Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in GRAND PRIX SEATTLE-TACOMA 2015 on November 9, 2015

By Event Coverage Staff

Learn more about Grand Prix Seattle-Tacoma's Top 8 competitors by taking a look through their profiles!


Andrejs Prost

Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Age: 23
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Two Pro Tour Top 8s; one Grand Prix Top 8; Latvian National Champion.

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Sharless Sultai. I didn't have enough time to get reacquainted with Miracles.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Brainstorm because it's Brainstorm.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Meddling Mage. It's very versatile.

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
AIR (All-in Red).

When did you play your first Legacy Constructed event, and how did that go?
Online. I won a Daily event.


Jarvis Yu

Hometown: Rockville, MD
Age: 30
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Six Pro Tour appearances; two PTQ wins at Pro Tours.

What did you play this weekend, and why?
35 Lands (Green-Red). It beats most fair decks and has excellent draws.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Gamble. It's Demonic Tutor in this deck.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Sphere of Resistance. It's the best way to beat combo.

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Oops! (All Spells)

When did you play your first Legacy Constructed event, and how did that go?
2005 with Æther Vial Goblins. Lost in the Top 4 to double Engineered Plague.


Brian DeMars

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Age: 31
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Boston champion; StarCityGames Indianapolis champion; StarCityGames Richmond Power 9 champion, etc.

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Miracles because Sensei's Divining Top is incredible.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Sensei's Divining Top.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Blood Moon. It punishes greedy mana bases and provides free wins.

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
I didn't play against any "brews" - just real decks.

When did you play your first Legacy Constructed event, and how did that go?
I've played since 1995. I was casting Brainstorm since Ice Age came out!


Chase Hansen

Hometown: Snohomish, WA
Age: 24
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 20th GP Denver; several Top 16s at StarCityGames Opens

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Reanimator because it's what I've played for over six years.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Archetype of Endurance because Death and Taxes can't beat it.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Abrupt Decay because Grafdigger's Cage and Rest in Peace exist.

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
There weren't any surprising decks that I played against.

When did you play your first Legacy Constructed event, and how did that go?
Many years ago, and it went poorly. I didn't have Dazes, dual lands, or Force of Wills.


Gary Wong

Hometown: Glendale, AZ
Age: 27
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 4 Grand Prix Phoenix, Top 32 at Grand Prix San Diego and Los Angeles

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Four-Color Delver. Deathrite Shaman, Young Pyromancer, and Delver of Secrets are the best.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Gurmag Angler. It's a one-mana Tarmogoyf that can't be Abrupt Decayed.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Abrupt Decay

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
I didn't play a matchup I was surprised against.

When did you play your first Legacy Constructed event, and how did that go?
I played Legacy when it was called Type 1.5 and I lost because I was playing a Standard deck.


Martin Goldman-Kirst

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Age: 25
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Played in six Pro Tours

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Aluren because nobody knows how to play against it and it's a great deck.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Alurne because it's why the deck works.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Carpet of Flowers because I played against blue all day long.

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
A midrange Life from the Loam deck but it wasn't that surprising.

When did you play your first Legacy Constructed event, and how did that go?
A StarCityGames Open with Merfolk. I went 5-3 I think.


Xin Sui

Hometown: Beijing, China
Age: 23
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2012 National Champion; two Grand Prix Top 8s

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Shardless Sultai. I sent 20-0 on Magic Online two-player queues.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Sylvan Library. It crushes the mirror.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Sower of Temptation. It's great in multiple matchups.

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Tin Fins/Reanimator?

When did you play your first Legacy Constructed event, and how did that go?
It was three years ago at a StarCityGames Open. I made Top 8.


Christian Calcano

Hometown: New York, NY
Age: 26
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Two Pro Tour Top 16s; six Grand Prix Top 8s (two wins)

What did you play this weekend, and why?
Grixis Delver because Dylan Donegan shipped me his 75 cards.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?
Brainstorm because it's the best card in Legacy.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?
Cabal Therapy. It probably should have been in the main deck.

What was the most surprising deck you played against this weekend?
Imperial Painter. I had no idea what was going on.

When did you play your first Legacy Constructed event, and how did that go?
Most likly Grand Prix Philadelphia 2005.

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