Grand Prix Warsaw 2013

Early on Saturday morning, 984 players descended upon Warsaw to test their mettle in Standard. A week after the World Championship and the World Magic Cup had set the stage, most of them entered the fray with Jund midrange or Gruul aggro, and as a result these decks were well-represented in the Top 8. Many of the top players, including World Champion Shahar Shenhar, signed up with UWR Flash, but none of them got quite as far. Besides Jund, Gruul, and UWR, there was a large variety of other archetypes running around the top tables as well. We've seen Tyrant of Discord and Conjurer's Closet in the same deck. We've seen Demonic Rising plus Mutavault. We've seen the resurgence of Bant Hexproof and Zombies. And we've seen all kinds of different flavors of red-green being represented, from Craterhoof Behemoth to Predator Ooze variants.

In the end, though, it turned out that Arbor Elf, Domri Rade, and Thundermaw Hellkite were the cards that nobody had an answer to—at least when it was Wenzel Krautmann asking the questions. Krautmann's Top 8 matches went blisteringly fast. Flinthoof Boar, Hellrider, and Thundermaw Hellkite entered the battlefield tapped and attacking, and defeated opponent after opponent. In the finals, he faced off against Rookie of the Year Felipe Tapia Becerra, but the Chilean's puny Zombies were no match for Krautmann's red and green haste creatures.

Congratulations to Wenzel Krautmann, champion of Grand Prix Warsaw 2013!


top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Jérémy Dezani

(8) Przemek Oberbek

(5) Yann Robin

(4) Felipe Tapia Becerra

(3) Michal Kolacinski

(6) Denniz Rachid

(7) Wenzel Krautmann

(2) Niklas Ramquist

Semi-finals

Jérémy Dezani, 2-1

Felipe Tapia Becerra, 2-0

Michal Kolacinski, 2-1

Wenzel Krautmann, 2-1

Finals

Felipe Tapia Becerra, 2-1

Wenzel Krautmann, 2-1

Champion

Wenzel Krautmann, 2-1

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1. Wenzel Krautmann $3,500
2. Felipe Tapia Becerra $2,300
3. Jérémy Dezani $1,500
4. Michal Kolacinski $1,500
5. Niklas Ramquist $1,000
6. Yann Robin $1,000
7. Denniz Rachid $1,000
8. Przemek Oberbek $1,000

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Top 8 — Players

by Event Coverage Staff

Wenzel Krautmann

Age: 31
Occupation:
Hometown: Tübingen, Germany

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Three Grand Prix Top 8s.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Red-Green Dragon. Awesome deck!

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

What is the most important card in your deck?
Arbor Elf and Elvish Mystic.

Yann Robin

Age: 25
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Clermont Ferrand, France

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
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What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Naya Dorks. It's good against Jund, Blue-White-Red, and Kibler Aggro.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Probably add another white source, like the second Sacred Foundry instead of the second Mountain.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Thundermaw Hellkite. Not close.

Denniz Rachid

Age: 26
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Kungsbacka, Sweden

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Two Pro Tour Top 8s. Zero Grand Prix Top 8s — now one.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Bant Hexproof. Lost my luggage, so I just took a friend's backup deck. Thanks Ludde Londos!

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Maybe add another Fog, Mending Touch, and two other cards to the sideboard and take out Advent of the Wurm.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Geist of Saint Traft, you will not be missed, though you served me well.

Niklas Ramquist

Age: 26
Occupation: Programmer
Hometown: Uppsala, Sweden

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Not much. PTQ Top 8s and 34th at Grand Prix Florence. Second place at MOCS.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Hexproof. It can get goddraws and has a decent matchup against Jund and Blue-White-Red.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Feeling pretty good about it at the moment. Probably should have a third Fog in the sideboard.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Geist of Saint Traft.

Przemek Oberbek

Age: 33
Occupation: PhD student at Warsaw University of Technology, owner of Polish Magic website psychatog.pl
Hometown: Warsaw, Poland

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Two-time national champion, Top 8 Grand Prix Warsaw 2001, Top 32 Pro Tour Prague years ago.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Black-Green Rock. Just a nice deck versus the metagame. It won five games against Red-Green Kibler, won against Blue-White-Red, Hexproof, and Elves/tokens. Still, it's only a coinflip versus Jund.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I'd probably cut one Primeval Bounty from the sideboard to fit in one more hard removal for Olivia Voldaren/Thundermaw Hellkite. Putrefy will do the job.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Liliana of the Veil.

Felipe Tapia Becerra

Age: 27
Occupation: Informatic
Hometown: Santiago, Chile

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Rookie of the Year 2012–2013, Top 25 Pro Tour Montreal, third Grand Prix Quebec.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Zombie Jund. I like this deck and Lotleth Troll is broken.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
None. Maybe in the sideboard.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Lotleth Troll really is broken.

Jérémy Dezani

Age: 23
Occupation: Student/Magic/tennis
Hometown: Orleans/Paris, France

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Grand Prix Lyon 2012 winner, Grand Prix Paris 2010 Top 8, Grand Prix Verona 2013 Top 4, Top 50 last Pro Tour, and built Kessig Bant for Melissa DeTora/French team in Montreal.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Jund. I just play it because I have experience with it. It's really bad at beating Blue-White-Red or Esper but works wonders against green decks.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I like the list, feels perfect for this tournament.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Huntmaster of the Fells. Removal/kill/lifegain, all in one card.

Michal Kolacinski

Age: 27
Occupation:
Hometown: Łódź, Poland

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
This is my first Grand Prix, I played without any byes, from round one. I had some minor local Magic accomplishments but nothing professional.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Jund. It's the best deck at the moment, has no bad matchups, is very flexible and consistent. Also, I play Jund in Modern and Legacy as well.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
None. The 75 are neat.

What is the most important card in your deck?
The sideboard. I've seen plenty of Jund deck lists with a poor sideboard plan. My team and I have spent several hours on the sideboard options.

Top 8 — Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Wenzel Krautmann, Top 8

 

Przemek Oberbek, Top 8

 

Denniz Rachid, Top 8

 

Jérémy Dezani, Top 8

 

Niklas Ramquist, Top 8

 

Michal Kolacinski, Top 8

 

Felipe Tapia Becerra, Top 8

 

Robin Yann, Top 8

Top 16 — Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Martin Müller, Top 16

 

Rasmus Björklund, Top 16

 

Frederico Bastos, Top 16

 

Jakub Vojta, Top 16

 

Mattia Kirchler, Top 16

 

Toni Ramis Pascual, Top 16