Top 4 Teams of Grand Prix Santiago 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on March 11, 2018

By Chapman Sim

After fourteen rounds Team Sealed, the field of 262 teams was whittled away to just four teams. The Top 4 included three powerhouse teams providing the bulk of the star power, as well as the first ever Bolivian team to make the Top 4 of a Team Grand Prix!

Let's get to know them a little more!


Seat: A

Name: Sebastian Pozzo

Age: 28

Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Occupation: Magic Pro Player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2016-2017 Standard Master, 2 Standard Grand Prix Top 8s

What is your favorite tribe in Ixalan, and why?

Vampires, they play fair despite their nature.

Which Rivals of Ixalan card impressed you the most?

Tetzimoc, Primal Death?

How did your teammates help you this weekend?

They won when I lost. That felt great.


Seat: B

Name: Luis Salvatto

Age: 29

Hometown: Lujan, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Occupation: Still a chicken businessman and a Magic Pro Player!

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Pro Tour Rivals of Ixalan Champion, Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad Top 8, five Grand Prix Top 8s with a win, Super Sunday Series 2015 Champion

What is your favorite tribe in Ixalan, and why?

Human Pirate. Because Sailor of Means.

Which Rivals of Ixalan card impressed you the most?

Secrets of the Golden City. There is nothing more to say; the card is busted.

How did your teammates help you this weekend?

Building all the decks properly and always giving me the White and Blue cards to grind out the competition.


Seat: C

Name: Lucas Esper Berthoud

Age: 32

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil

Occupation: Lawyer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Pro Tour Aether Revolt Champion, 2007 Brazil National Champion

What is your favorite tribe in Ixalan, and why?

Vampires. The tribe can play many roles and has access to the best removal.

Which Rivals of Ixalan card impressed you the most?

Mastermind's Acquisition. It can tutor Tetzimoc, Primal Death.

How did your teammates help you this weekend?

Salvatto is a beast, while Pozzo is an aggro deck expert. I learned a lot from them this weekend.


Seat: A

Name: Willy Edel

Age: 38

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Pro Tour Hall of Fame, Team Worlds Top 4, World Magic Cup Top 8, 4 Pro Tour Top 8s, 7 Grand Prix Top 8s

What is your favorite tribe in Ixalan, and why?

Pirates. Because of them, Jace and Vraska got along.

Which Rivals of Ixalan card impressed you the most?

Twilight Prophet. It is so good that I need to find a home for it in Constructed.

How did your teammates help you this weekend?

Juliano cooked some very nice burgers. Bolivia washed the dishes afterward.


Seat: B

Name: Juliano Gennari Souza

Age: 30

Hometown: São José dos Campos, Brazil

Occupation: Manager at KinoeneCards

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

None.

What is your favorite tribe in Ixalan, and why?

Not really a tribe, but I like White-Blue. Good flyers and good removals!

Which Rivals of Ixalan card impressed you the most?

Buccaneer's Bravado

How did your teammates help you this weekend?

Thiago gave me some Booster Packs on Magic Online, so I could practice.


Seat: C

Name: Thiago Saporito

Age: 24

Hometown: Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil

Occupation: Magic Pro Player

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

1 Pro Tour Top 8, 3 Grand Prix Top 8s

What is your favorite tribe in Ixalan, and why?

Vampires, I do like Twilight Prophet too!

Which Rivals of Ixalan card impressed you the most?

Recover

How did your teammates help you this weekend?

Being good and supportive friends even when we lost.


Seat: A

Name: Guilherme Medeiros Merjam

Age: 28

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil

Occupation: Dentist Student

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 16 at Pro Tour San Juan, 18th at Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar, Grand Prix Santiago 2017 Top 4, Grand Prix São Paulo 2014 Champion, Grand Prix Porto Alegre Top 8

What is your favorite tribe in Ixalan, and why?

Merfolk, because they offer the best synergy.

Which Rivals of Ixalan card impressed you the most?

Tetzimoc, Primal Death

How did your teammates help you this weekend?

Well, I was playing with a two-time World Champion (2002 World Champion and 2010 Magic Online World Champion) and two-time Pro Tour Champion. They carried me!


Seat: B

Name: Carlos Romão

Age: 35

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil

Occupation: Store Owner

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2002 World Champion, 2012 Magic Online World Champion, five Grand Prix Champion titles

What is your favorite tribe in Ixalan, and why?

Merfolk. They are such beautiful creatures.

Which Rivals of Ixalan card impressed you the most?

Tetzimoc, Primal Death

How did your teammates help you this weekend?

By not yelling at me.


Seat: C

Name: Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

Age: 30

Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil

Occupation: Magic Pro Player and writer for ChannelFireball

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Pro Tour Hall of Fame, 12 Pro Tour Top 8 and 2 Pro Tour titles, 20 Grand Prix Top 8s with two wins.

What is your favorite tribe in Ixalan, and why?

Vampires - best flavor, most power, needs the least to be good.

Which Rivals of Ixalan card impressed you the most?

Rekindling Phoenix

How did your teammates help you this weekend?

By giving me all the bomb rares.


Seat: A

Name: Diego Roca Suárez

Age: 35

Hometown: Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Occupation: Electrical Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2004 Grand Prix Porto Alegre Top 32, Finalist at 2006 Chile Nationals.

What is your favorite tribe in Ixalan, and why?

Sphinxes.

Which Rivals of Ixalan card impressed you the most?

Azor, the Lawbringer got me in love.

How did your teammates help you this weekend?

By practicing hard during their free time and by carrying all the cards! Haha!


Seat: B

Name: Marco Vargas

Age: 29

Hometown: Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Occupation: Administrator

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Won a World Magic Cup Qualifier

What is your favorite tribe in Ixalan, and why?

Dinosaurs, because they're just “grrrrrrrrrandes”!

Which Rivals of Ixalan card impressed you the most?

Huatli, Radiant Champion

How did your teammates help you this weekend?

Winning all the games whenever I lost!


Seat: C

Name: Alejandro Van Mourik

Age: 33

Hometown: Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Occupation: Sociologist

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Two-time Bolivia National Champion, Day 2 at World Magic Cup.

What is your favorite tribe in Ixalan, and why?

Dinosaurs. Love the feathers.

Which Rivals of Ixalan card impressed you the most?

Azor, the Lawbringer

How did your teammates help you this weekend?

We practiced a lot with our local community. We'd like to thank everyone who helped especially Benji and Marcel!


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