Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on October 30, 2016

By Tobi Henke

After 15 rounds of Standard, with a total of 1,105 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: Gabrielius Kaklauskas

Age: 27

Occupation: Part-time wizard

Hometown: Vilnius, Lithuania

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Played at two World Magic Cups, one Pro Tour, no Day 2s.

What deck did you play and why?

White-blue, a friend gave it to me.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Three cards in the sideboard were dead, Negate and two Immolating Glare

What's the most important card in your deck?

Lands.



Name: Ben Stark

Age: 33

Occupation: None

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Florida, United States

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Four Pro Tour Top 8s—Pro Tour Paris 2011 champion, 19 Grand Prix Top 8s—Grand Prix Indy 2012 champion, Magic Hall of Fame.

What deck did you play and why?

Black-Green Delirium—it's good against white-blue and plays really close fun games.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

No changes—ran pretty smooth.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Ishkanah, Grafwidow—super broken and oppressive.



Name: Zbysek Panchartek

Age: 29

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Hometown: Liberec, Czech Republic

Previous Magic accomplishments:

What deck did you play and why?

Black-Green Delirium. I love Emrakul!

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

None.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Ishkanah, the Spider Mother.



Name: Niels Molle

Age: 29

Occupation: IT consultant

Hometown: Staines-upon-Thames, England, originally from the Netherlands

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Prague 2016.

What deck did you play and why?

Black-Green Delirium. Went 17-3 in Magic Online Leagues with it. Two losses were in the mirror.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

Play more Pick the Brain for the mirror.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Traverse the Ulvenwald.



Name: Julien Stihle

Age: 27

Occupation: Statistical programmer

Hometown: Strasbourg, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Three Grand Prix Top 16s, being part of Team Superdry.

What deck did you play and why?

Black-Green Delirium. Didn't want to play Vehicles or White-Blue Flash.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I would add Transgress the Mind to the main deck as it is very important in the mirror and against White-Blue Flash.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Ishkanah, Grafwidow.



Name: Oleksii Riabokon

Age: 28

Occupation: Web developer

Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine

Previous Magic accomplishments:

3-5 at Pro Tour Kaladesh, 11-4 at Grand Prix Paris, few 10-5 finishes at GPs.

What deck did you play and why?

Black-Green Aggro Delirium. The best deck ever.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

No changes.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Verdurous Gearhulk.



Name: Andreas Ganz

Age: 31

Occupation: Content manager

Hometown: Zürich, Switzerland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Grand Prix Charlotte 2016 champion, national champion.

What deck did you play and why?

Black-Red Aggro. I think the deck is slightly favored versus White-Blue Flash and has game versus Black-Green Delirium. It's also the deck I played at the Pro Tour and had the most experience with.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I think the sideboard could use some retooling, I could see only running three Weaver of Lightning and I might want four Lightning Axe in the main deck.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Smuggler's Copter.



Name: Matteo Moure

Age: 26

Occupation: Marco Cammilluzzi's son

Hometown: Rome, Italy

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Grand Prix London 2015 finalist, Grand Prix Stockholm 2016 finalist, ninth at Pro Tour Kaladesh.

What deck did you play and why?

Black-Green Aggro. I tested and brainstormed a lot with my friend Cammilluzzi and another friend who is a great online player (_Batutinha_) and we believed that this configuration had a good matchup versus Black-Green Delirium and White-Blue Flash which we expected to be the biggest part of the metagame. And it was correct.

What changes would you make to your deck and why?

I sometimes think I should adjust the sideboard, but for now I am pretty happy with my 75. Sometimes I want one more Grasp of Darkness in the main deck.

What's the most important card in your deck?

Blossoming Defense for sure!


 

 

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