Top 8 Profiles of Grand Prix Richmond 2018 (Legacy)

Posted in Event Coverage on September 2, 2018

By Alexander Ullman

The Top 8 is more than just the decks - here are the players who advanced to the Top 8 of Grand Prix Richmond.


Name: Joe Lossett

Age: 39

Occupation: Streamer: twitch.tv/oarsman79

Hometown: Redlands, California

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2 Grand Prix Top 8s, 5 StarCityGames Open wins

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
I took Blue-White Stoneforge and made it legendary. The legends were my favorite cards from Miracles, they just needed a new home.

What was the best card in your deck and why?
Snapcaster Mage just ties everything together, especially when it's uncounterable.

What, if anything, was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
I got crushed by Aluren today. It feels like whatever deck I play ends up bad against them. Fortunately it's super fringe.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?
It feels good to show I can win in Legacy without Miracles. I never doubted, but it's nice to show it.


Name: Alex Jay Chen

Age: 21

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 56th place at the StarCityGames Season 1 Invitational this year; 3 lifetime Pro Points.

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Temur Delver, had to remind people that the goose is indeed loose.

What was the best card in your deck and why?
Nimble Mongoose because it cannot be the target of spells or abilities. Also Divert, because Edward Sockol told me to play it for the spice.

What, if anything, was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Expected a lot of Death's Shadow, end up facing it only once, as my win and in no less.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?
Validation for years of hard work, this means the world to me. Also makes my lifetime GP Top 8 count equal to my friend Ethan Gaieski. Love you man, we did it.


Name: Brad Bonin

Age: 24

Occupation: Web Developer

Hometown: Woodbridge, New Jersey

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Game Day Champion, Local Draft Top 8

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Miracles - Swords to Plowshares and Supreme Verdict are absurd vs Death's Shadow and Delver Strategies.

What was the best card in your deck and why?
Back to Basics. One sided Armageddon is “balanced” and “fair”.

What, if anything, was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Elves. Has he read Terminus?

What does this Top 8 mean to you?
A hard-fought Pro Tour invite, and locking up Bronze for the first cycle.


Name: Ethan Weber

Age: 23

Occupation: Being cute

Hometown: Sarnia, Ontario

Previous Magic Accomplishments: I 3-2 a lot on Magic Online

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Eldrazi Stompy. Wanted to smash people.

What was the best card in your deck and why?
Chalice of the Void. It's NUTTY

What, if anything, was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Just a bunch of Tier 1 decks and good opponents. Humans was scary.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?
I can annoy my friends even more.


Name: Noah Walker

Age: 22

Occupation: Magic Pro

Hometown: Amherst, Massachusetts

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 5 Grand Prix Top 8s, 3 in Legacy.

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Blue-Black Death's Shadow. Felt like the most consistent Delver deck.

What was the best card in your deck and why?
Thoughtseize? With the ban of Deathrite Shaman, proactive turn one plays are key.

What, if anything, was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Maybe Aluren? Never too surprised to see different decks in Legacy.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?
Moar points!! And a chance to get that elusive trophy.


Name: Andrew Cuneo

Age: 43

Occupation: Magic Player

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8 Grand Prix Providence

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Miracles. I still had it together from Pro Tour 25th Anniversary

What was the best card in your deck and why?
Predict. I dealt a lot of targeted deck damage to my opponents with it.

What, if anything, was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Andrew Baeckstrom's Reanimator deck featuring Jasmine Boreal and Tobias Andrion.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?
I'm on a hot streak.


Name: Kyle Miller

Age: 34

Occupation: Software Engineer

Hometown: Durham, North Carolina

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Winner of StarCityGames Charlotte - Legacy

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Grixis Control, best deck

What was the best card in your deck and why?
Brainstorm

What, if anything, was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Nothing

What does this Top 8 mean to you?
Money and weekend with friends. Baby formula is expensive.


Name: Lucien Longlais

Age: 34

Occupation:

Hometown: Columbus, Georgia

What deck did you play this weekend and why?
Lands. I enjoy the gameplay.

What was the best card in your deck and why?
Dark Depths wins games.

What, if anything, was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Elves.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?
It means I get to play more Magic.

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