2001 Grand Prix Yokohama

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By Wizards of the Coast

[view] AlphaBetaUnlimited.com: Champions!

[view] AlphaBetaUnlimited.com: Champions!

[view] AlphaBetaUnlimited.com: Champions!

[view] Poor Shark's Masahiko Morita in the finals of Grand Prix Yokohama.

[view] AlphaBetaUnlimited.com's David Williams in the finals

[view] AlphaBetaUnlimited.com's Chris Benafel in the finals

[view] Poor Shark's Tomomi Otsuka in the finals

[view] AlphaBetaUnlimited.com's Ryan Fuller in the finals

[view] Poor Shark's Masahiro Kuroda in the finals

[view] Kuroda vs. Fuller in the finals

[view] Morita vs. Benafel in the finals

[view] Otsuka vs. Williams in the finals

[view] Team Poor Shark

[view] Team AlphaBetaUnlimited.com had a few disagreements during the final draft

[view] Near the end of the pack, the cards get a little messy

[view] Kuroda drafts; the back of Chris Benafel's head just sits there

[view] The final draft of Grand Prix Yokohama

[view] Team AlphaBetaUnlimited.com drafts in the finals

[view] Team Fire Beat, 4th Seed

[view] Team Voice of Soul, 2nd Seed

[view] Team AlphaBetaUnlimited, 1st Seed

[view] Team Poor Shark, 3rd Seed

[view] Judging is hard, tiring work

[view] We are required by Internet law to feature at least one picture with awkward English

[view] Team Voice of Soul drafting in the semifinals

[view] Team Voice of Soul. Left to Right: Takao Higaki, Tadayoshi Komiya, Tsuyoshi Douyama

[view] Team Poor Shark. Left to Right: Msahiro Kuroda, Tomomi Otsuka, Masahiko Morita

[view] Team AlphaBetaUnlimited.com

[view] Team Poor Shark two wins away from winning GP Yokohama

[view] Another picture of Team AlphaBetaUnlimited.com. You should know what they look like by now.

[view] Team AlphaBetaUnlimited.com practices the art of nonverbal communication

[view] Team AlphaBetaUnlimited.com, the team with the longest name in the tournament

[view] Sideboard Managing Editor Monty Ashley covers Tsuyoshi Douyama's draft

[view] Team Fire Beat

[view] Team Poor Shark has a brief argument

[view] Fans were stacked on top of each other to get a glimpse of the semifinals

[view] Team Voice of Soul drafts

[view] Voice of Soul made it into the semifinals

[view] The draft!

[view] Spectators had a hard time seeing all the action

[view] AlphaBetaUnlimited.com spends a lot of time playing to the crowd

[view] Team AlphaBetaUnlimited.com is relaxed in the semifinals.

[view] AlphaBetaUnlimited.com's Ryan Fuller

[view] AlphaBetaUnlimited.com's Dave Williams

[view] AlphaBetaUnlimited.com's Chris Benafel

[view] Team 25:17

[view] Team Magic Square

[view] Could this player lead his team to victory?

[view] One of the many teams making up Grand Prix Yokohama

[view] Team Dekiru-Kana? vs. Team AlphaBetaUnlimited.com in a Round 11 Feature Match

[view] Team AlphaBetaUnlimited.com, leaders for the entire tournament, try to finish the swiss rounds on top

[view] Team Dekiru-Kana? try to get into the Top 4 by beating AlphaBetaUnlimited.com

[view] Team 25:17 in round 11

[view] Team Magic Square in the last swiss round of the day

[view] Team AlphaBetaUnlimited.com calculates how long Treva will stay on the table.

[view] Team AlphaBetaUnlimited in the draft for Round 11.

[view] Team Dekiru-Kana? in the last draft for the swiss rounds.

[view] Team Magic Square

[view] Team 25:17, on Table 8 at the end of the day

[view] cards await the drafting decisions of Loafing Giants and Voice of Soul

[view] Team Voice of Soul talk amongst themselves

[view] Team Loafing Giants consider the draft

[view] Team Poor Shark drafts before Round 10

[view] Team Poor Shark and Team Apprentice conduct high-level discussions exclusively by pointing at cards.

