Latin America Flexes Its Muscles
For a long time Latin America has been completely off the Magic world radar. The economic situation in Latin America makes Magic a very expensive pastime. Prohibitive travel costs kept the best players from showing off their skills at Pro Tours. The removal of the Latin American Championships was a disaster for their pro community. Their Grand Prix were seen as hunting grounds for North American pros, but always a Latin American would take the title. They were the only Magic Community not to have made their mark after Japan put Tsuyoshi Fujita in the Top 8 of Pro Tour - Tokyo.
As if the potential for a Latin American World Champion wasn't enough, Argentina ended the singles competition in second place on the Team Leaderboard, just one point behind Germany. If their Rochester Drafting skills match the rest of their repertoire, Ostrovich could appear in both final matches.
Romao, too, recognizes that the enormity of his accomplishment extends beyond the personal. He and Ostrovich have put Latin America on the map. Respect may be hard to earn, but two in the Top 8 of an eighteen round event is nothing short of remarkable. He hopes that this will not only build Latin America's reputation, but also encourage its players to reach for the highest level of competition, developing Latin America's pro player base. Success on the Tour has always been Romao's dream, and he's accomplished it this weekend. He wants players to know that it is possible.
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