Top 8 Team Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on December 15, 2018

By Frank Karsten

On Friday morning, 74 teams started. After thirteen rounds, only eight teams remained in the running. Their Top 8 performance came with invitations and airfare to the upcoming Mythic Championship in Cleveland . . . and the opportunity to fight for the title, the trophy, and additional prize money.

Below are the profiles from each of the eight countries represented in the 2018 World Magic Cup Top 8. Each country is comprised of three team members, whose deck archetypes and profiles will be listed in A-B-C seating order.

HONG KONG


Team Hong Kong 2018: (left to right) Alexander Dadyko, Wu Kon Fai, Lee Shi Tian

Hong Kong's Unified Standard decks are Boros Angels, Izzet Drakes, and Golgari Midrange.

WU KON FAI

Hometown: Hong Kong

When did you start playing Magic12 years ago, with Prophecy

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? We went undefeated along the journey. The seating plan by Lee was so good that we mostly faced good matchups.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? To tell the world that Hong Kong players are good!

 


 

LEE SHI TIAN

Hometown: Hong Kong

When did you start playing MagicOdyssey

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? My teammate won the match when I was stuck at one land looking at Karn, Scion of Urza and the other match mulliganed to five in the mirror match.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? Showcasing Hong Kong players are great!

 


 

ALEXANDER DADYKO

Hometown: Moscow, Russia

When did you start playing MagicStarting from Sixth Edition casually, then a break from Magic from 2004 to 2013, then returned with Return to Ravnica and started playing more competitively

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Going undefeated through the Swiss, thanks to the help from my teammates.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? We were fortunate to make the Top 8 of the last World Magic Cup to date.

ITALY


Team Italy 2018: (left to right) Tian fa Mun, Mattia Basilico, Andrea Mengucci

Italy's Unified Standard decks are Selesnya Tokens, Golgari Midrange, and Izzet Drakes.

TIAN FA MUN

Hometown: Busto Arsizio

When did you start playing Magic? In 2016

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Friendship! The time spent together to test with my teammates, the tension in every game, the victories together! Every moment will always be a beautiful memory.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? For me, it would be an incredible emotion; I would be super happy! For Italy, where Magic is played by so many people, it would be so great! Italians like to play Magic so much!

 


 

ANDREA MENGUCCI

Hometown: Senigallia

When did you start playing Magic? Kamigawa

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? When Tian drew Immortal Sun against Germany and we won a game that I was sure we would have lost.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? That I would be the only person to win this event twice.

 


 

MATTIA BASILICO

Hometown: Terni

When did you start playing Magic? Zendikar

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Winning on a mulligan to five against my opponent from Denmark.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? Would be amazing to be the first nation to win the WMC twice. And yes, also qualifying for my first Mythic Championship is not bad.

JAPAN


Team Japan 2018: (left to right) Naoya Nanba, Ken Yukuhiro, Moriyama Masahide

Japan's Unified Standard decks are Selesnya Aggro, Golgari Midrange, and Izzet Drakes.

KEN YUKUHIRO

Hometown: Tokyo

When did you start playing Magic? When I was nineteen years old

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? When Nanba won the one-minute-remaining game and the team won!

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? It would mean that one of my dreams would come true. And for Japan, also two consecutive victories.

 


 

NAOYA NANBA

Hometown: Gunma

When did you start playing Magic? In 2012, from Return to Ravnica

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? When we went 2-1 with a weak Sealed pool. Thank you, captain Yukuhiro!

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? It would mean that we defended the title of Japan.

 


 

MORIYAMA MASAHIDE

Hometown: Izumo

When did you start playing Magic? In 2017, since Kaladesh

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? That we won all Standard matches since Day One.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? Two consecutive titles.

ISRAEL


Team Israel 2018: (left to right) Yuval Zuckerman, Amit Etgar, Shahar Shenhar

Israel's Unified Standard decks are Boros Aggro, Izzet Drakes, and Golgari Midrange.

YUVAL ZUCKERMAN

Hometown: Tel Aviv

When did you start playing Magic? Six years ago, with Gatecrash

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? When I won my match against Austria in the last round.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? That although there aren't many players in Israel, we're still good. And for me, it will be basically a dream come true.

 


 

SHAHAR SHENHAR

Hometown: Jerusalem

When did you start playing Magic? Since Lorwyn block

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

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? Apparently, I'll be part of a very exclusive club (as Brian David-Marshall said). And for my teammates, this is a dream come true! (It's the first big tournament for them.)

