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Vincent Lemoine

Vincent Lemoine

Age: 32
Hometown: Brussels, Belgium
Occupation: Travel agent
How did you qualify for Pro Tour Paris? I won a PTQ
Number of Grand Prix / Pro Tour Top 8s: Pro Tour: 1 (this one!)
Grand Prix: 1
Other previous Magic accomplishments: World Team Finalist 2004, Belgian National Champion

What was your record by format?
Standard: 6-2-2
Booster Draft: 6-0

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Paris? Who did you prepare with?
I tested in Brussels with Gilles Grandjohn and Philippe Messant, then in Ghent with other Belgians (Marijn Lybaert, Christophe Gregoire and many more)

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
0-3 hours per week (maximum one draft)

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Boros. It's good, fun, and normally beats Valakut. It has a lot of long game for an aggro deck.

How did the addition of Mirrodin Besieged impact your Standard deck choice?
Mirran Crusader and especially Bonehoard make it better.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM any more, where did you play?
Outpost Brussels

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian?
Mirran


Nico Bohny

Nico Bohny

Age: 26
Hometown: Basel, Switzerland
Occupation: Teacher
How did you qualify for Pro Tour Paris?
GP Bochum Top 16 / Pro Level 3
Number of Grand Prix / Pro Tour Top 8s: PT: 2
GP: 1
Other previous Magic accomplishments:
World Team Champ

What was your record by format?
Standard: 3-2, 3-0-2
Booster Draft: 3-0, 3-0

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Paris? Who did you prepare with?
Did some days of testing with Matthias Künzler, Simon Görtzen, Yves Sele, Christoph Huber, and Florian Kramer

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
~6

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Green-White Quest, because I like angry birds.

How did the addition of Mirrodin Besieged impact your Standard deck choice?
Not much. Go for the Throat was nice for our deck since it lets you swing with equipped artifact guys without fearing Doom Blade.

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

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian?
Question should be: "Pick one: Pro Tour, or Grand Prix?"


Ben Stark

Ben Stark

Age: 27
Hometown: Davie, Florida
Occupation: None
How did you qualify for Pro Tour Paris? Pro Level
Number of Grand Prix / Pro Tour Top 8s: PT: 3
GP: 5
Other previous Magic accomplishments: Only the GP and PT Top 8s. I won WPN Champs at San Juan last year.

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

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Paris? Who did you prepare with?
Channel Fireball

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
40

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
CawBlade. It's awesome.

How did the addition of Mirrodin Besieged impact your Standard deck choice?
Sword of Feast and Famine made Stoneforge Mystic the nuts.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
CoolStuff Inc SFL

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian?
Phyrexian


Patrick Chapin

Patrick Chapin

Age: 30
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Occupation: Innovation
How did you qualify for Pro Tour Paris? Pro Points
Number of Grand Prix / Pro Tour Top 8s: PT: 4
GP: 1
Other previous Magic accomplishments: Type 1 World Champion, Michigan State Champion

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

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Paris? Who did you prepare with?
Came to France a week and a half early. Tested with Michael Jacob, Guillaume Wafo-Tapa, Gabriel Nassif, Guillaume Matignon, Lucas Florent, Antoine Ruel, Raphael Levy, Pierre Canali, and more Frenchies.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
0

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Grixis Tezzeret. I felt it was the best Jace deck because Tez wins blue mirrors.

How did the addition of Mirrodin Besieged impact your Standard deck choice?
The deck is built around Tezzeret, which is new. There are a ton of other important cards from Besieged in my deck.

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

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian?
Mirran


Paul Rietzl

Paul Rietzl

Age: 25
Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
Occupation: Executive Recruiter
How did you qualify for Pro Tour Paris? Pro level
Number of Grand Prix / Pro Tour Top 8s:
3 Pro Tour Top 8s (Amsterdam 2010, Honolulu 2009 and this one)
3 Grand Prix Top 8s (Chicago Legacy, Anaheim Extended, and Oakland Limited)
Other previous Magic accomplishments: none

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

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Paris? Who did you prepare with?
Prepared to play Steppe Lynx??? Prepared with Nassif, Sperling, Eric Froehlich and Raphael Levy

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
6-10

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Boros. Have a little experience with it, don't own Jaces.

How did the addition of Mirrodin Besieged impact your Standard deck choice?
Hero of Oxid Ridge won me most of my matches.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM any more, where did you play?
Did play at Your Move Games in Boston

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian?
Mirran!


Tom Martell

Tom Martell

Age: 28
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Occupation: Troll Slayer
How did you qualify for Pro Tour Paris?
Level 5
Number of Grand Prix / Pro Tour Top 8s: PT: 1
GP: 1
Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Finalist Grand Prix Columbus

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

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Paris? Who did you prepare with?
Worked with team ChannelFireball here in Paris.

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

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
CawBlade

How did the addition of Mirrodin Besieged impact your Standard deck choice?
Led to adding Stoneforge Mystics for the new Sword.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
I played years ago at Games of Berkeley.

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian?
Phyrexian


Naoki Nakada

Naoki Nakada

Age: 21
Hometown: Japan
Occupation: None Listed
How did you qualify for Pro Tour Paris? PT Amsterdam Top 50
Number of Grand Prix / Pro Tour Top 8s: PT: 0
GP: 1
Other previous Magic accomplishments: None

What was your record by format?
Standard: 9-0-1
Draft: 3-3

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

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
White-Blue Control

How did the addition of Mirrodin Besieged impact your Standard deck choice?
Sword of Feast and Famine

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Smile King in Nonami (Aichi-ken)

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian?
Phyrexian


Shintaro Ishimura

Shintaro Ishimura

Age: 21
Hometown: Japan
Occupation: None listed
How did you qualify for Pro Tour Paris? Magic Online Qualifier
Number of Grand Prix / Pro Tour Top 8s: PT: 0
GP:1
Other previous Magic accomplishments: None

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

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

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
White-Blue Equip. I love Student of Warfare.

How did the addition of Mirrodin Besieged impact your Standard deck choice?
Sword of Feast and Famine

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Hobby Shop Mokkun in Koshigaya-town

Pick a side: Mirran or Phyrexian?
Phyrexian

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