Marcus Angelin

80 points

Mikael Mathiasson

54 points

Anders Gotfredsen

53 points

Jesper Holm

47 points

Niklas Ramquist

39 points

Simon Jansson

35 points

Christoffer Niemi

34 points

Mats Karlsson

32 points

Marcus Angelin

33, Stockholm
Winner SCVOpen #4 Limited & #7 Standard
Finalist SCVOpen #5 Standard, 3rd #6 Limited
Occupation: Science educator/researcher
Accomplishments: 2nd Team Worlds 1997, 1 GP Top8
Started playing: 1995 (with a 10+ year break in the middle)

PEOPLES’ CHOICE - LIMITED:
Have you drafted the Peoples' Limited format, Innistrad x 3, before?
– No, never. Didn't play Magic during Innistrad.

How do you like your odds in the chosen draft format?
– I generally like my chances in limited but the fact that I have never opened an Innistrad booster probably makes me an underdog.

What card would you most like to stare back at you Pack 1 Pick 1?
– Don't know many of the cards but at least Liliana is a good one to open valuewise...

PEOPLES' CHOICE - CONSTRUCTED:
How much experience do you have with the Peoples' Choice Constructed format Legacy?
– Never played Legacy.

What's your favorite Legacy deck and why?
– Hard to know when you never played the format :)

 

What Legacy decks are you expecting to show up in the Invitational?
– The usual suspects I guess. Miracles, Delver- and combo decks.

CUBE DRAFT:
How often do you Cube draft?
– Never played Cube Draft.

What is your strategy when it comes to drafting Cube?
– Hard to know when you never played the format :)

THE WEEKEND:
Do you know any of the other Invitational players from prior?
– I know some of them reasonably well. Probably played against the majority of them during the season.

What are your thoughts on your opposition?
– Definately some solid players.

Which player seems like the toughest opposition to you?
– I’m not sure but I would bet on someone that have experience with all the different formats.

SCVOPEN:
What are your thoughts on Scandinavian Open?
– I think it is great with more  competitive tournaments in scandinavia. Hopefully it will continue and grow bigger.

What is the thing that made you participate in Scandinavian Open in the first place?
– Just liked the fact that it was competitive and the organization seemed really good.

What is Scandinavian Open’s greatest room for improvement and how do you think we should go about to fix this?
– I think the Invitational should be less casual and include the big “normal” formats. It feels a bit strange to finish a season by playing a lot of formats that I have never played before.

Meet Mikael

Mikael Mathiasson

31, Vara
Winner SCVOpen #5 Standard
4th #5 Limited, 5th #6 Limited and 6th #6 Legacy
Occupation: Forklift driver
Accomplishments: Winner of Standard SCV Open in Gothenburg and a couple of SCVOpen Top8s.
Started playing: 1994

PEOPLES’ CHOICE - LIMITED:
Have you drafted the Peoples' Limited format, Innistrad x 3, before?
– Yes, I have played it alot when it came out.

How do you like your odds in the chosen draft format?
– It's 50/50 - either you win or lose.

What card would you most like to stare back at you Pack 1 Pick 1?
– Olivia Voldaren or Bloodline Keeper.

PEOPLES' CHOICE - CONSTRUCTED:
How much experience do you have with the Peoples' Choice Constructed format Legacy?
– A lot, it's my format of choice if we don't count Vintage as a format.

What's your favorite Legacy deck and why?
– Elves, because it's a combo deck that is also a good beatdown deck with a lot of triggers and tricks.

What Legacy decks are you expecting to show up in the Invitational?
– Shardless Sultai, Sneak and Show, Death and Taxes, Lands, some kind of Delver and maybe a Stoneblade.

CUBE DRAFT:
How often do you Cube draft?
– A lot more now, before this event.

What is your strategy when it comes to drafting Cube?
– Take some powerful cards from the first pack´s and build a deck around them.

THE WEEKEND:
Do you know any of the other Invitational players from prior?
– Yes, I will travel with Mats Karlsson and Simon Jansson to the event. I also know Niklas Ramquist and Christoffer Niemi.

