TOP 8 PLAYER PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX MANILA 2015 on January 4, 2015

By Event Coverage Staff

After sixteen rounds of Modern, only eight players remained in the running for the title of Grand Prix champion. About time to get to know them a little better, isn't it?


Tzu-Ching Kuo

City: Taipei
Age: 33
Occupation: Globetrotter
Score for Day One: 8-1 (2 byes)
Score for Day Two: 4-1-1
Pro Tour and Grand Prix Top 8s: 11 GP Top 8s
Other Achievements: Won 2012 World Magic Cup, National Champion 2002, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
What deck are you playing today and why?
Abzan Midrange, because Cheng Tung-Yi told me this deck is good (built by Chen Liang)
What is your MVP this weekend?
Maindeck End Hostilities


Lee Shi Tian

City: Hong Kong
Age: 27
Occupation: Accountant
Score for Day One: 8-1 (3 byes)
Score for Day Two: (4-0-2)
Pro Tour and Grand Prix Top 8s: 3 Pro Tour Top 8s, 5 GP Top 8s (including this one!)
Other Achievements: Last place in Worlds Championship 2014. Hong Kong Captain for 2009, 2013 and 2014.
What deck are you playing today and why?
Umbrella Revolution, with only a couple of cards different from my PT Honolulu Top 8 list. Sometimes we just need to persist until the day we succeed! (PS. Cheep up Yui!!)
What is your MVP this weekend?
Jeskai Ascendancy. Yet I was a fool for not playing maximum Tormenting Voice before.


Dae-Hoon Won

City: Seoul
Age: 35
Occupation: Game Designer
Score for Day One: 7-2 (2 byes)
Score for Day Two: 6-0
Pro Tour and Grand Prix Top 8s: Zero
Other Achievements: I’m a newbie.
What deck are you playing today and why?
4 colour Midrange (Sidisi plus Abzan) - THIS IS SPARTA!
What is your MVP this weekend?
Soul of Theros


Martin Jůza

City: Plzen
Age: 27
Occupation: Tourist
Score for Day One: 7-1-1 (3 byes)
Score for Day Two: 5-0 and ID
Pro Tour and Grand Prix Top 8s: 2 Pro Tour Top 8s and now 20 GP Top 8s.
Other Achievements: Won 4 GPs.
What deck are you playing today and why?
Abzan Whip, because it’s great.
What is your MVP this weekend?
Wingmate Roc


Mihara Makihito

City: Chiba-Ken
Age: 32
Occupation: Company Employee
Score for Day One: 9-0 (3 byes)
Score for Day Two: 3-2-1
Pro Tour and Grand Prix Top 8s: Many!
Other Achievements: See above
What deck are you playing today and why?
B/G Devotion, as Abzan is a good matchup.
What is your MVP this weekend?
See the Unwritten


Joseph Sclauzero

City: Adelaide
Age: 23
Occupation: Student
Score for Day One: 8-1 (1 bye)
Score for Day Two: 4-1-1
Pro Tour and Grand Prix Top 8s: 1 - today.
Other Achievements: Multiple GP cashes and PTQ Top 8s.
What deck are you playing today and why?
Mardu, because I had the cards for it.
What is your MVP this weekend?
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker


Christian Calcano

City: New York
Age: 26
Occupation: Play the game, see the world!
Score for Day One: 9-0 (3 byes)
Score for Day Two: 3-1-2
Pro Tour and Grand Prix Top 8s: 4 GP Top 8s.
Other Achievements:
This is my 100th GP!!! Also I’m BFFs with Miguel Gatica, Eric Kreiter and Dan Gardner :)
What deck are you playing today and why?
Abzan Whip. Raymond Perz Jr and Oliver Tomajko have been playing it a lot the past few weeks with a lot of success. They helped me a lot and I owe this Top 8 to them!
What is your MVP this weekend?
Nikki Jimenez, not close!


Arnulfo Taghoy Jr.

City: Davao City
Age: 22
Occupation: QA Tester
Score for Day One: 7-2 (2 byes)
Score for Day Two: 5-0-1
Pro Tour and Grand Prix Top 8s: None
Other Achievements: Won 2 byes from GPT Manila from Davao
What deck are you playing today and why?
Temur Aggro. I have more experience with this deck and I know that the meta will be Abzan and Sidisi Whip.
What is your MVP this weekend?
Savage Knuckleblade


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