TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on August 6, 2016

By Wizards of the Coast

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


Lukas Blohon

Age: 26

Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Occupation: Magic player

Limited Record: 5-1

Constructed Record: 7-2-1

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Top 8, Grand Prix Win

Did you team up with anyone to practice for this Pro Tour? Who?

Team Cabin Crew

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

Green-White Humans twice

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

White-Black Control with creatures. I thought it would be solid, but we misjudged the metagame and I don't have many good matchups.

What breakout card from Eldritch Moon most impressed you this weekend?

Emrakul, the Promised End

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

One step closer to the Hall of Fame


Owen Turtenwald

Age: 27

Hometown: West Allis, Wisc.

Occupation: Magic Player

Limited Record: 5-1

Constructed Record: 7-3

Previous Magic Accomplishments : 4 Pro Tour Top 8s, two-time Player of the Year

Did you team up with anyone to practice for this Pro Tour? Who?

ChannelFireball: The Pantheon

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

Red-Green Werewolves

White-Blue Spirits

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

Turbo Emrakul, because Finkel told me to

What breakout card from Eldritch Moon most impressed you this weekend?

Emrakul, the Promised End

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

It would be my proudest accomplishment.


Samuel Pardee

Age: 27

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

Occupation: Magic player

Limited Record: 6-0

Constructed Record: 6-2-2

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2 Grand Prix wins, 9 Grand Prix Top 8s

Did you team up with anyone to practice for this Pro Tour? Who?

Team Face to Face Games! They are the reason the Pro Tour is fun for me.

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

Black-red in Draft 1, green-white in Draft 2. Black-red was my preference going into the event.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

Black-Green Grim Flayer Delirium. Lots of solid matchups and takes good advantage of a lot of the new cards.

What breakout card from Eldritch Moon most impressed you this weekend?

Liliana, the Last Hope. She just offers so much card advantage as well as board control.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

The fulfillment of a dream I've had since I found out there was a Pro Tour.


Luis Scott-Vargas

Age: 33

Hometown: Oakland, CA

Occupation: Vice President, ChannelFireball.com

Limited Record: 5-1

Constructed Record: 7-1-2

Previous Magic Accomplishments : Top 8, Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch

Top 8, Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad

Did you team up with anyone to practice for this Pro Tour? Who?

Team ChannelFireball and Team Ultra PRO

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

Red-white midrange and Red-Green Werewolves. Red-white was definitely more fun.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

Bant Company, because I want to Bant people.

What breakout card from Eldritch Moon most impressed you this weekend?

Tamiyo, Field Researcher, after defeating Emrakul and more with her.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

That I would barely lose the Player of the Year race to Owen Turtenwald.


Yuta Takahashi

Age: 30

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Occupation: Hareruya Shop Employee

Limited Record: 4-2

Constructed Record: 8-1-1

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

1 Pro Tour, 10 Grand Prix Top 8s

Did You Team up with anyone to practice for this Pro Tour? Who?

Hareruya Pros

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

Red-Green Werewolves 1-2, nothing

Black-Red Control 3-0, Thermo-Alchemist, Cryptolith Fragment, two of each

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

Bant Company. I tested Zombies and Emerge, but lost to Bant Company.

What breakout card from Eldritch Moon most impressed you this weekend?

Spell Queller, Emrakul, the Promised End

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

I will get married in December. It will be the best present for my fiancée.


Ken Yukuhiro

Age: 28

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Occupation: Pro player, sponsored by Dig.cards

Limited Record: 3-3

Constructed Record: 9-0-1

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Pro Tour Top 8: 1

Grand Prix Top 8: 6

Did you team up with anyone to practice for this Pro Tour? Who?

Team Cygames

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

1st, Blue-Red 2-1—Favorite

2nd, Blue-Red, 1-2

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

Red-Green Ramp; it is strong against decks that are strong against Bant Company

What breakout card from Eldritch Moon most impressed you this weekend?

Emrakul, the Promised End

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

Goal.


Reid Duke

Age: 26

Hometown: Sugar Loaf, NY

Occupation: Magic: The Gathering

Limited Record: 6-0

Constructed Record: 6-4

Previous Magic Accomplishments : 2011 Magic Online Champion, Top 8 Pro Tour Atlanta 2014, 18 GP Top 8s

Did you team up with anyone to practice for this Pro Tour? Who?

ChannelFireball: The Pantheon

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

Blue-Red Spells (my favorite)

Black-Green Rock

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

Red-Green Delirium. It's the most consistent deck for casting Emrakul.

What breakout card from Eldritch Moon most impressed you this weekend?

Emrakul, the Promised End

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

I've been playing Magic since I was five years old. Winning the Pro Tour is a lifelong goal.


Andrew Brown

Age: 24

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Occupation: Game Designer

Limited Record: 4-2

Constructed Record: 8-2

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch, Top 8

Grand Prix Denver Champion

Did you team up with anyone to practice for this Pro Tour? Who?

Team East-West Bowl!

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

Mono-Black, splashing Arlinn Cord

White-Black, love melding the Rats

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

Temurge; Elder Deep-Fiend is a powerful Magic card

What breakout card from Eldritch Moon most impressed you this weekend?

Grapple with the Past. You get infinite Deep-Fiends, and Sanctum of Ugin to Time Walk your opponents ad nauseum.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

That my love and dedication to the game will pay off.

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