What are your thoughts on your opposition?
– All players that have made it this far is a competative player and have earned their spot in this tournament.

Which player seems like the toughest opposition to you?
– Niklas Ramquist.

SCVOPEN:
What are your thoughts on Scandinavian Open?
– Good competative events with good prices.

What is the thing that made you participate in Scandinavian Open in the first place?
– I love to compete in big tournaments.

What is Scandinavian Open’s greatest room for improvement and how do you think we should go about to fix this?
– More advertisement in different medias so more people can find this event.

Meet Anders

Anders Kløverpris Gotfredsen

26, Holte
Finalist SCVOpen #4 Standard & Limited
Finalist SCVOpen #6 Standard, 3rd #5 Limited
Occupation: Mobile application developer
Accomplishments: Attended the first World Magic Cup (let's not talk about how it went)
Started playing: 2009 (I played in like 4th grade but that doesn't really count)

PEOPLES’ CHOICE - LIMITED:
Have you drafted the Peoples' Limited format, Innistrad x 3, before?
– Yes.

How do you like your odds in the chosen draft format?
– Fine, at least Marcus didn't play back then :)

What card would you most like to stare back at you Pack 1 Pick 1?
– Bloodline Keeper (but really, Spider Spawning)

PEOPLES' CHOICE - CONSTRUCTED:
How much experience do you have with the Peoples' Choice Constructed format Legacy?
– I played Maverick once back when that was a deck.

What's your favorite Legacy deck and why?
– I guess Storm because, you know, it's Storm.

What Legacy decks are you expecting to show up in the Invitational?
– No clue, whatsoever.

CUBE DRAFT:
How often do you Cube draft?
– Whenever it’s online and when Allan Asmussen isn’t being a grownup and selling his.

What is your strategy when it comes to drafting Cube?
– Blue control or artifact ramp when that’s a thing.

THE WEEKEND:
Do you know any of the other Invitational players from prior?
– Before the first Open this year, I didn’t know anybody.

What are your thoughts on your opposition?
– One thing is for sure, I’m going to get whupped in Legacy (and probably Cube (and probably Innistrad draft)).

Which player seems like the toughest opposition to you?
– I’m pretty sure Marcus Angelin is quite a bit better than the rest of us.

SCVOPEN:
What are your thoughts on Scandinavian Open?
– One of the things I, and I think all scandinavians, want most is a tournament circuit like the SCG Open Series. This is the closest anyone in Scandinavia has come so I think it is just great.

What is the thing that made you participate in Scandinavian Open in the first place?
– When I saw the announcement about a year ago, I thought, we have to make these events as big as possible in line with my previous answer. So I had to support it.

What is Scandinavian Open’s greatest room for improvement and how do you think we should go about to fix this?
– I think it’s obvious that we need to get tournaments in Denmark and/or Norway. I understand there are some funding issues but we must try and find a way around it. I might have found a free place to host one in Denmark so I’m hoping we can look into that.

Meet Jesper

Jesper Holm

26, Uppsala
Winner SCVOpen #4 Legacy
4th SCVOpen #6 Legacy, 8th #6 Limited
Occupation: Freelancing illustrator / art director
Accomplishments: Nothing big, lot of local top8s in Sealed and Legacy tournaments.
Started playing: Around Portal, 1997, but left the game around 2000. Picked it up 2-3 years ago when some friends insisted that EDH was a good thing.

PEOPLES’ CHOICE - LIMITED:
Have you drafted the Peoples' Limited format, Innistrad x 3, before?
– Mostly back seat driving on magic online. Drafting together is a soft way of expanding your skills by analyzing picks together. (And is also a good way to not have to handle Magic Online myself)

How do you like your odds in the chosen draft format?
– So so – I know some of the players are great in draft formats. I have to go for some solid strategy and try to ignore nostalgia.

What card would you most like to stare back at you Pack 1 Pick 1?
– Super hard to say no to Bloodline Keeper.

