Feature: The Top 8 Player Profiles

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Rasmus Sibast

Rasmus Sibast

Age: 18

Hometown: Copenhagen

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 6-8

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 1

How did you qualify for the Pro Tour? Level 3

Other Previous Magic Accomplishments: I won a prerelease

What was your record by draft pod?

1: 3-0
2: 3-0
3: 3-0
4: 2-1
5: 1-0-2

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?

I did four drafts with other Danes.

Did you go to the Dissension Prerelease as part of your preparation? If so, how many packs did you win at the Prerelease?

I won ten packs.

What was your draft strategy? Did you stick with it all weekend, or did you have to change?

Didn't have any.

What is your favorite draft color combination, and what are the key cards to make it work?

Ogre Savant




Shuhei Nakamura

Shuhei Nakamura

Age: 24

Hometown: Osaka, Japan

Occupation: Wandering One

Number of times playing on the Pro Tour? 10?

How did you qualify for the Pro Tour? Pro points

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 2 Pro Tour top eights and 7 or 8 GPs.

Other Previous Magic Accomplishments: Not being picked for the Magic Invitational

What was your record by draft pod?

1: 2-1
2: 3-0
3: 2-1
4: 3-0
5: 2-1

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?

Drafted 10 times, and did some common-only highlander.

Did you go to the Dissension pre-release as part of your preparation? If so, how many packs did you win at the pre-release?

I went to two, and got myself 16 packs.

What was your draft strategy? Did you stick with it all weekend, or did you have to change it?

I like the Orzhov guild. I played WB-x 5 times at the Pro Tour

What is your favorite colour combination, and what are the key cards to make it work?

WB-x with some two-mana creatures like Ghost Warden, Mourning Thrull, and if I'm getting greedy, Guildmages.




Antonino De Rosa

Antonino De Rosa

Age: 24

Hometown: Port St. Lucie, Florida / Palermo, Italy

Occupation: Game Developer

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 'Too many'

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Prague? Level 5

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 8 GP top 8s

Other Previous Magic Accomplishments: Reigning U.S. National Champion

What was your record by draft pod:

1: 2-1
2: 2-1
3: 3-0
4: 2-1
5: 3-0

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?

I drafted about 12 times before the Pro Tour with Justin Gary, Rich Hoaen, Ben Rubin, Patrick and Kate Sullivan, Ben Seck and many others.

Did you go to a Dissension Prerelease as part of your preparation? If yes, how many packs did you win?

Yes, 12.

What was your draft strategy? Did you stick with that all weekend, or did you have to change it?

Draft what comes, and don't be afraid of higher costs; 7/8/9 cost things are really good in this format

What is your favorite color combination, and what are the key cards to make it work?

4-color Green, with plenty of bounce lands.




Aaron Brackmann

Aaron Brackmann

Age: 21

Hometown: Frankfurt

Occupation: Student

How did you qualify for the Pro Tour? PTQ

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 7

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0

Other Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2 GP Top 16s. 2nd at German Nats.

What was your record by draft pod?

1: 2-1
2: 2-1
3: 2-1
4: 3-0
5: 3-0

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?

Max Bracht and Rasario Maij. We did about 10 drafts.

Did you go to the Dissension Prerelease as part of your preparation? If so, how many packs did you win at the Prerelease?

Yes, 7.

What was your draft strategy? Did you stick with it all weekend, or did you have to change?

Graft.

What is your favorite draft color combination, and what are the key cards to make it work?

Red/Green/Blue and Black/White




Christian Huttenberger

Christian Huttenberger

Age: 22

Hometown: Darmstadt

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 2

How did you qualify for the Pro Tour? PTQ

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0

Other Previous Magic Accomplishments: none

What was your record by draft pod?

1: 3-0
2: 3-0
3: 2-1
4: 2-1
5: 1-0-2

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?

Drafting on Magic Online

Did you go to the Dissension Prerelease as part of your preparation? If so, how many packs did you win at the Prerelease?

Yes, 5 boosters.

What was your draft strategy? Did you stick with it all weekend, or did you have to change?

I didn't start with a draft strategy, but after the third draft, I started picking Orzhov cards.

What is your favorite draft color combination, and what are the key cards to make it work?

Black/White.




Takuya Osawa

Takuya Osawa

Age: 21

Hometown: Kanagawa

Occupation: Otaku

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 10?

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Prague? Pro Player Club level

Other Previous Magic Accomplisments: I lost a 2-slot limited qualifier that only had 10 players.

What was your record by draft pod?

1: 3-0
2: 2-1
3: 3-0
4: 2-1
5: 1-0-2

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?

Played draft in Osaka with many people

Did you go to a Dissension Prerelease as part of your preparation? If so, how many packs did you win at the Prerelease?

No.

What was your draft strategy? Did you stick with it all weekend, or did you have to change it?

I have played a fast deck strategy all weekend.

What is your favorite draft colour combination, and what are the key cards to make it work?

RGb with bloodthirst creatures.




Joseph Crosby

Joseph Crosby

Age: 23

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Occupation: Semi-professional poker player, CCG business owner

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: D.I. over 2

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Prague? Won a PTQ in Atlanta

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: Zip.

Other Previous Magic Accomplishments: 10th at PT Chicago (individual Rochester), 2 top 16s at Team PTs, several GP top 16s

What was your record by draft pod:

1: 2-1
2: 3-0
3: 3-0
4: 1-1-1
5: 2-0-1

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?

One monitor for poker, one for Magic Online. I also prepared at Player One Games in Atlanta. Don Smith was my main playtest partner; I wouldn't be here without him.

What was your draft strategy? Did you stick with it all weekend, or did you have to change it?

Trust that I have what it takes to win, and play it by feel. Specifically, an open-ended draft strategy that emphasizes consistency.

What is your favorite draft colour combination, and what are the key cards to make it work?

U/G/R, with Peel From Reality from Ravnica, setting up to get good Izzet in pack two, followed by graft and early drops from Dissension.




Quentin Martin

Quentin Martin

Age: 22

Hometown: London

Occupation: Student/Traveler/poker Player

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: DI

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 4

How did you qualify for the Pro Tour? GP Top 8s, Rating

Other Previous Magic Accomplishments: 80% GP Money record

What was your record by draft pod?

1: 3-0
2: 2-1
3: 2-1
4: 3-0
5: 1-0-2

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?

Revising my exams. I had an exam on Thursday, plus more on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday accounting for 50% of my degree. This was my draft prerelease.

Did you go to the Dissension Prerelease as part of your preparation? If so, how many packs did you win at the Prerelease?

I played in London and won about 18 packs or so.

What was your draft strategy? Did you stick with it all weekend, or did you have to change?

Pick mana fixers and hope for RUG. I first-picked 2 bouncelands.

What is your favorite draft color combination, and what are the key cards to make it work?

RUG.

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