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Iceland

Iceland National Team

Call them the giant-killers. Despite only having twelve lifetime Pro Points between them, Team Iceland has carved a path through the tournament this weekend. Going in, they set their sights on a Top 32 finish, but after a 4-1 start they started to dream a little bigger. Winning their first two rounds to ensure Top 16, a kind of relaxed giddiness came over them. They needed a clutch win in the final round against Greece, and came up aces. Will their nothing-to-lose attitude give them an edge on Sunday?


Orri Omarsson

Hometown: Húsavik
Occupation: Kitchen Assistant


Lifetime Pro Points: 0

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? Team Unified Standard.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Winning a match by using Doom Blade on my own guy.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Magic 2014 Team Sealed. I played a Black-Red removal deck.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
Pro Tour Reykjavik, I hope.




Ragnar Dadi Sigurdsson

Hometown: Reykjavik
Occupation: Student


Lifetime Pro Points: 1

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? None of them.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Tragic Slipping my own guy to make a Voice of Resurgence token, survive, and with that token I won the game.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Return to Ravnica block or Magic 2014 Team Sealed. In RTR, my deck was Boros, and in M14, my deck was Gruul Aggro.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
Host a Pro Tour in Reykjavik. Pro Tour Volcanoes, or Pro Tour Blue Lagoon!




Hedinn Haraldsson

Hometown: Reykjavih
Occupation: Internet Spaceship Police Officer


Lifetime Pro Points: 5

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? Magic 2014 Team Sealed.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
When we beat Greece and made the Top 8. It was an amazing feeling!

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Return to Ravnica block Team Sealed, where I played Four-Color Gatekeeper Goodstuff.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
Hopefully a Pro Tour in Reykjavik.




Alvin Orri Coislasun

Hometown: Reykjavik
Occupation: System Administrator


Lifetime Pro Points: 6

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? Return to Ravnica block Team Sealed.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
The moment I realized we had just made Top 8.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Unified Standard. I played Domri Gruul.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
$12,500USD



Czech Republic

Czech Republic National Team

Captain Stanislav Cifka may have missed the Top 4 in the 2013 Magic World Championship, but he refused to give up on Sunday play. Though his teammates are relative amateurs (without a single Pro Point to their names) they worked hard this weekend, and a 4-3 performance got them in to pool play. Once there, they staked their claim with a dominating sweep of their first group. They split their first two matches in the second stage, but defeated South Africa in the final round to secure Top 8. Will the chessmaster guide his team to greatness, or will a more experienced team overtake them?


Stanislav Cifka

Hometown: Cesky Krumlov
Occupation:Magic PLayer


Lifetime Pro Points: 109

Pro Tour Top 8's: 1

Grand Prix Top 8's: 2

Which format did you coach? Both Sealed events.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Painting Leoś Kopecki green to make him look like Shrek.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
When I was coaching the Sealed event, because I could swing between matches.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
It's still a long journey to win the tournament. I would be very happy if we finish in the Top 4 in order to qualify my mates for Pro Tour Theros.




Leoś Kopecki

Hometown: Liberec
Occupation: Student


Lifetime Pro Points: 0

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? Unified Standard.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Every minute of this tournament has been fantastic. But my favorite memory is the lucky croissant on the corner of the street near this place. This croissant cost me two euro, but it was also lucky. :)

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Team Sealed, where I played control or big beasts.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
What would it mean to me? It would be a lot of pride for Stanislav Cifka. What would it mean for my country? It would mean everything.




Michal Mendl

Hometown: Ćeské Budéjovice
Occupation: Student


Lifetime Pro Points: 0

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? I played in all formats.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
The games from the last two rounds of Unified Standard.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Team Sealed. I played Boros in M14 and in Return to Ravnica block.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
Big success for me and my county!




Kristian Janda

Hometown: Prague
Occupation: Student


Lifetime Pro Points: 0

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? I played in all formats.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
I only lost two games in Standard.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
I liked Team Sealed Deck, where I played a Five-Color deck in Return to Ravnica block.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
It would be a big success for me and my country.



