Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on June 4, 2017

By Corbin Hosler

More than 800 players came to Omaha to compete in Standard, but after the dust settled it was these eight players who stood at the top and advanced to the playoff rounds to determine a champion.


Name:
Dillon Ioanis

Age: 24

Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Haha, none.

What did you play this weekend, and why? Temur Marvel. It's the best.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Ulamog, because of playing it on turn four.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? Baral's Expertise. It drastically swings every non-Marvel or Blue-Red Control matchup.

How did you prepare for the Aetherworks Marvel matchup? Won the die roll, spun mine first, hit Ulamog. Really dedicated myself to the preparation.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? First Top 8, queued for the Pro Tour!



Name:
Will Craddock

Age: 30

Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix runner-up at Albuquerque last year.

What did you play this weekend, and why? Temur Energy (Marvel-less Marvel).

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Elder Deep-Fiend was good everytime I cast it because it's Time Walk on a 5/6.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? Baral's Expertise. It didn't come in often but it was super great against the decks I had it for.

How did you prepare for the Aetherworks Marvel matchup? Played a deck people thought had Marvel but secretly just had Dragons.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? A Pro Tour invite and money for more Grand Prix!



Name:
Andrew Ziggas

Age: 21

Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

Previous Magic Accomplishments: SCG Top 8, multiple Yeti Gaming draft wins.

What did you play this weekend, and why? Four-Color Marvel. Marvel is the best deck and Gerry Thompson's list looked great.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Spawning Bed. It activates Marvel almost single-handedly. It's way better than Shrine of the Forsaken Gods.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? Tireless Tracker. It draws cards and makes lands desirable.

How did you prepare for the Aetherworks Marvel matchup? Goldfishing Marvel spins in the hotel.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? Validation for all these years grinding. Shoutout to the filthy casuals back home!



Name:
Tyler Schroeder

Age: 26

Hometown: Critical Hit Games

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Qualified for the Pro Tour in Dublin.

What did you play this weekend, and why? Temur Marvel.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Aetherworks Marvel. I have cast Ulamog on turn four with it.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? I love all my sideboard cards equally, I would never choose only one.

How did you prepare for the Aetherworks Marvel matchup? I decided to cast Ulamogs before my opponents.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? Another Pro Tour qualification. It means a lot.



Name:
Hunter Cochran

Age: 25

Hometown: Rogers, Ar.

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Montreal 2016 champion; Grand Prix Pittsburgh Top 8 (shout to Ryan).

What did you play this weekend, and why? Temur Marvel, because I lost my win-and-in against Dan Fournier in Montreal and needed some revenge.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger. Just look at it.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? Tireless Tracker, because I don't actually think I can win a match of Constructed without it.

How did you prepare for the Aetherworks Marvel matchup? Main deck three Negate and be willing take 4-5 hits from your opponent's Rogue Refiner on the draw while your own creatures rot in your hand.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? Lock for 19 Pro Points. Winning the Quarterfinals would mean Silver.



Name:
Paul Dean

Age: 28

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario.

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Platinum Pro.

What did you play this weekend, and why? Aetherworks Marvel. It's the best.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Ulamog. Not only can you Marvel into it for easy wins, but he also makes it so you win when you hit 10 mana.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? Aether Meltdown. I played against lots of Longtusk Cubs and Scrapheap Scrounger.

How did you prepare for the Aetherworks Marvel matchup? I read some great strategy advice on www.massdrop.com while shopping for the latest in fashion apparel.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? I definitely adds to the sauce. But as the poet Gucci Mane says, sometimes you can get lost in the sauce.



Name:
Sam Pardee

Age: 27

Hometown: Denver, Co.

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 10 Grand Prix Top 8, one Pro Tour Top 8.

What did you play this weekend, and why? Black-Green Constrictor. I didn't want to play with Marvel and this deck is quite fun.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Grim Flayer. It hits hard and finds you what you need.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? Transgress the Mind. It's good against the fair and unfair Marvel plans.

How did you prepare for the Aetherworks Marvel matchup? I didn't; I just hoped they didn't Ulamog me on their first spin.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? A step closer to Platinum hopefully!



Name:
Brad Nelson

Age: 31

Hometown: Roanoke, Va.

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2010 Player of the Year; three Pro Tour Top 8s; 12 Grand Prix Top 8s; 2014 SCG Players' Champion; three SCG Open wins; three SCG Invitational Top 8s.

What did you play this weekend, and why? Marvel. I'm pretty sure you know why.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Marvel. See last explanation.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? Ulvenwald Hydra. It attacks anti-Marvel decks well.

How did you prepare for the Aetherworks Marvel matchup? Tested a lot.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? After two years without one, more than you know!

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