Grand Prix Minneapolis Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on July 29, 2018

By Corbin Hosler

More than 1,300 players began at Grand Prix Minneapolis, and the field has been whittled down to just the Top 8 - these are the players who will battle it out for the trophy.


Name: Ken Yukuhiro

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Occupation: Sponsored Pro Player

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Four Pro Tour Top 8s

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card? Blue-Green with Sleep.

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards? Blue-Black with Murder, and then Blue-Black with Demon of Catastrophes.

What Card do you most want to open in the Top 8 draft? Sleep.

What would winning the GP mean to you? More stats for the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.


Name: Kentaro Yamamoto

Hometown: Tokyo

Occupation: Pro Magic Player

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Nine Grand Prix Top 8s, three Pro Tour Top 8s, Team Series champion.

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card? Red-blue, going 8-1 with Sleep.

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards? Red-white with Make a Stand and then white-blue with Sleep.

What's the most exciting play you made this weekend? Made the Top 8!

What Card do you most want to open in the Top 8 draft? Sleep.

What would winning the GP mean to you? Very close to make Platinum.


Name: Dan Troha

Hometown: San Diego, California

Occupation: Internet marketing

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card? Built a bad green-white deck but sided into blue-red tempo every time. Act of Treason was the best card.

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards? Green-White Auras both times. Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants was probably the best card but Oakenform was great.

What's the most exciting play you made this weekend? Act of Treason on my own stolen Enigma Drake and playing Shock and Trumpet Blast for exactsies.

What Card do you most want to open in the Top 8 draft? Banefire!

What would winning the GP mean to you? An incredible run of good luck!


Name: Ashwin Ugale

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Occupation: IT

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 6-2 at Pro Tour Richmond into 8-8!

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card? Esper with Tezzeret, Artifice Master.

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards? Black-Red value and Green-Red Gigantasaurus and Dragon Egg!

What's the most exciting play you made this weekend? Spit Flame to trigger Dragon Egg, block a flier and then buy it back.

What Card do you most want to open in the Top 8 draft? Djinn of Wishes, he grants up to three.

What would winning the GP mean to you? Getting a chance at hitting Silver. Overall, I'm just happy to play, and it’s so satisfying to Top 8 after so many near-misses.


Name: Chih-Cheng Yeh (Peter)

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Occupation: Grad student

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 6th place in the 2015 Magic Online championship, and won GP Indianapolis 2018 with Xinyu Fei and Zirui Zhou.

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card? Red-white with Cleansing Nova.

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards? Red-green with Lathliss, Dragon Queen, and then green-white with Oakenform.

What's the most exciting play you made this weekend? Went all-in on a 2/2, firebreathing Dragon.

What Card do you most want to open in the Top 8 draft? Ajani.

What would winning the GP mean to you? Matching trophies this year!


Name: David Lam

Hometown: Rosemead, California

Occupation: Grad student

Previous Magic Accomplishments: two-time defending Good Games Chicago PPTQ champion, two-time GP Day 2 competitor.

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card? Blue-Black splash for Skyrider Patrol and Mentor of the Meek. Transmogrifying Wand was my best card, and I had two copies.

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards? White-black with three Herald of Faith, two Ajani’s Pridemate and two Vampire Neonate, and then blue-black with Windreader Sphinx.

What's the most exciting play you made this weekend? I sideboarded Psychic Corrosion to beat Kenta Harane with the winning play being Wanding my own Reassembling Skeleton to draw a card with Mentor and mill him out.

What Card do you most want to open in the Top 8 draft? Tezzeret, Artifice Master.

What would winning the GP mean to you? It would be awesome, but I’m already beyond pumped! This is my first individual Grand Prix Day 2.


Name: Magnus Lantto

Hometown: Malmi, Sweden

Occupation: Restaurant manager

Previous Magic Accomplishments: MOCS champion, three GP Top 8s

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card? Green-white, Colossal Dreadmaw.

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards? White-Blue and then White-Black, with Militia Bugler into Aerial Engineer.

What's the most exciting play you made this weekend? Chaining together multiple life gain cards and Nightmare's Thirst to make Top 8.

What Card do you most want to open in the Top 8 draft? Demanding Dragon.

What would winning the GP mean to you? I thought I was about to end my career this weekend at the Pro Tour, but I guess I just to do this a bit longer!


Name: Nathaniel Knox

Hometown: Vancouver, Canada

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments: GP Vancouver Top 8, Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan Top 64.

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card? Five-color with Dryad Greenseeker.

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best cards? Blue-Black and then green-black-white with Dryad Greenseeker.

What's the most exciting play you made this weekend? Grinding out opponents with Vampire Neonate and Epicure of Blood.

What Card do you most want to open in the Top 8 draft? Dryad Greenseeker.

What would winning the GP mean to you? Locking up Gold!

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