Feature: The Top 8 Players

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Takuya Osawa

Age: 22
Hometown: Japan

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: More than 10

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Geneva? Players' Club

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: GP: 5 PT: 2

What was your record by draft pod:
1. 3-0 2. 3-0 3. 3-0 4. 2-1 5. 2-0-1

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?
Kobuchi, Ryo Ogura

What is the top Planar Chaos common?
Shade of Trokair

The Road to the Top 8

3 Bye
2-1 Jaklovsky, Lukas
2-0 Perez, Bastien
2-0 Sittner, John
2-1 Ljungberg, William
2-0 Sadeghpour, Johan
2-1 Gundersen, Thomas
2-1 Tsumura, Kenji
2-1 Hron, Mike
2-0 Viljoen, Pieter
1-2 Herold, Jim
2-0 Aguado, Saul
0-0-99 Tsumura, Kenji
2-1 Thaler, Sebastian
2-0 Edel, Willy

Record vs. Top 8: 3-1-1




Jim Herold

Age: 30
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany

Occupation: Not a special one to mention

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: About 10

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Geneva? PTQ

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 3 GP Wins

What was your record by draft pod:
1. 2-1 2. 3-0 3. 3-0 4. 2-1 5. 1-1-1

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?
Did some drafts with friends from Hamburg. I also play each week at a store called Dragon's Egg.

What is the top Planar Chaos common?
Dead/Gone

What was your draft strategy? Did you stick with it all weekend, or did you have to change it?
I tried to stay away from black, but in the second draft I was convinced to take it because it was flowing. If people passed it to me, I took it.

How did your draft strategies for Time Spiral block change with the addition of Planar Chaos?
In Time Spiral, I mostly liked to draft blue/red suspend-storm decks. Since Planar Chaos that has changed - green is stronger, blue weaker.

The Road to the Top 8

3 Bye
1-2 Taga, Yosuke
2-0 Laquerre, Pierre
2-1 Eckermann, Andrew
2-1 Cheon, Paul A.
2-1 Warmenhoven, Ruud
2-1 Wright, Stuart D.
2-0 Wolansky, Steven
2-0 Satou, Rei
2-1 Martin, Quentin
2-1 Oosawa, Takuya
0-2 Tsumura, Kenji
2-1 Blanc, Guilhem
0-0-99 Tsumura, Kenji
1-2 Hron, Mike

Record vs. Top 8: 1-2-1




Marijn Lybaert

Hometown: Oilsjt, Belgium

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 8 or 9

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Geneva? Rating

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 1 GP

Other Previous Magic accomplishments:
Second at GP-Toulouse, Fifth at the Team GP

What was your record by draft pod:
1. 1-2 2. 3-0 3. 3-0 4. 2-0-1 5. 2-0-1

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?
The Belgian crew. Five out of six made the Top 50.

What is the top Planar Chaos common?
Shaper Parasite or the -2/-0 guy (Saltfield Recluse)

What was your draft strategy? Did you stick with it all weekend, or did you have to change it?
Draft what comes and try to avoid black.

How did your draft strategies for Time Spiral block change with the addition of Planar Chaos?
Not so much - block may have gotten worse though.

The Road to the Top 8

2-0 Shiozu, Ryouma
0-2 Cunningham, Jeff
0-2 Iny, Yoni
2-1 Schildt, Ahren
2-0 Langer, Tomas
2-0 Hill, Zac
3 Bye
2-0 Cardin, Guillaume
2-0 Spear, William
2-1 Godinez Estrada, Gerardo
1-1-1 Mori, Katsuhiro
2-0 Kettil, Mattias A.
2-1 Kettil, Mattias A.
2-1 Manor, Aylon
1-1-1 Tormos, Ervin

Record vs. Top 8: 0-0-1




Ervin Tormos

Age: 19
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 4

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Geneva? PTQ

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 2 PT

Other Previous Magic accomplishments:
66th at 3 GPs in 2006

What was your record by draft pod:
1. 2-1(B/R) 2. 3-0(U/R) 3. 2-1 (W/B) 4. 2-1 (U/R) 5. 2-0-1 (G/R)

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?
2v2's with Jake Meiser, JR Wade and Taylor Parnell. 2v2's don't really improve your drafting ability, but you become a lot more familiar with the cards.

What is the top Planar Chaos common?
Shaper Parasite

What was your draft strategy? Did you stick with it all weekend, or did you have to change it?
Draft whatever is open, as long as it's not G/B. White was very overdrafted, so I tried to avoid it for the most part

How did your draft strategies for Time Spiral block change with the addition of Planar Chaos?
Everyone suddenly hates black, which makes the white-black rebel deck very strong. Blue-red is weaker and I try to avoid it unless I get a really strong first pack.

The Road to the Top 8

0-2 Meulders, Fried
2-1 Joens, Klaus
2-1 Hamon, Yann
2-1 da Rosa, Paulo Vitor
2-1 Mokhtaruddin, Mohd Hafiz
2-1 Malin, Antti
2-0 Angeli, Alessio
1-2 Ootsuka, Koutarou
2-1 Dougherty, Robert
0-2 Ootsuka, Koutarou
2-1 Wolowiec, Przemyslaw
2-0 Ljungberg, William
2-1 Viljoen, Pieter
2-0 Martin, Quentin
1-1-1 Lybaert, Marijn

Record vs. Top 8: 0-0-1




Shingo Kurihara

Age: 23
Hometown: Kame House

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 6

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Geneva? Pro Player points

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 1 GP top 8

What was your record by draft pod:
1. 3-0 2. 2-1 3. 2-1 4. 2-1 5. 3-0

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?
Ikebukuro, Kobuchi, Nakazawa house, especially Tomoharo Saito and Shu Komuro

What is the top Planar Chaos common?
Shaper Parasite

What was your draft strategy? Did you stick with it all weekend, or did you have to change it? Draft blue - I did it 4 times out of 5.

