Top 8 Profiles of Grand Prix Stockholm 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on September 16, 2018

By Tobi Henke

After fifteen rounds of Modern, with a total of 1,314 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, their decks, and their weekend below!


Name: Branco Neirynck

Age: 28

Occupation: Magic player

Hometown: Koekelare, Belgium

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Three GP Top 8s, one PT Top 8, one WMC finals.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Jeskai. Couldn't lose with it online.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Snapcaster Mage does everything. Extra removal, card draw, counters, and pressure!

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Baneslayer Angel/Lyra Dawnbringer. Wins games fast and opponents cut removal.


Name: Jari Rentsch

Age: 21

Occupation: Computer science student at ETH Zürich

Hometown: Zürich, Switzerland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

12-3 at GP Turin 2018 for tenth place, 12-3 at GP Prague 2017 for 17th.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

I was very unsure about whether I should play my pet deck Green-White Hatebears or Storm. Seems like my last-minute decision to play Storm paid off.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Past in Flames. It's basically Yawgmoth's Will with flashback.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Pieces of the Puzzle. It allowed me to kill people on turn four through graveyard hate multiple times.


Name: Oliver Moon

Age: 22

Occupation: Studying environmental engineering

Hometown: Frederiksberg, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

34th at Grand Prix Copenhagen 2017.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

I played Bant Spirits because of the great sideboard and also because I like playing Collected Company.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Probably Collected Company because you sometimes get really good hits and can quickly pull ahead.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Stony Silence or Stony Silence. It's close but they are really good in the current metagame.


Name: Elias Klocker

Age: 24

Occupation: Magic card dealer

Hometown: Schwarzach, Austria

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 World Magic Cup 2017.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Mono-White Martyr, because it is really good against creature decks.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Squadron Hawk. The deck would not function without it.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

The second Archangel Avacyn. It was really good against creature decks.


Name: Joel Larsson

Age: 26

Occupation: Professional tourist

Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden

Previous Magic accomplishments:

1st and 2nd at Pro Tour, seven Grand Prix Top 8s, something like three or four Pro Tour Top 16 finishes.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

White-Blue Control. Best deck. Played over 140 leagues with it.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Celestial Colonnade.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Spell Queller. Great against the top field.


Name: Rasmus Enegren

Age: 19

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Sollentuna, Sweden

Previous Magic accomplishments:

This is my first major accomplishment.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

I played White-Blue Control. I love playing control decks and white-blue seemed like the best option for the tournament.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Jace, the Mind Sculptor. Why? Jace is greater than all, can't go wrong with Jace.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Disdainful Stroke. Played against a lot of Tron and White-Blue and Stroke struck many Karns and Teferis over the weekend.


Name: Luis Salvatto

Age: 29

Occupation: Magic player

Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan champion, Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad Top 8, two Pro Tour Top 16 finishes, two GP wins, SSS 2015 win.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

White-Blue, because it's the best deck and fits my playstyle.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Terminus. It's a miracle, and sometimes you need one.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Porphyry Nodes. It can deal with multiple annoying creatures and buy a lot of time.


Name: Ondřej Stráský

Age: 23

Occupation: Unsure

Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Four GP Top 8s, two PT Top 8s, friends with Ivan Floch, a better player than Petr Sochůrek.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Bant Spirits. Top 4ed the last GP with it, so I thought I'd run it back.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Geist of Saint Traft.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Geist of Saint Traft.

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