Top 8 Profiles of Grand Prix Mexico City 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on October 7, 2018

By Marc Calderaro

These eight stood a head above the rest here in Mexico City as your Top 8 players!


Name/Nombre: Felix Grezes

Age: 30

Occupation: PhD student / College teacher

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Pauper Standard World Champion

What did you play in Sealed on Day 1? Why? What was your record?

Dimir (splash Hypothesizzle) 7-2 (2 byes).

What was your hardest choice building your Sealed deck?

- splashing Red.

What did you Draft on Day 2? Why? What were your records?

Boros 3-0
Izzet Combo (Gravitic Punch, Sonic Assault, Wee Dragonauts, etc...) 2-1

What card(s) surprised you this weekend, and why?

Lazav, the Multifarious (from good to great)
Gravitic Punch (from bad to build-around).

What does making this Top 8 mean to you?

Making my first Pro Tour.

What's your guild affiliation are you in real life, why? (Be honest)

Gruul.


Name/Nombre: Martin Jůza

Age: 31

Occupation: Magic Pro

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
4 Pro Tour Top 8
30 Grand Prix Top 8

What did you play in Sealed on Day 1? Why? What was your record?

Blue-Black splash green, 8-1.

What was your hardest choice building your Sealed deck?

Whether to go Blue-Black splash green or Blue-Green splash black.

What did you Draft on Day 2? Why? What were your records?

Blue-Black, 1-2

Green-White, 3-0

What card(s) surprised you this weekend, and why?

I didn’t read the spoiler, so a lot of the cards surprised me.

What does making this Top 8 mean to you?

4-8 Pro Points, 1500 – 1000 USD

What’s your guild affiliation are you in real life, why? (Be honest)

... :)


Name/Nombre: Steve Rubin

Age: 26

Occupation: QA Analyst

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
12 Grand Prix Top 8
Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad Champion
2018 MOCS Finalist

What did you play in Sealed on Day 1? Why? What was your record?

Abzan with Izoni, Thousand-Eyed & Trostani Discordant, 8-1

What was your hardest choice building your Sealed deck?

Whether to play two Citywatch Sphinx off a “free splash”

What did you Draft on Day 2? Why? What were your records?

White-Red: 2-1
Green-White: 2-0-1

What card(s) surprised you this weekend, and why?

Flower // Flourish. Won almost all of my Sealed games with it.

What does making this Top 8 mean to you?

Happy to Top 8 my first Grand Prix this year

What’s your guild affiliation are you in real life, why? (Be honest)

Azorius



Name/Nombre: Jason “Amaz” Chan

Age: 27

Occupation: Streamer / YouTuber

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Brian Kibler follows me on Twitter

What did you play in Sealed on Day 1? Why? What was your record?

Black-Green splashing blue, because two Mythics are great! 7-2.

What was your hardest choice building your Sealed deck?

It wasn’t really hard, the Boros deck was unplayable.

What did you Draft on Day 2? Why? What were your records?

3-0 and 2-0-1. Izzet and Dimir. My decklists are on my Twitter 

What card(s) surprised you this weekend, and why?

Devious Cover-Up, super good in Sealed. As everyone else plays bombs in that format.

What does making this Top 8 mean to you?

I’m happy :)

What’s your guild affiliation are you in real life, why? (Be honest)

Dimir, because they just get things done with being in your face. A hint of Azorius, but that’s not in this set ... yet!


Name/Nombre: Mark Jacobson

Age: 28

Occupation: Hardware Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Two other Sealed Grand Prix Top 8s in the past year

What did you play in Sealed on Day 1? Why? What was your record?

Record 6-1. Blue-Black splash red and green.

What was your hardest choice building your Sealed deck?

I could have built my mian deck a bit greedier, adding another red card and another green card. I went with the conservative build knowing I would have good options post-board.

What did you Draft on Day 2? Why? What were your records?

Black-Green – 3-0
White-Green – 1-1, ID

What card(s) surprised you this weekend, and why?

Necrotic Wound. It was a valuable removal spell in a color pair (Black-Green) that needed to protect the skies.

What does making this Top 8 mean to you?

I think it locks me for Gold in the upcoming cycles.

What’s your guild affiliation are you in real life, why? (Be honest)

Izzet.


Name/Nombre: Francisco Sifuentes

Age: 26

Occupation: Chef

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Two Grand Prix Top 8s

What did you play in Sealed on Day 1? Why? What was your record?

I played Selesnya with a little black splash, 8-1.

What was your hardest choice building your Sealed deck?

If I should not play Dimir (it worked).

What did you Draft on Day 2? Why? What were your records?

Drafted Dimir for a 3-0 and Golgari for a 1-2 (I don’t like Golgari)

What card(s) surprised you this weekend, and why?

Dimir Spybug, best first pick ever!!

What does making this Top 8 mean to you?

Another Pro Tour and close to Gold!

What’s your guild affiliation are you in real life, why? (Be honest)

Dimir because I like conspiracies.


Name/Nombre: Carlos Pal

Age: 28

Occupation: Programmer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 16 Grand Prix Costa Rica
Top 16 Grand Prix Richmond
Won my last pro point to become Costa Rica’s captain at Grand Prix Stockholm

What did you play in Sealed on Day 1? Why? What was your record?

Boros, 8-1. Couldn’t build any other deck, not enough playables.

What was your hardest choice building your Sealed deck?

2-3 fillers I had to put in the main deck.

What did you Draft on Day 2? Why? What were your records?

Draft 1 Izzet, 1-2
Draft 2 Boros, 3-0

What card(s) surprised you this weekend, and why?

Cosmotronic Wave – Closed up games out of nowhere

What does making this Top 8 mean to you?

This means a lot to me. First Grand Prix Top 8 ever, and I’ve been playing a lot since I came back after 3-4 years not playing (came back at Grand Prix Denver 2018).

What’s your guild affiliation are you in real life, why? (Be honest)

Boros? I don’t know? I end games quick.


Name/Nombre: Logan Nettles

Age: 30

Occupation: Magic

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Grand Prix Los Angeles winner < 2 months ago

What did you play in Sealed on Day 1? Why? What was your record?

Izzet because the best cards in my pool were Niv-Mizzet, Parun and Expansion//Explosion. 7-2 record.

What was your hardest choice building your Sealed deck?

Whether to splash black for two removal spells with Niv-Mizzet in my deck. I did not and ususally boarded in black.

What did you Draft on Day 2? Why? What were your records?

3-0 Izzet because I saw a Blue-Red Guildmage pick three and I had two red cards.
2-0-1 Boros because I opened Boros Challenger, Izoni, Thousand-Eyed, and Golgari Finebroker, so I took the standalone card and stuck to it.

What card(s) surprised you this weekend, and why?

Invert [Invert//Invent]. I attacked Vedalkan Mesmerist into Wishcoin Crab and inverted the crab and an 0/4 Crackling Drake.

What does making this Top 8 mean to you?

One step closer to Gold and the bigtime.

What’s your guild affiliation are you in real life, why? (Be honest)

Golgari. Thoughtseize, Goyf, Lily, gg.

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