Top Team 4 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on March 2, 2014

By Oliver Gehrmann

Manuel Hauck, Stephan Schwarz, Christian Hauck (L–R)

Name: Stephan Schwarz
Age: 28
Occupation: Chemical Laboratory Assistant
Hometown: Schifferstadt, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Some money finishes at Grand Prix.

Why did you team up with your teammates?
We have been playing Magic together for 10 years now and to me, it feels like all 3 of us are brothers.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Red-white and Hammer of Purphoros.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
White-blue and Spear of Heliod.


 

Name: Manuel Hauck
Age: 31
Occupation: Mathematician
Hometown: Mutterstadt, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:
3rd place at Grand Prix London

Why did you team up with your teammates?
They are the best players I know.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Red-green and Fated Intervention.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Red-green and Fated Intervention.


 

Name: Christian Hauck
Age: 29
Occupation: -
Hometown: Mutterstadt, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 4 at the German Magic Nationals in 2010 and I have played in a few Pro Tours.

Why did you team up with your teammates?
They are good friends of mine.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Blue-white and Ephara's Enlightenment

What colors was your second Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Blue-black and I can't come up with a single card; the deck was just terrible.


 

Olivier Duport, Wilson Lam, Louis Ballivet (L–R)

Name: Wilson Lam
Age: 23
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland

Previous Magic accomplishments:
None!

Why did you team up with your teammates?
We are friends.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
White-green and Reap What Is Sown.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
White-green and Fleecemane Lion


 

Name: Luis Ballivet
Age: 26
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland

Previous Magic accomplishments:
None!

Why did you team up with your teammates?
They are my friends.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Mono red and Stormbreath Dragon.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Red-black and Drown in Sorrow.


 

Name: Olivier Duport
Age: 25
Occupation: I'm working in an inspection agency.
Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland

Previous Magic accomplishments:
None!

Why did you team up with your teammates?
We are good friends.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Blue-green and Bident of Thassa.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Blue-white and Elspeth, Sun's Champion for certain!


 

Christian Seibold, Tobias Gräfensteiner, Daniel Gräfensteiner (L–R)

Name: Christian Seibold
Age: 25
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Nuremberg, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Pro Tour Valencia Top 8!

Why did you team up with your teammates?
Because they are my best friends and they also happen to be the best Magic players I know.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Five-color (green-black with a splash of red-white-blue) and the best card was Polis Crusher.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Black-blue and Arbiter of the Ideal.


 

Name: Tobias Gräfensteiner
Age: 25
Occupation:
Hometown: Nuremberg, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Second place at a Grand Prix. I advanced to the Top 4 of the German Nationals three times. I also attended a couple of Pro Tours and Worlds.

Why did you team up with your teammates?
They are by far the best German players.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Mono red and a Flame-Wreathed Phoenix.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Red-white and a Flame-Wreathed Phoenix.


 

Name: Daniel Gräfensteiner
Age: 26
Occupation: Student (and I'm also working for Magicdealerpatte.de)
Hometown: Nuremberg, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:
One Top 8 at a Pro Tour.

Why did you team up with your teammates?
We are good friends.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Blue-white and Celestial Archon.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Mono green with a splash of blue and Aspect of Hydra.


 

Owen Turtenwald, William Jensen, Reid Duke (L–R)

Name: Reid Duke
Age: 24
Occupation: Professional Magic player
Hometown: Sugar Loaf, NY, USA

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Eight previous Grand Prix Top 8s (two wins). 2011 Magic Online Champion

Why did you team up with your teammates?
Great players, great teammates and great friends. PGO!

What colors was your first Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Mono black with a Pharika's Mender. My best card was Abhorrent Overlord.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Black-blue. My best card was Arbiter of the Ideal.


 

Name: William Jensen
Age: 31
Occupation: Professional Magic player and Content Provider for Channelfireball.com.
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV, USA

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Four Pro Tour Top 8, Thirteen Grand Prix Top 8, Hall of Famer (Class of 2013)

Why did you team up with your teammates?
Because we took an oath of brothership in a peach garden.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Blue-green and Kiora's Follower.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Reg-green and Forgestoker Dragon.


 

Name: Owen Turtenwald
Age: 24
Occupation: Magician
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI, USA

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Player of the Year, Two Grand Prix Win, One Pro Tour Top 8.

Why did you team up with your teammates?
I consider them both world class players and my friends. Also, we swore an oath.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Blue-white and two copies of Eidolon of Countless Battles.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck and what was the best card in it?
Blue-white and Wingsteed Rider.

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