TOP 8 PLAYER PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX MADRID 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on November 16, 2014

By Event Coverage Staff

We've seen some great Magic this weekend in the Spanish capital and after 15 intense rounds, there are only 8 players remaining in competition! Let's take a closer look.


José Antonio Rodriguez Pozo

Age: 20
Hometown: Granada, Spain
Occupation: Future Trader / Lawyer (Student)
Clan: From now on: Abzan!

Previous Magic accomplishments:
I lost 2 Magic Game Days semi-finals. I ended up on 9th place in 6 Modern PTQs.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
I am playing Spanish Hate Pod because I think it's the best deck and it has little trouble with Delver.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I had no Byes and I play 1 copy of Spike Feeder and Archangel of Thune each. I would have played 1 more copy of Siege Rhino and Tarmogoyf instead I think.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Birthing Pod and Choke are the most important cards.


Andrew Devine

Age: 29
Hometown: Leeds, UK
Occupation: Joiner
Clan: Abzan

Previous Magic accomplishments:
I made it into the British team for the 2013 World Magic Cup. I won all 3 Two-Headed Giant Sealed Events in the Return to Ravnica block.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Melira Pod - for me, it's the best choice to leverage playskill and experience. I must have podded in around 1,000 matches!

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
The list is too tight; every card in my main and sideboard was valuable at some point. There may be some upgrades on cards, but they would be in the same vein.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Birthing Pod


Marcio Alexandre Pinto de Carvalho

Age: Too old! :-(
Hometown: Portugal, Lisbon
Occupation: "Sushilover"
Clan: Abzan, obviously.

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Thanks to today's result, I'm back to one-upping Willy Edel in Grand Prix Top 8 appearances! (Editor's note: We're not quite sure that's the case, both advanced to the Top 8 seven times according to the official website.)

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
I love Junk-like decks and Siege Rhino seemed like too strong an addition to ignore it. It pushed it over the top in my opinion. #edelgenius

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I would maybe play a Courser of Kruphix instead of a Bitterblossom.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Siege Rhino


Immanuel Gerschenson

Age: 21
Hometown: Vienna, Austria
Occupation: Student
Clan: Temur, I guess...

Previous Magic accomplishments:
$%&/-

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
RUG Delver (splashing for Tarmogoyf). Patrick Tomelitsch and Bernhard Lehner convinced me to play the deck, it had a lot of good testing results.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I would cut Dragon's Claw from the board; it's simply too slow.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Tarmogoyf!


Kevin Grove

Age: 29
Hometown: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Occupation: Product Manager
Clan: Abzan

Previous Magic accomplishments:
GP Brighton Top 8 back in 2009. National Champion 2009.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Angelpod. I have been playing Pod for years and it is very customizable, so no matter the metagame, it's always a viable contender.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I don't know; I'll keep copying the last 4-0 from the Magic Online Daily Events.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Pod


Ricardo van den Bogaard

Age: 24
Hometown: Leiden, the Netherlands
Occupation: Leiden, the Netherlands
Clan: Temur

Previous Magic accomplishments:
I ended up in the Top 8 of a larger tournament in the Netherlands.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Through the Breach with Summoning Trap, because it can play both Chalice of the Void and Anger of the Gods.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
None, I would just adept it to the respective expected metagame for the event.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Through the Breach in the main deck and Boil in my sideboard.


Till Riffert

Age: 31
Hometown: Berlin, Germany
Occupation: Data Scientist
Clan: Temur

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Some PTQ Wins and mostly coming close to the Top 8 at the Grand Prix.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Scapeshift; besides Delver, I like almost every match-up and even Delver feels very beatable with it.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
None, I really liked the list.

What is the most important card in your deck?
Scapeshift and the main deck Pyroclasms.


Steffen van de Veen

Age: 29
Hometown: Leiden, the Netherlands
Occupation: Project Accountant
Clan: Temur

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 32 at GP Antwerp 2013. Money finishes at the Pro Tour Geneva and Pro Tour Avacyn Restored.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it?
Mono-White Life Gain - I have a lot of experience with the deck. It has a lot of good match-ups against all the decks that can't deal infinite damage.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
None

What is the most important card in your deck?
Martyr of Sands

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