TOP 8 PLAYERS

Posted in Event Coverage on June 1, 2015

By Marc Calderaro

Learn more about Grand Prix Las Vegas #1's Top 8 competitors by taking a look through their profiles!

Ben Stark

Age: 31

Hometown: Davie, Florida

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

15 Grand Prix Top 8s; 4 Pro Tour Top 8s; Pro Tour Hall of Fame
1st Grand Prix; 1st Pro Tour

What did you play Saturday, and how did you do?

Four-Color Green; 8-1

What did you draft today, and how did that go?

Green-White 2-0-1

Black-Green 3-0

What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?

Algae Gharial – It's unkillable

What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?

Karn Liberated / Comet Storm

Best colorless card and the best colored card

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

Ate Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar's Palace.


Marcel Dizon

Age: 24

Hometown: Manila, Phillippines

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Came 2nd at FNM

What did you play Saturday, and how did you do?

Black-Red Aggro; 8-1

What did you draft today, and how did that go?

Five-Color; had a lot of removal.

White-Red Double-Strike; the deck was fast.

What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?

Apostle's Blessing, it bricks their removal.

Stormblood Berserker, two-mana 3/3.

What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?

Comet Storm over Foil Tarmogoyf

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

Top 8


Andy Lozano

Age: 28

Hometown: Kansas City

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Lots of tournament close calls & lots of friends

What did you play Saturday, and how did you do?

I played two Overwhelming Stampede that got me to 9-0

What did you draft today, and how did that go?

I drafted 6 Rusted Relic to go 2-1 & Affinity got me into the Top 8.

What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?

Nest Invader & Kozilek's Predator because they do a lot of work to carry decks.

What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?

Bombs, because they don't call them that for nothing.

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

Showed up.


David Jetha

Age: 25

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Day 2 at Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir

What did you play Saturday, and how did you do?

White-Red Equipment, 7-2

What did you draft today, and how did that go?

Draft 1 was Red-Green Ramp; 3-0

Draft 2 was Black-Green Sacrifice; 3-0

What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?

Kozilek's Predator and Nameless Inversion were all-stars. They're flexible and fit into many strategies.

What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?

Karn Liberated, because who doesn't love Karn?

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

[Made some choices that didn't pan out] in five minutes, then decided to stop.


Lucas Duchow

Age: 32

Hometown: Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Qualified for MOCS

What did you play Saturday, and how did you do?

Red-Green splash blue; 3-0

Blue-Black; 2-0-1

What did you draft today, and how did that go?

Green-White; 3-0

Black-Blue; 2-0-1

What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?

Dismember and Air Servant. They're just good cards.

What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?

Foil Tarmogoyf

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

Missed lethal damage on camera for the Top 8


Pascal Maynard

Age: 22

Hometown: Quebec City

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

6 Grand Prix Top 8

What did you play Saturday, and how did you do?

Karn Liberated, Comet Storm and 21 fillers. 9-0.

What did you draft today, and how did that go?

White-Blue Tempo Affinity; 2-1

Blue-Green Graft; 2-0-1

What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?

Kozilek's Predator was outstanding as expected. It's just too much for four mana.

What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?

Any powerful Green-White Tokens card.

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

Beat Alexander Hayne in the race for Worlds.


Aaron Lewis

Age: 35

Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 8 Grand Prix Sacramento 2014

Top 8 Grand Prix Charlotte 2013

What did you play Saturday, and how did you do?

Blue-Red Artifacts, 9-0

What did you draft today, and how did that go?

White-Red Aggro, 3-0

Five-Color Ramp, 2-1

What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?

Cranial Plating, led to a turn-five kill in Sealed.

What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?

Primeval Titan, get in early on ramp.

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

Top seed after Swiss at one of the largest Grand Prix ever.


Peter Maginnis

Age: 28

Hometown: Champaign, Illinois

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Two Grand Prix Top 32, and a bunch of steak knives.

What did you play Saturday, and how did you do?

Black-Green-white dudes. Deck was very Draft-y (so, not ideal) but good.

What did you draft today, and how did that go?

Draft 1: Red-blue-black Elemental Aggro, 2-1
Draft 2: Green-White Dorks and Tricks. 3-0 (!!!)
First deck was much better than the second.

What were your best commons or uncommons this weekend? Why?

Sealed: Dismember (obv)
Draft 1: Dismember (obv)
Draft 2: Sigil Blessing (barf)

What do you want open for pack one, pick one? Why?

Dismember is nice because it's great in every deck, but I guess, Karn Liberated?

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

I don't know what that means, but I guess winning Grand Prix Vegas?

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