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Pro Tour Atlanta: The Top 4 Team Profiles

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Les baltringues de Ludipia

Members: Benjamin Caumes, Nicolas Bornarel, Camille Fenet

Benjamin Caumes, Nicolas Bornarel, Camille Fenet

What is the story behind your Team Name?
It is the name of the store we own in Ludipia, and a joke based on a not-real name between us.

Ages: Caumes: 28; Bornarel: 26; Fenet: 26

Hometown: Caumes: Clermont, France; Bornarel: Clermont; Fenet: Clermont

Occupations:
Caumes: Seller in a game store
Bornarel: Seller in my game store
Fenet: Informatician

Number of times playing on the Pro Tour:
Caumes: A little less than 20 (18, I think)
Bornarel: about 10
Fenet: 1

How did you qualify for PT Atlanta?
Winning a PTQ in France

Number of GP, PT Top 8s?
Caumes: 3
Bornarel: 1 (this one)
Fenet: 1

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Caumes: Top 8 in PT Yokohama 2003, Finalist in GP-Reins, Finalist of French Team championships
Bornarel: Second in French Team championships in 2004

What do you think of your chances on Sunday?
Caumes: We will see.
Bornarel: We'll see. I didn't think I would play Sunday since I never played on Saturday before.
Fenet: 50/50

What card or cards earned your team the most wins on Saturday and why?
Caumes: First Volley (we won two matches thanks to it) and Meloku (you might know why)
Fenet: First Volley

Tell us one interesting or surprising thing from Friday or Saturday.
Caumes: One surprising thing from Friday is the qualification for Day 2 of Nicolas Bornarel and also two Jitte and Meloku in the same sealed deck.
Bornarel: Two Jitte and Meloku in the same Sealed! And 2 Iwamori, 1 Kumano, Keiga in another.



One Spin

Members: Tomohiro Kaji, Kenji Tsumura, Tomoharu Saito

Tomoharu Saito, Kenji Tsumura, Tomohiro Kaji

What is the story behind your Team Name?
Tomoharu Saito's car "spins" on January 1, 2005

Ages: Kaji: 21; Tsumura: 21; Saito: 18

Hometown: Kaji: Saitama, Japan; Tsumura: Hiroshima; Saito: Tokyo

Occupations:
Kaji: Student
Tsumura: Student
Saito: Magic: The Gathering

Number of times playing on the Pro Tour:
Kaji: 8
Tsumura: 10, maybe
Saito: 7

How did you qualify for PT Atlanta?
Pro Points and GP Top 8s

Number of GP, PT Top 8s?
Kaji: GP Top 2 (Yokohama, Osaka)
Tsumura: Japan National 2004 finalist, GP Osaka Top 4
Saito:

What do you think of your chances on Sunday?
Tsumura: Maybe
Saito: (Drew a smiley-faced sun)

What card or cards earned your team the most wins on Saturday and why?
Kaji: Kodama's Reach!
Tsumura: Soratami Mirror-guard, in my decks all drafts.
Saito: Nezumi Shortfang

Tell us one interesting or surprising thing from Friday or Saturday.
Kaji: In Round 11, I lost and Tsumura and Saito won in extra time.
Tsumura: Teammate is Strong! And all drafts blue-white.
Saito: Teammate is strong!



Nova

Members: Gabriel Nassif, David Rood, Gab Tsang

Gab Tsang, David Rood, Gabriel Nassif

What is the story behind your Team Name?
It's the name of Tsang's and Rood's World of Warcraft guild.

Ages: Nassif: 21; Tsang: 28; Rood: 21

Hometown: Nassif: Paris; Tsang: Toronto; Rood: Montreal

Occupations:
Nassif: Student
Tsang: Games
Rood: Card player

Number of times playing on the Pro Tour:
Nassif: 28ish
Tsang: 14-plus
Rood: 30? (a lot)

How did you qualify for PT Atlanta?
Pro Tour Points (obviously!…from Nassif alone)

Number of GP, PT Top 8s?
Nassif: 1 GP, 6 PT
Tsang: 3 GP, 3 PT
Rood: 1 GP, 1 PT, 1 Masters

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Nassif: Player of the Year 2004
Tsang: World Championship Teams, 3 Nationals Top 8s
Rood: Two times replacement for Team Canada :(

What do you think of your chances on Sunday?
Nassif: Good
Tsang: I'm going to try my best, no exceptions.
Rood: Pretty good.

What card or cards earned your team the most wins on Saturday and why?
Nassif: Soratami Mirror-Guard
Tsang: The Mirror-guard 3/1 flyer for 3 ManaBlue Mana
Rood: Soratami Mirror-Guard

Tell us one interesting or surprising thing from Friday or Saturday.
Nassif: Making Top 8 and finding out what a sheer master Gab Tsang is.
Tsang: Not being able to play World of Warcraft on Sunday.
Rood: Starting 2-2 and then making Top 4.



We Add

Members: Adam Chambers, Andrew Pacifico, Don Smith

Don Smith, Andrew Pacifico, Adam Chambers

What is the story behind your Team Name?
After three hours of sleep, what's better than adding?

Ages: Chambers: 18; Pacifico: 25; Smith: 24

Hometown: Chambers: Albany, N.Y.; Pacifico: Jacksonville, Fla.; Smith: Jacksonville, Fla.

Occupations:
Chambers: Card pro
Pacifico: AOL sales
Smith: Law school student

Number of times playing on the Pro Tour:
Chambers: 2
Pacifico: 2-3
Smith: First! Uh Yeah!!!

How did you qualify for PT Atlanta?
Last Chance Qualifier

Number of GP, PT Top 8s?
Chambers: Well, I Top 4'd Chicago so I guess 1
Pacifico: 0
Smith: None

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Chambers: I made the finals of GP-Chicago. Not much else, top 8'd a JSS a while back
Pacifico: Top 8 U.S. Nationals 1996, JSS Champ '96
Smith: Top 4'd a LCQ

What do you think of your chances on Sunday?
Chambers: Should do all right
Pacifico: 6/9
Smith: On a scale of 1 to 10 . . . fair.

What card or cards earned your team the most wins on Saturday and why?
Chambers: Harbinger of Spring, Body of Jukai, Mindblaze because they won me some matches
Pacifico: Pingers (Frostling, First Volley, Yamabushi Storm, Red Honden, etc.)
Smith: Blinding Powder, because in a red-black, your guys survive combat for once.

Tell us one interesting or surprising thing from Friday or Saturday.
Chambers: Only met one of my teammates before this tournament
Pacifico: The Ambien
Smith: I met my third player an hour before the LCQ. I have qualified for the PT four times but never went. I finally decided to give it a shot.



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