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Top 8 Profiles

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Richard Oleksak
What is your name?
Richard Oleksak
Where do you regularly play Magic? (Store, City it's in, Shameless PLUG!)
Wild Pitch Sports Cards in Milwaukee, OR.
What do you think is the best deck in Standard?
It hurts me to say, probably Blue-Green Madness
Combo, Aggro, Control (Playing today? Favorite?)
Control today, it's my favorite.
8th Edition?
Rewind, I guess.
Are your parents here with you today?
My dad is here today. Hi Mom! I told you.
What do you do besides playing Magic?
I play soccer and I swim.
What's your favorite subject in school?
Math, I'm good at it. It comes pretty easy.
Where do you want to go to college?
Not sure yet, maybe a University in Oregon. I might go to a school out east. I'd like to study architecture.
How did you qualify?
I qualified with Burning Tog at a qualifier in Portland.



Mitch Towner
What is your name?
Mitch Towner
Where do you regularly play Magic? (Store, City it's in, Shameless PLUG!)
No stores, my house. Occasionally online.
What do you think is the best deck in Standard?
Slide, obviously. It's a good metagame choice, I don't know if it's the best deck though.
Combo, Aggro, Control (Playing today? Favorite?)
It's like weird control. I would rather play combo.
8th Edition?
What's coming back in 8th Edition? Merchant of Secrets.
Are your parents here with you today?
No parents here today. Sure, I'll say hi mom! How's it going?
What do you do besides playing Magic?
I play a lot of basketball. I like to do a lot of sports.
What's your favorite subject in school?
PE obviously. After that I do the best in math.
Where do you want to go to college?
Haven't really thought about it. I want to see how far athletics take me.
How did you qualify?
Won a JSS Challenge in Idaho with Upheaval-Infestation.



Daniel Bryan
What is your name?
Daniel Bryan
Where do you regularly play Magic? (Store, City it's in, Shameless PLUG!)
Wherever I can. I play FNM at the Wizards store in Silverdale, WA.
What do you think is the best deck in Standard?
Really I have no clue. It's a pretty balanced field. The Wake players were touting they had the best deck, but not a single one made the Top 8.
Combo, Aggro, Control (Playing today? Favorite?)
I'm playing a sort of agro-control. I like playing combo for casual, but mostly I play whatever.
8th Edition?
Royal Assassin I've always kind of liked. It is kind of sad to see Counterspell go. We do get Mana Leak back though.
Are your parents here with you today?
Yes they are. I could gloat for my friends back home, but I don't think I will.
What do you do besides playing Magic?
I play on the computer, and I play Magic. I do some other stuff, like hang out with friends, go outside every now and then.
What's your favorite subject in school?
Not math. I like anything else, just not math.
Where do you want to go to college?
Somewhere local, probably Evergreen College, or maybe U-dub.
How did you qualify for this?
Placed 3rd in a JSS Challenge in Tacoma with Black-Green Cemetery.



Kyle Goodman
What is your name?
Kyle Goodman
Where do you regularly play Magic? (Store, City it's in, Shameless PLUG!)
Pandemonium, in Garden City, MI.
What do you think is the best deck in Standard?
Probably tog, but it loses to red-green.
Combo, Aggro, Control (Playing today? Favorite?)
Control, I like to play it the most.
8th Edition?
Underworld Dreams
Are your parents here with you today?
They're still at the hotel. Thank you for flying me down and supporting me.
What do you do besides playing Magic?
Soccer, basketball, other sports.
What's your favorite subject in school?
Math.
Where do you want to go to college?
I'd like to go to Stanford. It's a long ways off though.
How did you qualify for this event?
I won a qualifier in Grand Rapids, MI with mono-black control.



Josh Tabak
What is your name?
Josh Tabak
Where do you regularly play Magic? (Store, City it's in, Shameless PLUG!)
Misty Mountain Games in Madison, WI.
What do you think is the best deck in Standard?
No idea, red-green?
Combo, Aggro, Control (Playing today? Favorite?)
Playing Aggro today.
8th Edition?
Hammer of Bogardan
Are your parents here with you today?
They're around somewhere. Hi to Dan Bock for lending me the cards for the deck.
What do you do besides playing Magic?
Tennis, and computer games.
What's your favorite subject in school?
Science? I guess it's science.
Where do you want to go to college?
Haven't thought about college yet. I'm only 15.
How did you qualify?
Through a JSS Challenge in Madison.



Peter Matson
What is your name?
Peter Matson
Where do you regularly play Magic? (Store, City it's in, Shameless PLUG!)
Online
What do you think is the best deck in Standard?
My deck, blue-green with Phantom Centaurs
Combo, Aggro, Control (Playing today? Favorite?)
I guess it's agro, I like to play blue-green the most.
8th Edition?
The tap lands
Are your parents here with you today?
Yeah. Say hi to my brother and my mom
What do you do besides playing Magic?
I snowboard during the winter, I play golf and I run cross country. I do all sorts of other stuff too.
What's your favorite subject in school?
Math
Where do you want to go to college?
Different places. I want to go somewhere in the northeast probably.
How did you qualify?
I won a JSS challenge in Syracuse playing Monastery control.



Sam Stein
What is your name?
Sam Stein
Where do you regularly Magic?
Costa Mesa Woman's Club
What do you think is the best deck in Standard?
I didn't mind red-green. I'd say red-green.
Combo, Aggro or Control.
Playing agro today, like to play it the most.
8th Edition?
Probably Hammer of Bogardan
Are your parents here with you today?
I took a train down here, I'm staying with a friend today. Hi mom and dad, thanks for supporting me.
What do you do besides Magic?
A huge passion for basketball. My dad played and played well but he ended up only 5'10" and couldn't keep doing it after high school.
Favorite subject?
Spanish, but I get my best grades in Math.
Where do you want to go to college?
No clue, want to stay in California though.
How did you qualify?
I didn't get past Top 4 in any challenges. I played a blue-green Opposition deck for a lot of those challenges and just qualified on rating.

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