TOP 4 TEAM PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX PORTLAND 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on August 10, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 8 for Grand Prix Portland is set! Learn more about this event’s Top 8 competitors, their history at the top tables, and more by taking a look through the Top 8 profiles.


Luis Scott-Vargas

Age: 31
Hometown: Oakland, CA

Previous Magic Accomplishments
2013 Hall of Fame inducteee; five Pro Tour Top 8s; three National Team appearances; 11 Grand Prix Top 8s and a 2014 Silver-level pro.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
I was blue-black splash red, and my best card was Plague Wind, also known as Polymorphist's Jest plus Festergloom. I went 6-3.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
I was blue-green, and my best card was Ætherspouts. Nobody even considered not attacking me and I went 5-0.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
In the abstract, a sense of pride and accomplishment. In the not-abstract, that I missed my flight home.

Eric Froehlich

Age: 30
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Previous Magic Accomplishments
Three Pro Tour Top 8s, six Pro Tour Top 16s, six Team Grand Prix Top 4s.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
I went 8-1 with mono-white. Triplicate Spirits was the best card.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
I went 4-0 (the team went 5-0), and Triplicate Spirits was the best card.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
It would mean a lead in the Player of the Year race but missing my flight.

Paul Cheon

Age: 29
Hometown: Las Angeles, CA

Previous Magic Accomplishments
Six Grand Prix Top 8s. 2006 US Nationals champion.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
It was red-green splashing black. I went 4-5; my teammates are great. My best cards were Garruk, Apex Predator and Cone of Flame. #LuckyCheon

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
I played black-red and went 2-2 (team went 5-0). My teammates are great... seriously. Scuttling Doom Engine is sweet and LSV and Efro did not lose a match today.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
Everything. It is an absolutely amazing feeling being qualified for the Pro Tour again. I can't stress this enough, but I've been fortunate enough to be teamed with two all-time greats. I still can't believe that I'm qualified!



Owen Turtenwald

Age: 25
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Previous Magic Accomplishments
Two Pro Tour Top 8s, 16 GP Top 8s

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Mono-White, going 9-0, losing one total game. It had three Triplicate Spirits.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Green-White Convoke, going 2-3. It had Avacyn, Guardian Angel, Yisan, Wanderer Bard, and Chord of Calling.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
Winning a Grand Prix would be nice but winning a Grand Prix with two great friends would truly be something special.

William Jensen

Age: 32
Hometown: Boston, MA

Previous Magic Accomplishments
Top 8 of Pro Tour Magic 2015, 2013 Magic Hall of Fame member.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Blue-Red with Soul of Shandalar. We went 8-1.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Red splashing green with Cone of Flame. We went 4-1.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
Winning team tournaments is among the most fun things to do in Magic. I really hope I'm able to win one with Owen and Reid. It has been a goal of mine for a while, and I hope to achieve that goal this afternoon.

Reid Duke

Age: 24
Hometown: Sugar Loaf, NY

Previous Magic Accomplishments
2011 Magic Online champion, Top 8 Pro Tour Journey into Nyx, ten previous GP Top 8s, two wins

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Mono-Black with Nightfire Giant and gren sideboard cards. We went 8-1 on Day 1.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Mono-Black with Nightfire Giants and blue sideboard cards. We went 4-1.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
It would mean a great start to the new Pro Tour season.



Eric Severson

Age: 22
Hometown: Berkeley, CA

Previous Magic Accomplishments
Day 2 Pro Tour Theros, two Grand Prix Top 64s

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Blue-black. Our team was 8-0-1 and the combo of Polymorphist's Jest and Festergloom was good.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
White-blue. Our team was 3-2 and Dauntless River Marshal was the best card.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
It's a great start to the pro season and a big step toward my pro Magic dreams.

Benjamin Weitz

Age: 24
Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Previous Magic Accomplishments
I won a local "Standard for Power" tournament once, and I placed 13th at Grand Prix Oakland.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Red-green. My team went 8-0-1 and my deck was good enough to not weight my teammates down too much. Lightning Strike was slightly better than Kalonian Twingrove.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Blue-green, and bad enough to weigh my teammates down significantly. We went 3-2 and Siege Wurm was my best card.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
Winning the Grand Prix would be one of my life's greatest accomplishments. I've been playing Magic for a LONG time but haven't had much top-tier success. I love this game so much and I'm going to enjoy battling in Honolulu!

Josiah Skallerup

Age: 32
Hometown: Oakland, CA

Previous Magic Accomplishments
32nd place at Grand Prix Columbus in Mirrodin Limited.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
White-black. Our team went 8-0-1. My best cards were my two Stab Wound. Honorable mention goes to the two Heliod's Pilgrim I had to fetch them up. Bleeding my opponents out all day was incredibly satisfying.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Black-red. Our team went 3-2. Accursed Spirit was my biggest workhorse, but a top-decked Stoke the Flames (sometimes facilitated by Liliana Vess, sometimes not) was also rather good.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
Winning the Grand Prix would mean so much to me, both by affirming the love I have for the game, and the bond I share with my teammates.



Matt Katz

Age: 29
Hometown: Westborough, MA

Previous Magic Accomplishments
I placed 11th at Grand Prix Indianapolis.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
I went 5-4 with blue-black-red. Ob Nixilis, Unshackled and Indulgent Tormentor were my best cards.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
I went 3-2 with black-red. Xathrid Slyblade + Burning Anger = Visara the Dreadful.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
Better hardware for my cubicle.

Ben Yu

Age: 28
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Previous Magic Accomplishments
I finished in the Top 4 at Grand Prix Warsaw. I also forgot to play Elvish Mystic and Turn 1 today and just passed the turn and won the game, obviously.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
I played Green-White Convoke. I used Chord of Calling for Hornet Queen, Constricting Sliver when I had Sliver Hive, or Yisan, the Wanderer Bard, which I then used to fetch the Soulmender/Ajani's Pridemate combo.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
I played mono-white with Avacyn, Guardian Angel splashing green and blue.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
I finished last year with 16 Pro Points and missed Silver. I wasn't qualified for Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir in Honolulu and I was going to stop going to Grand Prix and everything else. Now I'm going to go to everything again. ALOHA!

Jameson Painter

Age: 31
Hometown: Goodfield, IL. I now live in Las Vegas.

Previous Magic Accomplishments
I have one Pro Point.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
I went 7-2 and I played mono-red with two Cone of Flame.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
I went 0-5 with red-green today, with Cone of Flame being my best card.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
A lot more travel.

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