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Lopes Goes Nuts in Brazil!

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Cezar Chogi, Eduardo Vieira, Eduardo Lopes, Rafael Zaghi

The Brazil National Championships is over for 2010, and a squad of four will travel to Worlds in Chiba to represent this fabulous nation. Bant, Mono-Red, Jund, UW Control, Naya, and Esper Control all fought it out in the elimination rounds, but it was the Jund deck of Eduardo Lopes that emerged triumphant.

Many of the big names couldn't quite reach the 27 points they needed to make the top 8. Willy Edel, Luiz Guilherme de Michielli, and Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa were among those marooned on 8-4 as they ran out of rounds.

The leader in the Magic Online Player of the Year Race, Eduardo Vieira – L1X0 online – fell at the penultimate hurdle, but joins the Champion Lopes and Finalist Rafael Zaghi on the team, with Cezar Choji as the alternate. We'll see all four of them again at Worlds in Chiba, Japan.

It's our first time here in Brazil for Nationals, and it's been a truly memorable experience. The warmth, the openness, the helpfulness, the passion – these are all things that will not quickly be forgotten. And the noise! For three straight days, this has been a festival of Magic, with the volume turned up to eleven, and it's been unmissable.

To the Brazilian Magic community : Obrigado. Obrigado. Obrigado.

And finally: Congratulations to Eduardo Lopes, Brazil National Champion 2010!




Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Daniel R Frias   Cezar Choji, 3-0        
8 Cezar H Choji   Eduardo Lopes, 3-1
       
4 Enzo Real   Eduardo Lopes, 3-2   Eduardo Lopes, 3-0
5 Eduardo Lopes    
       
2 Walter Bruno Latorraca   Eduardo Vieira, 3-2
7 Eduardo dos Santos Vieira   Rafael Zaghi, 3-1
       
3 Robson Toneto Junior   Rafael Zaghi, 3-2
6 Rafael Zaghi    

3rd Place Playoff  
Eduardo Vieira Eduardo Vieira, 3-0
Cezar Choji



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  • by Rich Hagon
    Finals:
    Eduardo Lopes vs. Rafael Zaghi

  • by Rich Hagon
    Semifinals:
    Rafael Zaghi vs. Eduardo Vieira

  • by Rich Hagon
    Quarterfinals:
    Cezar Choji vs. Daniel Frias
    Plus Quarterfinals Round-Up

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8:
    Deck Lists

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Top 8:
    Player Profiles


  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info : Day 2 Coverage

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info : Day 1 Coverage

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info : Day 1 Playerlist

  • by Event Coverage Staff
    Info : Fact Sheet

INFORMATION
 1.  Eduardo Lopes $1,250
 2.  Rafael Zaghi $750
 3.  Eduardo dos Santos Vieira $500
 4.  Cezar Choji $500
 5.  Daniel Frias  
 6.  Walter Bruno Latorraca  
 7.  Robson Toneto Junior  
 8.  Enzo Real  
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  • Top 8 - Player Profiles

    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Name: Walter Bruno "Mogg" Latorraca
    Age: 28
    City: Rio de Janeiro
    Occupation: Retailer
    How many Nationals played: 12
    Best Magic Results: National 2003 top8
    What standard deck: Bant
    Why did you play it: Because I have all the cards in MOL
    Standard Record: 4-1-1
    Draft Record: 5-1


    Name: Raphael Costa Zaghi
    Age: 23
    City: São Paulo
    Occupation: Marketing analyst
    How many Nationals played: 2
    Best Magic Results: Top 16 National 2009
    What standard deck: Bant
    Why did you play it: I felt that was the best deck that I adapted with.
    Standard Record: 4-2
    Draft Record: 5-1


    Name: Enzo Real Ottoni da Cunha
    Age: 27
    City: Brasília
    Occupation: Business Man/DJ
    How many Nationals played: 2
    Best Magic Results: Top 16 National 2009
    What standard deck: UW
    Why did you play it: I play for three years and always played and will play with control decks. Blue is the color! Gerard Fabiano from USA and I discussed a lot about the field and my list to the Nationals. Few days before the Nationals I started to test the deck. Control always, that's it!
    Standard Record: 4-1-1
    Draft Record: 5-1


