TOP 8 PLAYER PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX MILAN 2015 on December 14, 2014

By Event Coverage Staff

After sixteen rounds of Modern, only eight players remained in the running for the title of Grand Prix champion. About time to get to know them a little better, isn't it?


Piotr Głogowski

Age: 19

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Poznań, Poland

Clan: Abzan, I think. I really love Siege Rhino.

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Not much. Some Grand Prix Trial wins here and there.

What deck did you play and why?

I play Amulet of Vigor Combo. I chose it because I had a lot of practice with the deck. Most people think it's really bad and don't prepare for it at all, making it even better.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I think my decklist is fine and I wouldn't change anything. Maybe I'll try something like Dig Through Time, but I don't have high hopes.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Primeval Titan!


Miguel Gatica

Age: 24

Occupation: Magic player/entrepreneur

Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica

Clan: Temur

Previous Magic accomplishments:

12th at Pro Tour Return to Ravnica, four-time national champion, 89 lifetime Pro Points before this. BFF with Christian Calcano, Eric Kreiter, and Daniel Gardner.

What deck did you play and why?

Temur Delver. I'm playing real decks now, not Bogles.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I'd probably cut the two Ancient Grudges from my sideboard as I didn't board them in at all during the tournament. Probably add one Dispel and one Destructive Revelry.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Treasure Cruise.


Eduardo Sajgalik

Age: 26

Occupation: Seeking employment

Hometown: Moving out of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Clan: Jeskai

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Pro Tour Return to Ravnica, Top 8 at Grand Prix Barcelona 2011, four Nationals Top 8s out of five attempts; played for Canada, Great Britain, and England.

What deck did you play and why?

Jeskai Ascendancy with green, built in conjunction with Joao Choca. I like the speed and resilience gained with green (Birds of Paradise get boarded out against red decks.) It's harder to disrupt with extraction effects and a wish board is very powerful. Also, Ascendancy and Treasure Cruise are broken!

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

No more changes. Slaughter Pact and Silence are flexible but felt right.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Jeskai Ascendancy, of course.


Magnus Lantto

Age: 33

Occupation: Manager

Hometown: Malmö, Sweden

Clan: Abzan

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Been on a long break from live Magic but an accomplished online grinder and qualified for the 2014 MOCS final and Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir.

What deck did you play and why?

Been playing Birthing Pod for about six months and counted about 600 online matches with it during that time.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

None to the main deck, possibly more cards against Affinity in the sideboard. Affinity was more popular than I expected.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Birthing Pod!


Louis Deltour

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Paris, France

Clan: Jeskai obviously.

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Two Grand Prix Top 8s, French Nationals Top 8 in 2009.

What deck did you play and why?

Jeskai Ascendancy. I immediately picked it up on Magic Online when I saw it on the World Championship stream and I wasn't disappointed. The deck's really hard to play but also to play against, which gave me a huge edge, especially since it's so new.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

A few sideboard tweaks maybe. The Gifts Ungiven package isn't good against blue decks, so if you expect a lot of them consider Vendilion Clique and Young Pyromancer.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Dig Through Time is the best card deck but you obviously need the deck's namesake card to make the best out of it.


Niccolo Bellini

Age: 23

Occupation: Working in a technical office

Hometown: Mantova, Italy

Clan: Sultai

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Nothing of real importance.

What deck did you play and why?

Birthing Pod because I love Thragtusk.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Maybe splash red to add Slaughter Games to the sideboard.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Birthing Pod.


Dario Parazzoli

Age: 36

Occupation: IT

Hometown: Milan, Italy

Clan: Mardu

Previous Magic accomplishments:

15 Pro Tour participations, two money finishes.

What deck did you play and why?

"Real" Affinity, good in this metagame.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Maybe some sideboard cards.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Mox Opal.


Lucantonio Salvidio

Age: 30

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Cosenza, Italy

Clan: Mardu

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at a Pro Tour Qualifier, some Top 8 in an onlie PTQ.

What deck did you play and why?

I played Burn because I didn't have a lot of time to test other Modern decks.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I want one or two Volcanic Fallouts in my sideboard to use against Affinity and Young Pyromancer.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Goblin Guide and Eidolon of the Great Revel.

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