Top 4 Teams of Grand Prix Rotterdam 2016

Posted in Event Coverage on November 13, 2016

By Tobi Henke

After 14 rounds of Kaladesh Team Sealed, with a total of 699 other teams eliminated, only four remained in the running for the fame and the fortune, the title and the trophy. Find out more about these people here!



Left to right: (12) Márcio Carvalho, Javier Dominguez, Luis Salvatto

 

Name: Márcio Carvalho
Age: 31
Occupation: Limited Master
Hometown: Lisbon Portugal

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Twelve Grand Orix Top 8s, two Pro Tour Top 8s, finalist 2016 World Championship

Who are your teammates and why are you playing with them?
Salvatto and Thalai [Dominguez]. They are both from Dex and they asked me one year ago and I said OK.

What was your team's record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-1, 3-1-1.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 1, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
Green-blue splash red. 9-0. Longtusk Cub, Whirler Virtuoso.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 2, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
Red-Green Energy. 4-0-1. Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Verdurous Gearhulk, two Longtusk Cub.

 

Name: Javier Dominguez
Age: 29
Occupation: Grinder
Hometown: Palau de Plegamans, Spain

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Three Pro Tour Top 16s, four Grand Prix Top 8s including one win.

Who are your teammates and why are you playing with them?
Márcio Carvalho and Luis Salvatto. We tested together for a few Pro Tours and became friends. Plus, they're very good!

What was your team's record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-1, 3-1-1.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 1, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
Black-red. 6-3 with the Jason Chung Sky Skiff special. Flying Vehicles are good! I also liked Ovalchase Daredevil, they did a lot of work.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 2, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
3-1-1 with Blue-Black Serpent Control. I love Gearseeker Serpent.

 

Name: Luis Salvatto
Age: 28
Occupation: Chicken businessman
Hometown: Luján, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 8 at Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad, Top 16 at Pro Tour Kaladesh, 2015 Super Sunday Series champion, two Grand Prix Top 8s.

Who are your teammates and why are you playing with them?
Márcio and Thalai [Javier]. Both are [their country's team] captains too and we traveled together to compete in the World Magic Cup next week.

What was your team's record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-1, 3-1-1.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 1, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
I played green-white with Fumigate and Cataclysmic Gearhulk. My record was 5-2 or 4-3. I don't remember. And two rounds finished before my match did.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 2, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
I played Red-White Aggro. 2-2-1. The most important cards were two Renegade Freighter.



Left to right: Tomoharu Saito, Raphaël Lévy, Jérémy Dezani

 

Name: Tomoharu Saito
Age: 32
Occupation: Hareruya CEO/pro player
Hometown: Takadanobaba, Tokyo, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments:
One Pro Tour win, five Top 8s. Four Grand Prix wins, something like 23 Top 8s.

Who are your teammates and why are you playing with them?
Jérémy Dezani and Raphaël Lévy. Jérémy offered and I had a Happy feeling.

What was your team's record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-1, 4-0-1.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 1, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
Red-Green Energy Beatdown. 6-2-1, I think. Built to Smash.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 2, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
Red-Black Beatdown. 4-1. Furious Reprisal.

 

Name: Raphaël Lévy
Age: 35
Occupation: Publisher & Magic columnist at TCGPlayer.com
Hometown: Toulouse, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame.

Who are your teammates and why are you playing with them?
Tomoharu Saito and Jérémy Dezani. Jérémy and I were looking for a Happy third.^^

What was your team's record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-1, 4-0-1.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 1, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
I had a red-black aggro deck and went 5-1-3 including three matches I didn't need to finish. Night Market Lookout did a terrific job.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 2, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
I had a black-green +1/+1 counter deck and went 3-1-1. Hazardous Conditions fit my deck perfectly.

 

Name: Jérémy Dezani
Age: 26
Occupation: Magic Hareruya player
Hometown: Paris, France

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Player of the Year 2014. Pro Tour Theros champion. Ten Grand Prix Top 8s, two titles.

Who are your teammates and why are you playing with them?
Raphaël Lévy—Never play without him. Best mate in the world. Tomoharu Saito—Good friend. Calm, nice player B between Raph and me.

What was your team's record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-1, 4-0-1.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 1, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
White-Blue Control. 7-2. Fumigate.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 2, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
White-Blue Control. 5-0. Fumigate.



