TOP 8 PLAYER PROFILES

Posted in PRO TOUR KHANS OF TARKIR - COVERAGE - EVENTS on October 12, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

Want to learn a little more about the Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir Top 8 competitors? You can find their player profiles below!

Shaun McLaren

Age: 26
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Limited Record: 6-0
Constructed Record: 6-2-2
Favorite Clan: Jeskai
Previous Magic accomplishments: Winner of Pro Tour Born of the Gods

What Constructed deck are you playing and why? Jeskai Wins (Aggro? Tempo? Burn? Control?). Because Mantis Rider is very powerful.

What card was your MVP this weekend? Dig Through Time. I love to dig.

What Khans of Tarkir cards that you're NOT playing were you most impressed with this weekend? Siege Rhino—that card is just a nightmare.

What decks did you draft? What did you think of each deck? Black-Greensplashing white and blue for Siege Rhino, Duneblast, and Sagu Mauler. Deck was amazing, the bombs just crushed. Sultai Aggro. Solid, but had a hard time finding whether to be aggressive or controlling. (Also Durdle Turtle + Kin-Tree Invocation)

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? More fame, more fortune, more babes.

Who did you prepare with? Mostly a lone wolf, but I couldn't have done it without my brother. Thanks Dean!


Ari Lax

Age: 24
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Limited Record: 5-1
Constructed Record: 7-1-2
Favorite Clan: Was Sultai, guess it's Abzan now...
Previous Magic accomplishments: 7 GP Top 8, 1 win (Toronto 2013), 2 PT Top 16

What Constructed deck are you playing and why? Rubin Rock (Abzan Midrange). The deck is all good cards and makes winning easy.

What card was your MVP this weekend? Liliana Vess. Setting up your draws is really not fair.

What Khans of Tarkir cards that you're NOT playing were you most impressed with this weekend? Heir of the Wilds. Colds Courser and Caryatid.

What decks did you draft? What did you think of each deck? 5-ColorTrail of Mystery. Both were amazing and full of crazy fun rares.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? Another trip back to wonderful Barcelona.

Who did you prepare with? Team TCGPlayer


Lee Shi Tian

Age: 27
Hometown: Hong Kong
Limited Record: 2-1, 3-0
Constructed Record: 7-3
Favorite Clan: Temur
Previous Magic accomplishments: Top Pro Point in APAC for 2012 and 2013; Pro Tour Return to Ravnica Top 4, Pro Tour Born of the Gods Top 8, GP Birmingham 2008 Champion. 2009 Hong Kong National Champion.

What Constructed deck are you playing and why? Umbrella Revolution. The deck was made during the protests, mainly by theory. 100% made from Hong Kong.

What card was your MVP this weekend? Jeskai Ascendancy.Turn three win in Standard, why not?

What Khans of Tarkir cards that you're NOT playing were you most impressed with this weekend? Most cards are boring...Thoughtseize maybe.

What decks did you draft? What did you think of each deck? Draft 1 - Abzan with double Siege Rhino. Draft 2 - Mardu with Butcher of the Horde and High Sentinels of Arashin...oh wait, rare drafted a Flooded Strand as well.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? Telling Hong Kongers the dream is worth fighting for. No matter how hard it is.

Who did you prepare with? Team MTGMintCard, though I couldn't convince the team to play my deck.

Chan Sze Hang helped testing out the mana base. The deck wouldn't work without a relatively painless manabase.


Mike Sigrist

Age: 31
Hometown: Mansfield, Massachusetts
Limited Record: 5-1
Constructed Record: 7-2-1
Favorite Clan: Sultai
Previous Magic accomplishments: Grand Prix Washington D.C. winner; Top 8 Grand Prix Richmond.

What Constructed deck are you playing and why? Abzan Aggro. It seemed balanced versus the field and gave me a chance to win any match.

What card was your MVP this weekend? Siege Rhino

What Khans of Tarkir cards that you're NOT playing were you most impressed with this weekend? Dig Through Time

What decks did you draft? What did you think of each deck? Jeskai and then four-color (no white). Both were solid with lots of removal and powerful rares.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? Everything.

Who did you prepare with? Team Face to Face Games.


Ondrej Strasky

Age: 19
Hometown: Hluboka nad Vltavou
Limited Record: 5-1
Constructed Record: 7-2-1
Favorite Clan: Jeskai
Previous Magic accomplishments: MOCS winner; Top 16 Grand Prix Amsterdam

What Constructed deck are you playing and why? Jeskai Wins; it's the best deck.

What card was your MVP this weekend? Ashcloud Phoenix. It was me my first match against Tamas Glied.

What Khans of Tarkir cards that you're NOT playing were you most impressed with this weekend? Jeskai Ascendancy.

What decks did you draft? What did you think of each deck? Temur in the first draft. It was an okay deck, but I had to pass Wingmate Roc in Packs 2 and 3. In the second draft I was blue-green. It was a really good deck with couple of good rares.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? Probably quitting school, but my parents would kill me.

Who did you prepare with? Team Cabin Crew.


Ivan Floch

Age: 29
Hometown: Bratislava, Slovakia
Limited Record: 5-1
Constructed Record: 7-2-1
Favorite Clan: Temur
Previous Magic accomplishments: Pro Tour Magic 2015 winner; 4 Grand Prix Tops 8s and (Grand Prix Lisbon winner); Team World Champion in 2010.

What Constructed deck are you playing and why? Blue-Black Control. It fits my playstyle and is the best control deck we were able to build.

What card was your MVP this weekend? Prognostic Sphinx

What Khans of Tarkir cards that you're NOT playing were you most impressed with this weekend? Ashcloud Phoenix

What decks did you draft? What did you think of each deck? Temur in the first draft; it was solid but not great. I went Temur in the second draft but only splashed green. It had great creatures, but only three tricks, including the sub-optimal Dragon Grip.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? More Magic in the next two years.

Who did you prepare with? Team Cabin Crew.


Yuuya Watanabe

Age: 25
Hometown: Machida, Japan
Limited Record: 4-2
Constructed Record: 8-2
Favorite Clan: Jeskai
Previous Magic accomplishments: Two-time Player of the Year; two Pro Tour Top 8 competitor; 21 Grand Prix Top 8 appearances.

What Constructed deck are you playing and why? Jeskai Wins. Mantis Rider is sooooo cool.

What card was your MVP this weekend? Mantis Rider and Gods Willing

What Khans of Tarkir cards that you're NOT playing were you most impressed with this weekend? Siege Rhino

What decks did you draft? What did you think of each deck? Went 3-0 with Mardu in the first draft thanks to Trumpet Blast and Rush of Battle. Went 1-2 Mardu again in the second draft; didn't have Trumpet Blast or Rush of Battle.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? Gold to start

Who did you prepare with? Kentaro Yamamoto, Yoshihiko Ikawa, Ken Yukuhiro, Yuuki Ichikawa, and thanks to Kikuna Gashuku.


Thiago Saporito

Age: 21
Hometown: Santo Andre, Sao Paulo
Limited Record: 6-0
Constructed Record: 6-3-1
Favorite Clan: Mardu
Previous Magic accomplishments: :(

What Constructed deck are you playing and why? Abzan Midrange. Willy Edel gave me the decklist and I thought it was good.

What card was your MVP this weekend? Whip of Erebos

What Khans of Tarkir cards that you're NOT playing were you most impressed with this weekend? Dig Through Time

What decks did you draft? What did you think of each deck? Mardu and then Jeskai. Both decks were great.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? A dream coming true.

Who did you prepare with? Willy Edel, Marcio Carvalho and Eduardo dos Santos Vieira

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