Damo Da Rosa Claims Top Spot In MPL After Strong January Kaldheim League Weekend Performance

Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa takes over first place in the MPL season standings after 10-2 record last weekend.

Reigning world champ Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa went 10-2 in his MPL matches in the January Kaldheim League Weekend to take the overall lead in the season.

Damo da Rosa was joined by Brad Nelson and Seth Manfield as the top players in the MPL this weekend with 10 wins. All three are in the Top 4 of the season standings with Damo da Rosa at 28 points while Nelson and Manfield each have 24. Sitting in second place overall is Gabriel Nassif at 27 points, who went 9-3 this weekend.

Damo da Rosa was the top performer with Gruul Aggro, while Nelson, Manfield, and Nassif all played Jund Sacrifice (Jegantha). Nelson and Manfield played nearly identical lists with the only difference being two cards in the sideboard. Nassif’s build varied a bit more with a slightly different mana base, a main deck Scrapheap Scrounger, and a different sideboard.

Other top performers from the MPL were Martin Juza (Gruul Aggro) at 9-3, Javier Dominguez (Sultai Midrange) at 8-4, and Brian Braun-Duin (Gruul Aggro) at 8-4. Dominguez was the top performing Sultai Midrange player of the nine MPL members who registered Sultai or Four-Color Midrange.

January Kaldheim League Weekend MPL results can be seen below along with total points for the season. Total points includes points earned from wins in the three League Weekends and the amount of points earned in the Zendikar Rising Championship.

NameJanuary League Weekend RecordOverall Total Points
Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa10-228
Brad Nelson10-224
Seth Manfield10-224
Gabriel Nassif9-327
Martin Juza9-323
Javier Dominguez8-418
Brian Braun-Duin8-416
Ondrej Strasky7-523
Marcio Carvalho7-521
Reid Duke7-521
Jean-Emmanuel Depraz6-622
Autumn Burchett5-720
William Jensen5-716
Chris Kvartek5-715
Shahar Shenhar5-715
Piotr Glogowski5-714
Lee Shi Tian5-713
Andrea Mengucci4-821
Rei Sato4-820
Ken Yukuhiro4-816
Shota Yasooka4-814
Andrew Cuneo3-910
Carlos Romao2-1015
Raphael Levy2-1015

Members of the Rivals League also battled in 12 matches this weekend and Pro Tour Return to Ravnica champion Stanislav Cifka led the way with 10 wins with Jund Sacrifice (Jegantha). Five Rivals Members went 9-3, including: Eli Kassis, Zachary Kiihne, Corey Burkhart , Riku Kumagai, and Alexander Hayne. Kassis was on Jund Sacrifice (Jegantha) while the other four were all on Sultai Midrange.

Cifka leads the Rivals League with 24 points with Kiihne, Kassis, and Matt Sperling on his heels at 23.

NameJanuary League Weekend RecordOverall Total Points
Stanislav Cifka10-224
Zachary Kiihne9-323
Eli Kassis9-323
Corey Burkhart9-321
Riku Kumagai9-319
Alexander Hayne9-318
Simon Gortzen8-420
Luis Salvatto8-419
Jakub Toth8-418
Bernardo Santos7-522
Christian Hauck7-522
Ivan Floch7-520
Eli Loveman7-515
Luca Magni6-621
Mike Sigrist6-620
Kenji Egashira6-619
Yuta Takahashi6-619
Austin Bursavich6-619
Miguel Simoes6-619
Kenta Harane6-618
Yoshihiko Ikawa6-617
Matt Nass6-616
Brent Vos6-614
Joel Larsson6-613
Matt Sperling5-723
Shintaro Ishimura5-720
Chris Botelho5-718
Thoralf Severin5-718
Lucas Esper Berthoud5-718
Theo Moutier5-718
Greg Orange5-716
Grzegorz Kowalski5-715
Sebastian Pozzo5-714
Luis Scott-Vargas4-822
Frederico Bastos4-818
Kai Budde4-816
Louis-Samuel Deltour4-816
Matthieu Avignon4-816
Ally Warfield4-813
Ryuzo Fujie4-812
Beatriz Grancha4-811
John Rolf4-811
Ben Stark3-915
Ma No Ah3-914
Matias Leveratto3-913
Jacob Wilson1-1118

View all the decklists from the January Kaldheim League Weekend.