Top 8 Players of Grand Prix Prague 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on August 26, 2018

By Tobi Henke

After fifteen rounds of Modern, with a total of 1,991 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, their decks, and their tournament so far here!


Name: Bernardo Santos

Age: 25

Occupation: Student and Gobern's only friend

Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Two GP Top 8s, qualified for the second time for MOCS this year, Gold pro.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Humans because I think it has game against everything in an open Modern field. I've also done well with it before and like the deck.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Æther Vial. It showed up in my opening hands and I rarely drew it later on.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Gaddock Teeg. I played against Jeskai and White-Blue a lot, so the Kithkin overperformed.


Name: Kenneth Pletinckx

Age: 28

Occupation: Helpdesk engineer for ISP

Hometown: Belsele, Belgium

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 16 GP Lille 2016.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Infect. I saw the metagame get faster, so I wanted to play the fastest thing.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Inkmoth Nexus. The flying was so relevant in a world of ground creatures.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Geist of Saint Traft, it gave me a lot of play against spot removal and was responsible for three match wins by itself.


Name: Claude Schmit

Age: 28

Occupation: Ph.D. student

Hometown: London, originally from Luxembourg

Previous Magic accomplishments:

A few money finishes at GPs.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Krark-Clan Ironworks, because they didn't ban it last Monday.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Krark-Clan Ironworks, when it resolves I win the game.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Dispel, you can dispel Cryptic Command.


Name: Ondřej Stráský

Age: 23

Occupation: Retired

Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Two PT Top 8s, three GP Top 8s, better player than Petr Sochůrek, friends with Ivan Floch.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Bant Spirits. Better than Merfolk. Thomas Hendriks added Æther Vial which I liked.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Resurrected Cursecatcher a.k.a Mausoleum Wanderer. Reminds me of simpler times.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

All equally strong cards, hard to pick one.


Name: Javier Dominguez

Age: 31

Occupation: Magic

Hometown: Palau de Plegamans, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Eight GP Top 8s, one PT Top 8, second at Worlds.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Jeskai Control. I played it over White-Blue because I couldn't win without red cards.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Snapcaster Mage, it lets you start attacking!

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Surgical Extraction. Let me win a match against Vengevine.


Name: Lauri Pispa

Age: 31

Occupation: Owner and only employee of Magic card shop "Sensei's Divining Shop"

Hometown: Tampere, Finland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Two Pro Tours and Top 8 at World Magic Cup as captain.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Hardened Affinity. I talked to Sam Pardee about it four to five months ago, since he brought it to the light of day. I really liked it then, but something was missing and I didn't play it after. This Friday, I had the crazy idea to play it since it felt like a good choice for this metagame, and it was! Three hours of practice and let's go!

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Animation Module. Had few Hardene Scales hands on Day 1, but Animation Module came through and won me most of the games.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Nothing in particular. Some I didn't even bring in throughout the whole tournament. My sideboard is just answers for tough cards like Stony Silence and Rest in Peace.


Name: Theau Mery

Age: 23

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Yerres, next to Paris, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Finished second in Vegas last year, and some 11-4 finishes.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Humans, because it's broken. I'm convinced something should be banned. Until then—If you can't beat them, join them.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Mantis Rider. It won me so many games on the spot, and I never lost a race with it.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Gaddock Teeg was the best. I only ever beat Miracles with this card. Kambal, Consul of Allocation and Hostage Taker were pretty good as well.


Name: Joakim Haram

Age: 28

Occupation: Production engineer

Hometown: Trondheim, Norway

Previous Magic accomplishments:

FNM end boss.

What deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Bant Spirits, played the deck even before it got Supreme Phantom. Deck was already pretty good then, so I didn't need much convincing.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Mausoleum Wanderer for allowing me to have eraly pressure and making it very hard for opponents to play Magic.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Unified Will. A counter spell is usually a good card to have in a tempo deck that likes to keep mana open, In the matchups where you bring it in, it's fantastic.

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