PEOPLES' CHOICE - CONSTRUCTED:
How much experience do you have with the Peoples' Choice Constructed format Legacy?
– Good – Legacy is what I play. I have a good understanding of the format.

What's your favorite Legacy deck and why?
– Food Chain or any other combo control – I like a deck that can switch gears to adapt to the situation and win out of the blue when needed. I also often rely on both Abrupt Decay and Fow, like a small fail-safe package against all from Miracles, Delver, to stupid stuff like Ensnaring Bridge.

What Legacy decks are you expecting to show up in the Invitational?
– I know some of the players preferences, but otherwise Delver or Storm seems like a go-to deck for players more used to other formats.

CUBE DRAFT:
How often do you Cube draft?
– Same as Innistrad – I’m a back-seat kind of guy. Easier to drink your coffee and play at the same time that way. I look at a lot of stream content since Cube is fun to watch.

What is your strategy when it comes to drafting Cube?
– Here I’m probably more inclined to exploit brokenness if possible (I haven’t looked into the cube yet, so don’t know yet for sure what can be done), so will look to have a fun time drafting and playing over doing something boring.

THE WEEKEND:
Do you know any of the other Invitational players from prior?
– Not close, but have met and played against a couple of the guys on the SCV Open tour.

What are your thoughts on your opposition?
– Seems like a lot of good players.

Which player seems like the toughest opposition to you?
– I think everyone playing will be a good opponent. I was impressed with Marcus Angelin when meeting him in combat.

SCVOPEN:
What are your thoughts on Scandinavian Open?
– I love a tour that is only 4 times a year – I play Magic around 1 time a month so do not have a lot of time to get better at the game. Playing legacy and sealed are great formats for me, and is a fun motivation to take some weekends around Sweden and bring a friend or two.

What is the thing that made you participate in Scandinavian Open in the first place?
– A couple of friends wanted to play SCVOpen Stockholm, and I had just finished a Food Chain buildso I came along. When I won the tournament, Eskil told me about the point system and it seemed like a good ”carrot” to do something more than local 4-7 round tournaments.

What is Scandinavian Open’s greatest room for improvement and how do you think we should go about to fix this?
– I think most are related to money. More money, bigger venues, a more impressive tournament. And that is not something that just can be ”fixed”. The first in Stockholm was awesome, a great venue that really impressed me. Otherwise: Just work hard on the coverage, meta analysis, good commentators and maybe a hint of SCG – build a brand with merch, to give players something extra for coming.

Meet Niklas

Niklas Ramquist

29, Uppsala
Winner SCVOpen #6 Standard
5th SCVOpen #4 Limited, 6th #7 Limited
Occupation: Programmer
Accomplishments: Always losing in the draft quarters. (Also a GP Top 8 and one PT qualification)
Started playing: Summer 1999

PEOPLES’ CHOICE - LIMITED:
Have you drafted the Peoples' Limited format, Innistrad x 3, before?
– Yes.

How do you like your odds in the chosen draft format?
– I liked the format when it was current, and I did reasonably well in it. That was a couple of years ago now, but I think my chances are pretty decent.

What card would you most like to stare back at you Pack 1 Pick 1?
– Lilly I suppose :) Other than that, Travel Preparation was insane.

PEOPLES' CHOICE - CONSTRUCTED:
How much experience do you have with the Peoples' Choice Constructed format Legacy?
– I haven't played legacy for two years, so not that much. Before that I played a decent amount of Legacy.

What's your favorite Legacy deck and why?
– When I played Legacy previously I mostly played Maverick variants.

What Legacy decks are you expecting to show up in the Invitational?
– No idea :)

CUBE DRAFT:
How often do you Cube draft?
– A couple of times a year.

What is your strategy when it comes to drafting Cube?
– Draft the good cards!

