Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa's Story with Magic
This week, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa was awarded, by the second year, as the Best Card Games Athlete from Brazil. In today's article, we make a compilation of his Magic career.
Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosawon the Brazilian eSports award, in the category
Best Card Games Athlete. To celebrate his victory, today we're bringing an article on the trajectory of what can be considered one of the greatest Magic: The Gathering players of all time!
Who is Paulo Vitor?
Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa, known as PVDDR or just PV, is a professional Magic: The Gathering player born in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1987. As one of the most successful players in the game, he is known worldwide in the community for his achievements, such as becoming the youngest player and also the first South American to enter the Hall of Fame, being one of the players with the highest number of placements in the Pro Tour Top 8's, as well as being the leader of all-time cash prizes won playing Magic at pro level, with a total of $1,071,085.
Tempo Stormteam, an American eSports organization, with teams and players present in the most diverse digital games, he is also a writer for the StarCityGames website and has a YouTube channel.
First Contact with Magic
Wildfire, based on the list played by Kai Budde to win the Worlds in that same year. However, the player's result wasn't enough for him to make it to Day 2. In 2001, the player competed in the Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro, a tournament in the Invasion Block sealed format, where he scored 5-2 on the first day of the event, but ended up missing out on Day 2 due to bad tiebreakers. That same year, Paulo Vitor would play the Grand Prix Curitiba, in the now extinct Extended format where, in a Metagame where many players were playing with the Donate combo, played by Kai Budde to win a Pro Tour, while he opted for a lesser-known deck, running Battle of Wits. Although the results of the tournament were not the most impressive, Paulo left his mark that day, when mentioned during coverage of the event, with the following words:
“The last thing you expect from a player who earned his three byes through ranking is to bring a wacky deck to an Extended tournament. Well, Paulo Rosa did just that. When he approached the Head Judge to find out how he could register a deck with more than two hundred cards in the tiny registration sheet, the story started to spread. By the end of round 4, he was already a star in the tournament. At the end of every round, everyone wants to know how the tiny Paulo and his huge deck fared.”
- GP Porto Alegre coverage, 2001
Ascending to the Professional Career
Esper Dragonsdeck, to which the player attributes the success and revitalization of his career as a player. At the Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar the following year, PV reached his tenth Top 8 on a Pro Tour, a feat previously only achieved by the players Jon Finkel and Kai Budde, and then managed to surpass that mark by reaching the Top 8 of the Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, where he also achieved his second Pro Tour Champion title. That same year, Paulo Vitor became Player of the Year for the first time in his career, and, in 2018, he entered as one of the participants in the Magic Pro League in 2019. In 2019, the player placed second in the Mythic Championship VI, and reached the Top 8 of the Mythic Championship VII, classifying him for the World Championship. In the 2019 World Championship, which took place at the beginning of 2020, Paulo Vitor, playing Azorius Control, became the World Champion after winning the Portuguese Marcio Carvalho, who played Jeskai Fires, becoming the second Brazilian player to become a Magic: The Gathering World Champion That same year, in the
Strixhaven: School of Magesset, for winning the World Championship, the player was immortalized on the Elite Spellbinder card.
Best Card Games Playerand
Player of the Yearcategories. At 2021, the player finished second in the Pro League, qualifying him to defend his title in the World Championship. However, Paulo Vitor's result in the event, playing Mono-Green Aggro, was not the best and, later, the player commented on his Twitter that he felt he had wrongly evaluated the event's Metagame. Finally, on December 16, 2021, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa received, for the second consecutive year, the eSports Brazil Award, in the category
Best Card Games Athlete.
Ramunap Red, played by him to win the Pro Tour Hour of Devastation, utilizing three powerful additions that came in the new set in the form of Earthshaker Khenra, Abrade and, most importantly, Ramunap Ruins to create an extremely aggressive deck that had great reach in longer matcheup, thanks to the inclusion of new land and powerful threats like Chandra, Torch of Defiance and Hazoret the Fervent.
Azorius Control, a deck in the most classic form of the archetype, with sweepers and removals, counterspells, ways to filter the top and draw cards, and a powerful pair of finishers capable of dominating the game if they remain on the battlefield.