France

French National Team

When you're captained by a Hall of Famer, you have to be a favorite to reach Sunday play. Raphaël Lévy is one of the game's longtime greats, and still competes at every Pro Tour. Last year his PT finishes were 97th, 19th, and 37th, showing that he's still got what it takes. Adding to his star power you have this year's Grand Prix London winner, Timothée Simonot. After sweeping their first pool to make Top 16, they dropped their first round against Israel and were forced to win out to make it into the Top 8. In Unified Standard, Lévy's Mono-Green concoction has been turning heads all weekend. Will it be the backbone of a trophy-winning performance?


Timothée Simonot

Hometown: Fougeres
Occupation: Writer for Lotus Noir, the French magazine


Lifetime Pro Points: 44

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 1

Which format did you coach? None.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
When I saw the Ranger's Guile in Raphaël Lévy's hand against Shahar Shenhar's Olivia Voldaren. It meant Top 8.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Return to Ravnica Limited. I played Grixis control.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
To me, it would mean I reached my ultimate Magic dream. To my country it would mean that we have won all the titles it is possible to win at Magic.




Raphaël Lévy

Hometown: Toulouse
Occupation: Publisher of JITS Magazine France


Lifetime Pro Points: 546

Pro Tour Top 8's: 3

Grand Prix Top 8's: 18

Which format did you coach? None of them.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Winning the deciding game versus Shahar and Israel. Very tense.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
I was scared of the RTR Sealed Deck format, but I have to say I enjoyed playing Standard with Mono-Green.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
France is missing this title (Team World Champion). I'd be super proud to bring the trophy back.




Yann Guthmann

Hometown: Paris
Occupation: Economist


Lifetime Pro Points: 0

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? Limited.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
When we found a new secret nickname for Tim. And also when Raph told me hwon, meaning Top 8.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Standard because it was the only one I played. I played UW Flash because there's Islands in it.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
I would be very proud and happy to win. Could I also say hi to the MCC and Mikael?




Soubrier Stephane

Hometown: Paris
Occupation: Magic Bazar's Seller


Lifetime Pro Points: 44

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 1

Which format did you coach? Standard

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
The combat phase of Raph which meant Top 8, or maybe the combat phase of mosquitoes against Raph in our bedroom.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Limited

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
A lot of pride because it would be the first time for my country. Also, it's the world champion's title. It rocks!



Austria

Austrian National Team

Another team for whom anything less than Top 8 would be a disappointment, Austria boasts two Pro Tour Top 8 finishers on its roster: Thomas Holzinger and David Reitbauer. They both also have multiple appearances on the national team. Marc Mühlbock has Pro Tour experience under his belt. Only seventeen-year-old Manuel Danninger is at his first big dance. They didn't have much of a sweat this weekend, though. They cruised through Day One at 5-1-1 and then swept their first pool. Will that dominance carry through to tomorrow and give them the title?


David Reitbauer

Hometown: Vienna
Occupation: Controller


Lifetime Pro Points: 111

Pro Tour Top 8's: 1

Grand Prix Top 8's: 1

Which format did you coach? I'm a bad coach, so I always had to play.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Getting a win in the last extra turn because Thomas Holzinger was able to Izzet Staticaster five tokens for the win.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Magic 2014 Sealed, where I played UW Skies.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
Definitely a lot.




Thomas Holzinger

Hometown: Salzburg
Occupation: Work for Spielraum.co.at


Lifetime Pro Points: 97

Pro Tour Top 8's: 1

Grand Prix Top 8's: 3

Which format did you coach? I am a bad coach, so I always had to play.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
El Salvador receiving four game losses and taking it easy. Thumbs up!

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Return to Ravnica Sealed – "Pack Rat-Deck"

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
A Lot.




Marc Mühlbock

Hometown: Salzburg
Occupation: n/a


Lifetime Pro Points: 16

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 1

Which format did you coach? Team Unified Standard.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
The bye before the top 8.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Return to Ravnica Sealed, where I played Black-White and won in the feature match of the decisive game with Blood Baron of Vizkopa.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
$12,000 for me, 0 for my country.




Manuel Donninger

Hometown: Linz
Occupation: Student


Lifetime Pro Points: 0

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? Sealed.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
The three feature matches

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Standard, RG Aggro

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
A lot of fun in Amsterdam.



