Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on May 13, 2017

By Event Coverage Staff

Learn more about Pro Tour Amonkhet's Top 8 competitors—including who they are, what they've done in the game, and more—by taking a look through their profiles!



Name
: Chris Fennell

Age: 31

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Team: Lingering Souls

Previous Magic Accomplishments : Top 8 at Pro Tour Born of the Gods. Nine Grand Prix Top 8s.

Limited Record: 5-1

Standard Record: 9-1

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? Black-green and green-blue splashing white. I preferred the black-green deck.

What's the key to drafting Amonkhet? Be in the right colors.

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Black-White Zombies. It wins the mirror and does not lose to a resolved Aetherworks Marvel.

What card was your MVP for the weekend? Anguished Unmaking

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? Validation for 20 years of playing. I would always be a Pro Tour Champion.



Name
: Ken Yukuhiro

Age: 28

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Team: Musashi, sponsored by Dig.cards

Previous Magic Accomplishments : two Pro Tour Top 8s, seven Grand Prix Top 8s

Limited Record: 6-0

Standard Record: 7-3

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? Black-red twice

What's the key to drafting Amonkhet? Studying all the archetypes in the set and not playing green.

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Black-Green Energy because I have mastered it.

What card was your MVP this weekend? Bone Picker

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? It will be the start of my new Magic story.



Name
: Marc Tobiasch

Age: 29

Hometown: Benn, Germany

Team: EUreka

Previous Magic Accomplishments : Managing and building Doomsday piles in time.

Limited Record: 6-0

Standard Record: 6-2-2

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? Black-green and then green-white. The black-green deck was the best.

What's the key to drafting Amonkhet? Find out what is open and either be aggro or have a good plan to beat it.

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Temur Marvel. [It's a] midrange deck that has an "I win" button as well as a very good late game.

What card was your MVP this weekend? Tireless Tracker.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? Starting the German tradition of winning all the Pro Tours again, finally. Also, Platinum and the World Championship. Come on!



Name
: Christian Calcano

Age: 28

Hometown: New York, NY

Team: MTG Bent Card

Previous Magic Accomplishments : seven Grand Prix Top 8s with two wins, two Pro Tour Top 16s.

Limited Record: 5-1

Standard Record: 7-1-2

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? White-Blue Slither Blade, going 3-0. Then Red-White Aggro going 2-1. Favorite was Slither Blade (obviously).

What's the key to drafting Amonkhet? Don't play four-drops or higher.

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Mono-Black Zombies, because I trust my teammates.

What card was your MVP this weekend? Liliana's Mastery

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? Everything I've dreamed of, and one step closer to the Hall of Fame.



Name
: Martin Müller

Age: 19

Hometown: Jyllinge, Denmark

Team: Genesis

Previous Magic Accomplishments : Top 8 at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar. 2014 World Magic Cup Champion.

Limited Record: 5-1

Standard Record: 7-2-1

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? White-black (2-1), red-green (3-0)

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Temur Aetherworks Marvel with Chandra, Flamecaller

What card was your MVP for the weekend? Aetherworks Marvel and Chandra, Flamecaller

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? Playing Worlds would be great because I haven't done well at all [in that tournament].



Name
: Gerry Thompson

Age: 32

Hometown: Renton, WA

Team: Mutiny

Previous Magic Accomplishments : Top 8 at Pro Tour Gatecrash

Limited Record: 5-1

Standard Record: 7-2-1

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? White-Black Zombies and Blue-Red Spells. The spells deck was my favorite by far.

What's the key to drafting Amonkhet? Be aggressive or be able to answer aggression.

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Zombies—it was level 0, but felt good.

What card was your MVP for the weekend? Dark Salvation.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? Cross that bridge when we get there.



Name
: Eric Froehlich

Age: 33

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Team: Channel Fireball Ice

Previous Magic Accomplishments : Pro Tour Hall of Fame. 4 Pro Tour Top 8s, 15 Grand Prix Top 8s.

Limited Record: 6-0

Standard Record: 6-4

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? Black-red and black-green. The black-red was good with a bad curve; the black-green deck was just bad.

What's the key to drafting Amonkhet? Luck

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Temur Aetherworks Marvel. It's the best deck and I hoped to avoid the hate.

What card was your MVP for the weekend? Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? Final piece of the puzzle



Name
: Yuuya Watanabe

Age: 28

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Team: Musashi

Previous Magic Accomplishments : Three Pro Tour Top 8 appearances; 25 Grand Prix Top 8s with seven wins; won both Player of the Year and Rookie of the year; inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.

Limited Record: 5-1

Standard Record: 7-3

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? Went 3-0 with white-black and then 2-1 with white-blue. The second was my favorite because it had two Drake Havens.

What's the key to drafting Amonkhet? Understanding the table position correctly.

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Temur Aetherworks Marvel. It's the best deck in Standard!

What card was your MVP this weekend? Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? To achieve my last

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