Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro 2013

In one of the rarest instances of friendship and sportsmanship and who knows how many other 'ships, Artur Villela conceded the finals to his close friend and newly minted Gold-level Pro, Jose Francisco da Silva.

It was amazing enough that the pair were paired in the final match of the 709-person Standard tournament, wading their way through a sea of midrange, control, and Reanimator decks with two very different decks that both leaned on Falkenrath Aristocrats. Villela set himself up to help his friend with a Jund Aggro deck capable of some Blitz-esque starts, while da Silva stunned the competition with The Aristocrats, a deck that was more popular than initially expected this weekend.

While much of the weekend was a race to the middle, the Top 8 was just as notable for what wasn't there as what was. Not a single Blue card made the final brackets, and every deck but one sported Green cards. Unburial Rites were everywhere, but mostly in the form of Junk-style value Reanimator decks. And Naya Blitz, the darling of a week ago, was nowhere to be seen when the dust settled.

But in the end it was two speedy but resilient Falkenrath Aristocrats that won the weekend. That and friendship.

top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Wellington Cordeiro

(8) Walter Filho

(4) Artur Villela

(5) Jorge Henrique Siqueira

(2) Martan Quiroga

(7) Jose Francisco Silva

(3) Andres Monsalve

(6) Matias Arvigo

Semi-finals

Walter Filho, 2-1

Artur Villela, 2-0

Jose Francisco Silva, 2-0

Andres Monsalve, 2-1

Finals

Artur Villela, 2-1

Jose Francisco Silva, 2-0

Champion

Jose Francisco Silva, 2-0

EVENT COVERAGE

INFORMATION

   
1. Jose Francisco Silva $3,500
2. Artur Villela $2,300
3. Andres Monsalve $1,500
4. Walter Filho $1,500
5. Wellington Cordeiro $1,000
6. Martan Quiroga $1,000
7. Jorge Henrique Siqueira $1,000
8. Matias Arvigo $1,000

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

15 14 13 12 11 10

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Top 8 Decklists

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Andres Monsalve

 

Arthur Villela

 

Wellington Cordeiro

 

Walter Filho

 

Jorge Henrique Siqueira

 

Jose Francisco Dantas Mangueira da Silva

 

Martin Quiroga

 

Matias Arvigo


Top 16 Decklists (9-16)

by Event Coverage Staff
 

Daniel A Ferraresso

 

Adrian Saredo

 

Welder Pereira

 

Santiago Prieto

 

Gabriel Scaccinetti

 

Christian Arenas