Top 4 Teams of Grand Prix Bologna 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on April 29, 2018

By Tobi Henke

After fourteen rounds of Dominaria Team Sealed Deck play, with a total of 1,428 other players eliminated, only four teams of three remained in the running for the fame and the fortune, the title and the trophies. Find out more about them, their decks and their tournament so far!



Joonas Eloranta, Jori Hukka, Matti Kuisma (left to right)

Name: Joonas Eloranta

Age: 29

Occupation: Software engineer

Hometown: Tampere, Finland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

7-2 on a Grand Prix Day 1 with a home brew.

What was the best card in your Day 1 deck and what color combination did you play?

Song of Freylise, black and green.

What was the best card in your Day 2 deck and what color combination did you play?

Song of Freyalise, red-green.

What's the sweetest interaction you've seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Killing your own Josu Vess, Lich Knight just to return it to your hand and cast it again with kicker.


Name: Jori Hukka

Age: 30

Occupation: Chef

Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

I won Finnish Highlander champs back in the day.

What was the best card in your Day 1 deck and what color combination did you play?

Blue-red. Tolarian Scholar, but Karn, Scion of Urza and Verix Bladewing finished people off nicely.

What was the best card in your Day 2 deck and what color combination did you play?

White-blue. Pegasus Courser by far. She carried my deck.

What's the sweetest interaction you've seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Aesthir Glider turn three to make Relic Runner unblockable. And a bunch of nonsense.


Name: Matti Kuisma

Age: 26

Occupation: Student/software engineer

Hometown: Espoo, Finland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

World Magic Cup Top 8.

What was the best card in your Day 1 deck and what color combination did you play?

White-black, Aven Sentry.

What was the best card in your Day 2 deck and what color combination did you play?

Black-red, Memorial to Folly.

What's the sweetest interaction you've seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Torgaar, Famine Incarnate plus 12/12 Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood.



Antonio Pinto, Davide Miani, Usama Sajjad (left to right)

Name: Antonio Pinto

Age: 30

Occupation: Father to Usama and Davide

Hometown: Udine, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Team Grand Prix Florence, Top 8 at Italian Nationals.

What was the best card in your Day 1 deck and what color combination did you play?

Arcane Flight, white-blue splash red.

What was the best card in your Day 2 deck and what color combination did you play?

Three times Dub were great because I didn't draw them a lot. Red-white.

What's the sweetest interaction you've seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Cold-Water Snapper plus On Serra's Wings.


Name: Davide Miani

Age: 25

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Udine, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 16 Pro Tour Kaladesh, Top 8 at Team Grand Prix Florence.

What was the best card in your Day 1 deck and what color combination did you play?

Siege-Gang Commander. Red-green.

What was the best card in your Day 2 deck and what color combination did you play?

Helm of the Host. White-black splash blue.

What's the sweetest interaction you've seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

To be friends with Pinto and to read Martin Jůza's articles.


Name: Usama Sajjad

Age: 21

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Venice, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

A bunch of Grand Prix cash finishes, RPTQ Top 8, teaming with Antonio in Draft.

What was the best card in your Day 1 deck and what color combination did you play?

Eight removal spells, white-black.

What was the best card in your Day 2 deck and what color combination did you play?

Two copies of Tatyova, Benthic Druid. Green-blue splash Fight with Fire.

What's the sweetest interaction you've seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Tap five lands, play Siege-Gang Commander.



Matthew Foulkes, Fabrizio Anteri, Peter Ward (left to right)

Name: Matthew Foulkes

Age: 24

Occupation: Full time streamer

Hometown: Stroud, United Kingdom

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Famous Twitch streamer, most Standard trophies in the world, twitch.tv/matthewfoulkes.

What was the best card in your Day 1 deck and what color combination did you play?

Haphazard Bombardment and double Blink of an Eye. White-blue splash red.

What was the best card in your Day 2 deck and what color combination did you play?

Blue-red. Haphazard Bombardment and three Blink of an Eye.

What's the sweetest interaction you've seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Today I bounced my Haphazard Bombardment three times in one game and killed 13 of my opponent's permanents.


Name: Fabrizio Anteri

Age: 28

Occupation: Landlord

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Nothing in a couple of years, but guess who's back?

What was the best card in your Day 1 deck and what color combination did you play?

Siege-Gang Commander in a black-green deck with two Mountain. Never got to cast it though. So unlucky.

What was the best card in your Day 2 deck and what color combination did you play?

Icy Manipulator. White-black.

What's the sweetest interaction you've seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Seal Away on Shanna, Sisay's Legacy. Doesn't work, but people keep trying.


Name: Peter Ward

Age: 21

Occupation: Yep

Hometown: Bath, England

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Second at pretty much every WMCQ, third at Nationals.

What was the best card in your Day 1 deck and what color combination did you play?

White-Black Bombs. Demonlord Belzenlok.

What was the best card in your Day 2 deck and what color combination did you play?

Maybe Slimefoot, the Stowaway. Black-green.

What's the sweetest interaction you've seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Every time I was looking over, Matt was blowing up people's lands with Haphazard Bombardment.



Andrej Rutar, Robin Dolar, Davor Detecnik (left to right)

Name: Andrej Rutar

Age: 38

Occupation:

Hometown: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Previous Magic accomplishments:

One Grand Prix Top 8.

What was the best card in your Day 1 deck and what color combination did you play?

Black-green, Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar.

What was the best card in your Day 2 deck and what color combination did you play?

Black-green, Song of Freyalise and Josu Vess, Lich Knight.

What's the sweetest interaction you've seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Playing Josu Vess, Lich Knight kicked on turn five with Song of Freyalise.


Name: Robin Dolar

Age: 25

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Five Grand Prix Top 8s.

What was the best card in your Day 1 deck and what color combination did you play?

Blue-red, Siege-Gang Commander.

What was the best card in your Day 2 deck and what color combination did you play?

Same as above.

What's the sweetest interaction you've seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Time of Ice plus Blink of an Eye, bounce it with the third trigger on the stack.


Name: Davor Detecnik

Age: 29

Occupation: Opposed to the concept

Hometown: Šentjanž, Slovenia

Previous Magic accomplishments:

One Grand Prix Top, one time on the Slovenian national team.

What was the best card in your Day 1 deck and what color combination did you play?

White-Black, D'Avenant Trapper.

What was the best card in your Day 2 deck and what color combination did you play?

Mono-white, Benalish Marshal.

What's the sweetest interaction you've seen in Dominaria Limited so far?

Watching my teammate recast Siege-Gang Commander after bouncing it multiple times.

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