Player Profile: Jun'ya Iyanaga

Posted in Event Coverage on August 26, 2012

By Wizards of the Coast

Country: Japan
Invitation Source: Winner, 2011 World Championship
Lifetime Pro Points: 105
Professional Magic Accomplishments:

  • 2011 World Championships Individual Winner
  • Grand Prix Kitakyushu 2007 Champion

Player of the Year Top 10s: 0

Pro Tour Top 8s: 1

  • 2011 World Championship: 1st

Grand Prix Top 8s: 3

  • Bangkok 2007: 5th
  • Kitakyushu 2007: 1st
  • Kitakyushu 2009: 3rd

National Team Appearances: 0

When he completed his studies, Jun'ya Iyanaga decided that he wanted to spend 2011 playing professional Magic for a full year before he began a career that would, in all likelihood, prevent him from traveling outside of Japan more than once a year.

He made the most of that year by finishing in 7th place at the Magic Online Championship, and winning the World Championships. A few weeks after winning Worlds, Iyanaga vanished from the competitive Magic scene so he could focus on his new job.

While Iyanaga couldn't take the time off of work necessary to play at Pro Tour Dark Ascension in Honolulu or Pro Tour Avacyn Restored in Barcelona, he was able to save up just enough vacation days to compete in the Players Championship.

And, just like at the World Championships in 2011, Iyanaga is ready to make the most of what may be the last professional tournament he gets to play in all year.

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