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Grand Prix Naples Top 8 Profiles

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Raphaël Levy

Age: 20

Occupation: Student

Where do you live? Toulouse

Since when do you play Magic? Since 8 years

Best accomplishments: Beating Antoine Ruel three times in a Pro tour this year J

What made you decide to come to Grand Prix Naples; why do you think the players that stayed at home were wrong?
Grand Prix events are still fun! Come on, this is the last one in the season!

What do you think is the main reason for you to make Top 8 in this tournament and why?
Kai shuffled my deck during the deciding match.

What are your predictions for the top 8?
... A 7th win for Kai would be insane... but what can we do?

Pasta or pizza?
Pizza... definitely!

Anything else you'd like to share with the Sideboard Online readers?
Oh, you really want me to share this one pizza?

Olivier Ruel

Age: 20

Occupation: Student

Where do you live? Aubervilliers, France

Since when do you play Magic? 4th Edition

Best accomplishments: I beat Ryan Fuller once

What made you decide to come to Grand Prix Naples; why do you think the players that stayed at home were wrong?
Pro Points and money. Because if you don't go, you can miss the Masters again, Farid.

What do you think is the main reason for you to make Top 8 in this tournament and why?
I'd say, triple Mongrel, triple Rootwalla on my last draft. Because my neighbours passed them to me.

What are your predictions for the top 8?
A German or a French will win. Or maybe a Dutch...

Pasta or pizza?
It depends, pizza salmon or pineapple would be great.

Anything else you'd like to share with the Sideboard Online readers?
My luck, in the last few months, I've had enough for me and all the people who will read this.

Kai Budde

Age: 22

Occupation: Gaming

Where do you live? Klamburg

Since when do you play Magic? Six years

Best accomplishments: Beat three guys without byes on day 1

What made you decide to come to Grand Prix Naples; why do you think the players that stayed at home were wrong?
They were right, I wouldn't lose anyway

What do you think is the main reason for you to make Top 8 in this tournament and why?
I just refused to lose more than one game in the Swiss. Worked very well.

What are your predictions for the top 8?
A German wins...

Pasta or pizza?
Pizza

Anything else you'd like to share with the Sideboard Online readers?
.de and #mtgeurope rule!

Christoph Lippert

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Where do you live? Munich (Germany)

Since when do you play Magic? Seven years

Best accomplishments: Three Grand Prix Top 8's in a row.

What made you decide to come to Grand Prix Naples; why do you think the players that stayed at home were wrong?
The next semester starts in one week and I had to use the time to play some Magic. Wrong because they missed the most beautiful city ever... (irony)

What do you think is the main reason for you to make Top 8 in this tournament and why?
I got rid of the Soul Skirge on my pants after round 5 and started winning.

What are your predictions for the top 8?
I guess Andre Delere won't win.

Pasta or pizza?
Pizza!

Anything else you'd like to share with the Sideboard Online readers?
Maybe a car to the German Championships in Heidelberg? (Stephen?)

Iwan Tan

Age: 34

Occupation: Business consultant

Where do you live? Hannover, Germany

Since when do you play Magic? Ice Age

Best accomplishments: Grand Prix-Moscow finalist

What made you decide to come to Grand Prix Naples; why do you think the players that stayed at home were wrong?
I love Limited and good weather

What do you think is the main reason for you to make Top 8 in this tournament and why?
Green-red (also qualified for Nice some weeks ago)

What are your predictions for the top 8?
A German will win.

Pasta or pizza?
Pizza

Anything else you'd like to share with the Sideboard Online readers?
Naples is great!... But take care when taking a taxi.

Pierre Malherbaud

Age: 27

Occupation: PRD student (Economics)

Where do you live? Paris, France

Since when do you play Magic? Mirage

Best accomplishments:
2 times French National Champion (1999, 2001)
3rd Euros 99, 14th Chicago 97, Top 8 Grand Prix-London

What do you think is the main reason for you to make Top 8 in this tournament and why?
Practise, consistancy and of course som luck.

What are your predictions for the top 8?
Kai?

Pasta or pizza?
Pizza

Anything else you'd like to share with the Sideboard Online readers?
Yes, please no mushrooms on the pizza.

Patrick Mello

Age: 25

Occupation: Student, pro magic player

Where do you live? Hamburg, Germany

Since when do you play Magic? 1995

Best accomplishments:
Two Pro Tour Sundays
Four Grand Prix Top 8's

What made you decide to come to Grand Prix Naples; why do you think the players that stayed at home were wrong?
Wanted to compete in all Europeans Grand Prix events this season, less than 300 players maybe?

What do you think is the main reason for you to make Top 8 in this tournament and why?
Number of Butchers in my sealed: 2
Number of Butchers in my draft: 2 => :-)

What are your predictions for the top 8?
Kai will... - I will beat him and win the whole thing for God's sake!

Pasta or pizza?
Pizza for the Top 8 please!

Anything else you'd like to share with the Sideboard Online readers?
Don't let Italian taxi drivers rip you off (just like we did all weekend long)
Grand Prix-Hamburg during Pro Tour-Boston is a shame

Jelger Wiegersma

Age: 20

Occupation: Student

Where do you live? Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Since when do you play Magic? Fallen Empires

Best accomplishments:
Third at Pro Tour-New Orleans

What made you decide to come to Grand Prix Naples; why do you think the players that stayed at home were wrong?
The weather

What do you think is the main reason for you to make Top 8 in this tournament and why?
I was very lucky

What are your predictions for the top 8?
A German wins

Pasta or pizza?
Pizza

Anything else you'd like to share with the Sideboard Online readers?
Lap

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