Top 8 Profiles of Grand Prix São Paulo 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on July 8, 2018

By Tobi Henke

After fifteen rounds of Modern, with a total of 1,421 others eliminated, only eight players remained in the running for the fame and the fortune, the title and the trophy. Find out more about these people here!


Name: Breno Magalhães

Age: 36

Occupation: Architect

Hometown: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Just got my first Pro Tour qualification via RPTQ.

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

Red-Green Eldrazi. I wanted to be aggressive but also be able to grind a little.

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

Eldrazi Obligator. It was always on top of the deck on the most critical turns.

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

Damping Sphere. I beat Tron six times and it was responsible for most of my wins.


Name: Vinicius Karam

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Pro Tour Journey into Nyx competitor, Nationals 2017 Top 16, a lot of ninth places.

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

Affinity. It's the deck I've played the most in Modern, and I feel like it's finally in a good spot in the metagame.

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

Mox Opal, by a lot. It's the card most responsible for the broken starts. If I could choose a card to always have in my opening hand, it would be this.

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

Etched Champion. It allows me to still play an unfair game against decks which try to bring me to a "fair" route. It also carries a Plating like no one.


Name: Sebastian Pozzo

Age: 28

Occupation: Pro player

Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Previous Magic accomplishments:

2016–17 Standard Master, two Standard GP Top 8s, one Team Limited GP win.

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

KCI. I had very poor results playing many decks on Magic Online. But with KCI a lot of the losses were due to timeout.

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

Krark-Clan Ironworks. With it the dance begins.

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

Nature's Claim, a 1 mana instant that deals with most of the hate cards.


Name: Thiago Casassanta

Age: 30

Occupation: Architect

Hometown: Taubaté, Brazil

Previous Magic accomplishments:

12th at GP São Paulo, champion CLM 2 – Circuito Liga Magic.

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

Mono-Green Tron. It was beating everything in my playtesting, so it made me not play the other decks I was trying and testing.

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

Walking Ballista, one of the best tools against aggressive and midrange decks. Also, Ancient Stirrings.

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

Thragtusk. It's a very good side plan against people who're trying to answer my main plan.


Name: Jose Luis Echeverria Paredes

Age: 34

Occupation: Consultant on strategy and operations

Hometown: Santiago, Chile

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Three GP Top 8s, ninth place at Pro Tour Yokohama, Mario Zanolli's friend.

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

Mardu, no one else on the Sider team was using it.

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

Faithless Looting, lets me discard lands for actual cards, twice.

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

Engineered Explosives, it was effective and resolutive.


Name: Leonardo Giucci

Age: 28

Occupation: Musician

Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Some PPTQ Top 8s and a win.

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

Abzan Traverse, I worked on it for a while and I like the playstyle.

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

Tarmogoyf or Grim Flayer or Liliana, they're not good on their own.

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

Shriekmaw did some work.


Name: Fernando Gonzalez

Age: 28

Occupation: Magic store owner

Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Won a PTQ for Honolulu in 2012, won Nationals 2013.

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

Mardu. I tested it a lot and I believe that deck loves me.

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

Bedlam Reveler. Great source of card advantage.

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

Engineered Explosives. It improves my worst matchups by a lot—like Bogles.


Name: Daniel Caixeta

Age: 28

Occupation: Nurse

Hometown: Uberaba, Brazil

Previous Magic accomplishments:

Two Top 8s at Brazilian Legacy Championships and one at Brazilian Modern Championships.

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

Amulet Titan. I've played the deck for last four years and I feel very comfortable with it.

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

Primeval Titan. Whenever it resolves, it's very hard to lose

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

Abrade. I didn't use it a lot, but it covers a big part of the metagame.

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