    Name: Daniel "T.T." R Frias
    Age: 23
    City: São Paulo
    Occupation: Avaliable to the market
    How many Nationals played: 7
    Best Magic Results: Top 8 GP/ won 2 PTQs/ Top8 National
    What standard deck: Bant
    Why did you play it: Because I've won a ptq with it, it's a good deck and mostly because "Fanfarrão" told me to.
    Standard Record: 4-1-1
    Draft Record: 5-1


    Name: César Hatashi Choji
    Age: 30
    City: Lagoa Vermelha
    Occupation: Medical doctor-orthopedist
    How many Nationals played: 3
    Best Magic Results: I lost to Fabian last week
    What standard deck: Chvila's Red (Mono Red)
    Why did you play it: Mana, Bolt
    Standard Record: 4-2
    Draft Record: 5-1


    Name: Robson "Bones" Toneto Junior
    Age: 23
    City: São Caetano do Sul
    Occupation: New Business Manager
    How many Nationals played: 4
    Best Magic Results: Six PTQs top8
    What standard deck: Naya Conscription
    Why did you play it: Because I like the versatility of the Naya and the surprise of the Conscription
    Standard Record: 4-1-1
    Draft Record: 5-1


    Name: Eduardo Mendes Lopes
    Age: 28
    City: Marília
    Occupation: Government employee
    How many Nationals played: 4
    Best Magic Results: Top8 Nationals 2007
    What standard deck: Invaster Jund
    Why did you play it: I trained a lot with the deck and believed on it because the results I got
    Standard Record: 5-1
    Draft Record: 4-2


    Name: Eduardo "L1X0" Vieira
    Age: 21
    City: Londrina
    Occupation: Student
    How many Nationals played: 5
    Best Magic Results: Top16 GP Port o Alegre, winner PTQ Austin,
    What standard deck: BDW (Bolovo Deck Wins)
    Why did you play it: Because I was manipulated. Good deck 3-3
    Standard Record: 3-3
    Draft Record: 6-0



     

  • Top 8 - Deck Lists

    by Event Coverage Staff


  • CEZAR H. CHOJI
    2010 Brazil Nationals, Top 8
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    EDUARDO VIEIRA
    2010 Brazil Nationals, Top 8
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  • Quarterfinals – Cezar Choji vs. Daniel Frias Plus Quarterfinals Round-Up

    by Rich Hagon
  • After two days of competition, we had reached the critical moment, when the four losing quarter finalists would go home, and the winners would be on their way to Worlds in Japan.


    Daniel Frias

    In our featured quarter final matchup, Daniel Frias took his Bant Conscription deck into battle against Cezar Choji with mono-red. After Birds of Paradise had run into Burst Lightning, Frias attempted more acceleration with Lotus Cobra. Searing Blaze said no to that plan. Choji tried for Ember Hauler, but had that countered by Mana Leak. Finally it looked as if Frias would get something to stick around, a Knight of the Reliquary remaining unmolested, at the expense of six flying damage, as Choji unloaded Hell's Thunder with Teetering Peaks backup, leaving Frias at nine.

    Five cards is a LOT for mono-red

    When Hell's Thunder  Unearthed, Frias was ready with a sacrificial Birds of Paradise. Still Choji pressed, with Frias at six,despite having Mana Leak for a second Hell's Thunder. Frias allowed Ember Hauler, or perhaps he had no choice. Knight of the Reliquary continued to grow, but Choji had breathing room, six to fourteen ahead in the damage race.

    For five mana, Choji Unearthed the second Hell's Thunder, and the two damage from Ember Hauler was enough to take the opener.

    Choji 1 – 0 Frias


    Rafael Zaghi

    Elsewhere, Rafael Zaghi had taken the first game with his Bant deck over Robson Toneto Junior. Like Zaghi, Toneto also had Eldrazi Conscription, but was based in Naya. Eduardo Vieira, or L1X0, the Magic Online leader for Player of the Year, was behind, his Esper Control deck having failed to contain the Bant deck of Walter Latorraca in their first game. That left the Jund versus UW Control matchup between Eduardo Lopes and Enzo Real. They were still mired in game one, with judges getting involved...


    Robson Toneto Junior

    Back at the ranch, Frias opened game two on Noble Hierarch. To nobody's intense surprise, Burst Lightning sent it away. In a similar pattern to game one, Choji had Hell's Thunder, and Frias had the Mana Leak ready. Out came Knight of the Reliquary, arriving as a 4/4. Choji had just enough to deal with it, using Lightning Bolt and a Cunning Sparkmage to finish it off. A second Knight of the Reliquary would be harder to deal with, since Frias had found another fetchland, making this Knight a healthy 5/5.

