Top 8 Players of Grand Prix Turin 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on July 29, 2018

By Tobi Henke

After fifteen rounds, with 2 to the power of 10 (1,024) 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: Reinhold Kohl

Age: 38

Occupation: Credit controller

Hometown: Originally Cologne, Germany, now living in the Netherlands

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Two GP Top 8s, ninth in the Rookie of the Year Race 2009.

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Banefire, red-green, 7-2.

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Abnormal Endurance, black-red, 3-0.

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

See above.


Name: Gero Lemke

Age: 20

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Berlin, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Like two Top 8s at local PPTQs.

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Mentor of the Meek/Lena, Selfless Champion, pretty good combo apparently. I played white-blue with a very underwhelming pool otherwise. 7-2 ... after starting 2-2 with two byes.

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Heroic Reinforcements. Boros Aggro seems to be quite good in this format: 3-0.

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Demon of [autocard]Catastrophes[/autocard]. Although Reassembling Skeleton worked overtime too. Mono-black. 3-0.

My first draft in this format was a turbo draft on Friday ... so yeah.


Name: Michał Brancewicz

Age: 28

Occupation: No, just visiting. (Financial analyst)

Hometown: Łódź, Poland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

GP Barcelona 2017 Top 32 and a couple of PTQ Top 8s under the old qualification system.

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Sigiled Sword of Valeron, black-green splashing white and blue.

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Green-white, 3-0, Rustwing Falcon.

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Black-green, Bristling Boar, a win followed by two intentional draws.


Name: Guillaume Gauthier

Age: 28

Occupation: Urban planner

Hometown: Paris, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

I won a Kamigawa draft last year. But now I feel like Kylian Mbappé in the final of the World Cup.

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Talons of Wildwood. I had two in my Green-White Aura Sealed Deck. Pretty good at breaking stalls.

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Red-white, and I had three copies of Volley Veteran.

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Blue-red splashing black for ... Nicol Bolas, the Ravager. Terrific Dragon, I hope he's going to win in the next set.


Name: Alberto Mattioli

Age: 24

Occupation: Mechanic

Hometown: Lusurasco, Piacenza, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Second at GP Bologna 2016.

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

The best card was Sigiled Sword of Valeron, I played black-green, and the record was 7-0-2.

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

The best card was Star-Crowned Stag, the color combination was white-blue, and I went 3-0.

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Herald of Faith, white-black, 2-0-1.


Name: Michael Kundegraber

Age: 27

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Judenburg, Austria

Previous Magic accomplishments:

MKM Series Top 8, Nationals 2007 Top 8.

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

I played white-black and the best card was Mind Rot.

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

I played Red-Green Beats, the best card was Vigilant Baloth, 2-1.

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

1-0-2, white-black, Epicure of Blood.


Name: Sebastien Gerardin

Age: 36

Occupation: Engineer

Hometown: Antibes, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

None. This is my first Day 2.

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Played green-blue, switching to green-white about 50% of the time.

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Cleansing Nova, played white-black, 2-1.

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Banefire, red-green, 1-1-1.


Name: Joao Choca

Age: 26

Occupation: Marketer

Hometown: London, England

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Two GP Top 16s, beat [Francesco] Giorgio in Limited.

What was the best card in your Sealed Deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Transmogrifying Wand/Vine Mare, red-green splash black, 7-2.

What was the best card in your first Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Lena, Selfless Champion, white-blue, 3-0.

What was the best card in your second Booster Draft deck, what color combination did you play, and what was your record?

Banefire, red-white, 3-0.

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