Top 8 Players of Grand Prix Barcelona 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on July 1, 2018

By Tobi Henke

After fifteen rounds of Modern, with a total of 1,539 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!


Name: Javier Dominguez

Age: 31

Occupation: Magic

Hometown: Palau de Plemagans, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

One Pro Tour Top 8, second at Worlds 2017, two Grand Prix wins out of seven Top 8s.

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

Jeskai. I wanted to beat Humans.

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

Search for Azcanta. It plays very well with 1-mana spells.

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

Dispel. Useful against so many decks.


Name: Pierre Dagen

Age: 30

Occupation: Consulting associate

Hometown: Paris, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Three GP Top 8s, two PT Top 8s, third at World Magic Cup 2015, two-time national champion, tricked Marc Tobiasch and Oliver Polak-Rottmann into teaming with me.

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

White-Blue Control, I think I play it well and it is always relevant in any metagame.

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

Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. He does exactly what a win condition should.

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

Baneslayer Angel, because Immanuel Gerschenson found it and I like him.


Name: Louis Deltour

Age: 26

Occupation: Magic player?

Hometown: Paris, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Four other GP Top 8s, French Nationals Top 4.

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

KCI. I love playing combo decks and I felt like the field would still be unprepared.

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

Krark-Clan Ironworks.

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

Galvanic Blast. Won every time I drew it.


Name: Nick Waugh

Age: 29

Occupation: Business development manager

Hometown: Godalming, United Kingdom

Previous Magic accomplishments:

One Pro Point from GP Lille in February, some close calls for Top 8s at RPTQs and WMCQs.

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

Burn, my go-to deck. It suits my playstyle, rewards the things I'm good at in Magic, and doesn't force me to use skills I'm not so hot at.

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

I'm going to say Eidolon of the Great Revel. In so many matchups it's absolutely back-breaking- It's like having a sideboard card in your deck game one.

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

Probably Rest in Peace. It let me play on easy mode against Ironworks combo for the Top 8 berth! Honourable mention to Deflecting Palm for some blowouts against Humans on Day 1.


Name: Laszlo Poroszkai

Age: 33

Occupation: IT support

Hometown: Miskolc, Hungary

Previous Magic accomplishments:

I played a lot. Got two to three Top 64s in many years.

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

White-Blue Miracles; the missing cards were cheap.

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

Timely Reinforcements, punishing all the burn decks.

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

No idea. My sideboard is boring.


Name: Matti Kuisma

Age: 26

Occupation: Student/software engineer

Hometown: Espoo, Finland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

GP Bologna Top 4, WMC Top 8.

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

Dredge, because I own the cards for it.

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

Faithless Looting. Provides both explosiveness and consistency.

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

Tectonic Edge. So much value from just one sideboard slot.


Name: Maxence Duroy

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Charleville-Mézières, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Nothing really.

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

Grixis Shadow, I don't play much anymore and I have experience with it.

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

Death's Shadow, the card is busted.

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

Liliana, the Last Hope. I faced many control decks.


Name: Daniel Ballestin

Age: 24

Occupation: Sports coach

Hometown: Madrid, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

FNM in my city.

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

White-Blue Control, because [Rodrigo] Togores recommended it.

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

Terminus, it's a miracle!

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

Stony Silence, because I met three KCIs.

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