TOP 8 PROFILES

Posted in NEWS on April 13, 2014

By Josh Bennett


Kasuga, RyousukeAge: 25
Hometown: Chiba
Occupation: Care staff

 

Where do you play Magic in your local community?
LMC, Hobby Station Chiba, Aiko-do

Do you play Magic Online?
NO.

What was your record in Sealed Deck?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
9-0 with 0 byes. I played Green-Black splashing red with Courser of Kruphix.

What were your records in the drafts?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I played Green-Black both times, going 2-1 both times.

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
Pick Green-Black! Green-Black is strong!

What is the most underrated card in Born of the Gods/Theros Limited?
ALL black cards.

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Nagoya?
I made Top 8 without byes!

Which Journey to Nyx preview has excited you the most?
AAAAJAAAANIIIIII!!!!!

 



 


Chapman SimAge: 28
Hometown: Singapore
Occupation: "Professional Tourist"+MTG OFFICIAL EVENT Coverage Writer

 

Where do you play Magic in your local community?
I mostly play overseas!

Do you play Magic Online?
Yes,but not much.

What was your record in Sealed Deck?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I went 7-2 playing Blue-White-Green. Sea God's Revenge was my most important card.

What were your records in the drafts?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I went 3-0 in both, one with Blue-White featuring Thassa's Emissary, and the other with Red-Green splahing blue. The Voyage's Ends were key!

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
Blue or Red. Team MTGMintcard "broke" the format.

What is the most underrated card in Born of the Gods/Theros Limited?
Omenspeaker. Ken Yukuhiro taught me it is a first pick.

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Nagoya?
My teammates (Tzu-ching Kuo and Shi-Tian Lee) and I were all in contention for the Top 8. I'm surprised I was the one that made it because they're so much better than I am.

Which Journey to Nyx preview has excited you the most?
Keranos, God of Storms

 



 


Yuuya SugiyamaAge: 24
Hometown: Hiroshima
Occupation: Bookstore Clerk

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments?
Finished in the money at the last Pro Tour. Won my last two tournaments.

Where do you play Magic in your local community?
Shop ACP

Do you play Magic Online?
Yes,more than paper.

What was your record in Sealed Deck?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I went 8-1 with two byes playing White-Green. Heliod's Emissary was my key card.

What were your records in the drafts?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
First draft I went 3-0 with Black-White, again with Heliod's Emissary. In the second I went 2-0-1 with White-Red, and yes, another Heliod's Emissary.

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
Either Blue-White or Blue-Green

What is the most underrated card in Born of the Gods/Theros Limited?
Obviously it's Heliod's Emissary.

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Nagoya?
That I managed 8-1 with my card pool.

Which Journey to Nyx preview has excited you the most?
DRAGON.

 



 


Hiroshi DateAge: 30
Hometown: Tokyo
Occupation: Systems Engineer

 

Where do you play Magic in your local community?
Jyu-chin Gumi, PWC

Do you play Magic Online?
No.

What was your record in Sealed Deck?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
8-1 with Green-White splashing Reaper of the Wilds.

What were your records in the drafts?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I went 2-1 with Red-Black and 3-0 with White-Black. No standout cards.

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
Play Beatdown.

What is the most underrated card in Born of the Gods/Theros Limited?
Dragon Mantle.

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Nagoya?
I took a game with Two-Headed Cerberus, alone.

Which Journey to Nyx preview has excited you the most?
Mana Confluence

 



 


Takashi BokuAge: 25
Hometown: Okazaki
Occupation: Postman

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments?
This is my best!

Where do you play Magic in your local community?
MMC, SmileKing ToyotaYoshiwara

Do you play Magic Online?
No.

What was your record in Sealed Deck?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
8-1 with one bye. I played Red-White with Hundred-Handed One.

What were your records in the drafts?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I played Blue-Green both times, going 2-1 and 3-0. Sea God's Revenge was my most important card.

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
Blue-Green Beatdown

What is the most underrated card in Born of the Gods/Theros Limited?
I don't know about Limited, but Pain Seer in Standard.

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Nagoya?
Some cards have gone WAY up in price!

Which Journey to Nyx preview has excited you the most?
Gnarled Scarhide

 



 


Ryuuji ItagakiAge: 24
Hometown: Saitama
Occupation: Salesman

 

Where do you play Magic in your local community?
I don't.

Do you play Magic Online?
No.

What was your record in Sealed Deck?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I went 8-1 with no byes. I played White-Red with Elspeth, Sun's Champion.

What were your records in the drafts?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I went 3-0 with Black-Red in draft one. Marshmist Titan was amazing for me. In the second I went 2-0-1 playing Blue-Black. Benthic Giant was key.

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
Anything heroic.

What is the most underrated card in Born of the Gods/Theros Limited?
Marshmist Titan.

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Nagoya?
The fact that I actually opened an Elspeth!

Which Journey to Nyx preview has excited you the most?
Godsend.

 



 


Takatoshi SatouAge: 29
Hometown: Tokyo, Tachikawa
Occupation: Famikon-kun 2gouten Store Manager

 

Where do you play Magic in your local community?
Saitama/Tachikawa at Famikon-kun 2gouten.

Do you play Magic Online?
A few times a month.

What was your record in Sealed Deck?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I went 9-0 with one bye playing White-Red. Akroan Skyguard was my key card.

What were your records in the drafts?
What did you play, and did you have any

key cards?

Draft 1:
2-1 with Green Whitel. 4 Voyaging Satyr, 3 Vulpine Goliath and 3 Chronicler of Heroes!

Draft 2:
2-1 with White-Blue splash Green. Battlewise Hoplite was my key card.

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
Ask my friends what my strategy should be.

What is the most underrated card in Born of the Gods/Theros Limited?

Voyaging Satyr. How did I get 4?

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Nagoya?
That I went 9-0 on Day 1!

Which Journey to Nyx preview has excited you the most?
Athreos, God of Passage

 



 


Hisataka MatsuiAge: 32
Hometown: Chiba
Occupation: Part-time worker

 

Previous Magic Accomplishments?
I played on the Pro Tour twice.

Where do you play Magic in your local community?
I don't.

Do you play Magic Online?
No.

What was your record in Sealed Deck?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I went 8-1 with 2 byes playing Blue-White. Aqueous Form was awesome for me.

What were your records in the drafts?
What did you play, and did you have any key cards?

Draft 1:
2-1 playing Red-Green-White with Xenagos, God of Revels.

Draft 2:
3-0 playing Blue-White. Wingsteed Rider was my key card.

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
Heroic beatdown

What is the most underrated card in Born of the Gods/Theros Limited?
Aqueous Form.

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Nagoya?
That there were so many players!

Which Journey to Nyx preview has excited you the most?
Athreos, God of Passage.