Top 8 Profiles of Grand Prix Las Vegas 2018 (Limited)

Posted in Event Coverage on June 18, 2018

By Marc Calderaro

Name: Michael Bernat

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Occupation: Software Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Two Grand Prix Top 8 appearances

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?
White-Black with Aryel, Knight of Windgrace

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?
Black-Red Siege-Gang Commander. Then White-Blue with In Bolas's Clutches.

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?
Nothing, really.

What is your favorite part of a MTG event in Vegas?
Good food.

What would winning the GP mean to you?
Go to more GPs!


Name: Mark Jacobson

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Occupation: Hardware engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8s at Grand Prixs Toronto, Houston and London.

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?
Black-green splashing white to go 7-2. Multani was by far the best card in the deck and the losses came when it could be answered or ignored.

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?
3-0 and 3-0 with blue-red. The first was Wizards and the flying Turtles. Syncopate played an important role in the end, but Fight with Fire was the keystone.

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?
Kicking Fight with Fire three times.

What is your favorite part of a MTG event in Vegas?
I enjoy seeing so many of my friends and getting to eat great food.

What would winning GP Vegas mean to you?
My first trophy. I can't be a proper hardware engineer without some hardware to take home .


Name: Adam Fox

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Occupation: Paralegal

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 64 Grand Prix DFW; Top 100 Grand Prix Phoenix (2017) and Grand Prix San Diego (2015)

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Green-Blue-black - Cold-Water Snapper

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?

White-Blue - Karn, Scion of Urze

Mardu BadStuff - Siege-Gang Commander

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?

Flickering a Planeswalker with Sentinel of the Pearl Trident

What is your favorite part of a MTG event in Vegas?

If you scrub out, you can spew value at a[nother establishment] in addition to a Magic GP

What would winning GP Vegas mean to you?

I'm legitimately happy to be here, despite mediocre play Day 2.


Name: Austin Mowrey

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Occupation: Revenue management, Marriott

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Won a PTQ with my own Tezzeret home brew

9th GP OKC 2011? 2013? ... Theros Limited

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

White-Black, Karn, Scion of Urza

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?

Green-White, White-Black - Shalai, Jousting Lance, Rat colony

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?

2-for-1-ing my Round 15 opponent to make the Top 8.

What is your favorite part of a MTG event in Vegas?

Awesome things to do afterward, and two GPs.

What would winning GP Vegas mean to you?

Worth missing my flight tonight and work tomorrow


Name: Daniel Garcia

Hometown: Ensenada, Mexico

Occupation: Magic Player!

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Grand Prix Dallas-Fort Worth Top 8

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

White-Black, Angels!

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?

Blue-Black, double The Mirari Conjecture

White-Blue Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?

Blinking The [autocard]Mirari Conjecture[/autocard] three times in a game

What is your favorite part of a MTG event in Vegas?

That it's close to home.

What would winning GP Vegas mean to you?

Silver, and qualifying for the Pro Tour


Name: Steve Rubin

Hometown: PIttsburgh, PA

Occupation: Q.A. Analyst

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

11 Grand Prix Top 8s, 2018 MOCS Finalist, 2 SCG Open wins, Pro Tour champion

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Blue-Black, Soul Salvage

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?

Blue-Green-White, Teferi, Hero of Dominaria

Blue-Black, Rona Disciple of Gix

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?

Copying a kicked Vicious Offering twice with Naban, Dean of Iteration and Naru Meha, Master Wizard

What is your favorite part of a MTG event in Vegas?

Everyone shows up

What would winning GP Vegas mean to you?

GP Winner!


Name: Andrew Cuneo

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Occupation: Magic player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

10-6 Pro Tour Dominaria

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Blue-Red, 2x Adeliz, the Cinder Wind

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?

Red-Green - Steel Leaf Champion

Black-Red - Fight with Fire

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?

Using the 3rd part of The Antiquities War to make Traxos, Scourge of Kroog a 5/5.

What is your favorite part of a MTG event in Vegas?

Getting to see lots of people who don't go to many events.


Name: Trevor Gower

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Day 2 GP Vegas, 2015

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

White-Blue, Zahid, Djinn of the Lamp

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards?

White-Blue Pegasus Corsair

Red-Green, Fight with Fire

What's the most exciting play you've made in Dominaria Limited?

Flash in Zahid off Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage, block your 5/5 lifelink flier, counter your bounce spell

What is your favorite part of a MTG event in Vegas?

Top 8'ing right now

What would winning GP Vegas mean to you?

I could get a computer part for my computer science research and get more recognition for my favorite format—Penny Dreadful.

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