TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on October 25, 2015

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 many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 8 for Grand Prix Quebec City 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.
 


Name: Omar Beldon

Age: 25

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Nothing of note.

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Dark Jeskai. Lucas Siow is much smarter than I am. #TeamSiow'sBasement

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

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Bant Midrange with Seekers and Defiant Strike

If you could change one card anywhere in your deck what would it be and why?
Wouldn't change anything. Would try to convince Paul Dean to put down his Wardens and sleeve up Jaces, though!


Name: Jake Mondello

Age: 19

Hometown: Waterford, CT

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
GP Cleveland finalist. Being Woken up by Yuanji Li and not sleeping through Day 1.

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Naked Siggy (Ulamog Ramp), the only bad matchup is Temur Battle Rage.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Jaddi Offshoot, because Jaddi doesn't know.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
The Mirror.

If you could change one card anywhere in your deck what would it be and why?
-1 Hedron Archive, +1 Nissa's Pilgrimage


Name: Edgar Magalhaes

Age: 21

Hometown: Waterloo, ON

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 GP Toronto 2013 & 2015

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Jeskai Black. Sammy T. told me the deck was great.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Obviously Jace. The card is busted and this is the best Jace deck. Shoutouts to Pia and Kiran Nalaar though for being insane in the mirror.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Probably Kolaghan's Command, versatile card advantage engine.

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Jake Mondello's Eldrazi Ramp deck.

If you could change one card anywhere in your deck what would it be and why?
Wouldn't mind a Duress or two in the 75 somewhere.


Name: Dan Lanthier

Age: 28 (it's my birthday!)

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
GP Vancouver Champion 2015, Canadian National Champion 2008

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Dark Jeskai. I feel it's the best deck and it suits my play style.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy. It's the best card in the format, and the reason that the deck is playable.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Exert Influence. It swings creature matchups that are otherwise tough to beat.

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Red-Black Dragons? Nothing was very surprising.

If you could change one card anywhere in your deck what would it be and why?
I wish I had Mastery of the Unseen in my sideboard, but I'm unsure what I'd cut to accomodate it.


Name: Pascal Maynard

Age: 22

Hometown: Here!

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
9 GP Top 8's now.

What did you play this weekend, and why?
4-Color Rally the Ancestors, because I had no idea what to play and it seemed well-positioned.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Catacomb Sifter. It does everything you need.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Merciless Executioner / Fleshbag Marauder, since it's the only sideboard card that doesn't make my deck bad.

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
The mirror match.

If you could change one card anywhere in your deck what would it be and why?
I would try to shave a few Grim Haruspex, but I have no idea what card I'd play instead.


Name: Oliver Polak-Rottmann

Age: 27

Hometown: Vienna, Austria

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
4 GP Top 8 (1 win), 3 Nationals Top 8 (1 win)

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Jeskai Black. It's the best deck in the format.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Jace + Mantis Rider + Tasigur… There is no best card, it's the combination.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
I boarded all the cards, it's hard to say with the 1-of's.

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Esper? I just played against the popular decks.

If you could change one card anywhere in your deck what would it be and why?
-1 Smoldering Marsh, +1 Sunken Hollow


Name: Reid Duke

Age: 26

Hometown: Sugar Loaf, NY

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 PT Atlanta, Fourteen previous GP Top 8's, 2011 Magic Online Champion

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Esper Control. I'd work hard on the deck in preparation for the Pro Tour. I still really like it.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Dig Through Time. Once you cast one, you can pretty quickly see every card in your library.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Dragonlord Silumgar. Excellent against Green-White creature decks.

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Eldrazi Green!

If you could change one card anywhere in your deck what would it be and why?
I never used my sideboard Arashin Clerics because I never played against red!


Name: Nicolas Béland

Age: 31

Hometown: Sherbrooke, QC

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
I've won a game once against Ricky Chin.

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Abzan, it's the deck I'm best with.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Sorin. The life gain has a huge impact on the game.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Transgress the Mind. It's good against all matchups.

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Bant Tokens.

If you could change one card anywhere in your deck what would it be and why?

 

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