Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on July 29, 2017

By Event Coverage Staff

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


Name:
Yusuke Sasabe

Age: 27

Hometown: Tokyo

Team: Dora-Kichi (which means “Draft Junky”)

Previous Magic Accomplishments: GP Shizuoka 2017 Top 8

Limited Record: 5-1

Standard Record: 7-3

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

  1. Black-Green 3-0
  2. White-Black 2-1

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

Mono-Black Zombies with Kalitas in the main deck. It's pretty good against Mono Red [Ramunap Red].

What card was your MVP for the weekend?

Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

My Dream.



Name:
Shintaro Kurata

Age: 27

Hometown: London/Tokyo

Team: Waseda MTG

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Kobe 11th, BMI 8th

Limited Record: 4-2

Standard Record: 8-1-1

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

1st Green-white-red (Overcome deck)

2nd Green-White

I liked the second one.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

Mono Red (and Black), because of Collective Brutality and Ammit Eternal. They are strong against mono red. Other decks I made couldn’t beat mono red.

What card was your MVP for the weekend?

Ammit Eternal

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

FUN. Let’s go to the PT with me, friend!



Name:
Yam Wing Chun

Age: 25

Hometown: Hong Kong

Team: No team (but testing with MTG Mint Card and MTG Bent Card Squad)

Previous Magic Accomplishments: PT Fate Reforged Top 16, 2 GP Top 8

Limited Record: 4-2

Standard Record: 9-1

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

  1. White-Black Zombies
  2. Blue-Black Aggro

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

Ramunap Red. Jason Chung was winning with it a lot on Magic Online. After going to the arcade with him the night before the Pro Tour, I was convinced to play his 75.

What card was your MVP for the weekend?

Hazoret the Fervent. It won me so many matches.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

A dream come true. Also, I would get to play in the World Championship with the squad (Lee Shi Tian, Eduardo Sagjalik, and Kelvin Chew).



Name:
Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

Age: 29

Hometown: Porte Alegre

Team: ChannelFireball Ice

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 12th PT Top 8!

Limited Record: 6-0

Standard Record: 7-2-1

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

RUG Ramp and UR Spells. UR was better.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

Mono Red [Ramunap Red]. We wanted to play a proactive deck and the lands are very powerful!

What card was your MVP for the weekend?

Hazoret! No one can kill it.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

I’d be player of the year!



Name:
Felix Leong

Age: 34

Hometown: Singapore

Team:

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

9th Pro Tour LA 2005;

2015/2016 WMCQ winner

Limited Record: 5-1

Standard Record: 7-2-1

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

Pod 1 – Blue-Red Aggro Spells

Pod 2 – Green-Blue Six-Rare Bombs

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

Mono Red [Ramunap Red]

Been so since 2005, favorite deck.

What card was your MVP for the weekend?

Hazoret the Fervent wins mirrors

Earthshaerk Khenra, it’s just too good!

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

A childhood dream come true (been playing Magic since Revised edition almost 20 years ago).



Name:
Seth Manfield

Age: 26

Hometown: Columbia, Maryland

Team: Genesis

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

World Champion 2015, two other Pro Tour Top 8s, five Grand Prix wins

Limited Record: 4-2

Standard Record: 8-2

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

Red-Green and White-Black. I love Red-Green monsters and removal. I also went 3-0 with that deck (no rares).

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

Mono Red [Ramunap Red] – It is the best deck and I like the Genesis list.

What card was your MVP for the weekend?

Hazoret the Fervent – card is bonkers.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

I play Magic every day waiting for an opportunity like this. It would be amazing!



Name:
Samuel Pardee

Age: 28

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Team: Face to Face Games

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 1 Pro Tour Top 8, 12 Grand Prix Top 8s

Limited Record: 6-0

Standard Record: 7-2-1

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

Green Midrange both times. Once with Red, once with Blue.

I actually like aggressive red, but it wasn’t open.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

Black-Green Delirium. It’s been good to me in the past and it’s good against Red.

What card was your MVP for the weekend?

Walking Ballista! Great against Red.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

A fulfillment of a decades-long dream.



Name:
Sam Black

Age: 35

Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Team: Mutiny

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Two Pro Tour Top 8s; Worlds Top 4, Team Worlds win, 14 (?) Grand Prix Top 8, Won a car.

Limited Record: 5-1

Standard Record: 8-2

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite?

Four-Color Control and Green-Blue Ramp.

Four-Color Control.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?

MODO Red [Ramunap Red] GerryT told me to.

What card was your MVP for the weekend?

Hazoret the Fervent.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

I honestly don’t know.

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