Pro Tour–Austin Top 8 Player Profiles

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Paulo Vito Damo da Rosa


Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

Age: 22
Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Occupation: Magic Player!
Number of times on the Pro Tour: 19
How did you qualify for Pro-Tour Austin? Pro Level
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 5 GP 5 PT
Other previous Magic Accomplishments: 2 times Brazilian National Champion, 3rd at the last Invitational
What was your record by format?
Extended: 8-2
Booster Draft: 4-2

How did you prepare for Pro-Tour Austin? Who did you prepare with?
Played with my friend Paulo Cortez and talked to a lot of people.

What deck are you playing and why?
Dark Depths combo, because it has a lot of raw power and a lot of tutors for answers against the other combo decks

What did you think was going to be the most-played Extended archetype in Austin?
Zoo

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
Nothing is terrible, it all depends on the builds. I guess some kind of zoo with Ghost Quarter, or blue control with Vensers.

What was your draft strategy?
I like black with either red or blue.


Tsuyoshi Ikeda


Tsuyoshi Ikeda

Age: 36
Hometown: Fukuoka, Japan
Occupation: Father, Card shop manager and Pro Player
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour? Over 50
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 8
Other previous Magic Accomplishments: My son’s growth.
What was your record by format?
Extended: 8-1-1
Booster Draft: 5-1

How did you prepare for Pro-Tour Austin? Who did you prepare with?
Nothing, my shop customers.

What deck are you playing and why?
I like Zoo.

What did you think was going to be the most-played Extended archetype in Austin?
Zoo.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
Hypergenesis.

What was your draft strategy?
Nothing.

Hunter Burton


Hunter Burton

Age: 24
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Occupation: Wealthy and uneducated
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 5
How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Austin? Grand Prix-Seattle
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 1 Grand Prix
Other previous Magic Accomplishments: None
What was your record by format?
Extended: 9-0-1
Booster Draft: 3-3

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Austin? Who did you prepare with?
Played five games night before, did four team drafts day before.

What deck are you playing and why?
Zoo, because I didn’t test.

What did you think was going to be the most played Extended archetype in Austin?
No clue.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
No clue.

What was your draft strategy?
Didn’t have one.

Brian Kibler


Brian Kibler

Age: 29
Hometown: San Diego, California
Occupation: Game designer
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: Many
How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Austin?
Pro Tour-Honolulu Top 8
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 9 Grand Prix (2 wins), 3 Pro Tour.
Other previous Magic Accomplishments: New Hampshire state junior Limited champion 1997
What was your record by format?
Extended: 9-1
Booster Draft: 3-3

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Austin? Who did you prepare with?
Tested with Ben Rubin, Mark Herberholz, Gabriel Nassif, Pat Chapin, Michael Jacob, Dave Williams, Matt Sperling, Paul Rietzl, and the inestimable Dan Burdick.

What deck are you playing and why?
Rubin Zoo. Great matchup versus Zoo, blue decks, Affinity, and has tons of sideboard hate against combo.

What did you think was going to be the most played Extended archetype in Austin?
Zoo.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
Haven’t found a matchup I don’t like yet!

What was your draft strategy?
Draft red, black, or both – try to be aggressive.

Evangelos Papatsarouchas


Evangelos Papatsarouchas

Age: 29
Hometown: Athens, Greece
Occupation: I.T. Networks
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: Five
How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Austin? PTQ
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 1 Grand Prix
Other previous Magic Accomplishments:
None.
What was your record by format?
Extended: 8-2
Booster Draft: 5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Austin? Who did you prepare with?
Tested versus Naya, Fae, a lot with Skounakis and Pipilik.

What deck are you playing and why?
Hypergenesis – I didn’t lose much.


What did you think was going to be the most played Extended archetype in Austin?
Naya, Fae.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
Mirror.

What was your draft strategy?
Stay away from green, be as aggressive as possible.

Naoki Shimizu


Naoki Shimizu

Age: 23
Hometown: Kamakura, Japan
Occupation: Student
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 7
How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Austin? PTQ
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 1 GP, first PT Top 8
Other previous Magic Accomplishments: Japan Nationals Top 8 2006. I work as an article writer too.
What was your record by format?
Extended: 7-2-1
Booster Draft: 5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Austin? Who did you prepare with?
Mainly with Tomoharu Saito (a lot of drafts). I made my deck almost by myself.

What deck are you playing and why?
Iona-Zun (Dredge). I thought few players would hate this powerful deck.

What did you think was going to be the most played Extended archetype in Austin?
Zoo or Next Level Blue.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
A deck with a lot of graveyard hate (e.g. green-black Vampire Hexmage-Dark Depths)

What was your draft strategy?
Build a mono-colored deck.

Yuuya Watanabe


Yuuya Watanabe

Age: 20
Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan
Occupation: Pro Player

Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 11

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Austin? Pro points.
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 6 Grand Prix Top 8 (2 wins)
Other previous Magic Accomplishments: Japan Nationals 2nd, 3rd. Rookie of the Year 2007.
What was your record by format?
Extended: 7-1-2
Booster Draft: 5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Austin? Who did you prepare with?
Kobuchi draft, Grand Prix-Melbourne, Dream Club, Deck tec, Kotaro Ootsuka, Kazuya Mitamura, Shuhei Nakamura.

What deck are you playing and why?
The best deck is Dredge.

What did you think was going to be the most played Extended archetype in Austin?
Zoo.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
Hypergenesis.

What was your draft strategy?
Black or blue, 18 lands.

Martin Juza


Martin Juza

Age: 22
Hometown: Plzen, Czech Republic
Occupation: Flying miles collector
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 16 or so
How did you qualify for Pro Tour-Austin? Pro Points
Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 2/2
Other previous Magic Accomplishments: 0-3 lifetime against Nassif’s girlfriend.
What was your record by format?
Extended: 6-1-3
Booster Draft: 6-0

How did you prepare for Pro Tour-Austin? Who did you prepare with?
Stayed at Shuhei’s, tested with the Japanese, drafted in Melbourne (I love to fly!).

What deck are you playing and why?
POY Zoo, because it beats Dark Depths.

What did you think was going to be the most played Extended archetype in Austin?
Zoo.

What is the worst matchup for your deck?
All-In Red.

What was your draft strategy?
Aggro.

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