February 7, 2018

Miguel Gatica

23 Years old from Costa Rica
Lifetime: 66 pro points.
12th Pro Tour Return to Ravnica
9th GP Costa Rica
3 times National Champion

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Bonjour, oui oui la crepe!

Pro Tour Theros has just finished, and 3 of my new teammates (Team Revolution) made it to the top 8!

It was really nice to see them at the top 8 wearing MTGMADNESS shirts and besides that knowing that you helped them test and prepare for it.
Basically, we arrived at September 30th to Dublin, and since then we played like 12 hours of Magic per day… That’s a lot.

Team Revolution Roster

Rob Castellon (Princess Buttercup)
Pierre Dagen
Louis-Samuel Deltour
Melissa DeTora
Jérémy Dezani
Paul Ferret
Miguel Gatica
Yann Guthmann
Raphaël Lévy
Guillaume Mauger
Timothée Simonot
Stéphane Soubrier
Guillaume Wafo-Tapa

Helping out are James Searles (USA), Roberto Gonzales (USA; qualified but cannot attend), and Mike Castellon (USA; Rob’s brother)

That’s a lot of frenchies… Well I had a great time with them even though I just keep hearing cheese names in my head even after they left.

We stayed at 2 different hostels. So the testing logistics at the beginning were not that good, besides we were playing in these greasy tables near the hostel’s kitchen. But then one guy told us there was another kitchen room that almost nobody uses. So we went there and it was pretty good compared to where we were testing.

You can see there “Guillermo” Wafo Tapa casting a spell.
Pretty cool right? No, seriously, what a master Wafo is… OMG seriously he is the best control player. All these 2 weeks we were testing different decks but he was always tuning the esper list. I think it was pretty close to the perfect 75. Future Hall of Famer! Congratulations mon ami!

We pretty much met at 11am at the “Lobby”.
Drafted. Then played standard games. A lot. And then at the night we did another draft almost always.

Testing overall was pretty good. And having a team is one of the keys to success.


Someone sent us the mono blue decklist and since then we continued working on it. Well Pierre was actually the one who never discarded it. Raph and me were working on mono green for 1 day but then realized it was just garbage.
We were playing like Voyage’s End and Disperse at the begining and after pointing it out i told Pierre to put some Cyclonic Rift in the mix.

So this is our Mono Blue deck at testing :,)

This is our final list. (some of us played Aetherlings and the other ones Jace, Memory Adept


21 Island
3 Mutavault


4 Cloudfin Raptor
4 Frostburn Weird
4 Judge’s Familiar
4 Master of Waves
4 Nightveil Specter
2 Omenspeaker
4 Thassa, God of the Sea
4 Tidebinder Mage


1 Bident of Thassa
2 Cyclonic Rift
1 Rapid Hybridization
2 Jace, Architect of Thought


2 Aetherling
2 Jace, Architect of Thought
1 Mutavault
3 Negate
1 Pithing Needle
2 Ratchet Bomb
1 Triton Tactics
3 Wall of Frost



Matchups and sideboarding.

Mono red
+2 Ratchet Bomb
+2 Jace, Architect of Thought
+1 Triton Tactics

-1 Bident of Thassa
-2 Cyclonic Rift
-1 Rapid Hybridization
-1 Thassa, God of the Sea

Red Green Polukranos

+ 3 Wall of Frost
+1 Pithing Needle
+ 1 Triton Tactics

-1 Bident of Thassa
-4 Judge’s Familiar

Green White

+3 Wall of Frost
+2 Ratchet bomb

– 1 Bident of Thassa
-2 Jace, Architect of Thought
-2 Omenspeaker


+2 Aetherling
+3 Negate
+1 Pithing Needle
+2 Jace, Architect of Thought
+1 Mutavault

-1 Rapid Hybridization
-4 Cloudfin Raptor
-2 Omenspeaker
-2 Master of Waves

Midrange heavy removal¿?
It depends a lot. But probably a mix of Jace, Architect of Thought, and Mutavault is always right.

Mono Blue
+2 Ratchet Bomb
¿? +2 Jace, Architect of Thought

-2 Omenspeaker
¿?-2 Judge’s Familiar

The Mono Blue Devotion deck was easily the best deck of the tournament.
French Magic is at the top of the World right now. OP as some people say right now. Congratulations.
(Also MTGMADNESS is at the top! Shahar winning the World Championships and now Jeremy and Pierre dominating the Pro Tour)


For those of you wondering how my tournament went, well it was pretty frustrating. But at the end I’m satisfy because I know I tried my best and that when I lost it was out of my control.
But well I finished in 61th Place. $1000 and 5 Pro Points.

So right now I have 12 pro points. Did you guys see that the Players Championships has 24 spots!
So the top 2 of each region qualifies for it! At the moment I’m in 3rd place at Latin America; so I’ll try my best to get there.

Sometimes you have to just remain silent and recognize that some people are running good and that is their time. I think my time will come soon. I don’t know when and where, I just know that it will eventually happen and that some people would have to eat their words.

Patience. If you are the guy who always finishes in 9th place. Or that you are good enough to qualify for a Pro Tour. The more tilted you are the worst you are going to play.

As for me I learned not to put many excuses now, and focus on my game. It is hard to see other people playing in their first Pro Tour and top 8ing. But sometimes it takes 31 PTs to get there. (right Gerry?)

Next Events:
Oct 19-20 GP Louisville
Maybe GP Chile.

Nov 9-10 PTQ Providence
Nov 16-17 Grand Prix Washington DC
Nov 23-24 Grand Prix Breaking Bad

Past Events:
Pro Tour Dublin 61th place
Grand Prix Detroit 38th place (1461 players)
Grand Prix Oakland 20th place (1632 players)
Grand Prix Rimini 33rd place (1037 players)
Grand Prix Kansas City 57th place (958 players)

For me that’s all for this week and au revoir baguette gouda.

Miguel Gatica
Twitter: @MiguelGatica123

MTGO: MGatica

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