Top 8 Player Profiles of Grand Prix Milwaukee 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on November 18, 2018

By Meghan Wolff

Meghan is one half of the Good Luck High Five podcast and an adjunct professor at Tolarian Community College. She loves Limited, likes Modern, and dips her toes into each Standard season. She's decidedly blue and is the #1 hater of Siege Rhino in the Multiverse.

After fifteen rounds of Standard, only eight competitors could continue on. Meet your GP Milwaukee Top 8 players!


Name: Adrian Sullivan

Hometown: Madison, WI

Occupation: Communications Strategy Ad Consulting

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2-time Wisconsin State Champ

Top 8 PT Dragons of Tarkir

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Jeskai Control

What was your best card this weekend, and why?

Niv-Mizzet

What was the most exciting play you made this weekend?

Explosion for 17 off of Spell Swindle on Carnage Tyrant

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

A long-awaited return to the PT.


Name: Adam Hernandez

Hometown: Canton, MI

Occupation: IT

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 32 SCG Open

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

GB Midrange, because mono-red had a bad Jeskai matchup, and I didn't like URor Jeskai in this field.

What was your best card this weekend, and why?

Either the 24th land or Llanowar Elves. Having more keepable hands and consistent access to mana is excellent.

What was the most exciting play you made this weekend?

Casting down Adanto Vanguard in response to an activation in order to outrace WW in game three.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

FIRST PT INVITE


Name: Jackson Hicks

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Occupation: student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Pro Tour competitor

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Black-Green 'cause it's solid as a rock

What was your best card this weekend, and why?

Memorial to Folly

What was the most exciting play you made this weekend?

Vraska's Contempt a Llanowar Elves on turn 9.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

Should put me at Silver level pro and get me back on the Pro Tour.


Name: Seth Manfield

Hometown: Columbia, MD

Occupation: Magic player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Getting to be on team KMC Genesis.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Golgari - it has no bad matchups!

What was your best card this weekend, and why?

Llanowar Elves - mana acceleration is great

What was the most exciting play you made this weekend?

Exploring into two lands with Jadelight Ranger.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

I can in fact still win even AFTER being in the #MTGHoF


Name: Brian Lynn

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Occupation: PCA

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Winning local tournaments

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Golgari Midrange

What was your best card this weekend, and why?

Vraska's Contempt - got rid of many problem flying creatures (phoenix/drakes) +2 life

What was the most exciting play you made this weekend?

Attacking with Doom Whisperer on coverage.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

It's been a goal of mine for years. It means a lot to achieve.


Name: Jake "FirstFNM" Tilk

Hometown: Grosse Ile, MI

Occupation: Twitch streamer (twitch.tv/firstfnm) and student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Way too many GP Top 16s, Pro Tour Day 2 competitor, back-to-back 5k champion.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Mono-White Aggro. Ian Barber and Slater Claudel told me it was great.

What was your best card this weekend, and why?

Adanto Vanguard, it's unstoppable

What was the most exciting play you made this weekend?

I got to draw the best I did all weekend in my feature match!

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

Everything. I've worked so hard for this. I want to thank everyone for supporting me, you're all wonderful. Bryan Carey, Nate Elkus, Anthony Sayre.


Name: Isaak Krut

Hometown: Kazan, Russia/Toronto, ON

Occupation: student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

GP Montreal 2018 Top 8

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Jeskai Control. It seems to have good matchups against most other top archetypes.

What was your best card this weekend, and why?

Deafening Clarion. I drew it every time I needed one.

What was the most exciting play you made this weekend?

Syncopate opponent's Niv-Mizzet for zero to trigger my own Niv-Mizzet. Winning with Teferi -3 when I had no other win conditions left was nice too.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

It takes me Bronze, that gives me two byes at future GPs.


Name: Owen Turtenwald

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Occupation: Magic

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Hall of Fame

2x Player of the Year

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Izzet Drakes

What was your best card this weekend, and why?

The Mirari Conjecture

What was the most exciting play you made this weekend?

Casting Niv-Mizzet, Parun on Arena

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

I can't wait to see the "hometown hero" winner headline.

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