September 4th Modern Master Top8 Interviews

Written by Jinete_dV on September 04, 2016


Skyfish


Name, Age, Nationality:
Skyfish, Old, USA

What deck did you play?
Glittering Wish Scapeshift
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?

I tuned more for aggro matchups, so control such as Jeskai Nahiri is tough. My swiss rounds were all Vakalut or aggro matchups.

How’d you prepare for the master?
Beat the daylights out of unsuspecting players in the main server.

In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
If I had another 3 sideboard slots, Leyline of Sanctity would be good against all the Valakut running around.

What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
Best: Path to Exile in main, Safewright Quest in side. Worst: Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle in main, Rest in Peace in side.

Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
no

Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
no


SpamPoppy


Name, Age, Nationality:
Antoine D., 20, France
 
What deck did you play?
Ad Nauseam
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Infect, by far. Got crushed 0-2 by Goldenas, my only loss in the swiss.
 
How’d you prepare for the master?
Did Grand Prix Lille Day 2 just to prepare for Magic-League Master, obviously.
 
In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
I wouldn't have done any. This deck is by far the one I master the most, so I wouldn't have played any other deck, albeit it's not very well-positioned in the current meta (Jund, Suicide Zoo and Infect being bad MUs).
 
What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
Best MD card was Laboratory Maniac. The guy did a fantastic job for me tonight. Best sideboard card was probably Leyline of Sanctity.
 
Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
Shoutout to Pentad Prism. The mana rocks, err... rock.
 
Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
Please, introduce something to cope automatically with the swiss rounds on the website ;_;


Unseen


Name, Age, Nationality:
Daniel, 22, Czech
 
What deck did you play?
GU infect
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Not sure. I personally most fear mirror to which I lost after my misplays
 
How’d you prepare for the master?
Won trial to get bye and played some modern.

In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
No changes.

What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?

Glistener elf, Spellskite, there are no bad cards just some situational
 
Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
None
 
Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
Getting back more players would be nice, but no idea how.


Goldenas


Name, Age, Nationality:
Tomas, 23, Lithuanian

What deck did you play?
Infect
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Zooicide, but not faced it in swiss.

How’d you prepare for the master?
Just tested the deck with some friends 2-3 hours before master.

In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
This list works pretty good. I'm fine with it.

What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
Best main card Blighted Agent, best sideboard card Kitchen Finks. Worst cards: -

Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
-

Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
Make a legacy master please :)


Djinx


Name, Age, Nationality:
Ingo, 34, german

What deck did you play?
BANT Knight-Retreat (homebrew'd)
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Bad MU seen until this day is Ad Nauseam. My deck performed terrible in the swiss.

How’d you prepare for the master?
The Answer is no.

In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
nah, i'm fine

What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
best maindeck: Knight, best sideboard: Rough // Tumble, worst maindeck: Gavony Township (only because i don't had any midrange MUs), worst sideboard: Wilt-Leaf Liege

Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
Yeah, to Jinete for the interaction through the tournament.

Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
none


Gloomsky


Name, Age, Nationality:
Mike, 24, Belarusian

What deck did you play?
Breach Valakut
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Burn/Rg ponza. Haven't  met burn, 2-1'ed ponza

How’d you prepare for the master?
Playing pubs

In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
I would swap shatterstorm for shattering spree, rest unchanged

What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
No superstar cards. Tough to say

Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
Shoutout to Pasha Dvorak, the biggest noob in the universe <3 He kept saying valakut is gonna get banned, so I decided to give it a go while it's still legal.

Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
Thanks for such an amazing league. You guys are awesome, keep it up!


DongcopterPirate


Name, Age, Nationality:
Mikhail Novoselov
 
What deck did you play?
Affinity
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Jund. Lost 0-2 to it
 
How’d you prepare for the master?
Tested some secret techs
 
In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
RG valakut generator breach
 
What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
Best card - etched champion. Worst card - memnite. Best sb card - tezzeret, agent of bolas
 
Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
Shoutout to modern in spb vk public
 
Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
Nope.


Tigercub


Name, Age, Nationality:

Jesse, 30, American

What deck did you play?
Jeskai Affinity
 
What do you feel is your worst match up? How’d you do against it in the swiss?
Worst matchup is probably junk. I have more SB for it but lingering souls and removal is just great against affinity regardless.

How’d you prepare for the master?
I've been designing a Jeskai version of affinity for a long time. I used to play glint hawks, which are great in their own way, a bit better for facing control, but with aggressive magic decks getting more powerful, i switched them out for the more traditional arcbound ravagers and steel overseers.

In hindsight are there any changes that you would've made to your list, or what deck would you have rather have played?
I recently moved an arcbound ravager from main into the sideboard. I think I will remove it entirely for another counterspell in the sideboard, I'm thinking I'll have 2 counters amongst spell snare, spell pierce, and/or mana tithe

What was your best card main deck? What what your best sideboard card? Worst main deck card? Worst sideboard card?
Ensoul artifact is by far the best. It is now the best card available to affinity. Playing 4 ensoul artifact was my reason to design to this deck and have played it basically since the card was printed, I can say ensoul targets a drum, citadel, mox, memnite, or thopter 99% of the time. So for the haters who say you get 2 for 1'd and blown out, theres your proof that you absolutely don't. The small loss of a mana source or tiny creature is well worth the many games it wins singlehandedly.
Best sideboard card is rest in peace. It's great for crushing junk and jund, ruins combo type decks, and a couple can help disable snapcaster in those matchups also.

Shoutouts to anyone/anything?
Shoutout to the board game I'm designing that will be published soon! Haven't settled on a name yet, but my name is Jesse Wharton, so keep your eyes and eyes open for my board game!

Suggestions for improving the overall Magic-League experience?
Can't think of anything :)

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