Top 4 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on June 25, 2017

By Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw

284 teams battled at Grand Prix Sydney but only four teams remain after 14 rounds of intense competition. Let's get to know these 12 players!


Jarron Puszet / Dominic Z / Karl Eyre


Jarron Puszet

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia.

Age: 34

Occupation: Corporate Finance.

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

What colours did you play on Day 2? White/Green.

Day 1 Record: 7-2

Day 2 Record: 2-3

What was the best card in either of your decks this weekend? Insult // Injury

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? Top 8 in a couple of GP's and Nationals.


Dominic Z

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia.

Age: 30

Occupation: Public Servant.

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

What colours did you play on Day 2? Red/Blue.

Day 1 Record: 4-4-1

Day 2 Record: 2-3

What was the best card in either of your decks this weekend? Glorybringer, or Archfiend of Ifnir.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? Top 8 Nationals.


Karl Lyndon Eyre

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia.

Age: 23

Occupation: Freight and Logistics Manager.

What colours did you play on Day 1? Green/Black.

What colours did you play on Day 2? Green/Black.

Day 1 Record: 9-0

Day 2 Record: 3-1-1

What was the best card in either of your decks this weekend? Insult // Injury

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? Right here!


James Wilks / Simon Linabury / Ivan Schroder


James Wilks

Hometown: Canberra, Australia.

Age: 24

Occupation: Documentary Editor.

What colours did you play on Day 1? Green/Black Aggro.

What colours did you play on Day 2? Green/Red Aggro.

Day 1 Record: 6-2-1 "Ivan carried us!"

Day 2 Record: 5-0

What was the best card in either of your decks this weekend? Tie between Brute Strength and Fling, especially in tandem.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? Top 8 World Magic Cup 2016, Rotterdam.


Simon Linabury

Hometown: Canberra, Australia.

Age: 25

Occupation: Left blank.

What colours did you play on Day 1? White/Black Zombies.

What colours did you play on Day 2? White/Black Zombies.

Day 1 Record: 6-2-1 "Ivan carried us!"

Day 2 Record: 5-0

What was the best card in either of your decks this weekend? Liliana’s Mastery on Day 2.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? Top 4 GP Sydney 2017.


Ivan Schroder

Hometown: Canberra, Australia.

Age: 27

Occupation: Geochemist.

What colours did you play on Day 1? White/Blue Control.

What colours did you play on Day 2? Blue/Black Control.

Day 1 Record: 6-2-1 "Ivan carried us!"

Day 2 Record: 5-0

What was the best card in either of your decks this weekend? Edifice of Authority

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? 2nd New Zealand Nationals 2010.


Danny Liao / Jing-Wei Zheng / Brandon Wise


Danny Liao

Hometown: Hamilton, New Zealand.

Age: 31

Occupation: General Practitioner.

What colours did you play on Day 1? Black/Red.

What colours did you play on Day 2? Red/Green.

Day 1 Record: 5-4

Day 2 Record: 4-1

What was the best card in either of your decks this weekend? Glorybringer, Insult // Injury, Archfiend of Ifnir on Day 1, my opponents getting unlucky on Day 2.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? Won 5 Friday Night Magic’s in a row, and I’m good at Cube Draft!


Jing-Wei Zheng

Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand.

Age: 21

Occupation: Actuary.

What colours did you play on Day 1? Black/Green.

What colours did you play on Day 2? Blue/Black.

Day 1 Record: 6-3

Day 2 Record: 3-2

What was the best card in either of your decks this weekend? Rhonas the Indomitable.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? Top 16 Pro Tour Valencia 2014, Top 8 World Magic Cup 2013.


Brandon Jared Wise

Hometown: Hamilton, New Zealand.

Age: 25

Occupation: Masters Student.

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

What colours did you play on Day 2? White/Blue.

Day 1 Record: 7-2

Day 2 Record: 2-3

What was the best card in either of your decks this weekend? Trial of Solidarity, Oketra’s Monument.

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


Yuuya Watanabe / Hajime Nakamura / Yoshihiko Ikawa


Yuuya Watanabe

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan.

Age: 28

Occupation: MTG Pro Player

What colours did you play on Day 1? 5-Colour Green.

What colours did you play on Day 2? White/Blue Embalm.

Day 1 Record: 6-1-2

Day 2 Record: 4-1

What was the best card in either of your decks this weekend? Vizier of Tumbling Sands

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? Won World Championship 2012 (and is in the Hall of Fame.)


Hajime Nakamura

Name: Hajime Nakamura

Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan.

Age: 31

Occupation: Game Designer.

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

What colours did you play on Day 2? Red/White.

Day 1 Record: 6-2-1

Day 2 Record: 5-0

What was the best card in either of your decks this weekend? Fling is very, very good.

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? 13th Pro Tour San Diego.


Yoshihiko Ikawa

Name: Yoshihiko Ikawa

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan.

Age: 31

Occupation: Hareruya Worker.

What colours did you play on Day 1? Black/Red.

What colours did you play on Day 2? Red/Green splash Black.

Day 1 Record: 4-3-2

Day 2 Record: 2-1-2

What was the best card in either of your decks this weekend? Sweltering Suns

What's your best Magic event finish and where/when? Top 8 Pro Tour San Diego 2010.

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