Top 4 Team Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on February 2, 2015

By Event Coverage Staff

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 4 teams is set! Learn more about this event's Top 4 teams, their history at the top tables, and more by taking a look through their profiles.

 

Sean Gifford, Tyler Blum, Robert Smith

 

Tyler Blum

Age: 25

Hometown: Calgary, AB Canada

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Grand Prix Chicago champion; Canadian National team 2005

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Red-Green Ferocious.  7-2.  Hooded Hydra.  I never lost when it hit play.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Abzan.  2-1.  Teammates too good to finish games.

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
Sean took an Alabaster Kirin that I wanted pretty bad.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
Well, Rob went 13-1 in matches, pretty helpful.  Sean booked the hotel room and is the luckiest man alive.
 


 

Sean Gifford

Age: 29

Hometown: Calgary, AB Canada

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
PTQ winner – Pro Tour Magic 2015

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?

6-2, Mardu.  Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
3-2, Mardu.  Dragonscale General and Lightform combo!

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
I got it all!

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
1. Let me play
2. Carried me on their backs.
 


 

Robert Smith

Age: 24

Hometown: Calgary, AB Canada

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Grand Prix Seattle 2012 winner; Grand Prix Toronto Top 8 2013

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Jeskai, 8-1. Jeskai Ascendancy

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Blue-Red splash Green and White, 5-0. Flying Crane Technique.

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
Bathe in Dragonfire.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
Gave me the best deck both times.
 


 

 

Craig Wescoe, Chris Fennell, Ari Lax

 

Craig Wescoe

Age: 32

Hometown: Shandalar

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Pro Tour Dragon's Maze champion; Worlds 2011 Top 8; Pro Tour San Diego 2010 Top 8

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Mardu, 6-3. Butcher of the Horde.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Boros, 5-0. Barrage of Boulders.

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
[autocardArc Lightning[/autocard].

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
Won enough of their matches.
 


 

Chris Fennell

Age: 32

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Pro Tour Born of the Gods Top 8; six previous limited Grand Prix Top 8s.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Sultai, 7-1. Temur War Shaman.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Four-Color (not White). Bear's Companion.

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
I got everything I needed; I play the leftovers.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
Kept me from tilting off and gave me snacks.
 


 

Ari Lax

Age: 24

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir champion; 7 prior Grand Prix Top 8 with 1 win; 2013 Legacy champion

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?

Temur, 5-4. Shaman of the Great Hunt.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?

Abzan, 2-3. Daghatar the Adamant.

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?

Archers' Parapet Day 2.  Could play Jeskai Barricade while Fennell's Sultai deck needed a two-drop.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
Told me to play Siege Rhino on turn four.
 


 

 

Eric Froehlich, Paul Cheon, Luis Scott-Vargas

 

Eric Froehlich

Age: 30
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
3 Pro Tour Top 8s; 14(?) Grand Prix Top 8s.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Red-Green, 9-0. No playables.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Abzan, 3-1. Citadel Siege

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
Any of the good cards Day 1, but that's [gosh-darn] teamwork.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
One of them won each round #humblebrag; LSV got the Uber to the site.
 


 

Paul Cheon
Age: 29
Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
2006 US National Champion; 2008 Team World Champions; 9 Grand Prix Top 8s.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
White-Black, X-2. Brutal Hordechief

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
White-Black splash Red. Butcher of the Horde

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
Both times we opened Citadel Siege and it went to somebody else when I was White-Black.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
EFro never lost a match.  Luis . . . 
 


 

Luis Scott-Vargas

Age: 31

Hometown: Oakland, California

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Pro Tour winner; Nationals winner, four-time Grand Prix winner

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
My first Sealed deck was Jeskai, and my best card was Flying Monkey Kick [Flying Crane Technique].  I went 7-2.

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
My second Sealed was Blue-Red. I went 3-2, and my best card was Jeskai Runemark.

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play
Weave Fate.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
Paul arranged multiple times for food to be brought and EFro won all his matches.
 


 

David Williams, Matt Sperling, Paul Rietzl

 

Paul Rietzl

Age: 29

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Grand Prix San Jose 2012 champion

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
White-Red splash Black, 8-1.  Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
White-Blue splash Red, 5-0.  Seeker of the Way

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
None, we agreed 100%.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
Let me have the best deck everytime.
 


 

David Williams

Age: 34

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
2012 Grand Prix San Jose champs.

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Sultai, 7-2. Palace Siege

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Temur, 3-2. Arc Lightning.

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
There is no “I” in “team.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
Win matches.
 


 

Matt Sperling

Age: 31

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Grand Prix San Jose champion 2012

What colors was your first Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Temur, 5-4. Filler

What colors was your second Sealed deck, what was your record, and what was your best card?
Sultai.  Disdainful Stroke.

What was a card that you wanted for a deck, but your teammate needed to play?
We don't think that way.

What was the most helpful thing your teammates did for you in the tournament?
Win their matches.

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