Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on May 21, 2017

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.

In the course of fifteen rounds, these eight players bested their challengers and rose to the top of the standings. Congratulations to the GP Montreal Top 8!


Shaun McLaren

Twitter Handle: @ShaunMcLaren

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Occupation: Content Creator for StarCityGames.com

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

1st at PT Born of the Gods

2nd at PT Khans of Tarkir

4 other GP Top 8s

What deck are you playing and why?

Black-Green Constrictor. It's sleek, innovative, consistent, powerful. I spent a lot of time tuning it for the Pro Tour and I keep winning with it.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Ob Nixilis, drawing cards is good and so is destroying creatures.

What was the most interesting or surprising card you played against this weekend and why?

Shrine of the Forsaken Gods. It's a sweet card for ramping out Ulamog when people are attacking Aetherworks Marvel.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

Another awesome Magic accomplishment.


Daniel Fournier

Twitter Handle: @tirentu

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Occupation: Social Media at Face to Face Games Toronto

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

3 GP Top 8s

Canadian WMC team 2014

Top 4 PAX East Challenge 2014 (my only trophy)

What deck are you playing and why?

Temur Aetherworks. I stole a 5-0 list from notable MTGO grinder Prottilary and ran with it.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Longtusk Cub, because 2 it greater than 10. Honorable mention to the Sidewinder deck box as a close second.

What was the most interesting or surprising card you played against this weekend and why?

Liliana's Mastery, because draft chaff isn't good against Ulamogs.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

Since I already get to go to Kyoto with my friends, it means a good chance at Silver.


Maxime Aubin

Hometown: Quebec City

Occupation: Car Dealership Owner

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Won 3 FNMs

What deck are you playing and why?

Blue-Red Control, because everyone said it's not a deck.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Thing in the Ice, because of Marvel.

What was the most interesting or surprising card you played against this weekend and why?

Brisella.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

Time to set a new goal.


Liam Kane Meilleur

Hometown: Toronto

Occupation: High School Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Winning a local 1K?

What deck are you playing and why?

Mardu Vehicles, because it has a chance in every match-up and I'm very experienced with it. Also, it's my only Standard deck.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Thalia, Heretic Cathar since it messes up the opponent's plans in unexpected ways and is good while curving out.

What was the most interesting or surprising card you played against this weekend and why?

Glorybringer out of a Marvel opponent's sideboard killed my Planeswalkers when I thought they were safe, which surprised me.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

Enough money to go to the Pro Tour, and a great accomplishment for my second GP ever.


Ethan Gaieski

Twitch Handle: twitch.tv/alexjchen

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Occupation: student of life

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Lots of SCG finishes

44th GP Louisville 2017

Getting on the PT before Steven Setga

What deck are you playing and why?

Mono-Black Zombies because it's very consistent and crushes everything but Marvel, which is probably a 40/60 match-up. I went 8-1 against Marvel in the Swiss and 5-0 against everything else.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Kalitas won me several games by itself. Post-board with seven one-mana removal spells, it's especially potent.

What was the most interesting or surprising card you played against this weekend and why?

Ulamog is very interesting.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

I have thrown away a lot of opportunities to be great at things in my life. Being here, writing this profile, is my redemption. Today, I proved to myself that my wildest dreams are tangible.


Max McVety

Twitter Handle: @m_mcvety

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2016 SCG Columbus Invitational Champion

2016 GP Minneapolis Top 8 competitor

What deck are you playing and why?

Mardu Vehicles, I think it's good versus Zombies and Control, while not being too bad versus Marvel, although that match-up is quite hard.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Veteran Motorist, it dug me out of many unkeepable hands.

What was the most interesting or surprising card you played against this weekend and why?

I played versus a WU Flash deck, they had Glory-Bound Initiate, it made it kind of hard to race.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

Locking up Silver, giving myself a shot at Gold, and being very happy to represent RIW Hobbies well.


Paul Dean

Twitter Handle: @paullife_

Hometown: Toronto

Occupation: Accountant

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Platinum last year

What deck are you playing and why?

Temur Aetherworks Marvel. It is clearly the best deck.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Ulamog. The mirror can be quite the Animal Farm, but my Ulamogs walk on two legs, know what I mean?

What was the most interesting or surprising card you played against this weekend and why?

Noxious Gearhulk. Didn't know you could put that in your deck.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

It would mean having much more money to visit www.massdrop.com for all my interests and hobby needs!


Kevin Jones

Twitter Handle: @kjvsthehighway

Hometown: Kingston, NY

Occupation: writer at MTGCardMarket.com, grunt at Kirwan's Game Store

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

10 SCG Open Top 8s, a couple of PTQ wins, Team USA Top 16 at the 2016 World Magic Cup

What deck are you playing and why?

Temur Marvel – Combo/Control Blue deck fits my style well, Glimmer is great.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Nissa's Renewal – removes the drawback of drawing Ulamogs! Also Marvel is broken!

What was the most interesting or surprising card you played against this weekend and why?

Advanced Stitchwing in Round 3. Magma Spray in game 3 of a Marvel mirror.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

Validation for a lifetime of competitive Magic aspirations and pursuits!

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