TOP 8 PLAYER PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on March 6, 2016

By Tobi Henke

After 15 rounds of Modern, with a total of 2,173 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!

Kayure Patel

Age: 28

Occupation: Lawyer

Hometown: Cheltenham, England

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Member of England's World Magic Cup team in 2015.

What deck did you play and why?

White-Blue Eldrazi. Our team said it was the best deck.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I would want my friend, Pro Tour competitor Ed Hughes, to have been here. He passed away on Tuesday and I dedicate this to him.

What's the most important card in your deck?

The eight Ancient Tombs.


Giuseppe Reale

Age: 31

Occupation: Cammilluzzi's best friend

Hometown: Rome, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at the Rochester Draft Grand Prix in Paris.

What deck did you play and why?

Living End, because it's well-positioned in the metagame.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Add one Shriekmaw to the main deck, remove Ricochet Trap from the sideboard.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Fulminator Mage.


Alessandro Lippi

Age: 33

Occupation: Magic shop

Hometown: Massa, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 4 at Grand Prix Turin, Top 4 at Grand Prix Utrecht.

What deck did you play and why?

Bant Company. Cammilluzzi gave me a good list, and with some changes it became the greatest deck!

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Nothing. Or maybe add another Vendilion Clique.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Meddling Mage.


Alberto Mattioli

Age: 22

Occupation: Mechanic

Hometown: Piacenza, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Some minor Grand Prix finishes.

What deck did you play and why?

I chose White-Blue Eldrazi because the Eldrazi are really unfair.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I would change nothing.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Thought-Knot Seer by far.


Jaroslav Boucek

Age: 28

Occupation: Magic player/traveler

Hometown: Samotišky, Czech Republic

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Lille, Top 32 at Grand Prix Rimini, some Top 64s.

What deck did you play and why?

White-Blue Eldrazi. It's busted, way too good and consistent to be Modern legal.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Definitely add something to the sideboard. Probably Ulamog and maybe Stubborn Denial. I saw way more Living Ends floating around than I expected.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Eldrazi Temple/Eye of Ugin.


Ruben Perez Rodriguez

Age: 22

Occupation: Owner of Barcelona Magic store

Hometown: Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 16 at Grand Prix Miami 2015, Top 18 at Grand Prix Charlotte 2015, fourteen Day 2 finishes at Grand Prix, and two PTQ wins.

What deck did you play and why?

Affinity. I don't trust the Eldrazi.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

None.

What's the most important card in your deck?

All of them.


Mattia Rizzi

Age: 22

Occupation: Magic player

Hometown: Lecco, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

This season, Top 8 at Grand Prix Prague and ninth at Grand Prix Lyon. Top 8 at Grand Prix Portland 2013. Silver level pro status.

What deck did you play and why?

Red-Green Eldrazi, because Fabrizio Anteri told me that it's the best deck in this metagame.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I don't like Matter Reshaper. I would like to replace it with another card.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Eye of Ugin, for sure!


Fabrizio Anteri

Age: 25

Occupation: Soon-to-be Platinum pro player

Hometown: London, England

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Won back to back GPs in 2014 and just won the last Grand Prix I played. I'm just saying.

What deck did you play and why?

Red-Green Eldrazi. Good friend and giocatore fortissimo [MVP] Humberto Patarca gave me his list and convinced me to work together to improve it. Great choice! Thanks, bro!

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Maybe cut the Crumble to Dust for a Warping Wail to beat Living End, which seems to be one of the best non-Eldrazi options.

What's the most important card in your deck?

World Breaker.

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