THE WEEKEND:
Do you know any of the other Invitational players from prior?
– Angelin, Mathiasson and Niemi I know pretty well as part of the Swedish tournament and GP regulars. Holm, Jansson and Gotfredsen I have also met regularly at tournaments, but not for as long :)

What are your thoughts on your opposition?
– There are some very good players in here, it is going to be tough :)

Which player seems like the toughest opposition to you?
– I think Marcus Angelin is probably the best player in the tournament, but I know that he is (according to himself at least) not very well versed in the formats we will be playing.

SCVOPEN:
What are your thoughts on Scandinavian Open?
– It is a great initiative, something that I have been missing on the European scene for a while.

What is the thing that made you participate in Scandinavian Open in the first place?
– I am a competitive Magic player, why would I not? :)

What is Scandinavian Open’s greatest room for improvement and how do you think we should go about to fix this?
– Not sure. Try not to put the invitational on the same weekend as the World Magic Cup next time!

Meet Simon

Simon Jansson

22, Falköping
3rd SCVOpen #6 Standard & #7 Legacy
4th SCVOpen #7 Limited
Occupation: Industrial electrician
Accomplishments: No big accomplishments really, 2 GP day two's (with awful finishes), 2 PTQ Top 8's and a few smaller tournament wins nearby in Sweden.
Started playing: I was introduced to Magic in 2005, but started playing competitive when Theros was released, ever since then I've been hooked!

PEOPLES’ CHOICE - LIMITED:
Have you drafted the Peoples' Limited format, Innistrad x 3, before?
– No I have actually never drafted Innistrad before. I my first one MTGO just recently when it was out for a short period of time, and it was a great deal of fun! But I had no real clue how to draft the format.

How do you like your odds in the chosen draft format?
– I don't think I'm favored at all in this draft format, there's plenty of good people that have been playing this game and this format longer than I have. But we shall see!

What card would you most like to stare back at you Pack 1 Pick 1?
– To be honest no clue at this point.

PEOPLES' CHOICE - CONSTRUCTED:
How much experience do you have with the Peoples' Choice Constructed format Legacy?
– I have been playing Legacy now for around a year and a half. So I've gotten to know most of Legacy I feel like. I've been playing tournaments mostly so I've gotten to know some decks through a tournament while learning myself my own deck! But I love challenges and it has given me alot of experience!

What's your favorite Legacy deck and why?
– My favorite legacy deck is RG Lands, or Eternal Garden as some might call the deck. First time I saw this deck was on a SCG Open livestream, and it just caught my eye after watching all of the delver, stoneforge and all of the blue combo/control lists. I really enjoy playing the kind of slow-paced deck that can lock down your opponent by just turn 1 or 2. Or have the explosive hand with the Thespian's Stage and Dark Depths lands to combo win as early as turn 2 or 3.

What Legacy decks are you expecting to show up in the Invitational?
– Well I know I will be there with Lands, Mikael will show up with Elves. Other than that, I don’t really know, because first of all I don’t know the other people as much, and I don’t think most of them play Legacy all that much. So we will see! I hope they all bring greedy three or foul-color mana bases for me to destroy!

CUBE DRAFT:
How often do you Cube draft?
– Cube draft is a great deal of fun! When it’s up on MTGO I try to Cube Draft as much as I have the time for – because it’s a very fun draft format. I also cube draft with friends that has built their own cubes from time to time!

What is your strategy when it comes to drafting Cube?
– My strategy drafting cube is quite wide. I like many archetypes when it comes to cube. But most of the time in cube drafting it comes down to the first 15 cards you look at, you make a choice, and it usually works out unless people on your side made the same decision, which you spot quite early and have to change strategy. Also in cube some cards play for themselves, when they are so strong on their own.

THE WEEKEND:
Do you know any of the other Invitational players from prior?
– I know Mikael Mathiasson and Mats Karlsson personally. I’ve also met the others earlier, just don’t know them all to well!

What are your thoughts on your opposition?
– Strong opponents overall, will be a tough weekend and a great deal of fun playing!

Which player seems like the toughest opposition to you?
– I don’t think there’s one player that’s the toughest, specially not now when we play so many different formats. But I expect tough opposition from everyone of them!

