Top 8 Players of Grand Prix Copenhagen 2017

Posted in Event Coverage on May 28, 2017

By Tobi Henke

After fifteen rounds of Modern, with a total of 1,807 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:
Mattia Rizzi

Age: 23

Occupation: Magic player

Hometown: Lecco, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Three Grand Prix Top 8s. Top 4 at the 2016 World Magic Cup. Gold level pro.

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

Grixis Death's Shadow. I was undecided between Eldrazi Tron and this deck. In the end, I chose this because I think it's more solid and you also need more skill to play it.

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

Snapcaster Mage. I just love it and think it's the best card in all of Modern.

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

Surgical Extraction, the best card against combo decks and very powerful with discard effects.



Name:
Michael Steinecke

Age: 33

Occupation: Software developer

Hometown: Aschaffenburg, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Competing at the 2013 World Magic Cup.

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

Collected Company with Devoted Druid. I started to play with the deck immediately upon the release of Vizier of Remedies and it simply felt too strong.

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

Devoted Druid, because it needs to be killed on sight, regardless of the combo being present or not.

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

Tireless Tracker, because it is great in grindy matchups.



Name:
Remi Le Francois

Age: 24

Occupation: Data scientist

Hometown: Paris, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Grand Prix Trial Top 8 ...

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

Dredge, since it's the deck I had the most practice with and I thought it was decently positioned in the metagame.

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

Probably Life from the Loam. It's the card that makes the deck fall into place.

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

Probably Lightning Axe. Helps in so many matchups, killing everything that passes the bolt test.



Name:
Teemu Halonen

Age: 25

Occupation: Tourist

Hometown: Lahti, Finland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

None.

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

Titan Shift. Had experience with the deck and all the cards for it.

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

Scapeshift. Allows you to win in positions where you're nearly dead.

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

Obstinate Baloth. Sick sideboard which can be brought in in almost every matchup.



Name:
Martin Müller

Age: 19

Occupation: Magic player

Hometown: Jyllinge, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Two Pro Tour Top 8s, World Magic Cup victory.

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

Blue-Red Storm. It's a great deck and I wanted to play a deck that did its own thing, so I didn't need to know what every deck is playing.

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

Gifts Ungiven. If you have any of the eight creatures in play, it's really easy to kill with that card.

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

Empty the Warrens. It's a key card, essential to win against discard, counters, graveyard hate, and to beat Death's Shadow.



Name:
Cristian Ortiz Ros

Age: 23

Occupation: Magic Online player

Hometown: Murcia, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Grand Prix Lille 2016 Top 32.

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

Living End, because I am the best player in the world with the decl. I love you Travis Woo!

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

Violent Outburst, always brilliant.

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

Lost Legacy, destroying dreams.



Name:
Kim Ströh

Age: 30

Occupation: High school teacher

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 16 Grand Prix Florence.

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

Lantern Control. It's a good deck with a lot of good matchups preboard. People don't usually have many answers in their main decks.

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

Ensnaring Bridge! Because people can't attack you!

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

Ghirapur Æther Grid. People don't expect it and it's a way to interact against small creatures and Stony Silence.



Name:
Gunnar Geißler

Age: 41

Occupation: IT

Hometown: Jena, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Two wins against Kai Budde.

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

Death's Shadow Zoo. It's fast!

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

Tribal Flames, 5 out of nowhere.

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

Forest. Sometimes seventeen is not enough.

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