Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on July 24, 2017

By Corbin Hosler

Learn more about Grand Prix Toronto's Top 8 competitors—including who they are, what they've done in the game, and more—by taking a look through their profiles!


Name:
Doug Potter

Age: 30

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top of Grand Prix Toronto 2016 while also making Top 8 of the Sunday Super Series at the same time.

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? Green-white splashing red. 9-0.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Oasis Ritualist

What were your draft decks, and records with them? Blue-Red, 1-2; Blue-Red 3-0.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? My podcast cohosts on First Strike did a lot of prep, and I feel this Top 8 validates their findings. Without them I wouldn’t be here so I am very thankful.
 



Name:
Taimur Rashid

Age: 21

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Previous Magic Accomplishments: None

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? The Three-Color Jund Special. 8-1

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Oasist Ritualist; it lets you put anything into your deck.

What were your draft decks, and records with them? Green-White Exert, 3-0. Then 1-1-1 with white-black.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? It’s been a goal for a while. And being better than MTGO grinder Proltilary.
 



Name:
Matthew Nickolai

Age: 25

Hometown: Waterford, MI

Previous Magic Accomplishments: JSS super star.

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? White-blue splashing green for River Hoopoe. It teamed up with Crested Sunmare to make a LOT of Horses. I went 8-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Despite what I just said, the best card was definitely Royal Caracal.

What were your draft decks, and records with them? 2-1 with blue-red aggro with a lot of reach, and then 3-0 with black-green.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? It means I get to go win a Pro Tour :) Shoutouts to Kyle, Jennifer, Jarod, Tiny Rick, the Cranberry Boiz and the Haolophiles.
 



Name:
You Cheng An

Age: 30

Hometown: Beijing, China

Previous Magic Accomplishments: FNM Top 8

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? Red-white, 7-1-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Gust Walker.

What were your draft decks, and records with them? Went 5-1 with white-red and then white-black.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? I can’t get back home on time.
 



Name:
Andrew Cuneo

Age: 42

Hometown: Philadelphia

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8 at GP Las Vegas.

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? White, blue and black.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Sideboarded in Shatterstorm to destroy Edifice of Authority in one round. Also got Rhonis’s Monument and Sunset Pyramid in another round.

What were your draft decks, and records with them? Esper, 3-0. Black-red 2-0-1.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? Locked Gold.
 



Name:
Allen Sun

Age: 39

Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8 at Grand Prix Vancouver

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? 8-1 with Blue-White splash black.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Hour of Revelation because it won my every game I cast it. The second best was Cartouche of Ambition because I played against five red-white decks.

What were your draft decks, and records with them? White-black splash green, 3-0. Four-Color Ramp, 1-1-1.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? It means the world to me because I’ve been trying for the past year to get back on the Pro Tour. Shoutout to all the great Magic players in the north DC metro area.
 



Name:
Robert Anderson

Age: 32

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 64 at Pro Tour Philadelphia at the first Modern Pro Tour. I am old.

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? Blue-black with one Trial of Zeal that I never drew. I went 8-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? Torment of Hailfire.

What were your draft decks, and records with them? Red-white terrible, went 2-1. White-blue great, went 3-0.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? So happy to finally get there and share this with this great community.
 



Name:
Benjamin Weitz

Age: 27

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Previous Magic Accomplishments: four Grand Prix Top 8, 2017 MOCS competitor. Gold pro.

What colors was your Sealed Deck? Record? White-black, went 9-0.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck? The Scarab God. Actually unbeatable.

What were your draft decks, and records with them? Black-red with sideboarded Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh, went 3-0. Then drafted White-Blue Anointed Procession and went 1-1-1.

What does this Top 8 mean to you? Winning the tournament would get me Gold for next year in the Pro Players Club and mean my first trophy. That’s what I’ve got my sights set on.

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