Top 8 Players of Grand Prix Birmingham 2018 (Standard)

Posted in Event Coverage on May 13, 2018

By Tobi Henke

After fifteen rounds of Standard, with a total of 1,161 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: Goncalo Pinto

Age: 32

Occupation: Digital marketing analyst

Hometown: Barreiro, Portugal

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Nationals.

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

I tested a lot for Legacy and didn't practice any Standard, so on Friday I and Márcio thought black-red might be good and asked _megafone_ for help.

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

Goblin Chainwhirler, by far.

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

Rekindling Phoenix. Could be main deck.


Name: Luke Southworth

Age: 29

Occupation: Retail

Hometown: Preston, United Kingdom

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Couple of GP cashes, one Pro Tour appearance.

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

Black-Red Aggro, because Heart of Kiran is great and Matthew Foulkes put the tuning in.

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

Heart of Kiran.

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

Siege-Gang Commander.


Name: Matt Brown

Age: 20

Occupation: Accountant

Hometown: Chelmsford, England

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Played one Pro Tour, a few GP cashes.

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

Black-Red Aggro because Matt Foulkes told me to.

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

Scrapheap Scrounger with a shoutout to Goblin Chainwhirler.

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

Not The Eldest Reborn.


Name: Etienne Busson

Age: 24

Occupation: Magic streamer

Hometown: Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

A couple PTQ Top 8 and GP Day 2 finishes.

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

Black-Green Constrictor because I felt there would be a lot of Vehicles decks and I like the matchup.

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

Adventurous Impulse. It adds a lot of consistency.

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

Liliana, Death's Majesty helped a lot in grindy matchups.


Name: Rasmus Nilsson

Age: 27

Occupation: Army

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

None.

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

Black-Red Vehicles. It attacks from many angles.

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

Alpha Mountain.

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

Don't know.


Name: Martin Jůza

Age: 30

Occupation: Professional tourist

Hometown: Plzen, Czech Republic

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Hall of Fame class of 2017, 28 Grand Prix Top 8s, three Pro Tour Top 8s.

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

Black-red because you get to play a lot of powerful cards. I also didn't really have a lot of time to prepare and this was the deck I played at the last Standard GP, so I just stuck with it.

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

Glorybringer.

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

Glorybringer.


Name: Leo Lahonen

Age: 23

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Espoo, Finland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

2016 World Magic Cup Top 8.

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

White-Blue Control. It seemed very streong and sweet in our testing.

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

Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. The card buys time, draws cards, and wins games.

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

Sorcerous Spyglass, a card that shuts down multiple copies of a card at an efficient mana cost.


Name: Simon Nielsen

Age: 23 I think ...

Occupation: Magic is my life

Hometown: Slagelse, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Four Grand Prix Top 8s, two times Gold pro, Pro Tour Sydney Top 16, Zen Takahashi's friend, and sleep-in special on both Day 1 and Day 2.

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

Black-Red Mirrorbreaker. I expected lots of black-red, thanks to twitch.tv/matthewfoulkes. Fabrizio Anteri gave me a list that is great in the mirror. Seemed like an obvious choice.

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

Probably Heart of Kiran? I don't know, they are all so good!

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

Heartless Pillage. Thanks to the cool kids, Piotr Głogowski, Julien Henry, and Louis Deltour, for the tech! It was ... excessively medium.


Three of the above folks gave thanks (or at least "thanks") for disseminating free tech to Matthew Foulkes. Foulkes himself couldn't play the Grand Prix because of a wedding, but he showed up in time for the Top 8 photos anyway and snuck in among the quarterfinalists:

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