TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on May 1, 2016

By Corbin Hosler

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 8 for Toronto 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.


Josh Buitenhuis

Age: 19

Occupation: Warehouse Worker

Hometown: Cambridge, Ontario

Previous Magic accomplishments:
None to note really, other than local hobby shop matches and tournaments.

What deck did you play and why?
Black-White Eldrazi. I've been playing it for months and felt comfortable with it. I was also confident it was a good metagame choice.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Thought-Knot Seer

What was the best deck you played against this weekend?
Grixis Control

If you could, what would you transform into?
The Profane Prince


Michael Sheng

Age: 25

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Frederickton, New Brunswick

Previous Magic accomplishments:
I went to a Pro Tour once?

What deck did you play and why?
Green-White Tokens splashing Chandra and Needle Spires. Advocate was bad without a creature land and Chandra is basically free thanks to Oath.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Tragic Arrogance

What was the best deck you played against this weekend?
Green-White Tokens

If you could, what would you transform into?
Jace.


Doug Potter

Age: 29

Occupation: Young Life Staff (Non-Profit)

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Qualified for the Sunday Super Series Top 8 draft, that starts in 1 hour.

What deck did you play and why?
Green-White Tokens, because Sammy T shipped me an INCREDIBLE list.

What is the most important card in your deck?
4 Den Protector main. It's unblockable and kills planeswalkers.

What was the best deck you played against this weekend?
Green-White mirrors.

If you could, what would you transform into?
A Durdle Turtle.


Oliver Tiu

Age: 18

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 16 Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch, Top 16 Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad, Top 8 Grand Prix Providence 2015

What deck did you play and why?
Grixis Control, because I went 8-2 with it at the Pro Tour last week. I feel confident playing the deck.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Fevered Visions in the sideboard.

What was the best deck you played against this weekend?
4 Color Rite Thing.

If you could, what would you transform into?
Noah Walker


Robert Lombardi

Age: 34

Occupation: Engineer

Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Couple of PTQ wins.

What deck did you play and why?
Esper Dragons. Languish, Kalitas, and Virulent Plague seem good in the meta.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Languish.

What was the best deck you played against this weekend?
Black-White Tokens.

If you could, what would you transform into?
Ashaya. She gives me strength.


Brett Tetley

Age: 33

Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Hometown: Windsor, Ontario

Previous Magic accomplishments:
None.

What deck did you play and why?
Black-White Control. I made the deck prior to release and it felt good against the good decks in the format.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Secure the Wastes

What was the best deck you played against this weekend?
Black-White Control against Josh in the last round.

If you could, what would you transform into?
An Autobot.


Jon Stern

Age: 38

Occupation: Magic

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Previous Magic accomplishments:
GP Atlantic City Champion, GP Atlanta Champion.

What deck did you play and why?
Did you watch Steve Rubin last week?

What is the most important card in your deck?
Gideon, Ally of Zendikar

What was the best deck you played against this weekend?
Black-White Eldrazi Midrange

If you could, what would you transform into?
Alex Majlaton #mtghof


Bradley Robinson

Age: 28

Occupation: Application Engineer

Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 16 GP Charlotte 2015, Competed at PT Born of the Gods. Top 100 at GP (forgot name)

What deck did you play and why?
White Weenie. It's fast, consistent, and punishes mulligans and tap lands.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Thalia's Lieutenant. Honorable mention: Plains.

What was the best deck you played against this weekend?
4 Color Rites. Brood Monitor FTW!

If you could, what would you transform into?
Something with wings. Flying best superpower.

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