Top 8 Profiles of Grand Prix Montreal 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on October 7, 2018

By Adam Styborski & Corbin Hosler

These eight players stood a head above the rest here in Montreal, as they proved their mastery with Guilds of Ravnica in its Grand Prix debut. Congrats to all the members of the Top 8!


Name: Isaak Krut
Hometown: Kazan, Russia
Occupation: Student
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Made Day 2 of the Pro Tour twice.

What did you play in Sealed? What were your most critical cards?
Abzan (green-white-black). Find // Finality and Izoni, Thousand-Eyed plus Underrealm Lich plus good removal. I went 7-2.

What did you draft? What were your records, and which cards were key to winning?
Golgari. Almost the same as above, and I went 3-0. Then I had Boros and went 2-0-1 with Dawn of Hope of the best card.

What would winning Grand Prix Montreal mean to you? The greatest achievement of in life.


Name: Christopher Leonard Huu Nguyen
Hometown: Montreal
Occupation: Inventory technician in a warehouse.
Previous Magic Accomplishments: This is my first Day 2 and my first Top 8.

What did you play in Sealed? What were your most critical cards?
Izzet. My best card was Gravitic Punch and Invert // Invent and Erratic Cyclops. It steals games.

What did you draft? What were your records, and which cards were key to winning?
3-0 with Dimir and 2-1 with Golgari.

What would winning Grand Prix Montreal mean to you?
A lot!!!


Name: Andrew Reesor
Hometown: Boston, MA
Occupation: Actuarial consultant
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 4 a RPTQ.

What did you play in Sealed? What were your most critical cards?
Boros. Tajic and Legion Warboss.

What did you draft? What were your records, and which cards were key to winning?
Dimir splashing green, with a lot of surveil cards with two Vigorspore Wurm and Lotleth Giant as a top-end, going 3-0. Then 2-01 with Boros with Experimental Frenzy and Skyknight Legionnaire.

What would winning Grand Prix Montreal mean to you?
It would be my most meaningful accomplishment in Magic and I have been playing off and on since Mirrodin, so it would be nice to finally hold a trophy.


Name: Chris Ha
Hometown: Toronto
Occupation: Clinical Research Assistant
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Driving to GPs and having someone in the car win or Top 8 - it's happened four times.

What did you play in Sealed? What were your most critical cards?
Sultai (blue-black-green) with Artful Takedown and Nightveil Predator.

What did you draft? What were your records, and which cards were key to winning?
Grixis with four Mountains and two Artful Takedowns (2-1), then Grixis with five gates, two Artful Takedown and Etrata, the Silencer.

What would winning Grand Prix Montreal mean to you?
It would be a crazy finish to this cinderella story. Also the money would let me buy more avocados.


Name: Alex Watt
Hometown: Brantford, Ontario
Occupation: Student
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Won a PTQ on Magic Online.

What did you play in Sealed? What were your most critical cards?
Boros. My most critical cards were Inescapable Blaze and Boros Challenger.

What did you draft? What were your records, and which cards were key to winning?
3-0 with Izzet where Murmuring Mystic was my best card, along with Ral and League Guildmage. Then I went 0-2-1 with Boros.

What would winning Grand Prix Montreal mean to you?
I could finally justify the amount of hours spent on Magic Online.


Name: Martin Eric Gauthier
Hometown: Longueuil, Quebec
Occupation: Pastry chef
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8 at GP Montreal in 2015.

What did you play in Sealed? What were your most critical cards?
Izzet. Niv-Mizzet, Parun and that awesome Quasiduplicate card.

What did you draft? What were your records, and which cards were key to winning?
I went 5-0-1, drafting Dimir twice with good removal and big flyers.

What would winning Grand Prix Montreal mean to you?
Bringing the title home to Montreal.


Name: Michael Von Vaals
Hometown: Oshawa, Ontarioa
Occupation: Software developer
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Several GP Top 16s and Top 32s.

What did you play in Sealed? What were your most critical cards?
Sultai with two Status // Statue.

What did you draft? What were your records, and which cards were key to winning?
3-0 with Dimir with two Disinformation Campaigns, and then Dimir splashing two Status // Statue and two Underrealm Lich.

What would winning Grand Prix Montreal mean to you?
Helps me get to my first Pro Tour and hopefully get to Silver. It also helps to pay off some of my student loans.


Name: Andrew Abela
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Occupation: Neuroscientist
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 16 Nationals in 2017.

What did you play in Sealed? What were your most critical cards?
Selesnya splashing Aurelia and Tajic.

What did you draft? What were your records, and which cards were key to winning?
Izzet splashing white. In one game I cast Expansion // Explosion to deck my opponent. Then I drafted Golgari with two Findbroker, a Find // Finality and Izoni.

What would winning Grand Prix Montreal mean to you?
Deep down, I’m still the 12-year-old kid drafting Apocalypse at Dollar’s in Scarborough. I’m here to have a good time.

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