Top 8 Players

Posted in Event Coverage on August 19, 2018

By Adam Styborski

Stybs has played Magic the world over, writing and drafting as part of the event coverage team and slinging Commander everywhere his decks will fit.

After fifteen rounds of Standard, only eight players remained in the running for the fame and the fortune, the title and the trophy. Find out more about these people, their decks, and there tournament so far here!


Name: Edgar Magalhaes
Hometown: Burlington, Ohio
Occupation: Reporting Analyst
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Four other Grand Prix Top 8s, including a win.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Blue-Black Midrange. I was tired of playing Red-Black Agrro mirrors since everyone was skewing so hard to beat the mirror.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

The Scarab God, The card frequently won the game on turn five against the red decks.

What was your most interesting play so far this weekend?

Reanimating The Scarab God to “Legend Rule” out the one being targeted by an exile effect.

What would winning here in Providence mean for you?

Winning would make me Gold, so a lot of Pro Tour apparences in the next year.


Name: Cain Rianhard
Hometown: East Lyme, Connecticut
Occupation: Student
Previous Magic Accomplishments: A couple of Pro Tour appearances.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Red-Black Midrange because Storm testing went very poorly.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Scrapheap Scrounger.

What was your most interesting play so far this weekend?

Casting Goblin Chainwhirler.

What would winning here in Providence mean for you?

An excellent birthday weekend!


Name: Bolun Zhang
Hometown: China
Occupation: Student
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Two Grand Prix Top 8s

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

The Flame of Keld Red. I felt out of brains after the past several events with control decks.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Bomat Courier. It gives me the chance to beat control decks very early.

What was your most interesting play so far this weekend?

Feeling excited when I waited for the cards drawn by Bomat Courier and The Flame of Keld.

What would winning here in Providence mean for you?

Top 4 means I earn Gold for next year. Being champion means some pro points and being leader for Rookie of the Year.


Name: Benjamin Reilly
Hometown: Marlborough, Massachusetts
Occupation: High School Math Teacher
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 3 “5k” wins; 12-3 Grand Prix Hartford with Cheeri0s in Modern; 0-3 drop two consecutive FNMs

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

White-Blue Control. It felt really good when I tested it on Magic Arena and my boys Dale and Reggie had the cards I needed.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Foil Teferi, Hero of Dominaria from Reggie. Just read the card.

What was your most interesting play so far this weekend?

Casting the Settle the Wreckage during my opponent's end step to transform a Search for Azcanta.

What would winning here in Providence mean for you?

A life-long Magic goal accomplished.


Name: Daniel Duffee
Hometown: Stafford Springs, Connecticut
Occupation: Customer Service Specialist
Previous Magic Accomplishments: SCG Open Top 8

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Mono-Red Wizards. My friend had the cards and it seemed like a good deck with minimum preparation.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Goblin Chainwhirler. The card advances your board state, kills things, and blocks like a house. It’s insane.

What was your most interesting play so far this weekend?

Resolving Goblin Chainwhirler after the third part of The Flame of Keld.

What would winning here in Providence mean for you?

More savings for a new car.


Name: Christopher Stitson
Hometown: Falmouth, Maine
Occupation: Electrician
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Won a few Magic Online Legacy Championships

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

The Flame of Keld Red. My buddy Adam Wallace had to skip the Grand Prix because of his uncle’s death, and let me use his deck.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Goblin Chainwhirler. 3/3 first strike is unbeatable.

What was your most interesting play so far this weekend?

Having two The Flame of Keld hit the board the same turn thanks to Vance’s Blasting Cannon and getting to draw five cards next turn.

What would winning here in Providence mean for you?

It would be my biggest Magic accomplishment, so quite a lot.


Name: Oliver Tiu
Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Occupation: Student
Previous Magic Accomplishments: World Championship Top 4, Eight Grand Prix Top 8s

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

White-Blue Control. It was the only deck I practiced with.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. He doesn’t mess around.

What was your most interesting play so far this weekend?

Teferi +1, Teferi -3, and Teferi -8.


Name: Andrew Cuneo
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Magic Player
Previous Magic Accomplishments: My 44th Pro Tour was Pro Tour 25th Anniversary.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Blue--Black Control. I wanted to play Torrential Gearhulk one more time before it rotated.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Torrential Gearhulk.

What was your most interesting play so far this weekend?

Playing Commit on my own Torrential Gearhulk that was going to die.

What would winning here in Providence mean for you?

I would get to trap Reid Duke at the event site for another three hours.

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