Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa
Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa is a Brazilian professional Magic player. He was the 2016–17 Player of the Year, and with twelve Pro Tour top eights to his name, including wins at PT San Juan 2010 and at PT Hour of Devastation, Damo da Rosa is one of the most successful Magic players of all time.
Professional play[edit | edit source]
Damo da Rosa started playing Magic in 1995, age eight, after reading an advertisement for the game in a magazine. He started playing in tournaments very early on, and played Brazilian Nationals for the first time in 2000. At Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro in 2001, he went 5–2, but failed to make it to day two due to poor tiebreakers. At GP Curitiba the same year, he had earned three byes due to having a high DCI rating, and brought Battle of Wits. He didn't do well in the event, but was featured on coverage and gained some recognition. He then joined some online leagues for play on Apprentice, and started making a name for himself in the online community.
His first Pro Tour experience came in 2003, when he qualified for the World Championships in Berlin by virtue of being ranked among the top eight players in Latin America, though some suspected him for faking tournaments in order to boost his rating. Playing Mirari's Wake in Standard and Goblins in Extended, he finished 55th in the event, good enough for a money finish. A year later, he once again found himself qualified on rating for the World Championships. He couldn't afford the flight to San Francisco, however, so he won one through a tournament where the prize was a flight to Worlds to spectate the event. This time he finished 46th. At GP Porto Alegre 2004, his hometown Grand Prix, Damo da Rosa posted his first premier event top eight, finishing 6th. He then qualified for Pro Tour London 2005, where he finished 55th.
The 2006 season would prove to be Damo da Rosa's breakout year. He qualified for Pro Tour Honolulu via a PTQ; the PTQs starting to award plane tickets instead of $500 made the trip possible, and he went on to finish 20th in the event after losing the last round, where he played for top eight. At the following PT in Prague, he started the event 10–2, but went 0–3 in the final draft to finish 30th. At Pro Tour Charleston, Damo da Rosa rose to fame by finishing runner-up alongside teammates Willy Edel and Celso Zampere, eventually losing in the finals to the Japanese team of Tomoharu Saito, Shōta Yasooka, and Tomohiro Kaji. Damo da Rosa now went to the last two Pro Tours of the season as one of the Player of the Year contenders. He won the 2006 Brazilian National championships, finished 42nd at PT Kobe, and at the 2006 World Championships, he dominated the first three days of competition, locking up a top eight berth three rounds before the end of the Swiss rounds. By reaching the final, he'd also become the Player of the Year, but he lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Makihito Mihara in a famous five-game match. In the fifth game, Damo da Rosa mulliganed to five and looked like he was going to lose, but Mihara miscounted his mana when trying to go off with Dragonstorm; failing would almost certainly have left Damo da Rosa winning, but he cast Repeal on Damo da Rosa's Savannah Lions, which drew him into his third Rite of Flame, which gave him enough mana to cast Dragonstorm and win the match. Damo da Rosa ended the season on 51 Pro Points, enough for Level 6 - the highest - in the Pro Players Club.
Over the next years, Damo da Rosa established himself as one of the top players in the game. At Pro Tour Geneva, he finished in the money again, achieving a record of nine money finishes in nine total Pro Tours played, though the streak ended at the next Pro Tour, PT Yokohama. He didn't top eight a Pro Tour in 2007, but in 2008, he posted his third and fourth, at PT Hollywood and at the 2008 World Championships, respectively; on both occasions he lost in the quarterfinals. In 2009, he won the Brazilian National championships again, and his fifth Pro Tour top eight came at PT Austin 2009, but he once again lost in the quarterfinals, playing Dark Depths combo in Extended.
In 2010, for PT San Diego, Damo da Rosa joined Team ChannelFireball alongside players such as Luis Scott-Vargas, David Ochoa, and Josh Utter-Leyton. At the very next Pro Tour, PT San Juan, Damo da Rosa, in his sixth top eight, not only escaped the quarterfinals for the first time in an individual event; he went all the way and took the title, defeating Guillaume Matignon 3–2 in the finals. He came close to the Player of the Year title again when he later in the same season top eighted the 2010 World Championships in Chiba, but Guillaume Matignon got his revenge from San Juan by defeating Damo da Rosa in the semifinals. Had Damo da Rosa won the match, he would have been the Player of the Year. In 2011, Damo da Rosa won his first Grand Prix event, at GP Singapore, playing the infamous Caw-blade deck. He also once again made it to the top eight at the World Championships, but was eliminated in the quarterfinals. At the very next event, he placed runner-up at Pro Tour Dark Ascension behind Brian Kibler. His results qualified him for the 2012 Players Championship (later renamed the World Championship), an exclusive high-stakes 16-player tournament; he there finished third. At Pro Tour Return to Ravnica, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, having earned 85.7% of the votes. Only 25 years old at the time, he was then the youngest player to have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The next couple of seasons were a disappointment for Damo da Rosa. He failed to post significant finishes on the Pro Tour, and indeed only made it to Silver level in the Pro Players Club. As such, he strongly considered quitting, and start playing a different game instead. However, the 2014–15 season was a successful one. Although he didn't finish in the top eight of any Pro Tours, he made the top eight of three Grand Prix events, winning one, and put up a strong 13th-place finish at Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir. Most of his top finishes during this season were with the deck called Esper Dragons, to which he credits the revitalizing of his Magic career. At the next season's Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar, Damo da Rosa posted his 10th career Pro Tour top eight, a figure only Jon Finkel and Kai Budde had reached before him. Damo da Rosa's renewed success culminated with an amazing 2016–17 season, where he at Pro Tour Aether Revolt picked up his eleventh top eight, surpassing Budde, before claiming his second Pro Tour title at PT Hour of Devastation, simultaneously becoming the Player of the Year for the first time in his career.
