Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in GRAND PRIX SYDNEY 2015 on October 11, 2015

By Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw

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.


John Seaton

Hometown: Christchurch, New Zealand
Age: 36
Occupation: Cable Maker

What colours did you play on Day 1?
White-Blue-Red.

What were your colours in draft 1?
White-Black-Red.

What were your colours in draft 2?
White-Black.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
11/10/2015 Grand Prix Sydney, top of the Swiss standings of a 996 players GP.

Are you Team Allies of Zendikar, or Team Eldrazi?
Allies, allies, allies!


Kelvin Chew

Hometown: Singapore
Age: 29
Occupation: Shop manager

What colours did you play on Day 1?
Red-Blue-Green, sideboarded into White-Blue-Green.

What were your colours in draft 1?
Blue-Black.

What were your colours in draft 2?
Red-White Allies with Gideon, Ally of Zendikar.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
Pro Tour Return to Ravnica Top 8.

Are you Team Allies of Zendikar, or Team Eldrazi?
Team Eldrazi & Team MTG Mint Card.


Hironobu Sugaya

Hometown: Chiba, Japan
Age: 36
Occupation: Producer

What colours did you play on Day 1?
Red-Green.

What were your colours in draft 1?
Blue-Black.

What were your colours in draft 2?
Blue-Black again.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
2008 Grand Prix Manila Champion.

Are you Team Allies of Zendikar, or Team Eldrazi?
Zendikar!


Alex Ball

Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
Age: 22
Occupation: Customer Service Consultant

What colours did you play on Day 1?
8-1 White-Black Allies with Ob Nixilis Reignited.

What were your colours in draft 1?
1-1-1 Black-Red.

What were your colours in draft 2?
3-0 White-Black Allies and Flyers.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
GP Sydney, 2015! First GP Day 2, first GP Top 8.

Are you Team Allies of Zendikar, or Team Eldrazi?
Allies! (Trigger).


Zen Takahashi

Hometown: William Poor’s Bach, Coromandel, New Zealand
Age: 18
Occupation: ason Chung’s professional token signer.

What colours did you play on Day 1?
7-2 Black-Green trash.

What were your colours in draft 1?
3-0 Blue-Red devoid.

What were your colours in draft 2?
2-0-1 Black-Green Blisterpod

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
Top 4 GP Sydney 2013.

Are you Team Allies of Zendikar, or Team Eldrazi?
Team Xin Johnson (OG)


Prads Pathirana

Hometown: Sydney
Age: 27
Occupation: Student

What colours did you play on Day 1?
Blue-Black.

What were your colours in draft 1?
Black-Red.

What were your colours in draft 2?
Blue-Black.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
Here and now.

Are you Team Allies of Zendikar, or Team Eldrazi?
Eldrazi.


Paul Costentin

Hometown: Rennes, France
Age: 29
Occupation: Traveller

What colours did you play on Day 1?
Blue-Black.

What were your colours in draft 1?
Blue-Black.

What were your colours in draft 2?
Blue-White.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
Defeat my brother with my Commander!

Are you Team Allies of Zendikar, or Team Eldrazi?
Team Eldrazi.


Chester Swords

Hometown: Sydney
Age: 22
Occupation: Jason Chung’s chauffeur

What colours did you play on Day 1?
Blue-Red tempo because I open like a God.

What were your colours in draft 1?
White-Black.

What were your colours in draft 2?
Red-Green, hope my opponents get unlucky one time!

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when?
This, or 9-1 in constructed at Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir into 1-5 in limited to miss prizes on tiebreakers.

Are you Team Allies of Zendikar, or Team Eldrazi?
Team Gamers Den.