Draft 1: Tsuyoshi Fujita

Posted in Event Coverage on February 16, 2002

By Josh Bennett

Tsuyoshi Fujita is doing his darndest to quash his reputation for being a one-hit wonder. After cutting a path through Pro Tour - Tokyo only to fall to Champion Zvi Mowshowitz in the finals, he has found himself without a major accomplishment. This weekend he's worked to turn things around, ending up at the top table for the first draft thanks to three byes and four match wins. On his left was Japanese Sideboard Reporter Masashiro Kuroda, and he was being fed by Yusuke Sasaki of Sendai.

Fujita wasted no time taking Concentrate out of his first pack, leaving nothing of interest in blue. He followed up with Wild Mongrel and then Krosan Archer, though a Hallowed Healer caught his eye. The problem was that his precious blue was being gobbled by Sasaki, who had take Aven Windreader, Looter and Pulsating Illusion. He let an Aven Fisher through, which was just enough to keep Fujita interested. He continued to show his disdain for white, passing up Shelter for Krosan Archer, and Embolden for Think Tank.

Meanwhile, Sasaki refused to commit to a second color, what with all the blue cards falling into his pile. Of course, Kuroda was reaping the rewards of this confusion. Red and black cards flowed like wine, and he scrambled to scoop up as many of them as he could.

Pack two was better for Fujita, but not by much. He started out with Seton's Desire over Nantuko Disciple, then Puppeteer over Rabid Elephant and Aven Fisher. Then came a weak pack, and he chose Blessed Orator over Leaf Dancer, realizing that his colors were being poached. He got a Nantuko Disciple, but then chose Aven Flock over the hard-to-cast Chlorophant and Krosan Archer. Twigwalker and a pair of Refreshes rounded things out.

When he cracked his Torment, Fujita saw Chainer staring back at him. He shook his fist at the legend, then took Nantuko Calmer. Gurzigost made him feel a little better, but next door Sasaki was plucking a Possessed Aven.

After a third-pick Deep Analysis things went downhill fast. He ended up with a stack of Liquifies. Stern Judge was the only pick of note. He spent most of pack three just shaking his head in bemusement. He kept on shaking through construction, where he stitched together this monstroity. He was not confident in his chances.

Tsuyoshi Fujita

Download Arena Decklist
Sorcery (2)
1 Concentrate 1 Deep Analysis
Enchantment (2)
1 Think Tank 1 Seton's Desire
Land (16)
7 Forest 7 Island 2 Plains
Other (2)
1 Odyssey block Booster Draft 1 Far Wandering
32 Cards

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