TOP 8 PLAYER PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on March 20, 2016

By Tobi Henke

After 15 rounds of Standard, with a total of 1,502 others eliminated, only eight players remained in the running for the fame and the fortune, the title and the trophy. Find out more about these people here!

Paolo Magnani

Age: 27

Occupation: Bomberteam pro

Hometown: Rome, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

I sometimes beat my buddy Marco Cammilluzzi.

What deck did you play and why?

Mardu Green. Marco shipped me his list and it kind of reminded me of Modern Jund.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Probably put some Cranial Extraction effect into the sideboard.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Siege Rhino.


Giuseppe Reale

Age: 31

Occupation: Cammilluzzi's best friend

Hometown: Rome, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Back to back Top 8s. Here and at Grand Prix Bologna.

What deck did you play and why?

Four-Color Rally. It's the best one.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Ask Owen Turtenwald.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Reflector Mage.


Ryoichi Tamada

Age: 31

Occupation: Shop owner

Hometown: Osaka, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments:

One Pro Tour Top 8, two Grand Prix Top 8s.

What deck did you play and why?

Bant Company. Collected Company and Reflector Mage are very nice. But Four-Color Rally is weak against Dispel and Hallowed Moonlight.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

None.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Wingmate Roc.


Martin Jůza

Age: 28

Occupation: Professional tourist

Hometown: Plzen, Czech Republich

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Some Top 8s here and there.

What deck did you play and why?

Abzan, because this is the last Standard Grand Prix where Siege Rhino is legal. Also, because it's great.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I'd replace one Arashin Cleric in the sideboard with Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. I just forgot to do that before the tournament.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Siege Rhino, duh.


Petr Sochůrek

Age: 22

Occupation:

Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Pro Tour Top 16, Grand Prix Top 8, gold-level pro.

What deck did you play and why?

Grixis. I never considered not playing Jace, Vryn's Prodigy and Dig Through Time as long as they are legal, and Grixis seemed like the best shell for them.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

The deck is the best.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Dig Through Time.


Ben Stark

Age: 32

Occupation: None

Hometown: Cord Springs, Florida, USA

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Won Pro Tour Paris in 2011, won Grand Prix Indy in 2012, four Pro Tour Top 8s, 17 Grand Prix Top 8s, Magic Hall of Fame.

What deck did you play and why?

Dark Jeskai. Plays all close games, every one is a sweat, never know if you will win or lose.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Take the Arashin Clerics out of the sideboard. No one played Atarka Red.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Jace, Vryn's Prodigy. Best card in Standard.


Arne Huschenbeth

Age: 18

Occupation: None

Hometown: Hamburg, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

None.

What deck did you play and why?

Esper Dragons, because Dragonlord Ojutai is the best.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Take out Dragonlord's Prerogative, put in Painful Truths. Not play Infinite Obliteration.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Island.


Fabian Friedrich

Age: 30

Occupation: Mechanical engineer

Hometown: Berlin, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Berlin City Champion 2014.

What deck did you play and why?

Blue Abzan. If you're on curve it's nearly unbeatable. And you can counter Rally the Ancestors!

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Change Flaying Tendrils to Languish.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Stubborn Denial.

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