Top 8 Players of Grand Prix London 2016

Posted in Event Coverage on October 9, 2016

By Tobi Henke

After 15 rounds, with a total of 2,558 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: Pip Griffiths

Age: 29

Occupation: Psychometrician

Hometown: Folkestone, Wales

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Former three-time national champion of Wales, by default.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

I played red-green to an 8-1 finish. Although Smuggler's Copter and Chandra, Torch of Defiance were great, Bomat Courier was the MVP.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

The Dwarf lord Depala, Pilot Exemplar was very good in my red-white deck.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

I drafted a mediocre red-white deck and put in Giant Spectacle. It did the business.


Name: Federico Del Basso

Age: 29

Occupation: Work in a bank

Hometown: Benevento (Naples), Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Rimini 2013, Top 8 at Grand Prix Stockholm 2016.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Angel of Invention, 9-0.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Angel of Invention, 2-1.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Smuggler's Copter, 2-1.


Name: Riccardo Picciafuochi

Age: 33

Occupation: Bartender

Hometown: Arezzo, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

An infinite number of PTQ finals losses.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Chandra, Torch of Defiance, thanks! 8-1 with red-white.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

3-0 with blue-black. Best card was Aethersquall Ancient!

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

2-1 with green-white and Verdurous Gearhulk.


Name: Marcus Hensing

Age: 26

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Cashed a few Limited GPs.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Green-white, 8-1 with one bye. The best card was Aerial Responder, followed by two Renegade Freighters.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

White-black, 3-0. Smuggler's Copter, by far.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Black-green, 2-1. Probably the two copies of Hunt the Weak. The deck only had one rare, Syndicate Trafficker.


Name: Gabor Kocsis

Age: 34

Occupation: Project manager

Hometown: Budapest, Hungary

Previous Magic accomplishments:

World Magic Cup 2013 finalist with Team Hungary, World Magic Cup 2012 semifinalist with Team Hungary.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

9-0 with two byes playing white-black. Best card was Eliminate the Competition.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Renegade Freighter, played red-white, 3-0.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Tassled Dromedary kept me alive until the Demon of Dark Schemes arrived. White-black, 1-1-1.


Name: Bo Stentebjerg-Hansen

Age: 28

Occupation: Software developer

Hometown: Odense, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Won PPTQ Dublin in Odense.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and was your record?

Smuggler's Copter. Played white-black and went 8-1.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Three Welding Sparks. Played red-black and went 3-0.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Cultivator of Blades. Played red-green and went 2-0-1.


Name: Neil Rigby

Age: 39

Occupation: Optical technician and feature match area manager (life totals guy)

Hometown: Nottingham, England

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Manchester 1999 and Grand Prix Birmingham 1998. 57 PTQ Top 8s.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Red-Green Aggro. 8-1. Maulfist Doorbuster plus Larger than Life.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Red-Black Aggro. 2-1. Deck was full of role players. Nightmarket Lookout, Rush of Vitality, Fretwork Colony.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Green-blue. 3-0. Confiscation Coup. I never cast it but it was the best card. Four Thriving Turtles.


Name: Márcio Carvalho

Age: 31

Occupation: Draft Master

Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Eleven Grand Prix Top 8s, two Pro Tour Top 8s, second at the 2016 World Championship.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Fumigate. Weak white-black deck. 7-2.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Cataclysmic Gearhulk. White-black. 3-0.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Two Restoration Gearsmiths, one Aetherstorm Roc. White-black. 3-0.

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