Top 8 Player Profiles of Grand Prix Sacramento 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on July 23, 2018

By Meghan Wolff

Meghan is one half of the podcast Magic the Amateuring and an adjunct professor at Tolarian Community College. She loves Limited, likes Modern, and dips her toes into each Standard season. She's decidedly blue and is the #1 hater of Siege Rhino in the Multiverse.

After 15 rounds of Core Set Magic 2019 Sealed deck and Draft, only eight players remain looking to become a Grand Prix champion. Let's take a moment to get to know our top 8 players as they prepare themselves for the final draft of the weekend at Grant Prix Sacramento 2018.


Name: Dylan Gellis

Hometown: Fulton, MD

Occupation: Student at University of Maryland

Previous Magic Accomplishments: A few PPTQ Wins

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Blue-Red. Patient Rebuilding.

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best card?

Draft 1 – White-Blue; Resplendent Angel

Draft 2 – Black-Red; Act of Treason

What's the most exciting play you've made in Magic 2019 Limited?

I got to reanimate a Meteor Golem with Berath.

What would winning GP Sacramento mean to you?

EVERYTHING.


Name: Marcus Luong

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Founder of the Eggplant Garden Oath

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Black-Red – Volley Veteran

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best card?

Draft 1 – White-Black Aggro – Pegasus Courser

Draft 2 – White-Red – Volley Veteran (I had three of them)

What's the most exciting play you've made in Magic 2019 Limited?

Putting a Knight's Pledge on Novice Knight

What would winning GP Sacramento mean to you?

It would mean that I'm worth of being Oliver Tomajko's 8th father.


Name: Richard Tan

Hometown: New York

Occupation: Digital Media

Previous Magic Accomplishments: GP Santa Clara 2017 Top 8.

2 Pro Tour Appearances.

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

White-Green-black, Macabre Waltz

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best card?

Draft 1 – White-Blue - Trusty Camel

Draft 2 – Blue-Black – Mystic Archeologist

What's the most exciting play you've made in Magic 2019 Limited?

Uncomfortable Chill in an unfavorable spot clearing my opponent's entire battlefield.

What would winning GP Sacramento mean to you?

That practice pays off. Everyone should be prepared for the day that lady luck visits you. Shout to the NYC crew, the Cali crew and my awesome girlfriend who supports me playing Magic!


Name: John Walski

Hometown: Cicero, IL

Occupation: D.J.

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Won Find You Battlefield – A local Magic tournament my friend runs in Los Angeles!

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Black – Green Splashing Chromium off a Gift of Paradise…

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best card?

Draft 1 – Blue-Green - Sleep

Draft 2 – White-Blue Fliers – Sleep

What's the most exciting play you've made in Magic 2019 Limited?

Flashing in Chromium with no Islands or Plains on the battlefield.

What would winning GP Sacramento mean to you?

That I got extremely lucky. And that maybe I'm semi-decent at Magic the Gathering!


Name: Max Mick

Hometown: San Diego, California

Occupation: Teenager

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2 Grand Prix Top 8s: Vegas 2018 and Portland 2016.

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Grixis Control. My best card was Mystic Archeologist. My most impressive card was Chaos Wand.

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best card?

Draft 1 – Blue-Green Midrange – Rabid Bite and Departed Deckhand were my best cards.

Draft 2 – White-Red Aggro – Star-Crowned Stag and Siegebreaker Giant were my best cards.

What's the most exciting play you've made in Magic 2019 Limited?

My opponent played Switcheroo giving me a Fell Specter and taking my Mystic Archeologist. I then used Skeleton Archer to kill the Mystic Archeologist, and my Chaos Wand found a Mind Rot to eliminate my opponent's hand and the Fell Specter dealt them 4 damage!

What would winning GP Sacramento mean to you?

I would reach Silver! Plus I would have endless bragging rights.


Name: Richard Liu

Hometown: San Jose, California

Occupation: Software Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Final at WMCQ

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

White-Blue splashing Red. Cleansing Nova was my best card.

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best card?

Draft 1 – White-Black – Regal Bloodlord

Draft 2 – Black-Green – Vivian Reid

What's the most exciting play you've made in Magic 2019 Limited?

I killed four of my opponent's creatures with a Cleansing Nova!

What would winning GP Sacramento mean to you?

I've been playing Magic off and on for over twenty years. I've had so many near misses in my life that just making it to the top 8 vindicates all the hours I've poured into this game. Obviously, winning would also be great!


Name: Brian Burgess

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, California

Occupation: CFO/CPA

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Junior Super Series Championships Qualifier

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Blue-Red splashing Black.

Either Nicol Bolas, the Ravager or Banefire.

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best card?

Draft 1 – Blue-Green – Skyrider Patrol

Draft 2 – White-Black – Cleansing Nova

What's the most exciting play you've made in Magic 2019 Limited?

Chump blocking with a flier, going to 2 life. My opponent played a spell that wasn't Giant Spider, I attacked with Volcanic Dragon, putting them to 8, and then played Banefire for 9 to finish them off!

What would winning GP Sacramento mean to you?

It would be an excellent way to temporarily retire from playing Grand Prixs, as my first child will be born in November!


Name: Alexander Schwartz

Hometown:

Occupation:

Previous Magic Accomplishments: First Grand Prix Top 8.

What color combination did you play on Day 1, and what was your best card?

Black-Green – Vine Mare

What color combinations did you draft on Day 2, and what were your best card?

Draft 1 – White-Red – Spit Flame

Draft 2 – Black-Green – Vivien Reid

What's the most exciting play you've made in Magic 2019 Limited?

What would winning GP Sacramento mean to you?

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