Top 8 Profiles of Grand Prix Memphis 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on February 26, 2018

By Event Coverage Staff

After fifteen rounds of Swiss, the field of 1082 was down to just eight! Let's get to know them a little, and have them tell us about their amazing weekend.


Name: Blake Miller

Hometown: Hartselle, Alabama

Age: 27

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 32 at Grand Prix Atlanta

Day 1 Record: 7-1 (1 bye)

Day 2 Record: 6-0-1

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Mardu Vehicles. I know the deck better than any other in the format. Walking Ballista was the best card all weekend.

Did any particular card or deck surprise you this weekend?

Profane Procession.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

This is only my second Grand Prix, so it still hasn’t sunk in yet!


Name: Andrew Tenjum

Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Age: 24

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 23rd at Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir and 2nd at SCG Invitational.

Day 1 Record: 7-1 (2 byes)

Day 2 Record: 6-1

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Grixis Energy. It is the best The Scarab God deck.

Did any particular card or deck surprise you this weekend?

Confiscation Coup stealing my The Scarab God in the mirror match.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

A chance to play on the Pro Tour again.


Name: Tyler Schroeder

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

Age: 26

Occupation: Mathematician

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Stubborn Denial targeting Violent Outburst

Day 1 Record: 7-1 (2 byes)

Day 2 Record: 6-1

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Red-Green Monsters. It’s resilient and abrasive.

Did any particular card or deck surprise you this weekend?

Some crazy five-color ramp deck.


Name: Heath Vance

Hometown: Clarksville, Tennessee

Age: 30

Occupation: Between jobs, just got out of the Army.

Previous Magic Accomplishments: PPTQ win!

Day 1 Record: 6-2 (2 byes)

Day 2 Record: 7-0

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Blue-Black Control, because I feel it is the strongest deck and it is also able to beat Mono-Red. The Scarab God and Vraska’s Contempt were my best cards this weekend.

Did any particular card or deck surprise you this weekend?

Mastermind Ramp with main deck Carnage Tyrant.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

I qualified for my first Pro Tour.


Name: Aaron Barich

Hometown: Gulfport, Mississippi

Age: 21

Occupation: Bum

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 5 SCG Open Top 8s

Day 1 Record: 8-0 (2 byes)

Day 2 Record: 4-1-2

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Sultai Constrictor. Overall, the matchups are good and it is great against midrange decks with The Scarab God. Hadana’s Climb and Blossoming Defense were great!

Did any particular card or deck surprise you this weekend?

Mardu with Snubhorn Sentry

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

Another chance to win a Pro Tour.


Name: Eric Froehlich

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Age: 34

Occupation: I don’t believe in jobs.

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Hall of Fame, 5 Pro Tour Top 8s, 16 previous Grand Prix Top 8s.

Day 1 Record: 7-1 (3 byes)

Day 2 Record: 5-0-2

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Blue-Black Control. In a world where most things are even, a better mana base and card drawing is king. Torrential Gearhulk was my best card!

Did any particular card or deck surprise you this weekend?

Scrapheap Scrounger was tough to deal with.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

I’m going to the Pro Tour!


Name: Matthew Kling

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Age: 28

Occupation: Oasis Games Employee

Day 1 Record: 8-0 (2 byes)

Day 2 Record: 4-2-1

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Grimes Energy, I listened to Michael Hinderaker! Commit // Memory was the MVP.

Did any particular card or deck surprise you this weekend?

Nothing much.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

My first Pro Tour qualification!


Name: Hunter Cochran

Hometown: Stony Brook, New York

Age: 25

Occupation: Physics Lab Slave

Day 1 Record: 7-0-1 (2 byes)

Day 2 Record: 5-2

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Grimes Energy, because Nathan Smith told me to. He’s very smart!

Did any particular card or deck surprise you this weekend?

The “Turbo Ascend” deck.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

Widening the gap between myself and one chat ELO king, Allen Wu.

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