Top 8 Team Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on December 12, 2015

By Wizards of the Coast


Austria

The players on this year's Team Austria have had their taste of success before, but mostly at the Grand Prix level. Team captain Valentin Mackl made it into the Top 8 on six separate occasions, while Nikolaus Eigner and Christoph Aukenthaler both have a Grand Prix title to their name. The Austrians had been near the top of the standings all weekend long and they were looking to keep it that way.

Nikolaus Eigner

Country: Austria

Hometown: Vienna

Occupation: Poker pro

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Awesome teamwork in the third match during the feature match versus Scotland.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

World Champions—sounds awesome right?


Christoph Aukenthaler

Country: Austria

Hometown: Innsbruck

Occupation: Student

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

That we have a really good teamwork, winning the close matches in Limited by playing really well (with the help of my mates)

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

It's already a great experience for me. A lot of fame and glory for all players in the team and for Austria.


Valentin Mackl

Country: Austria

Hometown: Vienna

Occupation: World traveler

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Winning round three in the first pool of Day Two. It was a close call.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

My first trophy. Also, the first with Austria as World Magic Cup champions would be nice.


Sebastian Fiala-Ibitz

Country: Austria

Hometown: Vienna

Occupation: Bookseller

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Winning the last round to be qualified for the Pro Tour.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

A lot. I was working really hard this year to be qualified for anything. Having a trophy would be nice as well.



Denmark

The Danes were an easy pick as one of the favorites this year. Not only did they go into the weekend as the reigning World Magic Cup champions, several members of their team had been doing extremely well on the Pro Tour over the course of the past year. Team captain Martin Dang had won Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir and No. 17 Martin Müller had placed in the Top 8 at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar. Now they only needed to win three more rounds to become the first repeat champions.

Christoffer Larsen

Country: Denmark

Hometown: Copenhagen

Occupation: Navy

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Just a great tournament overall, great people all weekend. And telling Dang to swap decks so I could get a win or draw Atarka's Command.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

BIGGER TV!!


Daniel Lind

Country: Denmark

Hometown: Holbæk

Occupation: Carpenter

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Getting trolled in a feature match by Christoffer.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

A step in the right direction.


Martin Müller

Country: Denmark

Hometown: Jyllinge

Occupation: Student

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

The match against Canada. I won my match, Dang lost, and then Christoffer won an insane match with a lot of burn from the top!

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

First country to go back-to-back would be a really nice achievement.


Martin Dang

Country: Denmark

Hometown: Aarhus

Occupation: Platinum Pro

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Getting back my Atarka Red so I could win a Constructed match.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

The perfect ending for a great personal Magic year, and also much closer to the dream of reaching Platinum again. Winning back-to-back would be insane for Denmark and Danish Magic.



France

France won the World Magic Cup in 2013, so this year the country is fighting for the trophy once more, but with a different squad. Although most of the players on the French team are relatively unknown, Pro Tour Theros finalist Pierre Dagen is a household name, and the country has a rich Magic history.

Pierre Dagen

Country: France

Hometown: Paris

Occupation: CEO

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Fathi beating Shaun McLaren to get us our second win, then thanking him for his articles.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

Huge pride for becoming the first two-time winners as a country. On a more personal level, it would shut up my friend and 2013 champion Timothée Simonot.


Hichem Tedjditi

Country: France

Hometown: Marseille

Occupation: Student

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Day One, first game, result loss, end of the day 5-1-1, Magic.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

A second title for France, a great achievement, and a car.


Fathi Ben Aribi

Country: France

Hometown: Paris

Occupation: Mathematical research

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Winning against Shaun McLaren, thanks to the great advice of my captain.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

It would be a once-in-a-lifetime achievement, and it would be an honor to claim a second title for France.


Arnaud Soumet

Country: France

Hometown: Paris

Occupation: Business consultant

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Team France's spirit, the key matches against the high-profile teams, the growing excitement while we were advancing round after round!

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

A crazy dream come true and a great pleasure! Thanks to all our supporters!



Guatemala

Here's one of the famous wild cards we so often see at the World Magic Cup. Guatemala made it to the Top 8 largely on the back of their strong Limited game, going 4-1-1 across the two Team Sealed portions, compared to a meager 3-2-2 in Standard. They would clearly need to do better if they wanted to make it past the quarterfinals.

Fernando José Juárez Oliva

Country: Guatemala

Hometown: Guatemala

Occupation: Mechatronic engineer

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

It will bring me closer to being a pro player, my dream since I started playing. For Guatemala, it would bring the community closer together and would make more people play competitively. Hoping for Grand Prix Antigua, Guatemala!


José Andrés Martínez Figueloa

Country: Guatemala

Hometown: Guatemala

Occupation: Industrial engineer

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Reaching the Top 8 at my first World Magic Cup and sharing that experience with my team and country.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

To make a dream become real. For Guatemala, it will bring the community closer together and it will be a new challenge.

Christopher Andrés Virula Martinez

Country: Guatemala

Hometown: Guatemala

Occupation: Student

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

When my friends told me we had made the Top 8!

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

It's a dream for me to be a World Champion and to become a professional Magic player. For my country, it means everything. The whole community would come together and be happy for our victory.


Wilfredo Bojorquez Castillo

Country: Guatemala

Hometown: Guatemala

Occupation: Computer engineer

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

To reach the Top 8 for my country together with my best friends.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

To become a professional Magic player. For Guatemala, it would bring together the whole community and make them happy for our victory, at the same time posing a challenge for them for the next WMC.



