Pro Tour–Berlin Feature: Top 8 Profiles

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Luis Scott-Vargas

Age: 25

Hometown: Oakland, California

Occupation: Magician

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 10+

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Berlin? Pro Level

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 2 Grand Prix Top 8s

Other previous Magic accomplishments: 2 U.S. Nationals Top 8s, 1 win

How did you prepare for Pro Tour- Berlin? Who did you prepare with?
Paul Cheon, Patrick Chapin, and I came to Berlin two weeks early to test with Manuel Bucher, the Ruels, and the Guillaumes.

What deck are you playing and why?
Elves, since it goldfishes turn 2.

How did your deck evolve during your testing?
We decided the Hivemaster and Essence Warden were too slow and went all-in with 4 Summoner's Pact and 3 Weird Harvest.

What deck did you think was going to be the most-played archetype in Berlin?
Zoo.

How was your deck designed to beat the most-played archetype?
Four Jitte and one Big Mike (Mycoloth) to just attrition them out.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
Tezzeret (which I play Round 1 of Top 8).


Denis Sinner

Age: 25

Hometown: Hof

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 2

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Berlin?
Winning a PTQ.

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

Other previous Magic accomplishments: None...

How did you prepare for Pro Tour- Berlin? Who did you prepare with?
I tested with some friends.

What deck are you playing and why?
Faeries, because it wins versus Elfball.

How did your deck evolve during your testing?
It evolved a lot.

What deck did you think was going to be the most-played archetype in Berlin?
Elfball.

How was your deck designed to beat the most-played archetype?
Early disruption, good sideboard.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
This Tezzeret thing or so.


Jan Doise

Age: 24

Hometown: Leuven, Belgium

Occupation: Process Engineer

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 15-20

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Berlin? Pro Points

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 3 GP, 1st Pro Tour

Other previous Magic accomplishments: Belgian National Champion 2002

How did you prepare for Pro Tour- Berlin? Who did you prepare with?
Tested 4-5 evenings and emailed a lot with all the Belgians, Frank Karsten and Zac Hill.

What deck are you playing and why?
Elves! We had it about three weeks before the Pro Tour, didn't look back and tuned it to perfection.

How did your deck evolve during your testing?
As mulliganing a lot seemed the deck's biggest problem, I took out cards that made you mulligan more (Distant Melody, Chord of Calling). Mirror Entity proved to be the best win condition.

What deck did you think was going to be the most-played archetype in Berlin?
Zoo.

How was your deck designed to beat the most-played archetype?
Essence Warden/Wirewood Hivemaster/Wirewood Symbiote are creatures that Zoo loses to if they don't kill it.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
Decks with a lot of hate against Elves. If you really want to beat it, it's not too hard (Chalice of the Void, Darkblast, Trinisphere...)


Kenny Öberg

Age: 23

Hometown: Gothenburg

Occupation: Grinder

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: About 10

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Berlin? PTQ

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: First!

Other previous Magic accomplishments: Five time in a row PTQ Winner

How did you prepare for Pro Tour- Berlin? Who did you prepare with?
Together with other friends from Sweden. About 10 were qualified and it has been a great team!

What deck are you playing and why?
"Tezzerator"
Tezzeret wins against everything almost by himself.

How did your deck evolve during your testing?
We tried different colors, and ended up with Blue / Red splashing green for Ancient Grudge. We cut the white, which we had for Condemns. Last minute, we added Riptide Laboratory.

What deck did you think was going to be the most-played archetype in Berlin?
Zoo

How was your deck designed to beat the most-played archetype?
Ensnaring Bridge game 1, Firespouts game 2.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
Turn 2 Combo


Tomoharu Saito

Age: 24

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Occupation: Pro Magic Player and Card Trader

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

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Berlin? Pro – LEVEL 8

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 9 / 5, including this one

Other previous Magic accomplishments: PT Yokohama 4th, PT Charleston 1st, PT Kobe 7th, PT Atlanta 4th, and 9 GP Top 8s (1 win at Strasbourg)

How did you prepare for Pro Tour- Berlin? Who did you prepare with?
Practiced in my room's play space, with Yuuya Watanbe, Jyunya Iyanaga and other Japanese players.

What deck are you playing and why?
Elves, it's the best.

How did your deck evolve during your testing?
Little, and little.

What deck did you think was going to be the most-played archetype in Berlin?
1st Zoo, 2nd Elves, 3rd Death Cloud

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
Mirror match, I think. I should only lose to Elves in this PT.


Sebastian Thaler

Age: 21

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 13

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Berlin? Pro points

Number of GP/PT top 8s: 2 PT, 3 GP

Other previous Magic achievements: Rookie of the year 2006

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Berlin?
Who did you prepare with? Nicolay Potovin, Raul Porojan, Joel Calafel, Klaus Joens, Martin Juza

What deck are you playing and why?
Elfball – it's very cool

How did your deck evolve during testing?
The deck has lots of good matchups

What deck did you think was was going to be the most-played archetype in Berlin?
Zoo on day one, Elfball on day two.

How was your deck designed to beat the most-played archetype?
It works really good – try it and you'll see.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
Decks with Chalice / Trinisphere and cards like Firespout / Wrath of God


Matej Zatlkaj

Age: 23

Hometown: Bratislava

Occupation: Student

Number of times played on the Pro Tour: 5

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Berlin? GP Madrid top 16

Number of GP / PT top 8s: GP Krakow top 8, this is my first PT top 8

Other previous Magic achievements: Slovak National Champion 2003

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Berlin? Who did you prepare with?
Some testing with friends who qualified, plus Martin Juza and the people around him

What deck are you playing and why?
Elves. It's just the best deck – very synergistic, consistent and fast! Martin Juza told me and I trust him.

How did your deck evolve during your testing?
The version changed only a little bit from the original version and the board got tuned.

What did you think was going to be the most-played archetype in Berlin?
Zoo for sure, and a lot of Elves

How was your deck designed to beat the most-played archetype?
It was an ok matchup, we just tried to be prepared for all the other decks

What is your worst matchup?
Any deck with a tonne of mass removal, and probably Kenny Öberg's deck


Martin Juza

Age: 21

Hometown: Pilzen, Czech Republic

Number of times played on the Pro Tour: About 12

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Berlin? PT Hollywood top 50, level 5, GP Birmingham top 16

Number of GP/PT top 8s: 1

Other previous Magic accomplishments: 10th PT Kuala Lumpur, 19th PT Hollywood, 2 times Czech National Champion

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Berlin?
Who did you prepare with? Tested with Sebastian Thaler, Nicolay Potovin, Raul Porojan, Joel Calafel and Klaus Joens. I'm pretty sure we have the best version.

What deck are you playing and why?
ELVES! Because the worst matchup is the mirror.

How did your deck evolve during testing?
We tried pretty much everything.

What deck did you think was going to be the most played archetype in Berlin?
Zoo

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
The mirror

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