Player Profile: Tzu-Ching Kuo

Posted in Event Coverage on August 26, 2012

By Wizards of the Coast

Country: Chinese Taipei
Invitation Source: Top Pro Points, Asia Pacific
Lifetime Pro Points: 166
Professional Magic Accomplishments:

  • 2012 World Magic Cup Team Champion
  • National Champion / Top Pro on Chinese Taipei national team at 2012 World Magic Cup

Player of the Year Top 10s: 0

Pro Tour Top 8s: 0

Grand Prix Top 8s: 8

  • Taipei 1999-2000: 6th
  • Singapore 2000-01: 3rd
  • Kaohsiung 2000-01: 2nd
  • Taipei 2000-01: 3rd
  • Singapore 2009: 8th
  • Kobe 2009: 3rd
  • Yokohama 2010: 5th
  • Kuala Lumpur 2012: 6th

National Team Appearances: 5

  • 2002: 35th
  • 2005: 32nd
  • 2010: 24th
  • 2011: 4th
  • 2012: 1st

Less than a month ago, it would be surprising if Tzu-Ching Kuo wasn't the least-recognized name on the list of invited players, at least for the majority of readers. Prior to the World Magic Cup, he hadn't done anything except play on the Pro Tour nearly two dozen times, rack up over 150 Pro points, Top 8 eight Grand Prix, and make back-to-back Team Top 4s.

Now, after captaining Team Chinese Taipei to a victory at the inaugural World Magic Cup, Kuo's name is getting a bit more circulation. All weekend at that event, you could see other professional players walking by the feature match area, watching Kuo play, and commenting "Who is that? Whoever he is...he is good." Now, the who is less of a worry.

The World Magic Cup gave Kuo a chance to finally get recognition for the incredibly broad body of work that he has produced. The Players Championship is a chance for him to get some vindication, to show the Magic world as a whole that they should have taken notice of him long ago, that he is Tzu-Ching Kuo, long established Pro, captain of the current World Champion Team, a force to be reckoned with. If you like to root for players that deserve more respect than they've gotten, diamonds in the rough, no one in the field glitters quite the way that Kuo does.

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