TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on February 1, 2016

By Melissa DeTora

Melissa is a former Magic pro player and strategy writer who is now working in R&D on the Play Design team.

Learn more about Grand Prix Vancouver's Top 8 competitors by taking a look through their profiles!


Gabe Carleton-Barnes

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Age: 36
Occupation: Software Developer
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 12 PT Day 2s. Many PTQ wins. Once beat a Pack Rat in Limited.

What color combination was your Sealed Deck, and what was your record?
W/R/b/g- 6-1

What was your best card in Sealed and why?
Goblin Dark Dwellers because I had two Devour in Flames.

What color combinations were your draft decks, and what was your record?
B/<>/r: 3-0 W/B/r: 2-1

What was your best card in each draft and why?
Transgress the Mind because it hit bombs and triggered the three Sky Scourers, and Resolute Blademaster with fifteen allies.

What card surprised you the most this weekend?
Visions of Brutality. It was surprisingly effective.


Allen Sun

Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
Age: 37
Occupation: Software Engineer
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Attended Pro Tour Vancouver and was one match win away from Top 8 at GP Salt Lake City.

What color combination was your Sealed Deck, and what was your record?
U/B splash W- 9-0

What was your best card in Sealed and why?
Seer’s Lantern. It won me many games when the game went long.

What color combinations were your draft decks, and what was your record?
W/R 2-1, U/G 2-0-1

What was your best card in each draft and why?
In first draft it was Fall of the Titans because it just kills your opponent.
In second draft it was Seer’s Lantern because with it I was always drawing gas.

What card surprised you the most this weekend?
Seer’s Lantern for the better.


Adam Jansen

Hometown: Zion, Illinois
Age: 35
Occupation: Anatomy Lab Director
Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 GP Detroit
Top 16 PT Khans of Tarkir
Top 8 PT Dallas 1996

What color combination was your Sealed Deck, and what was your record?
R/W- 8-1

What was your best card in Sealed and why?
Fall of the Titans

What color combinations were your draft decks, and what was your record?
B/R 2-1
U/R 3-0

What was your best card in each draft and why?
B/R- Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
U/R- Rolling Thunder

What card surprised you the most this weekend?
Cinder Hellion


Nick Slind

Hometown: Spokane, Washington
Age: 35
Occupation: Software Engineer
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 64 Grand Prix Tacoma

What color combination was your Sealed deck, and what was your record?
R/B/U, 9-0

What was your best card in Sealed, and why?
Chandra, Flamecaller because she dominates at any stage in the game.

What color combinations were your draft decks, and what was your record?
W/B/G, 2-1
R/B, 2-0-1

What was your best card in EACH draft, and why?
Felidar Sovereign, he can stabilize against a quick aggro draw;
Rolling Thunder, its versatility in finishing the game or pulling ahead.

What card surprised you the most this weekend?
Relief Captain, thought it was OK; it’s a bomb.


Chris Hewitt

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Age: 34
Occupation: City of Calgary
Previous Magic Accomplishments: A few Grand Prix Day 2s. Provincial/State Champion. Not much else.

What color combination was your Sealed deck, and what was your record?
BUwg + colorless, greedy. 9-0

What was your best card in Sealed, and why?
Blinding Drone, it lets me get to all my bombs.

What color combinations were your draft decks, and what was your record?
Draft 1: White with a little bit blue and Nissa’s Judgment, 2-1.
Draft 2: White-Black Ally Fliers, 2-1.

What was your best card in EACH draft, and why?
Draft 1: Hero of Goma Fada won every game I cast him in.
Draft 2: Roil’s Retribution was cast twice and killed about seven things.

What card surprised you the most this weekend?
Vampire Envoy was even better than I thought.


Jérémy Dezani

Hometown: Paris, France
Age: 25
Occupation: Magic Player
Previous Magic Accomplishments:
PT Theros winner
Player of the Year 2014
9 GP Top 8s

What color combination was your Sealed deck, and what was your record?
R/G- 7-2

What was your best card in Sealed, and why?
4/4 Menace 3RR [Goblin Dark Dwellers, right? Not Shatterskull Recruit?]

What color combinations were your draft decks, and what was your record?
B/R 3-0
R/W 3-0

What was your best card in EACH draft, and why?
1/4 fly 2B [Vampire Envoy]
2/2 double strike 3WR ally [Resolute Blademaster]

What card surprised you the most this weekend?
Instant 1W gain life/ prevent damage [Dazzling Reflection]


Aeo Paquette

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Age: 30
Occupation: Personal trainer
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2 Pro Tour Top 8s

What color combination was your Sealed deck, and what was your record?
Black-Red, 8-1.

What was your best card in Sealed, and why?
Kozilek’s Shrieker

What color combinations were your draft decks, and what was your record?
Both were White-Black, 2-0-1 + 3-0

What was your best card in EACH draft, and why?
Draft 1: Vampire Envoy ‘cause it’s a bomb
Draft 2: Makindi Aeronaut, ‘cause there were no Vampire Envoys.

What card surprised you the most this weekend?
No surprises.


Eric Severson

Hometown: Berkeley, California
Age: 23
Occupation: Mathematician-in-training
Previous Magic Accomplishments:
1st Place Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar (Day 1)
2 GP Top 8s

What color combination was your Sealed deck, and what was your record?
GW 7-2

What was your best card in Sealed, and why?
Plated Crusher. Way fewer colorless Eldrazi to go over the top of it.

What color combinations were your draft decks, and what was your record?
B/W 3-0, G/W 3-0

What was your best card in EACH draft, and why?
Endbringer, got it passed to me which was great.
Relief Captain, the saddleback and a half that also triggers rally.

What card surprised you the most this weekend?
Did a lot of drafts this weekend, this GP didn’t shift my limited ratings much.

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