Estonia

Estonian National Team

Estonia is being represented by two returning members from last year's squad: Simon Robberts and Hannes Kerem, the all-time leader in Pro Points for Estonia. Kerem has seen a good amount of success on the World stage, experience he'll be able to use to help his team. At Worlds in 2008, Kerem managed to defeat Hall of Famer Kenji Tsumura to advance to the Semifinals before being eliminated. Last year, he and Robberts led the team to an 11th place finish in the inaugural World Magic Cup. Entering the final Stage as the second seed in their pool, Estonia had complete control of their destiny. After dispatching Croatia in the first round, Estonia went on to run the table, exiting the final Stage a perfect 3-0, earning their spot in the Top 8.


Mikk Kaasik

Hometown: Tallinn
Occupation: Student


Lifetime Pro Points: 3

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? None.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Hard question. I was down 0-1 against Blue-White-Red, on the play, went to four cards and won! I also bought un-whipped whip cream for lunch.

Standard, Black-White-Red Aristocrats.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
It would be my best achievement in Magic. I am proud to represent my country. The media coverage might make Magic more popular in Estonia.




Rauno Raidwia

Hometown: Valga
Occupation: Military Operative


Lifetime Pro Points: 0

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? Sealed.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
WiGoing 5-1 with a Unified Standard deck I picked up the night before the tournament.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Standard, Kibler's Red-Green Aggro

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
For me it would boost my future Magic career greatly, with a Pro Tour invitation and the prize money to travel. I hope our achievement will motivate new and old players in my country to reach greater heights.




Hannes Kerem

Hometown: Keila
Occupation: Football Trader


Lifetime Pro Points: 49

Pro Tour Top 8's: 1

Grand Prix Top 8's: 1

Which format did you coach? Consturcted both times.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
I think winning tomorrow.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Any Limited is quite nice. I had white with three red Slivers in M14, and Selesnya tokens in RTR.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
I guess it would solve some money problems?




Simon Robberts

Hometown: Tartu / Liege, Belgium
Occupation: Sales Manager


Lifetime Pro Points: 4

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? None of them.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Seeing the lock star next to our name on the board after Round 2 of standard.

Revelation for six (Blue-White-Red in Standard).

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
To me, more than I set as a personal goal.
To Estonia: Put Estonia on the map and show our community!



Hungary

Hungarian National Team

Featuring two of the more experienced members in the field, Hungary had a lot to prove after a semifinal exit in last year's World Magic Cup. Led by captain Tamas Nagy and Gabor Kocsis, first and second place all-time on Hungary's list of Pro players, Hungary has one of the most deceptively strong teams in the field. Considering Tamas Nagy's decision to coach rather than play during the Constructed rounds, they will have his leadership to rely on for their trek through the Top 8.


Tamas Nagy

Hometown: Balmazvavaros
Occupation: IT Manager


Lifetime Pro Points: 75

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 1

Which format did you coach? Standard.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Making back to back Top 8s!

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Standard. I coached Jund and UWR Flash at the same time.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
It would improve our Top 4 finish from last year.




Adorjan Korbl

Hometown: Budapest/Munich
Occupation: Global Key Account Manager


Lifetime Pro Points: 0

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? None. I played all rounds.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Winning our win-and-in against Ireland to make Top 8.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Team Unified Standard. I played Jund Midrange. It was very interesting to test and find decks with no overlap.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
A lot. Back to back Top 8s for Hungary, a small country with a great Magic community.




Ervin Hosszu

Hometown: Zalaegerszeg
Occupation: Student


Lifetime Pro Points: 0

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? Team Sealed.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Topdecking a Sphinx's Revelation at nine lands, close to death, in a must-win game in the final round of the tournament. It was so cool!!!

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Standard. UWR Flash.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
Back to back Top 8 is pretty good for a country like ours that is smaller. For me, it would show that I can play well under pressure.




Gabor Kocsis

Hometown: Budapest
Occupation: Card Shop owner at www.metagames.hu


Lifetime Pro Points: 55

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? None. I played them all.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Advancing through the Sealed Pool play with a 1-2 record for the second time after last year. And, of course, making Top 8 again! :)

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Magic 2014 Sealed Deck. Hungarian (Naya) Slivers.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
It would mean that we improved since last year's Top 4. Maybe it would help us in getting a GP in Budapest!