    Ball Lightning plus Teetering Peaks made for eight damage heading towards Frias, who elected to absorb the damage with his Knight. Now Frias had nothing, as the Cunning Sparkmage started to whittle him away. Choji Unearthed Hell's Thunder, again with Teetering Peaks to increase the beats. Frias had little choice but to animate Celestial Colonnade and get in the way.

    Down came Chandra Nalaar, and when Frias tried to attack her with a second Celestial Colonnade, Choji was ready with the previously tried and tested method of Lightning Bolt plus Cunning Sparkmage. Before Stirring Wildwood could block the following turn, Burst Lightning with kicker took it down. This was brutal stuff, and Choji led 2-0.


    Cezar Choji

    Choji 2 – 0 Frias

    Meanwhile, Enzo Real had taken a lengthy game one over Eduardo Lopes, much to the delight of his travelling fan club. In the battle of the Conscription decks, Zaghi's Bant continued to lead Toneto's Naya 1-0. And, in good news for Online fans, Eduardo Vieira had drawn level at 1-1 against his Bant foe, Walter Latorraca.

    The Enzo Real Fan Club

    Out of lives, Frias needed a strong start. A mulligan to six, and then a turn one Goblin Guide from Choji, wasn't it. Out came Hellspark Elemental, and Frias was already at thirteen. On turn two. Thirteen became ten as Hellspark Elemental Unearthed, with Frias using Celestial Purge for the Goblin Guide. End of turn Lightning Bolt dropped Frias to six. He had Mana Leak for Hellspark Elemental, but that would only buy him a turn.

    Knight of the Reliquary was a 3/3. With Searing Blaze taking it out, and dealing three points, Frias was moments from death. Choji cast Hell's Thunder, and lifted his eyes to the heavens. He was through to the semi finals in a clean sweep.

    Cezar Choji 3 – 0 Daniel Frias

    By this time, all the other matches were level at 1-1. Never one to resist the thrill of UW Control, I moved to see Enzo Real take on the Jund menace of Eduardo Lopes in what was now the best of three.

    Mana Leak and Essence Scatter were good for Real early, while Jund does what Jund does – take away your gains with Bloodbraid Elf into Blightning, which was more than enough to deal with the Elspeth, Knight-Errant Real had just attempted. Despite Day of Judgment, Lopes went right back to work, with another Bloodbraid Elf revealing Goblin Ruinblaster, the pair of Haste creatures dropping Real to just seven life.

    Real had one last throw of the dice. With his hand empty, he cast Baneslayer Angel. Of course, Jund had the answer, with Maelstrom Pulse quickly extinguishing the Mythic powerhouse. In topdeck mode, Real continued to fight, but the power of Blightning was too strong, and Lopes took a 2-1 lead.

    Now all three remaining matches were at 2-1. Walter Latorraca had taken the lead for a second time against Eduardo Vieira, while Rafael Zaghi had the edge over Robson Toneto Jnr. That was just as well, as Zaghi was forced to mulligan to five in game four. With Fauna Shaman and Knight of the Reliquary, Toneto quickly assumed control. Zaghi did at least have Path to Exile for the Knight of the Reliquary, but that didn't answer a growing threat of Elspeth, Knight-Errant, which was up to six loyalty. A couple of turns later, and we were tied at 2-2.

    Eduardo Lopes remained one up with two to play, while this was the scene in the decider between Eduardo Vieira, and Walter Latorraca...



    That's a pretty important Grave Titan sitting in play for Vieira. Moments later, he was through to the semi final.

    Eduardo Vieira 3 – 2 Walter Latorraca

    So far, Rafael Zaghi had lost two of the four games in the quarter final. In both, he had mulliganed to five. In game five, he started with seven. Birds of Paradise, Noble Hierarch, Linvala, Keeper of Silence, Sovereigns of Lost Alara, Eldrazi Conscription. What a beating.

    Rafael Zaghi 3 – 2 Robson Toneto Jnr.

