Player Profile: Shouta Yasooka

Posted in Event Coverage on August 26, 2012

By Wizards of the Coast

Country: Japan
Invitation Source: Top Pro Points, At-Large
Lifetime Pro Points: 294
Professional Magic Accomplishments:

  • Pro Tour Charleston 2006 Champion
  • 2006 Player of the Year
  • Grand Prix Kobe 2011 Champion

Player of the Year Top 10s: 2

  • 2006: 1st
  • 2011: 7th

Pro Tour Top 8s: 1

  • Charleston 2006: 1st

Grand Prix Top 8s: 15

  • Hamamatsu 2006: 2nd
  • Kuala Lumpur 2006: 6th
  • Toulouse 2006: 7th
  • Sydney 2006: 7th
  • New Jersey 2006: 8th
  • Strasbourg 2007: 3rd
  • Montreal 2007: 8th
  • Kitakyushu 2007: 2nd
  • Manila 2008: 2nd
  • Kuala Lumpur 2010: 5th
  • Sendai 2010: 3rd
  • Kobe 2011: 1st
  • Singapore 2011: 5th
  • Brisbane 2011: 8th
  • Boston-Worcester 2012: 8th

National Team Appearances: 0

Known by many of the big names in the Magic community as one of the game's most underrated players, Shouta Yasooka has been playing the game at the Pro Tour level for over a decade, and has a variety of titles that showcase his understanding of the game.

While Yasooka is one of the few players who have earned the coveted Player of the Year title, he only has one Pro Tour win (from a team event) and one Grand Prix win. But when you look deeper, you'll find that the Japanese player has plenty of high-level finishes to back up his record.

Yasooka is known for his creative deck-building, and is specifically famous for his blue control decks. Often remembered for running unusual blue control decks at the major events, Yasooka's off-the-wall card choices and solid play have let him pilot his own creations to success on multiple occasions. The Japanese pro continues to play what he knows on the Pro Tour, and it continues to serve him well.

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