Grand Prix Bochum 2012

This weekend had it all: big names, rising stars, close matches, and exciting new decks. Czech super-pro Martin Jůza used one, a Somberwald Sage-powered Craterhoof Behemoth concoction developed by Brad Nelson, to take home the trophy.

But let's start this short recap at the beginning. On Saturday, a whopping 1,731 players had entered the tournament, played in nine grueling rounds of Standard; afterwards the field was cut down to just 198 who returned on Sunday for seven more rounds; at the end of those, only eight players remained. Among a lot of promising young talent, one name immediately stood out: Martin Jůza had now made the fourteenth Grand Prix Top 8 of his career, with wins so far in Hiroshima, Portland, and actually right here in Bochum two years ago. Would he be able to repeat his performance from 2010? Of course he would.

His Top 8 matches were close—all went to three games—but he won them all. He never got to cast the signature card of his deck, Craterhoof Behemoth, not in the quarterfinal, where he bested Sascha Stein's Jund deck, not in the semis, when his Lingering Souls tokens outnumbered Kamil Napierski's Zombies, and not in the finals, where Gavony Township and Loxodon Smiter raced Fabian Dickmann's UWR tempo deck. But he did make good use of an excellent, somewhat transformational sideboard which kept his opponent guessing and earned him a deserved fourth Grand Prix title.

Congratulations to Martin Jůza, repeat champion of Grand Prix Bochum!

TOP 8 BRACKET

Quaterfinals

(1) Enrico Van Eijsden

(8) Kamil Napierski

(4) Sascha Stein

(5) Martin Jůza

(2) Pierre Dagen

(7) Fabian Dickmann

(3) Lukas Tajak

(6) Tomas Vanek

Semi-finals

Kamil Napierski 2-1

Martin Jůza 2-1

Fabian Dickmann 2-1

Tomas Vanek 2-1

Finals

Martin Jůza 2-1

Fabian Dickmann 2-0

Champion

Martin Jůza 2-1

EVENT COVERAGE

  • by Frank Karsten
    Top 5 Cards of GP Bochum
     
  • by Tobi Henke
    Finals
    Martin Jůza ("Hoof there it is") vs. Fabian Dickmann (UWR Tempo)
  • by Frank Karsten
    Semifinals
    Martin Juza (Hoof, there it is!) vs. Kamil Napierski (Black-Red Zombies)
  • by Tobi Henke
    Semifinals
    Fabian Dickmann vs. Tomaš Vanek
  • by Frank Karsten
    Sunday, 9:30 p.m.
    Matchup Madness
  • by Frank Karsten
    Quarterfinal Round-Up
    Lukas Tajak (U/W Flash) vs. Tomas Vanek (B/R Zombies)
    Sascha Stein (Jund) vs. Martin Juza (Hoof, there it is!)
    Kamil Napierski (B/R Zombies) vs. Enrich van Eijsden (Jund)
    Pierre Dagen (Bant control) vs Fabian Dickmann (UWR Geist Midrange
  • by Tobi Henke
    Top 16
    Decklists
  • by Tobi Henke
    Top 8
    Player Profiles
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Day 2 Blog
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Day 1 Blog
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info: Fact Sheet

INFORMATION

1. Martin Jůza
2. Fabian Dickmann
3. Tomas Vanek
4. Kamil Napierski
5. Enrico Van Eijsden
6. Pierre Dagen
7. Lukas Tajek
8. Sascha Stein

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

16 15 14 13 12 11 10

Results

16 15 14 13 12 11 10

Standings

16 15 14 13 12 11 10

Green Bracket

Pairings

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Blue Bracket

Pairings

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Top 8 - Player Profiles

by Tobi Henke

Martin Jůza

Age: 25
Hometown: Plzen, Czech Republic
Occupation: Professional tourist
 

Guild:
Simic, splashing black

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Won the last Grand Prix Bochum.

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it?

"Hoof there it is" because it's different and the surprise factor gives you a big edge.

Would you change anything about your deck and why would you change it?

No, it was perfect. Thanks Brad!

