TOP 8 PLAYER PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX OMAHA 2015 on January 11, 2015

By Event Coverage Staff

Pascal Maynard

Age: 21

Occupation: Store manager and card player

Hometown: Quebec City

Previous Magic accomplishments:

4 Grand Prix Top 8s

What deck did you play and why?

Blue-Red Delver with Goblin Guides.  Because I wanted 8 Monastery Swiftspears.

Would you have made any changes to your deck and why?

Cut Young Pyromancer, maindeck Tidebinder Mage.  Probably a few other things too.

Which card was your maindeck MVP so far this weekend?  What about your sideboard?

Tidebinder Mage sideboard; Goblin Guide maindeck.

What are you most excited about for Fate Reforged?


Andrew Elenbogen

Age: 21

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Previous Magic accomplishments:

2 GP Top 32s

2 GP Top 16s

1 GP Top 64 (all Limited or Modern)

What deck did you play and why?

Tron.  I disliked everything I tested, so I audibled to Tron because it’s the deck I’m the most familiar with.

Would you have made any changes to your deck and why?

Yes.  I am only playing the fourth Relic of Progenitus over the fourth Wurmcoil Engine because of a deck registration error.  Also, there should be a Spellskite in the board for Scapeshift.  I’d cut a Combust for it.

Which card was your maindeck MVP so far this weekend?  What about your sideboard?

Maindeck: Wurmcoil Engine.  The entire plan versus Delver is this card and it worked repeatedly.

Sideboard:  Nature's Claim for versatility; Slaughter Games for power.

What are you most excited about for Fate Reforged?

Ugin, the Spirit Dragon.  He is going in this deck as a two-of!!


Stephen Speck

Age: 22

Occupation: Chicago Clubhouse employee

Hometown: Wilmette, Illinois

Previous Magic accomplishments:

2nd at an SCG Modern Elite IQ

Lvl 1 Judge

What deck did you play and why?

Amulet Combo.  Favorable metagame.  The bad matchups have lost favor recently and the Delver matchup is strong.

Would you have made any changes to your deck and why?

-1 Sigarda, Host of Herons.  Didn’t do anything all weekend.

Which card was your maindeck MVP so far this weekend?  What about your sideboard?

Hive Mind in the maindeck; Pyroclasm in the sideboard.

What are you most excited about for Fate Reforged?

The limited format looks intense. A lot of different angles.


Scott “Spanky” Lipp

Age: 30

Occupation: Shop owner -- Spanky’s Card Shop

Hometown: Kansas City

Previous Magic accomplishments:

1998 JSS Worlds Top 4!

SCG Open win?

What deck did you play and why?

Red-Green Breachscape

Would you have made any changes to your deck and why?

Cut Shatterstorm for the fourth Obstinate Baloth

Which card was your maindeck MVP so far this weekend?  What about your sideboard?

Chalice of the Void

What are you most excited about for Fate Reforged?


Stephen Berrios

Age: 30

Occupation: Attorney

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 4 Grand Prix Sao Paulo; member of Color Crew and 20k Leagues

What deck did you play and why?

Blue-Red Delver; it’s the deck I’ve been prepping for D.C. with.

Would you have made any changes to your deck and why?

Dismember should be a Combust, maybe.

Which card was your maindeck MVP so far this weekend?  What about your sideboard?

Maindeck: Monastery Swiftspear

Sideboard: Blood Moon

What are you most excited about for Fate Reforged?

2/3  for 3U Prowess flyer [Lotus Path Djinn]


Zac Roorda

Age: 25

Occupation: PCA

Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Mirrorweave’d two sets of Spectral Procession tokens as a Wizened Cenn for like, 80 damage.

What deck did you play and why?

Zoo, splashing Anafenza and Siege Rhinos.  I felt it would be great against a field of Delver. and Anafenza shores up the Birthing Pod matchup to at least 50/50.

Would you have made any changes to your deck and why?

Slaughter Games .  . .not even sure about it.

Which card was your maindeck MVP so far this weekend?  What about your sideboard?

Volcanic Fallout in the board gave me a 7-for-1 against Delver . . . so, that!

Anafenza should be my Prom date.

What are you most excited about for Fate Reforged?

New Figure of Destiny!! @Kithkinz on Twitter, y’all!


Erik Peters

Age: 28

Occupation: Gaming Guy at Krypton Comics in Omaha.

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Attended Pro Tour Dragon’s Maze

What deck did you play and why?

Rhino Pod.  I borrowed it Friday night and watched two hours of LSV’s videos.

Would you have made any changes to your deck and why?

Cut Reveillark for a more aggressive five-drop—possibly Obzedat, Ghost Council.

Which card was your maindeck MVP so far this weekend?  What about your sideboard?

Darkblast has done some work.  Extra removal out of the board comes in a lot.

What are you most excited about for Fate Reforged?

Dragons!  Dragons!  Dragons!


Jon Paton

Age: 30

Occupation: Accounting

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas

Previous Magic accomplishments:

What deck did you play and why?

Fish, to take advantage of the heavy Blue-Red Delver meta (and apparently Abzan Pod/Midrange).

Would you have made any changes to your deck and why?

The deck has overperformed, honestly nothing.

Which card was your maindeck MVP so far this weekend?  What about your sideboard?

Without a doubt Phantasmal Image for maindeck.  And Chalice of the Void (on 1) from the sideboard.

What are you most excited about for Fate Reforged?

Warden of the New Kithkin.

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