TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in 2014 WORLD MAGIC CUP on December 6, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

Brazil

Will the mighty Willy Edel leading them, the Brazilian team came in to the tournament with great expectations and unparalleled leadership. Edel is known throughout Brazil as a community stalwart and a strong organizer. Now on the team himself, and flanked by new and upcoming talent throughout the team—including Thiago Saporito, who has a Pro Tour Top 8—Brazil seemed poised to make the leap. And leap they did.

Name: Matheus Rosseto de Oliveira
Country: Brazil
Hometown: Campinas, Sao Paulo
Occupation: Student
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? Limited

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Reaching the Top 8 and doing a live deck tech.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Standard: Red White Tokens

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

That would be totally insane!

Name: Willy Edel
Country: Brazil
Hometown: Rio De Janiero
Occupation: Store owner
Pro Tour Top 8s: 4
Grand Prix Top 8s: 7

Which format did you coach? Neither officially, I played both

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

When we started 4-0 and locked Day Two with three rounds to go.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Standard. Sidisi Whip

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

A lot. The Top 8 was great because we could qualify two extra Brazilians for the Pro Tour. Winning would mean Brazil would have all the possible trophies (Pro Tour, Worlds, Grand Prix, World Magic Cup).

Name: Thiago Saporito
Country: Brazil
Hometown: Santo Andre, Sao Paulo
Occupation: Grinder
Pro Tour Top 8s: 1
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? I played both

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Winning the last round to Top 8 for sure.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Limited, where I played Abzan and Abzan. (Red-Green Monsters was in Standard)

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

It would mean a dream come true, and my country would be very proud of us!

Name: Gabriel Fehr
Country: Brazil
Hometown: Salvador, Bahia
Occupation: Student
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? Standard

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Winning the last round of the Top 16 to get into the Top 8!

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Team sealed. I played RW and RW splash black. Both were aggressive.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

The fulfillment of a dream.

Denmark

Captained by Martin Müller, one of last season's Rookie of the Year contenders, Team Denmark's primary goal was getting to Day Two, which they succeeded in accomplishing, as one of the 4-3 teams to squeak in on tiebreakers. However, after back-to-back wins on Saturday, the team rallied and didn't look back, locking up the Top 8 slot after winning the second match in the stage two of team pool play.

Name: Thomas Enevoldsen
Country: Denmark
Hometown: Frederiksberg
Occupation: Assistant Attorney
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 1

Which format did you coach? None

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Finishing 4-1 so we were locked for Day Two, the day my family showed up and cheered us on.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Standard, Blue-Black Control

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

Pride and the Pro Tour, which means I get to play more Magic.

Name: Simon Nielsen
Country: Denmark
Hometown: Slagelse
Occupation: Top 8ing the World Magic Cup, apparently!
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? Standard – I have played more with all the decks than the players themselves.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Against Serbia, we were so close to dying to their combo. They needed Springlead Drum and saw ten cards before we removed their Jeskai Ascendancy. The Drum was the eleventh. That match was so tight! Well played by the Serbians!

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Standard. Lars played Abzan Whip, Thomas played Blue-Black Control, and I mostly let Martin do his thing. Limited was fun as well, though I was very sloppy.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

That would be amazing! It would show the world what a great community we have and the sweet talent-building we've got going on. Also, I'm so excited to be on the Pro Tour!

Name: Lars W. Birch
Country: Denmark
Hometown: Copenhagen
Occupation: IT Consultant
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? Team Sealed

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Going 4-1 on Day Two and realizing that we had a really strong shot at making the Top 8. Also, watching Thomas rip burn for the match twice in Team Sealed.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Standard (of course), since I sat out during Team Sealed. I play Abzan Whip with four Wingmate Rocs to curve out better.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

It would obviously be a huge deal. Our expectations were to get to Day Two, but getting back-to-back wins on Day Two really got us pumped to push for a better result. Personally, I'm past the average age for a Pro Tour player, so it feels really good to still be able to post a great finish.

