Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in GRAND PRIX BRUSSELS 2015 on November 15, 2015

By Event Coverage Staff

After 15 rounds of Standard, with a total of 1,930 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!


Magnus Lantto

Hometown: Malmö, Sweden
Age: 34
Occupation: On my way to full-time pro
Previous Magic Accomplishments: MOCS 2014 champion, two Grand Prix Top 8s and one win, fifth at the World Championship 2015.

What deck did you play and why?
Four-Color Rally the Ancestors. The deck is busted and Martin Müller told me to.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
None for this weekend, for next week I'd want cards for the mirror.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Jace, Vryn's Prodigy? Nantuko Husk? Rally the Ancestors? Collected Company? They are all so good!


Simon Nielsen

Hometown: Slagelse, Denmark
Age: 21
Occupation: Linguistics student
revious Magic Accomplishments: Silver pro, World Magic Cup 2014 winner, member of Team Eureka.

What deck did you play and why?
Four-Color Rally the Ancestors because Martin Müller told me to and he's a freaking genius.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
Maybe cut one Murderous Cut from the sidebord for one Valorous Stance. Probably also needs access to Fleshbag Marauder moving forward because of the rise of Esper Dragons.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Rally the Ancestors is the most important, Collected Company the best card.


Antonio Castellani

Hometown: Ravenna, Italy
Age: 28
Occupation: Web designer
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Playing Ninja deck for several years.

What deck did you play and why?
Atarka Red to punish bad starts. Plus it's fun and opponents can never tap out.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
None.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Atarka's Command with a full board.


Martin Müller

Hometown: Jyllinge, Denmark
Age: 18
Occupation: Student
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8 at Grand Prix Krakow, Top 8 at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar, first at WMC 2014 as captain, sixth at Worlds 2015.

What deck did you play and why?
Four-Color Rally the Ancestors because I was told by myself.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
None.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Collected Company is the best card, but Rally the Ancestors is the most powerful.


Grzegorz Kowalski

Hometown: Wrocław, Poland
Age: 24
Occupation: Student
Previous Magic Accomplishments: One Grand Prix Top 8, some Pro Tour Day 2s.

What deck did you play and why?
Rattleclaw Abzan. Maciej Janik told me Saturday morning that Rattleclaw Mystic would crush the mirror.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
Remove Mastery of the Unseen from the sideboard.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Rattleclaw Mystic.


Bart van Etten

Hometown: Tillburg, Netherlands
Age: 20
Occupation: Magic Online grinder
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Played four Pro Tours, three times Grand Prix Top 32.

What deck did you play and why?
Abzan, because it's pretty good against all the other decks!

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
Probably take Tragic Arrogance out of the board for a Sorin, Solemn Visitor.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Heir of the Wilds, the best 2-drop for the Abzan deck.


Ondřej Stráský

Hometown: Hluboká nad Vltavou
Age: 20
Occupation: Magic player
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Two Pro Tour Top 8s.

What deck did you play and why?
Esper Dragons. Thomas Hendriks built a brilliant deck and Robin Dolar told me to play it.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
Zero changes. Deck was perfect.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Dragonlord Ojutai. Also, Marijn Lybaert is the best!


Lukas Blohon

Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic
Age: 26
Occupation: Magic
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Four Grand Prix Top 8s, one Pro Tour Top 8, part of Team tournamentcenter.eu

What deck did you play and why?
Esper Dragons. Thomas Hendriks told us that it's well positioned.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
Probably cut one Ojutai's Command for one Jace, Vryn's Prodigy.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Dragonlord Ojutai. Also, Marijn Lybaert is the best!