18th December Modern Invitational: Top8 Interviews

Written by DARKING on December 19, 2011


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A whole month has passed since the last master, because this time we have an Invitational! Only the best of the best qualified for this tournament, to test a relatively new and upcoming PTQ format, Modern. 8 are the people that made it to the top, and these are their stories:

bingoking123
Name, age and nationality: Gavin Bennett, 22, Canada EH!
What deck are you playing and why? I'm playing zoo because my friend HomieK told me to play it. He has been testing modern on magic online alot and hes been winning a lot, so I decided to give it a shot.
What was your most challenging game so far? Probally the ad nauseam match, because I didn't really have to much for sb against it, and if they open with angels grace and pact of negation its hard to win.
What do you prefer, Invitational or Open Masters? Invitationals just because its the best people that qualified that get to play. Plus the money is bigger and the tourney is usually smaller.
What do you expect of the upcoming banned/restricted announcement? I think that punishing fire might get hit, although its too early in the season , and there haven't been any ptqs for it yet. i heard that nacatl might get banned, but i think that's stupid.
What do you want for Christmas? To qualify for the pro tour!
Anything else you'll like to add? ya, I would like to thank HomieK for testing with me, and giving me his list. I really like this modern format, and hopefully they don't ban too many cards.

alexcarbajal
Name, age and nationality: Alex Carbajal, 21, Spain.
What deck are you playing and why? Mono White Life. Aggro pairings are byes, and not bad against every non-aggro deck in the format.
What was your most challenging game so far? r2 Against UR Burn, because he has in his side Leyline of Punishment + Cryoclasm + Flames of the Blood hand, too many hate against my deck.
What do you prefer, Invitational or Open Masters? Invitational.
What do you expect of the upcoming banned/restricted announcement? Ban Grove of the Burninwillows, UnBan Ancestral Vision & Mental Misstep.
What do you want for Christmas? Win GP Madrid 2012.
Anything else you'll like to add? Nothing else, ty

Selkie
Name, age and nationality: Olivier, 20, Dutch-English.
What deck are you playing and why? Gift reanimator, because I liked the combo.
What was your most challenging game so far? I got matched against my teammate, who was playing RG Eldrazi. It went to game three, when he breached an Emrakul. He got me to three health, with me only having an Iona and crucible left. I managed to win, because he ended up one mana short of casting Ulamog.
What do you prefer, Invitational or Open Masters? No preference.
What do you expect of the upcoming banned/restricted announcement? Something, but I don't know what. I'd guess they start thinking about unbanning.
What do you want for Christmas? My friends to be around.
Anything else you'll like to add? Don't copy my deck :D

arevalol
Name, age and nationality: David Arevalo, 19, Spanish.
What deck are you playing and why? Ugb, because i want to play goyf, snapcaster and dark confidant in the same deck.
What was your most challenging game so far? I think I didn't have a challenging game in this tournament.
What do you prefer, Invitational or Open Masters? Invitational, less players and in theory are the best.
What do you expect of the upcoming banned/restricted announcement? Ancestral vision unbanned, punishing fire banned :D
What do you want for Christmas? Nothing special, only CoD: MW3
Anything else you'll like to add? Happy Christmas!

Rishi
Name, age and nationality: Rishi Nijhawan, 23, USA.
What deck are you playing and why? Ad Nauseam, and I tried in the M-L trial on the Dec. 06, and I Top-4 it, dropping I got it, and I like it.
What was your most challenging game so far? There was an internet error at my home.  So, I had to lose r3 vs. Selkie for tardiness, the great game was against you (DARKING).
What do you prefer, Invitational or Open Masters? First Invitational, so I'm not really sure.
What do you expect of the upcoming banned/restricted announcement? One card banned Grove of the Burnwillows.
What do you want for Christmas? To have a fun time, and good gifts from my friends.  :-)
Anything else you'll like to add? Patriots are going to kick Denver's Tebow butt.

Zits
Name, age and nationality: Michel, 23, Germany.
What deck are you playing and why? I play self building Bant.
What was your most challenging game so far? vs Mitchmachine. Jund is a bad matchup.
What do you prefer, Invitational or Open Masters? Invitational is not so random.
What do you expect of the upcoming banned/restricted announcement? Actually the banned list is perfect.
What do you want for Christmas? My  family and much gifts^^
Anything else you'll like to add? I thanks hokuto for building my deck and happy Christmas to all m-l players.

Kaitsu
Name, age and nationality: Aleksi Kaitila, 20, Finland.
What deck are you playing and why? Project Melira. It's my favourite deck, and it seems okay in the meta.
What was your most challenging game so far? Against UW Control. I would have probably lost but my opponent made an error and got a game loss.
What do you prefer, Invitational or Open Masters? I'm not sure. Invitational is more about building a community and higher skill level. So Invitational is probably better, as long as I qualify for it of course ;)
What do you expect of the upcoming banned/restricted announcement? I'm not sure if they will be banning anything. I'd like to see Punishing Fire or Grove of the Burnwillows go.
What do you want for Christmas? Time with the people I care about. Money is fine too.
Anything else you'll like to add? Merry Christmas to all! :D

MitchMachine
Name, age and nationality: Mitchell Manders, 21, the Netherlands.
What deck are you playing and why? Jund, because i wanted a deck that has answers to opposing punishing fires nactl's and a descent mu against gifts/teachings.
What was your most challenging game so far? Last game, where I was 1-0 ahead and I had to everything to prevent it to be a draw just before time.
What do you prefer, Invitational or Open Masters? Invitational, u know u expect more of a competitive field than the regular ''master'' so good testing will be rewarded more
What do you expect of the upcoming banned/restricted announcement? Rumors see it will be punishing fire and wild nacatl. It makes sense. But you cant ban just one, since they balance eachother. I think its time to unban control elements.
What do you want for Christmas? A new bmx.
Anything else you'll like to add? Thx flippi, this invatational went pretty sweet :) and gogo to team RCC

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Comments:
by Terri on 2011-12-19 03:25 CET

David Arevalo is so awesome he makes top8 2 times at the same master. chuck norris would be proud of you.

!!!Go Holland!!! GJ Mitchmachine \o/


by Farseer on 2011-12-19 15:52 CET

Who won?

Edit: nevermind, checked Facebook.


by Ashmatan on 2011-12-21 02:03 CET

a 21 yr old wants a bmx. way to underachieve.


by Mitchmachine on 2011-12-21 04:25 CET

Some people go out and enjoy life


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