Pro Tour–San Diego Top 8 Player Profiles

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Luis Scott-Vargas

Luis Scott-Vargas

Age: 27
Hometown:Oakland, California
Occupation: Editor, channelfireball.com
Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 17?
How did you qualify for Pro Tour–San Diego? Level 8
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 5 GP, 3 PT
Other previous Magic accomplishments: U.S. National Champion 2007, Pro Tour–Berlin 2008 winner

What was your record by format?
Standard: 10-0
Booster Draft: 6-0

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–San Diego? Who did you prepare with?
Tested live with PV, Gwalls, Brad Nelson, “The Boss” Tom Ross, Josh Utter-Leyton, and most of the qualified NorCal players

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
From 10-30 hours depending on what formats are current.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Boss Naya. It’s either 50-50 or awesome versus everything but maybe u/w control

Where do you play Friday Night Magic? 
Superstars Game Center in San Jose, which is channelfireball.com’s headquarters

Who taught you to play Magic and why?
I learned with a friend of mine back in ‘94

What’s your favorite part of the Pro Tour coming to San Diego?
The location is just awesome, from the weather to the site to the restaurants.


Daniel Gräfensteiner

Daniel Gräfensteiner

Age: 22
Hometown:Nürnberg, Germany
Occupation: Poker player
Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 3
How did you qualify for Pro Tour–San Diego? PTQ - rating
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: none

What was your record by format?
Standard: 6-3-1
Booster Draft: 6-0

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–San Diego? Who did you prepare with?
I tested with my big brother Tobias Gräfensteiner.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
I only really play when there are release events.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
W/G/B because I didn’t want to play Jund.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic? 
Funtainment Nürnberg – Thanks to Leta and Domi who lent me all the cards!

Who taught you to play Magic and why?
My brother showed me a card and then we began to play Magic. I learned from some other German pros.

What’s your favorite part of the Pro Tour coming to San Diego?
We got to spend three days in Las Vegas before coming here. It was an amazing city!


Kyle Boggemes

Kyle Boggemes

Age: 20
Hometown:Waterford, MI
Occupation: Student
Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 4
How did you qualify for Pro Tour–San Diego?: Grand Prix-Minneapolis
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: Just this one
Other previous Magic accomplishments? 9th Grand Prix-Minneapolis, two-time Michigan State champion

What was your record by format?
Standard: 7-2-1
Booster Draft: 5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–San Diego? Who did you prepare with?
Tested with DJ Kastner and Cedric Phillips.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
Too many.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Jund. I tried to build something unique and couldn’t do it.

Where you do you play Friday Night Magic?
RIW Hobbies.

Who taught you to play Magic and why?
Stephen Boggemes, my cousin.

What’s your favorite part of the Pro Tour coming to San Diego?
Free stuff!


Niels Viaene

Niels Viaene

Age: 24
Hometown:Gent, Belgium
Occupation: Lab technician/research assistant
Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 1
How did you qualify for Pro Tour–San Diego?: Top 4, Grand Prix-Paris
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 1/1
Other previous Magic accomplishments? Top 4 Grand Prix-Paris

What was your record by format?
Standard: 7-2-1
Booster Draft: 5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–San Diego? Who did you prepare with?
Testing and drafts with the other Belgians, siding with Mark Dictus and his goofy deck.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
I only just installed it but will be using it frequently in the days/weeks/months to come.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Open Filigree: An Open the Vaults deck with Filigree Angel because it has solid to fair chances against everything but Bushwhacker/Mono-red.

Where you do you play Friday Night Magic?
I play in Outpost Gent.

Who taught you to play Magic and why?
Michiel T’jampens: he needed someone to play with after his brother wouldn’t anymore.

What’s your favorite part of the Pro Tour coming to San Diego?
Love going to restaurants; the service and quality/quantity is surprising. Also the weather. Very nice to warm up a little in winter!


Yoshihiko Ikawa

Yoshihiko Ikawa

Age: 24
Hometown:Tokyo, Japan
Occupation: Student
Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 2
How did you qualify for Pro Tour–San Diego?: PTQ
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0
Other previous Magic accomplishments?
Nothing

What was your record by format?
Standard: 6-3-1
Booster Draft: 6-0

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–San Diego? Who did you prepare with?
Tomoharu Saito’s room. Tournaments near my house (the Planeswalker Cup). Many, many friends.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
I didn’t play Magic Online.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Jund

Where you do you play Friday Night Magic?
Ignis (Ohizumi in Tokyo).

Who taught you to play Magic and why?
10 years ago, my best friend Yonaha taught me it because Magic is a very interesting game.

What’s your favorite part of the Pro Tour coming to San Diego?
Very good place!


Simon Gortzen

Simon Gortzen

Age: 25
Hometown:Aachen, Germany
Occupation: Ph.D. Student
Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 10+
How did you qualify for Pro Tour–San Diego? Rating
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 1/1
Other previous Magic accomplishments?
5th at Pro Tour-Charleston
Top 4 at Grand Prix-Paris

What was your record by format?
Standard: 7-2-1
Booster Draft: 5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–San Diego? Who did you prepare with?
Tested with the German and Swiss.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
3

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Jund, because it’s the best deck.

Where you do you play Friday Night Magic?
Aachen.

Who taught you to play Magic and why?
I learned a lot from my brother, and Andre Muller taught me most of the rest.

What’s your favorite part of the Pro Tour coming to San Diego?
The road trip through California.


Jeroen Kanis

Jeroen Kanis

Age: 28
Hometown:Rotterdam, Netherlands
Occupation: Insurance and financial advisor
Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 2
How did you qualify for Pro Tour–San Diego?: Top 16 at Grand Prix-Paris
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0
Other previous Magic accomplishments?
Beating my friend Advan Bokhoven many times (and losing to him a lot of times as well!)

What was your record by format?
Standard: 8-2
Booster Draft: 4-2

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–San Diego? Who did you prepare with?
Practicing with the close group of Dutchies who qualified. Thanks to them all!

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
0 hours.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Mono-red Burn, because of short games works against fatigue, and it’s easy to play.

Where you do you play Friday Night Magic?
In Rotterdam South and sometimes at Gamers of the West.

Who taught you to play Magic and why?
Arnout van Hansschot long time ago; it’s just a cool game.

What’s your favorite part of the Pro Tour coming to San Diego?
Road trip to San Diego from San Francisco and the American food.


Craig Wescoe

Craig Wescoe

Age: 27
Hometown:Cincinnati, Ohio
Occupation: Teacher, Graduate Student
Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 13
How did you qualify for Pro Tour–San Diego?: Top 50 World Championships
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 2 Grand Prix, 1 Pro Tour (San Diego)
Other previous Magic accomplishments?
None

What was your record by format?
Standard: 8-2
Booster Draft: 4-2

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–San Diego? Who did you prepare with?
Max Unger, Chris Reiley, Brent Gregath, Philip Dickman, the Brills.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
4-5 hours.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
White Weenie, good against red decks. Versatile enough to compete against anything.

Where you do you play Friday Night Magic?
Yottaquest in Cincinnati, Ohio. Next Level Games in Nashville, Tennessee.

Who taught you to play Magic and why?
My brother because he saw others playing it and it looked fun. We learned it together.

What’s your favorite part of the Pro Tour coming to San Diego?
Warm weather and only a five-hour flight.

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