 


 

AMIT ETGAR

Hometown: Modi'in

When did you start playing Magic? Ten years ago

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Playing a feature match in Round 4 of Day One against Portugal and actually winning it!

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? Achieving a ten-year-old dream and giving my country the honor of taking the last WMC.

CHINA


Team China 2018: (left to right) Song Long, Xu Ming, Liu Yuchen

China's Unified Standard decks are Golgari Midrange, Jeskai Control, and Big Red.

LIU YUCHEN

Hometown: Beijing

When did you start playing MagicIn 2005, with Ravnica block

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? I used an opponent's Carnage Tyrant (via The Eldest Reborn) to attack for lethal damage in the win-and-in match.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? It would prove China is also great at Magic.

 


 

SONG LONG

Hometown: Shandong

When did you start playing MagicReturn to Ravnica

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?I didn't win any match in Day Two, but we still made the Top 8. I love my teammates! Hope tomorrow I will carry you!!

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? My dream coming true! And it would prove that China has lots of good Magic players.

 


 

XU MING

Hometown: Shenzhen

When did you start playing MagicIn 2000

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Going undefeated on Day One.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? I am proud of my country, and for me it's a really good achievement playing Magic for so many years.

FRANCE


Team France 2018: (left to right) Timothée Jammot, Arnaud Hocquemiller, Jean-Emmanuel Depraz

France's Unified Standard decks are Golgari Midrange, Jeskai Control, and Selesnya Tokens.

JEAN-EMMANUEL DEPRAZ

Hometown: Paris

When did you start playing Magic12 years ago, the current set at that time must have been…Kamigawa?

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Copying Fight with Fire for the win. A recurring event this weekend!

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? I love France, I love its Magic community, and being able to tell all of them they won the World Magic Cup would probably be the best time of my life.

 


 

ARNAUD HOCQUEMILLER

Hometown: Paris

When did you start playing MagicIn 2008, with Morningtide

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? When France took the title in 2013. Actually, dealing 20 damage to people with copied Fight with Fires is pretty cool as well.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? It would make France the first country to become a two-time World Magic Cup Champion! Team tournaments are always great, and the World Magic Cup is the best one!

 


 

TIMOTHÉE JAMMOT

Hometown: Toulouse

When did you start playing MagicTwo years ago, with the Kaladesh Prerelease

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Beating the USA to make Day Two after having won my grindy Selesnya mirror match.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? I only participated in one PT, and it would be a huge accomplishment personally relative to how long I've been playing. For France, it would be another reason to make two-stars shirts.

AUSTRALIA


Team Australia 2018: (left to right) Matthew Garnham, Benaya Lie, David Mines

Australia's Unified Standard decks are Boros Aggro, Golgari Midrange, and Turbo Fog.

BENAYA LIE

Hometown: Sydney

When did you start playing MagicAround original Mirrodin?

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Watching Matt slowly Fog people out, one turn at a time.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? Remind us that our relatively small competitive community can punch above its weight.

 


 

DAVID MINES

Hometown: Brisbane

When did you start playing MagicInvasion

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Getting that sweet, sweet second Top 8 from three World Magic Cups.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? Australia never gets any credits. It would be great to prove we have a place on the world stage!

 


 

MATTHEW GARNHAM

Hometown: Melbourne

When did you start playing MagicMirrodin

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Traveling with my teammates.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? To have the claim to the last WMC trophy.

SLOVAKIA


Team Slovakia 2018: (left to right) Richard Hornansky, Milan Niznansky, Ivan Floch

Slovakia's Unified Standard decks are Selesnya Tokens, Jeskai Control, and Golgari Midrange.

RICHARD HORNANSKY

Hometown: Bratislava

When did you start playing Magic? In high school, when Revised Edition was released. (I'm old.)

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? The good time with friends. (We prepared together with the Dutch and Canadian teams.)

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? It will be great for me. I will be very thankful to Ivan. I'm so proud to be here representing Slovakia. And I will need to buy swimming trunks because we promised Ivan we would swim in the sea (which is pretty cold in December) if we won.

 


 

IVAN FLOCH

Hometown: Bratislava

When did you start playing Magic? 2002, I think. It's a long time ago.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? #IvanCoverage on Twitter. Seems like my friends have a lot of fun posting there.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? We were In the Top 8 of the World Magic Cup a couple times before. As a small country, we are proud of that and we want to get the title this time.

 


 

MILAN NIZNANSKY

Hometown: Bratislava

When did you start playing Magic? Thirteen years ago, with Ravnica

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far? Eating olives from the local market.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country? It would be nice to win the last World Magic Cup.

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