Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on May 31, 2015

By Olle Rade

After fifteen rounds but eight players remained in the running for the title of champion of Grand Prix Utrecht 2015, to be enshrined among the stars of Modern Masters Weekend. It's about time to get to know them a little better, don't you think?

Name: Christian Åhlström

Age: 24

Occupation: Teacher

Hometown: Järna, Sweden

When did you start playing Magic?

Zendikar

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

Mutagenic Growth and Ant Queen. Green-white, 7-2

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

Kami of Ancient Law, black-white, 3-0

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

Burst Lightning, red-black, 3-0

What's your happiest memory from playing Magic?

When my wife introduced me to the game and pushed me to follow my dreams. Also playing EDH at home with my friends.
 




Name: Christian Seibold

Age: 26

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Nuremburg, Germany

When did you start playing Magic?

2002

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

Wildfire and Savage Twister, red-green ramp, 9-0

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

Ghost Council of Orzhova, black-white-blue, 3-0

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

Battlegrace Angel, black-white, 1-2

What's your happiest memory from playing Magic?

Making Top 8 at Pro Tour Born of the Gods in Valencia.
 



Name: Iwan Smit

Age: 26

Occupation: Artist/Illustrator

Hometown: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

When did you start playing Magic?

When I was 12.

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

Banefire! I played red-black-white, but sideboarded into red-blue-black. 7-1-1.

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

Nameless Inversion, black-white spirits, 3-0

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

Mana Leak, blue-white artifacts, 3-0.

What's your happiest memory from playing Magic?

Hanging out at Magic United and playing at home with De Tovenaars van de Binnenweg.
 



Name: Branco Neirynck

Age: 24

Occupation: Unemployed

Hometown: Koekelare, Belgium

When did you start playing Magic?

2008

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

Pelakka Wurm. Green-blue-white, 9-0

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

Steady progress, blue-green, 2-1

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

Ant Queen. Green-black-red, 2-0-1

What's your happiest memory from playing Magic?

Winning the Belgian National Championships 6 years ago.
 



Name: Fabian Dickmann

Age: 25

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Bochum, Germany

When did you start playing Magic?

1996 when I was 6 or 7 years old.

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

Two copies of Apocalypse Hydra . Green-white-red, 8-1.

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

Precursor Golem, Red-black Bloodthirst. 2-1.

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

Six Glint Hawk Idol  and two Cranial Plating. Mono white, 3-0.

What's your happiest memory from playing Magic?

Making my first GP Top 8 in my hometown and the German/Austrian testing group for Pro Tour Montreal.
 



Name: David Joachim

Age: 23

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Münster, Germany

When did you start playing Magic?

At the age of 7 with mu uncle in Ireland on a picnic blanket. We were highlandering International Edition. He had a set of each card.

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

Two Selesnya Guildmage along with Overwhelming Stampede. With an honorable mention to Kozilek's Predator. Green-white, 9-0.

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

A foil Mirror Entity, green-white, 1-2.

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

Spikeshot Elder, Sunforger and Cranial Plating with double-strike creatures. Red-white, 3-0.

What's your happiest memory from playing Magic?

Playing Magic with my uncle on a vacation in Italy. I could never beat him, but I was still eager to play with him for hours in the evenings. I was fascinated by his stories about how you were a Mage that chose spells from your arsenal to outwit your opponent.
 



Name: Davide Vergoni

Age: 30

Occupation: Architect

Hometown: Perugia, Italy

When did you start playing Magic?

1995, thanks to my brother who taught me the game.

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

Cryptic Command gave me lots of wins, but two Mulldrifter were the cards that made the deck work. I played 5 colors, 8-1.

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

Cranial Plating, blue-white Affinity, 3-0

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

Mighty Leap that won me some games, and Mirran Crusader. 2-0-1.

What's your happiest memory from playing Magic?

Definitely my first two Italian nationals back in 2001 and 2002. The first one was in my hometown when I was a kid, and the second one qualified by meat grinder.



Name: Lars Rosengren

Age: 29

Occupation: twitch.tv/breitbildtv

Hometown: Darmstadt, Germany

When did you start playing Magic?

Time Spiral

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

Etched Oracle, 4-colors without blue, 8-1.

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

Ghost Council of Orzhova, black-white-blue-green. 3-0.

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

Rampant Growth, 5-color domain. 2-0-1.

What's your happiest memory from playing Magic?

Getting a game loss for desleeving my deck before the last round today.

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