November 15-17, 2019
Expo Center Norte
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Thiago Rosenmann is your Grand Prix Sao Paulo champion!
At MagicFest São Paulo, the main event format was Standard, with a $35,000 prize pool. The tournament featured a double Day 1 structure, with over 740 total entrants. The Standard metagame was unsurprisingly dominated by Oko, and the winning deck was Simic Food.
Grand Prix São Paulo featured a double Day 1 on Friday and Saturday (called Stage 1A and Stage 1B, respectively) with Day 2 for qualified players on Sunday (called Stage 2). The Day 1 stages had 8 rounds of Swiss, and players with 18 points or more qualified for Stage 2.
Players who did well enough in Stage 1A or 1B started with extra match points in Stage 2: An 8-0 record granted 6 match points, and a 7-1 or 7-0-1 record granted 3 match points. Stage 2 had 7 rounds of Swiss, followed by the cut to Top 8.
Stage 1A was held on Friday. Around 300 players were competing, including Magic Pro League members Lucas Esper Berthoud (with the home city advantage) and Martin Juza (on a mileage run) as the biggest names. Whereas Berthoud failed to clinch the requisite 6-2 record, Juza did go 6-2 and therefore qualified for Stage 2. In total, 48 players advanced.
But the biggest winners on Friday were Danilo Modesto and Joseph Chelala, both of whom relied on the power of Oko and managed to post pristine 8-0 records, which meant that they got to start with 6 free match points in Stage 2. Modesto would go on to stay undefeated: He went 15-0, then 17-0, before finally losing for the first time in the finals.
Stage 1B was held on Saturday. Over 340 players were competing, including both MPL members once again. They improved on their performance from yesterday, as Juza went 7-1 (so he got to start with 3 match points in Stage 2) and Berthoud went 6-2 (so he qualified for Stage 2). In total, 59 players advanced.
But the biggest winners of the day were Gabriel Martinez and Luis Felippe Rossello Lima. The pair of great friends not only posted the perfect 8-0 records with non-Oko decks (instead relying on Jeskai Fires and Simic Flash) but even got to celebrate together at the end of the day. Alas, both failed to convert their head start into a Top 8 finish.
Stage 2 and the Top 8
Since six players qualified in both Stage 1A and 1B, in total 101 players participated in Stage 2. After seven rounds, the Top 8 was set, with Thiago Saporito as the best-known name.
In terms of decks, the Top 8 featured 5 Oko decks, along with Rakdos Knights, Rakdos Sacrifice, and Jund Sacrifice.
In the end, the combo of Nissa, Who Shakes the World and Hydroid Krasis proved more powerful than the recursive engine of Witch's Oven and Cauldron Familiar. It was exactly that combo that Thiago Rosenmann used with his Simic Food deck to overpower Danilo Modesto and his Sultai Sacrifice deck in the finals. With his victory, Thiago Rosenmann earned a qualification to the first Players Tour Finals in 2020. Congratulations once again!