Top 8 Players of Grand Prix Birmingham 2018 (Legacy)

Posted in Event Coverage on May 12, 2018

By Tobi Henke

After fifteen rounds of Legacy, with a total of 1,192 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: Peter van der Ham

Age: 30

Occupation: Storage tank integrity engineer

Hometown: Dordrecht, the Netherlands

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Dutch Legacy champion 2011, 5-0 with Rebels on Magic Online.

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

Grixis Delver—couldn't find a good deck to beat it.

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

Deathrite Shaman—it makes mana, it gains life, it wins the game.

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

Badlands, because you can't cast all the BB spells without it, at least not consistently.


Name: Bernardo Santos

Age: 24

Hometown: Lison, Portugal

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Grand Prix Liverpool Top 4, qualified for MOCS twice.

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

Grixis Delver. I like how it plays well against everything and I think it's very good.

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

Deathrite Shaman. The card is a Legacy staple for a reason; so good all around.

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

Cabal Therapy. It overperformed and I sideboarded it a lot.


Name: Johan De Gruyter

Age: 28

Occupation: Ph.D. student in biology

Hometown: Lier, Belgium

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Making four consecutive Top 8s in Belgian Legacy Cup Trials with Esper Stoneblade, and some other Top 8s in local events.

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

Steel Stompy. I chose this deck because it's tons of fun and it has a good matchup against a lot of the field.

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

Arcbound Ravager, because people forgot how to play against it.

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

Karn, Scion of Urza. I only played the card a few times, but when I did it always won.


Name: Janus Andersen

Age: 31

Occupation: Brand strategist

Hometown: Frederiksberg, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Two-time FNM winner.

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

Grixis Kess Control. I love Kess and I feel favored against Four-Color and Miracles. Also, Leovold is a miserable card.

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

Kess, Dissident Mage. The card gives you and edge in the "mirror" against Czech Pile and can pull you back from horrible positions.

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

Liliana, the Last Hope. She is incredible in all fair matchups.


Name: Yuta Takahashi

Age: 32

Occupation: Hareruya employee

Hometown: Narita, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Win a Legacy GP with Miracles.

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

Four-Color Leovold. It's the best.

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

Beta duals. I complete!

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

Flusterstorm. Good against combo and Delver.


Name: Grzegorz Kowalski

Age: 26

Occupation: Wannabe Magic pro

Hometown: Wrocław, Poland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Grand Prix Lyon champion.

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

Grixis Delver. I don't play enough Legacy to understand the whole format, so I just picked what's considered the best deck and played it online as much as I could.

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

The Forked Bolt which already won Grand Prix Lyon for me.

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

Cabal Therapy—never knew what I should name though.


Name: Alexander Mertins

Age: 26

Occupation: FNM grinding

Hometown: Cologne, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 Grand Prix Amsterdam 2017, 8-8 record at Pro Tour Ixalan.

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

Dredge, because it was the only affordable Legacy deck for me. I borrowed the Lion's Eye Diamond.

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

Ichorid! It returns from the grave.

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

Silent Gravestone. Shuts down most graveyard hate.


Name: Gary Campbell

Age: 52

Occupation: Coffin dodger

Hometown: Dundee, Scotland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

First Magic player in Scotland. Played Pro Tour 22 years ago, ten in total.

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

Red Prison. I played it because I'm confident I'm capable of casting "Chalice for one" first turn.

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

Chalice of the Void—win on turn one.

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

None—most cards remained unused.

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