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Grand Prix–Houston: Top 8 Player Profiles

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Shuhei Nakamura

Name: Shuhei Nakamura
Age: 28
Hometown: Osaka
Occupation: Professional Magic Player

Magic Experience (PTs, Nats, GPs, etc): 
Went 3-3 and 2-3 the last two weeks...

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it for this tournament?
Hypergenesis -- I gave up on playing Zoo.

What is your deck’s best matchup? Your worst? 
I don’t know but the worst is a 4 Chalice deck.

Are there any cards you have seen officially spoiled in Rise of Eldrazi that you are excited to play with?

15 mana Eldrazi!

With Nationals season rapidly approaching, what player would you most like on your national team, besides yourself?

Umesaki -- He played in World Championships and is a level 3 judge.
Kawasaki -- He is editor of mtg.jp.com the Japanese official site
It would make an 0-9 team (If I won a match...maybe lose two)


Ken Ellis

Name: Ken Ellis
Age: 24
Hometown: Stackton, CA
Occupation: Miser

Magic Experience (PTs, Nats, GPs, etc): 
I have qualified for two Pro Tours and scrubbed out and finished 22nd at GP SeaTac with 1 bye.

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it for this tournament?

UW Thoptimistic, my friend Nathan “Ponder” Ward and brewed it so I decided not to audible to Elves after Matt Nass talked me out of switching to Elves.

What is your deck’s best matchup? Your worst?

The best match up is random decks and Zoo. My worst are Zoo with Boom//Bust and Scapeshift since it is my only loss.

Are there any cards you have seen officially spoiled in Rise of Eldrazi that you are excited to play with?

All of the Eldrazi and the level-up Elf.

With Nationals season rapidly approaching, what player would you most like on your national team, besides yourself?

Todd Anderson scooped me in so him, LSV and Matt Nass or David Ochoa or Wraptor or any of my friends


Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

Name: Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
Age: 22
Hometown: Porto Alegre
Occupation: Student/Magic player

Magic Experience (PTs, Nats, GPs, etc):
5 PT Top 8, 6 GP Top 8, 2 Nationals wins

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it for this tournament?
Scapeshift Combo because I was not confidant in my ability to win matches in time with Thopter Foundry, so I tried a couple of games with this and liked it.

What is your deck’s best matchup? Your worst?
I honestly have no idea; something like Living End is probably the best and perhaps Faeries is the worst?

Are there any cards you have seen officially spoiled in Rise of Eldrazi that you are excited to play with?
Not really, though I haven’t been paying much attention. I prefer waiting for the whole set or almost all of it to put things in context.

With Nationals season rapidly approaching, what player would you most like on your national team, besides yourself? 
There are a lot of players I’d like to team with but if I have to pick one, I suppose Carlos Romao


Shaun Rodriguez

Name: Shaun Rodriguez
Age: 28
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Occupation: Application developer for NASA

Magic Experience (PTs, Nats, GPs, etc):
Pro Tour Austin / U.S. Nats 2008

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it for this tournament?
Blood Zoo, as Blood Moon can just randomly win games. Plus, Bloodbraid Elf is the nuts.

What is your deck’s best matchup? Your worst?
Going into Top 8 I was 4-1 against Thepths. Worst is probably Living End due to lack of playtesting, Dredge is an auto-loss too.

Are there any cards you have seen officially spoiled in Rise of Eldrazi that you are excited to play with? 
15/15’s seem pretty hot!

With Nationals season rapidly approaching, what player would you most like on your national team, besides yourself? 
I have absolutely no clue. Anyone from www.texasmagiczone.com. Represent!


Todd Anderson

Name: Todd Anderson
Age: 23
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Occupation: Magic writer

Magic Experience (PTs, Nats, GPs, etc): 
National team 2009, Day 2 GP Oakland (33rd), 3 Pro Tours (no money finishes)

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it for this tournament?
Thopter Depths because it is the most powerful and consistent combo deck.

What is your deck’s best matchup? Your worst?
MonoRed Burn / Not sure

Are there any cards you have seen officially spoiled in Rise of Eldrazi that you are excited to play with?
All is Dust and the Figure of Destiny guy!

With Nationals season rapidly approaching, what player would you most like on your national team, besides yourself? 
LSV


Charles Lancaster

Name: Charles Lancaster
Age: 42
Hometown: Shreveport, LA
Occupation: Director of IT

Magic Experience (PTs, Nats, GPs, etc): 
6 PTs, 1 Nats, numerous GPs

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it for this tournament?
B/W Pox -- fits my style of play. Enjoy playing rogue decks.

What is your deck’s best matchup? Your worst?
Zoo/Elves = best
Scapeshift = worst

Are there any cards you have seen officially spoiled in Rise of Eldrazi that you are excited to play with?
The giant Eldrazi cards look like fun!

With Nationals season rapidly approaching, what player would you most like on your national team, besides yourself? 
Patrick Chapin -- great innovative mind for Magic


Adam Yurchick

Name: Adam Yurchick
Age: 23
Hometown: Mentor, OH
Occupation: Student

Magic Experience (PTs, Nats, GPs, etc): 
Nats team 09
T8 3 GPs

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it for this tournament?
Engineered. Best deck. 2nd last GP then Mori won GP Yokohama and there was no doubt I was playing it again.

What is your deck’s best matchup? Your worst?
No idea

Are there any cards you have seen officially spoiled in Rise of Eldrazi that you are excited to play with?
0/4 Tron wall

With Nationals season rapidly approaching, what player would you most like on your national team, besides yourself? 
Patrick Chapin, Josh Wludyka.


Pete Picard

Name: Pete Picard
Age: 34
Hometown: Muskegon, MI
Occupation: Game store employee

Magic Experience (PTs, Nats, GPs, etc):
GP St Charles went 7-2

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it for this tournament?
Red-white Boros. Good metagame, fast, and has good draws

What is your deck’s best matchup? Your worst?
Best - Faeries
Worst - Hypergenesis

Are there any cards you have seen officially spoiled in Rise of Eldrazi that you are excited to play with?
Not yet

With Nationals season rapidly approaching, what player would you most like on your national team, besides yourself? 
Patrick Chapin

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