Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on February 15, 2015

By Tobi Henke

After 15 rounds of Standard play the original field of 799 players has been whittled down to but eight people. These eight are the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the literal one percent (well, close enough). Learn more about them here!

Name: Marcos Antonio Cordero Valle

Age: 40

Occupation: Accountant

Hometown: Seville, Spain

Clan:

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Spanish National Top 8, played five Pro Tours.

What deck did you play and why? How did Fate Reforged influence your choice?

The one my friends were able to lend me on Friday evening, which was White/Blue Heroic. Not sure how the set influenced that …

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?

I prefer three Erases and I'd remove the Treasure Cruises from the sideboard. The main deck is fine.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Favored Hoplite.


Name: Nicholas Merrien

Age: 25

Occupation: Trust administrator

Hometown: Guernsey, Channel Islands

Clan: Abzan

Previous Magic accomplishments:

None.

What deck did you play and why? How did Fate Reforged influence your choice?

Abzan Aggro/Midrange. My friend created the list and said it was good.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?

Maybe one more Hero's Downfall in the main deck.

What is the most important card in your deck?

It's close between Abzan Charm and Siege Rhino.


Name: Immanuel Gerschenson

Age: 21

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Vienna, Austria

Clan:

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Grand Prix Madrid 2014 champion.

What deck did you play and why? How did Fate Reforged influence your choice?

Blue/Black Control, because it has all the tools.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?

None.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Ugin, the Spirit Dragon.


Name: Marcio Carvalho

Age: 29

Occupation:

Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal

Clan: Abzan

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Two Pro Tour Top 8s, seven Grand Prix Top 8s.

What deck did you play and why? How did Fate Reforged influence your choice?

Mono-green Devotion because Whisperwood Elemental is just sick.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?

No changes.

What is the most important card in your deck?

Hornet Queen!


Name: Martin Jůza

Age: 27

Occupation: Professional tourist

Hometown: Plzen, Czech Republic

Clan: Jeskai

Previous Magic accomplishments:

With this Top 8 I just got over 400 Pro Points lifetime.

What deck did you play and why? How did Fate Reforged influence your choice?

Jeskai Aggro. I only had two days to prepare so I asked friends for help. Dave Shields gave me a great Jeskai list and I tuned it a little to fit my style. Wild Slash, Valorous Stance, and Outpost Siege are some great additions from Fate Reforged!

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?

For now, none. It depends on how the metagame evolves during the next week.

What is the most important card in your deck?

It's really a combination of cheap removal and card advantage which makes the deck good, no specific card.


Name: Carlos Ballester García

Age: 21

Occupation: Information technician

Hometown: Villena, Alicante, Spain

Clan: Abzan

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Day 2 at Pro Tour Journey into Nyx, Top 64 at Grand Prix Bilbao 2013.

What deck did you play and why? How did Fate Reforged influence your choice?

Red/Green Devotion/Monsters, which was the deck I knew the best and which performed the best.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?

I would play the third copy of Crater's Claws. It's too powerful!

What is the most important card in your deck?

Genesis Hydra and Crater's Claws.


Name: Alexandre Habert

Age: 23 very soon

Occupation: Delivery man

Hometown: Toulouse, France

Clan: Sultai

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Some money finishes, in each of the possible Top X categories except for Top 8.

What deck did you play and why? How did Fate Reforged influence your choice?

Sidisi-Whip. I tested a lot with my team and it seemed the best deck to play in a metagame which we expected toi be very red-dominated.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?

Take Stain the Mind out of the sideboard to make room for two copies of Nissa, Worldwaker. Stain the Mind was not as good as expected. Not at all!

What is the most important card in your deck?

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant tied with Whip of Erebos of course.


Name: Pierre Sommen

Age: 26

Occupation: Engineer R&D

Hometown: Achères, France

Clan: Abzan

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Champion Grand Prix Amsterdam 2011, Grand Prix Rimini 2013 Top 8.

What deck did you play and why? How did Fate Reforged influence your choice?

Abzan Aggro because I wanted to play Siege Rhino and I think the deck has the highest raw power. I actually didn't test with Fate Reforged.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?

Don't know yet. I need to practice Standard a bit more …

What is the most important card in your deck?

Siege Rhino.


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