Top 4 Teams of Grand Prix Madrid 2017

Posted in Event Coverage on December 10, 2017

By Tobi Henke

After fourteen rounds, with a total of 621 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!



Left to right: Rodrigo Togores, Cristian Ortiz Ros, Adrian Ramiro Cano

Name: Adrian Ramiro Cano

Age: 29

Occupation: Programer

Hometown: Mallorca, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Madrid 2016, one point at Pro Tour Kyoto.

What deck did you play and why? Did the Team Unified Modern rules play a role?

I'm playing Vizier of Remedies Collected Company, the best deck in the format, and moreover it's not sharing any cards with the decks of my two mates.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

Is awesome.


Name: Cristian Ortiz Ros

Age: 24

Occupation: Magic Online grinder

Hometown: Murcia, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Finalist Grand Prix Copenhagen 2017.

What deck did you play and why? Did the Team Unified Modern rules play a role?

Blue-Red Gifts Ungiven Storm, because I could not play Living End.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

Happiness.


Name: Rodrigo Togores

Age: 28

Occupation: Video editor

Hometown: Madrid, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Won Grand Prix Prague in the best GP Legacy finals ever.

What deck did you play and why? Did the Team Unified Modern rules play a role?

Two of us are experts with our own decks, and our third is a Living End expert. So, naturally, he had to make a sacrifice for us and learn how to play Storm.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

Having another top finish at a Grand Prix is awesome.



Left to right: Kasper Brans, Luca Van Deun, Wouter Biesmans

Name: Wouter Biesmans

Age: 27

Occupation: Electrical engineer

Hometown: Born in Hasselt, now living in Leuven, Belgium

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Second place at a World Magic Cup Qualifier; some RPTQs.

What deck did you play and why? Did the Team Unified Modern rules play a role?

White-Blue Control, because it fits my playstyle very well and I'm familiar with trhe deck which is important in Modern. Also, it is just a really good deck. Props to Benny Hill for putting it in the spotlight.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

I've always wanted to play on the Pro Tour, so it really means a lot to me. Being able to go with my teammates makes it even better. It also means I will buy my girlfriend the ring that I promised her if I'd ever Top 8.


Name: Luca Van Deun

Age: 24

Occupation: Magic content producer at youtube.com/LegenVD

Hometown: Leuven, Belgium

Previous Magic accomplishments:

21st at Grand Prix Amsterdam, three RPTQ appearances, won a few Game Days and FNMs.

What deck did you play and why? Did the Team Unified Modern rules play a role?

I played Grixis Death's Shadow as it's probably the best Thoughtseize deck at the moment. Because of Team Unified, I played Opt instead of Serum Visions and Lightning Bolt instead of Dismember. I was very happy with Opt during the tournament.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

Making a Grand Prix Top 8 and qualifying for the Pro Tour were two dreams of mine.


Name: Kasper Brans

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Leuven, Belgium

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Winning two Game Days.

What deck did you play and why? Did the Team Unified Modern rules play a role?

Counters Company. I'm familiar with playing creature decks in Modern and it is a pretty competitive deck.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

As a student, the prize money comes in very handy. But most of all, being able to go to the Pro Tour with my friends is super awesome!



Left to right: Luis Salvatto, Pedro De Diego, Francisco Sifuentes

Name: Luis Salvatto

Age: 29

Occupation: Magic pro player and still chicken businessman

Hometown: Luján, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Previous Magic accomplishments:

One Pro Tour Top 8, one Pro Tour Top 16; four Grand Prix Top 8s, one win; Super Sunday Series champion.

What deck did you play and why? Did the Team Unified Modern rules play a role?

Elves, because they are cute. Also you can kill on turn three. The sideboard is the hardest part because all three of us play green.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

My two friends asked me to play with them to qualify again for the Pro Tour. So I'm really happy with this Top 4 and the chance to win another trophy.


Name: Francisco Sifuentes

Age: 25

Occupation: Chicken businessman

Hometown: Peru, Peru

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 Grand Prix São Paulo

What deck did you play and why? Did the Team Unified Modern rules play a role?

Red-Green Through the Breach because it is unexpected and fast. Also, with this choice, I could play my entire deck and my teammates could too.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

I can play at the Pro Tour again! My teammates were the best! This journey was the best!


Name: Pedro De Diego

Age: 35

Occupation: Planning manager

Hometown: Rada Tilly, Chubut, Argentina

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Three times Argentina national team, played in ten+ Pro Tours, some cash finishes.

What deck did you play and why? Did the Team Unified Modern rules play a role?

Lantern Control, Bilardo rules!

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

Best result ever. Back to the Pro Tour!



Left to right: Marius Heuser, Xiaoliang Yang, Christian Hauck

Name: Xiaoliang Yang

Age: 26

Occupation: It consultant

Hometown: Mannheim, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Won an FNM.

What deck did you play and why? Did the Team Unified Modern rules play a role?

I played Jeskai Control, because I played the deck ever since I started with Moderb, so for four or five years now. My teammates were flexible in their deck choices. Christian only demanded that I play the deck I know.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

It's my first money finish, my first Pro Tour invite, and I'm just happy that I could do it with my favorite deck! I still hope Thrun, the Last Troll gets banned.


Name: Marius Heuser

Age: 31

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Freigericht, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 Grand Prix Turin 2017.

What deck did you play and why? Did the Team Unified Modern rules play a role?

Abzan, because I failed to learn how to play Affinity. I had to abandon Titan Shift because my teammate plays Lightning Bolts.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

Bronze locked. And second Pro Tour invite.


Name: Christian Hauck

Age: 33

Occupation: Controller

Hometown: Mannheim, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Three Grand Prix Top 8s, one Pro Tour Top 8.

What deck did you play and why? Did the Team Unified Modern rules play a role?

Green Tron. Had great online results and the deck is just powerful and consistent.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

I'm locked for Gold now. Bringing my friends to Pro Tour Dominaria to play by my side also means a lot to me.

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