Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on October 23, 2016

By Corbin Hosler

Learn more about Grand Prix Providence'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:
Osyp Lebedowicz

Age: 36 (old)

Occupation: Marketing Director

Hometown: Jersey City, New Jersey

Previous Magic accomplishments: Pro Tour Venice 2003 Champion. Kai Budde stayed at my apartment once. 1996 Latin Dance Champion, Northeast Division.

What deck did you play and why? Red-White Vehicles. I haven't played the format at all and figured I'd make less mistakes with an aggressive deck. And Reid Duke played it.

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why? Skysovereign, Consul Flagship was solid for me but everything else was worse than my main deck.

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change? Yes, it has game against any deck.

If you were competing in the Inventor's Fair, what would you bring? Smuggler's Copter or Lan D. Ho's glasses.



Name:
Dave Shiels

Age: 28

Occupation: IT Security Engineer

Hometown: Medway, Maryland

Previous Magic accomplishments: Four Grand Prix Top 8s, Grand Prix Dallas champion.

What deck did you play and why? Black-Green Delirium; I didn't like any of the blue decks.

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why? Transgress the Mind. Everyone goes bigger after sideboarding.

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change? Yes. I'd cut the Nissas for literally anything else.

If you were competing in the Inventor's Fair, what would you bring? Mr. Potato Head




Name:
Maxim Belanger

Age: 26

Occupation: Music teacher

Hometown: Sherbrooke, Canada

Previous Magic accomplishments: Played in Pro Tour Dragon's Maze. Beat Ricky Chin a couple of times.

What deck did you play and why? Black-Green Delirium. I'm really a Golgari player, and I liked the way I can interact with everything. Also, Liliana is love.

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why? The third Ishkanah, Grafwidow saved me against White-Blue and vehicles.

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change? I'd definitely play the exact same 75 again.

If you were competing in the Inventor's Fair, what would you bring? Some spicy time traveling machine.



Name:
Zachary Kiihne

Age: 19

Occupation: Student at UMass Amherst

Hometown: Concord, MA

Previous Magic accomplishments:

What deck did you play and why? White-Blue Flash. Four lists went 9-1 at the Pro Tour and it is similar to Green-White Tokens and Bant Company from past Standard seasons, both of which were decks I enjoyed playing.

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why? Declaration in Stone. It is great in the Black-Green Delirium matchup and against Zombies, both of which are tough matchups.

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change? I would definitely play this deck going forward, but I would cut the Ceremonious Rejections for a Fumigate and another Declaration in Stone. I'd cut the Rattlechains for two Thalia.

If you were competing in the Inventor's Fair, what would you bring? A computer. They're pretty amazing.



Name:
Jacky Wang

Age: 25

Occupation: Founder of Jaay Way Financial

Hometown: Philadelphia

Previous Magic accomplishments: Bummed ideas from Lan D. ho for my third Pro Tour.

What deck did you play and why? Black-Red Zombie Madness. What are yeh doin in me swamp?

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why? Thank based Kalitas god.

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change? Nah, I'm gucci.

If you were competing in the Inventor's Fair, what would you bring? LIQUID SWORDS



Name:
Yichen Wang

Age: 26

Occupation:

Hometown: China

Previous Magic accomplishments: None

What deck did you play and why? Black-Green Delirium. I played Abzan Midrange for a long time, and I thought Black-Green Delirium is similar to that deck as is suitable for me.

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why? Nissa and Ob Nixilis. They helped me win the most mirror matches.

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change? Actually I decided to take a break after this GP, so may I would not play Standard for a time. But I did, I would still use this 75 cards.

If you were competing in the Inventor's Fair, what would you bring? I have written some novels before so if I have a chance I would bring some characters in my novel.



Name:
Seth Manfield

Age: 26

Occupation: Columnist for TCGplayer.com; dad.

Hometown: Laurel, MD

Previous Magic accomplishments: Two Pro Tour Top 8s, 2015 World Champion; five Grand Prix wins.

What deck did you play and why? Black-Green Delirium. I feel favored against most of the popular decks. Liliana, the Last Hope is still good!

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why? Natural State; blowing up a Copter or Stasis Snare is great.

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change? I would play the same 75 moving forward.

If you were competing in the Inventor's Fair, what would you bring? Lots of artifacts! And a cow.




Name:
Ian Bosley

Age: 26

Occupation: Paralegal

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Previous Magic accomplishments: Grand Prix Charlotte Top 8; MTGFirst quest for Power Nine winner.

What deck did you play and why? Red-White Vehicles because I'm not smart enough to play anything else.

What sideboard card was the most important against the field? Why? Skywhaler's Shot.

After this weekend would you play this deck again? What would you change? I would play this again, cut the Fleetwheel Cruiser from the board because it never came in.

If you were competing in the Inventor's Fair, what would you bring? An Ovalchase Dragster. Go big or go home! (or mom's spaghetti).

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