TOP 8 PLAYER PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on May 29, 2016

By Jacob Van Lunen

Jacob Van Lunen began playing Magic in 1995. He has participated in organized play at every level of competition and was a member of the winning team at Pro Tour San Diego in 2007, thanks to an innovative draft strategy. As a writer, Van Lunen has had more than three hundred Magic strategy pieces published

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 8 for Grand Prix Minneapolis is set! Learn more about this event’s Top 8 competitors, their history at the top tables, and more by taking a look through the Top 8 profiles.
 


 

Owen Turtenwald

Age: 27

Hometown: Las Vegas
Occupation: Channelfireball.com

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

3 Pro Tour Top 8, Player of the Year 2011

What Deck are you playing and why?

White-Black Control

What card are you most excited about playing with in Eternal Masters?

Volunteer Reserves

What's the most underrated card in Standard?

Read the Bones


Max McVety

Age: 22

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2 Pro Tour Top 50s, Columbus SCG Invitational Winner, 4-1ed a competitive Standard league with Humans

What Deck are you playing and why?

Humans. I have won every tournament I played it in.

What card are you most excited about playing with in Eternal Masters?

Chain Lightning

What's the most underrated card in Standard?

Tandem Tactics


Alex Johnson

Age: 27

Hometown: Hopkins, MN
Occupation: Health Services Administrator

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2nd SCG Classic, PT Battle for Zendikar competitor

What Deck are you playing and why?

Green-White Tokens. The matchups for this deck are mostly favorable. Dodging Four-Color Rites most of the tournament helps.

What's the most underrated card in Standard?

Lambholt Pacifist


Matt Severa

Age: 36

Hometown: Madison, WI
Occupation: Software Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 8 GP Detroit 2003

Top 4 GP Nashville 2014

Winner GP DC 2016

What Deck are you playing and why?

Bant Human Company. I was playing Grixis and kept getting crushed by it on Magic Online.

What card are you most excited about playing with in Eternal Masters?

Vampiric Tutor?

What's the most underrated card in Standard?

Thalia's Lieutenant


Reed Hartman

Age: 28

Hometown: Dekalb, IL
Occupation: Electrician

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Played in Pro Tour Dragon's Maze. 2nd Legacy Champs 2012

What Deck are you playing and why?

Green-White Tokens. It's a consistent deck that I played in GP New York. I made a few changes and tried it again.

What card are you most excited about playing with in Eternal Masters?

All the cards in foreign languages! Mana Crypt, Hymn to Tourach, Karakas. I can upgrade my cube!


Shota Takao

Age: 27

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Occupation: Card Shop Yuyutei

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

GP Kobe 2015 Top 4

GP Shizouka 2014 Finals

Nationals 2011 Top 8

What Deck are you playing and why?

White-Red Humans. Bushwhacker is spicy!

What card are you most excited about playing with in Eternal Masters?

Sinkhole

What's the most underrated card in Standard?

Abbot of Keral Keep


Andrew Elenbogen

Age: 22

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Occupation: Software Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

GP Omaha Top 8

13-2 GP Boston

Many GP Top 16s and Top 32s

What Deck are you playing and why?

Bant Humans with Eldrazi Displacer. I wanted to play Bant Company, but it wasn't proactive enough to beat rites and Green-White Tokens. This deck really ups the pressure to have mostly favorable matchups. Displacer is great against everything.

What card are you most excited about playing with in Eternal Masters?

Winter Orb

What's the most underrated card in Standard?

Max McVety's Clue Token


Yuuya Watanabe

Age: 27

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Occupation: Team Cygames Pro Magic Player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

3 Pro Tour Top 8s.

Player of the Year

Rookie of the Year

7 Grand Prix victory

4 Time World Championship and World Magic Cup

What Deck are you playing and why?

Bant Humans. Best deck in Standard.

What card are you most excited about playing with in Eternal Masters?

Gamble

What's the most underrated card in Standard?

Ojutai's Command

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