Top 8 – Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on July 18, 2011

By Rich Hagon

Rich Hagon combines a deep knowledge of the players of the Pro Tour with a passionate love of the game. He's a regular commentator for Pro Tour and Grand Prix live video coverage, and is the official Pro Tour Statistician. He has been covering Magic events since 2006.

Name: Ryouichi Tamada
From: Osaka
Age: 26
Profession: System engineer
Standard Record: 7-1
Standard Deck: Valakut
Why did you choose this deck? I've been using it since M11 came out.
Draft Record: 5-1, using UG with a splash for Fireball for the first draft, WU for the second draft
Which match stands out the most for you this weekend? The 12th round when I knew I would be in the Top 8.
Where do you usually play Magic? At Tournament Center Maho or Niji-iro Kujira.

Name: Makihito Mihara
From: Chiba
Age: 29
Profession: Company employee
Standard Record: 7-1
Standard Deck: Valakut
Why did you choose this deck? I've been playing it for a long time, and it has a good winning percentage.
Draft Record: 2-1 with a UW mill deck in the first draft, 3-0 with a UR tempo deck in the second draft.
Which match stands out the most for you this weekend? In the 11th round, I was playing a Valakut mirror match. On the turn after my opponent had stripped all the Titans out of my deck with Memoricide, I ripped 3 Valakuts off the top with my Oracles and came back to win.
Where do you usually play Magic? LMC

Name: Shouta Takao
From: Nagasaki
Age: 22
Profession: Student
Standard Record: 6-1-1
Standard Deck: UB control
Why did you choose this deck? It's very reliable, especially in the "New" Standard without Stoneforge Mystic.
Draft Record: 5-1, with a WR deck for the first draft where I usually won by Flinging a Colossus at my opponent, and UB in the second draft.
Which match stands out the most for you this weekend? When I did 21 points of damage by playing the Crumbling Colossus with Warstorm Surge out, swung with it, then threw it at my opponent with Fling.
Where do you usually play Magic? Card One in Nagasaki, Card Kingdom, and premier events in Fukuoka.

Name: Shouta Yasooka
From: Japan
Age: 26
Profession: Professional Magic player
Standard Record: 7-0-1
Standard Deck: Tezzeret
Why did you choose this deck? I love Tezzeret.
Draft Record: 3-0 with a GW spider deck, and 1-2 with a not-so-good GB deck
Which match stands out the most for you this weekend? My 4th round game against Arita which I thought I was going to lose but ended up winning.
Where do you usually play Magic? Grand Prixes and Pro Tours

Name: Tomoya Fujimoto
From: Osaka
Age: 25
Profession: Freelancer
Standard Record: 7-1
Standard Deck: Green-White
Why did you choose this deck? Tsuyoshi Fujita recommended it to me. He called it the "Super Weak Special Deck".
Draft Record: 2-1 with UW in both drafts
Which match stands out the most for you this weekend? The last round, when Tamada and I drew into the Top 8.
Where do you usually play Magic? Amenity Dream Nihonbashi and Rimi-ken

Name: Ryuuichirou Ishida
From: Aichi
Age: 22
Profession: Student
Standard Record: 8-0
Standard Deck: Tempered Steel
Why did you choose this deck? This deck is very strong. It can beat most decks through sheer brute force.
Draft Record: 3-0 with a UB deck in the first draft, and 0-3 with a UG deck that I drafted very poorly.
Which match stands out the most for you this weekend? Either the last round of draft when I ran into Mihara's mill deck, or the Standard match where I pulled off a comeback win against Hirayama with an awesome topdeck.
Where do you usually play Magic? Chiekeda-tei

Name: Kouei Itou
From: Saitama
Age: 21
Profession: Student
Standard Record: 7-1
Standard Deck: Valakut
Why did you choose this deck? All the decks I was building were losing to Valakut, so I decided to play it the day before Nationals began.
Draft Record: 2-1 with a WR deck, and 2-1 with a RU deck in the second draft.
Which match stands out the most for you this weekend? The last round where I could have won with Nature's Claim, but I didn't, and ended up winning in spite of all my Valakut abilities getting sucked up by Spellskite.
Where do you usually play Magic? Hareru-ya

Name: Yoshihiko Ikawa
From: Tokyo
Age: 25
Profession: Professional Magic player
Standard Record: 6-2
Standard Deck: WU Tempered Steel
Why did you choose this deck? Both Atsushi Itou and Jun'ya Takahashi told me this was the No. 1 deck.
Draft Record: 3-0 with a RG deck in the first draft, and 2-1 with a UG deck in the second.
Which match stands out the most for you this weekend? In the 10th round when I lost to Lava Axe and Goblin Grenade.
Where do you usually play Magic? Hareru-ya and tournaments in the Kanto area.

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