Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on April 19, 2015

By Tobi Henke

After two grueling days, after 15 rounds of play, only eight players remained, the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the most draconic of all Dragon players. Let's get to know them a bit!

Robin Dolar

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Three Grand Prix Top 8s, one Pro Tour Top 25.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Esper Dragons. It performed well at the Pro Tour and it suits my play style.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

None.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Dig Through Time.


Bartłomie Lewandowski

Age: 26

Occupation: Pi underwriter

Hometown: Warsaw, Poland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

None.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Jeskai Tokens. The metagame has lots of Blue/Black/x Control, red-green midrange decks, and Red Aggro. I did not like any of these decks.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

There are too many thoughts in my head right now to answer this question.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Island.


Samuel Pardee

Age: 25

Occupation: Magic player

Hometown: Berkeley, California

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Grand Prix Portland winner, two other Grand Prix finals.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Wescoe Bant. It seemed fun and was supposed to be good against Esper (went 4-1 against it overall).

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Three Encase in Ice was too many and I think you want the fourth Disdainful Stroke.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Den Protector. It makes you draw more of your good cards in any given matchup.


Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

Age: 27

Occupation: Magic player

Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Nine Pro Tour Top 8s, three-time national champion.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Esper Dragons. I think it's very good and I practiced a lot with it for the Pro Tour.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Right now I wouldn't make any changes.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Dragonlord Ojutai. It turns on Silumgar's Scorn and lets you take a proactive approach, which is something the blue-black decks struggle to do.


Alexander Hayne

Age: 26

Occupation: Magic pro

Hometown: Westmount, Canada

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Pro Tour Avacyn Restored champion, three Grand Prix wins, three other Grand Prix Top 8s, Rookie of the Year 2011–2012.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Esper Dragons. It beats everything according to Guillaume Matignon.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Maybe play some more anti-mirror cards main deck. I like all the other matchups.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Dragonlord Ojutai. It kills people quickly.


Martin Müller

Age: 17

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Jyllinge, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

First at the 2014 World Magic Cup as captain.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Esper Dragons, because Dragonlord Ojutai is insane.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Not sure if I would change any thing at all.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Dragonlord Ojutai


Leo Schulhof

Age: 19

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Grenoble, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Played a couple of Pro Tours.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Blue/Black Control. I don't see any bad matchups. Maybe Mastery of the Unseen decks and the mirror are a little tricky.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

No changes for now. I really liked the decklist.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Dig Through Time.


Alex Hottmann

Age: 25

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Detmold, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

9th at Grand Prix Lille 2012, Top 4 Magic Online Player of the Year 2013.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?

Blue/Black Ojutai. I love control decks and Lippish Dynamite/Cologne Magic Titans told me to.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

None.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Dragonlord Ojutai is the best card by far. Foul-Tongue Invocation is the second best, I think.

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