TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX SANTIAGO 2016 on October 30, 2016

By Neale Talbot

Learn more about Grand Prix Santiago's Top 8 competitors—including who they are, what they’ve done in the game, and more—by taking a look through their profiles!

Name: John Chavarría

Age: 40

Hometown: Santiago, Chile.

What deck did you play?: White-Blue Flash.

Why did you choose this deck?: Because it's fun and I enjoy playing it.

What's the best card in your sideboard?: Gisela, the Broken Blade

What's your favorite moment of the tournament so far?: The gift my wife gave me when I learned that I made top 8.



Name: Eduardo dos Santos Vieira

Age: 27

Hometown: Londrina, Brazil.

What deck did you play?: Black-Green Delirium

Why did you choose this deck?: I wanted to play Temur Energy, but after a lot of insistence from my friends Edel and Babones, I decided against it and brought a tier 1 deck instead.

What's the best card in your sideboard? Lost Legacy, because PV said so.

What's your favorite moment of the tournament so far?: Getting the concession from Jonathan Melamed in round 14, as he was already locked for top 8.



Name: Jonathan Lobo Melamed

Age: 30

Hometown: Brasilia, Brazil.

What deck did you play?: Blue-Red Fevered Visions.

Why did you choose this deck?: Because I feel very comfortable with it.

What's the best card in your sideboard?: Bedlam Reveler

What's your favorite moment of the tournament so far?: Registering Fevered Visions in the maindeck as a metagame call, because William Bossanelli Araujo told me to.



Name: Victor Fernando Silva

Age: 23

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil,

What deck did you play?: Black-Green Delirium

Why did you choose this deck?: Because it's well positioned, it's very consistent and it has a lot of lines of play to it.

What's the best card in your sideboard?: Blossoming Defense, because nobody expects it and it leads to huge blowouts.

What's your favorite moment of the tournament so far?: Locking Top 8 after winning a very intense round 14, it was exciting!



Name: Luis Salvatto

Age: 27

Hometown: Luján, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

What deck did you play?: Black-Green Delirium

Why did you choose this deck?: It seemed like the most well-positioned deck in the current metagame. A mix of advice from Javier Luna and the list that Seth Manfield played last weekend in Providence.

What's the best card in your sideboard?: Transgress the Mind

What's your favorite moment of the tournament so far?: The first round of day two, I lost to Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa after making a mistake that probably cost me game one, and after that I learned a great play from him that I later used to my advantage in another Black-Green mirror in the tournament.



Name: Cristian Cespedes

Age: 31

Hometown: Viña del Mar, Chile.

What deck did you play?: Black-Green Delirium

Why did you choose this deck?: It's the one that suits me best, and resolving an Ishkanah, Grafwidow with Delirium wins a ton of games.

What's the best card in your sideboard?: Emrakul, the Promised End

What's your favorite moment of the tournament so far?: Winning round 12, which basically locked me for top 8.



Name: Ignacio García Sepúlveda

Age: 27

Hometown: Viña del Mar, Chile.

What deck did you play?: Mardu Vehicles.

Why did you choose this deck?: I'm an aggro player and Mardu is my favorite color combination.

What's the best card in your sideboard?: Galvanic Bombardment

What's your favorite moment of the tournament so far?: When I used Ceremonious Rejection to counter Flaying Tendrils.



Name: Marcos Paulo de Jesus Freitas

Age: 28

Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What deck did you play?: Blue-Red Colossus.

Why did you play this deck?: I think this deck is under the radar and Ceremonious Rejection is seeing less play. Also, I'm always looking to play a ramp deck.

What's the best card in your sideboard?: Elder Deep-Fiend

What's your favorite moment of the tournament so far?: The top 8 announcement messing with my emotions, because I was the last one to be named. I also want to thank Willy Edel for always supporting me. #EdelGenius