How did your draft strategies for Time Spiral block change with the addition of Planar Chaos?
Green has become a lot better.

The Road to the Top 8

2-1 Hinz, Levi
2-0 Seratti, Agustin
2-1 Severa, Matt
2-0 Lam, Jason
2-1 Lippincott, Don
1-2 Gundersen, Thomas
1-2 Dougherty, Robert
2-0 Larsson, David
2-0 van Heeswijk, Roel
2-1 Madan, Daniel
0-2 Lebedowicz, Osyp
2-1 Oomens, Wessel
2-0 Larsson, David
2-1 Cheon, Paul A.
2-0 Wafo-tapa, Guillaume

Record vs. Top 8: 0-0-0




Michael Hron

Age: 27
Hometown: Madison Wisconsin

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 11 (?)

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Geneva? Won a Pro Tour Qualifier

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 2 GP top 8s?

Other Previous Magic accomplishments: Two-time State Champion

What was your record by draft pod:
1. 3-0 2. 3-0 3. 1-1-1 4. 2-1 5. 2-1

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?
Infinite drafting with local Madison players, most notably Matt Severa, Brian Kowal, Dustin Stern, Sam Black and Az Spear

What is the top Planar Chaos common?
I'd most like to see Rathi Trapper, but Dead // Gone is the best

What was your draft strategy? Did you stick with it all weekend, or did you have to change it? Take whatever is coming but avoid green at almost any cost, and hope to be black - x. This worked for me all weekend.

How did your draft strategies for Time Spiral block change with the addition of Planar Chaos?
Basic strategy remained the same... black and blue if possible. Some cards went up/down in value because of one less Time Spiral pack (for example Ivory Giant is a little worse, and Amrou Scout got a little better)

The Road to the Top 8

2-0 Sanchez, Daniel
2-0 Snepvangers, Bram
2-1 Cunningham, Jeff
2-1 Coimbra, André
2-0 Dudognon, Yohan
2-0 Chambers, Adam J.
1-1 Edel, Willy
2-1 Sonne, Jonathan
1-2 Oosawa, Takuya
2-0 Gundersen, Thomas
1-2 Tsumura, Kenji
2-0 Martin, Quentin
1-2 Thaler, Sebastian
2-0 Sadeghpour, Johan
2-1 Herold, Jim

Record vs. Top 8: 1-2-1




Willy Edel

Age: 27
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro

Occupation: Credit Analyst

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 7

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Geneva? Pro Player points

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 3 Pro Tour Top 8s

Other Previous Magic accomplishments: 3 Top 8s at Brazilian Nationals

What was your record by draft pod:
1. 3-0 2. 3-0 3. 0-2-1 4. 3-0 5. 2-1

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?
Read some articles on the internet. I also did a couple of drafts on Thursday, with the Portuguese and Brazilian players

What is the top Planar Chaos common?
Whitemane Lion

What was your draft strategy? Did you stick with it all weekend, or did you have to change it? Try to force white. If it is not possible, draft green / x - but never draft black.

How did your draft strategies for Time Spiral block change with the addition of Planar Chaos? Green and white have become the best colors.

The Road to the Top 8

2-0 Verdiani, Luca
2-1 Blanc, Guilhem
2-1 Kelly, Nathaniel
2-0 Taulbee, Brad
2-0 Madan, Daniel
2-1 Aguado, Saul
1-1 Hron, Mike
1-2 Thaler, Sebastian
1-2 Gundersen, Thomas
2-0 Summersberger, Helmut J.
2-1 Joebstl, Markus
2-0 Wolansky, Steven
2-0 Sadeghpour, Johan
2-1 Blanc, Guilhem
0-2 Oosawa, Takuya

Record vs. Top 8: 0-1-1




Kenji Tsumura

Age: 20
Hometown: Hiroshima Japan

Occupation: Pro Player

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: Lots!

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Geneva? Pro Player levels

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 7 GP Top 8s, 5 PT Top 8s

Other Previous Magic accomplishments: 2005 Player of the Year

What was your record by draft pod:
1. 3-0 2. 3-0 3. 2-1 4. 3-0 5. 1-0-2

What is the top Planar Chaos common? Mire Boa

The Road to the Top 8

2-0 Soorani, Shaheen
2-0 Takeuchi, Isao
2-0 Didierjean, Thomas
2-1 van Medevoort, Robert J.
2-0 Mueller, Andre
2-0 Martin, Quentin
2-1 Sonne, Jonathan
1-2 Oosawa, Takuya
2-0 Thaler, Sebastian
2-1 Aguado, Saul
2-1 Hron, Mike
2-0 Herold, Jim
0-0-99 Oosawa, Takuya
0-0-99 Herold, Jim
2-1 Thaler, Sebastian

Record vs. Top 8: 2-1-2

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