TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in NEWS on March 24, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast


 

Robert Jurkovič

Age: 36
Hometown: Bratislava, Slovakia
Occupation: Professional Magic Online player

 

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
2010 World Team Champion

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Fabled Hero; I went 8 - 1 with a red-white deck.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
I had two copies of Kragma Warcaller and I ended up 3 - 0 with a black-red deck.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
I picked a Fabled Hero again and this time it carried me to a 2 - 1 with a red-white deck.



 


 

Denniz Rachid

Age: I feel old
Hometown: Kungsbacka, Sweden
Occupation: Teacher

 

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 8 Pro Tour Dark Ascension and Pro Tour Avacyn RestoredTop 8 Grand Prix Warsaw 2013

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Polukranos, World Eater was the best card, but a honorable mention goes out to Noble Quarry. I piloted my green-white deck to an 8 - 1 finish.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Ordeal of Thassa was the best card in a green-blue deck. I finished 1 - 1 - 1 thanks to an unintentional draw.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Portent of Betrayal helped me to finish 3 - 0 with a red-green deck.



 


 

Jérémy Dezani

Age: 23
Hometown: Orléans (somewhat) close to Paris, France.
Occupation:Magic Professional that also works for MTG Madness.

 

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Pro Tour Theros ChampionSix Grand Prix Top 8 (Lyon, Vienna, Warsaw, Prague, Verona and Paris)Another one with my team in Barcelona 3 weeks ago.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
I played Jund (red-black-green) with Stormbreath Dragon to a 9 - 0 finish.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Prophet of Kruphix wasn't quite enough and I ended up with a 1 - 2 performance with a blue-green deck.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Bident of Thassa carried me to a 2 - 0 - 1 with my blue-black deck.



 


 

Aleksa Telarov

Age: 24
Hometown: Novi Sad, Serbia
Occupation: Being handsome (it's hard work!)

 

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Numerous day 2 / Top 64 finishes as well as some good results at the World Champoinships.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Fall of the Hammer was my best card and I ended up with 8 - 1.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Minotaur Skullcleaver helped me to tear through the first draft 3 - 0.

What was the best card in second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
I had a Lightning Strike and ended up on 1 - 1 - 1.



 


 

Alexey Antonenko

Age: 29
Hometown: Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
Occupation: Software Developer

 

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Not much; I ended up on the Ukranian National Team twice.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
I had a Meletis Charlatan that helped me amass eight wins with a blue-red deck (I took one loss).

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Whip of Erebos put in some serious work and I won my respective draft pod with a blue-black deck.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
This time I went for a blue-green deck and my best card was Arbor Colossus. I finished 1 - 0 - 2.



 


 

Mads Utzon

Age: 23
Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark
Occupation: Student

 

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
I reached the Top 16 of two Star City Games Opens.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
I got passed a Nessian Wilds Ravager that was my best card and my red-green deck finished 7 - 2.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Ordeal of Erebos helped my red-black deck win my respective draft pod.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Prognostic Sphinx (he called it Procrastinating Sphinx) carried me to yet another 3 - 0 with a red-blue deck.



 


 

Aniol Alcaraz Coca

Age: 28
Hometown: Sabadell, which is close to Barcelona, Spain
Occupation: Nihilumbra!)

 

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
A long time ago, I reached the Top 8 of Grand Prix Barcelona and Madrid, which also happened to be Limited events.I won my National Champonship in 2004.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
I really underestimated Courser of Kruphix at first, but it turned out to be a real star in my deck. My blue-green deck featured a lot of solid and big creatures. I lost the first round, but I won the following eight, so 8 - 1!

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
I played a very regular Boros (white-red) deck. I managed to finish 2 - 1. Nothing stood out particularly, but the best card was still Wingsteed Rider.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Probably Ember Swallower, though Portent of Betrayal (in my main deck) gave me a couple of close games. It was mono red with some blue cards that I splashed. I was very lucky to finish 3 - 0 with it.



 


 

Andreas Lesch

Age: 23
Hometown: Cologne, Germany
Occupation: Student and Magic Grinder in Hiveworld Cologne.

 

 

Previous Magic accomplishments:
I ended up in the Top 8 of a Pro Tour Qualifier two weeks ago and I reached Day 2 at 3 Grand Prix before.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Sudden Storm; I played Blue-Green Critters because all the other colors were weak and my pool was missing any spoilers. I piloted it to a 8 - 1 finish.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Mono black devotion with a splash of blue; Rescue from the Underworld was my best card and I won my draft pod (3 - 0).

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

 

Raised by Wolves was the best card; it was a heavy green deck with a splash of white and it was enough to end up on 2 - 1.