Feature: Top 8 Player Profiles

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David Reitbauer



Age: 27
Hometown: Vienna
Occupation: Financial Controller
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 15+
How did you qualify for Worlds? Rating
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0/0
a Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Finished 2nd in team competition at Worlds, New York.

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

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
Did about 40 drafts. Had some meetings with all the Austrian qualified players (we were around 12 people). The decks were prepared by Oliver Polale-Rollman, Thomas Preyer, and Simon Grenauer. Big thanks!

What Standard deck did you play and why?
Jund! Because "Jund is g‘sund’" and because it’s the best deck in the format!

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
Maybe Blue-White-Red Control.

Did you do any sight-seeing in Rome? If so, what was the best thing you saw?
I had no time at all, but we’ll definitely see something Sunday evening and on Monday.


William Cavaglieri


Age: 27
Hometown: Brescia, Italy
Occupation: Lead videogame tester in Frankfurt, Germany
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 12? Qualified 17.
How did you qualify for Worlds? Level 5.
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 2 Grand Prix Top 8
Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 32 or better in eight of the last ten Grand Prix.
Italy National Champion 2008.

What was your record by format:
Standard: 5-1
Booster Draft: 3-3
Extended: 6-0

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
Magic Online. Extended two person queue, ten drafts. Standard eight person queue. Talked about the format with Nico Bohny.

What Standard deck did you play and why?
Monowhite Midrange. Not very fast but it has a lot of card advantage and synergies. Very good against Boros and big creature Cobra decks.

What was the worst matchup for your deck?
Monowhite Control, Fog decks.

Did you do any sight-seeing in Rome? If so, what was the best thing you saw?
I’m Italian. I’ve been in Rome four times and I never had time to go sight-seeing. Oops. : (


Andrè Coimbra



Age: 23
Hometown: Coimbra
Occupation: Online poker player
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: Around 12
How did you qualify for Worlds? Pro Tour Points
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 5/1
Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Worlds ‘05 Top 8
GP Hiroshima 2nd
GP Firenze 2nd

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

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
Played some drafts on Magic Online.

What Standard deck did you play and why?
Naya Lightsaber. Mike Flores was 100% sure it was the best choice.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
I’m guessing White Weenie.


Terry Soh



Age: 22
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Occupation: Student
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 15-20
How did you qualify for Worlds? Pro Points
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 3 GP Top 8, 2 PT Top 8
Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Creating Rakdos Augermage and playing it in a Pro Tour.

What was your record by format:
Standard: 4-2
Booster Draft: 5-1
Extended: 5-1

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
I literally did zero testing. I was having final exams and my brother, Joe, did all the testing and I just go with it. Props to Joe and all crew members of Eternal Magic whom helped to shape up the deck.

What Standard deck did you play and why?
Naya Aggro home brew. It’s created by Joe, a true aggro specialist. I fine-tuned the mana and it’s all set. It is designed to have good matchups against Jund.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
Maybe 2-3 color blue control decks.

Did you do any sight-seeing in Rome? If so, what was the best thing you saw?
Initially planned to do on Sunday, but looks like it’s not happening.


Manuel Bucher



Age: 22
Hometown: Luzern
Occupation: Magic player
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 12
How did you qualify for Worlds? Pro Players club
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 4 GP, 0 PT
Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Team World Champion

What was your record by format:
Standard: 5-1
Booster Draft: 0-3, 3-0
Extended: 6-0

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
Testing Standard with Antoine and Olivier Ruel and sharing decks with the other Frenchies and Alvin Lau. Discussing matchups in Extended and took Antoine Menard’s fantastic Bant deck. Several Magic Online drafts.

What Standard deck did you play and why?
Green-White-Blue. It has a solid matchup against the field and it’s a lot of fun to play.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
Vampires and control decks are almost impossible to beat.

Did you do any sight-seeing in Rome? If so, what was the best thing you saw?
Not yet. Thanks to Antoine and Olivier Ruel, Antoine Menard, and Alvin Lau for making this possible!


Marijn Lybaert



Age: 22
Hometown: Oilsjt
Occupation: Student
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 25+
How did you qualify for Worlds? PT level
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: PT: 3, GP 1
Other previous Magic accomplishments:
PT Hollywood Top 8, PT Geneva Top 8, GP Toulouse Top 8

What was your record by format:
Standard: 6-0
Booster Draft: 5-1
Extended: 2-2-2

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
Magic Online and the Belgians (Jan Doise, Christoph Gregoire, Mark Dictus, Robert Menten, Dennis Stone, Branco Neyrinchy...)

What Standard deck did you play and why?
Jund, because it’s the best deck.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
The mirror?

Did you do any sight-seeing in Rome? If so, what was the best thing you saw?
Nope, I arrived at 11 p.m. on Wednesday. I did go to a DJ contest on Thursday night in Rome which DJ Wally Balls won easily.


Bram Snepvangers



Age: 33
Hometown: Houten, Netherlands
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: A large number
How did you qualify for Worlds? Level 4
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 7/4

What was your record by format:
Standard: 6-0
Booster Draft: 5-1
Extended: 2-3-1

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
Played a few games.

What Standard deck did you play and why?
Boros, because it’s the best deck.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
White-Green Landfall.


Florian Pils



Age: 22
Hometown: Munich
Occupation: Student
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 77
How did you qualify for Worlds? Rating
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 2 Grand Prix
Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Some Top 16 and Top 32 finishes at the Pro Tour.

What was your record by format:
Standard: 4-2
Booster Draft: 5-1
Extended: 4-1-1

How did you prepare for Worlds? Who did you prepare with?
Did some drafts online and played Grand Prix-Paris. Watched Tobi Grafensteiner playing Standard online. Made about 10 practice games with each deck. Thanks to Lina, Maudin, and Simon for the decklists.

What Standard deck did you play and why?
Jund. Haven’t tested, it’s more fun to play then Boros. Lino Burgold tested it and told me it’s good.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
White-Blue-Red Control played by the Austrians.

Did you do any sight-seeing in Rome? If so, what was the best thing you saw?
No, not yet. Originally planned to do that on Sunday.

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