February 7th Modern Master Top8 Interviews

Written by Jinete_dV on February 08, 2016


seeBanane

Name, Age, Nationality:
Alex, 23, German (just like flippi!)

What deck did you play?
UR Eldrazi, seemed like the most unfair deck
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
I was a bit scared of Heartless Eldrazi, Infect, and Robots, but I didn't drop a match in the Swiss, so it was k

How’d you prepare for the master?
I watched the Pro Tour, picked the most unfair deck.

In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
Nah, the deck is great, maybe one more Dismember instead of a Bolt.

What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
Best card was probably Drowner of Hope and Reality Smasher. I smashed ALL the realities. I smashed dreams. I smashed creatures. SMASH. I thought I'd have to bring Cyclonic Rifts for Pillow decks, turned out not to need them :P

Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
Nope.

Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
You're absolutely great :) And I'm not just saying that because I'm a L3 Judge on your site and I don't want you to downrank me..


Pikachu


Name, Age, Nationality:
Lorenzo 25 Italy

What deck did you play?
Mono red eldrazi
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Worst match up is probably the meta-magic mind game

How’d you prepare for the master?
not real preparations

In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
remove fulminators from the sb, too hard to cast.

What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
best card is for sure eldrazi obligator, will set up for TONS OF DAMAGES easily

Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
PogChamp


WTF


Name, Age, Nationality:
Nikita Scherbakov, 19, Belarus
 
What deck did you play?
Colorless Eldrazi
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
I think in this tournament there are not bad match up for me.
 
How’d you prepare for the master?
I played trial today before the master tournament.
 
In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
I think all cards in deck are on there places.
 
What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
Reality Smasher, Oblivion Sower, Ratched Bomb, Ratched Bomb
 
Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
To all belarussian people.
 
Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
more trials and more masters tournaments


Ichi


Name, Age, Nationality:
Dale, 27, US
 
What deck did you play?
The Frank Lepore Eldrazi List
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
From what I've seen atleast it seems to be affinity and maybe the colorless list if they are on a more solid draw. But didn't see any robots today and just toughed it out for the wins i got against other eldrazi decks.
 
How’d you prepare for the master?
Honestly just picked an eldrazi deck and rolled with it
 
In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
Mostly just a couple changes to the sideboard if anything. Maybe move a couple numbers around in the MD

What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
Drowner of Hope has been the all-star of the day. It really helps push damage.  Sideboard wise it would have to be Ratchet bomb and Surgical extraction because both have done real work today. There isn't really a bad MD card in this list but Sideboard i don't care for sun droplet.

Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
My buddies from NWI and the Team Titans crew

Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
Nothin for now.


Speedbump


Name, Age, Nationality:
Matt, 28, New Zealand

What deck did you play?
Nacatl Burn

What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Either Soul Sisters, or any deck that starts and plays a Chalice on 1 Turn 1.  Played against neither deck in the Swiss.

How’d you prepare for the master?
Playtesting mainly on Cockatrice, not much Modern community where I live.  Quite a lot of discussion with Sean (a friend, and a strong Burn player in Melbourne) as to how to build a 75 in preparation for GP Melbourne.

In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
List is pretty solid, can't think of any changes I'd make to the sideboard.

What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
Best card maindeck is either Atarka's Command or Eidolon of the Great Revel, as both of these cards can end the game quickly through sheer amounts of damage.  Best sideboard card is Deflecting Palm; at worst, it's the same tempo and damage as Boros Charm or Lightning Helix, at best, it deals 11 to an Infect player.  Maindeck and sideboard are pretty solid, although some cards can be situationally bad.

Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
Melbourne Modern and Legacy communites, for putting up with me casting Lightning Bolt in every format imaginable while I lived there.  In particular, Sean (for the advice), and Riccardo and Tom (Legacy/Modern League organisers).  Also, shoutout to the fledgling New Plymouth Magic community, and the people working hard to generate enough interest in Standard/other formats there.

Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
No complaints, I've had a good experience while playing here.


Foomanjew343


Name, Age, Nationality:
Ian Jensen, 20, Puerto Rican/Danish

What deck did you play?
Jeskai Control
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Tough to say, the deck is set up to be only soft in the bad matchups, but of the established archtypes Tron is the worst. I didn't face a single tron deck, rip tron.

How’d you prepare for the master?
Went soul searching, settled on abzan company, saw the PT and nearly soiled myself. Decided to pretend the meta didnt exist and played what I knew.

In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
I was fine with my deck choice, but I would've adjusted the threat base numbers. I had too many restoration angels and not enough Jace, aka Jace is going into the deck.

What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
Best main deck card was Mana leak, counterspell all day. Best sideboard card was Elspeth Sun's Champion. Worst main deck card was Spell Pierce. Worst sideboard card was Anger of the Gods, needs to be a different sweeping effect.

Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
Shoutouts to the PT for warping everyones deck choices

Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
Biggest suggestion is to fix/improve the current sealed pool tool on the sight. Sealed is my favorite format but I never compete in sealed Trials/Masters because the interface is too jarring to think. Also run more limited events in general.


Incontroll


Name, Age, Nationality:
Bugra, 21, Turkish/German

What deck did you play?
RoboGoyf

What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
High Removal Eldrazi seems good.

How’d you prepare for the master?
Master is preparation for GP Bologna, playing the Deck for 3 moths now

In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
More Blood Moon and GQ? Maybe a fun of Painters Servant

What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
B:Tarmogoyf; W:Springleaf Drum; B:TS; W:Path

Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
The Magic community in Braunschweig, Germany

Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
Make it more attractive to players with a higher skill level


Oppo


Name, Age, Nationality:
Oppo, 27, USA
 
What deck did you play?
RG Scapeshift

What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Anything with counterspells or the nut Eldrazi draw. I dodged both.

How’d you prepare for the master?
 I tested modern all week for SCG regionals and got crushed there, then tweaked the list for all the Eldrazi decks I expected today.
 
In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
 Not really, I was happy with how it worked and preboarding a bit for Eldrazi.
 
What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
 
Scapeshift was my best maindeck card. Best sideboard was Anger of the Cards. Farseek is the worst card in the maindeck. Worst sideboard card is probably Crumble to Dust. It's too slow vs Eldrazi and Tron isn't a thing right now.

Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
The league for having a great turnout!

Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
No, but I want to hear yours!

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