There was a lot on the line here in Barcelona, at the final stop of the 2017 MKM Series. In addition to all the usual prizes and trophies awarded, the weekend also marked the conclusion of the race toward the Power 8. The eight most succesful players of the year would be rewarded with sizeable credit whenever they attended one of next year's stops, and this was everybody's final chance to garner more success.
Going into the weekend, Jonathan Anghelescu found himself in seventh place in the Power 8 ranking, with but an outside shot at making good the twenty points that separated him from first place. Steadfast Anghelescu had played the Modern and Legacy main events at each stop of the Series, with just one foray into Standard, accruing points with clockwork regularity. But despite one Top 8 in Legacy he had never really been on our radar. Until now. Time to learn a little bit more about him!
How old are you, where are you from, and what's your occupation when you're not busy winning at Magic?
I'm a 24-year-old student from Berlin, Germany.
When and how did you first get into Magic?
Around the release of Champions of Kamigawa, my classmates and I wanted to move on from Yu-Gi-Oh.
What is/are your favorite format/s currently? What do you like about it/them?
Legacy, it got me into tournament Magic and it is by far the format I feel the most comfortable playing.
When and how did you get into Legacy?
Around 2011, by watching the SCG Open Series, which motivated me to attend the first tournaments of my own.
Looking back at the 2017 MKM Series so far, what's your biggest regret, what was your closest miss or your most upsetting bad-beat story?
Drawing all three Living End by turn three against Eldrazi Tron to get eliminated from Top 8 contention at the Modern event of MKM Series Hamburg was definitely a low point.
Looking back at the 2017 MKM Series so far, what's your happiest memory, what was your luckiest break or your favorite game/match/tournament?
The high point of the season was Legacy at MKM Series Prague, my first paper tournament with Grixis Delver, where I went undefeated until the semifinals.
What are your goals for MKM Series Barcelona and for the season? Where do you think you'll be able to make the most points yet? Do you expect the conclusion to the Power 8 race to be a hard fight still?
Since I don't intend to sign up for all the main events at MKM Series Barcelona and will therefore lose some ground against my Power 8 opponents, I just hope to do well in the two tournaments I actually play in.
Have you heard about the news that the 2018 MKM Series will feature six instead of five stops and that the Power 8 prizes have been increased accordingly, by 20 percent? Assuming you'll secure a berth among the Power 8, can we expect to see you at all stops next year?
So far, no dates except Frankfurt have been announced and I won't be able to attend Frankfurt, since it overlaps with Grand Prix Santa Clara. I'll try to make it to the five other stops, if they don't clash with other GP events I plan to travel to.