare.

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

6-0 Both White-Red, exert Gustwalker and win the game.

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Sacred Cat—saved me from thinking about blocking or not.

What’s been the best part of the Las Vegas weekend so far?

[Days in Vegas didn’t cost too much money.]

What Amonkhet God best describes you?

The Blue one? [Kefnet the Mindful] Maybe, cuz he pays visits to me a lot—both in Sealed and Draft, though useless (same as Gideon).



Name: Tzu-Mainn Chen

Age: 38

Hometown: Brookline, Massachusetts

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

12-2-2 Lifetime record with my daughter in 2HG—go Team Potatofart!

Uh, greed drafted two Invocations in my first draft today.

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

8-1 White-Blue splashing Green for Nissa, Steward of Elements

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

3-0 White-Blue splashing Green for Nissa ... huh, that’s weird.

2-0-1 White-Blue splashing ... I mean, Red-Green Stompy-Stomp.

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Angel of Sanctions in Draft

Regal Caracal and Vizier of Many Faces in Sealed – they were pretty meowsome! ... sorry

What’s been the best part of the Las Vegas weekend so far?

The best part will be tomorrow, when I play 2HG w/ my daughter. Mmm. I guess making Top 8 is pretty cool too.

What Amonkhet God best describes you?

I dunno, but I’m a big fan of the hippos in the set.



Name:
Thiago Saporito

Age: 23

Hometown: Santo Andre – Sao Paolo, Brazil

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

1 Pro Tour Top 8

2 Grand Prix Top 8s

What was your record on Day 1, and what did you play?

8-0-1 Black-Red

What were your records on Day 2, and what did you play?

3-0 White-Black

2-0-1 Black-Red

Which cards performed well for you this weekend, and why?

Liliana, Glorybringer, Insult // Injury

GUST WALKER!!!

What’s been the best part of the Las Vegas weekend so far?

Not playing the Modern Grand Prix.

What Amonkhet God best describes you?

Bontu, the Glorified!

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