Top 8 Players of Grand Prix Barcelona 2017

Posted in Event Coverage on March 12, 2017

By Tobi Henke

After 15 rounds of Standard, with a total of 1,257 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!


Iñigo Vallejo Pascual

Age: 24

Occupation: Personal trainer

Hometown: Bilbao, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Grand Prix Sevilla Top 32, two WMCQ Top 8s, two RPTQ Top 16s.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

I played Four-Color Saheeli because I didn't have enough time to test, and between the two tier-one decks of the format, it was the one which better fit my play style.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Skysovereign, Consul Flagship. It stole so many games along the way, especially versus Mardu decks.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Probably the same one, because I split the copies between main deck and sideboard, and it really shone when needed.


Matthew Pope

Age: 23

Occupation: IT recruiter

Hometown: Bexhill, England

Previous Magic accomplishments:

None?

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Mardu Ballista. Best deck. Relatively straightforward lines of play.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar because it is difficult to interact with and wins the game on its own.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Archangel Avacyn 3 and 4 because it excels in the mirror.


Michal Lipinski

Age: 27

Occupation: Software quality engineer

Hometown: Warsaw, Poland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

PPTQ win and a few impressive runs at local FNMs.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Mardu Ballista. I knew basically nothing about Standard, so I picked the first netdeck list and hoped for the best.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Aethersphere Harvester, a monster in the mirror, excellent at pressuring planeswalkers, and very cool artwork.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Painful Truths. It's great at grinding out games after sideboarding and not that painful with Aethersphere Harvester lifegain.


Yoann Sevaux

Age: 28

Occupation: Agrofood developer

Hometown: Toulouse, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Some PTQ Top 8, Top 32 at Grand Prix Valencia 2013, some Grand Prix Top 64s.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Four-Color Saheeli. Because my friend Soh Weng Heng told me it's the best deck four weeks ago.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Felidar Guardian. Because it generates so much value with all the cards in the deck.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Walking Ballista, because it's very good against Mardu Vehicles.


Petr Sochůrek

Age: 22, 23 on Tuesday

Occupation: Pro player

Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Champion Grand Prix Paris 2016, second at Grand Prix Rimini 2016, two more Grand Prix Top 8s, two more Grand Prix X-2s, Top 16 at Pro Tour Valencia, infinite GP and PT money finishes, Platinum level.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Four-Color Saheeli. I'm not really an aggro guy and it's the only other viable deck.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Oath of Nissa. It does everything.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Skysovereign, Consul Flagship. People aren't prepared for it, so they just lose to it.


Márcio Carvalho

Age: 31

Occupation: In the business of running hot

Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Thirteen Grand Prix Top 8s, three wins; three Pro Tour Top 8s; second at Worlds 2016, fourth at the 2016 Magic Online Championship.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Mardu. I know the deck well and it is kind to me. So why not?

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. Because he wins the game all by himself.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Archangel Avacyn. People forgot how busted Avacyn really is.


Miguel Castro

Age: 23

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Madrid, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

One Grand Prix Top 9.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Four-Color Saheeli, because it's very good and I feel very comfortable with it.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Skysovereign, Consul Flagship, because it's the best against Mardu.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Skysovereign also.


Federico Del Basso

Age: 29

Occupation: Working in a bank

Hometown: Benevento, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Three Grand Prix Top 8s, Pro Tour Aether Revolt Top 16.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

I played Mardu. Fabrizio Anteri gave me the 60 card main deck and helped me to arrive in the Top 8.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar! It's the best card of the deck, and I'm sure it will get banned.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Fumigate, because so many opponents were surprised when I played it.

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