TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on January 29, 2017

By Marc Calderaro

Learn more about Grand Prix San Jose's Top 8 competitors—including who they are, what they’ve done in the game, and more—by taking a look through their profiles!


Name: Ari Hausman-Cohen

Age: 23

Hometown: Sunnyvale, California

Occupation: Software Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 4-0’d an Aether Revolt pre-release; Day 1’d 2 Grand Prix (Sane Jose & Vegas 2015)

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

Grixis. Aether Chaser/Aether Poisoner did serious work enabling +3/+4 improvise plays. I underestimated them; it took me until round 6 to realize I was an aggro deck.

What colors did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Black-Green. Two Ridgescale Tusker and a Verdurous Gearhulk is pretty great.

What colors did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Green-Blue Energy. Larger than Life was pivotal in winning at least one game each round. Untethered Express was good—surprising no one.

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Aether Revolt? Why?

Rare: Aetherspeher Harvester

Uncommon: Untethered Express

Common: Aether Poisoner

Aether Revolt's Uncommon-and-up vehicles do work!

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

Guess I’m better/luckier than I thought.



Name: Anand Khare

Age:

Hometown: New Jersey

Occupation: Actuary

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Nothing of note

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

Blue-Black; Aethersphere Harvester

What colors did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Black-Red; Aethersphere Harvester

What colors did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Black-Green; Nothing of note

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Aether Revolt? Why?

Not familiar enough with the set to say.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

A good way to close out a great weekend.



Name: Roberto Berni

Age: 31

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Occupation: Director of Operations

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

1st and 3rd at Grand Prix

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

Black-Green/red

- Release the Gremlins killed every rare and mythic when needed.

- Two Renegade Maps let me play fifteen lands.

What colors did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

White-Black

Mobile Garrison—no one likes him frown

What colors did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Red-White

Aeronaut Admiral, so I can fly my Garrisons

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Aether Revolt? Why?

Shielded Aether Thief!

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

I can be the first Texan to win two Grand Prix!

Also, I haven’t been back to the Pro Tour since taking a year off, so we can make a run at Silver [Pro Player status].



Name: Avenash Pernankil

Age: 24

Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

Occupation: Restaurant Manager

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Deep Grand Prix runs, PPTQ wins, RPTQ close call (aka none).

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

Black-Green Bombs.edu

Winding Constrictor, Aethersphere Harvester, Bristling Hydra, Ridgescale Tusker, Herald of Anguish

What colors did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Red-Green

Double Lifecrafter’s Bestiary, Welding Automaton

What colors did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Black-Green

Untethered Express, Augmenting Automaton (Sludge Crawler is still good!)

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Aether Revolt? Why?

Rare – Lifecrafter’s Bestiary – It is an absurd engine.

Uncommon – Winding Constrictor – Snakes are cool.

Common – Scrounging Bandar.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

It means I’m obligated to play Constructed.



Name: JC Tao

Age: 31

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Occupation: In-between jobs

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch champion

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

White-Black, Dukhara Scavenger

What colors did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Green-White, Aethergeode Miner

What colors did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Green-Blue, Aethertide Whale

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Aether Revolt? Why?

Walking Ballista, Untethered Express, Renegade Map—powerful cards that don’t ask for much

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

Get to draft even more!



Name: Richard Tan

Age: 28

Hometown: New York City

Occupation: Ad Ops

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

3x TDL champion

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

White-Black Ajani. Ajani Unyielding is a good card. 7-2.

What colors did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Blue-Black Improvise Tempo Aggro Control. 3-0.

What colors did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Black-red Random Creatures with Sword of Body and Mind. Draw Sword every game = profit.

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Aether Revolt? Why?

No card in particular, but I like Blue and Black because Green is overdrafted.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

I get to play at the Pro Tour again!
Shout-out to TeamDraftLeague.com Jaoooooooo
Looking for Magical friends in the Bay Area!



Name: John Asbach

Age: 25

Hometown: Temple, Texas

Occupation: Military

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Lots of medium Grand Prix Day 2 finishes

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

Black-Red splash blue. Combustible Gearhulk carried the day, but Shrewd Negotiation was the real MVP.

What colors did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

White-Blue Fliers. Aethertide Whale is obviously a bomb. Skyship Plunderer and Walking Ballista area fun combo too.

What colors did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Red-White Aggro. Release the gremlins for three got me into the Top 8.

[There’s a Twitter video of John talking about]

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Aether Revolt? Why?

Rare: Dark Intimations, which I got to play Day 1. 4-for-1 = good.

Uncommon: Untethered Express. It’s just a bomb uncommon and colorless for good measure.

Common: Hinterland Drake. The rate is good and I love fliers.

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

My first Pro Tour qualification, money to help lay for grad school.



Name:
Adam Ragsdale

Age: 28

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Occupation: Dog walker

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Custodian for two popular stuffed wizards dogs.

What colors did you play in Sealed Deck on Day 1? What cards most impressed you?

Red-Green, Pacification Array.

What colors did you play in the first Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Green-Blue, They were all excellent and none helped at all.

What colors did you play in the second Draft of Day 2? What cards most impressed you?

Black-Red, Augmenting Automaton

What is your favorite Limited rare, uncommon, and common in Aether Revolt? Why?

Aethersphere Harvester, Snek, Daring Demolition

What does this Top 8 mean to you?

A layup for Silver, assuming no horrifically bad things occur.

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