Feature: The Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on March 4, 2006

By Event Coverage Staff

Craig Jones

Craig Jones

Age: 30

Hometown: Preston

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: "More than Ruud Warmenhoven, but I'm getting pretty old. My memory might be fading.

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Honolulu? Top 32 from PT LA

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 1 GP Top 8

Other Previous Magic accomplishments: Winner GP Birmingham 1998

What was your record on Day 1: 7-1 Day 2: 5-1

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?Not as much as I would have liked. Tested with a European team and the UK qualifieds. Also met up with Billy Moreno, which tipped my deck choice.

Where did you learn to play Magic? Is there a store that you play most of your Magic at now? At a friend's house. I play at a local store in Manchester.

What do you think of your chances in the Top 8? I may beat Antoine.

What was your reaction when you heard the Pro Tour was coming to Honolulu? What activities have you done in Hawaii outside of playing Magic? Pretty good. It's nice to see such exotic locations. I got to walk up and down Diamond Head.

Osyp Lebedowicz

Osyp Lebedowicz

Age: 26

Hometown: Union, NJ

Occupation: MBA Student, former Latin Dance Champion

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 18???

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Honolulu? Players Club

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 4 GP/3 PT

Other Previous Magic accomplishments: Voted Best Dressed by Gabe Walls and Paul Reitzl

What was your record on Day 1: 8-0 Day 2: 4-2-2

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with? Practiced on MTGO, Apprentice, and IRL with close friends and Mike Flores.

Where did you learn to play Magic? Is there a store that you play most of your Magic at now? The Only Game in Town

What do you think of your chances in the Top 8? No clue…probably decent.

What was your reaction when you heard the Pro Tour was coming to Honolulu? What activities have you done in Hawaii outside of playing Magic? I was excited. I hung out on the beach and macked it to some honeys.

Tiago Chan

Tiago Chan

Age: 22

Hometown: Lisbon

Occupation: Graduated in Journalism. Looking for a job.

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 20-25

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Honolulu? Level 3 Players Club

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0/0

Other Previous Magic accomplishments: 2003 Portuguese National Champion

What was your record on Day 1: 5-2-1 Day 2: 7-0-1

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with? I didn't. I built the deck the morning before the Pro Tour because they told me it was a good gamble.

Where did you learn to play Magic? Is there a store that you play most of your Magic at now? I am still learning every now and then.

What do you think of your chances in the Top 8? If I avoid the Zoos it's good.

What was your reaction when you heard the Pro Tour was coming to Honolulu? I didn't like it because it was too far and I don't like to take many days off.

What activities have you done in Hawaii outside of playing Magic? I went to the Waikiki Beach.

Max Bracht

Max Bracht

Age: 17

Hometown: Regensburg (near Munich)

Occupation: Professional card gamer, student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 5

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Honolulu? Copenhagen Top 16, Lille Top 8, and Level 3

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: Two GP

Other Previous Magic accomplishments: GP London Top 3, Top 8, Top 16, Top 32. PT London 12th.

What was your record on Day 1: 6-2 Day 2: 6-1-1

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with? Tested some Magic Online with Johan Meyvis and some Germans.

Where did you learn to play Magic? Is there a store that you play most of your Magic at now? I started at the age of 7. My older brother Chris taught me and played sometimes in www.dastraumwerk.ole in Regensberg.

What do you think of your chances in the Top 8? Semifinals

What was your reaction when you heard the Pro Tour was coming to Honolulu? What activities have you done in Hawaii outside of playing Magic? I was quite happy because of the nice place and one week of school vacation before the event. We were just hanging around at the beach.

Olivier Ruel

Olivier Ruel

Age: 24

Hometown: Lille

Occupation: Journalist

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: ~35

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Honolulu? Pro points, GP Bilbao, GP Beijing, GP Copenhagen

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 16/5

Other Previous Magic accomplishments: 3 GP Wins (16 Top 8) 5th PT Top 8, 2nd in the Player of the Year race 2005

What was your record on Day 1: 6-2 Day 2: 6-1-1

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with? I played on the Magic Online beta for a week with Maxime Hermes and Arnost Zidek. Then I practiced for two days with Piere Canali in Honolulu.

Where did you learn to play Magic? Is there a store that you play most of your Magic at now? At home with my brother. The "Xop Cobra ca roule?"

What do you think of your chances in the Top 8? 50/50 every match, so 1/8 I'd say.

What was your reaction when you heard the Pro Tour was coming to Honolulu? What activities have you done in Hawaii outside of playing Magic? - "Yeeee! Woooo! Youpi!" - I wrote postcards to mom, Alex, and Emile (hi all!) and went to the beach.

Ruud Warmenhoven

Ruud Warmenhoven

Age: 23

Hometown: Tilberg

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: More than Craig Jones

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Honolulu? Level 3

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: One….now

Other Previous Magic accomplishments: Split 15% With Frank Karsten when he had second place at Worlds.

What was your record on Day 1: 5-3 Day 2: 7-0-1

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with? I traveled through Thailand and got handed a deck by Wessel Oomens.

Where did you learn to play Magic? Is there a store that you play most of your Magic at now? A friend in school taught me during class. I haven't seen any Magic stores in Thailand yet.

What do you think of your chances in the Top 8? Quite bad - I have always been afraid of Owls.

What was your reaction when you heard the Pro Tour was coming to Honolulu? YAUSSSSS!!!

What activities have you done in Hawaii outside of playing Magic? Surfling, playing Volleyball, flirting with the Subway girl.

Mark Herberholz

Mark Herberholz

Age: 22

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 15+

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Honolulu? Player's Club Level 3

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: GP:2 PT:3 (counting this one)

Other Previous Magic accomplishments: GP Minneapolis finalist, GP Detroit T8, PT San Diego & Philly Top 8

What was your record on Day 1: 6-2 Day 2: 6-1

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with? Tested a bit on Magic Online beta, got here a few days early to test with the beach house guys.

Where did you learn to play Magic? Is there a store that you play most of your Magic at now? With friends. R/W Hobbies Livonia MI

What do you think of your chances in the Top 8? No clue, but I am pretty lucky.

What was your reaction when you heard the Pro Tour was coming to Honolulu? What activities have you done in Hawaii outside of playing Magic? Sweet! Booze, beaches, and babes. What could be better? Went to a few bars, I plan to do more in the following week.

Antoine Ruel

Antoine Ruel

Age: 26

Hometown: Montpellier

Occupation: Pro Player

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: ~35

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Honolulu? Level 5

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 13/4

Other Previous Magic accomplishments: Champion PTLA

What was your record on Day 1: 7-1 Day 2: 5-3

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with? I stayed one week with friends, including Canu, who is the nuts. The day before, my good friend Fred Courtois told me about the deck. I loved the deck. Levy and Bertrand gave me this very good list. Thank you guys!

Where did you learn to play Magic? Is there a store that you play most of your Magic at now? I play mostly online, with my friends.

What do you think of your chances in the Top 8? "0" - I can't win my first match even if he mulligans down to two cards. (I'm serious)

What was your reaction when you heard the Pro Tour was coming to Honolulu? What activities have you done in Hawaii outside of playing Magic? I was really happy about going to such an exotic place. I've been to the beach and enjoyed having as much fun as someone can. There hasn't been any sun though.

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