TOP 8 PLAYERS

Posted in Event Coverage on May 3, 2015

By Josh Bennett


Name
: Craig Wescoe

Age: 32

Occupation: Columnist at TCGplayer.com

Hometown: Oreskos, on the plane of Theros

Previous Magic accomplishments: Pro Tour Dragon’s Maze Champion, 3 Pro Tour Top 8’s, 7 Grand Prix Top 8’s

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

White-Green Collected Company, because it is good against Esper, Abzan, and Red Aggro.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I may have gone a little crazy with the Windstorms.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Den Protector

What summer movie are you most looking forward to?

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Name: Mark Jacobson

Age: 25

Occupation: Hardware Engineer at NVidia

Hometown: Born in Philadelphia, now living in Santa Clara, CA

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Two Pro Tour Day 2’s, many close calls at Grand Prix.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Bant. I brought it to the RPTQ and it was the best choice. The metagame shifted a bit in the past week (Ashioks, Perilous Vaults) but I didn’t have time to worry about swapping.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Might consider Ajani Steadfast over Surrak. Neal Oliver, Ben Weitz and Eric Severson had solid success with that choice.

What is the most important card in your deck?

I feel that Den Protector is the glue that holds the deck together. Value, getting back key cards, recurring Deathmist Raptor, and sometimes being a sneaky attacker.

What summer movie are you most looking forward to?

Jurassic World? Shoutouts to Deathmist Raptor!



Name
: Benjamin Weitz

Age: 25 as of yesterday!

Occupation: Graduate Student

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Previous Magic accomplishments:

GP Portland finalist. PT Khans of Tarkir 35th. GP Oakland 13th. Started a podcast called “Allied Strategies” with Neal Oliver & Tristan Killeen.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Bant Megamorph with Ajani Steadfast. It has a good matchup against Esper and Mono-Red, which I expected to be very popular. It also just does very powerful things very efficiently. Ajani has been fantastic all weekend. It’s great in your worst matchups, only dead against Esper. Even there you might be able to combo it with Ojutai.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

The maindeck was fantastic! The sideboard was mostly good, but the Hidden Dragonslayer was pretty mediocre. I did board it in a lot, though, so who knows? Elspeth overperformed, so maybe a second copy.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Den Protector. Very grindy, card advantage, and the evasion should never be underestimated. Ajani and Dromoka’s Command both make it bigger.

What summer movie are you most looking forward to?

Avengers: Age of Ultron


Name: Edgar Magalhaes

Age: 20

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Waterloo, Ontario

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Toronto 2013

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Mardu Dragons, because Daniel Ward is a master.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

-1 Seeker of the Way, +1 Soulfire Grand Master, which overperformed.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Crackling Doom, because it is OP

What summer movie are you most looking forward to?

Pitch Perfect 2


Name: Ben Feingersh

Age: 24

Occupation: Advertising Operations

Hometown: Somerville, MA

Previous Magic accomplishments:

None at the Grand Prix level or above. This qualifies me for my first Pro Tour!

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Abzan Morphs. Worked with Jarvis Yu, Lukas Caulson and Andrew Tenjum on the list and felt good about all my non-devotion matchups.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Could take or leave Deathmist Raptor. Elspeth and Mastery of the Unseen are interchangeable between maindeck and sideboard depending on the field. A fourth Llanowar Wastes might be good.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Den Protector (Bae)

What summer movie are you most looking forward to?

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2


Name: Daniel Fournier

Age: 23

Occupation: Supreme Overlord at Face-to-Face Games Toronto

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Grand Prix Montreal 2014 Top 4. Canadian National Team 2014

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Abzan Control. Every matchup is reasonable, and the sideboard is fantastic.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I wish I was playing a maindeck Nissa, Worldwaker. That card wins plane tickets.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Den Protector. So much advantage on a surprisingly relevant body.

What summer movie are you most looking forward to?

Summer of a Movie!




Name
: Lucas Siow

Age: 29

Occupation: Bank Analyst

Hometown: Toronto

Previous Magic accomplishments:

3 Grand Prix Top 8’s.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Abzan Control – Good to Even against: RDW, Abzan, Bant and Esper.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

None. But maybe ask D. Fournier.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Elsepth.

What summer movie are you most looking forward to?

Avengers: Age of Ultron


Name: Brad Nelson

Age: 28

Occupation: Star City Games Content Producer

Hometown: Roanoke, VA

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Player of the Year 2010. 2 Pro Tour Top 8’s, 11 Grand Prix Top 8’s

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Abzan Aggro, because nobody knows better than The Dizzler!

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I would play more Wingmate Rocs because they rock!

What is the most important card in your deck?

Abzan Charm

What summer movie are you most looking forward to?

Is the new Twilight out this summer?


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