Top 8 Decks of Grand Prix Lyon 2015

Posted in Event Coverage on November 1, 2015

By Frank Karsten

After 15 rounds, with a total of 1,944 others eliminated, only eight players remained in the running for the fame and the fortune, the title and the trophy. Take a look at their decks from the Top 8 draft here!

Vincent Lemoine, Top 8 at Grand Prix Lyon 2015

"Do I get a special prize if I play Prism Array and scry?" Lemoine asked me with a smirk. His deck is converge to the max with three Tajuru Stalwart, Exert Influence, and Skyrider Elf. He has two Sylvan Scrying for fixing along with a remarkable toolbox of eight different nonbasic lands.

Damien Bouillot, Top 8 at Grand Prix Lyon 2015

Bouillot drafted a blue-black deck which could curve Culling Drone into a devastating turn-three Wasteland Strangler. In the late game, his best card will likely be Ob Nixilis Reignited.

Felix Weidemann, Top 8 at Grand Prix Lyon 2015

Weidemann drafted a blue-black ingest deck with Drana, Liberator of Malakir and Sire of Stagnation as his standout cards. He has several ingest cards, a few processors, and a Swarm Surge to close out games.

Mark Litvak, Top 8 at Grand Prix Lyon 2015

Litvak drafted a red-white allies deck with Munda, Ambush Leader and Angelic Captain as standouts. When asked if he liked his deck, he said: "Not really. I somehow ended up in Allies, which I've been told is a trap, and I don't have key cards like Resolute Blademaster."

Branco Neirynck, Top 8 at Grand Prix Lyon 2015

"Can I go 3-0 with this?" Neirynck asked me as he fanned out the best cards in his red-white-green ally deck: Veteran Warleader, Gideon, Ally of Zendikar, Tajuru Warcaller, and Resolute Blademaster. "It's the best deck I have drafted today."

Christian Seibold, Top 8 at Grand Prix Lyon 2015

Seibold drafted a stable white-blue deck with fliers, defensive creatures, and a few tricks. Planar Outburst is his standout card. "I'm pretty happy with my deck and don't regret any picks," he said. He apparently didn't register half of his sideboard, which is allowed, but he won't be able to use the unregistered (and unknown) sideboard cards in his matches.

Tomoharu Saito, Top 8 at Grand Prix Lyon 2015

Saito's heavy-green deck contains several Eldrazi Scions with 2 Valakut Invokers and 2 Bone Splinters to take advantage of them. "My deck is so-so", he said. "In the long game, it's good. I have Omnath, Locus of Rage and Desolation Twin. Against an aggressive deck it's not good."

Florian Reiter, Top 8 at Grand Prix Lyon 2015

Reiter assembled a blue-red devoid deck with an overload of three-drops. But they were good ones: 2 Vile Aggregates, 2 Nettle Drones, 2 Eldrazi Skyspawners, and many more. His deck is almost mono colorless.

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