TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX SYDNEY 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on August 24, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 8 for Grand Prix Sydney is set! Learn more about this event’s Top 8 competitors, their history at the top tables, and more by taking a look through the Top 8 profiles.

Chris Sparks

Age: 23
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Occupation: Student

What colors did you play on Day 1?
Red/Green.

What were your colors in Draft 1?
White/Blue.

What were your colors in Draft 2?
Red/White.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
I Top 8'd a PTQ a month or two back in Sydney.

Which member of the Australian wildlife frightens you the most?
Drop Bears, no question.


Paul Jackson

Age: 23
Hometown: Perth, Australia
Occupation: Toyota / Parts

What colors did you play on Day 1?
Black/Green splashing Red for Nightfire Giant and Burning Anger.

What were your colors in Draft 1?
White/Green Convoke.

What were your colors in Draft 2?
Monowhite Charge!

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
This GP.

Which member of the Australian wildlife frightens you the most?
Ummm, big black snakes...


Tomoharu Saito

Age: 30
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Occupation: MTGSHOP Hareruya / Saito Card Shop Owner and MtG Pro-Player

What colors did you play on Day 1?
White/Green.

What were your colors in Draft 1?
Red/Green.

What were your colors in Draft 2?
Pure Mono-Green (ha ha).

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
2006 Pro Tour Charlston Champion.

Which member of the Australian wildlife frightens you the most?
Sorry, I don't know, but I know Sydney Zoo is so nice!


Park Jun Young

Age: 29
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Occupation: Company Employee

What colors did you play on Day 1?
Red/White.

What were your colors in Draft 1?
Blue/Black.

What were your colors in Draft 2?
Black/Green.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
2009 Grand Prix Kitakyushuu. My first Top 8 Grand Prix.

Which member of the Australian wildlife frightens you the most?
Maybe kangaroos?


Matthew Griffin

Age: 27
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation: Accountant

What colors did you play on Day 1?
Green/White Souls!

What were your colors in Draft 1?
Black/Green Dredge.

What were your colors in Draft 2?
Red/Green Hammerhand Beatdown.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
Won a few PTQs, etc.

Which member of the Australian wildlife frightens you the most?
Taxi Drivers.


James Zhang

Age: 28
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Occupation: IT

What colors did you play on Day 1?
Green/White/red, Green/Red/white, or Blue/Black, depending on how fast the opponents deck was. Pool was a wreck.

What were your colors in Draft 1?
Green/Red.

What were your colors in Draft 2?
Green/White splashing Back.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
Won GP Melbourne in 2005 and GP Sydney in 2006.

Which member of the Australian wildlife frightens you the most?
I'm local so none of it scares me. Shout out to the Commandos!


Maitland Cameron

Age: 25
Hometown: Hobart, Australia
Occupation: Funemployed

What colors did you play on Day 1?
Green/White splash red.

What were your colors in Draft 1?
Blue/Black splash red.

What were your colors in Draft 2?
White/Red.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
3rd at Australian Nationals around 2011.

Which member of the Australian wildlife frightens you the most?
Tony Abbott.


Don van Ravenzwaaij

Age: 30
Hometown: Newcastle, Australia
Occupation: University Lecturer (Statistics)

What colors did you play on Day 1?
White/Red.

What were your colors in Draft 1?
Red/Green.

What were your colors in Draft 2?
White/Green.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
PT Gatecrash 2013: 42nd. GP Sydney 2013: 9th.

Which member of the Australian wildlife frightens you the most?
Sydney Funnel Web Spider. We recently discovered a nest right next to the building I work in actually.