Who is Who in Latin American Magic

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By now you probably seen a few pictures and the pairings and you know all the big Pro Tour names who showed up. But what about the local players? Latin America isn't exactly a powerhouse in Magic. You might know a couple of Pro Tour regulars, or the Latin players who qualified for the Invitational, but that is clearly not enough.

To help you out we have put together a small list of the top names in Latin America. Some of them might not be here today but that doesn't mean you shouldn't expect to see them in future events.

Lets start with the list of past Brazilian Grand Prix winners and finalists:

Curitiba 2002: Guilherme Dei Svaldi defeated Alex Shvartsman.
Rio 2001: Carlos Romao defeated Alex Shvartsman.
Sao Paulo 2000: Rafael Alvarenga defeated Douglas Maioli.
Rio 1998: Jon Finkel defeated Steve O'Mahoney-Schwartz.

It seems we are in the middle of a trend: after losing the first Grand Prix to the amazing Jon Finkel Brazilians have taken control of their home turf. Curiously the trend seems to have created another trend: Alex Shvartsman losing in the finals.

But Latin America isn't just Brazil, so here are the rest of the Latin Grand Prix so far:

Santiago 2001: Matias Gabrenja defeated Gerardo Godinez.
Buenos Aires 2000: Hugo Araiza defeated Walter Witt.

For the last two years Grand Prix played second fiddle to the biggest continental tournament around here. That's right Latin Championship. Here are the top 8 for the championships held before the tournament was retired from the circuit:

2001

1) Scott Richards
2) Diego Ostrovich
3) Raphael Garcia
4) Victor Galimbertti
5) Christian Pereira
6) Eduardo Sella
7) Alejandro del Gerbo Actis
8) Julio Silva Maciel

2000

1) Gustavo Chapela Gaxiola
2) Rafael Le Saux
3) Gerardo Godinez-Estrada
4) Carlos E Romao
5) Francisco Garcia Barbosa
6) Alex Sousa
7) Eduardo Simao Teixeira
8) Thomas E Felsberg

To finish the lists, the Top 40 Constructed - since this is a Standard tournament - players in the continent:

1 Rodrigo A Sánchez Albert 2055 Chile
2 Juan L Reutter 2044 Chile
3 Victor U Galimbertti 2041 Brazil
4 Diego Ostrovich 2022 Argentina
5 Matias Gabrenja 2013 Argentina
6 Dawton C Possato 2011 Brazil
7 Gabriel Caligaris 2001 Argentina
8 jose I barbero Sr. 1998 Argentina
9 Rafaël A Le Saux 1994 Chile
10 Leopoldo M. Martins Moreira Neto 1990 Brazil
11 Gabriel Guerreiro 1988 Brazil
12 Rodrigo Possamai 1984 Brazil
13 Lucas F Ramirez 1982 Argentina
13 gabriel n michelena 1982 Argentina
15 Francisco Cereceda 1977 Chile
16 Ricardo L del Castillo Sr. 1976 Dominican Republic
17 Christiano M Pereira 1974 Brazil
18 Gerardo Godinez Estrada Sr. 1971 Mexico
19 Guilherme D Svaldi 1969 Brazil
20 matias bollati 1963 Argentina
20 Guilherme R. A. Silva 1963 Brazil
22 Ary D Capristrani Jr. 1961 Brazil
22 Carlos R Zaniolo Filho 1961 Brazil
24 Jorge Talav Melgar 1959 Peru
25 Daniel Q Brasil do Carmo Sr. 1957 Brazil
25 Guido H Monti 1957 Argentina
27 Rafael Tejo 1956 Argentina
27 Andre Nascimento Sr. 1956 Brazil
29 Sergio F Martins 1954 Brazil
30 maximiliano r conca 1952 Argentina
31 Gerardo J Saiz 1951 Argentina
32 Francisco Moreno 1950 Argentina
33 Raphael F. Gunther 1948 Brazil
34 Romario T Britto 1947 Brazil
35 Rafael A Alvarenga Sr. 1946 Brazil
36 Carlos E Romão 1945 Brazil
37 Rafael A Perracini 1944 Brazil
38 Cristian Vassallo 1943 Dominican Republic
39 Waldemar B Barrientos Campos 1942 Chile
40 Celso Zampere Junior 15 Zampere Jr. 1940 Brazil

We hope this helps you through the weekend. At least when you check the final standings you will have an easier time figuring out if someone came out of the blue to finish in the Top 8 or if they have been around for a while.

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