Grand Prix Guadalajara 2013

In two days, Mexico City resident Andres Martinez went from local Magic player to the nation's newest Magic celebrity, navigating his innovative take on Junk Reanimator to a victory in Grand Prix Guadalajara.

Martinez's deck choice, which included multiple copies of Acidic Slime in the Unburial Rites deck that has had a prominent place in Standard, proved to be fruitful. The 2/2 deathtouch creature closed out game after game after game, as the Slime proved pivotal in his wins against all three of his opponents in the Top 8. The Slime quickly became the deciding card against Brazilian pro Willy Edel in the third game of the Finals, where three triggers of Acidic Slime left Edel without lands and without a way to mount a comeback.

Edel, who recently achieved Platinum status in the Pro Players Club, may not be returning home with the first place trophy, but he's kicking off the 2013-2014 season with a very impressive finish. Edel has proven in the past year that he is truly is one of the game's finest.

In just a few matches, Martinez went from aspiring Magic player to the country's newest Magic superstar, with his victory in the finals leading to an overwhelming array of cheer and support from friends, family, and fans.

The passion and excitement exhibited by Mexico's players showcases something very special about this country. Grand Prix Guadalajara has proven that Mexico and its community can make Magic something very special.

Top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Ken Yukuhiro

(8) Emiliano Sanchez

(4) Andres Martinez

(5) Monge Hernandez

(2) Gonzalez Delgado

(7) Willy Edel

(3) Emmanuel Sanchez

(6) Juan Castillo mata

Semi-finals

Ken Yukuhiro, 2-1

Andres Martinez, 2-1

Willy Edel, 2-1

Juan Castillo, 2-0

Finals

Andres Martinez, 2-1

Willy Edel, 2-0

Champion

Andres Martinez, 2-1

EVENT COVERAGE

  • by Nate Price and Mike Rosenberg
    Top 5 Cards of Grand Prix Guadalajara
     
  • by Mike Rosenberg
    Finals
    Willy Edel vs. Andres Martinez
  • by Nate Price
    Semifinals
    Andres Martinez (Junk Reanimator) vs Ken Yukuhiro (Naya Zoo)
  • by Nate Price
    Semifinals
    Juan Castillo (The Aristocrats) vs Will Edel (Naya Zoo)
  • by Nate Price
    Quarterfinals
    Ken Yukuhiro (Naya Zoo) vs Emiliano Sanchez (Junk Reanimator)
  • by Nate Price
    Quarterfinals
    Emmanuel Sanchez (Junk Reanimator) v Juan Castillo Mata (Aristocrats)
  • by Mike Rosenberg
    Quarterfinals
    Andres Martinez vs. Manuel Monge Hernández
  • by Mike Rosenberg
    Quarterfinals
    Willy Edel vs. Mervyn Gonzalez Delgado
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 9-16
    Decklists
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8
    Decklists
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8
    Player Profiles
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Day 2 Blog
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Day 1 Blog
  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info: Fact Sheet

INFORMATION

1. Andres Martinez $3,500
2. Willy Edel $2,300
3. Ken Yukuhiro $1,500
4. Juan Castillo mata $1,500
5. Gonzalez Delgado $1,000
6. Emmanuel Sanchez $1,000
7. Monge Hernandez $1,000
8. Emiliano Sanchez $1,000

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

14 13 12 11 10 9

8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

14 13 12 11 10 9

8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

14 13 12 11 10 9

8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Top 8 - Players

by Event Coverage Staff
Name: Emmanuel Ramírez Sánchez
Age: 25
Hometown: Mexico D.F.
Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
World Cup 2011, 2012, and an actual national team.

Where do you usually play Magic?
Magic Online

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Azorius. Blue and White are my favorite combination in Magic.

What deck did you play and why?
Junk Reanimator, because my friends Dany Hernandez and Hector Alonso gave me the approval.

How did you prepare for this event?
I played a little bit on Magic Online and with Team Zuberas. Go Go Zuberas!

What do you think the biggest impact Dragon's Maze has had on Standard?
Ola ke ase (It's the Mexican nickname for Voice of Resurgence. Google it.)

Name: Andrés Martínez
Age: 30
Hometown: Mexico City
Occupation: Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
None.

Where do you usually play Magic?
The store Cerebrum

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Simic. I like the combination of colors and what they represent. And I identify myself with blue and green. That's what I like to play.

What deck did you play and why?
Junk Reanimator. I considered it a very good deck once I saw it. It's quick, consistent, and has powerful spells.

