日本語の取材へ

The best in the world shared the stage, but the week belonged to Japan.

WORLDS 2005 VIDEO

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Hall of Fame video:

Magic, you have a new certified powerhouse.

There is no doubt that 2005 will be remembered as the year of Japan. Matching a feat only performed by the United States in the history of Magic, the host nation of these 2005 World Championships claimed the World Champion, World Team Champion and Player of the Year in the same season.

Katsuhiro Mori capped off an amazing week for his country by defeating Frank Karsten of the Netherlands in a nerve-wracking, convoluted finals for his first Pro Tour victory. Mori's Ghazi-Glare deck outmaneuvered Karsten's Greater Good deck 3-1 to take home the $35,000 check and give Japan its first individual World Champion.

Mori wasn't alone in the Top 8. Three other Japanese players made it to Sunday - Tomohiro Kaji, Akira Asahara, and Shuhei Nakamura. Kaji and Asahara advanced to the semifinals, and possibly the only reason Nakamura didn't join them is because he faced Mori in the quarterfinals.

A couple hours earlier, Mori's countrymen Takuma Morofuji, Masashi Oiso and Ichirou Shimura gave Japan its first World Team Championship by defeating the United States 3-0. Shimura bested Jon Sonne and in a battle of National Champions, Morofuji defeated Antonino De Rosa to make the match between Oiso and Neil Reeves moot.

To round out the triple crown at 2005 Worlds, Kenji Tsumura locked up the Player of the Year award by a single point over rival and friend Olivier Ruel. The battle came down to the final round of the Swiss, and as soon as Kenji locked up the title, people began wondering if it were a sign of things to come Saturday and Sunday.

The 2005 World Championships will also be remembered for its history. The week opened with the induction of Magic's first class into the Pro Tour Hall of Fame. Jon Finkel, Darwin Kastle, Tommi Hovi, Alan Comer, and Olle Råde helped to write many of the early chapters in the history of Magic. Another chapter had clearly been written in the ensuing five days - one with a distinctive Japanese flair. One has to wonder how many Worlds will it be until the Hall welcomes its first Japanese player.

Congratulations to Katsushiro Mori, the Japanese National team, and Kenji Tsumura for an unforgettable World Championships.

top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

(1) Marcio Carvalho [PRT]

(8) Akira Asahara [JPN]

(4) Ding Leong [SGP]

(5) Frank Karsten [NLD]

(2) Tomohiro Kaji [JPN]

(7) André Coimbra [PRT]

(3) Katsuhiro Mori [JPN]

(6) Shuuhei Nakamura [JPN]

