Top 8 Profile - Arto Hiltunen

Posted in Event Coverage on December 16, 2015

By Wizards of the Coast

Name: Arto Hiltunen
Age: 24
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Occupation: Manager/Business Intelligence Solutions
Played Magic since: "Ice Age"
Best accomplishments: Top 8 1999 Euros, Finnish Champion 1997 and 1999, Top 16 Pro Tour Paris

Q: What made you decide to come to Grand Prix Helsinki?
A: I love to play at my home city with all the friends also competing.

Q: What were your expectations going into this tournament, and why?
A: I was expecting to make at least top 16, hopefully top 8. I've always done really well in Finland! (Dozen of PTQ wins and two Finnish Championships).

Q: Briefly describe your tournament play-wise so far, both day one and day two.
A: Day one I had a solid deck without gamebreakers, but main reason 7-0 was I managed outplay some opponents. Day two I drafted well staying all day with R/B beatdown and had two awesome decks.

Q: What do you think about the formats used in this tournament, and what was your strategy?
A: I really like the draft format, it's really intensive. And I enjoy a lot playing R/B beatdown. It's really a deck that suits my style of playing.

Q: What do you think is the main reason for you making top 8 in this tournament, and why?
A: Solid drafts and almost flawless play. I don't take other people's picks ever in draft.

Q: What does this top 8 performance mean to you?
A: It's really cool to be back again at the Tour, and it's really great to do that here in Finland.

Q: What are your predictions for the top 8?
A: I'm going to stick with R/B and make it to at least top 4, hopefully my draft will cary me through for victory!

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