Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on August 30, 2015

By Tobi Henke

After 15 rounds of Standard, with a total of 1,456 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!

Oliver Polak-Rottman

Age: 27

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Vienna, Austria

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Three Grand Prix Top 8 finishes, one win. Three Nationals Top 8 finishes, one win.

What deck did you play and why?

Jeskai Hangarback. I played it for two weeks on Magic Online and liked it a lot.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I would add a Glare of Heresy to the sideboard, and take out a Revoke Existence.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Mantis Rider.


Davor Detecnik

Age: 26

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Šentjanž pri Dravogradu, Slovenia

Previous Magic accomplishments:

I've opened a foil Jace!

What deck did you play and why?

Abzan Aggro. At the last moment I figured out that I couldn't play Esper Dragons.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

More Wingmate Roc!!! Because of the mirror.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Self-Inflicted Wound.


Alex Hottman

Age: 25

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Detmold, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Krakow 2015, ninth at Grand Prix Lille 2013, Top 4 at Magic Online Player of the Year 2014, also won a prerelease at Hiveworld in Cologne.

What deck did you play and why?

Esper Dragons because it's good against Abzan and because Silumgar, the Drifting Death was good for this tournament.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Some sideboard changes. Main deck was good, could also probably play two to three Jace, Vryn's Prodigy main.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Silumgar, the Drifting Death.


Mattia Rizzi

Age: 22

Occupation: Magic player :)

Hometown: Lecco, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 Grand Prix Portland 2013.

What deck did you play and why?

Abzan Aggro, because it's the best deck in this metagame.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

In the sideboard, I would remove one Self-Inflicted Wound for one Glare of Heresy because of the mirror and Elspeth, Sun's Champion.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Siege Rhino!!!


Eliott Boussaud

Age: 26

Occupation: Teacher

Hometown: Toulouse, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Finals of Grand Prix Utrecht 2014, Top 8 at Grand Prix Prague 2013.

What deck did you play and why?

Red-Black Dragons, because it's strong against Abzan Control and fights well against Hangarback Walker and aggro.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Right now more Bile Blight, because Goblin tokens are coming back. (Also Thopter tokens from Hangarback Walker.)

What's the most important card in your deck?

Kolaghan, the Storm's Fury.


Hannes Kerem

Age: 27

Occupation: World Magic Cup Player (employed again!)

Hometown: Keila, Estonia

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Almost World Champion a long, long time ago.

What deck did you play and why?

A fast Abzan deck, but I don't have much of an idea why.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Maybe move Tasigur, the Golden Fang to the main deck and Ajani to the sideboard. My sideboard turned out to be quite pointless anyway.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Maybe Dromoka's Command. Or Fleecemane Lion, or Hangarback Walker.


Steve Hatto

Age: 32

Occupation: Civil servant

Hometown: Itzig, Luxemburg

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Second place at Grand Prix Copenhagen 2015.

What deck did you play and why?

Jacekai. It has a good Abzan matchup and solid matchups across the field.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Jeskai can easily adapt to whatever you expect next weekend.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Jace, Vryn's Prodigy.


Peter Vieren

Age: 29

Occupation: Traffic modeling

Hometown: Leuven, Belgium

Previous Magic accomplishments:

One Grand Prix Top 8.

What deck did you play and why?

Blue-Black Control. Because it's still well positioned against the current field.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I would figure out sideboard plans. There are some cards, like the third copy of Jace, Vryn's Prodigy and the second Tasigur, the Golden Fang that I never used.

What's the most important card in your deck?

The four copies of Jace's Ingenuity. The sideboard MVP is Psychic Rebuttal.

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