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Pro Tour Avacyn Restored Top 8 Profiles

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Jon Finkel

Age: 33
Hometown: Fanwood, NJ
Occupation: Managing Partners Landscape Capital


Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
Many

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
Hall of Fame

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:
9 GPs /14 PTs

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Shadowmage Infiltrator, three Pro Tour wins

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed:
7-1-2

Booster Draft:
5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
Who did you prepare with:
Came here a week early. Kai, Jelger, Chapin, Martell, Black, West, Duke, Nassif, Rietzl, Cuneo

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

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
Spirits/we hated all our other decks. Sam hasn't steered me wrong yet.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
I never have.




Thomas Holzinger

Age: 20
Hometown: Salzburg, Austria
Occupation: Receptionist


Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
9

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
Pro Level 4/Gold

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:
0 – this is the first.

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Two times Nationals top 8, some PTQ wins, and money finishes at GP + PT

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed:
7-2-1

Booster Draft:
5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
Who did you prepare with:
Did some drafts with my crew in Solzburg and talked about constructed with the Germans. Special thanks to Felix for giving me draft tech.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
Depended on my work, but 10-15.

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
Naya, because there was not much time and it has nice big creatures

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Spielraum




Josh Cho

Age: 25
Hometown: Centreville, VA
Occupation: Sales and marketing manager for DCC/future husband (Hi Crystal!)


Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
1st time!

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
PTQ at StarCityGames

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
StarCityGames Open Series 2nd and 3rd

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed:
8-1-1

Booster Draft:
4-2

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
Who did you prepare with:
Testing with Team SCG Blue. Special thanks to BBD (Brian Braun-Duin).

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
5-10

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
Green-Red-White because you can't miracle a Bonfire of the Damned if it's not in your deck.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Comics & Gaming in Gainesville, VA




Gaudenis Vidugiris

Age: 27
Hometown: New York
Occupation: Lawyer


Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
Players Club

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:
5/2

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Lithuanian National Team member.

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed:
6-2-2

Booster Draft:
6-0

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
Who did you prepare with:
Spent the week in a house with the rest of Team SCG Black

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

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
Spirits, Sam Black said so.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Pegasus Games/Netherworld Games/ Misty Mountain in Madison, WI.




Alexander Hayne

Age: 23
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Occupation: Spectator


Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
4

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
Players Club

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:
1 Grand Prix Top 8

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 64 Worlds 2011

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed:
6-3-1

Booster Draft:
6-0

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
Who did you prepare with:
On a cruise ship! With David Caplan, other Canadians like Pascal Maynard, Dan Lanthier, Noah Long, Francis Toussaint, Doug Potter, and honorary Canadian Adam Yurchick.

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

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
Blue-White Hallelujah. It posted the best numbers in our testing, plus it is super fun to play.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Face to Face Games in Montreal.




Naoki Shimizu

Age: 25
Hometown: Kamakara
Occupation: (none listed)


Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
A few.

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
PTQ

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:
One PT, PT Austin Top 4 – One GP, GP Kyoto 2007

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Japan Nationals 2006, 2010 Top 8

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed:
7-3

Booster Draft:
5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
Who did you prepare with:
Japan has a big holiday in May. I went to Kanto area and practiced with Kanto friends. Also, I went to Yukuhiro's shop and drafted a lot.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
About 10, when new set has been released, more.

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
Naya (Dempa Konkatsu). I love Wolfir Silverheart so much.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
No FNM. Mainly I play Magic Online.




Denniz Rachid

Age: 25
Hometown: Kansbacka
Occupation: Student


Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
5

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
Top 25 PT DKA

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:
1 PT

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Made platinum in the laziest way possible.

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed:
7-2-1

Booster Draft:
5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
Who did you prepare with:
Played a couple of hours a day with Oberg, Rade, Watsfeldt, Lindstrom, Bergstrom, Ljungberg and Strom.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
0-5

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
GW Humans because I wanted to play something aggressive to punish inconsistent decks.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Maybe Vasa-gaming or Wizards Games in Gothenberg. That's where I play pre-releases at least.




Ken Yukuhiro

Age: 23
Hometown: Wakayama
Occupation: Card shop staff


Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
14

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
GP Top 4

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:
GP Top 8 twice

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
(none listed)

What was your record by format?

Block Constructed:
8-1-1

Booster Draft:
4-2

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Avacyn Restored?
Who did you prepare with:
I tested with friends in Wakayama, who qualified for this tournament.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
20

What Block Constructed deck are you playing and why?
Reanimator.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?



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