TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on November 16, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

Learn more about Grand Prix New Jersey's Top 8 competitors by taking a look through their profiles!



Lam Phan

Age: 32
Hometown: Oshawa
Occupation: Project Manager in construction

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Made a Werebear a thing at some GP Top 8.

What did you play this weekend, and why?
UR Landstill. I want to make Sudden Shock a thing.

What was your record on Day 1 and Day 2?
9-0, 4-2.

What, if anything, would you have done differently with your deck for this weekend, and why?
I would play Gitaxian Probe.

Which card in your sideboard exceeded your expectations this weekend, and why?
Pyroclasm. This metagame is full of x/2 creatures.

Were you cruisin' or are you bruisin' this weekend?
Little bit of both. I played one Treasure Cruise and one Dig Through Time.



Philipp Schonegger

Age: 20
Hometown: Germany
Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 GP Paris, Top 64 GP Strasbourg.

What did you play this weekend, and why?
I've been playing Miracles since GP Ghent, improving it further and further which led to my Top 8 in Paris and now here in New Jersey. The deck is insane.

What was your record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-1, 5-0-1.

What, if anything, would you have done differently with your deck for this weekend, and why?
Deck is practically perfected!

Which card in your sideboard exceeded your expectations this weekend, and why?
None, because I knew which place they had. Red/Blue Elemental Blast and Snapcaster are pretty amazing, though.

Were you cruisin' or are you bruisin' this weekend?
Toppin'!



Royce Walter

Age: 24
Hometown: Syracuse, New York
Occupation: Software Developer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Nothing important

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Past in Flames Tendrils because it has a good matchup against Blue/Red Delver.

What was your record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-1, 5-0-1.

What, if anything, would you have done differently with your deck for this weekend, and why?
Cut a Massacre for a Pyroclasm

Which card in your sideboard exceeded your expectations this weekend, and why?
Carpet of Flowers, it ate a lot of Force of Wills

Were you cruisin' or are you bruisin' this weekend?
How is this a question?



Tom Ross

Age: 31
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Occupation: StarCityGames Columnist

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
PT Top 8, 3 Gp Top8s, 2 SCG Invitational wins

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Infect. Become Immense is great.

What was your record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-1, 5-0-1

What, if anything, would you have done differently with your deck for this weekend, and why?
Cut the Umezawa's Jitte from the sideboard. Play the 4th Spell Pierce.

Which card in your sideboard exceeded your expectations this weekend, and why?
Bojuka Bog. I played against Reanimator twice and Dredge once.

Were you cruisin' or are you bruisin' this weekend?
Just one boat. It's all I need.



Brian Bruan-Duin

Age: 28
Hometown: Roanoke, Virgina
Occupation: Content Producer at StarCityGames

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Winner Grand Prix Louisville, Top 8 Grand Prix Minnapolis, four StarCityGames Invitational Top 8s.

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Jeskai Stoneblade. Despite criticisms, it was testing well for me and I decided to stick with my guns.

What was your record on Day 1 and Day 2?
9-0, 4-1-1.

What, if anything, would you have done differently with your deck for this weekend, and why?
Pleased with the maindeck. Would like tinker with the sideboard.

Which card in your sideboard exceeded your expectations this weekend, and why?
I knew the card was good from prior experience, but Wear//Tear was a godsend.

Were you cruisin' or are you bruisin' this weekend?
With four Gitaxian Probes, four Treasure Cruies, and four Young Pyromancers... I was both cruisin' and bruisin'.



Dan Jordan

Age: 23
Hometown: Albany, New York
Occupation: Poker Player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Three Pro Tour Top 16s, one Pro Tour Top 75, two Grand Prix Top 8s.

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Blue-Red Delver because it's 50% against the field.

What was your record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-1, 5-1.

What, if anything, would you have done differently with your deck for this weekend, and why?
Minus one Price of Progress and plus one Flusterstorm, because I want a little more game against combo.

Which card in your sideboard exceeded your expectations this weekend, and why?
Electrickery because it killed everything.

Were you cruisin' or are you bruisin' this weekend?
I'm on a boat!



Joseph Santomassino

Age: 21
Hometown: Litchfield, New Hampshire
Occupation: New Hampsire ANG/ Factory Worker

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 32 StarCityGames Open Series in Providence

What did you play this weekend, and why?
MUD. it I was attending history I wanted to play my favorite.

What was your record on Day 1 and Day 2?
9-0, 4-2.

What, if anything, would you have done differently with your deck for this weekend, and why?
Added a fourth Wurmcoil Engine. I forgot the last at home and it's really good versus Blue-Red Delver.

Which card in your sideboard exceeded your expectations this weekend, and why?
I didn't sideboard much. I did side in Storm hate on a wild guess against Sneak and Show.

Were you cruisin' or are you bruisin' this weekend?
I was on a boat... not of the treasured variety.



Phillip Braverman

Age: 23
Hometown: Hillsborogh, NC
Occupation: Masters Accounting Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Two Top 8s StarCityGames Legacy Opens

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Counterstone because I enjoy having card selection. Also, my friend Wilson helped me tune a lot of the sideboard slots.

What was your record on Day 1 and Day 2?
7-1-1, 6-0.

What, if anything, would you have done differently with your deck for this weekend, and why?
I would consider adding an additional Dig Through Time. The card overperformed for me all weekend.

Which card in your sideboard exceeded your expectations this weekend, and why?
The blue blast - Hydroblast, Blue Elemental Blast - effect are very versatile. It took care of Sneak Attacks and Sulfuric Vortexs for me.

Were you cruisin' or are you bruisin' this weekend?
I am blasting!

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