Tomaš Vanek

Age: 25
Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic
Occupation: Student/part-time accountant
 

Guild:
Orzhov

Previous Magic accomplishments:

WPN Championship #1 in Amsterdam, World Magic Cup 2012, a few money finishes at Grand Prix.

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it?

BR Zombies. I don't have time to test or even choose my decks.

Would you change anything about your deck and why would you change it?

I would change the whole deck. This deck is terrible to play with. Don't play it. It's just playing for the nuts draw.

Fabian Dickmann

Age: 22
Hometown: Bochum!
Occupation: Student
 

Guild:
Izzet

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Day 2 at Grand Prix Bochum 2010, being bad at Pro Tour Return to Ravnica.

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it?

UWR because Valentin Mackl lent me the cards for it.

Would you change anything about your deck and why would you change it?

The sideboard. It#s Really random. I didn't get the cards I wanted to play from the store so I just put in random good rares/mythics which could be useful.

Lukas Tajak

Age: 25
Hometown: Nuremberg, Germany
Occupation: Software developer
 

Guild:
Simic

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Pro Tour Philadelphia participation.

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it?

UW Delver of Secrets because Thomas Holzinger told me to.

Would you change anything about your deck and why would you change it?

No Delver of Secrets, more lands, but not the usual UW Flash list. Geist is insane.

Pierre Dagen

Age: 25
Hometown: Paris, France
Occupation: Business consultant
 

Guild:
Orzhov

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Played several Pro Tours (one Top 50 in Nagoya), three Grand Prox Top 16s.

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it?

Bant Control because Sphinx's Revelation seemed to be way ahead of this Standard's power level. Basically, it crushes any form of nonblue non-Threaten deck. The sideboard is fairly efficient too, and the mana base is sweet. You absolutely can't beat UW, though.

Would you change anything about your deck and why would you change it?

Minus one Dissipate, plus one Detention Sphere maindeck. (Aggro decks found a way to beat Thragtusk.) Possibly a second Staff of Nin instead of the Terminus (way more resilient against Jund, but weaker against Rites.)

Enrico van Eijsden

Age: 18
Hometown: -, Netherlands
Occupation: Student
 

Guild:
Golgari

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Made a PTQ final.

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it?

Jund. It's very good, been testing it a lot on Magic Online.

Would you change anything about your deck and why would you change it?

Another Bonfire of the Damned in the maindeck. The card is soo sick!

Sascha Stein

Age: 41
Hometown: Hille/Rothenuffeln, Germany
Occupation: Sale of industrial stuff
 

Previous Magic accomplishments:

I won some small tournaments.

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it?

A friend lent me the Jund deck on Friday.

Would you change anything about your deck and why would you change it?

I would play one more Bonfire of the Damned instead of one Pillar of Flame.

Kamil Napierski

Age: 29
Hometown: Grudziądz, Poland
Occupation: TV studio engineer
 

Guild:
Orzhov

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Played in Pro Tour San Diego 2010 and several Grand Prix.

What deck are you playing and why did you choose it?

RB Zombies/Vampires/Devils designed by Batuthinha. I chose it because I fell in love with the crazy synergies and because stealing Thragtusk is actually very exciting.

Would you change anything about your deck and why would you change it?

Top 16 - Decklists

by Tobi Henke

Sascha Stein Top 8

Pierre Dagen Top 8

Enrico van Eijsden Top 8

Martin Jùza Top 8

Tomaš Vanek Top 8

Lukas Tajak Top 8

Fabian Dickmann Top 8

Kamil Napierski Top 8

We know you like decklists, so here are the decklists of the people who finished in places 9 through 16. Note the 3 Black Cat in the sideboard of Milan Niznansky's Blue-White Aggro are not a typo. Milan knew that he didn't want to sideboard many cards with his deck at all, and he put 3 Black Cat in his board simply to jinx his opponents. Maybe he ended up jinxing himself though, as he lost the last round playing for Top 8. Still, finishing so highly at Grand Prix tournament with 3 wasted sideboard slots deserves some respect.

Frank Roelofs (9th)

Milan Niznansky (10th)

Jakob Sørensen (11th)

Jonas Wienand (12th)

Svetoslav Ivanov (13th)

Lukas Jaklovsky (14th)