Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on November 4, 2017

By Event Coverage Staff

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

Name : Christian Hauck

Age: 32

Hometown: Mannheim, Germany

Team: Phoenix: 404

Previous Magic Accomplishments : Three Grand Prix Top 8s

Limited Record: 4-2

Standard Record: 9-1

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? Black-green stuff (featuring Vraska, Relic Seeker). I didn't like either of them.

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Temur Energy. It's my comfort zone. I didn't play anything else. I just focused on just getting a deep understanding of the archetype.

What card was your MVP for the weekend? Chandra, Torch of Defiance

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? Winning the trophy would obviously mean the world to me. I dreamed about this moment for many years and wonder how it would be to become a Pro Tour Champion.


Name : Piotr Glogowski

Age: 22

Hometown: Poznan, Poland

Team: None

Previous Magic Accomplishments : Two Grand Prix Top 8s, eight Magic Online Championship Series Qualifier appearances

Limited Record: 4-2

Standard Record: 8-1-1

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? White-Black Vampires twice. It's great and I'm physically unable to draft anything else.

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Four-Color Energy, with main deck built to win the mirror. There were a lot of mirrors.

What card was your MVP for the weekend? Skysovereign, Consul Flagship and Vraska, Relic Seeker.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? Well, it would be awesome. Huge thanks [to] my incredible mates I prepared with!


Name : Samuel Ihlenfeldt

Age: 25

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Team: Tower Games

Previous Magic Accomplishments : Day Two at my first Pro Tour!

Limited Record: 4-2

Standard Record: 8-2

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? Blue-Black Auras; this deck was nice. Then White-Black Vampires.

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Mardu Vehicles. It's nice.

What card was your MVP for the weekend? Dusk // Dawn. Thanks, Ray Huang!

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? I'm happy to be here.


Name : Mike Sigrist

Age: 34

Hometown: Foxboro, Massachusetts

Team: ChannelFireball

Previous Magic Accomplishments : 2014–15 Player of the Year, Top 8 at Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir, and Top 8 at Pro Tour Magic Origins

Limited Record: 5-1

Standard Record: 7-0-3

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? Blue-Red Pirates and then Black-Red Pirates. Black-red was my favorite because it had a lot of bad cards that worked well together.

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Four-Color Energy. Energy is just too powerful and Vraska helped the bad matchups.

What card was your MVP for the weekend? Chandra, Torch of Defiance

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? I've come up short before and have looked back on it as a missed opportunity. I'd love to put that behind me and have the title of Pro Tour Champ.


Name : John Rolf

Age: 28

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Team: MetaGameGurus Moon

Previous Magic Accomplishments : Top 4 Grand Prix Cleveland 2017 and Top 4 Grand Prix Denver 2017

Limited Record: 4-2

Standard Record: 8-1-1

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? Black-Red Pirates/Dinos (favorite) and Blue-Red Control

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Ramunap Red, because I was most comfortable with it.

What card was your MVP for the weekend? Hazoret the Fervent

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? A ton.


Name : Guillaume Matignon

Age: 36

Hometown: Bordeaux, France

Team: Guillaume Wafo-Tapa

Previous Magic Accomplishments : 2010 World Champion

Limited Record: 6-0

Standard Record: 6-3-1

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? Merfolk twice; [it's my] favorite

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Jeskai Approach, because I always play control.


Name : Seth Manfield

Age: 26

Hometown: Columbia, Maryland

Team: Genesis

Previous Magic Accomplishments : Four Pro Tour Top 8s (now), 2015 World Champion, five Grand Prix wins

Limited Record: 5-1

Standard Record: 7-1-2

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? Red-White Aggro and Blue-Black Control—that deck was sweet, and I had a Hostage Taker!

What Standard deck are you playing and why? Sultai Energy; I thought people wouldn't know how to play against it.

What card was your MVP for the weekend? Blossoming Defense; it is key for both forcing through damage and protecting your creatures.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?

It would be so much. No, really, it would.


Name : Pascal Maynard

Age: 24

Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec

Team: Massdrop East

Previous Magic Accomplishments : 13 Grand Prix Top 8s and Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch Top 8

Limited Record: 5-1

Standard Record: 7-1-2

What archetypes did you draft? Which was your favorite? White-black, [then] blue-black splashing Vraska, Relic Seeker, Lightning Strike, and Marauding Looter. Easily the second one.

What Standard deck are you playing and why? White-Blue God-Pharaoh's Gift. I played it a ridiculous amount and I knew I wasn't going to do well if I only played Temur Energy mirror matches. I needed something a little under the radar.

What card was your MVP for the weekend? Sailor of Memes [Sailor of Means]

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you? Going to Worlds—it's one of the tournaments I've never played and I would love to compete at the highest possible level.

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