Top 8 Profiles

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Alex ShvartsmanName: Alex Shvartsman
Age: 26
Location: NYC, USA
Occupation: Journalist
Played Magic Since: Homeland
Best Accomplishments:
- 3rd PT New York 2000
- 1st GP Nagoya
- 1st GP Barcelona

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Lisbon?
Bad, ranging on awful

Did the metagame in Extended turn out to be as expected or were there any decks that surprised you still?
Exactly as expected

What's your favorite card in this format?
Meddling Mage

Jelger WiegersmaName: Jelger Wiegersma
Age: 20
Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Occupation: Student
Played Magic Since: Fallen Empires

Best Accomplishments:
- 3rd PT New Orleans
- 10th PT Chicago '99
- 3rd GP Turin

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Lisbon?
Turn 2 Oath ...

Did the metagame in Extended turn out to be as expected or were there any decks that surprised you still?
As expected though I saw less Grow than I thought there'd be

What's your favorite card in this format?
Oath of Druids

Kai BuddeName: Kai Budde
Age: 22
Location: Hamburg
Occupation: Student and Magic professional
Played Magic Since: Homelands

Best Accomplishments:
1-5 in the Masters Series

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Lisbon?
Tried to get as many warnings and game losses through misplaying of Oath of Druids.

Did the metagame in Extended turn out to be as expected or were there any decks that surprised you still?
My matchups:
1 Turboland, 1 Sligh, 1 White Weenie,
8! Supergro
I guess Oath was a decent choice :)

What's your favorite card in this format?
Swords to Plowshares

Márcio CarvalhoName: Márcio Carvalho
Age: 16
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Occupation: Student
Played Magic Since: 1999

Best Accomplishments:
- GP Porto 2000, 17º
- Nationals 2000 - Portugal, 23º

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Lisbon?
Fine. The worst was my fourth round against PT-JUNK. The rest was just OK.

Did the metagame in Extended turn out to be as expected or were there any decks that surprised you still?
Not surprised, just what expected

What's your favorite card in this format?
Wasteland!

Olivier RuelName: Olivier Ruel
Age: 20
Location: Aubervillers
Occupation: Student
Played Magic Since: 4th edition

Best Accomplishments:
- Beating Kai Budde in NY
- Beating Kai Budde in Euros
- Beating Kai Budde in Lisbon

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Lisbon?
I wouldn't say perfect ... but not too far from it

Did the metagame in Extended turn out to be as expected or were there any decks that surprised you still?
I just copied a deck from internet two days before the GP so I did not expected any metagame

What's your favorite card in this format?
Mind Harness!

Patrick MelloName: Patrick Mello
Age: 25
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Occupation: Student
Played Magic Since: Summer '95

Best Accomplishments:
- Top 4 PT Barcelona 2001
- Top 4 PT NT 2000
- Beat Kai Budde in the Masters in San Diego :-)

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Lisbon?
Mostly fine, concentrated but some minor errors because of time issues (50 minute rounds are tough when playing Oath)

Did the metagame in Extended turn out to be as expected or were there any decks that surprised you still?
We expected Oath, Grow and Slight and that was the majority of decks I faced

What's your favorite card in this format?
Recurring Nightmare, unfortunately it's pretty bat at the moment.

Stefano FioreName: Stefano Fiore
Age: 20
Location: Rome, Italy
Occupation: Student
Played Magic Since: '95

Best Accomplishments:
- Top 11 GP Florence
- 2 Top 32 European Championships

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Lisbon?
Quite well

Did the metagame in Extended turn out to be as expected or were there any decks that surprised you still?
Metagame is exactly what I expected

What's your favorite card in this format?
Force of Will

Tom van de LogtName: Tom van de Logt
Age: 20
Location: Groesgeek, Netherlands
Occupation: Student
Played Magic Since: Ice Age

Best Accomplishments:
- 2001 World Champion
- Top 8 2000 World Championships
- Top 8 Euro's 1998
2 times National Champion of the Netherlands

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Lisbon?
I was a bit sloppy at times, it could have been better

Did the metagame in Extended turn out to be as expected or were there any decks that surprised you still?
No, I expected this metagame and it worked out

What's your favorite card in this format?
Barbarian Ring

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