Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in GRAND PRIX LIVERPOOL 2015 on March 8, 2015

By Tobi Henke

After 15 rounds, the original field of 1,772 players has been whittled down to but eight people. These eight are the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the people … you really should know something about. If you don't, check out their profiles below!


Andreas Jonsson

Age: 33

Occupation: Student/social worker

Hometown: Malmö, Sweden

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Birmingham 1998, Top 32 at Pro Tour Rome 1998.

What colors was your sealed deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Jeskai, Torrent Elemental, 9-0.

What colors was your first draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Abzan, Daghatar the Adamant, 2-0-1.

What colors was your second draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Blue-green-white, no good cards, 1-0-2.

What's your favorite Dragons of Tarkir card previewed so far?

Ojutai's Command.


Kenneth Ellingsen

Age: 37

Occupation: Teacher

Hometown: Raufoss, Norway

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Won a PTQ, Top 16 at Grand Prix Moscow '00-'01.

What colors was your sealed deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

7-2 with five-color. No card in particular, I just had to play all my best cards.

What colors was your first draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

3-0 with Abzan. All my lifelink creatures were good against aggressive decks.

What colors was your second draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

3-0 with Abzan. My 39 random cards to support Mastery of the Unseen were great.

What's your favorite Dragons of Tarkir card previewed so far?

Thunderbreak Regent.


Daniel Oppliger

Age: 35

Occupation: Supermarket manager

Hometown: Lupfig, Switzerland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Swiss National champion 2005, played in three Pro Tours.

What colors was your sealed deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

7-2 with Sultai. Can't remember the cards.

What colors was your first draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Blue-green with Torrent Elemental. 3-0.

What colors was your second draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Blue-green with Become Immense. 3-0.


Lukas Blohon

Age: 25

Occupation: Tourist

Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Previous Magic accomplishments:

One Pro Tour Top 8, three Grand Prix Top 8s.

What colors was your sealed deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

I played Abzan with Palace Siege and Duneblast, but I should have played Jeskai with two copies each of Goblin Heelcutter, Act of Treason, and Collateral Damage. Had Dragon-Style Twins and Flying Crane Technique too.

What colors was your first draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Mardu. Outpost Siege, Butcher of the Horde. 3-0.

What colors was your second draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Red-blue. Outpost Siege, Ashcloud Phoenix, three Goblin Heelcutters.

What's your favorite Dragons of Tarkir card previewed so far?

Narset Transcendent.


Marcio Carvalho

Age: 29

Occupation: Grand Prix Top 8er

Hometown: Portugal

What colors was your sealed deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

7-2, black-white splashing blue for Torrent Elemental. Best card was Torrent Elemental.

What colors was your first draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Temur with three Goblin Heelcutters. 3-0.

What colors was your second draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Temur. Pyrotechnics. 3-0.

What's your favorite Dragons of Tarkir card previewed so far?

Dragonlord Silumgar.


Martin Dang

Age: 33

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Aarhus, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Won a MOCs online for 2015, played in more than ten Pro Tours.

What colors was your sealed deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Duneblast, played Abzan, went 8-1.

What colors was your first draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

2-1 with Jeskai, had two Elite Scaleguard.

What colors was your second draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

3-0 with Incremental Growth, played white-blue-green.

What's your favorite Dragons of Tarkir card previewed so far?

Narset Transcendet looks awesome.


Timothée Simonot

Age: 26

Occupation: Marketing

Hometown: Paris, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Word Magic Cup victory with France in 2013, Grand Prix London 2013 champion, thirteen Pro Tour participations.

What colors was your sealed deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

I played White/Black Warriors splashing blue for Treasure Cruise. 7-1-1.

What colors was your first draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Black-green. Temur Sabertooth. 3-0.

What colors was your second draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Black-green splashing blue for Treasure Cruise which also was the best card.

What's your favorite Dragons of Tarkir card previewed so far?

Narset Transcendent.


Nikolas Labahn

Age: 25

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Aachen, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

A Grand Prix Top 8, two PTQ wins, and a Highlander Cup victory.

What colors was your sealed deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Five colors,Treasure Cruise, 8-1.

What colors was your first draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Temur, Savage Punch, 3-0.

What colors was your second draft deck, what was the best card in it, and what was your record?

Temur, Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest, 2-1.

What's your favorite Dragons of Tarkir card previewed so far?

Sidisi, Undead Vizier.


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