Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on December 1, 2013

By Frank Karsten


Jérémy Dezani

Age: 23
Hometown: Paris/Orleans in France
Occupation:Magic/Tennis

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Four GP Top 8s with one win, and Pro Tour Theros champion.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it:
Mono Blue. This deck gave me $40,000, so I couldn't reasonably make another choice.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them:
No change; I love my build choices.

What is the most important card in your deck:
In general, Master of Waves and Thassa, God of the Sea. Against Mono Black, Bident of Thassa; it's a crazy card in this matchup.


 


Robin Dolar

Age: 21
Hometown: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Occupation: Student

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Pro Tour Return to Ravnica Top 25, Grand Prix Lisbon Top 16.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it:
Esper Control, because I think it's well-positioned against Mono Black and Mono Blue.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them:
No changes.

What is the most important card in your deck:
Pack Rat.


 


Marcin Staciwa

Age: 27
Hometown: Koszalin, Poland
Occupation: Engineer

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Seven straight Premier Event wins back in Version 2 of MTGO.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it:
Mono Blue Devotion. It's easy to play and hard to beat.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them:
No idea.

What is the most important card in your deck:
Thassa, God of the Sea.


 


Oliver Polak-Rottmann

Age: 25
Hometown: Vienna, Austria
Occupation: Student

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
17th at Pro Tour San Diego 2013, Austrian National Champion 2008.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it:
Mono Blue Devotion—best deck in the format.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them:
No changes.

What is the most important card in your deck:
Master of Waves.


 


Manuel Cecilia

Age: 28
Hometown: Udine, Italy
Occupation: Gym trainer

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
None.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it:
Rw Devotion. My friend Boucha told me to play it.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them:
Nothing. It is good just like that.

What is the most important card in your deck:
Burning-Tree Emissary into Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx.


 


Stanislav Cifka

Age: 26
Hometown: Cesky Krumlov 1, Czech Republic
Occupation:Magic

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Platinum level for the last two years, Pro Tour Return to Ravnica winner.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it:
UW Control. The only bad matchups are other Sphinx's Revelation decks, and they are less popular than they should be at the moment.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them:
None.

What is the most important card in your deck:
Last Breath.


 


Niklas Kaltenböck

Age: 24
Hometown: Graz, Austria
Occupation: Student, work for people with special needs

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
None.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it:
White Weenie with a splash for Boros Charm. I don't play Constructed normally, so I don't know the format, so aggro was the way to go for me. I chose it because it punishes slow draws and Brave the Elements is awesome.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them:
Definitely cut Wear & Tear and Renounce the Guilds for something else. Maybe 1 Abrupt Decay (for bluffing reasons, flip it before every match).

What is the most important card in your deck:
Brave the Elements.


 


Johan Prinzell

Age: 31
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation: Student

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
None to speak of.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it:
Red devotion with a white splash. With 4 Chained to the Rocks and 4 Mizzium Mortars it has a good game versus Mono Blue. With 4 Assemble the Legion in the sideboard it has a good matchup versus Mono Black. I expected lots of these decks.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them:
4 Burning-Tree Emissary; in retrospect 3 was just a mistake.

What is the most important card in you deck:
Mizzium Mortars.

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