Semi-finals

Akira Asahara, 3-1

Frank Karsten, 3-2

Tomohiro Kaji, 3-1

Katsuhiro Mori, 3-0

Finals

Frank Karsten, 3-2

Katsuhiro Mori, 3-1

Champion

Katsuhiro Mori, 3-1

National Team Finals

Finals

Team USA

Team Japan, 3-0

Champion

Team Japan


EVENT COVERAGE

 
  • Final: Convoluted Chaos Crowns Champion
    Katsuhiro Mori vs. Frank Karsten
    by Scott Johns
  • Team Finals: The Brawl to Settle it All
    Antonino De Rosa vs. Takuma Morofuji
    by Eli Kaplan
  • Team Finals: Token Trouble Times Two
    Jon Sonne vs. Ichirou Shimura
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Team Finals: Boom Boom Goes the Dynamite
    Neil Reeves vs. Masashi Oiso
    by Ted Knutson
  • Final Draft: Packs Skew to Japan
    by Ted Knutson
  • Decklists: Final Team Decklist
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Draft Card List: Final Team Draft
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Semifinal: Fourth Time's the Charm
    Tomohiro Kaji vs. Katsuhiro Mori
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Semifinal: Looking for an Epic Finish
    Akira Asahara vs. Frank Karsten
    by blisterguy
  • Quarterfinal: When Mulligans Matter
    André Coimbra vs. Tomohiro Kaji
    by Scott Johns
  • Quarterfinal: The Long Road to Victory
    Frank Karsten vs. Ding Leong
    by Ted Knutson
  • Quarterfinal: Turning the Tables on a Bad Matchup
    Marcio Carvalho vs. Akira Asahara
    by blisterguy
  • Quarterfinal: Glare Mirror No Match at All
    Katsuhiro Mori vs. Shuhei Nakamura
    by Eli Kaplan
  • Feature: National Teams Photo Gallery / Rosters
    by Craig Gibson
  • Feature: The Top 2 Team Profiles
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: The Top 8 Player Profiles
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decklists: The Top 8 Decks
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 22: More than Money on the Line
    United States vs. Norway
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 22: Defending Your Turf
    Japan vs. Slovak Republic
    by blisterguy and Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 21: Clash of the Titans
    Japan vs. United States
    by Scott Johns, Eli Kaplan and blisterguy
  • Round 20: Pride on the Line
    England vs. Scotland
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Feature: The Most Important Match of the Day
    by Craig Jones
  • Round 19: So Much Love
    Norway vs. the Netherlands
    by blisterguy
  • Feature: Primer on Team Rochester
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 19: Classic Rivalry Renewed
    China vs. Japan
    by Eli Kaplan
  • Draft Report: China vs. Japan
    by Eli Kaplan
  • Photo Essay: Your Worlds '05 Guided Tour
    by Scott Johns and Craig Gibson
  • Feature: Kenji Tsumura, Player of the Year
    by Ted Knutson
  • Decklists: 6-0 and 5-0-1 Extended Decklists
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Extended Metagame Breakdown
    by Ted Knutson
  • Feature: Fun Extended Decklists
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 18: Kill or Die
    Katsuhiro Mori vs. Bas Postema
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 18: Wrong Time for a Bad Matchup
    Craig Krempels vs. Akira Asahara
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 17: Dutchies Battle with Top 8 in Sight
    Frank Karsten vs. Bas Postema
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 16: Intranational Intrigue
    Josh Ravitz vs. Jon Sonne
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 15: Even the Pros Make Mistakes
    Antoine Ruel vs. Masashi Oiso
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 14: Mirror Rematch of a Rematch
    Katsuhiro Mori vs. Tomohiro Kaji
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 13: Promise Deliver ed?
    Gadiel Szleifer vs. Akira Asahara
    by Ted Knutson
  • Info: Day 3 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 3 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Drafting Ravnica
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Day 2 Blog Archive: Draft 1 Notes, Info on Alex, Catching up With Kenji, Pretty Pictures, and more!
    by Ted Knutson
  • Round 12: Watch Those Mana Curves
    Neil Reeves vs. Shuhei Nakamura
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 11: Everybody Loves Dimir
    Frank Karsten vs. Carlos Romão
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 10: Start Fast or Go Home
    Neil Reeves vs. Kenji Tsumura
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 10: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 9: Looking for the Sweep
    Tomohiro Kaji vs. Katsuhiro Mori
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 8: Convoke's No Joke
    Masashiro Kuroda vs. Kamiel Cornelissen
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 7: The Old Shell Game
    Frank Karsten vs. Tomohiro Kaji
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Herzog Follows Through
    by Scott Johns
  • Draft Report: Pod One - Focus on Frank
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 7: Undefeateds Take Center Stage
    Antoine Ruel vs. Werner Cloete
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Draft Report: Nicolai Herzog
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 7: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 2 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Day 1 Blog Archive: The Hall of Famers, Play of the Day, Ted in China, News and Notes, and more!
    by Ted Knutson
  • Decklists: The 6-0 Standard Decks
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Feature: Day One Standard Metagame Breakdown
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Round 6: Mind the Glare
    Katsuhiro Mori vs. Tomohiro Kaji
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 5: Don't Blink
    Julien Nuijten vs. Gerard Fabiano
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 4: Green-white Gaining Momentum
    Kenji Tsumura vs. Eivind Nitter
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 3: Sharing is Special
    Olivier Ruel vs. Rich Hoaen
    by Scott Johns
  • Round 2: When Hall of Famers Collide
    Alan Comer vs. Darwin Kastle
    by Paul Sottosanti
  • Round 1: Battle of the Ages
    Olle Råde vs. Antonino De Rosa
    by Scott Johns
  • Feature: 2005 Worlds Preview
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Feature: Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
    by Brian David-Marshall
  • Hall of Fame: Index
  • Player Profile: Jon Finkel
  • Player Profile: Darwin Kastle
  • Player Profile: Tommi Hovi
  • Player Profile: Alan Comer
  • Player Profile: Olle Råde
  • Info: Pro Tour Podcast
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day 1 Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff

pairings, results, standings

Pairings

18 17 16 15 14 13

12 11 10 9 8 7

6 5 4 3 2 1

Results

18 17 16 15 14 13

12 11 10 9 8 7

6 5 4 3 2 1

Standings

18 17 16 15 14 13

12 11 10 9 8 7

6 5 4 3 2 1

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