[view] Team Apprentice in the second draft of the day

[view] Team NISIKI in Round 9

[view] Team Potato Peach (no relation to Team Potato Nation, as far as we know) in Round 9

[view] Team DERAPIN in Round 9

[view] Team Voice of Soul in Round 9

[view] Kazumi Kikagawa of Team Apprentice, one of two female players on Day 2

[view] Tomomi Otsuka of Team Poor Shark, the other one

[view] Team Scrambled Steak in Round 9

[view] Team Susiyan in Round 9

[view] Team Absolute tries to take down the leaders

[view] Team AlphaBetaUnlimited in their first match of the day

[view] AlphaBetaUnlimited.com plays Absolute in Round 9

[view] AlphaBetaUnlimited.com before the first draft of Day 2

[view] Team Susiyan

[view] Table 1: AlphaBetaUnlimited.com drafts against Team Absolute

[view] Table 2: Team Susiyan drafts against Scrambled Steak

[view] Player C's first pack, and AlphaBetaUnlimited.com decides what to do about it.

[view] Ron Foster calls the draft

[view] Team Dekiru-Kana? drafts

[view] Team Magic Square drafts

[view] Team Fire Beat drafts

[view] Team Loafing Giants drafts

[view] Rob Dougherty, Loafing Giant, opens his pack

[view] Voice of Soul drafts against Team 25:17

[view] Team Fire Beat drafts

[view] Team Poor Shark vs. Yaburon

[view] Rob Dougherty takes a look at his cards

[view] Dave Williams of AlphaBetaUnlimited.com drafts

[view] The members of Team Scrambled Steak confer

[view] Executioners vs. Team M.O.B. in a Round 8 Feature Match

[view] Circle Money Draft vs. Loafing Giants in a Round 8 Feature Match

[view] Team M.O.B. is "connected" enough to get a feature match in Round 8

[view] The Executioners threaten to destroy everyone they face.

[view] Circle Money Draft hopes to turn Grand Prix Yokohama into its personal ATM

[view] Team Loafing Giants loafs its way into another Feature Match

[view] Team Potato Peach in a Round 7 Feature Match

[view] Team AlphaBetaUnlimited.com again.

[view] Team Dekiru-Kana? (The question mark is part of the team name)

[view] Nagator's

[view] Team Dekiru-Kana? vs. Nagator's

[view] The Feature Match area

[view] Team Potato Peach vs. AlphaBetaUnlimited.com

[view] Yusuke Osaka, the Jumping Japanese

[view] Team 25:17 vs. Team NISIKI in a Round 6 Feature Match

[view] Team Magic Square vs. Panzer Hunters Jo in the other Round 6 Feature Match

[view] Team 25:17 in their second Feature Match of the day

[view] Team NISIKI

[view] Team Magic Square in a Round 6 Feature Match

[view] Team Panzer Hunters Jo in Round 6

[view] Team Objects vs. Team Susiyan

[view] Team Objects in Round 5. We're not sure whether that's "a team of objects" or a team which "objects" to something.

[view] Team Susiyan in Round 5

[view] Team DERAPIN vs. Team PPB

[view] Team PPB

[view] Team DERAPIN

[view] Masaei Miyamori of Team Objects

[view] Sumi Kazuhiko of Team Susiyan

[view] Unluckey's vs. Chiban Dragon

[view] Team Unluckey's

[view] Chiban Dragon

[view] Team Fire Beat try to defend their native soil against the Westerners, in the person of Team AlphaBetaUnlimited.com

[view] Team Fire Beat, the first two-time Feature Match players of the tournament