Left to right: (10) Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, Shahar Shenhar, (14) Ondřej Stráský

 

Name: Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
Age: 29
Occupation: Magic player/writer at ChannelFireball
Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Ten Pro Tour Top 8s!

Who are your teammates and why are you playing with them?
Shahar and Ondřej. Good friends who play well.

What was your team's record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-1 and 4-1.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 1, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
Red-green with two Cultivator of Blades. Honestly, I have no idea what my record was. I lost one match, won like four, and didn't finish the rest.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 2, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
Red-white, 4-1, Depala, Pilot Exemplar.

 

Name: Shahar Shenhar
Age: 23
Occupation: Magic pro/school
Hometown: Jerusalem, Israel

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Two World Championship titles. Three Grand Prix wins. Last time I teamed with PV, together with Tom Martell, we lost in the finals.

Who are your teammates and why are you playing with them?
Paulo Vitor, Ondřej. Friends, great players.

What was your team's record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-1, 4-1.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 1, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
8-1 with two Depala, Pilot Exemplar and Vehicles.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 2, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
Green-black with three Peema Outrider and three Hunt the Weak. I won the only match I needed to. 1-3-X. Deck was bad!

 

Name: Ondřej Stráský
Age: 21
Occupation: Magic player
Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Two Pro Tour Top 8s, one Grand Prix Top 8, participated in one World Magic Cup.

Who are your teammates and why are you playing with them?
Paulo is good and we wanted to qualify our good friend Shahar for the Pro Tour!

What was your team's record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-1/4-1.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 1, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
Something unplayable in white and black. They gave me Sword of Light and Shadow so I could at least win some games. Individual record doesn't matter. Except when PV loses all the time so I can make fun of him.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 2, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
A blue-red beauty. Saheeli Rai/Decoction Module.



Left to right: Frank Karsten, Brent Vos, Bas Melis

 

Name: Frank Karsten
Age: 32
Occupation: Writer for ChannelFireball.com, among various other things
Hometown: Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Three Pro Tour Top 8s. Pro Tour Hall of Fame. My last Grand Prix Top 8 was about ten years ago.

Who are your teammates and why are you playing with them?
Brent and Bas are two friends from my hometown. I went to the Pro Tour with Bas several times, and Brent is very driven about getting better at Magic. My hope was to get them onto the Pro Tour, or back onto the Pro Tour, and I'm really happy we succeeded!

What was your team's record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-0-1, 3-1-1.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 1, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
Red-black. Chandra, Torch of Defiance and Noxious Gearhulk. I believe I went 7-1-1 individually.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 2, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
White-black with Dhund Operative and Tidy Conclusion. I don't even know my individual record—it's the team that matters!

 

Name: Brent Vos
Age: 25
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Previous Magic accomplishments:
Nothing really. A PPTQ win last season.

Who are your teammates and why are you playing with them?
Bas Melis, a good friend, and Frank Karsten, a good friend who's helping us get to the Pro Tour. All from Eindhoven.

What was your team's record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-0-1, 3-1-1.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 1, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
White with a small red splash. Six wins, zero losses, three unfinished matches. Ninth Bridge Patrol, Depala, Pilot Exemplar, Aetherstorm Roc, Master Trinketeer.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 2, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
Red-Green Fatties. 2-2-1. 4-mana fatties and Fabrication Module.

 

Name: Bas Melis
Age: 31
Occupation: Mathematics
Hometown: Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Previous Magic accomplishments:
2010 Dutch National Champion. Played six Pro Tours. Missed GP Top 8 in the last round three times.

Who are your teammates and why are you playing with them?
Brent Vos—We originally decided to team up with a third team member who couldn't make it. We asked around for a suitable replacement and eventually chose to go with Frank Karsten. Frank Karsten—Longtime friend with whom I mostly play board games.

What was your team's record on Day 1 and Day 2?
8-0-1, 3-1-1.

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 1, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
Black-green with an energy and +1/+1 counter theme. 7-2, I think. Multiform Wonder into Demon of Dark Schemes!

What colors did you play in your Sealed Deck on Day 2, what was your record with it, and what were the most important cards in it?
White-Blue Control. 3-1 with one match undecided. Played Acrobatic Maneuver on Wispweaver Angel which blinked Cloudblazer.

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