Name: Martin Müller
Country: Denmark
Hometown: Jyllinge
Occupation: Student
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? None

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Losing a lot but winning anyway.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Standard, Mardu Midrange

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

England

England came in to Worlds Week with high hopes, but less experience than many of the other teams they'll be facing in Sunday. Captain Fabrizio Anteri is the most seasoned veteran with six Pro Tours under his belt and four Grand Prix Top 8s, but the rest of his crew are relative newcomers to the Pro Tour. But with a fervent fan base back home and strong play this weekend, there's no reason to think they can't tackle the super teams in their way.

Name: Fabrizio Anteri
Country: England
Hometown: London
Occupation: Unemployed and single for the last three months. Haven't been happier since I was 16.
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 4

Which format did you coach? None

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

David winning Game 3 of the last match in the deciding round for Top 8. He won his "PTQ."

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Unified Standard, UB Control

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

I couldn't imagine a better start of the first year I decide to "go pro." For the English Magic community, we can give them some credit and glory.

Name: Davind Inglis
Country: England
Hometown: Nottingham
Occupation: Card Trade/ Student
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? None

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Everything. It's like the dream factory. I had so much fun testing with everyone. I never want to miss a Pro Tour again.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Standard: I played Erebos' Zoo. The deck was pretty cool. The sideboard plan was excellent.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

So much, it would mean I could go to GPs and earn a lot more. It also means I can take my friend Shellie to Washington for the Pro Tour and get to test with Neil Rigby. As for my country, I guess it would raise England's standing in the world. Thank you everyone for believing in me. You guys are the best. Love you all. PS, playmats are awesome.

Name: Francesco Giorgio
Country: England
Hometown: Oxford
Occupation: PhD student (researcher)
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? Limited

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Winning my first feature match (and every other match, actually)

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Unified Standard—Rabblemardu

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

Since this Top 8 earned me an invitation to Pro Tour Fate Reforged, this could mean the start of my Magic career. I hope that this is a signal that the English Magic community is growing stronger. Since moving here, I have met a lot of good players that I am sure we will see on the Pro Tour very soon.

Name: Ricardo Reale
Country: England
Hometown: South Hampton
Occupation: Researcher
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? Standard

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

The Brazilian team not top-decking for the win on a close game.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Limited, Temur

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

For me, it would be a lifetime achievement. It's a great honor to play for England and I hope the players back home will watch and support us in the Top 8 tomorrow.

Greece

This is a Top 8 filled with underdogs, and Greece certainly fits that bill. Exactly 32 teams made it into Day Two, and Greece was at the bottom of that list, just barely edging out Japan and Germany on tiebreakers. The Greeks made the most of their opportunity, making an incredible run to the Top 8.

Name: Panagiotis Savvidis
Country: Greece
Hometown: Thessaloniki
Occupation: Student
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? Limited.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? In Standard, teams are tied 1-1 and I'm playing the last match. We have to win be alive for Day Two, and I beat my opponent by one life in the last turn of the extra time.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format? Standard. I played Sidisi Whip.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? Since it's my first tournament outside of Greece it would be really awesome. Our country has never made Top 8 in a World Cup it's important too!

Name: Marios Angelopoulos
Country: Greece
Hometown: Athens
Occupation: Sales area manager
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 1

Which format did you coach? Standard.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Making it to the Top 8.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format? Sealed. I played Mardu both days.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? It means a lot because it will motivate new people to play competitive Magic at home.

Name: Bill Chronopoulos
Country: Greece
Hometown: Athens
Occupation: Lawyer
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? None.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Making the Top 8!

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format? Standard. I played Temur Midrange.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? Obviously everything.

Name: Socrates Rozakeas
Country: Greece
Hometown: Athens
Occupation: Student
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? None.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Winning the last match on a mulligan to five.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format? Standard. I played Mardu Midrange. Also Limited, where I played Sultai and Abzan. I just enjoy playing Magic: The Gathering.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? For me, it would be a good chance to make it to the pro scene and a little bit of fame for my country in Magic terms.

