TOP 8 PLAYER PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX SANTIAGO 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on November 2, 2014

By Event Coverage Staff

These are the Top 8 players of Grand Prix Santiago.


Fernando Barros

Age: 27
Notable Magic Accomplishments: Nationals 2011, Nationals Legacy 2012

What Standard deck are you playing this weekend, and why did you choose it?
Temur Monsters, because it has good threats and uses Blue. Big thanks to all my friends who helped me.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Worst matchup Blue-Black Control, all the other are fair to good.

Which of your sideboard cards performed best in the Swiss?
Everything, really.

Having seen the field this weekend, what changes (if any) would you make to your main deck and sideboard?
None

What advice can you give to someone who wants to try out this deck at their next tournament?
This is the real deal, try it out!


Willy Edel

Age: 35
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Occupation: Store Owner
Notable Magic Accomplishments: 4 Pro Tour top 8s, 7 GP Top 8s, 4 time Brazilian Team member, Top 4 Team Worlds

What Standard deck are you playing this weekend, and why did you choose it?
Sidisi Courser. Very well positioned in the current field.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best: other midrange decks. Worst: Probably control.

Which of your sideboard cards performed best in the Swiss?
Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver

Having seen the field this weekend, what changes (if any) would you make to your main deck and sideboard?
Maybe one more Ashiok in the sideboard.

What advice can you give to someone who wants to try out this deck at their next tournament?
Practice all the interactions a lot (and there’s a lot of them). It’s not a deck to play without proper practice.


Pedro Carvalho

Age: 27
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Occupation: Grinder
Notable Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Return to Ravnica Top 8

What Standard deck are you playing this weekend, and why did you choose it?
Temur Aggro. I am a one-deck player, and I’ve been running this since the Pro Tour.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best: Green decks, UB Control. Worst: Jeskai, Mono-Red

Which of your sideboard cards performed best in the Swiss?
Hunt the Hunter and Stubborn Denial

Having seen the field this weekend, what changes (if any) would you make to your main deck and sideboard?
Back to Nature is terrible.

What advice can you give to someone who wants to try out this deck at their next tournament?
Practice. The deck is harder to play than it appears.


David Sologuren

Age: 32
Hometown: Bolivia
Notable Magic Accomplishments: Two PTQ 10th place

What Standard deck are you playing this weekend, and why did you choose it?
Temur Aggro, because I tested it since KTK came out.

What are your best and worst matchups?
My best matchup is b/g constellation and my worst is Sultai.

Which of your sideboard cards performed best in the Swiss?
Hunt the Hunter

Having seen the field this weekend, what changes (if any) would you make to your main deck and sideboard?
One Chandra in the sideboard.

What advice can you give to someone who wants to try out this deck at their next tournament?
Play calm, and think two times for every decision.


Eduardo dos Santos Vieira

Age: 25
Occupation: Magic Online Grinder (l1X0)
Notable Magic Accomplishments: Top 4 GP, Top 2 GP Sao Paulo, Top 25 PT Portland.

What Standard deck are you playing this weekend, and why did you choose it?
Abzan, because of Soul of Theros. I played this deck at the Pro Tour, just without Soul of Theros, which was all I needed.

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best is Abzan, worst is Constellation

Which of your sideboard cards performed best in the Swiss?
Drown in Sorrow

Having seen the field this weekend, what changes (if any) would you make to your main deck and sideboard?
I’d play mass removal in the sideboard.

What advice can you give to someone who wants to try out this deck at their next tournament?
Play faster. Soul of Theros is awesome.


Rodrigo Humberto Soto Sánchez

Age: 31
Hometown: Santiago
Occupation: History Teacher
Notable Magic Accomplishments: Winner of WMCQ 2012 , in the 2011 GP I went 9-0 on day 1, Finalist PTQ Miami

What Standard deck are you playing this weekend, and why did you choose it?
Abzan aggro: because I liked the quality of the creatures and its good response to the metagame

What are your best and worst matchups?
Marduk. Worst: mono red and Reanimator

Which of your sideboard cards performed best in the Swiss?
Erase and Drown in Sorrow

Having seen the field this weekend, what changes (if any) would you make to your main deck and sideboard?
Best sideboard against graveyard

What advice can you give to someone who wants to try out this deck at their next tournament?
Testing it, thinking about its draws and hands, Respect all your opponents, enjoy the game


Daniel Antonio Gaete Quezada

Age: 28
Hometown: Antofagasta, Chile
Occupation: Public Administrator
Notable Magic Accomplishments: Super Sunday Series Champion in Rio de Janeiro 2013, top4 Open de Chile 2013, Day 2 GP Santiago 2013, top8 Super Sunday Series Sao Paulo 2014

What Standard deck are you playing this weekend, and why did you choose it?
Mono Red Aggro, basically because it's a good deck, aggressive with fast games, that is good for a GP because you can enhance the performance

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best: Abrasi, Marduk, Sidisi ; Worst: R6 monsters, mono green

Which of your sideboard cards performed best in the Swiss?
Harness by Force

Having seen the field this weekend, what changes (if any) would you make to your main deck and sideboard?
A couple of Lightning Strike to the deck and remove the Eidolon from Sideboard

What advice can you give to someone who wants to try out this deck at their next tournament?
You need keep track of the damage and take care of the creatures, it is important to optimice the resources of the deck


Nicolas Javier de Nicola

Age: 25
Hometown: Buenos Aires
Occupation: Court employee
Notable Magic Accomplishments: National Champion 2011, National captain 2012, top 4 GP Chile 2013

What Standard deck are you playing this weekend, and why did you choose it?
Abzan midrange because it's the more solid deck of the format

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best: Jeskay: Worst: BG

Which of your sideboard cards performed best in the Swiss?
Hornet Queen

What advice can you give to someone who wants to try out this deck at their next tournament?
Testing and basically think about how to confront each game, because the deck can be Fast midrange or Control midrange