Top 8 Team Profiles

Posted in 2016 WORLD MAGIC CUP on November 19, 2016

By Event Coverage Staff

Below are the profiles from each of the eight countries represented in the 2016 World Magic Cup Top 8. Each country is comprised of four team members.



Belgium

Team Belgium returns to the World Magic Cup Top 8 for the first time since 2013. Featuring a team that has plenty of Pro Tour and Grand Prix experience, Belgium showed that they are a returning powerhouse on the global Magic stage.

Name:

Jerome Bastogne

Country:

Belgium

Hometown:

Waterloo

Occupation:

Computer Science (A.I.) masters student

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

When we were playing for Top 8, 1-0 in team score, and I locked it with my opponent conceding.

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

As a "new" player, it really feels like a first accomplishment and I know that Belgium is really proud of us, and their support is awesome.


Name:

Peter Vieren

Country:

Belgium

Hometown:

Leuven

Occupation:

Traffic Modeler

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

The whole tournament has been amazing for us, but the moment we secured Top 8 felt really insane.

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

For me, it would feel like the greatest achievement of my life. It's incredible that even people who don't know Magic were rooting for us.


Name:

Branc Neirynck

Country:

Belgium

Hometown:

Koekelare

Occupation:

Banker

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

Watching Jerome beating his opponent without me having a clue what was actually going on.

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

Achieving a dream, which I first had 13 years ago when I started playing this game.


Name:

Pascal Vieren

Country:

Belgium

Hometown:

Ghent

Occupation:

Payroll Expert

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

During the player meeting, we started singing the national anthem. After a while, Boliva, sitting next to us, starting singing theirs, which was awesome.

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

To me, a lot, especially with my brother (and an amazing team)! The entire Belgian Magic community is supporting us. Maybe winning would spark even more enthusiasm.



Finland

Team Finland features four new but talented players who ensured their Top 8 berths in the penultimate round before Top 8. This was the first World Magic Cup for all competitors.

Name:

Matt Kuisma

Country:

Finland

Hometown:

Järvenpää

Occupation:

Student

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

Getting beat by Noxious Gearhulk into Saheeli's Artistry was pretty cool, even though I lost.

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

It would be so nice.


Name:

Lauri Pispa

Country:

Finland

Hometown:

Tampere

Occupation:

Card Shop Owner

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

Opening a horrible Sealed pool with the first rares being four lands and Dubious Challenge (what is it for again?), and beating Burn 2-0 with Lantern Control!

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

It would be so nice.


Name:

Thomas Tuominen

Country:

Finland

Hometown:

Helsinki

Occupation:

Student (environmental engineering)

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

When our Red-White deck started to feed us real hands.

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

It would be nice.


Name:

Leo Lahonen

Country:

Finland

Hometown:

Espoo

Occupation:

Student

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

The turn two kill on camera in Day One, Round 6 against Dominican Republic. (For reference.)

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

It would be nice.



Greece

The 2014 World Magic Cup finalists are back after a heartbreaking miss last year. For Greece's team captain, a win would be reclaiming the near success achieved two years ago.

Name:

Panagiotis Papadopoulos

Country:

Greece

Hometown:

Athens

Occupation:

Accountant

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

Winning my last match against Malaysia and making the Top 8.

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

It would motivate more people back in Greece, and it would be a lifetime goal fulfilled.


Name:

Nikolaos Kaponis

Country:

Greece

Hometown:

Athens

Occupation:

Camera Operator

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

Papadopoulos finally won a match (the last and most important one).

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

Pride.


Name:

Tziotis Petros

Country:

Greece

Hometown:

Athens

Occupation:

Entertainer

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

I played three Siege Rhino against Dredge (and won).

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

Peace and prosperity.


Name:

Bill Chronopoulos

Country:

Greece

Hometown:

Athens

Occupation:

Lawyer

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

Papadopoulos finally winning a match in Day Two to send us into the Top 8!

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

Fulfilling a goal that we so much wanted to achieve two years ago.



Australia

The Australian national team put up an impressive performance all weekend, taking down powerhouse teams to get it thus far. This year marked each team member's first showing at the World Magic Cup.

Name:

David Mines

Country:

Australia

Hometown:

Brisbane

Occupation:

Harm Reduction Counsellor

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

Meeting our honorary Australians, Team Macedonia.

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

Getting to finally give Australian Magic the push it needs to be taken seriously on the world stage, and to me, having the opportunity to captain a team of friends to a great shared experience.


Name:

Garry Lau

Country:

Australia

Hometown:

Sydney

Occupation:

Product Manager

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

Going 1-2, then making it all the way to the Top 16. The goal was Top 8, and we finally did it!

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

Unbelievable. I'm so proud to represent Australia. Hopefully a win will introduce more players to join in on this amazing game.


Name:

James Wilks

Country:

Australia

Hometown:

Canberra

Occupation:

Video Editor

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

Garry Lau trying to cast Serum Visions when his opponent was already dead.

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

It would mean putting Australian Magic back on the map and showing the world that we're still powerful wizards. (And also prove the effectiveness of the Tapas Testing Process.)


Name:

Ryan Cubit

Country:

Australia

Hometown:

Melbourne

Occupation:

IT Support

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

Tapas! Also, flipping Thing in the Ice is so good!

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

It would be great for the country and help Australia get respect on the world stage. To me, it would simply be awesome!