Serbia

Serbia set itself up for success with strong eighth-place finish on Day One. They continued that run through Team Sealed on Saturday and then saw their Top 8 hopes come down to a final match against the Netherlands, one which Serbia narrowly pulled out to punch its ticket to Sunday.

Name: Boris Bajgo
Country: Serbia
Hometown: Novi Sad
Occupation: Magicana
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 1

Which format did you coach? None.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Milos top-decking Jeskai Charm to make Day 2.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format? Team Sealed. I played Mardu both days and went 2-1 and then 3-0

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? Finally Serbia gets its first Top 8!

Name: Miodrag Kitanovic
Country: Serbia
Hometown: Novi Sad
Occupation: Computer game programmer
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? Standard.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? The completely experience is pretty surreal.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format? Team Sealed. In my first pool I had 14 morphs and two Secret Plans.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? Maybe not everything. But a lot.

Name: Milos Stajic
Country: Serbia
Hometown: Novi Sad
Occupation: Student
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? Limited.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Top-decking Jeskai Charm to make Day 2.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format? Standard. I played Jeskai Tokens combo and went undefeated on Day One.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? It would mean finally playing at the Modern Pro Tour, and it would put Serbia on the Magic map of the world.

Name: Aleksa Telarov
Country: Serbia
Hometown: Novi Sad
Occupation:
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? None.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Making it to the top!

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format? Standard. I played Red-Green Aggro.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? Everything. More players, more support, more encouragement for the Magic players to travel more and play more competitively. And just the morale boost in general.

Slovak Republic

The 2010 Team World Championship in Chiba wasn't just a fluke, according to every member of the deep team from the Slovak Republic. Pro Tour Magic 2015 winner Ivan Floch, himself a member of that team, was joined by two-time Pro Tour Top 8 player and winner of Grand Prix Stockholm Mataj Zatlkaj and the 2006 World Championship Top 8 contender Jan Tomcani. The skill and depth of team Slovak Republic made them one of the teams to watch over the weekend, and they've delivered for their countryman at home. Adding a second team title would indisputably confirm to everyone else what they already attested themselves.

Name: Michal Guldan
Country: Slovak Republic
Hometown: Bratislava-Petrzalka
Occupation: Muay Thai Trainer
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? None.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

One kilogram of carpaccio at breakfast.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Team Sealed deck, Gruul both times.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

$12,000 in Christmas gifts for my wife and son, and national pride, I hope.

Name: Matej Zatlkaj
Country: Slovak Republic
Hometown: Bratislava
Occupation: Marketing Specialist
Pro Tour Top 8s: 2
Grand Prix Top 8s: 2

Which format did you coach? Constructed

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

The comeback of Jan in our win-and-in for Top 8.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

I didn't care but I went 5-0 in Limited with Sultai and Abzan.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

Proving a point and showing how good we are.

Name: Ivan Floch
Country: Slovak Republic
Hometown: Bratislava
Occupation: Professional Tourist
Pro Tour Top 8s: 2
Grand Prix Top 8s: 4

Which format did you coach? Team Sealed

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

The match against Guatemala. It was a lot of fun to play those guys.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Team Sealed; I coached.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

It would prove that Chiba in 2010 wasn't a fluke. Not sure how many countries have won a world team championship twice.

Name: Jan Tomcani
Country: Slovak Republic
Hometown: Bratislava
Occupation:
Pro Tour Top 8s: 1
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? None.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

The last round of Day 2

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Limited: Jeskai and White-Blue

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

It would be nice.

South Korea

With a World Championship competitor at the helm, the team from South Korea has heralded the age of the Korean player. Nam Sung Wook, team captain, played to victory at Grand Prix Melbourne and a finalist finish at Pro Tour Journey into Nyx with the help of a pan-Asian team of similarly successful Pro Tour players. Taking both what he learned from a larger testing group and the support of team Hong Hong home to his teammates in South Korea, the team demonstrated just what they were now capable of after two days of play: South Korea is now at the top of the list of dangerous and powerful World Magic Cup teams.