Italy

Italy's captain is headlined by team captain Marco Cammilluzzi and WMCQ winner Andrea Mengucci, who both have a Pro Tour Top 8 to their name. This tournament marks Italy's best performance as this event to date, and all four players were feeling confident in Unified Standard.

William Pizzi

Country: Italy

Hometown: Cheiri Turin

Occupation: Student

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

When Siggy hugged me and picked me up like a feather after the last round of Swiss.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

Living the dream with all Italians that follow us and also helping to make Italian Magic history.


Marco Cammilluzzi

Country: Italy

Hometown: Rome

Occupation: Andrea Mengucci's, William Pizzi's, and Francesco Bifero's babysitter!

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

When we locked up the Top 8!

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

Just the best of the best!


Francesco Bifero

Country: Italy

Hometown: Acerra

Occupation: Student

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

When we won against Greece and locked up the Top 8!

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

It would be the first time for Italy and so it would be making Italian Magic history.


Andrea Mengucci

Country: Italy

Hometown: Senigallia

Occupation: Law student, writer for ChannelFireball

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

When I drew Crux of Fate for the win against Greece.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

Reliving 2006, when Italy won the World Cup in Football but this time living it as the heroes.



Japan

Going by previous accomplishments, Japan clearly had one of the strongest teams in attendance this year, with No. 16 Yuuya Watanabe, Hall of Famer Kenji Tsumura, and Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar finalist Ryoichi Tamada. However, it looked quite different if one concentrated on previous results specifically at the WMC. Although the Japanese often had had strong teams in the past, they never even made it to Day Two before. This year's team already proved different and made it further than ever. So really there was no reason for them to stop winning now.

Kenji Tsumura

Country: Japan

Hometown: Tokyo

Occupation: Hareruya

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Making Day Two! (And Three!)

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

A dream come true.


Ryoichi Tamada

Country: Japan

Hometown: Osaka

Occupation: Shop owner

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

I think that this tournament was very hard for my country, and we only went 7-4-2.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

A dream. This is the first Top 8 for Japan at the WMC.


Yuuya Watanabe

Country: Japan

Hometown: Tokyo

Occupation: Magic pro player with Team Mint

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Amazingly, making the Top 8 despite a record of 7-4-2.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

A dream (I've had for four years!) come true.


Soyo You

Country: Japan

Hometown: Tokyo

Occupation: IT engineer

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

I never thought we could play on Day Three, because our score was … 7-4-2.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

A dream comes true for Japan.



Scotland

Scotland always does well at the World Magic Cup, having never missed Day Two at this event. Wearing traditional Scottish kilts and under the leadership of the experienced captain Stephen Murray, who is playing his third World Magic Cup and has competed in 13 Pro Tours, the spirited Scots defeated Greece in the final match of Saturday to make it to the Top 8.

Ray Doyle

Country: Scotland

Hometown: Forfar

Occupation: Electrician

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Winning the Team Spirit Award #ForTheFansAtHome

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

It would mean that again Scotland shows its team spirit, determination, and that amazing support back home drives us on as a nation.


Stephen Murray

Country: Scotland

Hometown: Falkirk

Occupation: Student

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

War Paint times 4 in Game 1, Omnath, Locus of Rage followed by Nissa's Renewal in Game 2.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

Punching above our weight class is something Scotland loves doing, and everyone back home would be so happy I might get injured for all the pats on the back.


Grant Hislop

Country: Scotland

Hometown: Edinburgh

Occupation: Office work avoider

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Winning the Team Spirit Award. We knew from Day One that we were going to be kilted up. Also, #WarPaintYouBro!

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

Scots have always believed that we are the best nation at Magic. This would be concrete proof of that. #FansAtHome


Martin Clement

Country: Scotland

Hometown: Grangemouth

Occupation: Student

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Assembling the Brutal Expulsion / Ulamog's Reclaimer combo with THREE Herald of Kozilek in play. Or finding out Italy won and jumping into Tim's arms.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

After starting 1-3 and being 0-2 in the last stage of Day Two, to complete the comeback and win it all would be completely insane. I know everyone cheering us on from home has been glued to the coverage all weekend. We want to give them even more to cheer about!



Thailand

The squad from Thailand may not hold as much premier event experience as some of the other teams in the Top 8, but they made up for that with a desire to put up a good performance at this event. Led by captain Veerapat Sirilertvorakul, who has played at 11 Pro Tours, this tournament marks the first Top 8 success for the Thai team.

Aekarash Sorakup

Country: Thailand

Hometown: Bangkok

Occupation: Businessman

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Thailand making Top 8

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

Hope to see more competitive Magic players in Thailand.


Suttipong Popitukgul

Country: Thailand

Hometown: Bangkok

Occupation: Own business

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

I'm proud that I can make Top 8 because this is my first time in the World Magic Cup

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

I hope it will create an opportunity for a big tournament like a Grand Prix or Pro Tour in Thailand.


Veerapat Sirilertvorakul

Country: Thailand

Hometown: Bangkok / Las Vegas

Occupation: Poker Player

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

I stopped playing Magic for 5 years and came back this year. This tournament showed I can do it.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

All Thai Magic players can have hope to compete in a big tournament.


Chom Pasidparchya

Country: Thailand

Hometown: Chicago

Occupation: Chef

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Being able to go further than previous teams from Thailand, making Top 8, and making all Thai Magic players proud.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

It would create a bigger Magic community in Thailand and create more players. It would also put Thailand on the world map as a strong competitor in the World Magic Cup.

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