Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on December 16, 2007

By Wizards of the Coast

Name: Joel Calafell
Age: 19
Residence: Barcelona, Spain
Occupation: Student

Number of GP Top 8s: 1

Number of PTs played: 4

Biggest Magic success: Top 16 at GP Bilbao 2005, co-designer of the deck "Cepmacio Breakfast" (not sure if this is a success)

Tournament result: 13-2

How did you prepare for the tournament? Made two drafts on MTGO the day before leaving

Name: Patrizio Golia
Age: 17
Residence: Forlí, Italy
Occupation: Student

Number of GP Top 8s: 0

Number of PTs played: 0

Biggest Magic success: Day 2 at GP Firenze, Italian "Under 15" National Champion 2005, 5 PTQ Top 8, 20th at Italian Nationals 2006.

Tournament result: 13-2, with two byes, and an 11-0 after his 2-2 start.

How did you prepare for the tournament? Magic Online

Name: Shuuhei Nakamura
Age: 26
Residence: Edge of Osaka, Japan
Occupation: Pro traveler

Number of GP Top 8s: 11?

Number of PTs played: 20+?

Biggest Magic success: I got 3rd in Limit's qualifier tournament (the 1st and 2nd get invited to the Limit's tournament). [It's the biggest invitation only event in Japan.]

Tournament result: Day one: 7-1-1, Day two: 3-0, 2-1

How did you prepare for the tournament? I was playing all GPs using Lorwyn. I like blue!

Name: Marc Vogt
Age: 20
Residence: Freising, Germany
Occupation: Student

Number of GP Top 8s: 1

Number of PTs played: 0

Biggest Magic success: Second at a Prerelease event with more than 100 people

Tournament result: 12-1-2; 3-0 in the first draft with a Goblins/Faeries deck, 0-1-2 in the second draft with W/U Changeling

How did you prepare for the tournament? Playing a lot of Etherlords II!

Name: Raul Porojan
Age: 19
Residence: Freiburg, Germany
Occupation: Student, Basketball coach

Number of GP Top 8s: 2

Number of PTs played: 1

Biggest Magic success: 9th Edition prerelease Top 9 (and of course the Top 2 finish at GP Strasbourg)

Tournament result: 12-1-2; in draft, I played Merfolk because you cannot go worse than 2-1 with them, and red Elementals/Giants because you either go 3-0 or 0-3.

How did you prepare for the tournament? MTGO

Name: Robert van Meedevort
Age: 21
Residence: The Netherlands
Occupation: Student

Number of GP Top 8s: first one

Number of PTs played: 10

Biggest Magic success: Team Worlds Championship 2006

Tournament result: 12-1-2

How did you prepare for the tournament? I did a lot of drafts to prepare for Worlds.

Name: Jonathan Bergström
Age: 25
Residence: Mullsjö, Sweden
Occupation: Poet in a truck driver's body

Number of GP Top 8s: First!

Number of PTs played: 4

Biggest Magic success: Lots of Nationals Top 8

Tournament result: Sealed 8-1, Draft 4-0-2

How did you prepare for the tournament? Did a FNM draft. I always build Treefolk Sealed decks, because I love them.

Name: Fried Meulders
Age: 22
Residence: Rillaar, Belgium
Occupation: Student

Number of GP Top 8s: 1

Number of PTs played: 12-ish

Biggest Magic success: Belgian Champ 2007, 20th at PT Geneva 2007, Level 3 last season (unfortunately, that doesn't mean anything anymore)

Tournament result: Sealed 7-2, Draft 6-0. I just went with the flow, and played R/U Elementals in the first draft and R/G Giants in the second draft.

How did you prepare for the tournament? MTGO.

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