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Top 8: Rui Mariani Rodrigues

Name: Rui Mariani
Age: 30
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Occupation: Computer programmer
Played Magic since: Ice Age, 1996?
Best accomplishments: 4th GP Lisbon 1999, 7th GP Madrid 2000, 27th PT Rome.

Q: What made you decide to come to Grand Prix Porto?
A: It's near and I won a trial.

Q: What were your expectations going into this tournament, and why?
A: Top 32, top 8 with some luck because I play really well. :)

Q: Briefly describe your tournament play-wise so far, both day one and day two.
A: Day 1: 2-1-1 with an ok deck. Day 2: 5-1 with good drafts and some luck.

Q: What do you think is the main reason for you making top 8 in this tournament, and why?
A: Constistency, luck and no stress.

Q: What does this top 8 performance mean to you?
A: I really want to win this time! It's very satisfying. I'm happy.

Q: What are your predictions for the top 8?
A: Can I win? It's a very competitive top 8.

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