TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on August 28, 2016

By Tobi Henke

After fifteen rounds of Modern, with a total of 1,810 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:
Jiří Obraz

Age: 21

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Previous Magic accomplishments:

None. This is my first.

What deck did you play and why?

Jund. Because it is good.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I would not change anything.

What's the most important card in your deck?

It's Jund, so all the cards are important.



Name:
Thomas Hendriks

Age: 24

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Leiden, Netherlands

Previous Magic accomplishments:

One Grand Prix Top 8 (Antwerp), one Pro Tour Top 8 (Dragons of Tarkir), permanent WMCQ winner, Gold level.

What deck did you play and why?

Death's Shadow Zoo. It's the deck I know best and it's good against all non-Jund decks with few exceptions.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Add one extra Faith's Shield, it's very good. I would also like to cut Steppe Lynx since it's pretty bad but there's no attractive alternative.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Death's Shadow. No contest.



Name:
Daniel Ballestin

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Madrid, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 10 at Grand Prix Bilbao, Top 16 at Grand Prix Antwerp, and more good finishes.

What deck did you play and why?

White-Blue Control because it's the best deck.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

None.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Cryptic Command.



Name:
Meciek Berger

Age: 32

Occupation: Account manager

Hometown: Łódź, Poland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

A few Day 2s, won an FNM. BOM Top 8, a few PTQ Top 8s.

What deck did you play and why?

Infect, because my friend Grzegorz Marciniak told me to.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Maybe add Relic of Progenitus to the sideboard and Sylvan Scrying to the main deck.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Glistener Elf!



Name:
Mike Boulinguiez

Age: 23

Occupation: Artisan

Hometown: Paris, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Nothing.

What deck did you play and why?

Red-Green Through the Breach. The deck is well positioned in the metagame. It reminds me a lot of the time I was playing Summer Bloom, it's just a bit slower.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Nothing, it's awesome!

What's the most important card in your deck?

Primeval Titan. And my aubergine ahah!



Name:
André Metzger

Age: 27

Occupation: Logistics

Hometown: Ochsenfurt, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Beat Thomas Müller in a draft.

What deck did you play and why?

Bant Eldrazi, because I had no time to test for the Grand Prix.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Add two more Eldrazi Skyspawners. Beat turn-two Blood Moon twice with it, and it's good in the mirror.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Eldrazi Temple.



Name:
Manuel Menges

Age: 24

Occupation: Wholesale

Hometown: St. Ingbert, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Won an FNM once.

What deck did you play and why?

I played Affinity, because I love the deck and I never play anything else.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

None, because, somehow, I ended up in the Top 8.

What's the most important card in your deck?

The fairy godmother, Arcbound Ravager.



Name:
Serafin Wellinger

Age: 23

Occupation: Student

Hometown: St. Gallen, Switzerland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 Grand Prix Milan 2014, Top 16 Grand Prix Stockholm 2016.

What deck did you play and why?

Green-White Death and Taxes, because it's the only deck I know how to play.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I wouldn't make any changes.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Flickerwisp, the best card in Modern.

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