TOP 8 PLAYER PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX STRASBOURG 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on November 30, 2014

By Event Coverage Staff

After fifteen grueling rounds of Khans of Tarkir Limited play, only eight players remained to fight for title of Grand Prix champion. Let's get to know them a little better, shall we?


Tamás Nagy

Age: 32
Occupation: IT manager
Hometown: Balmazújváros, Hungary
Clan: Temur

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Two Grand Prix Top 8s, World Magic Cup Top 4, TY Dora.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Abzan with Wingmate Roc and Duneblast.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Temur. 3-0. Icefeather Aven.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Temur. 2-1. Savage Punch.


Martin Jůza

Age: 27
Occupation: Tourist
Hometown: Plzen, Czech Republic
Clan: Temur

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Won four Grand Prix.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Temur, 8-1, Thousand Winds.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Temur 19 Land Special, 2-1, Crippling Chill.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Red-Green, 3-0, Bloodfire Expert.


Pierre Dagen

Age: 27
Occupation: Healthcare consultant and Magic writer
Hometown: Paris, France
Clan: Sultai

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Second at Pro Tour Theros, two previous Grand Prix Top 8s, Gold-level pro, got to start my own business thanks to my Magic winnings.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
It's a tie between Crater's Calws and Opulent Palace. I played all five colors and went 9-0.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Two copies of Armament Corps. I played Abzan splashing blue and went 2-1.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Butcher of the Horde. I Red-White splashing everything, and went 2-1 again.


Diederik Daan Pruijt

Age: 27
Occupation: Ex-student
Hometown: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Clan: Jeskai

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Sultai. Good curve, good removal, good card draw. 8-0-1.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Mardu. Ashcloud Phoenix and all the Warriors. 2-1.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Sage of the Inward Eye and two Jeskai Charms. 3-0.


Kees van Montfoort

Age: 29
Occupation: Financial controller
Hometown: Alkmaar, the Netherlands
Clan: Remaining neutral

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Won a game of Magic by bestowing Chromanticore.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Blue-Black. All cards performed well, but Necropolis Fiend got me back into a game when I was behind 51 to 2 in life.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Jeskai. 3-0. Triple Jeskai Charm was sweet.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Four-Color Monsters. 3-0. Death Frenzy was what kept the deck alive.


Kentaro Yamamoto

Age: 30
Occupation: Hareruya Pro (Hareruya is Tomoharu Saito's card shop)
Hometown: Saitama, Japan
Clan: Sultai

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Two Pro Tour Top 8s, three Grand Prix Top 8s.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Thousand Winds, Sultai, 7-2 (three byes).

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Set Adrift, Sultai splashing white, 3-0.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Sultai Scavenger, Sultai, 3-0.


Oleg Plisov

Age: 25
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine
Clan: Sultai

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
18th at Grand Prix Valencia 2013 and I also qualified for the World Magic Cup this year!

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Jeskai splashing black for Dead Drop and Murderous Cut. Crater's Claws.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Sultai. Two Sultai Soothsayers, two Scout the Borders, and Sidisi, Brood Tyrant.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Jeskai. Ashcloud Phoenix, Icy Blast.


Max Pritsch

Age: 29
Occupation: Baker
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany
Clan:

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Grand Prix Top 16.

What was the best card in your sealed deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker, Jeskai, 8-1 with zero byes.

What was the best card in your first draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Icefeather Aven, Temur, 3-0.

What was the best card in your second draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?
Kin-Tree Invocation, Green-Black, 2-0-1.