TOP 4 TEAM PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX NASHVILLE 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on November 2, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 4 teams for is set! Learn more about Grand Prix Nashville's Top 4 teams, their history at the top tables, and more by taking a look through the profiles.

Jesse Hampton, (19) Jacob Wilson, Matt Nass


Matt Nass

Age: 22
Hometown: Stanford, California

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
None

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Jeskai, 6-3,Flying Crane Technique

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Jeskai 3-1-1, Flying Crane Technique

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
Suspension Field

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
They made me board in Treasure Cruise and then I ripped it Game 3 to beat BBD [Brian Braun-Duin].


Jess Hampton

Age: 25
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Played on the Pro Tour, Platinum Pro, Pro Tour Philly Top 8

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Abzan. 7-2. Anafenza, the Foremost and 12 good uncommons.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Abzan. 4-0. Duneblast, or maybe the second Duneblast.

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
Jacob took Sorin, Solemn Visitor, and High Sentinels of Arashin in the second sealed deck.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
Helped me write and build deck after I drove to Nashville at 3 a.m. the night before. Got snowed in at the Charlotte airport.


Jacob Wilson

Age: 19
Hometown: San Francisco, California

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Platinum level Pro. Pro Tour Top 8. 4 Grand Prix Top 8s – Cycle of formats (Standard, Modern, Legacy, Limited)

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Mardu, 7-2. Trumpet Blast

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Mardu, 4-0-1. 1st: High Sentinels of Arashin; 2nd: Sorin, Solemn Visitor.

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
Wind-Scarred Crag.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
They let me ignore their advice.


Matthew Severa, (22) Sam Black, Gaudenis Vidugiris


Sam Black

Age: 32
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Platinum Pro; Worlds Team winner 2008; 2 Pro Tour Top 8s; 2 Grand Prix Top 8s.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
White-Blue-Red-Green. End Hostilities, Sagu Mauler, Mantis Rider. 7-2 (?)

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Jeskai. Narset, Enlightened Master & Flying Crane Technique. 4-1.

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
I got everything I wanted.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
Win their matches.


Matt Severa

Age: 35
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 Grand Prix Detroit, like 11 years ago.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Mardu, 8-1 (7-2 personal record), Rush of Battle

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
White-Red Aggro, 4-1 (2-3 personal), Hooded Hydra

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
Murderous Cut

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
They played well.


Gaudenis Vidugiris

Age: 30
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin/New York

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
3 Grand Prix wins (Atlanta, Denver, Tampa), 2 Pro Tour Top 8s (Barcelona, Nagoya)

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Blue-Black-Green [Sultai], 4-1 (my teammates smashed quickly). Treasure Cruise

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
White-Blue-Black-Green. 3-1-1. Dead Drop.

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
Sam stole my Sagu Mauler

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
They built good decks.


David Sharfman, Patrick Cox, Orrin Beasley


Orrin Beasley

Age: 28
Hometown: Greenville, North Carolina

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Final Grand Prix Dallas/Fort Worth, Top 8 Grand Prix Columbus Modern

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
BUG [Sultai], 6-2-1, Villainous Wealth

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
RUG [Temur], 3-2, Bear's Companion

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
Dragonscale Boon

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
Sharfman corrected my plans a lot.


David Sharfman

Age: 24
Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Pro Tour Nagoya Champion, Grand Prix Paris Champion, two other Grand Prix Top 8s, US Nationals Top 8.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Jeskai, 6-1 (two Did Not Finish), Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Abzan. 3-1-1. Hardened Scales.

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
Dragonscale Boon in my Hardened Scales theme deck.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
Orrin reminded me to kill my dead-on-board opponent.


Pat Cox

Age: 30
Hometown: Oakton, Virginia

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Two Pro Tour Top 8s, five other Grand Prix Top 8s, SCG Invitational Champion

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Mardu. 6-2 (Did not finish one match). Zurgo, Helmsmasher

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Mardu, 4-0 (Did not finish one match). Wingmate Roc

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
Barrage of Boulders for the sideboard.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
They gave me the best decks.


(20) Shahar Shenhar, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, (18) Tom Martell


Shahar Shenhar

Age: 21 (as of today!!)
Hometown: Sacramento, California/Jerusalem, Israel

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Three Grand Prix wins, 2013 World Champion, three Pro Tour Top 25s

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Temur, 7-2. Savage Knuckleblade, two Savage Punches.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
White-Red Aggro, 2-2-1. Arrow Storm

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
Had all the White-Red cards (the deck was still bad).

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
Both teammates were great, nothing in particular comes to mind.


Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

Age: 27
Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Nine Pro Tour Top8s!

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
UWR [Jeskai], 4-2 (we went 8-1). Dragon-Style Twins.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
RUG [Temur], 4-0 (we went 3-0-2). Sagu Mauler

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
Suspension Field on Day 1. I think we did a pretty good job of playing different styles of decks, so there weren't many cards we fought over.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
They won all the matches on Day 1!


Tom Martell

Age: 32
Hometown: Mountain View, California

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Pro Tour Gatecrash champion, Two-time Grand Prix Champion, 2013 Player of the Year runner-up

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
White-Black splash Red, 8-1. Best card was Butcher of the Horde.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Black-Green splash White, 2-0-1 (two incompletes). Best card was Siege Rhino.

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
For my first deck, I was actively giving away anything teammates wanted. My second deck could have used the Abzan Falconer we gave to Shahar.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
They won a lot of matches. We cooperated extremely well during deck construction.