Interview with Antonino DeRosa|
For years now, Antonino DeRosa has been a presence on the tournament scene. Rotund, loud, and always with a smile, Antonino has a love for the game itself that is seldom seen in most tournament players. Although he didn't make Day Two in Detroit, he did find the time to sit down with me and talk a little about life, Magic, and the pursuit of happiness.
With his Tuscany accent and wide grin ready to go, we began to talk.
Ben: So tell me a little about Antonino, the person.
Ferrett: Which school?
Ben: How long have you lived in Florida for?
Ben: It's been rumored that the DCI changed the rules about being allowed to only play in one National Championships because you once used your dual citizenship to play in both the US and Italian champs one year.
Ben: So how'd you start playing Magic?
Ben: What made you decide to go pro?
Ben: What's your favorite part of playing Magic?
Ben: Many people associate you with Wild Mongrel. How'd that come about?
Ben: A lot of people are saying that you're going to retire after Mongrel rotates out of Type Two.
Ben: Do you have any really interesting Magic stories?
Judge John: Didn't you have a really wild time in New Orleans?
Ben: Would you say you have any sort of Magic arch-nemesis?
Judge John: We did get on your case when you were listening on your headphones in Florida once, though.
Ben: So do you think your reputation as one of the loudest people on the Pro Tour is well-deserved?
Ferrett: Then who is the best?
Ben: Do you have anything you'd like our readers at home to know?
Ben: On a completely unrelated note, how often do people get your name wrong?
Antonino: *Laughs* All the time. Not many people know my name is Antonino, and almost nobody gets it right. They always call me Tony or Anthony or whatever. At school, when professors read my name, they always ask me"How do you pronounce your name," and I say to them"I don't care what you call me; you can call me dip**** for all I care".
Ben: Do you have any interesting Pro Tour stories?
And that was the impression I got of pros, and that's the impression most people have. And the truth is that most people are very friendly and willing to help out new players. If you're out there and thinking that all pros are not so friendly, that's not true at all. I ended up winning our match, and he was so angry afterwards.
Ben: Well thank you very much for taking the time to interview with us Antonino. Do you have any parting thoughts?
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