Top 8 Players of Grand Prix Barcelona 2016

Posted in Event Coverage on April 17, 2016

By Tobi Henke

After 15 rounds, with a total of 2,076 others eliminated, only eight players remained in the running for the fame and the fortune, the title and the trophy. Find out more about these people here!


Fabrizio Anteri

Age: 26

Occupation:

Hometown: London, England

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Nine Grand Prix Top 8s, four wins.

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

Wolf of Devil's Breach. Red-white. 8-1.

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

Town Gossipmonger. Red-white. 3-0.

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

Call the Bloodline. Black-green splash white. 2-1.


Mehdi Saadi

Age: 24

Occupation: Pharmacy student

Hometown: Paris, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Went 10-4-1 at Grand Prix Madrid in September.

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

Tireless Tracker. I was playing a green-white Clue deck. 8-1.

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

Accursed Witch. Black-Green Delirium. 2-0-1.

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

Pack Guardian and Tireless Tracker. Green-Blue Clue Value. 3-0.


William Jensen

Age: 33

Occupation: Gamer

Hometown: Boston, MA, USA

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Hall of Fame 2013.

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

Gryff's Boon. White-black. 9-0.

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

Silverfur Partisan. Red-green. 2-1.

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

Markov Dreadknight. White-black. 2-0-1.


Viktors Kazanskis

Age: 26

Occupation: Project manager

Hometown: Riga, Latvia

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Attended two Pro Tours.

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

White-Black No Rares. Every removal spell was good.

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

Black-red splash green for Arlinn Kord. She won a couple of games. 3-0.

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

White-red. Fiery Temper. 2-0-1.


Brian Braun-Duin

Age: 29

Occupation: Writer at ChannelFireball.com

Hometown: Roanoke, VA, USA

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Four Grand Prix Top 8s. Two Grand Prix wins.

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

Accursed Witch. I played blue-black and went 9-0.

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

Thing in the Ice. I drafted a really bad blue-green deck and barely squeaked out a 1-2.

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

Three copies of Topplegeist. I played Green-White Aggro/Delirium and went 3-0.


Shaun McLaren

Age: 28

Occupation: Professional Magic player and content creator for StarCityGames.com

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Winner of Pro Tour Born of the Gods. Second at Pro Tour Khans of Tarkir. Three Grand Prix Top 8s.

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

Red-Green Werewolves with two Pack Guardians. 8-1.

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

Arlinn Kord. Red-Green Werewolves. 2-1. Had a bunch of 2-drops.

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

Green-Blue Clues with Jace, Unraveler of Secrets, Tamiyo's Journal, and two Fleeting Memories.


Reid Duke

Age: 26

Occupation: Magic

Hometown: Sugar Loaf, NY, USA

Previous Magic accomplishments:

2011 Magic Online Champion, Top 8 at Pro Tour Atlanta 2015, 17 Grand Prix Top 8s

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

Flameblade Angel, blue-red, 8-1.

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

Jace, Unraveler of Secrets, blue-black, 3-0.

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

Pore Over the Pages, blue-black, 2-1.


Ferran Vila

Age: 40

Occupation: Computer science

Hometown: Barcelona, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Biarritz. Played in four World Championships.

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

Duskwatch Recruiter. Green-white. 9-0.

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

Erdwal Illuminator. Green-blue. 3-0.

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

Duskwatch Recruiter. Green-white. 1-2

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