    That left one single game of the quarters remaining, a shootout between Eduardo Lopes and Jund, versus Enzo Real with UW Control. Possibly critically, Jund was on the play, meaning Lopes could cast Nest Invader unopposed. That wasn't the case with Putrid Leech the following turn, with Mana Leak sending it away. However, the mana bonus from Nest Invader meant that Lopes could cast another immediately following the Putrid Leech.

    That put Real firmly on the defensive, since he was taking four a turn. Out came with Blightning, taking just one card – another Mana Leak. Real had six cards, but no fourth land. Bloodbraid Elf Cascaded into Terminate, which wasn't relevant, and met Cancel, which was. Even so, Real was down to ten.


    Eduardo Lopes (Left) and Enzo Real (Right)

    Path to Exile seemed wasted on a humble Nest Invader, but Real was trying to stabilize desperately. Wall of Omens helped him find mana, before Lopes used Bloodbraid Elf to find a free Putrid Leech. Real had Celestial Purge for the Bloodbraid Elf, and a Wall of Omens that could chump for a turn if necessary. It looked like being necessary.

    With a pump to the Putrid Leech, Lopes sent Real down to just four. We were in the last chance saloon. Jace, the Mind Sculptor bounced Putrid Leech, leaving Real with two mana open. Four mana brought Lopes Bloodbraid Elf, and Goblin Ruinblaster off the Cascade. Unless Real had an answer, the quarter finals were over.


    Eduardo Lopes stays positive

    He did have an answer, using Deprive to counter the Goblin Ruinblaster. But he didn't have an answer moments later, when Lopes showed Maelstrom Pulse for the Wall of Omens. We were done, and Eduardo Lopes was going to Worlds.

    Eduardo Lopes 3 – 2 Enzo Real


     

  • Semifinal – Rafael Zaghi vs. Eduardo Vieira

    by Rich Hagon
  • Baneslayer Angel

    You may recall that Rafael Zaghi lost two games in the quarter final, and both times he mulliganed to five. That's how he started the semi final, but at least both players knew that, however this match went, they would both be on the plane to Japan for Worlds in Chiba.

    Vieira led with double Spreading Seas, heading rapidly towards Jace, the Mind Sculptor, which Zaghi tried to Mana Leak, but couldn't, when it found Vieira holding a Mana Leak too. Still, Zaghi got rid of Jace in short order, with his own copy killing both.

    Up next for Vieira was Baneslayer Angel, with two Creeping Tar Pits joining the Angel in setting Zaghi to eleven. That was only a temporary stop, however, as eleven very quickly became zero.

    Zaghi 0 – 1 Vieira.



    Sovereigns of Lost Alara

    After a turn two Lotus Cobra from Zaghi, Vieira took away Eldrazi Conscription with Duress. Knight of the Reliquary followed for Zaghi, with a second Duress hitting nothing. He knew, though, that Zaghi had powerful stuff in his hand, like Sovereigns of Lost Alara, and Baneslayer Angel. When Zaghi went for Sovereigns of Lost Alara, Vieira had Mana Leak, but thanks to Lotus Cobra Zaghi was able to pay. That, and some help from Knight of the Reliquary setting up Landfall. The Lotus Cobra attacked alone, Sovereigns of Lost Alara did its thing, and despite a Day of Judgment from Vieira, Zaghi had Baneslayer Angel ready to roll. It was quickly 1-1.

    Zaghi 1 – 1 Vieira



    Noble Hierarch

    There was a triple Noble Hierarch opening for Zaghi in game three, added to with Dauntless Escort. Vieira meanwhile was trying to compete with just two mana. He found Doom Blade for the Escort, and Deathmark for a Knight of the Reliquary. To be fair, he was making a pretty good job of staying in the game. The trouble was, Zaghi had so much mana that he could pull the trigger on enormity at almost any time.

    Next up was Qasali Pridemage, and that attacked for six of Vieira's remaining ten life. It attacked again the following turn, prompting – not the scoop – but a Doom Blade from Vieira. Baneslayer Angel? Now that prompted the scoop.

    Zaghi 2 – 1 Vieira



    Elspeth, Knight-Errant

    These two were playing at a really brisk pace, and Noble Hierarch into Lotus Cobra was a nice opening for Zaghi, one game away from the final. Knight of the Reliquary didn't do any harm either. For three mana, Vieira used Oblivion Ring on the Knight, allowing Zaghi to cast Elspeth, Knight-Errant. Mostly, Elspeth generates Soldier tokens, but this was the time for +3+3 and flying to kick in. Six points took Vieira to thirteen, who did at least have Day of Judgment.