How did you prepare for this event?
I didn't really prepare a lot because I didn't have much time, but I played with friends, at Friday Night Magic, at trials, and at the WMCQ.

What do you think the biggest impact Dragon's Maze has had on Standard?
On one side, Voice of Resurgence, which is important now and will continue to be in the future. There are some other spells as well, like Sire of Insanity, Sin Collector, and others.

Name: Mervyn Cesar Gonzalez Delgado
Age: 21
Hometown: Puebla
Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 8 at two Puebla Grand Prix Trials

Where do you usually play Magic?
Collector's Lair in Puebla

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Gruul, because I like to play aggro. Hit and hit, that's my thing.

What deck did you play and why?
Gruul Blitz, because it's the best aggro deck right now.

How did you prepare for this event?
I played in four GPTs, then I went to Mexico City at the Magic weekend.

What do you think the biggest impact has had on Standard?
There haven't been many major changes in Dragon's Maze, so I don't have much to say about that.

Name: Ken Yukuhiro
Age: 29
Hometown: Wakayama
Occupation: Card Shop Staff (Manasource)

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
PT Top 4, GP Champion, three Top 8s

Where do you usually play Magic?
Mana Source Card Shop

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Orzhov. (Shuhei said that Yukuhiro said "absolute power" first and "wealth" second to answer the second part, but he erased it so he wouldn't ruin his image as a nice guy.)

What deck did you play and why?
Naya Midrange. It's good against all kinds of beatdown decks.

How did you prepare for this event?
five days

What do you think the biggest impact Dragon's Maze has had on Standard?
Voice. All green/white decks advance to the next level.

Name: Willy Edel
Age: 33
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Occupation: Store owner

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
4 PT Top 8s, 5 Nationals Top 8s, 4 GP Top 8s (5 now), Current Brazilian National Champion.

Where do you usually play Magic?
Magic Online and Point HQ Ipanema

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Boros. Fits my style.

What deck did you play and why?
Naya. I like aggressive midrange decks.

How did you prepare for this event?
Spent a week testing with the other Brazilians in San Diego and on Magic Online.

What do you think the biggest impact Dragon's Maze has had on Standard?
Voice of Resurgence is a card, not close.

Name: Manuel Monge Hernández
Age: 26
Hometown: Delicias, Chihuahua
Occupation: Software Developer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Several promo cards on FNM JThis is my first GP!

Where do you usually play Magic?
Local store in Chihuahua

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Golgari. There is great synergy between black and green.

What deck did you play and why?
Junk Rites, lots of options and synergy.

How did you prepare for this event?
A lot of testing, and a lot of energy bars in my bag.

What do you think the biggest impact Dragon's Maze has had on Standard?
Voice of Resurgence.

Name: Juan Carlos Castillo Mata
Age: 29
Hometown: Mexico D.F.
Occupation: Government work

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Winner of three "Feliz tournaments" (organized by a friend named Felix)

Where do you usually play Magic?
UAM campus in Iztapalapa, Phoenix Comics, and Delta CU

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Dimir, because it decks and it's an alternate way to win.

What deck did you play and why?
Aristocrats because it's good against both midrange and aggro decks.

How did you prepare for this event?
Training with the UAM Team, to which I belong.

What do you think the biggest impact Dragon's Maze has had on Standard?
It powered down tradition counter control.

Name: Emiliano Sanchez Gonzalez
Age: 26
Hometown: Mexico City
Occupation: Psychology student, bodybuilding.

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
One PTQ Top 8s, 4 Nationals appearances

Where do you usually play Magic?
The Internet.

What guild are you? Why did you choose that guild?
Azoruis, it has good colors.

What deck did you play and why?
Junk Reanimator. It competes and has good matchups.

How did you prepare for this event?
Watching the SCG open streams.

What do you think the biggest impact Dragon's Maze has had on Standard?
It turned Magic into a more aggressive game.

Top 8 Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Ken Yukihiro's Domri Naya

 

Mervyn Gonzalez's Gruul Blitz

 

Emmanuel Ramírez's Reanimator

 

Andres Martinez's Reanimator

 

Manuel Monge Hernandez's Reanimator

 

Juan Carlos Castillo Mata's Aristocrats

 

Willy Edel's Domri Naya

 

Emiliano Sanchez's Reanimator

 

Top 9-16 Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Andres Martinez's Reanimator

 

Untitled Deck

 

Alfonso Ramirez Padilla's Bhorzhov

 

Alejandro De La Loza's Naya Blitz

 

Jose Granadas Escotorin's Esper

 

Luis Daniel Monriquez Pedraza's Jund