Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on January 28, 2019

By Event Coverage Staff


Name: Dylan Gellis

Age: 20

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Fulton, Maryland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8ed Grand Prix Sacramento, back-to-back Limited Grand Prix Top 8s

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Theater of Horror was nuts, played Rakdos splashing White

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Blue White splashing Black, Gateway Sneak was my favorite card, 3-0

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Lawmage's Binding was my favorite. In fact, I liked it so much I played four.

What is your preferred draft strategy for this set?

I mean, clearly Azorius. Why else would I draft it twice?


Name: Bryan Mabie

Age: 38

Occupation: Private investigator

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Pro Tour Kyoto competitor, PPTQ winner

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

I played Jund, went 8-1, good cards were Electrodominance, Rakdos Firewheeler

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

I played Simic, went 3-0, MVPs were Zegana, Utopian Speaker, Guardian Project, Biomancer's Familiar

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

I played Rakdos, went 2-0-1, MVPs were Sphinx of the Guildpact, 4 Goblin Gatherings, and a bunch of Py-off cards

What is your preferred draft strategy for this set?

Pick a guild and try to stick with it, if possible.


Name: Christian Calcano

Age: 30

Occupation: Dispatcher / Hareruya Pro

Hometown: New York, New York

Previous Magic accomplishments:

1 Pro Tour Top 8, 8 Grand Prix Top 8s, 2017 World Championship competitor

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Ethereal Absolution, UW splash Black, 8-1 (3 Byes)

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

2x Ethereal Absolution, 3-0, Orzhov

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

2x Burning-Tree Vandal, Gruul, 2-1

What is your preferred draft strategy for this set?

Open good rares and hope my guild is open


Name: Chase Masters

Age: 19

Occupation: Student, Player for Dice City Games

Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 SCG Cincinnati, 10th SCG Indianapolis, several RPTQs, Top 100 Mythic Arena Constructed

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Electrodominance (Main Mardu), Good vs. Flyers, Always boarded into Temur with Biogenic Ooze, 9-0 Sealed, 4-2 Draft

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Judith, the Scourge Diva (had two of her), Rakdos Rare Tribal, 3-0

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Warrant // Warden, Esper (Orzhov splashing Dovin and Warden), 1-2

What is your preferred draft strategy for this set?

Staying open then drafting three colors like Temur or Bant


Name: Paulo Vitor damo da Rosa

Age: 31

Occupation: MPL Player!, I stream on twitch.tv/PVDDR, write for channelfireball.com, and do a podcast called Pro Points

Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brasil

Previous Magic accomplishments:

12 Pro Tour Top 8s!

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

I went 9-0 with BRg. My best card was probably Thrash // Threat.

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

1-2 with UGw, Trollbred Guardian

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

3-0 with RGu, Flames of the [autocard]Raze-Boar[/autocard]

What is your preferred draft strategy for this set?

The set is very new, so I don't really have one yet.


Name: Collin Rountree

Age: 22

Occupation: Pat's Games sponsored player

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Previous Magic accomplishments:

SCG Open win, 6 Pro Tour appearances, Grand Prix Top 8

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Ethereal Absolution, BWu, 7-2

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Mortify, BWu, 3-0

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

2x Sharktocrab, RGu

What is your preferred draft strategy for this set?

Blue cards


Name: Stephen King

Age: 30

Occupation: Server

Hometown: Columbia, Maryland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

10th Grand Prix Tampa, 32nd Pro Tour San Diego

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Kaya's Wrath, WBr, 8-1

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Basilica Bell-Haunt, BW, 2-1

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Rakdos Firewheeler, BR, 3-0

What is your preferred draft strategy for this set?

Absolutely no idea


Name: Max Williams

Age: 28

Occupation: Incident Manager Analyst, Digital Care

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Pro Tour Journey into Nyx competitor, SCG Philadelphia Open – Standard Champion 2010? (I think...)

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Mass Manipulation, I played Simic splashing White for Doven, 7-2

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

No best card, all great common/uncommon fliers; Azorius splashing Green; 3-0

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Domri, Simic splashing Red, 3-0

What is your preferred draft strategy for this set?

Pick the most powerful card in first few packs then figure out what's open.

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