Italy

The reigning World Magic Cup winners are back! Italy has earned back-to-back Top 8s this weekend with a team that features one of last year's winning team members and three Pro Tour Top 8s among the four competitors. Winning this event would make Italy the first country to win the title for multiple years.

Name:

Alessandro Portaro

Country:

Italy

Hometown:

Rome

Occupation:

I work at the best Italian Magic shop, Galactus Roma.

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

My favorite moment was when I realized we had won the last round against Germany, which meant Italy was in the Top 8 and I was qualified for the Pro Tour again after two years.

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

Winning would mean Italy will be the first country with two titles, and Marco Cammilluzzi—who is one of my best friends—can't say that he is better than me!


Name:

Andre Mengucci

Country:

Italy

Hometown:

Senigallia

Occupation:

Student and Magic pro player

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

When we won with Laboratory Maniac and Angel's Grace and Spoils of the Vault naming Scapeshift.

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

Last year, it was the best experience of my life. Doing it twice would be the best thing ever.


Name:

Mattia Rizzi

Country:

Italy

Hometown:

Lecco

Occupation:

Magic Player

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

When I dealt lethal to Germany and advanced to the Top 8.

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

Winning would be the best experience of my life.


Name:

Alessandro Casamenti

Country:

Italy

Hometown:

Forlì

Occupation:

Workman

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

When we combo'd off with Ad Nauseam on turn three.

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

Top 8ing is already an insane result because I'll play in my first Pro Tour, but winning would be even better.



Ukraine

Historically a country that has typically gotten to Day Two, Ukraine had never broken through the Top 8 until this weekend. Featuring a captain with multiple Grand Prix Top 8s, the team will finally get their chance on the Sunday stage this weekend.

Name:

Iurii Babych

Country:

Ukraine

Hometown:

Kiev

Occupation:

IT specialist

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

Making this Top 8!

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

Getting a nice cup to decorate my living room.


Name:

Sergiy Sushalskyy

Country:

Ukraine

Hometown:

Kiev

Occupation:

Operations Manager at Amazon

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

I locked down Naya Burn with Chalice of the Voids for 1 and 2

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

Ultimate success!


Name:

Artem Fedorchenko

Country:

Ukraine

Hometown:

Kiev

Occupation:

Website developer

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

Qualifying for my first Pro Tour.

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

Making history for my country.


Name:

Bogdan Sorozhynsky

Country:

Ukraine

Hometown:

Vyshneve

Occupation:

Front end developer

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

When we went 1-2 in Limited and then we went undefeated in Modern on Day One, and of course qualifying for my first Pro Tour.

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

It means so much for us and even more for our country because Ukraine has never been in the Top 8 before. Also, my friends and family will take my hobby more seriously.



Belarus

Belarus had a true underdog story last year, but ultimately fell just short of their first Top 8 in 9th place. They are now guaranteed to improve on that finish, and with returning World Magic Cup competitors, come into Sunday with some solid experience.

Name:

Hleb Bantsevich

Country:

Belarus

Hometown:

Minsk

Occupation:

Manager

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

It is my first World Magic Cup. All memories from this event are good.

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

For my country, more people would know about Belarus, and Magic in Belarus would become more popular. For me, it is my first large event, and I would very much enjoy it.


Name:

Pavel Miadzvedski

Country:

Belarus

Hometown:

Borisov

Occupation:

Tourist

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

Finally made it to Top 8!!

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

More pro level players in Belarus!


Name:

Ihar Klionski

Country:

Belarus

Hometown:

Minsk

Occupation:

Student

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

When our team played against the Ad Nauseam deck and we managed to win a match after he had gone off with Lightning Storm. It just so happened that we had more lands in hand than he had in his deck.

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

It would be great! And I hope we would have more professional players and better tournaments.


Name:

Dmitry Andronchik

Country:

Belarus

Hometown:

Minsk

Occupation:

Software Developer

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

I won against Dredge without a sideboard, and we earned an invitation to the next Pro Tour.

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

It would be the first victory for me and our country.



Panama

For Team Panama, this year was a huge leap forward. The country had yet to make it to Day Two before, but with a team featuring plenty of World Magic Cup experience, the Latin American country finally came through in a big way with their first Top 8.

Name:

Saul Alvarado

Country:

Panama

Hometown:

Ciudad de Panama

Occupation:

Psychology student and trainer for UPS

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

Making Top 8.

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

I would be proud. Representing my country is already a good thing, but winning will show the world that Latin America has what it takes to be a champ.


Name:

César Segovia

Country:

Panama

Hometown:

Chiriquí

Occupation:

Water Purifier Factory Supervisor

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

Being able to draw three Galvanic Blasts in a row (and that my birthday is tomorrow).

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

After so many years of playing Magic, being able to accomplish this with a great team would be a dream come true.


Name:

Sergio Bonilla

Country:

Panama

Hometown:

Ciudad de Panama

Occupation:

Eye surgeon

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

Getting together with this awesome team of friends and making Top 8 with the team!

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

For my country, it will mean that even in the smallest of places, one can find talented people. Also, it will encourage more people to play competitive events and get better at the game. For me, it represents the pinnacle, the summit of all these years of playing this amazing game!


Name:

Manuel Succari

Country:

Panama

Hometown:

Panama, but I live in Chinese Taipei currently

Occupation:

Japanese Major Student

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

Winning the last match against Italy to make Top 8.

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

It would mean everything to me; it is my childhood dream.

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