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2010 Magic: The Gathering World Championships: Top 8 Profiles

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Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

Age: 23
Hometown: Brazil
Occupation: Student
How did you qualify for Worlds?
Pro Level

Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: 7
GP: 7

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
I finished in the money in my first three Pro Tours!

What is your record by format?
Standard: 5-1
Booster Draft: 5-1
Extended: 3-0-3

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
Played with the ChannelFireball crew and a bunch of other people (same as Eric Froehlich).

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
2-3, for videos

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Blue-black. It is decent against almost everything and I'm comfortable with it.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where do you play?
I don't anymore, but I used to play in my local store, Jambo.

Pick a side: Mirran, or Phyrexian?
Mirran!

*I'd like to dedicate this Top 8 to my biggest fan, Brad Nelson

Love Janse

Age: 26
Hometown: Linkoping
Occupation: Unemployed
How did you qualify for Worlds?
3rd in Nationals

Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: 0
GP: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Qualifying for Worlds was my biggest accomplishment three days ago

What is your record by format?
Standard: 4-2
Booster Draft: 6-0
Extended: 4-2

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
A week of testing Standard with Swedish squad, weekly semi-casual drafts throughout the fall, frantically trying to find out an Extended deck last night (and finally copying Kenny Öberg and Bertil Elfgren's list).

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

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Eldrazi Ramp, because I built it for FNM since I had the Titans so it's the deck I know best.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where do you play?
Serieborsen, Linkoping

Pick a side: Mirran, or Phyrexian?
Mirran

Guillaume Wafo-Tapa

Age: 29
Hometown: Nantes
Occupation: Magic Player
How did you qualify for Worlds?Pro Level

Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: 4
GP: 6

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Winner of PT–Yokohama

What is your record by format?
Standard: 6-0
Booster Draft: 4-2
Extended: 3-1-1

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
Magic Online for the draft portion. I playtested with Guillame Matignon and the MTQ Clique from my hometown for constructed part.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
It's really hard to say. It can vary from none to 20.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Blue-Black Control because it looked like the best blue deck to take down the field. Was close with white-blue though.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where do you play?
I almost never play FNM but you can find me on most days in the café "Le Theatre" in Nantes.

Pick a side: Mirran, or Phyrexian?
Mirran!

Guillaume Matignon

Age: 29
Hometown: Bordeaux (France)
Occupation: Pro player, I guess
How did you qualify for Worlds?
Every single way possible except Hall of Fame

Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: 2
GP: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
National Team.

What is your record by format?
Standard: 3-3
Booster Draft: 6-0
Extended: 4-0-2

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
With Wafo at his place as usual. Mostly prepared with him then we shared ideas on a mailing list with the other Frenchies.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
When not training for a PT, about 0. When training, about 30 hours a week.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Blue-Black control because Wafo said so.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where do you play?
I do play it a week or two usually, every time in "Armes de Legandes" Beyles Bordeaux. Come to see us. The shop is cool.

Pick a side: Mirran, or Phyrexian?
Phyrexian

Eric Froehlich

Age: 26
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV USA
Occupation: Professional Poker Player

How did you qualify for Worlds?
[Pro Club] Level 5

Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: 2
GP: 6

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 8 U.S. Nats 2010
Top 8 PT–San Diego '02

What is your record by format?
Standard: 6-0
Booster Draft: 4-2
Extended: 3-2-1

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
Conley Woods, Ben Stark, David Williams, Brad Nelson, Brian Kibler, Paulo VDDR, Luis Scott-Vargas, Josh Utter-Leyton, David Ochoa, Owen Turtenwald, FFfreak's lil' bro, Nicole.

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

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Vampires, best deck through a lot of testing

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where do you play?
My apartment, three-on-threes.

Pick a side: Mirran, or Phyrexian?
Phyrexian

Lukas Jaklovsky

Age: 20
Hometown: Prague, CZE
Occupation: Student
How did you qualify for Worlds?
Level 4

Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: 0
GP: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
I defeated Tomas Klimes three times.

What is your record by format?
Standard: 6-0
Booster Draft: 2-1, 2-1
Extended: 3-2-1

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
Played a lot of drafts online (around 80), played a few games with my Standard deck, and built random jund at like 10 a.m. today with no previous Extended testing.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
Around 20?

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Blue-Black. It's just really powerful, and the most played deck, Valakut, is IMO a bye

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where do you play?
I just play online.

Pick a side: Mirran, or Phyrexian?
No Idea

Christopher Wolf

Age: 19
Hometown: Oberwaltersdorf
Occupation: Student
How did you qualify for Worlds?
Rating

Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: 0
GP: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Three Nationals Top 8 in a row, 9th at GP–Paris 2008, Top 64 Worlds 2009 in Rome (Runner up 2008)

What is your record by format?
Standard: 5-1
Booster Draft: 5-1
Extended: 3-2-1

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
Tested with the Austrians & played two-player queues online, drafting mostly online & a few more drafts.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
While testing for events around 16, if not maybe 4-10.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Blue-Black Control; I like this sort of deck. Doesn't really beat anything but you can win everything if you play well.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where do you play?
Magic Corner & SpielRaum in Vienna

Pick a side: Mirran, or Phyrexian?
[no answer]

Jonathan Randle

Age: 28
Hometown: Chester
Occupation: MTG UK
How did you qualify for Worlds?
Nationals

Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: 0
GP: 1

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
2008 UK National Champion
2010 4th at UK Nationals

What is your record by format?
Standard: 3-3
Booster Draft: 4-1-1
Extended: 6-0

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
I played at Mana Leak in Worcester and tested with all the local crew. Big thanks has to go to Aaron Biddle whose insight was priceless, and of course to Dunja who always knows best.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
Depends on if there is a tournament coming up, but usually 10-20.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
White-Blue Control. I feel it has a decent matchup against Valakut and great matchup against the aggro decks.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where do you play?
I play at Mana Leak, Worcester.

Pick a side: Mirran, or Phyrexian?
Liverpool FC – YNWA

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