SCVOPEN:
What are your thoughts on Scandinavian Open?
– Scandinavian Open is great. I think this is something we’ve all wanted for us Scandinavians. Might be tough to make it successful in the start, with money and location issues etc. But I believe there’s always room for improvement and if more people realize this Scandinavian Open can grow and become even better!

What is the thing that made you participate in Scandinavian Open in the first place?
– As soon as I heard about Scandinavian Open I instantly wanted in – the whole concept of competing “locally” in a rather big series of events was perfect for me, as I just started playing tournaments when the first SCV Open came out.

What is Scandinavian Open’s greatest room for improvement and how do you think we should go about to fix this?
– I think that knowing the date and location (mostly the date) in beforehand is very important for some people, and if that can be handled better I think there will be more attendants at these events.

Meet Christoffer

Christoffer Niemi

24, Västerås
Winner SCVOpen #7 Legacy
10th SCVOpen #4 Limited, 12th #4 Legacy & #7 Limited
Occupation: Student
Accomplishments: Top 64 GP Paris, 9th in nationals.
Started playing: During Kamigawa, so 2004-2005 sometime.

PEOPLES’ CHOICE - LIMITED:
Have you drafted the Peoples' Limited format, Innistrad x 3, before?
– Yes, quite a bit. It's one of the few draft formats I've even played online.

How do you like your odds in the chosen draft format?
– It's one of my favourite draft formats of all time, so it's one of those I've played the most. I think my odds are decent, although I figure most people who played at the time drafted Innistrad quite a lot.

What card would you most like to stare back at you Pack 1 Pick 1?
– Bloodline Keeper. It's one of the strongest rares in the set and it makes the rest of the draft go so much smoother.

PEOPLES' CHOICE - CONSTRUCTED:
How much experience do you have with the Peoples' Choice Constructed format Legacy?
– It's my favourite constructed format and the one I play the most. It was also the format through which I qualified for this invitational.

What's your favorite Legacy deck and why?
– Shardless BUG. It's basically a collection of all the best cards in Legacy. You have a decent matchup against most decks and you can out-value just about anyone. Also, cascading is fun.

What Legacy decks are you expecting to show up in the Invitational?
– I expect Mikael Mathiasson to be playing elves as usual. Other than that I’m not sure. I’d guess some Miracles, a couple of Delver decks, maybe one more Shardless and some combo.

CUBE DRAFT:
How often do you Cube draft?
– Not often. I’ve done maybe 10 to 15 in my entire life.

What is your strategy when it comes to drafting Cube?
– I almost always end up with some kind of blue-based controll. I’m not sure why. I guess I just like picking all the best cards.

THE WEEKEND:
Do you know any of the other Invitational players from prior?
– Yes, Mikael and Niklas.

What are your thoughts on your opposition?
– Both Niklas and Mikael are really good, and I would assume the other players know their stuff as well. It certainly won’t be a walk in the park.

Which player seems like the toughest opposition to you?
– Niklas Ramquist probably.

SCVOPEN:
What are your thoughts on Scandinavian Open?
– I like it. Larger tournaments are always nice and especially when they are close to home.

What is the thing that made you participate in Scandinavian Open in the first place?
– The size of the tournaments and the prizes.

What is Scandinavian Open’s greatest room for improvement and how do you think we should go about to fix this?
– One thing I would look at is what kind of cards you give out in prizes in some of the events. I played in the Legacy event and we got Lilianas and fetchlands. This is the kind of cards you want: cards that are highly playable in multiple formats and easy to sell. I talked to a few of the standard players and they were a little less lucky to get cards like Hanna, Ship’s Navigator, which isn’t quite as playable or easy to get rid of. I think it would be a good idea to stay away from pure EDH-cards altogether.

Meet Mats

Mats Karlsson

39, Brandstorp
Winner SCVOpen #4 Standard
5th SCVOpen #7 Limited
Occupation: Business analyst
Accomplishments: 52nd GP London
Started playing: 1994

PEOPLES’ CHOICE - LIMITED:
Have you drafted the Peoples' Limited format, Innistrad x 3, before?
– Yes, but never IRL.

