Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on January 29, 2017

By Tobi Henke

After 15 rounds, with a total of 1,997 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!


Roope Metsa

Age: 21

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Vantaa, Finland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

RPTQ Top 8.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Aethersphere Harvester, black-green, 8-1.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Fabrication Module, blue-red, 3-0.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Lifecraft Cavalry, red-green, 2-1.


Fabian Friedrich

Age: 31

Occupation: Mechanical engineer

Hometown: Berlin, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 Grand Prix Paris 2016, Team Germany at the 2016 WMC, one Pro Tour.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Quicksmith Spy. Blue-black. 8-1, lost to double Herald of Anguish.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

3-0. Two Sram, Senior Edificer and Smuggler's Copter, followed by Baral's Expertise.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Heart of Kiran.


Yusuf Kemal Vefa

Age: 43

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Five times Turkish National Champion, 42nd at Pro Tour Theros, and lots of Pro Tour attendances.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Red-green, Walking Ballista.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

White-blue, Baral's Expertise.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Green-blue, Baral's Expertise again.


Ivan Floch

Age: 31

Occupation: Professional tourist

Hometown: Bratislava, Slovakia

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Member of Slovak national team that won in Chiba in 2010!

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Baral's Expertise. I was playing blue-red. 8-1.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Blue-black, 3-0, Battle at the Bridge.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Red-black, 2-0-1, Destructive Tampering.


Fabrizio Campanino

Age: 27

Occupation: Sales manager for Dal Tenda

Hometown: Naples, but I live in Perugia, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Playing in five Pro Tours.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Aetherwind Basker, Red-Green Aggro, 7-2.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Winding Constrictor, Black-Green Counters, 3-0.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Gifted Aetherborn, Black-Green Aggro with eight removal spells, 3-0.


Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

Age: 29

Occupation: Magic player and writer at ChannelFireball.com

Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Ten Pro Tour Top 8s!

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Blue-red, but boarded into blue-black every round. 8-1, Aethertide Whale.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Green-white, 2-1, Rishkar, Peema Renegade.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Green-white, 3-0, Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter


Christoffer Larsen

Age: 28

Occupation: Navy

Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Less than Paulo. Playing with all the Martins and friends.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Noxious Gearhulk and Rishkar's Expertise.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Aethertide Whale and Metallic Rebuke. Maybe just the Whale. It's unbeatable!

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Marionette Master—both of them!—or Solemn Recruit, the revolt double hit you guy.


Florian Koch

Age: 35

Occupation: Gamer, writer for ChannelFireball

Hometown: Aachen, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Three Grand Prix Top 8s, including a win.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Green-white, Fleetwheel Cruiser, 7-2.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

White-black, Hidden Stockpile, 3-0.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Green-blue, Aethersphere Harvester, 3-0.

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