[view] Team AlphaBetaUnlimited.com

[view] Executioners vs. Team Loafing Giant

[view] Panzer Hunters Jo vs. Team 25:17

[view] Alan Epley of Team 25:17

[view] Reiji Ando of Panzer Hunters Jo

[view] Team 25:17

[view] Team Panzer Hunters Jo

[view] Team Loafing Giants

[view] Loafing Giant and sometime Sideboard Writer Alex Shvartsman

[view] Rob Dougherty, cheating on "Your Move Games" with another team

[view] Mike "Mikey P" Pustilnik of the hastily-formed "Loafing Giants"

[view] Team Executioners

[view] Koichiro Maki, Executioner

[view] Satoshi Nakamura, who may have appeared in more Sideboard Online photos than any other Japanese player

[view] Ken'ichi Fujita of The Executioners

[view] Eleven-year-old Miyamoto, who is qualified for June's Junior Super Series Championship in Orlando, Florida. And he's going!

[view] Team Duel Machine, who have cool T-shirts

[view] Masahiro Kuroda, leader of Team Poor Shark

[view] Toshiki Tsukamoto, leader of Team Fire Beat

[view] What team is this? God Only Knows.

[view] Team Voice of Soul in a Round 2 Feature Match

[view] Team Poor Shark faced Team Fire Beat

[view] Team Fire Beat played their first match in Round 2

[view] Keita Mori (of the Japanese Sideboard coverage) discusses tactics with Monty Ashley

[view] Sideboard Managing Editor Monty Ashley shows where this Grand Prix is being held

[view] Fujieda Laboratory's Sasanuma Kiyoshi

[view] Rakeru's Hashimoto Hiroshi

[view] Sasanuma decides if a Cavern Harpy and Dromar, the Banisher will be enough of an attacking force

[view] Team Tokyo Butties, which is pronounced "Beauties"

[view] Team Q.E.D.

[view] Team Rakeru faced Fujieda Laboratory in Round 1

[view] Team Fujieda Laboratory in their Round 1 Feature Match

[view] The seating assignments for the first deckbuild attract a lot of attention

[view] A beautifully customized 3-D Island

[view] The art of customizing cards in known to a select few.

[view] Chris Zantides and Ron Foster

[view] Team Voice of Soul

[view] Team AlphaBetaUnlimited.com

[view] Team Loafing Giants

[view] Team Chicago Miracle

[view] Team Tokyo Butties

[view] Team Executioners

[view] Team Magic Square

[view] Team Poor Shark

[view] Team Loafing Giants: Mike Pustilnik, Rob Dougherty, and Alex Shvartsman

[view] Team Executioners: Ken'ichi Fujita, Satoshi Nakamura, and Koichiro Maki

[view] Team Fire Beat: Toshiki Tsukamoto, Tsuyoshi Ikeda, and Jun Nobushita

[view] Team Kou II Ziko: Yasafumi Sasahara, Mitsumasa Imai, and Atsushi Takagi

[view] The anticipation before the event

[view] Grand Prix Yokohama has fabulous trophies waiting for the winners

[view] Before the doors open, players mill about

[view] Level 2 Judge Akio Sugaya

[view] Head Judge Takashi Aida

[view] Ron Foster and Takashi Aida.

[view] It takes awhile for this many players to fill the area.

[view] The doors open and 846 players stream into the hall

[view] Head Judge Takashi Aida

[view] At registration, the players tune their skills.

[view] The Ferris Wheel at night; this Ferris Wheel is also the world's biggest clock.

[view] You can get anything in a Japanese vending machine. Even fire!

[view] Even those who don't speak Japanese can manage to follow the signs.

[view] The glittering Electic Town in Akihabara has very little to do with Grand Prix Yokohama. Pretty, though, isn't it?

[view] The crack Hobby Japan staff will turn this RV full of equipment into a lavish Grand Prix

[view] The Pacifico Yokohama Convention Plaza, home of Grand Prix Yokohama

[view] The Coke cans in Japan are slender and elegant

[view] The Yokohama Grand Intercontinental Hotel, and not a a big shark's fin

[view] Yokohama, home of the Pacifico Yokohama and a really big Ferris Wheel

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