Top 4 Teams of Grand Prix Lyon 2017

Posted in Event Coverage on November 26, 2017

By Tobi Henke

After fourteen rounds, with a total of 627 others eliminated, only four teams of three remained in the running for the fame and the fortune, the titles and the trophies. Find out more about these people here!


Marcus Hensing / Kasper Nielsen / Alexander Pasgaard


Left to right: Marcus Hensing, Kasper Nielsen, Alexander Pasgaard


Name: Marcus Hensing

Age: 27

Occupation: None at the moment, graduated earlier this year

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix London 2016, 10-6 at Pro Tour Aether Revolt.

What was the best card in your Day 1 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Vraska's Contempt, Black-Red Pirates, 7-2.

What was the best card in your Day 2 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Vraska's Contempt, again. Black-Red Pirates, again. 4-1.

What's the secret to success in Team Limited?

Letting me play the deck with Mountains in it.


Name: Kasper Nielsen

Age: 30

Occupation: Office manager

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Utrecht 2017.

What was the best card in your Day 1 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Shapers of Nature. Green-Blue Merfolk.

What was the best card in your Day 2 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Vinelasher Mystic. Green-Blue Merfolk.

What's the secret to success in Team Limited?

Good teammates.


Name: Alexander Pasgaard

Age: 27

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Aarhus, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Stockholm 2014.

What was the best card in your Day 1 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Belligerent Brontodon.

What was the best card in your Day 2 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Belligerent Brontodon.

What's the secret to success in Team Limited?

Being Danish and playing Belligerent Brontodon.


Thomas Enevoldsen / Christoffer Larsen / Michael Bonde


Left to right: Thomas Enevoldsen, Christoffer Larsen, Michael Bonde


Name: Thomas Enevoldsen

Age: 30

Occupation: Lawyer

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Grand Prix Strasbourg win, Grand Prix Prague Top 4, World Magic Cup win, National Champion 2009.

What was the best card in your Day 1 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Green-Blue Merfolk, Overflowing Insight out of the sideboard, 6-2-1.

What was the best card in your Day 2 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Hostage Taker, Blue-Black Pirates, 3-1 plus a concession.

What's the secret to success in Team Limited?

One, play with friends. Two, know how to utilize variance, for example when to build all-in decks and when to build more generic, solid decks. Three, have an eye weird synergies which only come up in a larger card pool. Four, trust each other. Five, team with Craig Wescoe prior to the tournament.


Name: Christoffer Larsen

Age: 29

Occupation: Military navy

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Picking Seth Manfield up when he won the Pro Tour! And some Grand Prix Top 8s.

What was the best card in your Day 1 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

All the Sun's Avatars. And Overflowing Insight in Enevoldsen's sideboard!

What was the best card in your Day 2 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Ripjaw Raptor.

What's the secret to success in Team Limited?

Playing with good mates who know how to argue, that is, a lawyer and a school teacher.


Name: Michael Bonde

Age: 30

Occupation: Student/teacher

Hometown: Aarhus, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 4 at Grand Prix Madrid and Grand Prix Strasbourg, 17th at Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad.

What was the best card in your Day 1 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Black-Red Pirates. 5-4 I think. Deck had synergies but wasn't good. Pirate's Cutlass and good teammates did the job.

What was the best card in your Day 2 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Red-White Dinos. Legion's Landing. 2-2.

What's the secret to success in Team Limited?

Play with your friends and have fun! Often Magic is individuals with different preferences and isolated games; here you talk, laugh, and cry together, in good and in bad times—Enjoy it! Thanks to Craig Wescoe for the shoutout!


Mats Ellingsen / Sveinung Bjørnerud / Andreas Ganz


Left to right: Mats Ellingsen, Sveinung Bjørnerud, Andreas Ganz


Name: Mats Ellingsen

Age: 30

Occupation: Social educator

Hometown: Trondheim, Norway

Previous Magic accomplishments:

None.

What was the best card in your Day 1 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Hostage Taker, Overflowing Insight, two Vraska's Contempt, blue-black, 9-0.

What was the best card in your Day 2 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

No standout cards, just a good curve. Green-Blue Merfolk. 4-1.

What's the secret to success in Team Limited?

Get asked to play with some good players.


Name: Sveinung Bjørnerud

Age: 28

Occupation: Garbologist

Hometown: Drammen, Norway

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Couple of Grand Prix Top 8s a good while ago. Runner-up at Team Worlds 2011.

What was the best card in your Day 1 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

I played white-black and my best card was Ixalan's Binding. Not entirely sure what my record was. Isn't it irrelevant? But I'm pretty sure I didn't drop any matches.

What was the best card in your Day 2 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Vona, Butcher of Magan is pretty dumb, so that, probably. You would then correctly guess that I was white-black again. Record wasn't good. 1-2 maybe? There were a couple I didn't finish.

What's the secret to success in Team Limited?

Let's not succumb to survivor's bias quite yet! Actually, I'm not sure.


Name: Andreas Ganz

Age: 32

Occupation: Game store employee

Hometown: Zurich, Switzerland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Grand Prix winner, National Champion.

What was the best card in your Day 1 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

My red-green Sealed Deck was an assortment of equally mediocre cards. I can't disclose my personal record for policy reasons.

What was the best card in your Day 2 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Black-Red Pirate Aggro with Ruin Raider. Same record policies apply.

What's the secret to success in Team Limited?

Try to maximize the best cards in your pool while identifying subtle synergies that give you little edges. Make sure to get carried by your teammates ...


Corrado De Sio / Jacopo Bartollini / Eli Gammaitoni


Left to right: Corrado De Sio, Jacopo Bartollini, Eli Gammaitoni


Name: Corrado De Sio

Age: 29

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Terni, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

First at Grand Prix Bologna 2017, one Top 8 at Nationals.

What was the best card in your Day 1 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Rampaging Ferocidon, blue-red, 7-2.

What was the best card in your Day 2 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Carnage Tyrant, green-blue, 2-1-1.

What's the secret to success in Team Limited?

Good teammates!


Name: Jacopo Bartollini

Age: 31

Occupation: Marketing assistant

Hometown: Terni, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Competed in the Pro Tours, third at Italian Nationals in 2011.

What was the best card in your Day 1 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

White-Black Vampires with several rares. Vona, Butcher of Magan was among them. 7-2

What was the best card in your Day 2 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Black-Red Pirates with Captivating Crew. 3-0-1. We drew the last round.

What's the secret to success in Team Limited?

Be friends in your everyday life, let your friends play Lurking Chupacabras!


Name: Eli Gammaitoni

Age: 28

Occupation: Pizza!

Hometown: Terni, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Competed in two Pro Tours; two Grand Prix Top 16s.

What was the best card in your Day 1 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Burning Sun's Avatar; Red-Green-white Dinosaurs; 3-2 and four unfinished matches.

What was the best card in your Day 2 Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your (individual) record?

Lightning Strike; Red-White Dinosaurs; 2-2 and one unfinished match.

What's the secret to success in Team Limited?

My teammates are funny. And win.

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