Top 8 Players

Posted in Event Coverage on August 14, 2016

By Tobi Henke

After 15 rounds of Standard, with a total of 881 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!



Name: Marco Dolazza
Age: 32
Occupation: Playtime Bergamo owner
Hometown: Bergamo, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Played some Pro Tour and World Magic Cup.

What deck did you play and why?
Bant Company, because Raul Venturi told me to play it and my girlfriend Federica confirmed it.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
No changes, the list is great!

What's the most important card in your deck?
Archangel Avacyn.



Name: Simon Enckels
Age: 24
Occupation: Teacher
Hometown: Hasselt, Belgium

Previous Magic accomplishments:
None.

What deck did you play and why?
Blue-Red. The deck turned out to be great while testing and leads to fast rounds.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
Cut Sphinx's Tutelage from the sideboard.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Thermo-Alchemist.



Name: Shota Yasooka
Age: about 30
Occupation: Pro player
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Many Grand Prix Top 8s.

What deck did you play and why?
Bant Company. I didn't have time.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
Nothing.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Lands.



Name: Arne Huschenbeth
Age: 19
Occupation: Magic grinder
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 8 Grand Prix Paris 2016.

What deck did you play and why?
Bant Company. The deck is extremely strong and, with a tuned sideboard, it can beat everything. I won a lot of games two and three.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
None.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Island.



Name: Thomas Holzinger
Age: 24
Occupation: Playing green and white creatures
Hometown: Salzburg, Austria

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Two Grand Prix Top 8s, World Magic Cup Top 8, Pro Tour Top 8.

What deck did you play and why?
Bant Company. Sebastian Fiala Ibitz and my crew from Salzburg helped me with it. Thanks for all the support!

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
I don't run Archangel Avacyn. Not sure about that.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Probably Collected Company ...



Name: Jaroslav Boucek
Age: 29
Occupation: Card player, opening a store in Olomouc
Hometown: Samotišky, Czech Republic

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 8 Grand Prix Lille 2015, Top 8 Grand Prix Bologna 2016.

What deck did you play and why?
Bant Company. Felt like the best deck to play with my limited testing, and I like the play style.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
Definitely some sideboard changes. Probably run some copies of Tragic Arrogance and Declaration in Stone instead off Lambholt Pacifist and Subjugator Angel.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Collected Company, by far. But Archangel Avacyn definitely overperformed.



Name: Petr Sochůrek
Age: 22
Occupation: Pro player
Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Platinum pro, champion Grand Prix Paris 2016, Top 8 Grand Prix Lille 2015, two more Grand Prix X-2 finishes, Top 16 Pro Tour Valencia, a bunch of money finishes.

What deck did you play and why?
Bant Company. The best deck.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
I would play Fortified Village over Canopy Vista and add a fourth Tireless Tracker to the main deck.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Well ...



Name: Lukas Blohon
Age: 26
Occupation: Magic player
Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Previous Magic accomplishments:
I won Pro Tour Eldritch Moon last week ...

What deck did you play and why?
Blue-Red Fevered Burn. Ivan Floch persuaded me.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?
Don't know, I was pretty happy with how the deck worked. But there is a better version for sure. Maybe add some counterspells to the sideboard like Summary Dismissal, Spell Shrivel for the Emrakul decks.

What's the most important card in your deck?
Fevered Visions. It just straight up wins games against a lot of decks if cast on turn three, especially on the play.


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