Top 8 Profiles of Grand Prix Seattle 2018 (Legacy)

Posted in Event Coverage on April 8, 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 fifteen rounds of play, the Legacy field at Grand Prix Seattle has been narrowed down to just the Top 8. Below are the GP Seattle Legacy Top 8 profiles!


Name: Keaton Wood

Hometown: San Diego

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Queuing for multiple RPTQs

11-4 at GP Vegas

What deck are you playing and why?

Miracles because I like cantrips and didn't want to play Deathrite Shaman.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Back to Basics because a bunch of decks can’t beat a resolved one.

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

0-ing Jace.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

A dream come true.


Name: Noah Walker

Twitter Handle: @EsperNoah

Hometown: Amherst, MA

Occupation: Magic pro and Chipotle burrito roller

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

3 GP Top 8s

What deck are you playing and why?

Delver, it’s the best deck

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Young Pyromancer, it’s so much value in the fair match-ups.

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

The game play, games are so intricate and skill intensive.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

Points toward gold and some good $$$.


Name: Miranda Keith

Twitter Handle: @StarMonkey42

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

-

What deck are you playing and why?

Maverick. I knew going in that I was playing a Thalia deck, and decided on Maverick over Death & Taxes because I like its Delver match-up better. Also it’s just super fun.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Ramunap Excavator. I don’t think I lost a game when it resolved. Recurring Wastelands and Horizon Canopies is incredibly powerful!

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

Everything. Legacy is basically the only format I play, and I really can’t say enough good things about it, so I’ll just say that Thalia is better here than anywhere else.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

A lot. I’ve definitely had dreams about it.


Name: Sam Black

Twitter Handle: @SamuelHBlack

Hometown: Madison, WI

Occupation: Magic player, SCG writer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

3 PT Top 8s

14 GP Top 8s

won a car

What deck are you playing and why?

Lands - it looked good

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Life from the Loam - I was playing Lands.

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

There is usually a lot of play to the games.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

I’d finally have an individual trophy.


Name: Luke Purcell

Hometown: Washington D.C.

Occupation: College Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

GP Toronto Top 8

What deck are you playing and why?

Miracles, Portent is broken

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, it can’t be Pyroblasted

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

1-mana board wipes

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

Winning three matches in the Top 8


Name: Daniel Duterte

Twitter Handle: @fourouttheforty

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Occupation: software engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

One previous PT. Won a real Mox Opal at the PAX Scars of Mirrodin party.

What deck are you playing and why?

Grixis Delver, I picked up a solid deck six months ago and grinded a bunch with it.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Brainstorm

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

Every game I lose it my fault so there’s always something to get better at.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

Successfully defending this house!


Name: Jeremy Dezani

Twitter Handle: @jdezani

Hometown: Paris/Tokyo

Occupation: MTG pro player, Hareruya writer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

12 GP Top 8s

POY 2014

PT Theros Champion

What deck are you playing and why?

Sultai Leovold. I think the deck has a chance against everything. Feels like the old Jund Modern with Deathrite Shaman.

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Deathrite Shaman, a Planeswalker for 1 mana.

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

Fair matches are so complicated and interesting, and are super interactive most of the time.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

I always say Legacy is my worst format. In Limited I have a chance, but in Legacy, it would be crazy.


Name: Steve Rubin

Twitter Handle: @rubinzoo

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Occupation: QA Analyst

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

10 Grand Prix Top 8s

PT Shadows Over Innistrad Champion

2 SCG Open Wins

2017 MOCS Finalist

What deck are you playing and why?

Four-Color Leovold - it has good cards and Jarvis Yu built it for me!

What was your best card this weekend and why?

Deathrite Shaman

What do you enjoy most about Legacy?

I’m not sure.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?

I’m not sure.

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