Playing in his first National Championship, Jamie Mackintosh stormed the Top 8 with his Green/White Elves Combo deck, and will lead the Australian National Team at the World Championships in Rome later this year. Joining him after a heart-breaking loss in the finals with his Five-Color Blood deck will be fellow newcomer Ian Wood, and Top 8 veteran Hugh Glanville, who played Faeries.
Ladies and gentlemen, the bar for 2009 national teams has been set. Reigning Player of the Year Shuhei Nakamura emerged victorious from a loaded field at Japan's National Championship. He'll be flanked by 2007 Rookie of the Year Yuuya Watanabe and newcomer Yuma Shiota....oh, and just in case one of them can't make it to Rome, 2005 Player of the Year Kenji Tsumura is the alternate!
Enric Marti piloted a Five-Color Control deck to the title of Spanish National Champion, defeating Jonathan Cano and Jund Aggro in the final. Rounding out the national team is Alain Simón, who played Elves Aggro.