TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX SALT LAKE CITY 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on September 8, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

Shady Badran

Age: 25
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Occupation: Cashier/Durdler

What colors did you play on Day 1 and what were your standout cards?
Red-Green; Cone of Flame

What were your colors in Draft 1 and what were your standout cards?
Blue-Green AEtherspouts/Twingrove

What were your colors in Draft 2 and what were your standout cards?
Green-Black Undergrowth Scavenger

What's your proudest Magic accomplishment?
3-0'd FNM at Oasis Games

Would you rather fight 100 dragon worshippers, or the one dragon they worship? Why?
The dragon, because it would be quick.


Chris Woodall

Age: 29
Hometown: Crandon, Wisconsin
Occupation: IT - Systems Administrator

What colors did you play on Day 1 and what were your standout cards?
White-Red; Seraph of the Masses, Stoke the Flames

What were your colors in Draft 1 and what were your standout cards?
White-Blue; Spectra Ward all the way!

What were your colors in Draft 2 and what were your standout cards?
White-Red; Cone of Flame

What's your proudest Magic accomplishment?
I just started competitive Magic within the last few months, so obviously this Top 8.

Would you rather fight 100 dragon worshippers, or the one dragon they worship? Why?
I'd for sure roundhouse the dragon, Norris-style. I want his throne.


Eric Froehlich

Age: 30
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupation: Poker Player

What colors did you play on Day 1 and what were your standout cards?
Red-Green and a Hornet Queen I never cast.

What were your colors in Draft 1 and what were your standout cards?
Grixis [Blue-Black-Red], Chasm Skulker, Ob Nixilis, Unshackled, and Scuttling Doom Engine

What were your colors in Draft 2 and what were your standout cards?
Blue-Black, None.

What's your proudest Magic accomplishment?
Lots of great stats through 100% clean play.

Would you rather fight 100 dragon worshippers, or the one dragon they worship? Why?
No, I'm a lover not a fighter. But I'm also a fighter so don't get any ideas.


Nathan Holiday

Age: 23
Hometown: Santa Cruz, California
Occupation: Student

What colors did you play on Day 1 and what were your standout cards?
White-Blue; Soul of Theros, Master of Predicaments, Jace, the Living Guildpact, Triplicate Spirits. 7-0 (2 byes)

What were your colors in Draft 1 and what were your standout cards?
White-Green; Kalonian Twingrove, Genesis Hydra, 3 Elvish Mystic, Yisan, the Wanderer Bard. 2-1

What were your colors in Draft 2 and what were your standout cards?
Monowhite splash green; Avacyn, Guardian Angel, 2 Triplicate Spirits. 1-1-1

What's your proudest Magic accomplishment?
Four Grand Prix Top 8s.

Would you rather fight 100 dragon worshippers, or the one dragon they worship? Why?
100 dragon worshippers so I could deliver more beatdowns.


Brandon Nelson

Age: 29
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Occupation: QA at Dire Wolf Digital

What colors did you play on Day 1 and what were your standout cards?
White-Green; Hornet Queen, Soul of Zendikar and Triplicate Spirits

What were your colors in Draft 1 and what were your standout cards?
White-Red; two Triplicate Spirits, two Sanctified Charge

What were your colors in Draft 2 and what were your standout cards?
Red-Green; Cone of Flame and Stoke the Flames

What's your proudest Magic accomplishment?
Beating LSV in Top 8 of US Nationals 2011

Would you rather fight 100 dragon worshippers, or the one dragon they worship? Why?
Depends. Is this dragon Nicol Bolas?


Sam Batarseh

Age: 33
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Occupation: Auditor

What colors did you play on Day 1 and what were your standout cards?
Blue-Red; Soul of Shandalar, Scuttling Doom Engine

What were your colors in Draft 1 and what were your standout cards?
Blue-Green, nearly Monoblue; Nissa, Worldwaker, Polymorphist's Jest

What were your colors in Draft 2 and what were your standout cards?
White-Green; three Sanctified Charge

What's your proudest Magic accomplishment?
Two previous Grand Prix Top 8s - Grand Prix Denver '02, Grand Prix Kansas City '08

Would you rather fight 100 dragon worshippers, or the one dragon they worship? Why?
I'm a lover not a fighter.


Paul Rietzl

Age: 29
Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona
Occupation: Executive Recruiter

What colors did you play on Day 1 and what were your standout cards?
White-Red with zero rares; 3 Scrapyard Mongrel

What were your colors in Draft 1 and what were your standout cards?
Black-Green; Indulgent Tormentor, Cruel Sadist, 3 Stab Wound

What were your colors in Draft 2 and what were your standout cards?
Red-Green; Cone of Flame, Burning Anger, 2 Vineweft

What's your proudest Magic accomplishment?
Playing clean, having fun.

Would you rather fight 100 dragon worshippers, or the one dragon they worship? Why?
100 dragon worshippers. I fear no man.


Jamie Parke

Age: 32
Hometown: New York City, New York
Occupation: Miser

What colors did you play on Day 1 and what were your standout cards?
White-Blue; Spirit Bonds and Soul of Theros

What were your colors in Draft 1 and what were your standout cards?
White-Black; No specific outstanding cards, just good synergy.

What were your colors in Draft 2 and what were your standout cards?
Red-Green; Kird Chieftain, Cone of Flames

What's your proudest Magic accomplishment?
I won "Best Magic" at the last Team SPED weekend (But really, Worlds Finals 2008)

Would you rather fight 100 dragon worshippers, or the one dragon they worship? Why?
After watching my roommate play Skyrim, I think I can take on the dragon.