Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in GRAND PRIX SÃO PAULO 2015 on May 3, 2015

By Wizards of the Coast

After two days of competition, only eight players remained. Let's get to know them a bit!


Claudio Barriento Ochoa

Hometown: Temuco, Calama, Chile
Age: 29
Occupation: Civil Industrial Engineer
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Day 2, Grand Prix Buenos Aires 2014; Day 2, Grand Prix Santiago 2014

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Abzan Aggro, because my brother and my teammates convinced me to play it! I always play “Rock” decks!

What card won you the most matches this weekend and how?
Siege Rhino.

What are your best and worst matchups?
My best matchups are the combat-based ones, and the worst matchups are Control in general.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I will move Ultimate Price to the sideboard and add something to the maindeck for the Control matchups.


Mateus Batista de Melo

Hometown: Belo Horinzont, Brazil
Age: 23
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 7-2 at São Paulo PTQ; Grand Prix Trial Winner

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Esper Dragons. It's the best deck of the metagame and I am used to playing Control.

What card won you the most matches this weekend and how?
Dragonlord Ojutai from the maindeck and Dragonlord Silumgar from the sideboard.

What are your best and worst matchups?
GW Company

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
One more Bile Blight, one less Ultimate Price.


Leonardo Oliveria Graichen

Hometown: Curitiba, Brazil
Age: 26
Occupation: Store Manager
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8 Brazilian Nationals; Top 64 at Grand Prix Buenos Aires; Top 64 at Grand Prix São Paulo

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Atarka Red

What card won you the most matches this weekend and how?
Atarka's Command

What are your best and worst matchups?
Decks with Dromoka's Command are the worst!

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
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Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Age: 27
Occupation: Magic Player and Writer at ChannelFireball.com
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 9 Pro Tour Top 8, three-time National Champion, Hall of Fame!

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Esper Dragons. I think it's very good and I've played a lot with it.

What card won you the most matches this weekend and how?
Ojutai, attacking! Ashiok was pretty good too.

What are your best and worst matchups?
The best matchups are the slow non-blue decks, like Abzan Control and bees. The worst matchups are the super-fast aggro decks, like Green/White and Mono-Red (though I'm 8-0 versus Mono Red with Esper!)

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
Right now, nothing.


Maximiliano Sanchez Pinnilo

Hometown: Chile
Age: 32
Occupation: Right end in Club Football, Lawyer
Previous Magic Accomplishments: World Magic Cup 2012

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
RG Dragons. I like Dragons because they are very massive and red.

What card won you the most matches this weekend and how?
Stormbreath Dragon and Crater's Claws. Crater's Claws is my best card for winning games in the Grand Prix.

What are your best and worst matchups?
I think the best matchup is Esper Dragons and the bad matchup is Sidisi-Whip.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
I would cut 1 Boon Satyr for 1 more Mountain.


Sergio Barrientos Ochoa

Hometown: Temuco, Chile
Age: 28
Occupation: Civil & Computer Engineer
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Trial, Game Day, and FNM

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Mono Green with Atarka (Hulk Devotion). It has a good matchup with almost all the format.

What card won you the most matches this weekend and how?
Dragonlord Atarka

What are your best and worst matchups?
Worst is Esper Dragon. Best is Abzan Control and Morphs.

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
None.


Mariano Cartechino

Hometown: Liniers, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Age: 29
Occupation: Employee
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 11 lifetime pro points; 10th at Grand Prix Valencia 2013; and father of last Super Sunday Series Champion.

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Abzan Aggro because it doesn't have bad matchups.

What card won you the most matches this weekend and how?
Siege Rhino, the best card in Standard

What are your best and worst matchups?
50% against the field

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
-1 Wingmate Roc in the main deck and -1 Nissa in the sideboard. +1 Ultimate Price in the sideboard. I am not sure what to add to the main.


Ricardo Nunes Martins

Hometown: Goiânia
Age: 27
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8 at WMCQ Rio de Janeiro 2012

What Standard deck are you playing, and why did you choose it?
Esper Mentor of Dragons. It's like an Esper Dragons with Monastery Mentor and Sorin, Solemn Visitor which makes matches against red decks and megamorph decks a lot easier.

What card won you the most matches this weekend and how?
Monastery Mentor

What are your best and worst matchups?
Best matchup: Megamorph. Worst matchup: Esper Dragons

What changes would you make to your deck and why would you make them?
None.