TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on December 11, 2016

By Corbin Hosler

Learn more about Grand Prix Milwaukee's Top 8 competitors—including who they are, what they've done in the game, and more—by taking a look through their profiles!


Name:
Eric Severson

Age: 24

Hometown: Davis, CA

Occupation: Math PHD student

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Gold pro with Team East-West Bowl; three Grand Prix Top 8s

What did your Sealed Deck look like? What was the best card? Red-White Aggro. I had Veteran Motorist; Scry 2 makes every hand with it, a Mountain and a Plains great. I went 7-2.

What colors were your draft decks, and what was your record? What were the best cards? Red-Green Aggro and then Red-White Aggro; 3-0 with both. The best two cards in those drafts were Renegade Freighter and then Key to the City.

What card do you most want to open in this Top 8? Skysovereign, Flagship Consul, but a powerful Invention would be more fun.

What was your favorite moment of 2016? Narrowly surviving a car crash two months ago and now rallying back to another great finish.



Name:
Benjamin Weitz

Age: 26

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Occupation: Graduate Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Three Grand Prix Top 8. Gold Pro and qualified for 2017 Magic Online Championship Series. I also cohost the podcast Allied Strategies!

What did your Sealed Deck look like? What was the best card? Black-Red Aggro, Inventor's Goggles was the best card.

What colors were your draft decks, and what was your record? What were the best cards? I went 3-0 in my first draft with Blue-Black Energy. Aetherworks Marvel is great, especially when you hit Noxious Gearhulk. Realistically, Gearseeker Serpent is how I actually won.

Second draft I went Black-Red Aggro. Night Market Lookout plus Sky Skiff is a good combo. Chandra helped too.

What card do you most want to open in this Top 8? Skysovereign, Consul Flagship. It's just the best card.

What was your favorite moment of 2016? Making Gold in the penultimate round of Pro Tour Eldritch Moon after going 4-4 on Day 1. Also, my entire team made gold or platinum.



Name:
Evan Petre

Age: 24

Hometown: White Plains, NY

Occupation: Shift Supervisor at CVS

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Pittsburgh 2016 champion.

What did your Sealed Deck look like? What was the best card? White-Blue good stuff. I had double Cloudblazer, Confiscation Coup and Aetherworks Marvel.

What colors were your draft decks, and what was your record? What were the best cards? Went 3-0 with Blue-Black with double Scrapheap Scrounger, and then 2-0-1 with Red-White with triple Aviary Mechanic.

What card do you most want to open in this Top 8? Hangarback Walker.

What was your favorite moment of 2016? Winning the Grand Prix in Pittsburgh.



Name:
Brandon Fischer

Age: 26

Hometown: San Francisco

Occupation: Software Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Costa Rica finalist.

What did your Sealed Deck look like? What was the best card? Green-Blue Energy with Animation Module and Durable Handicraft combo.

What colors were your draft decks, and what was your record? What were the best cards? 3-0 in both with Temur Energy. Minister of Inquiries in my first deck and Fabrication Module in my second.

What card do you most want to open in this Top 8? Whirler Virtuoso.

What was your favorite moment of 2016? Playtesting with the rest of Team East-West Bowl in Honolulu.



Name:
Steve Carter

Age: 27

Hometown: Aurora, IL

Occupation: Airbrush Painter

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Won a couple PTQs

What did your Sealed Deck look like? What was the best card? Went 9-0 with Black-Red-Green Midrange, Peema Outrider was my best card.

What colors were your draft decks, and what was your record? What were the best cards? White-Black with Eliminate the Competition and then Temur with Cultivator's Caravan.

What card do you most want to open in this Top 8? Sol Ring.

What was your favorite moment of 2016? Cubs winning the World Series!



Name:
Ari Lax

Age: 26

Hometown: Detroit. Boston. DC. Who knows?

Occupation: Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir champion. Eight other Grand Prix Top 8s with one win.

What did your Sealed Deck look like? What was the best card? I had white-blue stuff, Smuggler's Copter was my best card that I never drew.

What colors were your draft decks, and what was your record? What were the best cards? 3-0 with Black-Red; Renegade Freighter was best. Then went 2-0-1 with Bant with Minister of Inquiries.

What card do you most want to open in this Top 8? Sword of Fire and Ice, just because I haven't had it yet.

What was your favorite moment of 2016? Everyone from East-West Bowl hitting Gold in Sydney!



Name:
Corey Burkhart

Age: 24

Hometown: Alta Loma, CA

Occupation: Game Designer

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Five Grand Prix Top 8s; my last three Grand Prix I've finished 2nd, 9th and now Top 8 here. Four weeks and three formats.

What did your Sealed Deck look like? What was the best card? I had a solid black-green deck. I played poorly and ended 7-2. Best card was Verdurous Gearhulk.

What colors were your draft decks, and what was your record? What were the best cards? Blue-Black Aggro (a very bad deck with two Torch Gauntlets). Best card was Ovalchase Daredevil. Second draft was Jeskai Panharmonicon. It had a bad curve but powerful cards. The best card was Whirler Virtuoso.

What card do you most want to open in this Top 8? Skysovereign, Consul Flagship. That card is messed up in Limited.

What was your favorite moment of 2016? Watching Luis Scott-Vargas Top 8 his third Pro Tour in a row – it was better than my three Grand Prix Top 8s this season.



Name:
Toshiya Kanegawa

Age: 36

Hometown: Yamanashi, Japan

Occupation: Shop Owner

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Three previous Grand Prix Top 8s

What did your Sealed Deck look like? What was the best card? I was Red-White Aggro. Best card was Smuggler's Copter!

What colors were your draft decks, and what was your record? What were the best cards? Went 3-0 with white-black with Fumigate. Second draft was green-white and I went 1-2. Best card was Dovin Baan.

What card do you most want to open in this Top 8? Copter!

What was your favorite moment of 2016? Now.

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