After sixteen grueling rounds of Mythic Championship play, eight competitors return Sunday to compete in the elimination rounds for the $50,000 first-place prize and title of Mythic Champion.
Meet the Top 8 of Mythic Championship VI!
Austin Bursavich, a 27-year old from the United States in his seventh Mythic Championship, reached the Top 8 as the number one seed after the Swiss. He took the lead in the standings relatively early and never let it go. Thanks to this performance with his Sultai Food deck, he will start on the play in every match of the Top 8, giving him an edge over everyone else.
Louis-Samuel Deltour is a veteran player from France who finally made a Mythic Championship Top 8 after 20 starts. He currently holds the sad record as the player with the most Grand Prix finals appearances without a win. He's lost in four Grand Prix finals without ever winning one, but his luck is turning just in time with a Mythic Championship Top 8.
Eli Kassis's story is similar to Louis-Samuel Deltour's: Having made Top 8 at Grand Prix numerous times, and having played in 21 Mythic Championships—his first coming in 1999—it took quite a while for him to break through. His dominant performance this weekend has the makings of a Sunday title run. He's one of the two players in the Top 8 playing a non-Food deck, specifically Golgari Adventure.
MPL player Andrew Cuneo has been competing almost since Magic's inception. This weekend, he made his fourth Top Finish, adding to an impressive resume. Typically known for his control decks, this tournament he opted for an aggressive, go-wide strategy in Selesnya Adventure which he landed on after weeks spent testing every deck that didn't have Oko, Thief of Crowns in it.
MPL player Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa from Brazil is one of Magic's all-time greats, often named in the same breath as legendary (and fellow) Magic Hall of Fame members Jon Finkel and Kai Budde. In fact, the only player with more lifetime Top Finishes than him is Finkel, and with yet another Top Finish Damo Da Rosa is closing the gap. Generally playing whatever deck is best, he chose Simic Food and looks to add a third Mythic Championship title to his litany of victories.
Sebastian Pozzo is perhaps best known for being the 2016–17 Constructed Master and playing in the finals of the 2017-18 Team Series with Hareruya Latin, but he reached those heights without ever making the Top 8 of a Mythic Championship-level event. This weekend, he finally reached that milestone. Hailing from Argentina, he often sits in the “engine room” of any testing team he is on, working hard to tweak Constructed decks to make them the best possible. The version of the Simic Food deck he settled on for this event worked out perfectly.
Oscar Christensen burst onto the scene in 2013 by winning Grand Prix Gothenburg while he was still a teenager. Since then, he's found consistent success at the Grand Prix circuit, where he always brings a large smile, a friendly attitude, and sheer joy. This weekend in Richmond, he made his first Mythic Championship Top 8. Earning his Top 8 made his home nation proud, as four out of the last five Mythic Championships have featured a Dane in the Top 8.
Ondřej Stráský rose to prominence after making the Top 8 of two Mythic Championship-level events in the 2014-2015 season. He announced his retirement in 2018, but reversed that decision after winning his would-be final Grand Prix event. Since then, he started a popular stream where Standard gets broken on a regular basis (he helped build the Kethis Combo deck that dominated Standard over the summer), and has been successful several MTG Arena events. Now, the Czech is back at yet another tabletop Mythic Championship Top 8.