TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on February 12, 2017

By Corbin Hosler

Learn more about Grand Prix Pittsburgh'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:
Adam Van Fleet

Age: 30

Hometown: Syracuse, New York

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Top 25 at Pro Tour Journey into Nyx; Top 8 here, and pre-release champion :)

What did you play this weekend, and why? Black-Green Delirium; I wanted a deck that was tuned to beat the black-green and Mardu meta. Also, Reid Duke is rarely wrong.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Fatal Push is fantastic, but I’ll have to say Winding Constrictor.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? Scrapheap Scrounger. It gives you a fighting chance against control.

First it was Copycat, then it was Vehicles, now it’s Black-Green; what’s next for Aether Revolt Standard? I think it will stay black-green for a while, but it’s a good time to play control.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? Back to the Pro Tour! I didn’t think I’d be able to grind back through the PPTQ system.



Name: Anand Khare

Hometown: New Jersey

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8 at Grand Prix San Jose 2017

What did you play this weekend, and why? Black-Green Delirium - Reid Duke made a good case for it.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Fatal Push for its efficiency.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? Gonti, Lord of Luxury. It’s good in the mirror.

First it was Copycat, then it was Vehicles, now it’s Black-Green; what’s next for Aether Revolt Standard? I’m not familiar enough with the format to say.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? It’s a good way to close out a great weekend.



Name:
Hunter Cochran

Age: 24

Hometown: Bentonville, Arkansas

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Montreal champion

What did you play this weekend, and why? Black-green with four Gifted Aetherborn because it has a great matchup against Mardu and other black-green decks.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Verdurous Gearhulk, not close. It’s very aggressive and hard to beat from behind.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? Lifecrafter’s Bestiary because it runs away with games on a stable board.

First it was Copycat, then it was Vehicles, now it’s Black-Green; what’s next for Aether Revolt Standard? Probably Four-Color Saheeli, it will be built optimally in time.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? Proof I’m not just a Limited player.



Name:
Robert Beatty

Age: 34

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Runner-up at Mr. Nice Guy’s World Championships 2017 (local store).

What did you play this weekend, and why? Black-Green Energy. It tested well for me, and I actually enjoy playing this deck, unlike Copycat.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? In game one, it’s Blossoming Defense. After that, it’s Nissa, Voice of Zendikar or Winding Constrictor or Walking Ballista or Glint-Sleeve Siphoner...

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? Lifecrafter’s Bestiary… how about that scry ability, eh?

First it was Copycat, then it was Vehicles, now it’s Black-Green; what’s next for Aether Revolt Standard? An Elder Deep-Fiend deck, maybe? Or a full circle back to Aetherworks Marvel?

What does this Top 8 mean to you? I’m now qualified for the Pro Tour, so it’s quite the privilege and honor. Go Mr. Nice Guy Games!



Name: Bronson Gervasi

Age: 22

Hometown: Amarillo, Texas

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top-level local player back home.

What did you play this weekend, and why? Mardu Vehicles. I asked for a lot of advice from a bunch of different friends and one friend told me, “if you want to Top 8, play Mardu Vehicles." So I did.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Unlicensed Disintegration. That card is amazing removal in an aggressive deck.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? Selfless Spirit or Chandra, Torch of Defiance. Both of them won games for me.

First it was Copycat, then it was Vehicles, now it’s Black-Green; what’s next for Aether Revolt Standard? I hope something changes, but I feel like these will be the top decks for the format unless a new control build comes out.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? I have accomplished one of my biggest goals in life today!



Name:
Ryan Hare

Age: 26

Hometown: Syracuse, New York

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Two-time Game Day finalist, one-time Game Day Champion. SCG Premier IQ champion, Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch competitor.

What did you play this weekend, and why? Black-green, because the deck is great and doesn’t ever let you draw bad cards. It’s well-positioned to beat Mardu with game against everything else.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Winding Constrictor. No step on snek! It has absurd synergies, and is a good rate in the best colors.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? Distended Mindbender against control - it’s extremely difficult to interact with and cripples control. No one ever plays around it.

First it was Copycat, then it was Vehicles, now it’s Black-Green; what’s next for Aether Revolt Standard? Still black-green, it’s pretty great.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? It means that I placed in the Top 8 of this event. It means I get my second Pro Tour appearance and that I’m very pleased with my performance.



Name:
Daniel Fournier

Age: 24

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Two Grand Prix Top 8s, two SCG Top 8s, dead last at the World Magic Cup in 2014.

What did you play this weekend, and why? Jeskai Copycat, because wise seer Omar Beldon told me it would crush black-green decks. Least-known Platinum Pro Paul Dean tried to hook me with Dynavolt Tower garbage, but I’m not falling for that again.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Torrential Gearhulk. Oversized Snapcaster Mage is lit.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? I put the third Disallow in the board, then played black-green 11 times. Oops.

First it was Copycat, then it was Vehicles, now it’s Black-Green; what’s next for Aether Revolt Standard? What? It’s black-green now? I beg to differ. Hopefully Jund Goblin Dark-Dwellers is the next best deck. That would be fun.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? I means a chance to get back on the Pro Tour, which is great, but mostly it gives me the scoreboard on Edgar Magalhaes. Thanks to Chris Ha for the drive.



Name: Matthew Long

Age: 26

Previous Magic Accomplishments: SCG Invitational Top 8

What did you play this weekend, and why? I played Mardu Vehicles because it dominated the Pro Tour and I had the cards.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why? Unlicensed Disintegration - it gives great reach.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why? Fatal Push - the tempo gain is too good.

First it was Copycat, then it was Vehicles, now it’s Black-Green; what’s next for Aether Revolt Standard? Elder Deep-Fiend.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? Solid accomplishment. It’s lit.

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