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Shuhei Nakamura


Age: 26

Hometown: Osaka, Japan

Occupation: Pro Magic Player / Tourist

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: Over 20.

How did you qualify for Pro Tour–Hollywood? Pro Players Club

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 11 GP Top 8s, 5 PT Top 8s

Other previous Magic accomplishments:

Playing at the Magic Invitational!

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–Hollywood? Who did you prepare with?

Two weeks after GP Brussels Kenji Tsumura stayed at my house, and we practiced with Yoshitaka Nakano and Osamu Fujita

What deck are you playing and why?

Green-black Elves. I didn’t want to play Faeries or Reveillark.

How did your deck evolve during your testing?

I got my sideboard from Tomaharu Saito, and it’s awesome!

What is the worst matchup for your deck?

The Persist Combo deck.

How worried were you about Faeries? How many cards in your maindeck and sideboard are dedicated to beating Faeries?

Nothing, just praying.


Nico Bohny


Age: 24

Hometown: Basel, Switzerland

Occupation: Teacher

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: ~6

How did you qualify for Pro Tour–Hollywood? Top 50 at PT Kuala Lumpur

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 1 GP Top 8 (Torino)

Other previous Magic accomplishments: Team Champions, Worlds 2007

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–Hollywood? Who did you prepare with?

I playtested with Matthias Kunzler & Christoph Huber from Switzerland, and discussed decklists with William Cavaglieri from Italy.

What deck are you playing and why?

Doran, because it doesn’t have any really bad matchups, and is superior to Elves in my opinion (especially because of the sideboard)

How did your deck evolve during your testing?

It didn’t evolve at all, I didn’t really test it, either. I tested a bunch of decks, but they all lost to Faeries, so I opted for Elves, but then switched to Doran.

What decks was your deck designed to beat?

It doesn’t really have good matchups, but it has a good sideboard and wins against red & elves, and can beat Faeries and other control decks.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?

Reveillark and Green-white Ramp

How worried were you about Faeries? How many cards in your maindeck and sideboard are dedicated to beating Faeries?

I wanted to play a deck that was better than 50 percent of Faeries. I played some cards (e.g. Riftsweeper) which are not spectacular against other decks.


Marijn Lybaert


Age: 23

Hometown: Oiljst, Belgium

Occupation: Assistant Architect

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: ~20

How did you qualify for Pro Tour–Hollywood? Pro Level

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 2 PT, 1 GP

Other previous Magic accomplishments:

PT Geneva Top 8, 2nd place GP Toulouse

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–Hollywood? Who did you prepare with?

I prepared with the other Belgians during two weekends while Fried Meulders was delivering the beats.

What deck are you playing and why?

Red-Green Mana Ramp, because it has a good matchup against elves and faeries.

How did your deck evolve during your testing?

It started as a monogreen LD deck, then changed to Green-red-black Control, before ending up as Red-green Snow.

What decks was your deck designed to beat?

Faeries, Merfolk, Black-green Elves, Monored.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?

Reveillark :( :(

How worried were you about Faeries? How many cards in your maindeck and sideboard are dedicated to beating Faeries?

Too much.


Jan Ruess


Age: 28

Hometown: Hamburg, Germany

Occupation: Ph.D. Student in Chemistry

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 10

How did you qualify for Pro Tour–Hollywood? Pro level 4 (and a PTQ win)

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: This is my first.

Other previous Magic accomplishments: Making Level 4.

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–Hollywood? Who did you prepare with?

Just RL testing with Jim Herold.

What deck are you playing and why?

Merfolk. It’s a good deck concept, has good card quality, and good matchups against the decks we expected.

How did your deck evolve during your testing?

Many cards changed, lots of options were tried out. It was streamlined to have a good maindeck against faeries and a good sideboard for the mirror, mana ramp, etc.

What decks was your deck designed to beat?

Faeries: Over 50 percent, but still tough
Reveillark: Very good matchup.
Elves: Also a great matchup

What is the worst matchup for your deck?

Mana Ramp without red and combo (didn’t test against combo, though)

How worried were you about Faeries? How many cards in your maindeck and sideboard are dedicated to beating Faeries?

There are only two sideboard slots against Faeries, because the maindeck is in good shape for the matchup. We expected about 25 percent of the field to be playing it.


Makihito Mihara


Age: 26

Hometown: Japan!

Occupation: None.

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

How did you qualify for Pro Tour–Hollywood? Pro Level 6

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 3.

Other previous Magic accomplishments: World Champion 2006

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–Hollywood? Who did you prepare with?

Mostly through local Japanese tournaments

What deck are you playing and why?

Reveillark, because it’s a combo deck.

How did your deck evolve during your testing?

We added red.

What decks was your deck designed to beat?

Everything except Faeries.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?

... Faeries.

How worried were you about Faeries? How many cards in your maindeck and sideboard are dedicated to beating Faeries?

Eight sideboard cards, but mostly hoping I wouldn’t face them.


Choo Yong Han


Age: 18

Hometown: Singapore

Occupation: Waiting for National Service

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 4

How did you qualify for Pro Tour–Hollywood? PTQ

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

Other previous Magic accomplishments: None.

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–Hollywood? Who did you prepare with?

I prepared with my friends from Singapore, and my Thailand roommate.

What deck are you playing and why?

Three-Color ‘Lark. I asked my friend for a decklist, and he gave me the one Mihara was using.

How did your deck evolve during your testing?

It was losing most of the games against Faeries, but it has a decent matchup against most of the other decks.

What decks was your deck designed to beat?

I think any non-Faerie deck.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?

Faeries!!!

How worried were you about Faeries? How many cards in your maindeck and sideboard are dedicated to beating Faeries?

I don’t have much maindeck against Faeries, but about six cards in the sideboard.


Charles Gindy


Age: 22

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida

Occupation: Bill Collector

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 5 or 6

How did you qualify for Pro Tour–Hollywood? PTQ

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

Other previous Magic accomplishments:

Winner Team GP Washington, runner-up at both Chicago and Pittsburgh

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–Hollywood? Who did you prepare with?

Mostly Magic Online, with Thomas Drake and Joe Crosby, also my roommates Ryan and Andy.

What deck are you playing and why?

Elves, because it is just a good deck.

How did your deck evolve during your testing?

It didn’t.

What decks was your deck designed to beat?

Everything.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?

Not sure. The deck has game in a lot of matchups.

How worried were you about Faeries? How many cards in your maindeck and sideboard are dedicated to beating Faeries?

A little worried. 0 cards maindeck, 5 in the sideboard.


Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa


Age: 20

Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 15

How did you qualify for Pro Tour–Hollywood? Pro Players Club

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

Other previous Magic accomplishments:

3rd place, 2007 Invitational
2006 Brazilian National Champion

How did you prepare for Pro Tour–Hollywood? Who did you prepare with?

I played a lot with friends, mostly Joel Calafell from Spain and Lucas and Paulo from Brazil.

What deck are you playing and why?

Faeries, because I know it pretty well and I think it’s the best deck.

How did your deck evolve during your testing?

It evolved a lot, but in the end I went back to the original configuration.

What decks was your deck designed to beat?

Reveillark and other clunky decks.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?

The mirror. Maybe Doran, too.

How worried were you about Faeries? How many cards in your maindeck and sideboard are dedicated to beating Faeries?

Pretty worried, but there wasn’t anything I could do to make it better, so I sideboard 4 Thoughtseize and that’s it.

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