Top 4 – Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on June 1, 2014

By Event Coverage Staff


Carlos Alexandre Dos Santos Esteves, Guilherme Merjan, Tulio Jaudy

 

Carlos Alexandre Dos Santos Esteves

Age: 25
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Occupation: MTGO Grinder (_Batutinha)

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Many Top 8's in PTQs and WMCQs / Played PT Philadelphia

Why did you team up with your teammates?
They are my good friends.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Blue-Green, went 6-1-1. The best card was Kiora's Follower

What colors was your second Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Red-Green, went 4-0-1. Best card was Xenagos, God of Revels.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
Getting back to the Pro Tour and travelling with my teammates and friends from other countries.


 

 

Guilherme Merjan

Age: 24
Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil
Occupation: Salesman at LET'S COLLECT store

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 16 PT San Juan 2010 / Top 64 PT Seattle 2012 / Top 4 Brazillian Nationals 2012

Why did you team up with your teammates?
I chose two deserving dudes.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
7-1-0 with Black-White, just one rare, but two Gray Merchant of Asphodel.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
3-2-0 with Black-White. This time just one Gray Merchant.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
My efforts being rewarded.


 

 

Tulio Jaudy

Age: 28
Hometown: Cuiaba, Brazil
Occupation: Federal Employee

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
11 PTQ Top 8's, 1 win with a Shambleshark Standard deck. Top 32 at three GPs, Top 9 at one Nationals.

Why did you team up with your teammates?
I got dismissed by my previous teammates, then logged on to Facebook two hours later and there was their invitation for me.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Red-White, 7-1. Stormbreath Dragon was the best card, though Purphoros, God of the Forge was close.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Blue-White, 2-3. LAUNCH THE FLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
Everything. I couldn't attend PT Journey into Nyx due to my visa being denied and Wizards has not confirmed passing my invite to Portland, so it would be me taking it with my own hands... and my teammates' hands.


 


Ian Thomas Farnung, Stephen Berrios, Armando Bulnes

 

Armando Bulnes

Age: 28
Hometown: Chicago, USA
Occupation: Travelling Philosopher

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Made Day 2 at PT Worldwake, that's pretty much it.

Why did you team up with your teammates?
Both are great friends as well as great players.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Green-Red. My best card was 2 copies of Revel of the Fallen God. I went 7-1 with it.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Blue-Red. Went 3-1-1, my best card was Keranos, God of Storms

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
A milestone in my Magic career.


 

 

Stephen Berrios

Age: 29
Hometown: Chicago, USA
Occupation: Attorney

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Oasis Draft Champion

Why did you team up with your teammates?
They are my good friends, also Coke Can and White Devil are insane.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Mono-Black splashing White for Banishing Light and Scholar of Athreos. 4-2-2. Best card was Servant of Tymaret.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Green-Black. Best card was Nessian Wilds Ravager. I went 3-1-1.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
A good finish to a great vacation.


 

 

Ian Thomas Farnung

Age: 36
Hometown: Madison, WI, USA
Occupation: Boneshredder

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
GenCon Grand Melee Champion. Possibly largest personal Magic collection.

Why did you team up with your teammates?
Because they are about that life.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Blue-White with Fabled Hero. I went 7-1

What colors was your second Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Blue-White with Fabled Hero. I went 2-1-2

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
Breaking even. P.S. Hi Mom


 


Walter Perez, Paulo Ricardo Cortez, Lucas Esper Berthoud

 

Lucas Esper Berthoud

Age: 28
Hometown: Taubate, Brazil
Occupation: Lawyer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
2007 National Champion, a couple PT money Finishes

Why did you team up with your teammates?
Paulo decided to play Magic and won a PTQ. I couldn't let him go alone! Walter as a third member was a natural choice since he was available.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Black-Red. I went 8-0. I didn't have any bombs, but the Red vanilla guys (Borderland Minotaur and Cyclops of One-Eyed Pass) were pseudo-bombs for closing games after removing blockers.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Blue-Black controllish. I went 2-3. Servant of Tymaret was my best card.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
Winning in my home country with my friends would mean the world to me.


 

 

Paulo Ricardo Cortez

Age: 24
Hometown: Taubate, Brazil
Occupation: Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 50 Pro Tour Austin 2009

Why did you team up with your teammates?
Just got back to the game and decided to invite some old friends to play with me. Also because they are some of the best players I know.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Red-White. I think I went 6-2. My best card was Gods Willing.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Red-White. I think I went 2-3. My best card was probably Ornitharch.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
A lot! Playing Magic again after 4 years off and Top 4'ing this GP is like living the dream again. It would be even better playing at the PT with my FRIENDS. (I already have an invite, first tournament after coming back was the PTQ last month, and I won!)


 

 

Walter Perez

Age: 28
Hometown: Cachoeirinha, Brazil
Occupation: Psychologist

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Attended PT Kobe and PT Geneva

Why did you team up with your teammates?
I had a team like two months ago, but they had to work this weekend. Then, Paulo asked for Berthoud and I to team with him, which was an amazing gathering.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Blue-Green 5-0 and three matches unfinished. Golden Hind was my best card.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Blue-Green 5-0. Prophet of Kruphix was my best card.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
It would mean a lot, both for the title and to go back to a Pro Tour.


 


Marcos Paulo Santiago Brandt, Eduardo dos Santos Vieira, Cezar H. Choji

 

Cezar H. Choji

Age: 33
Hometown: Lagoa Vermelha, Brazil
Occupation: MD - Orthopedist

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 4 Brazilian Nationals 2010

Why did you team up with your teammates?
They are old friends. I used to live in Londrina, trolling them when they were little kids. I'm still doing it.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Green-Blue. I lost almost all my games but I trusted my teammates and they managed to get us 7-2.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Green-Blue. Best card was Island. Won all my matches because my teammates won fast.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
A good result before retiring from Magic.


 

 

Eduardo dos Santos Vieira

Age: 24
Hometown: Londrina, Brazil
Occupation: GRINDER MOBA (L1X0)

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Top 4 at GP Denver 2011

Why did you team up with your teammates?
Marcos is an old friend, and Cezar was my teammate at Worlds 2010.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Black-White. I went 7-1. My best card was Dictate of Erebos.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Blue-White. I went 4-0-1. My best card was Wingsteed Rider.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
Getting to go back to the PT.


 

 

Marcos Paulo Santiago Brandt

Age: 25
Hometown: Londrina, Brazil
Occupation: Truck Salesman

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Winner: National Qualifier 2007

Why did you team up with your teammates?
They are old friends.

What colors was your first Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
White-Red. I went 6-2. My best card was Anax and Cymede.

What colors was your second Sealed Deck, what was your record with it, and what was your best card?
Black-Red. I went 4-0-1. My best card was Fated Conflagration.

What would winning the Grand Prix mean to you?
It would be the start of my professional career.

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