This Week in Magic History: Nov 14-20

Posted in Feature on December 4, 2009

By Wizards of the Coast

November 30-December 4, 2005: Japan's Crowning Achievement


When the World Championships came to Yokohama, it felt right at home. Matching a feat only performed by the United States in the history of Magic, the host nation of these 2005 World Championships claimed the World Championship (Katsuhiro Mori), World Team Championship (Takuma Morofuji, Masashi Oiso and Ichirou Shimura ) and Player of the Year (Kenji Tsumura) in the same season.

That kicked off a five-year run of Japanese dominance in the Player of the Year race. 2005: Kenji Tsumura. 2006: Shouta Yasooka. 2007: Tomoharu Saito. 2008: Shuhei Nakamura. 2009: Yuuya Watanabe. And who knows what 2010 will bring?

And if that weren't enough, the 2005 World Championship also saw the induction of Magic's first class into the Pro Tour Hall of Fame: Jon Finkel, Darwin Kastle, Tommi Hovi, Alan Comer, and Olle Råde. The induction speeches have been preserved for you.

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