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Top 8 Profiles

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Name: Ben Lundquist
Age: 21
Hometown: Gloversville, New York

Occupation: Student

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 3rd Grand Prix Top 8

Other previous Magic accomplishments:

2nd at U.S. Nationals in 2006

What deck are you playing and why?

UG Tron. I wasn't losing with it online and didn't like anything else. Also because it has Urza lands (Tron master!).

How did you prepare for the 2008 Grand Prix Vancouver? Who did you prepare with?

I prepared by myself on Magic Online.




Name: Marc Bonnefoy
Age: 22
Hometown: Winnipeg, Canada

Occupation: Tim Horton's employee

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments:

None.

What deck are you playing and why?

TEPS. I love the risk of top-decking.

How did you prepare for the 2008 Grand Prix Vancouver? Who did you prepare with?
Play tested with a bunch of my friends, one of which is [fellow Top 8 competitor] Aaron Paquette.




Name: Paul Cheon
Age: 22
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Occupation: Level 8 mage

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: This is the 5th Grand Prix Top 8. Zero PT Top 8s : (

Other previous Magic accomplishments: 2006 U.S. Nationals Champion. Grand Prix Krakow champion, some other GP Top 8s.

What deck are you playing and why?

A monoblue control deck handed to me by Luis Scot-Vargas. I believe Eric Becker created the deck. It had a pretty good matchup against Doran and I like me some Counterspells.

How did you prepare for the 2008 Grand Prix Vancouver? Who did you prepare with?

I played a couple of matches against LSV and Gerry Thompson on Magic Online a few days before the event. I wasn't really allowed to play in any queues so I didn't get as much practice as I would have liked.




Name: Zack Hall
Age: 20
Hometown: Wilbraham, MA

Occupation: Student

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: First

Other previous Magic accomplishments:

25th at Pro Tour-Valencia; 34th at Pro Tour-Yokohama

What deck are you playing and why?

UG Tron. Ben Lundquist told me to play it; he is a master.

How did you prepare for the 2008 Grand Prix Vancouver? Who did you prepare with?

I had experience with Tron from a few previous tournaments. Ben gave me the list and I played it on Magic Online for a few days before the tournament.




Name: Jason Fleurant
Age: 23
Hometown: Vancouver, Canada

Occupation: Mizer

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 1

Other previous Magic accomplishments:

Pro Tour Top 16, have attended five Pro Tours.

What deck are you playing and why?

Death Cloud. It's a tier one deck that's underestimated.

How did you prepare for the 2008 Grand Prix Vancouver? Who did you prepare with?

On Magic Online and live mock tournaments with Seb Denno, Tyrell Wheeler, Wilson Mai, and Steve Barnett from Team Rogue Gaming.




Name: Michael Gurney
Age: 35
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Occupation: Programmer

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 2, including this one

Other previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2000, Top 8 at three Canadian Nationals tournaments, 8+ Pro Tours.

What deck are you playing and why?

Chase Rare Control

How did you prepare for the 2008 Grand Prix Vancouver? Who did you prepare with?

I practiced for two weeks and played in a Seattle PTQ last weekend. Jason Bradbury, Alex West, and all the people at First Pick Games.




Name: Aaron Paquette
Age: 20
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Occupation:
7-11 employee

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments:

None. This is my first big event.

What deck are you playing and why?

TEPS. I think it was a good choice against a mostly aggro field.

How did you prepare for the 2008 Grand Prix Vancouver? Who did you prepare with?

Lots of testing with Cam Platt, Richard Randle, and fellow Top 8er Marc Bonnefoy




Name: Hunter Coale
Age: 17
Hometown: San Diego, California

Occupation: Student

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Grand Prix Top 16

What deck are you playing and why?

Counter/Top because it is a solid deck in a lot of matchups.

How did you prepare for the 2008 Grand Prix Vancouver? Who did you prepare with?

Magic Online and testing with Ben Seck and Antonino De Rosa.

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