How do you like your odds in the chosen draft format?
– Decent.

What card would you most like to stare back at you Pack 1 Pick 1?
– Probably Spider Spawning.

PEOPLES' CHOICE - CONSTRUCTED:
How much experience do you have with the Peoples' Choice Constructed format Legacy?
– Very limited, I've never played it but watched a few streams.

What's your favorite Legacy deck and why?
– Lands looks nice, with or without Knight of the Reliquary.

What Legacy decks are you expecting to show up in the Invitational?
– Lands, Esper Control, Sneak and Show, Shardless BUG, Elves.

CUBE DRAFT:
How often do you Cube draft?
– Once a year maybe.

What is your strategy when it comes to drafting Cube?
– To have fun and find synergies and interactions.

THE WEEKEND:
Do you know any of the other Invitational players from prior?
– I travel with MIkael and Simon to this event, Marcus I know since 1995, Anders I met in the finals of SCV open #4. Jesper, Christoffer and Niklas have all done ”bizes” with me on SvenskaMagic.

What are your thoughts on your opposition?
– They all qualified to this, so I expect no free wins.

Which player seems like the toughest opposition to you?
– Simon Jansson. I already consider him a top player in Sweden capable of performing in several different formats.

SCVOPEN:
What are your thoughts on Scandinavian Open?
– Great idea and hopefully it will grow even more outside of Sweden’s boundaries.

What is the thing that made you participate in Scandinavian Open in the first place?
– I was at GothCon and had expected to play the 93/94 tournament, so to get the most of the weekend, I signed up for the Sealed. I went 7-1 in the swiss and then managed to squeeze my way into top 8 the day after. I didn’t make it in time for the 93/94 though, so I lent my Enchantress deck to Kenneth Mossberg, who was intrigued and started buying all the cards for the deck.

What is Scandinavian Open’s greatest room for improvement and how do you think we should go about to fix this?
– Setting dates for the tournaments as soon as possible. Working full time and having a family makes it difficult to plan for this kind of engagements which usually isn’t of interest to them. One way of tackling this might be invite premium stores to cater for facilities in their hometown at a certain weekend. If this happens in conjunction with other gaming conventions, I believe there will be higher attendance as well. GothCon, LinCon, BSK, NärCon are a few of the conventions which spring to mind.

Meet Marcus

The Tournament

After a year with four Scandinavian Opens we're finally at the point where the eight best players will compete for the ultimate title  – "Scandinavian Champion 2015". The playoff takes place in NärCon-villan where the finalists will eat, sleep and hang out for a weekend. Our goal is to give the players two days of fun and excitement with both competition and relaxation.

The tournament consists of four parts where everyone will take part in the first three. We kick off with 3 rounds of Innistrad Draft, the booster draft format that won the Peoples Choice poll we held on our website. This draft format is considered to be one of the best draft formats of all time and also happen to contain both Snapcaster Mage and Liliana of the Veil.

After three rounds of limited it's time for the winner of the constructed portion of Peoples' Choice poll - Legacy! While this format has been a big part of the Scandinavian Open scene this year, there are three players who have little to no experience of the format at all. Can they find a deck that suits them and master it against the more experienced opposition?

Last but not least, the last three rounds before we cut to a Top3 consists of Cube Draft! This is no doubt the most casual format during the weekend, but it will nevertheless be one of the trickier ones. The cube consists of 360 great cards from the entire history of Magic – and it’s content is up here on the website meaning that the players can already analyze and prepare for the draft.

After nine rounds it’s time to find out who really is the Scandinavian Champion of year 2015 – the three players with the most points move on to the final format – Modern. With so few participants there is some room for bringing a completely unfair deck and hope for good matchups. Or maybe picking a more all-round deck is safer?

Find out how everything goes when Scandinavian Invitational kicks off on December 12th! We’ll bring you our best video coverage ever on twitch.tv/svmtv!

NärCon-villan, the place where everyone will stay, eat and play awesome Magic.

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