TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in PRO TOUR MAGIC 2015 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on August 3, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast


Matt Sperling

Age: 31
Hometown: San Francisco, California USA
Limited Record: 4-2
Constructed Record: 8-1-1

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
GP Champion, PT Top 16, PT Top 32

Did you know?
Matt Sperling had a staggering 82.9% win rate at Grand Prix events this season!

What colors were the decks you drafted? What did you think of each deck?
Red-Green, good aura synergy. Blue-Black, control. Both decks were 2-1/3-0 caliber.

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
Red-White Burn. It's under the radar, Stoke the Flames is a nice Magic 2015 addition, as is Battlefield Forge.

What Magic 2015 cards do you think had the greatest impact on the weekend?
Pain-lands

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
A dream come true. 20 years in the making.

Who did you prepare with?
Whoever responded to my Facebook status where I asked for input/help: Patrick Sullivan, Adrian Sullivan, Anand Khare, Frank Gilson, Dustin Cristos, Adam Barnello, Jason Ford, Jarvis Yu, and Mark Herberholz.


William Jensen

Age: 32
Hometown: Millis, Massachusetts USA 
Limited Record: 6-0
Constructed Record: 6-3-1

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Four Pro Tour Top 8s, Masters Champion, sixteen Grand Prix Top 8s, three wins, Hall of Fame class of 2013

Did you know?
William Jensen's first Pro Tour Top 8 was over fifteen years ago!

What colors were the decks you drafted? What did you think of each deck?
Blue-Green - Very Good. Nearly mono White splash Blue - Below Average.

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
White-Black Midrange

What Magic 2015 cards do you think had the greatest impact on the weekend?
Caves of Koilos, Battlefield Forge

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

Who did you prepare with?
ChannelFireball Pantheon


Yuuki Ichikawa

Age: 26
Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan
Limited Record: 4-2
Constructed Record: 9-1

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Pro Tour Journey into Nyx Top 4

Did you know?
This is Yuuki Ichikawa's second Pro Tour Top 8 in just four total Pro Tours! It's like flipping a coin!

What colors were the decks you drafted? What did you think of each deck?
Green-White - Some rare cards, lack of concept (1-2). Green-White - Some rare cards, lack of concept (3-0).

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
Jund Planeswalkers, because it plays well against Black Devotion and White-Blue Control.

What Magic 2015 cards do you think had the greatest impact on the weekend?
Nissa, Worldwaker

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
Still an extension of my hobby.

Who did you prepare with?
Kentaro Yamamoto


Patrick Cox

Age: 30
Hometown: Oakron, Virginia USA
Limited Record: 5-1
Constructed Record: 8-1-1

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 8 Pro Tour Nagoya 2011; 5 Grand Prix Top 8s; SCG Invitational Champion

Did you know?
Made his Pro Tour debut at Pro Tour Berlin in 2008

What colors were the decks you drafted? What did you think of each deck?
Both decks were green-white tokens, and quite good.

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
Brave Naya because it is a powerful aggro deck that can randomly combo your opponent out.

What Magic 2015 cards do you think had the greatest impact on the weekend?
Goblin Rabblemaster

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
It has been a goal of mine for years, and coming into this tournament I was falling off the Pro Tour, so it would be incredible.

Who did you prepare with?
Team ChannelFireball


Jackson Cunningham

Age: 27
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia CA
Limited Record: 4-2
Constructed Record: 8-2

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Beat Kai Budde on Magic Online

Did you know?
Made the Top 8 of the first Pro Tour he ever attended—this one.

What colors were the decks you drafted? What did you think of each deck?
Red-Black for 3-0: Started rough and ended well. Red-Green for 1-2: Not enough focus.

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
Green-White Aggro. It plays well against Black Devotion, White-Blue Control, and have a really good board for Blue Devotion.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
It would mean a lot.

Who did you prepare with?
Jeff Cunningham trained me from scratch. This is my first Pro Tour and Constructed tournament.


Ivan Floch

Age: 28
Hometown: Bratislava, Slovakia
Limited Record: 5-1
Constructed Record: 7-2-1

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Team World Champion, Chiba 2010

Did you know?
Ivan won more than 70% of his Grand Prix matches this season.

What colors were the decks you drafted? What did you think of each deck?
Red splashing Blue; very aggressive with 7 one-drops, good deck. 2-1. Red-Green with very high curve and 2 rates; not that great, but it was good in the Red-Green mirror, which I played twice. 3-0.

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
White-Blue Cleansing Control, because I like the style and because of Stanislav Cifka — he worked on the deck list.

What Magic 2015 cards do you think had the greatest impact on the weekend?
Maybe Goblin Rabblemaster.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
A LOT!

Who did you prepare with?
Stanislav Cifka, Martin Juza, Frank Karsten, Matej Zatlkaj, Robert Jurkovič, Robin Dollar, Adam Koska, Nikola Vavra, and Petr Sochurek.


Owen Turtenwald

Age: 25
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA
Limited Record: 4-2
Constructed Record: 8-2

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
1 Pro Tour Top 8, 15 Grand Prix Top 8s

Did you know?
Owen won back-to-back Grand Prix last year, taking home trophies in Washington, D.C. and Alberquerque, NM.

What colors were the decks you drafted? What did you think of each deck?
3-0 Blue-Green all commons, 1-2 Blue-Black control; both bad, but had a chance to win.

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
White-Black midrange designed by the Pantheon. I'd be a fool not to play Thoughtseize and Pack Rat.

What Magic 2015 cards do you think had the greatest impact on the weekend?
Caves of Koilos

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
Winning the Pro Tour has always been a dream of mine. I have a chance to make that real.

Who did you prepare with?
ChannelFireball The Pantheon


Pierre-Christophe Mondon

Age: 30
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio (currently living in Kansas City, Kansas)
Limited Record: 3-3
Constructed Record: 9-0-1

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
3 Limited Grand Prix Top 8s, 1 win.

Did you know?
Pierre has a 67% win percentage this season.

What colors were the decks you drafted? What did you think of each deck?
No idea, mono-bad.

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
Jund Planeswalkers; tended to win more than I lost.

What Magic 2015 cards do you think had the greatest impact on the weekend?
Nissa, Worldwaker; pain-lands

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
$40k

Who did you prepare with?
Bryan Upham (RIWBTU on MTGO): the creator and champion of the deck, who was gracious enough to give me the list and train me on how to play it. Derek McClasky (Dirknight) and his 1-year-old son Lil Papi, who played and speculated and supported me the last few weeks. My friends from Winmore Games in Kansas City, who lent me cards and who've always been kind.

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