As the Swiss Rounds draw close, the Top 8 is starting to shape up. At the time of print, it has been determined that the Top 2 Tables are most likely locked for the Top 8, but the next few tables need to play out their win-and-in match.
Here's a quick recap on four of the most important matches of the final round of Grand Prix São Paulo.
Table 3: Claudio Barrientos (Abzan Aggro) VS. Luiz Ferreira da Silva (Atarka Red)
Claudio Barrientos (Abzan Aggro) vs. Luiz Ferreira da Silva (Atarka Red)
Da Silva struck the opposing Warden of the First Tree with lightning and generated three tokens with Hordeling Outburst. That was not quite fast enough and Barrientos was able to take game one easily with the help of double Siege Rhino and Wingmate Roc. I heard those cards are pretty good against little red men.
Game two did not go well for Da Silva either, since Barrientos was able to quickly assemble Fleecemane Lion and Anafenza, the Foremost. A timely Dromoka's Command followed by Whip of Erebos secured Barrientos' spot in the Top 8.
Claudio Barrientos 2 - Luiz Ferreira da Silva 0
Table 4: Maximiliano Ramiro Sanchez Pinilla (RG Dragons) VS. Fabio Barroso (Abzan Control)
Maximiliano Ramiro Sanchez Pinilla (RG Aggro) vs. Fabio Barroso (Abzan Control)
Despite Pinilla putting up a speedy beatdown of Boon Satyr and Surrak, the Hunt Caller, Barroso was able to stabilize the board with the help of a pair of Hero's Downfall, Tasigur, the Golden Fang and Ugin, the Spirit Dragon.
However, it was Pinilla who had the last laugh as he climbed back from that loss to win the match.
He accelerated into a pair of Thunderbreak Regent with the aid of Rattleclaw Mystic and Barroso was unable to find any elegant solution to both dragons without dying to their triggers. In the rubber game, Barroso gummed up the ground with Siege Rhino and Tasigur, the Golden Fang, but did Hero's Downfall to deal with Pinilla's Stormbreath Dragon
Maximiliano Ramiro Sanchez Pinilla 2 - Fabio Barroso 1
Table 5: Pablo Ioppolo (WG Aggro) VS. Mateus Batista de Melo (Esper Dragons)
Pablo Ioppolo (WG Aggro) vs. Mateus Batista de Melo (Esper Dragons)
In Game Two, Ioppolo retaliated with Den Protector, Hidden Dragonslayer, Brimaz, King of Oreskos and Fleecemane Lion. However, those threats were dealt with respectively by double Bile Blight, Ultimate Price and Foul-Tongue Invocation. The Esper Control deck is well-known for having that much removal.
Table 6: Ricardo Nunes Martins (Esper Dragons) VS. Douglas Romani (Esper Dragons)
Ricardo Nunes Martins (Esper Dragons) vs. Douglas Romani (Esper Dragons)
After taking the first game, Martins was the one with the trump for the sideboarded game.
Romani thought he was doing fine with his sideboard tech of Risen Executioner, but unfortunately that was no match for Martins' Monastery Mentor. A lonely 4/3 zombie was no match for a horde of monk tokens!
Ricardo Nunes Martins 2 - Douglas Romani 0