Top 8 Players

Posted in Event Coverage on March 8, 2015

By Event Coverage Staff


Name: Corey Baumeister

Age: 23

Hometown: Mandan, ND

Occupation: Bar Server / Blackjack Dealer / Student / Brad Barn

Previous Magic accomplishments: A couple of PT Cashes, 4-time State Champion, One SCG Open Title.

What did you play this weekend and why? Green-White Aggro/ mostly because Brad liked it and its good matchups are Abzan/Red-White, which I figured would be a good chunk of the field.

What did you expect the metagame to look like this weekend, and were those expectations met? Green-White, Red-White, and a lot of Abzan, pretty accurate. Played 7 Abzan.

In hindsight, if you could exchange any card in your deck for one other card, what would it be and why? Something for Temur Sabertooth for the mirror.

What was the most surprising card you saw cast this weekend? Doomwake Giant. Wrecked my face.
 



Name: Ryan Grodzinski

Age: 33

Hometown: Cape Coral, FL

Occupation: Sales Manager

Previous Magic accomplishments: Made many life-long friendships over the last 20 years.

What did you play this weekend and why? Mono-Red Aggro – Tested well vs. expected field and Tyler Grodzinski & Antonino De Rosa said to!

What did you expect the metagame to look like this weekend, and were those expectations met? I expected more R/W based Mardu. Played against it zero times.

In hindsight, if you could exchange any card in your deck for one other card, what would it be and why? I would have much ratherd [sic] Goblin Guide.

What was the most surprising card you saw cast this weekend? Ulcerate




Name: Brian Lee

Age: 26

Hometown: Ouiedo, FL

Occupation: Durdle Master

Previous Magic accomplishments: SCG Open Top-32, Theros Game Day Champion

What did you play this weekend and why? Mono-Red, if you dodge Rhino it's auto-win.

What did you expect the metagame to look like this weekend, and were those expectations met? I expected a lot of Sultai Control and Abzan. There was [sic] less Rhino's [sic] than expected.

In hindsight, if you could exchange any card in your deck for one other card, what would it be and why? Mardu Scout for a third Goblin Heelcutter and another Eidolon.

What was the most surprising card you saw cast this weekend? Nylea's Disciple.



Name: Andy Boswell

Age: 31

Hometown: Sugar Loaf, NY

Occupation: Ceramic Artist

Previous Magic accomplishments: GP Worcester – 2nd. SCG Open Worcester – Top 8. Some other SCG Open Top-8s. Two Pro Tours.

What did you play this weekend and why? Abzan Aggro because it has all the best cards and a clear path to win.

What did you expect the metagame to look like this weekend, and were those expectations met? I expected Big Abzan, RW Aggro, and UBx Control. There was less UBx than expected but more Abzan Aggro and Gx Devotion.

In hindsight, if you could exchange any card in your deck for one other card, what would it be and why? I would make no changes.

What was the most surprising card you saw cast this weekend? Torrent Elemental



 

Name: Chad Kastel

Age: 29

Hometown: Atlantic City, NJ

Occupation: Day Trader

Previous Magic accomplishments: Top 8 SCG Open NJ, few GP Top-16s.

What did you play this weekend and why? Abzan Whip. Midrange Green is what I know. Spoke to Gerry Thompson, he gave me his list and I usually just play what the coach plays.

What did you expect the metagame to look like this weekend, and were those expectations met? I expected the metagame to be RW, BUG Control, and RG Devotion. GW Devotion was unexpected.

In hindsight, if you could exchange any card in your deck for one other card, what would it be and why? I don't think so.

What was the most surprising card you saw cast this weekend? The white Dictate.


Name: Daniel Cecchetti

Age: 27

Hometown: Madison, WI

Occupation: IT Consultant

Previous Magic accomplishments: WMC Team Member 2013

What did you play this weekend and why? G/W Devotion. Sam Black said it was the best deck.

What did you expect the metagame to look like this weekend, and were those expectations met? No idea … so yes.

In hindsight, if you could exchange any card in your deck for one other card, what would it be and why? Nothing

What was the most surprising card you saw cast this weekend? Lightform


Name: Ralph Betesh

Age: 29

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Occupation: Wifi

Previous Magic accomplishments: 2 PTs, Eternal Weekend Top-8.

What did you play this weekend and why? Abzan Aggro. Deck is very powerful. All the cards are very good.

What did you expect the metagame to look like this weekend, and were those expectations met? RW and Abzan Variants. Yes.

In hindsight, if you could exchange any card in your deck for one other card, what would it be and why? No changes to the maindeck, maybe the Back to Nature.

What was the most surprising card you saw cast this weekend? Spear of Heliod.


Name: Zan Syed

Age: 23

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic accomplishments: 2 Standard Open Top 8s

What did you play this weekend and why? Naya Aggro because I like to jam turn 2 Rabblemaster.

What did you expect the metagame to look like this weekend, and were those expectations met? Mostly R/W and Abzan. Yeah, it was met.

In hindsight, if you could exchange any card in your deck for one other card, what would it be and why? None

What was the most surprising card you saw cast this weekend? Mob Rule and Hornet's Nest. Splash white so no one expected the chain until I played the white.

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