Top 8 Players of Grand Prix Lille 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on October 28, 2018

By Tobi Henke

After fifteen rounds of Standard, with a total of 1,331 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, their decks, and their weekend below!


Name: Arne Huschenbeth

Age: 21

Occupation: Magic

Hometown: Berlin, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Four Grand Prix Top 8s.

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

Izzet Phoenix. It's good against Jeskai and Golgari, and we expected the winners' metagame to consist of mostly those archetypes.

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

Chart a Course. It enables the deck.

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

Niv-Mizzet, Parun. The card is absolutely insane in this deck. Thanks to Raul Porojan [who himself finished in 10th place with the deck] for the amazing testing.


Name: Gabriel Nassif

Age: 34

Occupation: Streamer at twitch.tv/yellowhat

Hometown: Paris, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Not sure. It's been so long.

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

Blue Obsession. I was doing decently with it and it was cheap to build.

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

Dive Down because it's straight up the best card in Standard.

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

The whole sideboard is a kind of trash, maybe Sleep.


Name: Christoffer Larsen

Age: 30

Occupation: Navy/school

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

First to 15–25 trophies in Ravnica Draft online! And some GP Top 8s.

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

Márcio told me to. Llanowar Elves too strong.

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

Llanowar Elves too strong.

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

I played ten (!) mirror matches, so more Dinosaurs and Find // Finality. Elves too strong!


Name: Florian Trotte

Age: 27

Occupation: Maths teacher

Hometown: Avignon, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

I have played in three Pro Tours.

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

Jeskai Control. I followed advice from Guillaume Wafo-Tapa and Guillaume Matignon, two of my teammates for the Pro Tour Team Series.

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

Chemister's Insight. Provides card advantage, land drops, and allows you to cycle your bad cards. Really great against Duress too.

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

Niv-Mizzet, Parun. Really hard to deal with and it's great to add another threat to close the game quickly.


Name: Etienne Busson

Age: 25

Occupation: Magic streamer and aspiring pro

Hometown: Lausanne, Switzerland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Birmingham 2018.

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

Mono-Red Frenzy because I liked my matchup against Golgari and most tier one decks.

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

Experimental Frenzy. This card is just way too fun.

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

Treasure Map to be able to play control and go bigger post-board.


Name: Carlos Moral

Age: 31

Occupation: QA analyst

Hometown: Chiclana, Cádiz, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

I top 8ed Grand Prix Prague many moons ago.

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

Jeskai. I barely had time to prepare, so I chose what I felt comfortable with.

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

Revitalize. Because gain 3 life. Draw a card. No ni ná.

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

Niv-Mizzet, Parun. It just won the game every time it was alive for a turn.


Name: Javier Dominguez

Age: 31

Occupation: Magic player

Hometown: Palau de Plegamans, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

2018 World Champion.

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

Golgari Midrange. Andrea Mengucci and Anthony Lee told me it was good. It's also the deck I used on Arena, since I opened multiple Golgari cards early.

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

Jadelight Ranger. It improves your stability.

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

Duress. I like discard spells.


Name: Alvaro Torrisco Jimenez

Age: 23

Occupation: Full-time Magic

Hometown: Malaga, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Just two finals in RPTQ.

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

I played Selesnya Tokens because I played more than a hundred leagues on Magic Online and had the best win rate with it.

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

Adanto Vanguard, because no one expects that card in a Selesnya Tokens main deck and it can easily turn a bad matchup like Jeskai into a good one.

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

Vivien Reid does all that I need, removal for Lyra Dawnbringer, removal for Ixalan's Binding, and card advantage.

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