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.
Dominik Görtzen – Tron
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
Hometown: Aachen, Germany
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
Hometown: Aachen, Germany
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!
Jesper Box – Dredge
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
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
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
Team “Blue Kang”
Nicolas Chabriac – Bant Stoneblade
Hometown: Paris, France
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
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
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”
Ruben Perez – Whirza
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
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
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 !!