Day 1 Coverage of Grand Prix Kitakyushu

Posted in Event Coverage on August 24, 2013

By Wizards of the Coast

Outside may be gray and rainy, but that hasn't stopped 1183 players from descending on Kitakyushu's West Japan General Exhibition Center for a weekend of close-quarter spell combat. The show is being put on by Shop-Fireball, owned by debonair archmage, part-time cowboy, and Hall of Fame hopeful Tsuyoshi Ikeda. All his preparation and hard work have paid off, with attendance far exceeding expectations, but he'll be on the sidelines this weekend. So much the better for those legends who are competing, including Hall of Famers Shuuhei Nakamura and Yuuya Watanabe, as well as former World Champion Makihito Mihara and former Player of the Year Shouta Yasooka.

As we wind down Standard heading into the big rotation, it's hard to be sure of anything. After the release of M14 it seemed like the pros had agreed that Standard was solved. Jund was top dog, followed by Blue-White-Red control and Bant Hexproof. Success would come from tweaks within that framework and an accurate metagame prediction. Then Brian Kibler showed up with his take on Gruul and conventional wisdom was blown to smithereens. Nor was it a flash in the pan; Wenzel Krautmann steered it to a Grand Prix championship at Warsaw. Will its influence extend to the Japanese metagame? Will we see another unexpected breakout, like Big Green-Black, or Sacrificial Humans? Who will hoist the trophy Sunday night? Stay tuned this weekend to find out!


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Saturday, 12:45 p.m. — GP Kitakyushu Grinder Decklists

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Takuya Kabashima

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Jason Lee

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Koichiro Imoto

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Tatsuya Haseba

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Shinichi Emori

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Hideyosi Misono

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Toshiaki Biwaki

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Ryohei Sakamoto

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Yoshitsugu Aoki

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Hiroaki Kitahara

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Norikazu Ichikawa

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Haruki Kanehira

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Sho Ishikawa

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Masashiro Kuroda

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