TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in Event Coverage on February 1, 2016

By Corbin Hosler

Learn more about Grand Prix Mexico City's Top 8 competitors by taking a look through their profiles!


Rodrigo Goncalves Dos Santos

Hometown: Brazil
Age: 29
Occupation: Commercial Manager
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2nd place Grand Prix São Paulo in 2012.

What colors was your Sealed Deck, and what was your record?
Blue-Black Edlrazi. I went 9-0.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck?
Ruins of Oran-Rief.

What were your Draft decks, and what was your record with each?
White-Black Allies: 2-1; White-Black Allies: 1-0-2.

What card do you most want to see in Oath of the Gatewatch Draft, and why?
Linvala, the Preserver because I opened it in the first pack of the first draft!


Tomoharu Saito

Hometown: Narita, Chiba (love)
Age: 32
Occupation: Pro Magic player and CEO of Hareruya
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 22nd Grand Prix Top 8; five Pro Tour Top 8s.

What colors was your Sealed Deck, and what was your record?
White-Red with some black – went 6-2-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck?
Press into Service.

What were your Draft decks, and what was your record with each?
Green-Blue: 3-0; Red-Green 3-0.

What card do you most want to see in Oath of the Gatewatch Draft, and why?
Chandra! It's the best card.


Martin Dang

Hometown: Aarhus, Denmark
Age: 34
Occupation: Platinum Pro Player
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir winner; Grand Prix Liverpool winner; World Magic Cup Top 8 appearance and member of Team EUreka

What colors was your Sealed Deck, and what was your record?
Black-Green and I went 9-0 obviously.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck?
Thought-Knot Seer and lands that make colorless mana.

What were your Draft decks, and what was your record with each?
Blue-Black and went 2-1, and Black-Green in the second where I went 1-0-2.

What card do you most want to see in Oath of the Gatewatch Draft, and why?
Chandra seems like the best card. Also Expeditions because they're so shiny.


Robert Wallerstein

Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Age: 30
Occupation: Insurance
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Accidentally sitting in Jon Finkel's seat in Day 2 of a Grand Prix.

What colors was your Sealed Deck, and what was your record?
Black-Red, went 8-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck?
Endbringer – “DEL FIN.”

What were your Draft decks, and what was your record with each?
I went 2-1 in the first draft with black-red and went Jund colors in the second to go 2-0-1.

What card do you most want to see in Oath of the Gatewatch Draft, and why?
Anything red because that is the best card in the pack.


Marcio Carvalho

Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal
Age: 30
Occupation: Pro gamer (Platinum pro)
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 11 Grand Prix Top 8s, two Pro Tour Top 8s.

What colors was your Sealed Deck, and what was your record?
Black-Red, went 7-2.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck?
Thought-Knot Seer.

What were your Draft decks, and what was your record with each?
White-Black Allies both times, going 3-0 and then 2-0-1.

What card do you most want to see in Oath of the Gatewatch Draft, and why?
Oblivion Strike.


Leonardo Ivan Ruiz Rivera

Hometown: San Luis Potosi
Age: 24
Occupation: Industrial Engineer
Previous Magic Accomplishments: None

What colors was your Sealed Deck, and what was your record?
Grixis colors, went 7-1-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck?
Dragonmaster Outcast.

What were your Draft decks, and what was your record with each?
Black-Red Aggro both times, going 3-0 and then 2-1.

What card do you most want to see in Oath of the Gatewatch Draft, and why?
Oblivion Strike.


Cristian Velasco

Hometown: Mexico City
Age: 28
Occupation: Software Project Manager
Previous Magic Accomplishments: None

What colors was your Sealed Deck, and what was your record? White-Blue, went 7-2.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck?
Steppe Glider with seven sources of Support.

What were your Draft decks, and what was your record with each?
Blue-Red Devoid, went 3-0, and then Blue-Black Devoid, going 2-0-1.

What card do you most want to see in Oath of the Gatewatch Draft, and why?
Endbringer, so I can safely draft colorless sources of mana with an assured payoff.


Fabrizio Anteri

Hometown: London, United Kingdom
Age: 25
Occupation: I like playing Magic
Previous Magic Accomplishments: his is my eighth Grand Prix Top 8 is less than 40 attempts.

What colors was your Sealed Deck, and what was your record?
Blue-Red splashing Black, went 8-1.

What was the best card in your Sealed deck?
Jori En, Ruin Diver.

What were your Draft decks, and what was your record with each?
Red-Green, going 2-1, and then Blue-Red going 2-0-1.

What card do you most want to see in Oath of the Gatewatch Draft, and why?
I am happy with Oblivion Strike.

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