    Zaghi sent Elspeth to six, this time giving a new Lotus Cobra a Soldier token companion. Celestial Colonnade activated, Elspeth made it huge, and suddenly Vieira was at just three life.

    As L1X0, Vieira would probably say gg. Here in the semi final, he dropped his cards to the table, and extended the hand.

    Rafael Zaghi 3 – 1 Eduardo Vieira

    Zaghi, moments after his victory

     

  • Finals – Eduardo Lopes vs. Rafael Zaghi

    by Rich Hagon
  • So far in this top 8, when Rafael Zaghi mulligans to five, he loses. The rest of the time, he wins. Here in the final he faces Eduardo Lopes, looking to defeat the Bant Conscription deck with the old standby, Jund.

    Putrid Leech attacked on turn three is classic fashion, pumping for four, before Lopes added Sprouting Thrinax. Zaghi was doing little except accumulate land, with two Forests and two Celestial Colonnade, plus two fetchlands in the graveyard. That meant Knight of the Reliquary entered the battlefield as a 4/4. And left it as a 4/4 moments later, the victim of Terminate.

    In came the team, with a second Putrid Leech just behind. Zaghi had cast one semi-meaningful spell, and already he was reaching for the sideboard.

    Zaghi 0 – 1 Lopes

    As always seems to happen, the first potential mana accelerator, Lotus Cobra, bit the dust, with Lightning Bolt frying it nicely. Zhagi had Mana Leak for Sprouting Thrinax, and then offered Knight of the Reliquary. Terminate dealt with that threat, with Zhagi choosing Dauntless Escort as his third creature of the game.

    Bloodbraid Elf Cascaded down into Maelstrom Pulse for the Escort, leaving Lopes free to attack for three. Zhagi had plenty of cards in hand, but they didn't seem to be getting him anywhere fast. The Bloodbraid Elf had now attacked for a third time unmolested, and Lopes added a Cunning Sparkmage. Zhagi had Knight of the Reliquary, but only as a humble 2/2. That didn't stop Lopes using Lightning Bolt to kill it, before sending the Bloodbraid Elf yet again.

    Lopes activated Raging Ravine, attacked with the Bloodbraid and the land, and didn't even need the Lightning Bolt in his hand to take a powerful grip on the final.

    Zaghi 0 – 2 Lopes



    Heading into game three, Zaghi was forced to mulligan. To six.

    And then to five. This was going to have to be a mighty escape act.

    Misty Rainforest opened, fetching a Forest. Did Zaghi have something to do with it? Noble Hierarch. Lopes couldn't kill it straight away, and Zaghi had Dauntless Escort on turn two. Not shabby. The Escort attacked for four, leaving Lopes to crack a Verdant Catacombs at end of turn.

    Jund Charm deposited the Noble Hierarch in the graveyard, leaving the Escort to hit for three, leaving Lopes at eleven. Elspeth, Knight-Errant appeared next for Zaghi, who thought long and hard about what to do with her, now that he had her. +3+3 and flying was the call, causing Lopes to respond with Lightning Bolt. He continued to improve his position with Sprouting Thrinax, although the Celestial Colonnade Zaghi played next might turn out to be problematic.

    Consume the Meek

    In came the Thrinax and Raging Ravine, Zaghi choosing to protect Elspeth, at least somewhat. She moved to four loyalty as Zaghi created a Soldier and a Noble Hierarch. You have to say, he was doing a great job of keeping the final alive.

    A timely Jund Charm allowed Lopes to deal with the Soldier and the Hierarch, dropping Elspeth to one loyalty with his Sprouting Thrinax. One turn later, and the Thrinax had finally sent Elspeth away.

    Huge turn up next. Zaghi had Sovereigns of Lost Alara. He had a Soldier token ready. He attacked, searched up Eldrazi Conscription...and Lopes had Consume the Meek to foil the dastardly plan. Now it was all Lopes. He had Maelstrom Pulse for the Sovereigns of Lost Alara. He had a big Raging Ravine and a set of three 1/1 Saprolings. He activated a second Raging Ravine.

    Zaghi looked. And looked. And extended the hand one final time.

    Rafael Zhagi 0 – 3 Eduardo Lopes

    Eduardo Lopes is the Brazil National Champion for 2010!



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