Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in GRAND PRIX TAIPEI 2016 on June 26, 2016

By Chapman Sim

Learn more about Grand Prix Taipei's Top 8 competitors, their history at the top tables, and more by taking a look through the Top 8 profiles.


Yuuki Ichikawa

Age: 28
Occupation: Team Cygames Pro Player
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments: 2 Pro Tour Top 8s, 6 Grand Prix Top 8s with 1 win.

Number of Byes: 3
Score in Day 1: 8-1
Score in Day 2: 4-1-1

What deck did you play and why?
Brian Braun-Duin's Bant Company. Best Standard deck!

What is the best card in Standard, and why?
Collected Company. I love it!

What is your worst matchup?
Any Ramp decks.


Huang Yung-Ming

Age: 35
Occupation: Engineer
Hometown: Tainan, Chinese Taipei

Previous Magic accomplishments: World Magic Cup 2014 Team Member, World Magic Cup 2016 Team Member

Number of Byes: 2
Score in Day 1: 8-1
Score in Day 2: 4-0-2

What deck did you play and why?
Green-White tokens, because I just won a WMCQ with it last weekend with the same 75 cards. I've spent almost a month to find the best build after Grand Prix Tokyo.

What is the best card in Standard, and why?
Dromoka's Command. Maybe they should have banned it a year ago for the sake of diversity.

What is your worst matchup?
Red-Green Ramp


Lee Shi Tian

Age: 29
Occupation: Accountant and MTG Mint Card Pro Player
Hometown: Hong Kong

Previous Magic accomplishments: 4 Pro Tour Top 8s, 6 Grand Prix Top 8s with 1 win.

Number of Byes: 3
Score in Day 1: 9-0
Score in Day 2: 4-1-1

What deck did you play and why?
Bant Company, because I am most familiar with it. Also, while practicing at the Hong Kong WMCQ, I found the build that I was looking for.

What is the best card in Standard, and why?
Collected Company. Tempo, card advantage, tricks, all rolled up in a single card.

What is your worst matchup?
White-Red Humans. I need a good draw to beat it.


Yuta Takahashi

Age: 30
Occupation: Hareruya Employee
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments: 11 Grand Prix Top 8s, 1 Pro Tour Top 8

Number of Byes: 2
Score in Day 1: 8-1
Score in Day 2: 4-0-2

What deck did you play and why?
Bant Company, because it is the best deck in Standard!


What is the best card in Standard, and why?
Collected Company. It should cost 5 mana!

What is your worst matchup?
Mono-White Humans


Lien Chien-Hung

Age: 32
Occupation: Engineer
Hometown: Chia-Yi, Chinese Taipei

Previous Magic accomplishments: MOCS Top 8

Number of Byes: 2
Score in Day 1: 8-1
Score in Day 2: 4-1-1

What deck did you play and why?
Yuuya Watanabe's version of Bant Humans. I'm playing it simply because Watanabe plays it.

What is the best card in Standard, and why?
Tireless Tracker. It's a good creature that generates you card advantage.

What is your worst matchup?
The mirror match.


Mingrerk Setsompop

Age: 28
Occupation: Airline Pilot
Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Previous Magic accomplishments: This is my first Grand Prix Top 8!

Number of Byes: 1
Score in Day 1: 8-1
Score in Day 2: 4-1-1

What deck did you play and why?
Red-Green Ramp, because I think it is the easiest deck to play.

What is the best card in Standard, and why?
Dromoka's Command, I hate it!

What is your worst matchup?
Any deck with 4 or more discard spells.


Shawn McNeace

Age: 29
Occupation: Information Technology
Hometown: Okinawa, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments: Top 8 at Grand Prix Nagoya 2016

Number of Byes: 2
Score in Day 1: 8-0-1
Score in Day 2: 3-0-3 (I made Top 8 with 11-0-4!)

What deck did you play and why?
Bant Company. I am familiar with the deck, plus Collected Company is a fun card to play.

What is the best card in Standard, and why?
Tireless Tracker. He gives you too much gas!

What is your worst matchup?
The mirror!


Liu Yuchen

Age: 25 (Today is my birthday!)
Occupation: MTG Sheep Pro Player
Hometown: Beijing, China

Previous Magic accomplishments: 4 Grand Prix Top 8s

Number of Byes: 2
Score in Day 1: 8-1
Score in Day 2: 4-1-1

What deck did you play and why?
Green-White Tokens, because I love to cast Gideon, Ally of Zendikar.

What is the best card in Standard, and why?
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. It helped me win a lot of games!

What is your worst matchup?
Perhaps Bant Company, I don't have much experience against that deck.

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