Top 4 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on April 15, 2018

By Ray “blisterguy” Walkinshaw

350 teams descended upon Grand Prix Sydney this weekend, but we could only squeeze the four very best teams into the Top 4. After Day 1, we were down to just 45, but that wasn’t enough, we kept forcing them to face off against each other today until we were down to just four. I mean it says it right there on the label, it’s the Top 4, isn’t it?



L-R: Benny Yau, Jonathan Venturi, and Mathieu Beaujard.

39 Points – Venturi/Yau/Beaujard

Name: Jonathan Venturi.
Age: 31.
Hometown: Melbourne.
How long have you been playing Magic ? 3 years – since M15.
Best finish at a Magic event: This is my first GP!
Deck for this weekend: Titanshift.
Favourite Card in Modern: Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle.
Favourite flavour of Tim-Tams: Original!

Name: Benny Yau.
Age: 30 – Today is my birthday!
Hometown: Hong Kong/Melbourne.
How long have you been playing Magic? Back when fetchlands were still legal in Standard.
Best finish at a Magic event: We will see later today!
Deck for this weekend: Assault Loam/Dredge.
Favourite Card in Modern: Eldrazi Displacer.
Favourite flavour of Tim-Tams: (left blank, such self-control!)

Name: Mathieu Beaujard.
Age: 36.
Hometown: Melbourne.
How long have you been playing Magic? Played 4th Edition until 5th Edition ('95-'97) then started again with Dragons of Tarkir.
Best finish at a Magic event: Top 4 GP, today!
Deck for this weekend: Humans.
Favourite Card in Modern: Spell Queller.
Favourite flavour of Tim-Tams: Dark chocolate.



L-R: Dirk Crasto, Matt Rogers, and Nick Barlow.

34 Points – Crasto/Rogers/Barlow

Name: Dirk Castro.
Age: 25.
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand.
How long have you been playing Magic? 6-7 years, since Gatecrash.
Best finish at a Magic event: Top 4 GP Sydney 2018.
Deck for this weekend: Living End.
Favourite Card in Modern: Bring to Light.
Favourite flavour of Tim-Tams: Original, can't beat it!

Name: Matt Rogers.
Age: 28.
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand.
How long have you been playing Magic? 12 years.
Best finish at a Magic event: Top 4 GP Sydney.
Deck for this weekend: Blue Moon.
Favourite Card in Modern: Bring to Light.
Favourite flavour of Tim-Tams: Dark Chocolate.

Name: Nick Barlow.
Age: 26.
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand.
How long have you been playing Magic? On and off since Mirrodin/8th Edition. Have been playing constantly since Innistrad.
Best finish at a Magic event: Top 4 GP Sydney.
Deck for this weekend: Humans.
Favourite Card in Modern: Bring to Light.
Favourite flavour of Tim-Tams: Dark Chocolate.



L-R: Lachlan Saunders, Ryan Lewis-Jonns, and Jessica Estephan.

33 Points – Estephan/Lewis-Jonns/Saunders

Name: Jessica Catherine Estephan.
Age: 23.
Hometown: Sydney.
How long have you been playing Magic? Since Born of the Gods.
Best finish at a Magic event: This event!
Deck for this weekend: Black-Red Hollow One.
Favourite Card in Modern: Blood Moon!
Favourite flavour of Tim-Tams: Original, definitely.

Name: Ryan Lewis-Jonns.
Age: 25.
Hometown: Sydney.
How long have you been playing Magic? Original Ravnica.
Best finish at a Magic event: Top 8 WMCQ, and this event.
Deck for this weekend: Humans.
Favourite Card in Modern: Jeskai Ascendancy.
Favourite flavour of Tim-Tams: Double Coat.

Name: Lachlan James Saunders.
Age: 26.
Hometown: Canberra.
How long have you been playing Magic? Since 2009ish.
Best finish at a Magic event: This event.
Deck for this weekend: Mono-Green Tron.
Favourite Card in Modern: Possessed Portal/Squee, Goblin Nabob.
Favourite flavour of Tim-Tams: Slams! (When you bite the corner off each end of your Tim-Tam, and then use it as a straw to drink hot chocolate, which melts to cookie centre of the Tim-Tam, mmmm!)



L-R: Aidan Frisch, James O'Rourke, and Jacob Golding.

33 Points – O'Rourke/Golding/Frisch

Name: James O'Rourke.
Age: 21.
Hometown: Melbourne.
How long have you been playing Magic? Since Dragon's Maze – 5 years.
Best finish at a Magic event: 2x Win a Mox local tournaments, and this one.
Deck for this weekend: Red-Green Tron.
Favourite Card in Modern: Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger.
Favourite flavour of Tim-Tams: Original.

Name: Jacob Golding.
Age: 21.
Hometown: Canberra.
How long have you been playing Magic? Since Avacyn Restored.
Best finish at a Magic event: This event.
Deck for this weekend: Affinity.
Favourite Card in Modern: Mox Opal.
Favourite flavour of Tim-Tams: Double Coat.

Name: Aidan Frisch.
Age: 22.
Hometown: Canberra.
How long have you been playing Magic? 5 years.
Best finish at a Magic event: Top 32 GP Melbourne.
Deck for this weekend: Grixis Control (no Thought Scours >:( )
Favourite Card in Modern: Cruel Ultimatum.
Favourite flavour of Tim-Tams: Original.

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