Jean-Emmanuel Depraz

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Jean-Emmanuel Depraz
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Demographics
Nickname JiRock
Residence Paris, France
Nationality {FRA} French
Professional Career
Pro Tour debut Pro Tour Magic 2015
Pro Tour top 8s 4 (2 MC, 1 PTA) (0 wins)
Grand Prix top 8s 1 (1 win)

Jean-Emmanuel Depraz is a French professional Magic player. He won Grand Prix Warsaw in 2017, and the 2018 World Magic Cup in Barcelona. He finished 7th at the 2019 World Championship and at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan. He achieved a 5th place in Mythic Championship III, a 2nd place in Mythic Championship V, and a 2nd place at Players Tour Series 2.

Professional play[edit | edit source]

Pro debuts[edit | edit source]

Jean-Emmanuel Depraz qualified and made his Pro Tour debuts in 2015 in Portland. In 2017, he won Grand Prix Warsaw 2017 with a 4-Color Energy deck[1]. A few months later, he achieved a 7th-place at Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan with Traverse Shadow[2]. Two weeks later, at GP Lyon 2018, he finished 16th with almost the same deck[3]. In December 2018, he won the 2018 World Magic Cup as the captain of the French national team. He played Golgari Aggro[4] in Standard, whereas Arnaud Hocquemiller brought Jeskai Control[5], and Timothée Jammot Selesnya Tokens[6]. During the same month, it was announced that Depraz would be one of the 32 players joining the upcoming 2019 Magic Pro League.

Confirmation[edit | edit source]

During the first season of Mythic Championships, Depraz achieved a 5th-place in Las Vegas in Mythic Championship III with UR Phoenix[7]. He almost won Mythic Championship V but lost in the final. His deck, Bant Golos[8], has been rewarded "Standard deck of the year" by mtgtop8.com. Because the winner was already qualified, he earned a spot for the 2019 World Championship in Hawaii (February 14–16, 2020).

During Worlds, Depraz started with a 1-2 draft, playing a very "artistic" deck in his own words : a GB 4-Color deck [9] with Thassa's Oracle and Banishing Light. After a win against Andrea Mengucci (WB, 2-1), he lost to Chris Kvartek (UG, 0-2) and fellow countryman Raphaël Lévy (UB with Kiora, Bests the Sea God 1-2). Because of the unusual brackets, he then had to play a lot of matches to advance to Day 2 and brought Temur Reclamation[10] for the Constructed rounds. He defeated Ondřej Stráský 2–1, who was playing the same UW control list as the winner (the deck was indeed built by Stanislav Cifka), before losing against Piotr Glogowski (Jund Sacrifice). During the win-and-in for Day 2, he won one more time against Mengucci with a clean 2-0 (Mono-red aggro). The next day, he beat another French Hall of Famer, Gabriel Nassif (on Jeskai Fires, 2-1) and defeated Autumn Burchett in a tensed mirror match (2-1) to secure a spot in Top 8. Because of the formula, he still had a lot of matches to play to win the tournament, and in the lower bracket, lost to Sebastian Pozzo (Mono-red aggro, 1-2), and finished 7th.

League play[edit | edit source]

Depraz finished this first MPL season 8th (126 points: 112 points from Mythics, 14 from Season). Because he finished in the Top 20, he could continue in the 2020 Season.

Partial Season[edit | edit source]

Because of COVID-19, Magic Esports announced that the 2020 Partial Season "is now unrecoverable".[1] Thus, all MPL players including Depraz will stay in the 2020-2021 MPL roster. Next autumn, the French player will begin his third season at the highest level of professional Magic.

Later, in May, 2020, Wotc announced : "We are shifting our 2020 Partial Season competitions from in-person destinations to online events, played remotely through MTG Arena". Thus, Regional Players Tour are updated to "Players Tour Arena" : "There are four (4) tournaments. Qualified players can play in only one (1) of their choosing"[11]. Depraz brought "a collaborative French Temur Reclamation list"[12] for the second tournament of these Players Tour Series 2 (June 13-14). Despite a thought start at 1-2, he came back at 3-3 and secured a spot in Day 2 at 6-3. During Day 2, a strong run of 5 wins and 1 ID earned him a 6th place at the end of Swiss rounds. He then defeated Canadian player Eduardo Sajgalik (Jund Sacrifice), and Rivals member Allison Warfield (Temur Reclamation) to reach the Finals. After an epic battle against Japanese player Ryuji Murae (Temur Reclamation), he ended up at 2nd place. He has been undefeated in this tournament for 11 consecutives games, from 3-3 to 13-3-1, winning 10 "played" games in a row.

Season Rank
2019 Magic Pro League 08
2020 Magic Pro League 20
2020-21 Magic Pro League

Accomplishments[edit | edit source]

Rankings[edit | edit source]

Season Event type Location Format Date Rank
2017–18 Grand Prix Warsaw Standard 11–12 November 2017 1
2017–18 Pro Tour Bilbao Modern and Booster Draft 2–4 February 2018 7
2018–19 World Magic Cup Barcelona National team 14–16 December 2018 1
2018-19 Mythic Championship Las Vegas (MTG Arena) Traditional Standard 21–23 June 2019 8
2018–19 Mythic Championship Long Beach (MTG Arena) Traditional Standard 18–20 October 2019 2
2018-19 Worlds Honolulu Standard and Booster Draft 14–16 February 2020 7
2020 Players Tour Online Traditional Standard 13-14 June 2020 2

Source: Wizards.com

Pro Tour Results[edit | edit source]

List of the Pro Tour results and winnings of Jean-Emmanuel Depraz
Season Pro Tour Format Finish Winnings
2018–19 Mythic Championship III Traditional Standard 8 $12,500
2018–19 Mythic Championship V Traditional Standard 2 $50,000

Source: Wizards.com

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