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Top 4 profiles of Grand Prix Ghent

Congratulations to all players in the Top 4! They have earned an invitation to the first set of Players Tour events in 2020. Congratulations! The Top 4 decklists can be found here, and there’s more on the text coverage page of GP Ghent.

Team “Kanalreiniger”

Left to right: Görtzen, Plagge, Labahn

 

 

 

Dominik Görtzen – Tron

Age: 30

Hometown: Beiersdorf, Germany

Occupation: Medical engineer for computer tomography system

Previous accomplishments: Beat Simon Görtzen once, I think

Why did you choose to play Tron? The London mulligan rule.

What was your best card of the weekend? Blast Zone. Once I had a Blast Zone on zero (due to Blood Moon) anad after blowing it up, it destroyed a 5/5 Mox Opal and all the Thopter tokens.

 

Julian Plagge – Tron

Age: 27

Hometown: Aachen, Germany

Occupation: Student

Previous accomplishments: Played some PTs and beat Simon Görtzen once

Why did you choose to play Tron? The London mulligan rule, and my teammates told me to

What was your best card of the weekend? Liquimetal Coating being land destruction

 

Nikolas Labahn – Esper Urza

Age: 30

Hometown: Aachen, Germany

Occupation: Student

Previous accomplishments: Two GP Top 8s and 3 PTQ wins

Why did you choose to play Esper Urza? I brewed it with the unbanning of Stoneforge Mystic. I tested it on MTGO, and the results were great. I don’t like playing Whir of Invention; it is too clunky.

What was your best card of the weekend? Sai was great. Thoughtseize is nice but this Urza guy is very broken!

 

Team “BNJ”

Left to right: Box, van der Sande, Vos

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesper Box – Dredge

Age: 27

Hometown: Utrecht, the Netherlands

Occupation: Software Developer

Previous accomplishments: Played at PT 25th Anniversay with the same team

Why did you choose to play Dredge? Thank you @MTGSodek

What was your best card of the weekend? Creeping Chill, a free Lightning Helix is nice to have.

 

Niels van der Sande – 4C Whirza

Age: 31

Hometown: Veghel, the Netherlands

Occupation: Business Engineer

Previous accomplishments: Qualified for PT 25th Anniversay with these two knuckleheads

Why did you choose to play Whirza? My Modern mantra is just to play whatever Kanister plays

What was your best card of the weekend? Tezzeret.

 

Brent Vos – Jeskai Stoneblade

Age: 28

Hometown: Helmond, the Netherlands

Occupation: Inventory Manager

Previous accomplishments: 2nd place at GP Rotterdam ’16 and played PT 25th Anniversary with the same team

Why did you choose to play Jeskai Stoneblade? Stoneforge Mystic and interaction

What was your best card of the weekend? Spell Snare or Stoneforge Mystic

 

Team “Blue Kang”

Left to right: Chabriac, Dezani, Cestaro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicolas Chabriac – Bant Stoneblade

Age: 26

Hometown: Paris, France

Occupation: Turntablist

Previous accomplishments: Playing fully foiled decks

Why did you choose to play Bant Stoneblade? It has basic Forest and Noble Hierarch. Also, Birthing Pod got banned.

What was your best card of the weekend? Batterskull killed opponents and single-handedly held back 4 Bloodghast and 4 Prized Amalgam to secure Top 4.

 

Jérémy Dezani – Mardu Death’s Shadow

Age: 29

Hometown: Paris / Tokyo

Occupation: MTG Player and Hareruya writer

Previous accomplishments: 14 GP Top 8, 2 PT Top 8, PT Theros champ, Player of the Year ’14

Why did you choose to play Mardu Shadow? I played the PTQ on MTGO and made Top 8 with Burn, but the winner’s decklist from the PTQ impressed me and I really wanted to play it.

What was your best card of the weekend? Death’s Shadow obviously.

Laurent Cestaro – Burn

Age: 43

Hometown: France

Occupation: Project manager

Previous accomplishments: Team Pro Tour in almost another century, and first president of mindtrick association

Why did you choose to play Burn? My teammate Jérémy tested this deck in an online PTQ and advised me to play it.

What was your best card of the weekend? Deflecting Palm.

 

 

Team “Blasco de Garay 15 & Ronda de Sant Pere 44”

Left to right: Trujillo, Calafell, Perez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruben Perez – Whirza

Age: 26

Hometown: Barcelona, Spain

Occupation: Owner of Magic Barcelona (WPN Premium Store)

Previous accomplishments: Top 8 at GP Bologna ’16, I was a “Silver pro” a long time ago, Top 16 GP Miami ’15

Why did you choose to play Whirza? Javier Valentin, Paco Valenzueia, and other people from team “trea otra de croquetas” told me to play it.

What was your best card of the weekend? Urza, no doubt.

 

Joel Calafell – Thopter-Sword

Age: 31

Hometown: Barcelona (then Madrid), Spain?

Occupation: Digital marketing consultant

Previous accomplishments: 3 GP Top 8 (with a win in Barcelona ’09), Top 8 at Pro Tour Kuala Lumpur ’08, 22+ PTs played, Spanish National winner, …, and still worse than Javier Dominguez, and Amol Acaraz (of course)

Why did you choose to play Whirza? It’s the obvious best deck. I thought it was awesome

What was your best card of the weekend? Thopter Foundry? Not a funny answer deck. Wait, what about Thoper tokens? But that’s not a card…

 

Esther Trujillo – Jund

Age: 38

Hometown: Santa Cruz de Tenerife / Madrid

Occupation: Magic Store Owner: Ítaca

Previous accomplishments: Played 6 PTs, some Top 32s at GPs

Why did you choose to play Jund? It’s my pet deck, I love Bloodbraid Elf!! (Thanks Alberto and Audrés)

What was your best card of the weekend? Bloodbraid Elf !!

 

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