Name: Joo Hyun Oh
Country: South Korea
Hometown: Seoul
Occupation: Magic Online player
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 1

Which format did you coach? None.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Day Two versus Greece: My teammate's Prophetic Flamespeaker with Dragon Mantle and Titan's Strength dealing 16 damage!

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Limited. Hong Kong's captain Lee Shi Tian gave my Team Sealed deck build many tips. Thanks again to Lee Shi Tian and the Hong Kong team!

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

Grand Prix Seoul!

Name: Nam Sung Wook
Country: South Korea
Hometown: Seoul
Occupation: Professional Magic Player
Pro Tour Top 8s: 1
Grand Prix Top 8s: 2

Which format did you coach? None.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

We decided Top 8. Prophetic Flamespeaker dealing 16 damage.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Standard, Mardu Midrange. Thanks team Hong Kong and Lee Shi Tian!

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

Many people practicing more Magic for pro play, and for the Grand Prix in Seoul.

Name: Kim Sang-eun
Country: South Korea
Hometown: Seoul
Occupation: Game Art Director and Magic Boy!
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? Limited

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Prophetic Flamespeaker plus Dragon Mantle plus Titan's Strength equals 16 damage!

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Standard, Mono-Red Aggro. I'm red man.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

Go go Grand Prix Seoul! I want to be a semi-pro Magic player, so this is a very good opportunity for me.

Name: Woo Cho Jeong
Country: South Korea
Hometown: Seoul
Occupation: Programmer
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 0

Which format did you coach? Standard

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?

Beating Slovakia with Heir of the Wilds and two Awaken the Bears (deathtouch and trample).

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?

Limited, Temur (3-0) and jeskai (2-1) thanks to team Hong Kong (Masters of Limited)!

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?

A new age of Korean Magic, and the possibility for Grand Prix Seoul.

United States

There are very truly favorites at the World Magic Cup, but the United States is one of them. With No. 1 Ranked Player Owen Turtenwald leading the way, the Americans are a force to be reckoned with in this Top 8.

Name: Owen Turtenwald
Country: United States
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Occupation: Writer, ChannelFireball.com
Pro Tour Top 8s: 2
Grand Prix Top 8s: 16

Which format did you coach? All of them

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Having double Duneblast in Team Sealed.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format? Standard (playing Black-Green Constellation). Whipping Hornet Queen makes you feel both smart and powerful.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? It would be a great honor. I know my whole country is rooting for me.

Name: Andrew Baeckstrom
Country: United States
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Occupation: Ad Operations Manager
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 1

Which format did you coach? Standard

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? When I hit running perfects of Stratus Walk into Defiant Strike to win our team's match and put us into Day Two.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format? Standard, with White-Blue Heroic. The deck is powerful and resilient to disruption.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? It's the perfect thank you to the American Magic community for everything they've done for me. Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose.

Name: Neal Oliver
Country: United States
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Occupation: Content Producer Coordinator for MagicTraders.com
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 2

Which format did you coach? All.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? When I cast Treasure Cruise and looted off Jeskai Ascendancy only to momentarily forget to draw three. I hear Ancestral Recall is a good card.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format? Team Sealed. I played blue-green terrible cards and then an insanely powerful Jeskai tempo deck.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? The USA has been cheering us on from home and has made it clear that they want nothing less than for us to bring home the gold. We're doing our best to make that happen!

Name: Isaac Sears
Country: United States
Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Occupation: Poker Dealer
Pro Tour Top 8s: 0
Grand Prix Top 8s: 1

Which format did you coach? None.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? It's a tie between reminding Neal to draw his three cards from Treasure Cruise and Andrew going runner-runner off his Stratus Walk to win the penultimate match in Round 6.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format? Sealed, I had mono Duneblast.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? It means I would be five points away from Silver. I would play a lot more Grand Prix, and I'd have a chance at Rookie of the Year.