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Giulio Barra

Age: 24
Hometown: Napoli, Italy

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 6 or 7

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Valencia? PTQ in Napoli

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: This is the second -- was 3rd in Bologna.

Other previous Magic accomplishments: 11th at Pro Tour-San Diego

What deck are you playing and why?

I'm playing Rock because Rock never dies.

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Valencia? Who did you prepare with?

I chose this deck when I qualified and then tweaked the sideboard for the meta. I didn’t have time to test much but I've played for two years before that.

Takayuki Koike

Age: 17
Hometown: Tochigi, Japan

Occupation: High school studen

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: This is the first time.

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Valencia? PTQ.

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

Other previous Magic accomplishments: None.

What deck are you playing and why?

I love Jyunya Takahashi deck.

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Valencia? Who did you prepare with?

With Morikawa Yunta, my friend and Bakayasu.

Shuhei Nakamura

Age: 26
Hometown: Osaka

Occupation: Wayfarer

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 15 (?)

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Valencia? Pro Players Club

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 10 GPs, 4 PT (including this PT)

Other previous Magic accomplishments: Wow, I'm playing in the Invitational (thanks!)

What deck are you playing and why?

White-blue Tron. I think it's better matchups against (the field).

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Valencia? Who did you prepare with?

Three weeks. One week, I went to Tokyo to practice with Saito, Kurihara, Taru, Mitamura, Kaneko.

Makihito Mihara

Age: 25
Hometown: Chiba, Japan

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

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Valencia? World Champion

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: Two

Other previous Magic accomplishments: World Champion

What deck are you playing and why?

Blue-white Tron.

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Valencia? Who did you prepare with?

Practiced with Tomoharu Saito, same as Shuhei.

Tine Rus

Age: 21
Hometown: Loski Potok, Slovenia

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 0

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Valencia? Won a PTQ in Zagreb

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments: Nothing worth mentioning / nothing outside Slovenia.

What deck are you playing and why?

"Rock the Domain" - because I've been playing Rock for a long time and I have foil cards for it.

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Valencia? Who did you prepare with?

I tested with Andrej Rizner and Grgur Petrie Naretic.

Sam Stein

Age: 19
Hometown: Los Angeles

Occupation: Card player

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 6

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Valencia? Won a PTQ

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

Other previous Magic accomplishments: JSS Championship 2003, third place

What deck are you playing and why?

Affinity. I didn't get to test much so I played a deck I was very familiar with.

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Valencia? Who did you prepare with?

I practiced with Dredge online to get a feel for the format and then tested in Barcelona with a group of friends starting the Sunday before the PT.

Remi Fortier

Age: 16
Hometown: Mortree, France

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 3

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Valencia? PTQ

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

Other previous Magic accomplishments: None

What deck are you playing and why?

Countertop Goyf because it got a good match up against Aggro and Dredge. And it's funny to play.

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Valencia? Who did you prepare with?

I tested on the Internet for two weeks before the Pro Tour with Guillaume Wafo-Tapa, Jonathan Rispal, Malo Wilefert and Florent Lucas.

Andre Mueller

Age: 27
Hometown: Getseukirchen

Occupation: Dealer and gamer

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 20

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Valencia? Grand Prix-Stockholm Top 16

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

Other previous Magic accomplishments: Isn't that enough?

What deck are you playing and why?

Enduring Ideal, because it beats Aggro and doesn't lose to graveyard hate.

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Valencia? Who did you prepare with?

Most qualified Germans from the area met at my place for a five-day boot camp. Klaus Joens and Aaron Brackmann contributed to the actual building of the deck while the rest played the field against us.
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