Top 8 Players of Grand Prix Melbourne 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on November 18, 2018

By Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw

After fifteen rounds, only eight players remained in the running for the fame and the fortune, the title and the trophy. Find out more about these people here!


Name: Calvin Liu

Age: 32

Home town: Sydney, Australia

Has been playing Magic since: A couple of years

Best finish at a Magic event: None. (Ray: you can count this one Calvin, you're good!)

Day 1 Deck colours and record: Boros 9-0, and the wings of Aurelia

Draft 1 Colours and record: Sultai 1-1-1. (Ray: Hang on Calvin, that's a different Plane, isn't it?)

Draft 2 Colours and record: Dimir 2-0-1

Which Guild do you hope to draft in the Top 8: Boros!


Name: Taiga Tsujikawa

Age: 29

Home town: Tokyo, Japan

Has been playing Magic since: 2011 – 7 years

Best finish at a Magic event: Big Magic Open Vol. 5 Finalist

Day 1 Deck colours and record: Boros 9-0

Draft 1 Colours and record: Selesnya 2-1

Draft 2 Colours and record: Boros 1-0-2

Which Guild do you hope to draft in the Top 8: Anything is OK!


Name: Shawn Khoo

Age: 25

Home town: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Has been playing Magic since: Lorwyn

Best finish at a Magic event: World Magic Cup 2013 Top 32, World Magic Cup 2016 Top 16

Day 1 Deck colours and record: Boros 9-0

Draft 1 Colours and record: Boros 2-1

Draft 2 Colours and record: Boros 1-1-1

Which Guild do you hope to draft in the Top 8: Umm, Boros?


Name: Ivan Schroder

Age: 29

Home town: Canberra, Australia

Has been playing Magic since: Onslaught

Best finish at a Magic event: GP Sydney 2017 1st place

Day 1 Deck colours and record: Selesnya, splash Black 8-1

Draft 1 Colours and record: Grixis 2-1. (Ray: Look, Ivan, don't make me tell you what I told Calvin...)

Draft 2 Colours and record: Dimir with 3 Nightveil Predator 2-0-1

Which Guild do you hope to draft in the Top 8: Dimir


Name: Dennis Chan

Age: 26

Home town: Sydney, Australia

Has been playing Magic since: Mirrodin

Best finish at a Magic event: This one!

Day 1 Deck colours and record: Grixis 7-2. (Ray: OK, this is getting ridiculous!)

Draft 1 Colours and record: Dimir 3-0

Draft 2 Colours and record: Dimir 2-0-1

Which Guild do you hope to draft in the Top 8: Guild Summit, All!


Name: Derik Hoh

Age: 40

Home town: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Has been playing Magic since: Mirage, but I stopped in 2002 with Apocalypse? Started playing again with Theros in 2014

Best finish at a Magic event: Nothing in particular. (Ray: come on Derik, you now have this event!)

Day 1 Deck colours and record: Dimir 7-1-1

Draft 1 Colours and record: Dimir 3-0

Draft 2 Colours and record: Boros 2-1

Which Guild do you hope to draft in the Top 8: Dimir, I guess


Name: Zen Takahashi

Age: 21

Home town: Auckland, New Zealand

Has been playing Magic since: Two years longer than I've been friends with William Poor

Best finish at a Magic event: Simon Nielson's friend. Everything else is just noise

Day 1 Deck colours and record: 4-Colour Pile 7-2. Started 3-2 and started making plans for Sunday, but then won out

Draft 1 Colours and record: 3-0 with Petr Sochůrek Golgari. While testing for the PT I saw him first pick a Spinal Centipede and 3-0'd, so I decided to do that

Draft 2 Colours and record: 2-0-1 with Jason Chung Golgari. If you want to win at draft, watch stream!

Which Guild do you hope to draft in the Top 8: Izoni's Guild (Golgari)


Name: Prads Pathirana

Age: 30

Home town: Sydney, Australia

Has been playing Magic since: Planar Chaos

Best finish at a Magic event: Top 4 GP Sydney 2015

Day 1 Deck colours and record: Selesnya splash Black 7-2

Draft 1 Colours and record: Boros 3-0

Draft 2 Colours and record: Dimir splash Green 2-1

Which Guild do you hope to draft in the Top 8: Honestly no idea

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