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Top 8 Players of ProTour Dragon's Maze

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Craig Wescoe

Age: 30
Twitter: @Nacatls4Life
Hometown: Tennessee
Occupation: Columnist at TCGplayer.com

Lifetime Pro Points:
137

Grand Prix Top 8s:
3

Pro Tour Top 8s:
2

Other Magic Accomplishments:

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze?
Platinum

What was your record by format?
Block Constructed: 7-2-1
Booster Draft: 6-0

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Selesnya, because mono-white is not a guild.

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze? Who did you prepare with?
Team Luxurious Hairbrush Strider

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
White weenie with green, because it applies early pressure and has answers to opposing answers to our threats.

How many Dragon's Maze drafts did you do on Magic Online this week?
We did a handful of Magic Online drafts at Danny Batterman's house this week.

What were you playing for this weekend and what did you achieve?
Top 8 gives me Gold, and a win gives me Platinum.




Rob Castellon

Age: 24
Twitter:
Hometown: Kittery, Maine
Occupation:

Lifetime Pro Points:
0

Grand Prix Top 8s:
0

Pro Tour Top 8s:
0

Other Magic Accomplishments:
none

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze?
Pro Tour Qualifier Winner

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed: 7-2-1

Booster Draft: 6-0

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Dimir

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze? Who did you prepare with?
Tested with friends from home. My brother Mike, and friends Eric, Pat, and Hunter.

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
4-Color Midrange. I liked the Esper matchup and the aggro matchup wasn't bad.

How many Dragon's Maze drafts did you do on Magic Online this week?
2

What were you playing for this weekend and what did you achieve?
Fun.




Makihito Mihara

Age: 31
Twitter: @ramiharu
Hometown: Japan
Occupation: company employee

Lifetime Pro Points:
259

Grand Prix Top 8s:
6

Pro Tour Top 8s:
3

Other Magic Accomplishments:
Five National Championship Top 8s, 2011 Worlds team win

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze?
Gold, GP Yokohama T8

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed: 8-1-1

Booster Draft: 4-2

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Azorius

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze? Who did you prepare with?
Practiced with Japanese players. We drafted 25 times and tested Block Constructed.

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
Esper. This deck is the best!

How many Dragon's Maze drafts did you do on Magic Online this week?
0

What were you playing for this weekend and what did you achieve?
Pro Players Club (Platinum)




Andrew Shrout

Age: 25
Twitter: @JohnnyHotSauceMTG
Hometown: Morehead, KY
Occupation: MTGO Grinder

Lifetime Pro Points:
0

Grand Prix Top 8s:
0

Pro Tour Top 8s:
0

Other Magic Accomplishments:
Magic Online Championship Series 2012 Season 7 winner

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze?
Magic Online Championship Series 2012 Season 7 winner

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed:
8-1-1

Booster Draft:
4-2

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Boros - It has the coolest looking symbol.

How did you prepare for Pro tour Dragon’s Maze?
Gathered in Cincinnatti last weekend to prepare with the LegitMTG Team. Bernie Wen, Lukas Person, Chi Hoi Yim, Andrew Schneider, Josh Glantzman, Nick Edgerle, Billy Comminos, James Grindel, with special guests Jack Fogle, Adam Prosak, and Ben Weinberg.

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
UWR Control - I wanted to play Aetherling and Sphinx’s Revelations, and I wanted to be on Counterflux to get an edge against other Revelations and Aetherlings.

How many Dragon’s Maze drafts did you do on Magic Online this week?

40?
50
60
I lost count.

What were you playing for this weekend and what did you achieve?
For the right to say I’ve never not won a Pro Tour. We’ll see!




Josh Utter-Leyton

Age: 27
Twitter: @wrapter
Hometown: Rohnert Park
Occupation: software engineer

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed:
7-2-1

Booster Draft:
5-1

Lifetime Pro Points:
198

Grand Prix Top 8s:
7

Pro Tour Top 8s:
3

Other Magic Accomplishments:
Nationals 2010 (1st), 2010 Worlds Team (15th)

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze?
Platinum, Grand Prix Atlantic City Top 8

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Izzet - Passion and knowledge.

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze? Who did you prepare with?
I tested with ChannelFireball

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
Boros. No deck stood out as the clear choice and it was the deck I had spent the most time on.

How many Dragon's Maze drafts did you do on Magic Online this week?
6

What were you playing for this weekend and what did you achieve?
World Magic Cup and Player of the Year. Got there!




Matej Zatlkaj

Age: 28
Twitter: @Big_Z_MTG
Hometown: Brailslava, Slovakia
Occupation: Marketing specialist

Lifetime Pro Points:
98

Grand Prix Top 8s:
1

Pro Tour Top 8s:
1

Other Magic Accomplishments:

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze?
Magic Online Pro Tour Qualifier

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed:
6-3-1

Booster Draft:
6-0

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Selesnya - I like lifegain and creatures!

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze? Who did you prepare with?
Magic Online and live testing with Robert Jurkovic, Ivan Gloch, Stanislav Cifka, and Lucas Jakovsky.

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
Esper - most versatile, very few bad matchups.

How many Dragon's Maze drafts did you do on Magic Online this week?
10

What were you playing for this weekend and what did you achieve?
100th Professional Point for Hall of Fame nomination!




Dusty Ochoa

Age: 27
Twitter: @amazingmtg
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Occupation: Owner of Amazing Discoveries Game Store and website amazingmtg.com

Lifetime Pro Points:
7

Grand Prix Top 8s:
0

Pro Tour Top 8s:
0

Other Magic Accomplishments:

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze?
Pro Tour Qualifier Winner

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed:
6-3-1

Booster Draft:
6-0

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Rakdos. Be ruthless.

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze? Who did you prepare with?
I played in two Block Constructed events and three Booster Drafts.

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
Esper with one more land. It has the most powerful spells.

How many Dragon's Maze drafts did you do on Magic Online this week?
3

What were you playing for this weekend and what did you achieve?
Fame for my store and website.




Andrejs Prost

Age: 21
Twitter: n/a
Hometown: Riga, Latvia
Occupation: student

Lifetime Pro Points:
54

Grand Prix Top 8s:
1

Pro Tour Top 8s:
1

Other Magic Accomplishments:

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze?
Gold

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed:
7-2-1

Booster Draft:
5-1

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Izzet, Izzet is the nut.

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dragon's Maze? Who did you prepare with?
Magic Online Block Constructed and Draft, tested with Team NWA (Doug Potter, Tyler Blum, Shaun McLaren, Dean McLaren, Maksym Gryn, Sebastian Denno).

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
Azorius Control, good against most of the format, bad against decks that saw little play.

How many Dragon's Maze drafts did you do on Magic Online this week?
10-20

What were you playing for this weekend and what did you achieve?
Gold, Platinum if I win.



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