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Shaun McLaren

Age: 26
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta


What was your record by format?

Modern Constructed:
7-2-1

Born of the Gods/Theros Draft:
6-0

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
2nd at Canadian Nationals, Top 25 PT Theros, Playing at the Magic Online Championship Series

What limited decks did you play and why?
B/W Control (3-0)
Esper Control with Elspeth (3-0)

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
W/U/R for the value. Plays all the best control cards from the ages.

What has been your best memory of this event so far?
The moment I was locked for the top 8. It felt amazing.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
Fame, fortune, and babes.

Who did you prepare with? What benefits did you get by working with them?
Lots of Magic Online and some locals from Alberta plus my bro.




Chris Fennell

Age: 31
Hometown: Tallahassee
Occupation: Law Student


What was your record by format?

Modern Constructed:
8-1-1

Born of the Gods/Theros Draft:
4-2

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 16 Pro Tour Dragon's Maze, GP Washington DC Champion, GP Indianapolis Finalist, Top 4 GP St. Louis, and Top 4 GP Atlanta.

What limited decks did you play and why?
U/G Enchantment combo because that is what came, and R/G splashing U because I was light on playables.

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
Storm because it had the best testing results.

What has been your best memory of this event so far?
Going off and knowing I would be in the Top 8.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
The world. I have played for 15-20 years and a win would be reaching the pinnacle of my craft.

Who did you prepare with? What benefits did you get by working with them?
Team TCGPlayer. I was handed the deck after it was thoroughly tested and tuned by Andrew Shrout. Also, the team is just a great bunch of (admittedly misunderstood) guys to spend time with.




Jacob Wilson

Age: 18
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupation: Student


What was your record by format?

Modern Constructed:
7-1-2

Born of the Gods/Theros Draft:
5-1

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
GP Chicago 1st, GP Strasbourg 2nd, GP Calgary Top 8, Gold Level Pro

What limited decks did you play and why?
Red-White 15 land Heroic aggro both times. I love going aggro and red is the best color in Born of the Gods.

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
Pardee Pod. Tried my best to design a deck to beat it and I couldn’t. Has a chance against any possible matchup.

What has been your best memory of this event so far?
Going 3-0 in the 2nd draft. Everyone in my pod was talented and recognizeable.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
Winning the PT has been my biggest goal in life for the past 3 years.

Who did you prepare with? What benefits did you get by working with them?
Team Face 2 Face, a mix of Canadian and American players. I got to work a lot with Sam Pardee, who knows Birthing Pod very well. Drafting in a house with talented players who had different opinions helped me form my own.




Lee Shi Tian

Age: 26
Hometown: Hong Kong
Occupation: Accountant


What was your record by format?

Modern Constructed:
8-1-1

Born of the Gods/Theros Draft:
4-1-1

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
GP Birmingham 2008 Champion, Hong Kong 2009 National Champion, Pro Tour Return to Ravnica Semifinalist, 2012-2013 APAC Representative in the World Championship.

What limited decks did you play and why?
U/W, Rare drafted a P1P1 Ephara, God of the Polis
RG, Green is wide open in late pack one and decide to shift with the signal.

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
Blue Moon. Blood Moon is broken in the format. Good mana base means nothing to us.

What has been your best memory of this event so far?
Beating Storm and Affinity.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
Having a proper reason for leaving my girl-friend for two weeks.

Who did you prepare with? What benefits did you get by working with them?
Team MTG Mint Card – Kuo Tzu Ching, Ken Yukihiro, Chapman Sim, Kelvin Chew, Jeffrey Chan, Wong Wei Quan, Zhang Meng Qiu featuring George Newbould. Ken Yukuhiro is the master. And Asian Pros is just cool gathering.




Patrick Dickmann

Age: 24
Hometown: Cologne
Occupation: Student


What was your record by format?

Modern Constructed:
8-1-1

Born of the Gods/Theros Draft:
4-2

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
GP Antwerp Winner, put Christian Seibold into Top 8 because I gave him my backup decklist!

What limited decks did you play and why?
I went with B/W in the first draft as black was wide open and Christian Calcano passed an Eidolon of Countless Battles to me. I was W/U in the second draft as white was available."

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
Tarmo-Twin, it’s the deck (originally Tempo-Twin) that I know to play best and most importantly have the most awesome time playing with.

What has been your best memory of this event so far?
Accomplishing one of the biggest dreams that I hold.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
As a Magic player it is obviously the biggest achievement to win a Pro Tour. It means even more to me as the format is Modern.

Who did you prepare with? What benefits did you get by working with them?
Christian Seibold (who is also in the Top 8), Florian Pils, Wentzel Krautmann, Lukas Tajak, Valentin Mackl, Thomas Holzinger, Carsten Linden, Fabien Plagg, Oleg Sherman, Nico Bohny, Oliver Polak-Rottman.




Christian Seibold

Age: 25
Hometown: Nurnberg
Occupation: Student


What was your record by format?

Modern Constructed:
7-2-1

Born of the Gods/Theros Draft:
5-1

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Some GP money finishes, played in four Pro Tours

What limited decks did you play and why?
W/R Aggro because it is the strongest archetype if you get the cards for it, and U/R Bombs because sphinxes and dragons are good creatures.

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
Affinity, because it runs hot.

What has been your best memory of this event so far?
Winning Round 14 and figuring I got Top 8ed at the PT.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
You know, after playing Magic for 10 years without any big success, this top 8 all really means a lot for me. Winning would just be amazing…

Who did you prepare with? What benefits did you get by working with them?
I played affinity a lot on Magic Online and talked a lot with the German / Austrian team, especially with Patrick Dickmann who helped me a lot with the tuning and sideboard plans. For Limited I did like 20 drafts on Magic Online.




Anssi Alkio

Age: 24
Hometown: Helsinki
Occupation: Student


What was your record by format?

Modern Constructed:
9-0-1

Born of the Gods/Theros Draft:
3-3

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Random GP cashes and PTQ wins

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
Playing 1-of Spellskite Game 1 vs. GW Auras turn 2 both rounds 13 and 14.

What has been your best memory of this event so far?
Playing a one-of Spellskite Game 1 against Hexproof Auras turn two in both Rounds 13 & 14.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
I might smile.

Who did you prepare with? What benefits did you get by working with them?
I tested by myself on Magic Online and with other qualified Finns and Americans. (Hannu Vallin, Max Sjoblom, Jussi Tuurinkoski, Ben Yu, Justin Nguyen, Carlos Ale.)




Tim Rivera

Age: 33
Hometown: Las Vegas
Occupation: Financial Analyst


What was your record by format?

Modern Constructed:
7-3

Born of the Gods/Theros Draft:
5-1

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
SCG Open Las Vegas Champion

What limited decks did you play and why?
RG with Xenagos the God which I opened. RB with heavy removal.

What Constructed deck are you playing, and why?
RWU Splinter Twin. While testing pod, I made about 5 mistakes a game. So I switched to a deck I felt more comfortable with, plus I thought it might be good against Zoo.

What has been your best memory of this event so far?
Everyone I played was very friendly meeting new people from all around the world.

What would winning the Pro Tour mean to you?
It is an accomplishment that few get, so it would be nice to be a part of history.

Who did you prepare with? What benefits did you get by working with them?
Ruger Herbert. He likes to playtest at the late night hours that others hate. For draft all the Las Vegas crew (Rob Swarowski, Kirk & Eric Buckendorf, Charles Morrison, Jeff Driscoll, Mike Demure, Chris Fedelleck and Dane Young.)



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