TOP 8 PLAYERS

Posted in Event Coverage on June 1, 2015

By Event Coverage Staff

Learn more about Grand Prix Las Vegas #2's Top 8 competitors by taking a look through their profiles!


David Heineman

Age: 32

Hometown: Highland Park, IL

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Pro Tour attendance

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

I had a scrappy 4-color control/proliferate deck. It was amazing and I had some excellent games.

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

I drafted Elementals in the first draft, which was stellar. My second draft was average, but was a very successful green-white tokens deck.

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

Nest Invader! It's power, acceleration, and great at chump blocking.

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

Savaged Twister. It leads me where I want to be.

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

I finally have a Magic resume for my personal #MagicHistory.



Brian Richards

Age: 25

Hometown: Roxana, IL

Previous Magic Accomplishments: None

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

An insane pool of two Comet Storm, Elesh Norn, Precursor Golem, Sunforger, and good red and white creatures. I only lost one match when my opponent's Artisan of Kozileked back Precursor Golem. I only lost one other game.

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

I started the day with a red-white deck that had 2 Hellkite Chargers in it. Then I drafted a green-black tokens deck that had Necrogenesis and 3 Bone Splinters.

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

Karn, because he is the easiest bomb to cast.

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

Top 8ed my first Limited Grand Prix.



Pedro Carvalho

Age: 28 (completed yesterday!)

Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 8 Pro Tour Return to Ravnica

Top 8 Grand Prix Santiago

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

BWr, because I thought I needed removal with 3 Gorehorn Minotaurs in my pool. Obviously it was a terrible choice, and I sided into straight red-white every round. 8-1

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

Ru Elementals, 3-0

BWu Spirits, 2-0-1

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

Blinding Souleater on Day 1, Mulldrifter on Day 2. The first just dominated boards all day long in Sealed, and ‘Drifter saved me many times.

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

Mulldrifter

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

I didn't even have a ticket for this event till Wednesday!



Shaun McLaren

Age: 27

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Winner, Pro Tour Born of the Gods

Second place, Pro tour Khans of Tarkir

Etc.

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

RUG Ramp Control with Primeval Titan and Banefire. 8-1

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

Four-color Ramp Control without white (Savage Twister and Wildfire). 3-0

Four-color Durdle without blue. 2-0-1

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

Wayfarer's Bauble. It's colorless fixing and ramp.

Also Tribal Flames. No one else wants it much.

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

Wildfire. It completely breaks the game.

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

I went back in time and gave Richard Garfield a Black Lotus.



Simon Kim

Age: 26

Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 5,000 at Grand Prix Las Vegas 2013

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

Green-White Tokens. I went undefeated.

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

I drafted Mono Derek and I lost one match.

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

Fireslinger, because one-drops are hard to come by.

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

Fireslinger because Derek.

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

Nothing, because Simon Kim is the best.



Eugene Koo

Age: 30

Hometown: Cupertino, CA

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

None

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

Five-Color Control. 7-2 with 2 byes.

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

White-Blue Affinity. 3-0

B/R Bloodthirst. 3-

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

Draft 1: Cranial Plating and Rusted Relic

Draft 2: Gorehorn Minotaur and Apostle's Blessing

Sealed: Nothing. My deck was awful.

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

Tarmogoyf?

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

Played in this tournament? I used to torture Toby Elliot (the head judge) in drafts with durdle decks.



Scott Markeson

Age: 26

Hometown: Monticello, MN

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 25 Pro Tour Atlanta

Top 25 Pro Tour Portland

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

Blue-black-white. 9-0. I just splashed 2 Arrests.

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

2-1 with Black-White Spirits

2-0-1- with Black-Red Aggro

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

Duskhunter Bats. Flying creatures have been pretty good for me.

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

Profane Command. I like black in this format.

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

I won the Momir tournament a million years ago.



Danny Goldstein

Age: 26

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Grand Prix Philadelphia Top 8

Pro Tour Portland 20th

Multiple StarCityGames Top 8s

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

8-1 with 5-color durdle bomb control. It was better than I expected.

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

Domain. 2-1

RW Midrange. 3-0

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

Pelakka Wurm and Burst Lightning. Wurm is big and gains 7 life. Burst Lightning kills things and lets me not discard on the draw when I play a turn two bounce land.

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

Foil Tarmogoyf.

What have you done to #MakeMagicHistory?

9-0-1 drop in SCG.

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