Top 8 Players of Grand Prix Manila 2017

Posted in Event Coverage on June 4, 2017

By Chapman Sim

After fifteen rounds of Standard, nearly 750 players were eliminated, leaving only eight players behind. Let's get to know them a little more!


Qi Wentao

Hometown: Beijing, China

Age: 29

Occupation: Poker Player

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8 at Grand Prix Beijing 2015, Finalist at Grand Prix Shizuoka 2017.

Score on Day 1: 8 – 1 (2 byes)

Score on Day 2: 5 – 0 – 1

What deck did you play, and why?

Esper Vehicles. It's powerful against Temur Marvelworks and Blue-Red Control, and also good against aggro decks after sideboarding.

What is your favorite card in Standard?

Archangel Avacyn

What was your favorite memory this weekend?

I played against many famous players and won.


Ryoichi Tamada

Hometown: Osaka, Japan

Age: 32

Occupation: Store Owner

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar finalist, 5 other Grand Prix Top 8s.

Score on Day 1: 9 – 0 (2 byes)

Score on Day 2: 3 – 2 – 1

What deck did you play, and why?

White-Blue Flash. It's strong against Temur Marvel.

What is your favorite card in Standard?

Spell Queller

What was your favorite memory this weekend?

I made Top 8 this weekend after making Top 8 last weekend in Grand Prix Kobe. I feel very lucky!


Cholo Pascual

Hometown: Makati, Philippines

Age: 19

Occupation: Student

Score on Day 1: 8 – 1 (2 byes)

Score on Day 2: 4 – 1 – 1

What deck did you play, and why?

Mardu Blue, because this deck is where I think my skill belongs.

What is your favorite card in Standard?

Spell Queller

What was your favorite memory this weekend?

My opponent attacked for lethal damage but I was able to flash in Spell Queller, block, and then swing back for the win.


Mark Anthony Biala

Hometown: Manila, Philippines

Age: 30

Occupation: Facilities Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 64 at Grand Prix Manila 2015

Score on Day 1: 9 – 0 (No byes)

Score on Day 2: 3 – 2 - 1

What deck did you play, and why?

Mono Black Zombies. It's the best deck of the format.

What is your favorite card in Standard?

Cryptbreaker (and Fleetwheel Cruiser)

What was your favorite memory this weekend?

9-0 in Day 1!


Imman Van Valerio

Hometown: Cainta, Philippines

Age: 26

Occupation: Civil Servant

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Trial Top 8

Score on Day 1: 8 – 1 (1 bye)

Score on Day 2: 4 – 1 – 1

What deck did you play, and why?

Temur Marvelworks. I love Aetherworks Marvel.

What is your favorite card in Standard?

Glorybringer

What was your favorite memory this weekend?

Attacking with 2 Glorybringer for the win.


Wee Pang Ming

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Age: 37

Occupation: Finance Director

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 16 at 2016 World Magic Cup, 2001 Grand Prix Brisbane Top 8

Score on Day 1: 8 – 1 (1 bye)

Score on Day 2: 4 – 1 – 1

What deck did you play, and why?

Red-Green Pummeler. It is faster than Marvel.

What is your favorite card in Standard?

Blossoming Defense

What was your favorite memory this weekend?

Having my opponents read Uncaged Fury when it was going for lethal damage.


Coo

Hometown: Iloilo City, Philippines

Age: 34

Occupation: Web Developer

Score on Day 1: 8 – 1 (No byes)

Score on Day 2: 4 – 1 - 1

What deck did you play, and why?

Black-Green Energy. It's straightforward and powerful. If the snake (Winding Constrictor) survives, you usually win.

What is your favorite card in Standard?

Winding Constrictor

What was your favorite memory this weekend?

Making the Top 8!


Dunstan Tauli

Hometown: Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

Age: 29

Occupation: Student

Score on Day 1: 8 – 1 (No byes)

Score on Day 2: 5 – 1

What deck did you play, and why?

Mardu Vehicles, because my older brother suggested it knowing that I've played it before.

What is your favorite card in Standard?

Archangel Avacyn

What was your favorite memory this weekend?

Winning a match against Tomoharu Saito.

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