Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on September 13, 2015

By Tobi Henke

After 15 rounds, with a total of 1,412 others eliminated, only eight players remained in the running for the fame and the fortune, the title and the trophy. Find out more about these people here!

Wenzel Krautmann

Age: 33

Occupation: Tourist

Hometown: Tübingen, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Member of #TEAMTHOMMO.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Black-white, with red-green in my sideboard. I ended up 7-2.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Four copies of Faerie Miscreant in Blue-White Flyers. 3-0.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Five copies of Faerie Miscreant. Blue-Red Flyers. 3-0.


Antonio Del Moral León

Age: 21

Occupation: Magic Player

Hometown: Córdoba, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Pro Tour Fate Reforged champion, Top 8 at Grand Prix Paris 2015.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Sentinel of the Eternal Watch. 9-0 with white-black.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

I had no good cards. 1-2 with red-black.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

2-1 with Sentinel of the Eternal Watch in green-white.


Aleksa Telarov

Age: 25

Occupation: Magic: The Gathering and accounting

Hometown: Novi Sad, Serbia

Previous Magic accomplishments:

I think six-time national championship, Grand Prix Vienna Top 4, World Magic Cup Top 8, cashed at some GPs, played in a number of Pro Tours. Also, shook hands with Rich Hagon!

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Mountain. 8-1 with a red-green deck with a good curve.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Mountain. Red with a touch of white. 3-0.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Mountain. Red-Blue Artifacts. 2-1.


Ashraf Abou Omar

Age: 26

Occupation: Daytrader

Hometown: Kiel, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Member of Team #GPWhatever.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Black-white. Grasp of the Hieromancer.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Blue-white with Topan Freeblade. 2-1.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Black-red. Goblin Piledriver and Touch of Moonglove.


Francesco Giorgio

Age: 27

Occupation: PhD Student

Hometown: Oxford, England, originally from Napoli, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Third place at the 2014 World Magic Cup, Top 75 at two Pro Tours.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Black-red, 8-1. The deck worked very well as a whole, but if I had to pick one card, then definitely Cruel Revival.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Blue-black, 3-0. Sphinx's Tutelage was awesome.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Blue-Black, 2-1. Again, Sphinx's Tutelage won the most of my games. Also Jhessian Thief which is one of my favorite cards in the set.


Fabrizio Anteri

Age: 25

Occupation: Professional Magic player, part-time Magic store clerk

Hometown: London, England

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Won Grand Prix London four weeks ago, finished in the Top 16 at Grand Prix Prague two weeks ago.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Hangarback Walker ["HangarFAB Walker"] and "Jose and Maria," also known as Pia and Kiran Nalaar. Black-red, 9-0.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Knightly Valor, green-white, 3-0.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Outland Colossus, red-green, 3-0.


Michael Bonde

Age: 28

Occupation: Student and member of Team Rocket

Hometown: Aarhus, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 4 at Grand Prix Strasbourg 2013, tenth on tiebreakers at Grand Prix San Diego 2010, StarCityGames Worchester champion, Bazaar of Moxen Vintage champion 2013.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Green-white, Topan Freeblade and Outland Colossus, 7-2.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Red-black, Act of Treason and Volcanic Rambler, 3-0.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Red-black, Act of Treason and Chandra's Fury, 3-0.


Sergiy Sushalskyy

Age: 32

Occupation: MBA Student at IESE Barcelona

Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Two Grand Prix Top 8s, 2014 Ukrainian national champion.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Black-green. Outland Colossus and Managorger Hydra. 7-2.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Red-White Tempo. Three Iroas's Champions. 3-0.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Blue-green. Six Claustrophobias. 3-0.

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