July 22-23, 2006: Shuhei Nakamura takes Grand Prix–St. Louis!
The big story coming into the Top 8 was Kenji Tsumura questing for his third straight Limited Grand Prix title. With all the pressure and attention on Kenji, Shuhei quietly dispatched his first two opponents before squaring off with Zac Hill's degenerate Surging Sentinels deck in the finals. Zac had derailed Kenji in the semifinals but he could not withstand the hand-stripping fury of Blizzard Specter in the final game or the pro-white of a jump knight in the first one. In between, Zac got off a degenerate surge of soldiers on turn three but it was the only time they stood for inspection in the whole Top 8.