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Pro Tour Dark Ascension
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Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

Age: 24
Hometown: Porto Alegre
Occupation: Student/player

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
30

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dark Ascension:
Pro points

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:
11(?) / 9

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
I have the most lifetime pro points out of anyone not in the Hall of Fame.

What was your record by format?

Standard:
9-1

Booster Draft:
4-2

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dark Ascension?
Who did you prepare with?
We rented a house for the entire ChannelFireball team (same as Kibler).

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
Zero

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Wolf Run Ramp. We were expecting Humans and random decks and this is good against those.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
I used to play at our local store Jombõ.

Did you spend time in Hawaii prior to the Pro Tour?
If so, what did you do?
I got here two weeks ago, but we've mostly been testing. I'm staying the week after to go scuba diving, and to visit the volcano on the island.



Denniz Rachid

Age: 25
Hometown: Kungsbacka
Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
4

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dark Ascension:
PTQ

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:
0

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
None

What was your record by format?

Standard:
6-2-2

Booster Draft:
6-0

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dark Ascension?
Who did you prepare with?
Tested with fellow Swedes, especially Kenny Ôberg, Elias Watsfeldt, and Ludrig Londos.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
1-5

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Delver-Humans AKA Best of Both Worlds.
Why?
So I can go Champion of the Parish into two Delver of Secrets before flipping them.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
I don't really play FNMs but maybe at Vasa-Gaming in Gothenburg.

Did you spend time in Hawaii prior to the Pro Tour?
If so, what did you do?
Mostly playtesting, but I have a couple of days left after Sunday to check stuff out. Shout out to Dolmen and Dôuges!



Jon Finkel

Age: 33
Hometown: New York
Occupation: Managing partner, Landscape Capital

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
?

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dark Ascension:
?
Hall of Fame

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:
13 PTs / ?
GPs

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Etc.

What was your record by format?

Standard:
6-2-2

Booster Draft:
6-0

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dark Ascension?
Who did you prepare with?
In a house with Patrick Chapin, Sam Black, Tom Martell, Alex West, Michael Jacob, Matt Sperling, Paul Reitzl, Rich Hoaen, Ben Seck, Reid Duke, Andrew Cuneo, and Jelger Wiegersma.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
5

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Delver of Spirits. Delver seemed very good, so we wanted to play a Delver deck to beat other Delver decks.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
I have never been.

Did you spend time in Hawaii prior to the Pro Tour?
If so, what did you do?
Yeah, I arrived last Friday with the crew.



Mamoru Nagai

Age: 24
Hometown: Kanagawa
Occupation: Service

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
2

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dark Ascension:
?
PTQ Sendai. Help Sendai!!!

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:
0/1

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
PWC win!

What was your record by format?

Standard:
7-2-1

Booster Draft:
5-0-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dark Ascension?
Who did you prepare with?
Drafting with friends after February 3rd.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
0

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Kessig Wolf Run, expected to beat the major decks.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Yellow Submarine of Yokohama.

Did you spend time in Hawaii prior to the Pro Tour?
If so, what did you do?

Adjusting to jet lag.



Lukas Blohon

Age: 22
Hometown: Prague
Occupation: Tourist

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
About 12?

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dark Ascension:
?
Pro Player level.

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:
2 GP Top 8

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Top 16 last PT Honolulu.

What was your record by format?

Standard:
7-2-1

Booster Draft:
5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dark Ascension?
Who did you prepare with?
With the ChannelFireball team.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
When I prepare for a GP, about 30-40. Otherwise, like 10-15.

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Naya Birthing Pod, because I know it in and out.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Cerny Rytir.

Did you spend time in Hawaii prior to the Pro Tour?
If so, what did you do?
We spend about 10 days in Hawaii before the PT, mostly testing with ChannelFireball.



Jelger Wiegersma

Age: 30
Hometown: Willemstad, Curacao
Occupation: Sports trader

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
50ish?

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dark Ascension?
Hall of Fame

Number of GP/PT Top 8’s:
13/4

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
-

What was your record by format?

Standard:
8-2

Booster Draft:
4-2

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dark Ascension?
Who did you prepare with?
Beach house with Rich Hoaen, Sam Black, Jon Finkel, Ben Seck, Michael Jacob, Pat Chapin, Alex West, Reid Duke, Matt Sperling, Paul Rietzl, Andrew Cuneo, and Gerry Thompson.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
14

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Delver. Sam Black and Gerry Thompson came up with a really good version.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don’t go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Theseus in Tilburg. Did you spend time in Hawaii prior to the Pro Tour?
If so, what did you do?

Yes, I got in to the beach house on Saturday. Also took a trip to the big island to check out the volcano.



Matt Costa

Age: 19
Hometown: Eastham, Massachusetts
Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
5

How did you quality for Pro Tour Dark Ascension?

Level 4

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:
2 Grand Prix, 1 Pro Tour

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
None.

What was your record by format?

Standard:
9-0-1

Booster Draft:
3-3

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dark Ascension?
Who did you prepare with?
Played online, live testing with Jason Ford, Ben Friedman, and Justin Resai.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
10-15

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
UW Delver. It attacks the format from too many different angles and it's the best deck.

Did you spend time in Hawaii prior to the Pro Tour?
If so, what did you do?
One day. I hiked up Diamond Head Crater and went to the beach.



Brian Kibler

Age: 31
Hometown: Oceanside, CA
Occupation: Game Designer

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour:
Lots

How did you qualify for Pro Tour Dark Ascension?
Pro Level.

Number of GP/PT Top 8s:
11 GP/5 PT

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

What was your record by format?

Standard:
7-2-1

Booster Draft:
5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Dark Ascension?
Who did you prepare with?
Stayed in a beach house for a week with the rest of Team Fireball - LSV, PV, Lucas Blohon, Martin Juza, Eric Froehlich, Conley Woods, Ben Stark, Shuuhei Nakamura, Brad Nelson, David Ochoa, Matt Nass, Josh Utter-Leyton, and Owen Turtenwald.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
5-20, depending on how much streaming I’m doing (go to www.twitch.tv/bmkibler to watch!)

What Standard deck are you playing and why?
Huntmaster Ramp - it’s excellent against all creature strategies.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don't go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Sky High Comics in San Marcos.

Did you spend time in Hawaii prior to the Pro Tour?
If so, what did you do?
Did diving catches for balls in the pool at our beach house, and ate at Sushi Sasabune!



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