Feature: The Top 2 Team Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on December 3, 2005

By Event Coverage Staff

Team USA

Team Japan


Team USA

Neil Reeves

Draft position? Seat C
Age: 27
Hometown: Dallas Texas
Occupation: Card Player
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: [infinity symbol]
How did you do in the individual event? 17th
Number of GP, PT Top 8's: 5-6
Other Previous Magic accomplishments:
What was your personal record on Day 1: 4-2 Day 2: 5-1 Day 3: 3-3 Day 4: 3-1

Do you have any interesting stories from the team draft day?
BDM accused me of a misplay so I went of on him.

What was your team drafting strategy? Were you able to accomplish it?
W/R middle, Gx left, U/B right. Yes.

What do you think of your chances on Sunday?
Coin flip

Antonino De Rosa

Draft position? Seat B
Age: 24
Hometown: Port St. Lucie, Florida
Occupation: Game Developer
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: Between 30 and 40
How did you do in the individual event? 29th
Number of GP, PT Top 8's: 7 GP Top 8s
Other Previous Magic accomplishments: US National Champion, GP Champion twice
What was your personal record on Day 1: 5-1 Day 2: 4-2 Day 3: 2-3-1 Day 4: 2-2

Do you have any interesting stories from the team draft day?
My teammates are the stones.

What was your team drafting strategy? Were you able to accomplish it?
Boros in B
Golgari in C
Dimir in A
Yes.

What do you think of your chances on Sunday?
The trophy will come back to the U.S.A.

Jonathan Sonne

Draft position? Seat A
Age: 28
Hometown: Columbia, New Jersey
Occupation: Lab Analyst
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 4 years
How did you do in the individual event? 38th
Number of GP, PT Top 8's: 4
Other Previous Magic accomplishments: Team PT 4th, 2x GP win
What was your personal record on Day 1: 3-3 Day 2: 5-1 Day 3: 3-2-1 Day 4: 3-1

What was your team drafting strategy? Were you able to accomplish it?
A: U/B
B: R/W
C: G/B, possibly white

What do you think of your chances on Sunday?
I like our chances.


Team Japan

Masashi Oiso

Draft position? Seat C
Age: 22
Hometown: Hiroshima
Occupation: Student
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 16
How did you do in the individual event? 78th
Number of GP, PT Top 8's: GPx9 PTx5
Other Previous Magic accomplishments: GP Kuala Lumpur 33rd
What was your personal record on Day 1: 4-2 Day 2: 3-3 Day 3: 3-3 Day 4: 2-1-1
So bad!

Do you have any interesting stories from the team draft day?
We opened 5 dual lands in one draft. (But our team only got one!)

What was your team drafting strategy? Were you able to accomplish it?
A: Green-white-black
B: Red-white
C: Blue-black
What do you think of your chances on Sunday?
50%

Ichiro Shimura

Draft position? Seat A
Age: 23
Hometown: Tsukaba-shi Ibarki-ke Japan
Occupation: Student
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: 11
How did you do in the individual event? Top 128
Number of GP, PT Top 8's: 3 GPs 1 PT
Other Previous Magic accomplishments: Grand Prix-Sendai 2004 champion. Japan Nationals Top 4
What was your personal record on Day 1: 5-1 Day 2: 2-4 Day 3: 3-2-1 Day 4: 3-1

Do you have any interesting stories from the team draft day?
While matched up with the USA, maindeck two enchantment destruction spells worked so well.

What was your team drafting strategy? Were you able to accomplish it?
A: Green/x
B: White-red
C: Blue-black
Yes.

What do you think of your chances on Sunday?
I want to win and have my photo taken with my friends.

Takuma Morofuji

Draft position? Seat B
Age: 24
Hometown: Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken Japan
Occupation: Pharmacist
Number of times playing on the Pro Tour: First time
How did you do in the individual event? 61st
Number of GP, PT Top 8's: None
Other Previous Magic accomplishments: Japanese National Champion
What was your personal record on Day 1: 5-0-1 Day 2: 2-4 Day 3: 3-3 Day 4: 3-0-1

Do you have any interesting stories from the team draft day?
I didn't learn about cards in Ravnica other than white and red.

What was your team drafting strategy? Were you able to accomplish it?
Have the other two choose the cards to pick. Yes.

What do you think of your chances on Sunday?
It is a day for me to be taken over by USA because I love the nation, though I cannot speak English at all.

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