Accomplishments[edit | edit source]
|2005||Grand Prix||Porto Alegre||Rochester Draft||20–21 November 2004||6|
|2006||Pro Tour||Charleston||Team Constructed||16–18 June 2006||2|
|2006||Nationals||São Paulo||Special||9–10 September 2006||1|
|2006||Worlds||Paris||Special||29 November–3 December 2006||6|
|2007||Grand Prix||San Francisco||Block Constructed||25–26 August 2007||3|
|2007||Grand Prix||Daytona Beach||Limited||17–18 November 2007||2|
|2008||Pro Tour||Hollywood||Standard||23–25 May 2008||8|
|2008||Worlds||Memphis||Special||11–14 December 2008||5|
|2009||Grand Prix||Barcelona||Standard||23–24 May 2009||3|
|2009||Grand Prix||Seattle||Standard||30–31 May 2009||3|
|2009||Nationals||Brazil||Standard and Booster Draft||25–26 July 2009||1|
|2009||Pro Tour||Austin||Extended and Booster Draft||16–18 October 2009||8|
|2010||Grand Prix||Houston||Extended||3–4 April 2010||6|
|2010||Pro Tour||San Juan||Block Constructed and Booster Draft||28–30 May 2010||1|
|2010||Grand Prix||Portland||Limited||11–12 September 2010||8|
|2010||Worlds||Chiba||Special||9–12 December 2010||3|
|2011||Grand Prix||Providence||Legacy||28–29 May 2011||4|
|2011||Grand Prix||Singapore||Standard||4–5 June 2011||1|
|2011||Grand Prix||Santiago||Limited||22–23 October 2011||6|
|2011||Worlds||San Francisco||Special||17–20 November 2011||5|
|2012||Grand Prix||Orlando||Standard||14–15 January 2012||3|
|2012||Pro Tour||Honolulu||Standard and Booster Draft||10–12 February 2012||2|
|2012||Grand Prix||Baltimore||Standard||25–26 February 2012||5|
|2012–13||Players Championship||Indianapolis||Special||29–31 August 2012||3|
|2013–14||Grand Prix||Paris||Legacy||15–16 February 2014||8|
|2013–14||Grand Prix||Buenos Aires||Standard||15–16 March 2014||3|
|2014–15||Grand Prix||Nashville||Team Limited||1–2 November 2014||2|
|2014–15||Grand Prix||Kraków||Standard||18–19 April 2015||3|
|2014–15||Grand Prix||São Paulo||Standard||2–3 May 2015||1|
|2015–16||Pro Tour||Milwaukee||Standard and Booster Draft||16–18 October 2015||7|
|2016–17||Grand Prix||Rotterdam||Team Limited||12–13 November 2016||4|
|2016–17||Grand Prix||Prague||Limited||28–29 January 2017||2|
|2016–17||Pro Tour||Dublin||Standard and Booster Draft||3–5 February 2017||6|
|2016–17||Pro Tour||Kyoto||Standard and Booster Draft||28–30 July 2017||1|
Pro Tour results[edit | edit source]
|List of the Pro Tour results and winnings of Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa|
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Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa has been a long-time writer of the game. He joined Star City Games as a writer after his top eight finish at the 2006 World Championships, and since moved to ChannelFireball, where he still writes; he is often considered among the best Magic strategy writers, but has also written other articles, such as on the life of a pro player, and about what to do when playing in your first Pro Tour. Additionally, he has made the occasional Magic Online draft video, and has served as a commentator on coverage.
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- Top 200 All-Time Money Leaders
- Lifetime Pro Tour Top 8s
- Lifetime Grand Prix Top 8s
- List of players by lifetime Pro Points (requires Planeswalker Points login)
References[edit | edit source]
- Damo da Rosa, Paulo Vitor (2009-07-23). PV's Playhouse - My Story. Star City Games. Retrieved on 2017-01-30.
- Oliveira, Rui (2001-12-08). THE BIGGEST DECK IN THE TOURNAMENT. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2017-01-30.
- Damo da Rosa, Paulo Vitor (2009-08-20). PV's Playhouse - My Story Part 2. Star City Games. Retrieved on 2017-01-30.
- Oliveira, Rui (2004-11-21). Quarterfinals: Paulo Rosa vs. Rafael Mendonca. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2017-01-30.
- Damo da Rosa, Paulo Vitor (2009-09-10). PV's Playhouse - My Story Part 3. Star City Games. Retrieved on 2017-01-30.
- Walkinshaw, Ray (2006-12-03). Quarterfinals: One Big Turn. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2017-01-30.
- Sadin, Steve (2009-10-08). Pro Tour–Austin Quarterfinals: That's the Spirit. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2017-01-30.
- Damo da Rosa, Paulo Vitor (2017-01-24). The Formation of Team ChannelFireball Ice. ChannelFireball. Retrieved on 2017-01-30.
- Stark, Bill (2010-05-30). Finals: A Champion Levels Up. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2017-01-30.
- Ashley, Monty (2010-12-12). 2010 Magic: The Gathering World Championships Semifinal Match: Zombie Jamboree. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2017-01-30.
- Damo da Rosa, Paulo Vitor (2015-01-13). The Life of a Pro Player. ChannelFireball. Retrieved on 2017-01-30.
- Damo da Rosa, Paulo Vitor (2016-12-19). Playing Your First Pro Tour. ChannelFireball. Retrieved on 2017-01-30.
- Calderaro, Marc (2015-01-31). WHAT’S THE WAY IN SAN JOSE?. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2017-01-30.