Top 8 Players of Grand Prix Birmingham 2017

Posted in Event Coverage on August 13, 2017

By Tobi Henke

After fifteen rounds of Modern, with a total of 1,735 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!


Steve Hatto

Age: 34

Occupation: Public servant

Hometown: Itzig, Luxembourg

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Finalist Modern Grand Prix Copenhagen 2015, Top 8 Standard Grand Prix Prague 2015, Gold for 2017–18, lifetime Team Captain Luxembourg.

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

Black-Green Rock, because people told me it's unplayable.

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

Tireless Tracker because people mostly refuse to play Lightning Bolts.

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

Fulminator Mage. Because people do not expect me to go land destruction in non "big mana" matchups.


Simon Nielsen

Age: 23

Occupation: It's complicated ...

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Two Grand Prix Top 8s, Gold two years in a row.

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

Red-Green Valakut, simple deck for a simple player. Also I think it's too powerful not to play.

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

Primeval Titan, duh!

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

Spitebellows! Okay, it might actually have been our Witchbane Orb tech.


Oscar Christensen

Age: 21

Occupation: Teacher

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Grand Prix Gothenburg 2013 win, Grand Prix Manchester 2016 Top 4.

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

Abzan Company,. because it is my kind of deck—mana dorks, Kitchen Finks, and multiple infinite combos. Also chose the deck because Chris Larsen was playing it and I wanted to prove that I am much better than him.

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

Devoted Druid—does it all!

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

Chord of Calling package is so important and makes it possible for you to control most matchups.


Piotr Głogowski

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Poznań, Poland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Defeated Sam Pardee on Magic Online and Top 8ed Grand Prix Milan in 2014.

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

Lantern, because it defeats everything besides Mono-Blue Tron. Luckily, Shooktropa wasn't here.

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

Pyxis of Pandemonium because you can pop it for troll value at the end of the game.

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

Leyline of Sanctity, because it's good if you're lucky and I am an extremely lucky person.


Loïc Le Briand

Age: 33

Occupation: Data analysis

Hometown: Metz, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 Grand Prix Lille in Legacy, Top 8 Grand Prix Paris in 2014.

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

Burn with Shrine of Burning Rage. I like the deck, and I found something with which to make it past its bad matchups. Eidolon of the Great Revel is not great at the moment.

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

Shrine of Burning Rage. Completely unexpected, people really aren't prepared for it.

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

Grim Lavamancer and Destructive Revelry add something to your deck which it lacks at times.


George Channing

Age: 30

Occupation: Trainee teacher

Hometown: Guildford, England

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Played one Pro Tour. Multiple Game Day champion.

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

Grixis Shadow as I have a lot of experience with it after my team captain Tom told me to take some time to learn a Modern deck—thanks Tom! Also it is the best deck, probably.

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

Thoughtseize. The card is absurd. It allows you to take their best card and then sculpt your game plan around what they have.

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

Engineered Explosives was excellent in the aggro matchups, but Leyline of the Void won me two rounds against Living End and Dredge, so that has to be the winner.


Ivan de Castro Sanchez

Age: 32

Occupation: Social educator

Hometown: Girona, Catalonia

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Nothing special.

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

Bant Humans Knightfall. Very good in this metagame.

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

Collected Company.

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

Negate.


Alberto Galicia

Age: 29

Occupation: I work in a game store, The Magic Hammer. Also, personal trainer

Hometown: Zaragoza, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Nothing relevant.

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

Abzan Rock because it's the only deck which I have fun with.

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

Four copies of Tectonic Edge. Opponents don't expect them.

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

Surgical Extraction. It gave me the last round of the Swiss.

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