Top 8 Players Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on September 4, 2010

By Event Coverage Staff

Guillaume Wafo-Tapa

Age: 23 
Hometown: Nantes, France 
OccupationMagic player 
How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Amsterdam? Pro level 
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 6/3 
Other previous Magic accomplishments
Won Pro Tour-Yokohama

What was your record by format? 
Extended: 5-2-1 
Booster Draft: 5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Amsterdam? Who did you prepare with? 
I playtested draft on Magic Online. For the Extended portion, I played with Martial Moreau and Guillaume Matignon.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week? 
7

What Extended deck are you playing and why? 
5-Color Teachings. The best control deck I could come up with.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play? 
I play in the care Le Theatre in Nantes.

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian? 
Mirran



Brad Nelson

Age: 24 
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota 
OccupationMagic player 
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 5 
How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Amsterdam? Pro level 
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 3/2 
Other previous Magic accomplishments
Magic Online Championnship Qualifier and fifth Top 8 in a row.

What was your record by format? 
Extended: 7-2-1 
Booster Draft: 6-0

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Amsterdam? Who did you prepare with? 
Playtesting on Magic Online, Paradox CNC, ChannelFireball crew.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week? 
24 hours in a day – 8 hours of sleep = 16 X 7 = 104 hours/week

What Extended deck are you playing and why? 
Doran, because Brian Kibler said so.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play? 
Paradox Comics and Cards

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian? 
Mirran (?)



Thomas Ma

Age: 19 
Hometown: Cheyenne, Wyoming 
Occupation: Student 
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: first! 
How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Amsterdam? PTQ 
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: one PT Top 8 
Other previous Magic accomplishments
Won my draft pod with Merfolk Spy.

What was your record by format? 
Extended: 7-2-1 
Booster Draft: 5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Amsterdam? Who did you prepare with? 
Gathered info from Magic Online and Magic sites. I prepared with local players.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week? 
At least 10 hours.

What Extended deck are you playing and why? 
Jund. Blightning is underrated especially in Extended and the Punishing Fire engine is pretty sweet.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play? 
Sports Cards and More and Crypton Games.

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian? 
What's a Mirran?



Michael Jacob

Age: 26 
Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI 
OccupationMagic Onlinegrinder 
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: A lot, sinceMirrodin Block 
How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Amsterdam? Level 6 
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: First PT Top 8, 3 GP Top 8. 
Other previous Magic accomplishments
National Champion (U.S.) and Team Worlds Champion

What was your record by format? 
Extended: 7-1-2 
Booster Draft: 5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Amsterdam? Who did you prepare with? 
Played some Magic 2011queues on Magic Online for draft. Tested with Kibler, Nelson, Rietzl, LSV, basically every U.S. pro. Most credit goes to Patrick Chapin for giving me the deck he created.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week? 
24 hours in a day – 8 hours of sleep = 16 X 7 = 104 hours in a week

What Extended deck are you playing and why? 
Grixis Control created by Patrick Chapin. I liked Cryptic Command and Punishing Fire. Preordain is the nuts!

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play? 
I judge FNM at RIW Hobbies in Livonia, Michigan.

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian? 
Phyrexian



Brian Kibler

Age: 29 (30 on Tuesday!) 
Hometown: Oceanside, CA 
Occupation: Game designer 
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: lots 
How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Amsterdam? Pro level 
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 4 PT, 10 GP 
Other previous Magic accomplishments
1st Pro Tour-Austin 
1st Grand Prix-Boston 
1st Grand Prix-Sendai 
1st Grand Prix-Toronto 
Top 4 Pro Tour Chicago 
1997 New Hampshire State Champion (Junior division)

What was your record by format? 
Extended: 8-1-1 
Booster Draft: 4-2

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Amsterdam? Who did you prepare with? 
Tested with Rubin, LSV, Brad Nelson, Michael Jacob, Tom Martell, Martin Juza, David Ochoa, Patrick Chapin, etc. etc. with a special shout out to Dan Burdick.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week? 
I may do one or two drafts a week online.

What Extended deck are you playing and why? 
Doran – very aggressive, highly disruptive deck expecting a wide open field with lots of combo.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play? 
Sky High Comics in San Marcos, California.

Pick a side: Mirran, or Phyrexian? 
Whichever one has Treefolk or Dragons!



Marijn Lybaert

Age: 25 
Hometown: Welbe 
Occupation: Soon to be employed 
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: No Idea. 30? 
How did you Q for Pro Tour-Amsterdam: Pro Club 
Number of PT/GP Top 8s: 2/4 
Other previous Magic accomplishments: Quarterfinals at 3 PTs

Record by format
Extended: 6-2-2 
Booster Draft: 6-0

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Amsterdam? Who did you prepare with? 
With a bunch of Belgians and Dutchies. Played a l ot with Peter Vieren as we both wanted to play Restore Balance. Fortunately I chickened out on that deck.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week? 
Depends: On holidays, 15 hours. Normal weeks, 5 hours.

What Extended deck are you playing and why? 
Merfolk, I don't know why.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM any more, where did you play? 
Heromelijn (Aalst) and Outpost Ghent

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian? 
Definitely Phyrexian



Kai Budde

Age: 30 
Hometown: Hamburg 
Occupation: Trader 
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: Many, no idea. 
How did you qualify for Pro Tour Amsterdam: Hall of Fame 
Number of GP/PT Top 8's: 14/10 
Other previous Magic accomplishments: Four-time Player of the Year, 7 PT titles

What was your record by format? 
Extended 9-0-1 
Booster Draft 3-3

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Amsterdam? Who did you prepare with? 
Online and in real life with Gabriel Nassif, Johan Sadeghpour and Paul Rietzl

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week? 
1-2

What Extended deck are you playing and why? 
White weenie because Nassif said so!

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian? 
Phyrexian



Paul Rietzl

Age: 25 
Hometown: Los Angeles, California 
Occupation: Executive Recruiter 
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 20-25 
How did you qualify for Pro Tour Amsterdam? Pro level 
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 3 (Anaheim 03, Oakland 04, Chicago 09) / 2 (Honolulu 09, Amsterdam 10) 
Other previous Magic accomplishments: Won a Your Move Games Grudge Match Championship

What was your record by format? 
Extended: 6-1-3 
Booster Draft: 6-0

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Amsterdam? Who did you prepare with? 
Tested on Magic Online, and discussed with Gabriel Nassif, Kai Budde, Matt Sperling, Jay Elrar and the rest of France

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week? 
5-7

What Extended deck are you playing and why? 
White weenie. Fast, disruptive and interactive, with surprising reach and no terrible matchups

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM any more, where did you play? 
Used to play FNM at Yourmovegames in Massachusetts

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian? 
Mirran

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