TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in 2015 VINTAGE CHAMPIONSHIP on August 24, 2015

By Adam Styborski

Stybs has played Magic the world over, writing and drafting as part of the event coverage team and slinging Commander everywhere his decks will fit.

Learn more about the Vintage Championship Top 8 competitors by taking a look through their profiles!
 


Name: Robert Greene

Age: 32

Hometown: Sleepy Hollow, NY

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

What did you play today, and how did you do?
Grixis Thieves and crushed it

Why did you choose your deck?
It’s the most fun deck in Vintage and really well positioned.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?
Notion Thief. All the blowouts.

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?
Engineered Plague

What is your favorite card in Vintage
Notion Thief


Name: Paul Mastriano

Age: 33

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
2008 Vintage Champion, NYSE I Champion, 2012 Vintage Championship Finalist

What did you play today, and how did you do?
Hangarback Workshop. Great, obviously.

Why did you choose your deck?
It’s an evolution of the deck I played to win the byes at the GenCon Vintage trial. It’s very good in the Workshop mirror.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?
Mishra’s Workshop. It’s a Black Lotus that doesn’t go away.

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?
Ghost Quarter. It’s in there for the Workshop Mirror, and I played several of them.

What is your favorite card in Vintage?
Time Vault. I love a Time Vault deck, but today was not a great day for it.


Name: Sullivan Brophy

Age: 19

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Winner NYSE Open III, Several game Day Top 8s

What did you play today, and how did you do?
Dredge, 8-1-1 (unintentional draw).

Why did you choose your deck?
It’s the best fast combo deck that doesn’t lose to Workshop and also the only one I own.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?
Bazaar of Baghdad. It is the reason the deck exists. Ichorid because it just keeps happening and generating Zombies. Petrified Field because Wasteland is the most played non-blue land in the format.

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?
Ingot Chewer because it kills a thing and makes a Zombie. Barbarian Ring because it kills Containment Priest, goes to the face and makes mana.

What is your favorite card in Vintage?
Currently Narcomoeba, the creature without haste that is somehow the fastest dude in the deck.


Name: John Grudzina

Age: 28

Hometown:

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Finalist Legacy Championship 2014

What did you play today, and how did you do?
Jeskai Control, 8-1-1.

Why did you choose your deck?
It looked good.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?
Jace, the Mind Sculptor. It wins the game.

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?
Pithing Needle. It stops lots of random things.

What is your favorite card in Vintage?
Ancestral Recall.


Name: Ryan Eberhart

Age: 29

Hometown: Fargo, ND

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 4 2014 Vintage Championship

What did you play today, and how did you do?
Delver. Made Top 8 at least apparently.

Why did you choose your deck?
I’ve had a ton of experience with it over the past year and no one is gunning for it after Treasure Cruise was restricted.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?
One extra land. Played against Workshop all day.

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?
Ingot Chewer. Loves eating things.

What is your favorite card in Vintage?
Preordain. Tons of decision making.


Name: Michael Herbig

Age: 31

Hometown: Auburn, NY

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Winner, Kadilak’s Dual Land draft 2006, 8th place SCG Power Nine Rochester 2006

What did you play today, and how did you do?
Midrange Mentor designed by Li Xu. The deck performed great. No complaints.

Why did you choose your deck?
I feel it is well positioned and is a ton of fun to play.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?
Dack Fayden. It sigs, fueling delve and is great against Workshop decks.

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?
Pulverize is insane. I faced four Workshop matchups.

What is your favorite card in Vintage?
Demonic Consultation. Please unrestrict it.


Name: Rich Shay

Age: 34

Hometown: Norwood, MA

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Two-time Watersbury Champion. SCG Power 9 winner. Former Rhode Island State Champion. Member of the Vintage community.

What did you play today, and how did you do?
I played Ravager Workshop. I did well enough to be filling [a Top 8 profile] out.

Why did you choose your deck?
Because Mishra’s Workshop is overly powerful. I wanted to play blue but felt that would be an irresponsible decision.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?
Mishra’s Workshop. It’s an uncounterable three-for-one.

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?
My Dredge hate. because of the Zombie horde.

What is your favorite card in Vintage?
Mind Slaver! Please unrestrict Thirst for Knowledge. Of course, Atog is pretty good too.


Name: Brian Kelly

Age: 35

Hometown: Wilkes-Barre, PA

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Split first place at BMG’s Eternal Extravaganza. Had an entire Vintage archetype named after me.

What did you play today, and how did you do?
Dragonlord Salvagers Oath. I did well.

Why did you choose your deck?
It’s powerful and intricate, had personality, is not easily hated out and should be well positioned in a Gush/Mishra’s Workshop metagame.

What were your best cards in your main deck? Why?
Dragonord Dromoka. Jace, the Mind Sculptor. Ancient Grudge. Oath of Druids. Ancestral Recall. Honorable mention to Polluted Delta: needs no elaboration.

What were the best cards in your sideboard? Why?
Magus of the Moat. It shuts down so many attack angles so efficiently.

What is your favorite card in Vintage?
Library of Alexandria.