TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on February 7, 2016

By Event Coverage Staff

Learn more about Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch's Top 8 competitors by taking a look through their profiles!


Andrew Brown

Age: 23

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Occupation: Game Designer

Limited Record: 4-2

Constructed Record: 8-1-1

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir 18th Place

Grand Prix Denver Champion 2015

Silver Pro

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

Team East West Bowl

Special shouts to Eugene Hwang and Ben Weitz

What Modern deck are you playing and why?

Eldraggo [Blue-Red Eldrazi]

It uses Eye of Ugin to power out powerful starts, plus Vile Aggregate = Tarmogoyf.

Are you on the side of the Eldrazi or the Zendikari?

Eldrazi, not close. Get dunked Zendikar clowns.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

Dream come true, and validation for countless hours of play.


Patrick Dickmann

Age: 26

Hometown: Cologne, Germany

Occupation: Student

Limited Record: 3-3

Constructed Record: 9-0-1

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Grand Prix Antwerp winner

Pro Tour Born of the Gods, 3rd place

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

I want to thank my beloved girlfriend, who's always supporting me, my good friends Philipp and Giuseppe who tested and helped out a lot, as well as Frank Karsten's last-minute invite to the Affinity Aficionados.

What Modern deck are you playing and why?

Affinity, I've been playing it for years and really enjoy the playstyle! Also, Twin was banned.

Are you on the side of the Eldrazi or the Zendikari?

Zaendikari … the bad guys can't always win!

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

It'd be my greatest Magic achievement and probably lock me for Team Captain of Germany!


Frank Lepore

Age: 33

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Occupation: Content Creator

Limited Record: 6-0

Constructed Record: 6-4

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 Grand Prix Orlando, 2014 Community Cup, Top 64 Grand Prix Oakland

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

Melissa DeTora, Adam and Case Kiyonaga, Edward Chang

What Modern deck are you playing and why?

Sultai Eldrazi. It seemed powerful and right in my wheelhouse.

Are you on the side of the Eldrazi or the Zendikari?

Eldrazi. They got me to where I am today.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

Validation for my future Magic career.


Ivan Floch

Age: 30

Hometown: Bratislava, Slovakia

Occupation: Professional Tourist

Limited Record: 4-2-0

Constructed Record: 9-0-1

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Pro Tour win, Team World Champion, and a Grand Prix win

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

Team Face-to-Face Games & ChannelFireball

What Modern deck are you playing and why?

Colorless Eldrazi, because it's just great.

Are you on the side of the Eldrazi or the Zendikari?

Do you even have to ask that?

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

A lot! It's not an easy thing to do.


Luis Scott-Vargas

Age: 32

Hometown: Oakland, CA

Occupation: Channelfireball.com Vice President

Limited Record: 4-2

Constructed Record: 8-1-1

Previous Magic accomplishments:

5 Pro Tour Top 8s, 15 Grand Prix Top 8, 3 National Teams, 3rd in Cheon Rankings

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

Team ChannelFireball + Team Face-to-Face Games (all 20 members)

What Modern deck are you playing and why?

Aggro Eldrazi, because it has 8 Ancient Tombs.

Are you on the side of the Eldrazi or the Zendikari?

See above.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

That I still got it. ("It"= Being lucky)


JC Tao

Age: 30

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Occupation: Accountant

Limited Record: 3-3

Constructed Record: 9-1

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Nothing worth mentioning

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

Team East West Bowl and my friends down in California

What Modern deck are you playing and why?

Blue-Red Eldraggro, which was a good deck versus the expected field.

Are you on the side of the Eldrazi or the Zendikari?

Eldrazi, obviously.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

A chance to improve and grow as a Magic player.


Pascal Maynard

Age: 22

Hometown: Quebec, Canada

Occupation: Professional Magic player, content producer for ChannelFireball.com

Limited record: 4-2

Constructed record: 8-1-1

Previous Magic accomplishments: Nine Grand Prix Top 8 appearances

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

Team East West Bowl. Special thanks to Ricky Chin for the original list!

What Modern did are you playing and why?

Affinity. It's powerful, and I'm somewhat experienced with it.

Are you on the side of the Eldrazi or the Zendikari?

Anything that's not Eldrazis. Robots are the original colorless.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

I've dedicated half my life to this game for a purpose.


Shuhei Nakamura

Age: 34

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Occupation: Comeback professional Magic player

Limited record: 6-0

Constructed record: 7-2-1

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame member; I missed Top 8 at the Grand Prix last week.

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

Team Face-to-Face Games & ChannelFireball

What Modern did are you playing and why?

Colorless Eldrazi

Are you on the side of the Eldrazi or the Zendikari?

Bad question. Eldrazi!

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

Restarting my career.

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