New Zealand

New Zealand National Team

Led by Grand Prix Auckland champion Walker Macmurdo, all four members of the New Zealand National team have experience on the Pro Tour. With the second most successful player in New Zealand Magic history on the team, last year's captain Jason Chung, there is a wealth of experience both in individual and team play to draw from. While New Zealand had never made the Top 8 of a team competition, this year marked the strongest team they have assembled, and their combined efforts were enough to crack that barrier for the first time.


Jingwei Zheng

Hometown: Wellington
Occupation: Software designer


Lifetime Pro Points: 6

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? None.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
The minute that the Spanish team extended their hands.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Standard. I played Jund (Shout out to Chris Miller. Sorry for dissing the deck for six months…)

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
Everything. This is probably my last ever big tournament. I would love to go out with a bang.




Walker MacMurdo

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Occupation: Student


Lifetime Pro Points: 11

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 1

Which format did you coach? Standard – Both days!

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
The fifth turn of extra turns against the Chilean team in the last round, when they couldn't kill Digby and we advanced to the Top 8!!!!

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Magic 2014 Sealed Deck. I had an excellent monored deck and I love playing aggressive decks in Limited.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
For me, it would be great to do my second home proud!




Digby Carter

Hometown: Christchurch, NZ
Occupation: Not finishing matches with slow control decks.


Lifetime Pro Points: 16

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? Limited (both Sealeds)

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Just the experience of playing on our team – great camaraderie.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
I only played Standard – UWR Flash.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
Winning (but also making Top 8) is great in that NZ has never had a Pro Tour Top 8. It feels great to represent for the community back home, who are always helpful and have sustained my interest in playing tournament Magic for 15 years!




Jason Chung

Hometown: Auckland, NZ
Occupation: Master Wizard summoning Lizard


Lifetime Pro Points: 48

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 1

Which format did you coach? Solo mid.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Sasha Markovic gave me two slices of pizza.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Unified Standard. Lizard Wizard Surprise.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
It would increase my ego. And Reuben Wilson might stop calling me bad.



Belgium

Team Belgium

Much ado was made about the Belgian squad coming into this tournament. Featuring two of the biggest names in European Magic, Vincent Lemoine and Marijn Lybaert, Belgium was commonly thought to be second only to Sweden in raw power and talent. After a disappointing Day 1, barely squeaking into Day 2 by virtue of a last-round win, Belgium turned on the afterburners, shoving their way through the final rounds of play, including a marathon match against Brazil in the final round that they won by virtue of only a single match win, the others going to time.


Emmanuel Delvigne

Hometown: Wagnelee (Fleurus)
Occupation: Engineer / 6 sigma black belt / project engineer


Lifetime Pro Points: 0

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? None.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Top 8 qualification

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Standard – Golgari (but I do not like the deck) on the second day, Gruul on the first day.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
People in Belgium could get motivated to be more competitive.




Marijn Lybaert

Hometown: Oilsjt (Hermelijn)
Occupation: Researcher / technological advisor at the Belgian Road Research Centre


Lifetime Pro Points: 194

Pro Tour Top 8's: 4

Grand Prix Top 8's: 3

Which format did you coach? Sealed deck.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Defending your country and getting infinite messages after winning the last round.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Standard (first day I played Golgari, the second I played Gruul)

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
I think it would be a huge boost and might get some people back on the train.




Vincent Lemoine

Hometown: Bruxelles
Occupation: Travel Agent


Lifetime Pro Points: 118

Pro Tour Top 8's: 1

Grand Prix Top 8's: 1

Which format did you coach? None.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Marijn pulling an emblem of Domri Rade and drawing back to back Rampager and Hellrider.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Return to Ravnica Sealed Deck. It's really interesting to build and play. Just Boros.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
A big achievement and a nice comeback after last year's failure.




Xavier Vantyghem

Hometown: Dour
Occupation: teacher / student


Lifetime Pro Points: 0

Pro Tour Top 8's: 0

Grand Prix Top 8's: 0

Which format did you coach? Standard.

What is your favorite memory from the World Magic Cup thus far?
Team spirit.

Which format was your favorite to play, and what deck did you play in that format?
Limited. RB in M14, GWr in RTR.

What would winning the World Magic Cup mean to you and your country?
For me, it would be my first Pro Tour qualification, and a lot of fun with my teammates.



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