Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on May 21, 2017

By Frank Karsten

Learn more about Grand Prix Santiago's Top 8 competitors—including who they are, why they chose their Standard deck, and more—by taking a look through the Top 8 profiles!


GUILLHERME MERJAM

Age: 27

Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Occupation: Dentist student and trainee

Number of byes: 2

Previous Magic accomplishments:

GP Sao Paulo 2014 winner, GP Porto Alegre 2015 Top 8, 14th place at Pro Tour San Juan 2010, 18th place at Pro Tour Milwaukee 2015

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Zombies because it's the only deck that could resurrect me to the Pro Tour.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Liliana's Mastery and Lord of the Accursed, because they make my Zombies immense.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Dispossess, lol because it's the worst card in my sideboard. Thanks to my friend Medi.

What's your favorite memory from the weekend so far?

Going 5-0 on Day 2.



GRZEGORZ KOWALSKI


Age: 25

Hometown: Wrockan, Poland

Occupation: Wanna be a pro

Number of byes: 3

Previous Magic accomplishments:

2 GP Top 8s, a few PT Top 16s

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Temur Marvel. I was practicing my roulette skills for a long time, so I knew I could handle Marvel. To do well in the current Standard, you need to play Marvel and get lucky, so that's what I did.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Aetherworks Marvel into Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Manglehorn. It helps against players that are more lucky than you.

What's your favorite memory from the weekend so far?

I met Katherine in a café.



DANIEL VEGA


Age: 32

Hometown: Santiago, Chile

Occupation: Engineer

Number of byes: 2

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Only a Top 8 in a PPTQ

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Temur Marvel. The Pro Tour showed the deck had the best win percentages, and with Team Artaza, we merged version from the Pro Tour.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, because even without Marvel it gave me a lot of games.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Confiscation Coup; it gave me a couple of games. And Tireless Tracker, for card advantage.

What's your favorite memory from the weekend so far?

Playing Confiscation Coup, stealing an Aetherworks Marvel after my opponent played Dispossess, and connecting an Ulamog.



MAURO SASSO


Age: 19

Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Occupation: Student

Number of byes: 2

Previous Magic accomplishments:

-

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Temur Marvel. I think it is the best deck.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Aetherworks Marvel, it is unfair.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Negate, great against the mirror.

What's your favorite memory from the weekend so far?

Making Top 8 with my friend Javier Luna.



JAVIER LUNA


Age: 35

Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Occupation: Lawyer / owner of magiclair.com.ar

Number of byes: 1 (I don't know!)

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Some Top 16s at GPs, a few old-school PTQ wins, a Top 8 at the SSS Finals, played in a few PTs and Worlds

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Mardu. I changed from Blue-Red Control because I started to lose against Marvel.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Gideon, Ally of Zendikar. He just wins.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Chandra, Flamecaller. It just won each time I played it.

What's your favorite memory from the weekend so far?

Finally making Top 8, and along with my friend Mauro Sasso.



NIELS NOORLANDER


Age: 29

Hometown: Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Occupation: Professional Magic: the Gathering player

Number of byes: 3

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Magic Online 2016 Champion

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Blue-Red Thing in the Ice. It's the most fun deck in Standard.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Island, best card in the game.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Thing in the Ice. It allows the deck to be more proactive after sideboard when needed.

What's your favorite memory from the weekend so far?

Playing Dispel on my own Negate, then Dispelling my Dispel to transform two Thing in the Ice and win Game 3 of the last round.



NICOLAS EPSTEIN


Age: 20

Hometown: Argentina

Occupation: Student

Number of byes: 1

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Finals of a PPTQ, won a PPTQ online, five 5-0s on Magic Online

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

Mardu. It's the best deck I have the most experience with, and I think it's good against Marvel.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Unlicensed Disintegration. It won me a lot of games.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Transgress the Mind, because I hate Aetherworks Marvel.

What's your favorite memory from the weekend so far?

Traveling with my friends and winning my win-and-in with an unorthodox play: I used my last loyalty counter of Chandra, Torch of Defiance to crew Heart of Kiran and trade for an attacking Wandering Fumarole. My opponent didn't expect it because it was my only attacking creature, but it won me the game because I had another Heart of Kiran in hand.


 


IGNACIO SAEZ


Age: 28

Hometown: Concepción, Chile

Occupation: Degree in law

Number of byes: 0

Previous Magic accomplishments:

-

What Standard deck did you play this weekend, and why did you choose it?

R/G Monsters, because it is a great deck. My friends told me that it is the deck that I play better. Also, I like the energy and monster theme.

What was the best card in your main deck, and why?

Bristling Hydra, because it is hard to kill in the current meta. And with Rhonas the Indomitable, it is a deadly combination.

What was the best card out of your sideboard, and why?

Lathnu Hellion, because it allows me to win the race against Mardu.

What's your favorite memory from the weekend so far?

The experience to experience a Grand Prix that is a Magic festival. Experiencing this competition with my friends will be my best memory.

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