Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on June 21, 2015

By Tobi Henke

After fifteen rounds of Modern, with 1,337 others eliminated, just eight players remained in the running for the fame and the glory, the trophy and the title. About time to get acquainted with these people!

Hans Christian Ljungquist

Age: 32

Occupation: Researcher

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 in the Modern main event at Bazaar of Moxen.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Death and Taxes. It's well positioned against a wide range of combo and big-mana decks.

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

Flickerwisp. Solves any problem.

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

Rest in Peace. I boarded it in 75% of my matches.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?

Baiting a Griselbrand out of the Goryo's Vengeance/Nourishing Shoal deck so I could kill it with Thalia, Guardian of Thraben plus Dismember.


Marcio Carvalho

Age: 29

Occupation:

Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Nine Grand Prix Top 8s, two Pro Tour Top 8s.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Jund. Because Jund is not a deck but a way of life! #Edel

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

Tasigur, the Golden Fang. It's the fifth and sixth Tarmogoyf with built-in card advantage!

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

Thragtusk. It has so much value and I am a man that appreciates value.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?

Nothing, to be honest.


Branco Neirynck

Age: 25 since yesterday

Occupation: Unemployed

Hometown: Koekelare, Belgium

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Utrecht 2015, national champion 2009.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Grixis Delver. It's good against combo decks like Splinter Twin and Goryo's Vengeance.

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

Delver, flippin' like a boss.

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

Kolaghan's Command. So versatile.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?

Casting Thought Scour on my opponent when he kept both cards on top of his library with Serum Visions, hitting Tasigur, the Golden Fang and Snapcaster Mage.


Christoffer Larsen

Age: 26

Occupation: Navy

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Miami 2013 and Grand Prix Utrecht 2014.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Merfolk because Heibing told me to.

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

Mutavault, a land that can attack!

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

Rest in Peace. No more graveyard for you!

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?

Activated Mutavault and attacked!


Przemek Knocinski

Age: 30

Occupation: My own company

Hometown: Bydgoszcz, Poland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Played in two Pro Tours, one World Magic Cup.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Merfolk. I think it's really good.

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

Cursecatcher. Bought me a lot of turns.

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

All the counterspells. They are just good.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?

Playing Hibernation in response to Viscera Seer.


Thiago Rodrigues

Age: 30

Occupation: Parrot trainer

Hometown: Manaus, Brazil

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Stockholm, Top 16 at Grand Prix Strasbourg, Top 64 at Grand Prix São Paulo and Grand Prix Madrid, winner of Grand Prix Paris's Super Sunday Series event.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Grixis Control. Snapcaster Mage plus Kolaghan's Command is the best thing you can do in the format. Also, my team (ZZ Team) told me to play it.

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

Snapcaster Mage. See above.

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

Vendilion Clique. People were expecting Chapin's list and weren't ready for it after sideboarding.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?

At the end of my opponent's turn, who was playing Amulet/Bloom, I flashed in three Snapcaster Mages for the win. Ambush Viper mode.


Arnaud Hocquemiller

Age: 24

Occupation: IT consultant

Hometown: Paris, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Finished in the money at the last four Modern GPs. Played a couple of Pro Tours

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Grixis Twin, a good compromise between classic Splinter Twin and Grixis Control. People sideboard in many useless removal spells.

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

Snapcaster Mage. Even better now with Kolaghan's Command.

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

Keranos, God of Storms. Great to play a control game post-board. Awesome against Jund and Abzan.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?

Played Magus of the Moon against an Amulet/Bloom player who had just cast Seal of Primordium.


Steve Hatto

Age: 31

Occupation: Public official

Hometown: Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 16 at Grand Prix Paris 2014 and Grand Prix Warsaw 2013.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why?

Scapeshift. I love the challenge of playing in a field full of Blood Moons. And it's secretly a control deck.

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

Scapeshift and Cryptic Command.

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

Inferno Titan. After sideboarding it often goes unopposed.

What was the most interesting play you made so far this weekend?

I currently do not have the brain power to process this.

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