2001 Japan Nationals

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By Wizards of the Coast

[view] 2001 Japan National Semi-Finalist Masahiko Morita

[view] 2001 Japan National Champion Goro Matsuo

[view] 2001 Japan National Finalist Min-Su Kim

[view] The 2001 Japan National Team

[view] 2001 Japan Champion Goro Matsuo

[view] Kim vs. Matsuo in the Finals

[view] Morita and Mori play off for 3rd and 4th place

[view] Masaya Mori

[view] Masahiko Morita

[view] Min-Su Kim

[view] Goro Matsuo

[view] Masahiko Morita during the SemiFinals

[view] Min-Su Kim during the SemiFinals

[view] Min-Su Kim and Masahiko Morita play off in the SemiFinals

[view] Masaya Mori and Goro Matsuo get ready to play their SemiFinal match

[view] Masaya Mori during the SemiFinals

[view] Goro Matsuo during the SemiFinals

[view] Masashiro Kuroda reacts to Mori's Plague Spitter

[view] Matsuo waits for his opponent's next move

[view] Yukihiro Usami during the Quarterfinals

[view] GP Sapporo Finalist Takamasa Fukata attempts to become the first Buddhist priest to go the the Magic World Championships.

[view] Masahiko Morita during the Quarterfinals

[view] Masashiro Kuroda during the Quarterfinals

[view] Masaya Mori begins his Quarterfinal match

[view] Yukihiro Usami during the Quarterfinals

[view] Min-Su Kim begins his Quarterfinal match

[view] Yudai Yamasaki during the Quarterfinals

[view] Goro Matsuo preparing for his Quarterfinal match

[view] Buddhist priest and Top 8 player Takamasa Fukata ready for action.

[view] Top 8 player Takamasa Fukata

[view] Top 8 player Yudai Yamasaki

[view] Top 8 player Masashiro Kuroda

[view] Top 8 player Yukihiro Usami

[view] Yuki Furuta (left) vs. Yukihiro Usami. The winner of this match would make Top 8. The loser would go home.

[view] Top 8 player Goro Matsuo

[view] Goh Anan

[view] Keiichiro Nonishi

[view] Top 8 player Masaya Mori

[view] Top 8 player Min-Su Kim

[view] Top 8 player Masahiko Morita

[view] Yamazaki ponders his next move.

[view] Kuroda waits for his opponent to make the next move.

[view] Masashiro Kuroda and Yudai Yamasaki prepare for their feature match.

[view] Hiroto Watanabe stops to check out the flavor text on Rishadan Port.

[view] "Rebel Without a Cause" Koichiro Maki does some recruiting.

[view] Higashino doesn't like what he sees on the other side of the table.

[view] Matsuo peels like a pro.

[view] Koichiro Maki and Toshiki Tsukamoto.

[view] Jinpei Hassaku.

[view] Tomohide Sasawaka.

[view] Min-Su Kim.

[view] Masahiko Morita.

[view] Masashiro Kuroda

[view] Hiroshi Harada

[view] Satoshi Nakamura adjusts his life total.

[view] Defending APAC Champion Masaya Mori.

[view] Saprolings--they can attack, block, and also serve as a desert topping!

[view] Masayuki Higashino

[view] Goro Matsuo (left) and Min-Su Kim went undefeated in the draft, and are in first and second place going into day 2.

[view] Satoshi Nakamura

[view] Reiji Ando catches up on his rest before his feature match begins

[view] Defending Champion Tsuyoshi Doyama reviews his opening hand.

[view] Toshiki "Champ" Tsukamoto ponders whether or not to mulligan.

[view] There was a last-minute rush at the dealer tables before the tournament began. Rumor has it Juntu Stakes and Static Orbs were flying off the shelves.

[view] Players filling out their decklists.

[view] Satoshi Nakamura shows off today's hat.

[view] Min-Su Kim.

[view] Jin Okamoto.

[view] Tomoharu Saito (left) and Koichiro Maki.

[view] Koichiro Maki.

[view] Tomoharu Saito.

[view] Satoshi Nakamura (left) and Katsuhiro Mori.

[view] High school superstar Katsuhiro Mori.

[view] Satoshi Nakamura tries to figure out his optimum sideboard choices.

[view] Masayuki Higashino

[view] Goro Matsuo

[view] A view of the feature draft table from the second draft.

[view] PT Tokyo Finalist Tsuyoshi Fujita at the feature draft table.

[view] 2000 Nationals Team member Tsuyoshi Ikeda.

[view] Two-time APAC Champion Masaya Mori.

[view] Two-time GP winner Ken'ichi Fujita.

[view] 2000 National Team member Michihisa Onoda.

[view] Japanese legend Toshiki "Champ" Tsukamoto.

[view] Masashiro Kuroda is unable to come up with an answer for his opponent's Treva.

[view] 1999 National Team member Masashiro Kuroda.

[view] 1999 National Champion and 2-time GP winner Masayuki Higashino.

[view] Buddhist priest and GP Sapporo Finalist Takamasa Fukata ponders his choices.

[view] Satoshi Nakamura has chosen a more subdued hat for this year's Nationals.

[view] Head Judge Takafumi Ichinohe (Level 3-Japan) confers with floor judge Yuki Murakami.

[view] Hobby Japan Tournament Director Takashi Aida (Level 3-Japan) calls the draft.

[view] Current National Champion Tsuyoshi Doyama's table was the feature draft table.

[view] Defending National Champion Tsuyoshi Doyama shows off Team Aqua Soul's spiffy new shirts.

[view] Who will take the trophies home?

[view] The stage is set for tomorrow's draft.

[view] Taro "John" Kageyama.

[view] There were nearly 600 people playing in different tournaments.

[view] The Hobby Japan staff hard at work. When the final tournament began, there were 12 tournaments running simultaneously.

[view] Players confer between tournaments trying to follow the constantly changing metagame.

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