2008 Grand Prix–Birmingham Top 8 Profiles

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Name: Jelger Wiegersma
Age: 26
Occupation: Tourist
Hometown: Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Winner PT–Seattle

What was your most valuable card this weekend?

Spectral Procession

What do you think about your chances for the top 8?

Every match-up is fifty-fifty.

If you were to play your deck in the upcoming PTQs, would you change anything?

The sideboard is pretty bad.




Name: Matthias Künzler
Age: 27
Occupation: Engineer in microtechnics, co-owning a game store
Hometown: Bern, Switherland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Top 8 GP–Vienna 1999
Top 16 PT–Yokohama 2007

What was your most valuable card this weekend?

Cryptic Command

What do you think about your chances for the top 8?

Quite okay. Kithkin isn’t that bad a match-up.

If you were to play your deck in the upcoming PTQs, would you change anything?

Yes, switch one Sower of Temptation for a Familiar’s Ruse in the sideboard.




Name: Manuel Bucher
Age: 21
Occupation: Magic Player
Hometown: Luzern, Switzerland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Quick’n’Toast creator

What was your most valuable card this weekend?

Mind Spring

What do you think about your chances for the top 8?

Depends on my match-up against WW, never actually played that so far.

If you were to play your deck in the upcoming PTQs, would you change anything?

I would probably play a win condition.




Name: Lee Shi Tian
Age: 20
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Hongkong

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Err... none.

What was your most valuable card this weekend?

Oblivion Ring

What do you think about your chances for the top 8?

Don’t know.

If you were to play your deck in the upcoming PTQs, would you change anything?

Complete change. I got bored with White Weenie...




Name: Antti Malin
Age: 25
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

Previous Magic accomplishments:

4th at PT–London
Unhinged Prerelease champion

What was your most valuable card this weekend?

Actually, the deck overall... I’d say Spellstutter Sprite.

What do you think about your chances for the top 8?

Decent... Happy to be here.

If you were to play your deck in the upcoming PTQs, would you change anything?

I’d add one or two Peppersmoke to the sideboard.




Name: Raphael Levy
Age: 26
Hometown: Toulouse, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

PT Hall of Fame

What was your most valuable card this weekend?

Horde of Notions

What do you think about your chances for the top 8?

If I win my quarterfinal, I probably win the whole thing.

If you were to play your deck in the upcoming PTQs, would you change anything?

I would probably change a couple of cards, depending on how popular the elemental deck becomes. If I were to play the tournament again, I would play the same 75 cards.

Grand merci a Anthony!!
Et Yo... t’es aussi NAC!




Name: Jonathan Randle
Age: 26
Occupation: Darkhorse
Hometown: Chester, England

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Testing with Gavin Goh

What was your most valuable card this weekend?

Goldmeadow Stalwart




Name: Remi Fortier
Age: 17
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Mortree, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:

PT–Valencia champion

What was your most valuable card this weekend?

Guess? Bitterblossom!!

What do you think about your chances for the top 8?

The mirror is like a coin flip.

If you were to play your deck in the upcoming PTQs, would you change anything?

75 cards.




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