Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on March 27, 2017

By Corbin Hosler

Eight competitors fought through a field of nearly 1,300 to reach the Top 8, and a final draft of Aether Revolt-Kaladesh decided it all. Here's some more about the eight players who reached the top.


Joel Larsson

Age: 25

Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Winner at Pro Tour Magic Origins; six Grand Prix Top 8s, national champion four times.

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? Sultai colors (black-blue-green), 8-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Cowl Prowler.

What were your draft decks, and records with them? Red-White 3-0, then 2-1 with Jund color (green-red-black).

What common or uncommon do you most want to open in the Top 8? Ridgescale Tusker and Chandra's Revolution.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? A lot. I haven't made Top 8 in a while and I need the Pro Points.


Noah Walker

Age: 20

Hometown: Amherst, Massachusetts

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Two Grand Prix Top 8s, and Game Day Champion!

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? Green-White, went 8-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Aethersphere Harvester.

What were your draft decks, and records with them? Two blue-red decks, 2-1 and then 3-0.

What common or uncommon do you most want to open in the Top 8? Ridgescale Tusker or Aether Swooper.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? Wouldn't have even been able to show up if not for my boy Alex S. Now I'm super close to Gold and going to Japan!!


Chris Pikula

Age: 42

Hometown: Bryn Maw, PA

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Three Pro Tour Top 8s, Invitational Winner.

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? Red-White, went 9-0.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Quicksmith Rebel.

What were your draft decks, and records with them? 3-0 with Black-Red, and then 0-1-2 with Red-Green.

What common or uncommon do you most want to open in the Top 8? Untethered Express.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? A ton. It has been a long time.


Zile Yao

Age: 16

Hometown: Anhui Heiei, China. Now studying at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 31st at SCG Columbus; 10-5 at Grand Prix Pittsburgh.

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? Black-Green, went 8-1, lost one because my opponent with two byes had Duplicant.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Smuggler's Copter and Walking Ballista. They're some good!

What were your draft decks, and records with them? 2-1 with White-Blue, and then 3-0 with Black-Green.

What common or uncommon do you most want to open in the Top 8? Fatal Push.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? My dream was going to the Pro Tour during my time in university – I can't believe I made it when I was a freshman!


Jorge Mantilla

Age: 28

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Day Two at Grand Prix Atlanta (barely).

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? Red-White, 9-0.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Walking Ballista.

What were your draft decks, and records with them? First was mainly green with some blue, and I went 1-1-1. Second was white-black and I went 2-0-1.

What common or uncommon do you most want to open in the Top 8? Walking Ballista.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? Everything. Since I started playing Magic, I've just fallen in love with the game – Playing and watching Magic whenever I can. Feels really good to put in the work and get good results.


Jack Dobbin

Age: 30

Hometown: Chicago

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Best Magic player at basketball.

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? Blue-Black, went 7-2.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Universal Solvent.

What were your draft decks, and records with them? Red-Green Animation Module went 3-0, and then I went 3-0 with mono-blue splashing Noxious Gearhulk.

What common or uncommon do you most want to open in the Top 8? Shipwreck Moray.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? Shoutout to my Chicago people!


Patrick Tierney

Age: 23

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 12-3 at Grand Prix Louisville, Top 16 at a SCG Invitational, two Grand Prix Top 32s.

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? 9-0.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Whir of Invention.

What were your draft decks, and records with them? Red-White, went 2-1, then Red-White going 1-0-2.

What common or uncommon do you most want to open in the Top 8? Untethered Express.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? My first Pro Tour!


Alexander Hayne

Age: 28

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Avacyn Restored champion; 10 other Grand Prix Top 8s with four wins!

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? Red-Green, went 8-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Freejam Regent.

What were your draft decks, and records with them? Green-Blue, 3-0, and then White-Blue 2-0-1.

What common or uncommon do you most want to open in the Top 8? Ridgescale Tusker.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? More momentum going into Grand Prix San Antonio next weekend with "dem boyz."

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