TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX UTRECHT 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on August 10, 2014

By Wizards of the Coast

The following eight players managed to navigate 15 grueling rounds of Standard at Grand Prix Utrecht without losing more than two of those. Find out more about them below.

Richard Webels

Age: 20
Occupation: Hustling Student
Hometown: Bochum, Germany

Previous Magic accomplishments:
I failed in a PTQ final.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it? Did last weekend's Pro Tour Magic 2015 influence your decision?
I played Blue-White Control, because a good friend told me it is the best deck. Last weekend's event didn't have an effect on my deck choice.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Maybe cut a Divination for a Font of Fortunes, but I'm not sure; the deck performed just great this weekend!


Susanne Bornelöv

Age: 29
Occupation: PhD Student
Hometown: Uppsala, Sweden

Previous Magic accomplishments:
18th place at GP Moscow 2014, Top 64 at two Grand Prix.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it? Did last weekend's Pro Tour Magic 2015 influence your decision?
Black-Green Devotion. It is a good deck and all match-ups are equally bad. The sideboard was built to fight the decks that I expected after the Pro Tour (I was assuming a lot of players would try their luck with aggressive decks).

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
No changes.


Eliott Boussaud

Age: 25
Occupation: Teacher and Traveler
Hometown: Toulouse, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 8 at Grand Prix Prague 2013

What deck did you play and why did you choose it? Did last weekend's Pro Tour Magic 2015 influence your decision?
Mono-Blue Devotion with four Detention Spheres that I splashed - the card is simply too strong. The Pro Tour helped me and my mates to prepare a perfect sideboard for the expected metagame.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Hard to say. I would probably cut a Negate for a Gainsay. Four Negates are a lot.


Ciprian Catana

Age: 31
Occupation: Software Engineer
Hometown: Timisoara, Romania

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Not a lot.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it? Did last weekend's Pro Tour Magic 2015 influence your decision?
B/W Midrange, because Thoughtseize, Pack Rat, Elspeth, Sun's Champion. Yes, the Pro Tour was an important influence.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I would not change my current deck.


Alex Stok

Age: 34
Occupation: Financial Adviser
Hometown: Voorburg, the Netherlands

Previous Magic accomplishments:
None

What deck did you play and why did you choose it? Did last weekend's Pro Tour Magic 2015 influence your decision?
Red-White Burn, and yes! (Seemed to be a good metagame call.)

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
No idea. (Sorry.)


Armel Primot

Age: 29
Occupation: Maths teacher
Hometown: Rouen, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:
French champion.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it? Did last weekend's Pro Tour Magic 2015 influence your decision?
Rabblemaster Red. I'm a mono-red player at heart and Team Revolution delivered the perfect deck.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Not much, as long as I play against Black-White …


Oliver Polak-Rottmann

Age: 26
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Vienna, Austria

Previous Magic accomplishments:
One Grand Prix Top 8, several Pro Tour Top 50s.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it? Did last weekend's Pro Tour Magic 2015 influence your decision?
Mono-Blue. I played the deck since Pro Tour Theros and already made the Top 8 of another Grand Prix with it. The deck did let me down last week, but it apologized properly.

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


Christoffer Enggaard Larsen

Age: 26
Occupation: Chef in the Navy
Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 8 at Grand Prix Miami and I attended a number of Pro Tours.

What deck did you play and why did you choose it? Did last weekend's Pro Tour Magic 2015 influence your decision?
Mono-Blue Devotion. I tested with Thomas, Michael, and Lasse and we saw that it was well-positioned in the current metagame. It's also lots of fun to play.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
None - Blue is Power! All hail Thassa!