Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on October 29, 2017

By Marc Calderaro

Learn more about Grand Prix Phoenix's Top 8 competitors—including who they are, what they've done in the game, and more—by taking a look through their profiles!


Name:
Kai Ruan

Age: 27

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Occupation: Software Consultant

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

I made Resounding Scream a staple in Standard Singleton.

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

Red-Greed, 8-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

Otpec Huntmaster; it enabled races in otherwise unwinnable games.

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

Black-Green stuff, 2-1.

White-Black better stuff, 3-0.

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

Fathom Fleet Caption; won a game almost singlehandedly.

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

This GP was my Prerelease. Donald Duck carried me the whole event.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

Time to learn a little Spanish.



Name:
Anton Jonsson

Age: 40

Hometown: Umea, Sweden

Occupation: Software Developer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Five Pro Tour Top 8s, Pro Tour Hall of Fame

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

Black-Red, 8-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

Captivating Crew.

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

Blue-Black Pirates, 2-1.

Black-Red Pirates, 2-1.

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

Fathom Fleet Captain. Just because.

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

That I sometimes do not play terribly.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

That there is a little justice in this world.



Name:
Christopher Finley

Age: 27

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Occupation: Sales Associate at Time Vault Games

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

I finished X-4 once. J

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

Red-Green-white, 9-0.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

Sunpetal Grove; it made the splash viable and enabled my best removal.

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

White-Black Vampires & Black-Red Aggro; 1-2 & 3-0 respectively.

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

Skulduggery, blow outs all at one mana.

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

This is basically the start of my story for Magic. First Grand Prix Top 8, first Pro Tour qualification.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

I finally Q’ed for a PT!

 



Name:
Paul Dean

Age: 28

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Occupation: Accountant

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Got some nice Collector’s Edition Platinum tokens with my face on them. They’re out of print now though. Mythic Rare.

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

Red-White Dinosaurs, 8-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

Territorial Hammerskull + Dino Stampede combo.

Hammerskull makes it hard for them to stabilize, then Stampede makes sure you win the race.

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

Red-Green Dinos, 3-0.

Blue-Black Pirates, 3-0.

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

RG deck had 3 Otepec Huntmaster and 2 Drover of the Mighty. Bonnie + Clyde.

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

My life is dope + I do dope things.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

I’ve always been pretty bad at Limited, but recently joined Team Genesis + Revelation and tried very hard to learn and improve. So it is gratifying to see that effort materialize.



Name: 
Jacob Nagro

Age: 22

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 8 Grand Prix Denver 2016, Silver Pro 2016–17 Season

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

I played Black-Green splashing both red and white, 9-0.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

Vona, Butcher of Magan. While I never got to take over a game with Vona, it required my opponents to 3 for 1 themselves on two occasions.

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

I drafted White-Black Vampires in both drafts and went 3-0, and 1-1-1.

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

Adanto Vanguard in my second draft deck. If you assert yourself as the beatdown it’s very hard to beat.

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

I really love Magic and I’m glad I’m continuing to prove myself as a player who deserves to play PTs.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

I currently wasn’t qualified for PT RIX and my goal is to play every Pro Tour, so now I’m off to a good start!


 


Name: 
Christian Calcano

Age: 28

Hometown: New York, New York

Occupation: Taxi dispatcher / Platinum Pro

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

1 Pro Tour Top 8 (Amonkhet)

7 Grand Prix Top 8s

Worlds 2017 competitor

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

Red-Green, splash white for 3 Pious Interdiction, 8-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

Charging Monstrosaur cause obv.

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

Black-Red Aggro, 2-1.

Black-blue Aggro, 3-0.

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

Skulduggery in the first deck because I had no Auras. Mark of the Vampire in the second because it let me win all the races.

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

Just a kid with the dream of making the Hall one day.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

First one in over two years, so feels good to be back.



Name: Reid Duke

Age: 28

Hometown: Sugar Loaf, New York

Occupation: MTG

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2011 Magic Online Champion

2 Pro Tour Top 8s

22 previous Grand Prix Top 8s

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

Red-White with a sometimes-splash for Gisath, Sun’s Avatar.

8-1 after three byes.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

Legion’s Landing

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

Red-Green Dinos, 2-1.

Green-White-red Dinos, 2-0-1.

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

Ripjaw Raptor

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

What does this Top 8 mean to you?


 

Name: Sean Miller

Age: 37

Hometown: Woodland Hills, California

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

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What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record?

Blue-Black, 9-0.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck and why?

Fathom Fleet Captain, the card was able to make 2/2 Menace pirates and put on a lot of pressure.

What were your draft decks, and records with them?

Blue-red Pirates, 2-1.

Black-red great removal and 11 two-drops, 1-2.

What was the best card in either of your Draft decks and why?

2 Pirate’s Cutlass in the Blue-Red deck.

What’s your story? What should people know about you?

I am going to CSUN [California State University, Northridge] getting my degree in Graphic Design.

Last week I finished 13th at the Classic Tetris World Championship.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

A lot. First time making the Pro Tour and playing Limited online has really helped my game.

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