日本語の取材へ

Four hundred and fifteen Pro Magic players descended on Pro Tour-Prague with drafting on the brain. Seeing as it was the debut of Dissension, there may have been that many unique draft strategies too.

With other players working complex theories on mana-fixing via bounce lands and signets to maximize the shininess of Ravnica's gold cards, Japan's Takuya Osawa played it cool and drafted a tried-and-true archetype of huge creatures and removal, spicing it up with the new Graft ability that came with the introduction of Dissension. Osawa's recipe couldn't have been any hotter, cooking up a win in the finals over Germany's Aaron Brackmann. The 21-year-old Japanese player dropped just one game all day, and the win marked the first for a Japanese player outside their own country.

Osawa's strategy involved dropping wurms of the Streetbreaker and Golgari Rot variety, making them even bigger and badder with a few Simic-enhanced grafts thanks to six Graft creatures. Two Pyromatics, a Seal of Doom, a Douse in Gloom, and a Char helped him clear up the board and deliver killing shots to the dome on his way to taking home the $40,000 first prize.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

The Top 8 draft saw two distinct strategies play out regarding mana. While six players grabbed bounce lands and signets, Osawa and Brackmann eschewed that plan for Utopia Sprawls and Silhana Starfletchers. Many thought Antonino De Rosa came out of the draft with the top deck thanks to multiple Steamcore Weirds and Ogre Savants, but mana issues in the first two games put the U.S. National champion in too deep a hole against Shuhei Nakamura. Nakamura then fell to his countryman Osawa in the semis, after Osawa had steamrolled Joe Crosby in three quick games.

On the other side of the bracket, Rasmus Sibast, who had dropped only one match all weekend prior to Sunday, picked a bad time to see loss No. 2 come his way as he fell to Brackmann in the quarterfinals. Christian Hüttenberger, a German player in his first individual Pro Tour, defeated Quentin Martin in the other quarters before falling to Brackmann 3-0 in the semifinals.

While many questions about Ravnica-Guildpact-Dissension drafting were answered here in Prague, almost as many questions have been raised. Is Bloodgraft the dominant draft archetype? What are the best mana solutions? Is there key pack in the set? You can start answering those questions by replaying the Top 8 draft in the Draft Viewer. Follow how the Pros made their picks and design your strategy before your next draft!

The Top 8 bracket is determined randomly; seeds do not correspond with the final Swiss standings.

top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Takuya Osawa [JPN]

(8) Joe Crosby [USA]

(4) Shuhei Nakamura [JPN]

(5) Antonino De Rosa [USA]

(2) Christian Huttenberger [DEU]

(7) Quentin Martin [ENG]

(3) Aaron Brackmann [DEU]

(6) Rasmus Sibast [DNK]

Semi-finals

Takuya Osawa, 3-0

Shuhei Nakamura, 3-2

Christian Huttenberger, 3-2

Aaron Brackmann, 3-2

Finals

Takuya Osawa, 3-1

Aaron Brackmann, 3-0

Champion

Takuya Osawa, 3-0

EVENT COVERAGE

  • Finals: He's Grafty, but He's Just My Type
    Takuya Osawa vs. Aaron Brackmann
    by Ted Knutson
  • Semifinals: A German Showdown
    Christian Huttenberger vs. Aaron Brackmann
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Semifinals: Scattered into Dust
    Shuhei Nakamura vs. Takuya Osawa
    by Scott Johns
  • Decklists: The Top 8 Decks
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Quarterfinals: Do the Twist
    Christian Hüttenberger vs. Quentin Martin
    by Devin Low
  • Quarterfinals: That Harsh Mistress Mana
    Shuhei Nakamura vs. Antonino De Rosa
    by Ted Knutson
  • Quarterfinals: Wurms Break out the Broom
    Joseph Crosby vs. Takuya Osawa
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Quarterfinals: Living the Dream
    Rasmus Sibast vs. Aaron Brackmann
    by Hanno Terbuyken
  • Draft Viewer: The Top 8 Draft
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Top 8 Draft: Complete Pack List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: The Top 8 Player Profiles
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 15: Win and You're In
    Antonino De Rosa vs. Justin Cheung
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 15: The Decider!
    Shuhei Nakamura vs. Olivier Ruel
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Draft Recap: Soh Stays on Target
    by Devin Low
  • Round 14: Good Start, Poor Finish
    Paolo Vitor Da Rosa vs. Olivier Ruel
    by Ted Knutson
  • Draft Viewer: Draft 5, Table 1
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Taste the Rainbow: The Colors of RGD Draft
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 13: Brit Beats the Bluffs
    Terry Soh vs. Quentin Martin
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 13: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 12: Tilt Takes a Terrible Toll
    Joseph Crosby vs. Rasmus Sibast
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 11: Mass Removal
    Geoffrey Siron vs. Benjamin Caumes
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 10: Will the Undefeated Fall?
    Olivier Ruel vs. Rasmus Sibast
    by Scott Johns
  • Feature: Colonialism and Magic
    by Ted Knutson
  • Feature: Picking Your Path: A Ravnica Block Draft Primer
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 9: Back on His Heels
    Antonino De Rosa vs. Andre Mueller
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 8: Flipping the Burn
    Pierre Canali vs. Olivier Ruel
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 10: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: The Return of Jonny Magic
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 7: Bluff Redux, or Swing for Two?
    Frank Karsten vs. Terry Soh
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Draft Recap: The Flow of Color at Table 1
    by Ted Knutson and Tim Willoughby
  • Round 7: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 6: Silence is Deadly
    Jeff "Ffej" Cunningham vs. Guillaume Wafo-Tapa
    by J. Evan Dean
  • Round 5: Battle of the Bad Decks
    Chris McDaniel vs. Craig Krempels
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 4: Defending the Home Turf
    Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Arnost Zidek
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 4: Thinking Things Through
    Katsuhiro Mori vs. Olivier Ruel
    by J. Evan Dean
  • Draft Recap: Walamies Finds an Angle
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 3: Masters of their Craft
    Masashi Oiso vs. Anton Jonsson
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 2: Prague's Favored Son Back in Action
    Jakub Slemr vs. Maximilian Bracht
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 1: Breakfast of Champions
    Antoine Ruel vs. Justin Gary
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Round 4: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Draft Recap: Nuijten's Options Open
    by Peter van den Brink
  • Draft Recap: Reeves Still in Control
    by Tim Willoughby
  • Draft Recap: Hoaen's Pimp Hand is Way Strong
    by Ted Knutson
  • Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Can’t Hardly Wait: A Prague Playlist
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff

FINAL TOP 8 STANDINGS

     
1. Takuya Osawa [JPN] $40,000
2. Aaron Brackmann [DEU] $22,000
3. Shuhei Nakamura [JPN] $15,000
4. Christian Huttenberger [DEU] $14,000
5. Rasmus Sibast [DNK] $11,500
6. Antonino De Rosa [USA] $11,000
7. Joe Crosby [USA] $10,500
8. Quentin Martin [ENG] $10,500

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

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Results

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7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

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7 6 5 4 3 2 1

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