Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on August 23, 2015

By Adam Styborski

Stybs has played Magic the world over, writing and drafting as part of the event coverage team and slinging Commander everywhere his decks will fit.

Learn more about the Legacy Championship Top 8 competitors by taking a look through their profiles!


Charlie Holland

Age: 29

Hometown: Forest City, NC

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Won two rotisserie cube drafts.

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

Four-Color Delver, 9-1-1

Why did you choose your deck?

I wanted to be greedy.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?

Jace, Vryn's Prodigy. He's a beast.

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?

Divert. I used it versus Hymn to Tourach.

What is your favorite card in Legacy?

Brainstorm


Bob Huang

Age: 24

Hometown: Acton, MA

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Broke Legacy

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

Four-Color Delver, 9-1-1

Why did you choose your deck?

Long tournaments are about finding the deck you can play the best of autopilot.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?

Gurmag Anglers because Zombie Fishes!

What is your favorite card in Legacy?

Deathrite Shaman


Geroge Flete

Age: 32

Hometown: Keene, NH

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Just started played Magic again after a ten year break.

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

Merfolk, 10-0-1

Why did you choose your deck?

Chalice of the Void on 1 plus a fast clock seems good against a lot of decks.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?

Chalice of the Void, True-Name Nemesis, and Cavern of Souls. True-Name Nemesis is almost impossible to remove. Chalice of the Void and Cavern of Souls locks out opponents decks without disrupting your own deck.

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?

Back to Basics. It's usually game over versus decks with greedy manabases.

What is your favorite card in Legacy?

Lord of Atlantis


Akash Naidu

Age: 24

Hometown: Boston, MA

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

9th Grand Prix New Jersey; PTQ Top 8

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

Blue-Red Omniscience, 9-1-1

Why did you choose your deck?

It has done me well in the past and I can't resist combo decks.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?

Dig Through Time. It's basically double Demonic Tutor.

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?

Lightning Bolt. I had multiple rounds where I attacked an Emrakul, the Aeons Torn and would have died on the swing back if not for Cunning Wish into Lightning Bolt for lethal. Young Pyromancer. It just makes a lot of bad matchups winnable.

What is your favorite card in Legacy?

Cabal Therapy. I enjoy the mind games it causes no matter whether I'm playing with it or against it.


Ed Demicco

Age: 32

Hometown: Vestal, NY

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

 

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

Grixis Delver, and great!

Why did you choose your deck?

It's great. Good matchups except Temur Delver.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?

Brainstorm. It's good.

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?

Pyroblast. People try to cast blue things.

What is your favorite card in Legacy?

Young Pyromancer


Kyle Roen

Age: 30

Hometown: McGuire AFB, NJ

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

FNM Winner at Wizards Asylum

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

Grixis Delver. I made Top 8 so I did pretty well.

Why did you choose your deck?

I like the tempo strategy and I had most of the cards already.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?

Deathrite Shaman. It does it all.

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?

Cabal Therapy. Combos well with Gitaxian Probe and Young Pyromancer.

What is your favorite card in Legacy?

Brainstorm


Max Ansbro

Age: 25

Hometown: New York City, NY

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Punting 2013 Legacy Championship win-and-in.

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

I played Splinter Twin. It is clearly the best deck.

Why did you choose your deck?

It's the best deck in the format.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?

Dig Through Time

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?

Sulfur Elemental

What is your favorite card in Legacy?

Legacy? Oh man, my bad.


Kevin King

Age: 23

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Always having it, never having it, and blind flipping my Delver of Secrets.

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

Lands. Made Top 8.

Why did you choose your deck?

The popularity of Noah's Delver of Secrets deck pushed me off it.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?

Dark Depths and Thespian's Stage. They make a 20/20.

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?

Trinisphere. It's busted enough to be restricted in Vintage but I can play four.

What is your favorite card in Legacy?

Razor Boomerang

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