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Joost Vollebregt

Name: Joost Vollebregt
Age:
22

Where do you live: The Netherlands

Occupation: Web engineer

Played Magic since: Ice Age

Best accomplishments:

  • Fourth Grand Prix Cologne 2001
  • 18th Grand Prix Gothenburg 2001
  • 33rd Worlds 2001 (11-0-1 in Constructed)
  • 37th Pro Tour Tokyo 2001

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Biarritz?
Bad opponents, good draft decks and not many mana screws

Which colors did you play and would you change strategy if you were to play this Grand Prix again?
Black-blue, the colors are dictated by the players to your right, so only a limited number of combinations are available

What do you think about Odyssey as a draft format?
Thumbs up!
How did you prepare?

Drafting weekly in the Hague

Did you enjoy this Grand Prix?
Yes, although I got little sleep



Alexander Witt

Name: Alexander Witt

Age: 21

Where do you live: Amsterdam

Occupation: Student

Played Magic since: Fallen Empires

Best accomplishments:

  • National Champion in 1999
  • Top 16 Pro Tour Barcelona
  • Top 8 Grand Prix Amsterdam 2001
  • Top 32 Grand Prix Prague
  • Top 16 Grand Prix Amsterdam 1999

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Biarritz?
I played the same as ever but the level of play around here is lower

Which colors did you play and would you change strategy if you were to play this Grand Prix again?
Mostly green-blue and if I get those colors in the Top 8 I'll be very happy

What do you think about Odyssey as a draft format?
I love it

How did you prepare?
One weekly draft

Did you enjoy this Grand Prix?
YES!



Nicolas Labarre

Name: Nicolas Labarre

Age: 24

Where do you live: Rennes, France

Occupation: Student

Played Magic since: Revised

Best accomplishments:

  • Second Pro Tour Rome 1999
  • Top 8 Pro Tour New York 1999
  • Top 8 World Championship 2000

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Biarritz:
Far from faultless but definitely satisfying

Which colors did you play and would you change strategy if you were to play this Grand Prix again?
Blue, blue again, always blue... It worked. I wouldn't change a thing

What do you think about Odyssey as a draft format?
I like it a lot. The set is skill intensive enough to allow you to outplay a weaker opponent, unlike Invasion for example

How did you prepare?
One draft per week since Odyssey was released

Did you enjoy this Grand Prix?
Tremendously



Alexis Dumay

Name: Alexis Dumay

Age:
Where do you live:
Montpellier, France

Occupation: Computers

Played Magic since: 1995

Best accomplishments:

  • Top 4 French Nationals
  • Top 8 Grand Prix Lisbon

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Biarritz?
I'm never happy with my game play as I make too many mistakes

Which colors did you play and would you change strategy if you were to play this Grand Prix again?
No particular strategy, I just try to get the good cards

What do you think about Odyssey as a draft format?
You can play any color combination and that is really good

How did you prepare?
I didn't really prepare. I'm more of a Constructed fan so in normally I'm a tourist in Limited events

Did you enjoy this Grand Prix?
How couldn't I enjoy a Grand Prix where I reached the Top 8?



Kai Budde

Name: Kai Budde

Age: 22

Where do you live: Hamburg, Germany

Occupation: Student/Magic player

Played Magic since: Homelands

Best accomplishments:

  • Won Friday Night Magic last Friday :)

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Biarritz:
Solid :)

Which colors did you play and would you change strategy if you were to play this Grand Prix again?
Tried to go black-blue, ended up with black-blue in the first draft (3-0) and green-black in the second one (1-1-1)

What do you think about Odyssey as a draft format?
A lot better than Invasion

How did you prepare?
Netdraft and local drafts

Did you enjoy this Grand Prix?
Yes



Ferran Vila

Name: Ferran Vila

Age: 25

Where do you live: Barcelona

Occupation: Student

Played Magic since: Ice Age

Best accomplishments:

  • Top 32 Grand Prix Barcelona
  • 74th at Worlds 2001
  • Top 32 Grand Prix Madrid

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Biarritz?
I did some good drafts and I was a bit lucky as well

Which colors did you play and would you change strategy if you were to play this Grand Prix again?
I played all colors except red. I think red is the worst Odyssey color

What do you think about Odyssey as a draft format?
It's very balanced

How did you prepare?
Playing in a shop in Barcelona named "Black Lotus" with some friends

Did you enjoy this Grand Prix?
Yes, everyone was very friendly



Olivier Ruel

Name: Olivier Ruel

Age: 20

Where do you live: Aubervillers, France

Occupation: Student

Played Magic since: Fourth Edition

Best accomplishments:

  • Winner Grand Prix Cannes
  • Winner Team Challenge
  • Second Grand Prix Porto
  • Second Grand Prix Valencia
  • Fourth Grand Shizuoka
  • Fifth Grand Prix Madrid
  • Beating Kai Budde in Euros with a Rebel-Poacher-Opposition deck

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Biarritz?
Just perfect

Which colors did you play and would you change strategy if you were to play this Grand Prix again?
Everything but red. No way!

What do you think about Odyssey as a draft format?
Pretty cool, but too easy

How did you prepare?
Going to Shizuoka for a Grand Prix a month ago

Did you enjoy this Grand Prix?
Not for a single moment, it was definitely too easy. I'm starting to understand how Kai Budde and Jon Finkel feel when they play on a tournament



Lucio Moratinos

Name: Lucio Moratinos

Age: 28

Where do you live: Madrid

Occupation: Programmer

Played Magic since: At the start of Revised

Best accomplishments:

  • Top 32 at Grand Prix Madrid

How would you evaluate your play during Grand Prix Biarritz?
Less mistakes than usual

Which colors did you play and would you change strategy if you were to play this Grand Prix again?
In Sealed green-blue I wouldn't change a thing, in draft white-black and it worked fine

What do you think about Odyssey as a draft format?
Interesting but too straight

How did you prepare?
I try to play in any Limited event that I can

Did you enjoy this Grand Prix?
My first Top 8, only one loss in two days, who wouldn't enjoy it?



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