Top 8 Profiles of Grand Prix Copenhagen 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on June 10, 2018

By Tobi Henke

After fifteen rounds of Standard, with a total of 745 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: Javier Dominguez

Age: 31

Occupation: Magic

Hometown: Palau de Plemagans, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

One Pro Tour Top 8, 2nd at Worlds 2017, two Grand Prix wins.

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

White-Blue Control. I was trying to beat Goblin Chainwhirler.

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

Approach of the Second Sun. It's an easy way to win games.

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

Torrential Gearhulk. Duress-proof!


Name: Martin Dang

Age: 36

Occupation: Pro dad for Thea

Hometown: Aarhus, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Sponsored by MTGMintCard and Dragon Shields.

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

White-Blue. I tuned it for the Red-Black matchup. It's also what I played at the Pro Tour.

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

Teferi, Hero of Dominaria. Because Teferi.

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

Ixalan's Binding was very good versus Red-Black.


Name: Lukas Blohon

Age: 28

Occupation: Tourist and content producer for tcgplayer.com

Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Previous Magic accomplishments:

PT Eldritch Moon champion.

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

Red-Black Aggro. It is too good not to play it and Thomas Hendriks gave me a great list and sideboard plans for every matchup.

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

Goblin Chainwhirler. It's just too powerful.

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

Chandra's Defeat. It is one of the ways to get back into the game when you are on the draw in the red mirror.


Name: Christian Aahlstroem

Age: 27

Occupation: Teacher

Hometown: Järna, Sweden

Previous Magic accomplishments:

0-5 two Pro Tours in a row!

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

Reid Duke and Owen Turtenwald's Pro Tour deck, exact same 75. Got home from the Pro Tour jet-lagged and stole the tech. It's insanely well built.

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

Goblin Chainwhirler, because reasons.

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

Chandra's Defeat because of Chainwhirler.


Name: Tobias Maurer

Age: 31

Occupation: Project coordinator

Hometown: Mannheim, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Played Pro Tour Hour of Devastation.

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

Mono-Red. I didn't have time to test, and I played the deck before. It's the best!

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

Goblin Chainwhirler is insane.

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

Glorybringer won me a lot of games.


Name: Tim Kernke

Age: 25

Occupation: Retail

Hometown: Magdeburg, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Nothing. This is my first GP. Started 3-2, then won the rest of the matches.

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

Mono-Red Aggro. I didn't expect much from the event and wanted to play a deck that follows a straight line.

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

Earthshaker Khenra, early pressure with late-game potential!

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

Glorybringer, awesome value machine!


Name: Francisco Sanchez

Age: 25

Occupation: Chef

Hometown: Malaga, Spain, currently living in London, UK

Previous Magic accomplishments:

A few 12-3 finishes at GPs and qualified for a couple of PTs.

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

Red-Black Aggro. It had the best results at the Pro Tour.

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

Glorybringer. Despite only playing one, I was lucky enough to draw it many times.

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

More Glorybringers. Card is just so good.


Name: Joakim Stahle-Nilsson

Age: 23

Occupation: Lecturer

Hometown: Karlshamn, Sweden

Previous Magic accomplishments:

None.

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

A very low-end mono-red deck. Because most removal in the current metagame costs 2+.

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

Bomat Courier, because it hits turn one and can replenish my hand later.

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

Probably Abrade. It works well against so many decks in the current metagame.

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