TOP 8 PLAYER PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX STOCKHOLM 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on October 26, 2014

By Event Coverage Staff

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 8 for Grand Prix Stockholm 2014 is set! Learn more about this event’s Top 8 competitors, their history at the top tables, and more by taking a look through the Top 8 profiles.


Matej Zatlkaj

Age: 29
Hometown: Bratislava, Slovakia
Occupation: Marketing specialist
Favorite Clan: Abzan

Previous Magic Accomplishments
2x PT Top 8, 1x GP Top 8, 4x PT Top 25, National champ, Gold pro.

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Jeskai, because Ondrej Strasky convinced me to try it and it's a solid archetype.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best: U/B. Worst: Sidisi. The rest is fairly even.

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
Goblin Rabblemaster.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Maybe a couple tweaks in the sideboard.

What's your proudest non-Magic achievement?
Growing a beard this big. (I dunno.)


Einar Agust Baldvinsson

Age: 35
Hometown: Reykjavik, Iceland
Occupation: System administrator
Favorite Clan: Temur

Previous Magic Accomplishments
National Champion 1999, WMCQ winner 2014, 5x PTQ 2nd place.

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Temur. Speed kills!

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best is probably R/G Monsters. Worst is Mono-Red or Abzan Control.

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
Savage Knuckleblade and Crater's Claws.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Maybe 1x Magma Spray instead of Surrak Dragonclaw.

What's your proudest non-Magic achievement?
Being a father of 3 adorable kids.


Matteo Cirigliano

Age: 33
Hometown: Genova, Italy
Occupation: Telecommunication engineer
Favorite Clan: Jeskai

Previous Magic Accomplishments
Top 2 at GP Zurich 2004.

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Green-Black Reanimator/Constellation because it has a good matchup vs. Abzan, Sidisi, and Mono-Red.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best: Abzan, Sidisi. Worst: G/B Devotion, Jeskai.

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
Doomwake Giant.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
The sideboard is just a pile.

What's your proudest non-Magic achievement?
Being honest.


Christian Seibold

Age: 25
Hometown: Nürnberg
Occupation: Student
Favorite Clan: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments
PT Born of the Gods Top 8, GP Barcelona 1st.

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Whidisi, cause it is fun and well positioned in a metagame with Abzan and Jeskai.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best: Abzan. Worst: G/B Devotion (Whip)

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
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What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Maybe adding Ashioks to the sideboard; good against G/B Devotion and other decks.

What's your proudest non-Magic achievement?
Having the best wife on this planet.


Alexander Pasgaard

Age: 24
Hometown: Aarhus, Denmark
Occupation: Student – on break
Favorite Clan: Jeskai

Previous Magic Accomplishments
None.

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Jeskai whatever. I love the tempo game, and I really appreciate the ability to change the pace of your game at any point.

What are your best and worst matchups?
I haven't tested much, but my version is well suited for the mirror and against aggro. I cannot beat Sultai ever.

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
It's a tie between Dig Through Time and Keranos, God of Storms.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I really don't know. The deck needs more answers to Whip of Erebos.

What's your proudest non-Magic achievement?
Too deep.


Lukas Blohon

Age: 25
Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic
Occupation: Tourist
Favorite Clan: Temur

Previous Magic Accomplishments
Top 8 PT Honolulu.

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
G/B Constellation – it has a good matchup against Abzan and it's ok against Jeskai.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best – Sultai, slow Abzan. Worst – G/B Devotion.

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
Hornet Queen and Whip of Erebos.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Maybe cut one Eidolon of Blossoms for the second Pharika, God of Affliction main.

What's your proudest non-Magic achievement?
Being friends with MKM Trader “Piratus” who let me borrow me all the cards. Thanks!


Thiago Rodrigues

Age: 30
Hometown: Paris, France
Occupation: Team manager
Favorite Clan: Temur

Previous Magic Accomplishments
Top 16 GP Strasbourg.

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Abzan. I playtested a bit with the Brazilian team for the last PT, and with their performance I felt it was the deck to play.

What are your best and worst matchups?
I don't think we have a “best” match-up. Worst is U/B Control.

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
Whip of Erebos.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Probably play an Erebos, God of the Dead in the sideboard for the mirror.

What's your proudest non-Magic achievement?
Meeting my wife!


Giovanni Rosi

Age: 24
Hometown: Italy
Occupation: Student
Favorite Clan: Jeskai and Mardu

Previous Magic Accomplishments
Top 12 at GP Milan.

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Mono Red. Very hot starting.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Sultai Delve is the best, Mardu Midrange is the worst.

What card won you the most matches this weekend?
Monastery Swiftspear.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I wouldn't play the Magma Spray in the sideboard. I sided it in 0 times.