Top 4 Teams of Grand Prix Toronto 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on May 20, 2018

By Meghan Wolff

Meghan is one half of the Good Luck High Five podcast and an adjunct professor at Tolarian Community College. She loves Limited, likes Modern, and dips her toes into each Standard season. She's decidedly blue and is the #1 hater of Siege Rhino in the Multiverse.

After fourteen rounds of Swiss, four teams emerged ahead of the rest. Here are your GP Toronto Top 4 teams!


Team McLaughlin/Harabas/Siow

Name: Morgan McLaughlin

Hometown: Windsor, ON

Occupation: Robotics Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

  • GP Montreal Top 4
  • first PT qualification beating Lucas in PTQ final (PT Journey into Nyx)
  • Team Siow basement draft camp champion

Which format and what deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Standard, BW Vehicles

We wanted to beat UW and RB and okay throwing all other match-ups

How did your team form?

scraps from Siow's basement

Is there a particular moment that stands out from this weekend?

Getting carried by Chris

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

Back to back PTs, Bronze status and not needing to play PPTQs


Name: Chris Harabas

Hometown: Toronto

Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Won last night’s team draft

Which format and what deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Modern, Humans

Lucas told me to, and it’s a great deck

How did your team form?

Team Lucas Siow’s basement group chat

Is there a particular moment that stands out from this weekend?

I played a 1-1 split of Kessig Malcontents and Restoration Angel and I’m glad I never drew Angel.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

Firt GP Top 4, excited to play my first PT as a team PT with friends.


Name: Lucas Siow

Hometown: Toronto

Occupation: Protein Qure - Quantum Computing Startup

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

4 GP Top 8s

2 Nats Teams

Which format and what deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Legacy, 4-Color Control - I thought it was good versus blue decks

How did your team form?

Morgan has no friends - asked me to come out of retirement. We asked Jamie. He said no. Found Chris.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

Chris and Morgan are great. Basement is great. Protein Qure is TBD.


Team Crotts/Blum/Smith

Name: Jennifer Crotts

Hometown: Calgary

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

None

Which format and what deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Standard, RB Midrange. We felt it was good against the field.

How did your team form?

Robert and Tyler have teamed together for a long time and they invited me to join them.

Is there a particular moment that stands out from this weekend?

Losing Round 1 and rallying back to win 12 in a row.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

So much. This will be my first Pro Tour and it’s a great feeling to get there with two amazing players.


Name: Tyler Blum

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Occupation: Recruiting

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

GP Chicago 2015 Champion

Top 4 GP San Jose 2015

Silver Pro

Which format and what deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Modern, Mardu Pyromancer - Robert ran the numbers on the format and pyromancer had the best win rate

How did your team form?

Took the best players in the area.

Is there a particular moment that stands out from this weekend?

Winning Round 13 on the back of 3x Pyromancer and 3x Souls

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

Back to the Pro Tour!


Name: Robert Smith

Hometown: Calgary

Occupation: pricing analyst

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

3 GP Top 8s

GP Seattle Champion

Which format and what deck did you play this weekend, and why?

I played Elves in Legacy. I expected lots of fair decks, which are all good match-ups.

How did your team form?

We’re all competitive players from Calgary.

Is there a particular moment that stands out from this weekend?

Losing round 1 and then winning out.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

I’m very likely to get Silver.


Team Tiu/Tomajko/Walker

Name: Oliver Tiu

Hometown: Cambridge, MA

Occupation: student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 4 Worlds 2015-2016

2015-2016 Rookie of the Year

Which format and what deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Standard, UW Control. Everything else was unimpressive

How did your team form?

We’re all good friends.

Is there a particular moment that stands out from this weekend?

Only losing one individual match this weekend.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

Means a lot, nothing is better than doing well with the help of your friends.


Name: Oliver Tomajko

Hometown: mom’s basement

Occupation: tiny dancer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Beat my 3 fathers at a team GP

Birthing Mike Soles who just won a PPTQ

Which format and what deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Hollow One in Modern. Our chat has perfected the hollowed bois. Check the last Modern GP where Max McVety Top 8’ed.

How did your team form?

Tinder match

Is there a particular moment that stands out from this weekend?

Getting a concession in the last round from our awesome opponents!

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

I’M NOT WASHED.


Name: Noah Walker

Hometown: Amhert, MA

Occupation: Magic pro

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

4 GP Top 8s

Which format and what deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Grixis Delver, you know the deal

How did your team form?

The boys come together

Is there a particular moment that stands out from this weekend?

Nicest last round opponents in the world

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

More points!!!!


Team Nelson/Manfield/Braun-Duin

Name: Brad Nelson

Hometown: Roanoke, VA

Occupation: Magic

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Helping these two fools win Worlds.

Which format and what deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Standard, WU Control. I’m the best Standard player and WU Control is the best deck.

How did your team form?

I like BBD and accidentally agreed to an oath under duress. It didn’t hold up in court.

Is there a particular moment that stands out from this weekend?

When BBD and I won our matches in our win and in, and Seth asked his opponent if he wanted to finish the match.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

I’ve wanted a team Top 4 for some time.


Name: Seth Manfield

Hometown: Columbia, MD

Occupation: pro Magic player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2015 World Champion

Pro Tour Ixalan winner

some good GP results

Which format and what deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Jeskai Control. I wanted to take a long time to win.

How did your team form?

We took the Hilton Garden Oath together.

Is there a particular moment that stands out from this weekend?

Winning the last match for Top 4

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

My first ever team GP Top 4!


Name: Brian Braun-Duin

Hometown: Roanoke, VA

Occupation: Magic the Gathering player and TCG writer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2016 World Champion

12 GP Top 8s

Which format and what deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Legacy, 4C Leovold. I knew it the best and it has almost all good match-ups. My only loss was a mirror.

How did your team form?

We met at a Hilton Garden Inn and decided to form a “Hilton Garden Oath”

Is there a particular moment that stands out from this weekend?

Losing the first two rounds on day 2 and then powering through to win the last 4

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

Brad and Seth’s first Team Top 4!

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