Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on September 10, 2017

By Chapman Sim

After twelve Swiss rounds, the field of 597 has been reduced down to just 8! Who are the Top 8 competitors competing for two World Magic Cup slots and the prestigious title of Japan National Champion?


Name: Shota Yasooka

Age: 33

Prefecture: Tokyo

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Winner of Pro Tour Kaladesh. And others.

What did you play in Standard and how did you do in the Constructed portion?
Temur Energy (5-0-1)

What decks did you draft and how did you do in the Limited portion?
Black-Green in Draft 1 (3-0) and 5-Color Green in Draft 2 (2-1)

What does winning Nationals and representing Japan at the World Magic Cup mean to you?
Happy.



Name:
Riku Kumagai

Age: 26

Prefecture: Miyagi

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Grand Prix Tokyo 2016 Champion

What did you play in Standard and how did you do in the Constructed portion?
Mono White Eldrazi (4-1-1)

What decks did you draft and how did you do in the Limited portion?
Blue-Red (3-0) and White-Black (3-0)

What does winning Nationals and representing Japan at the World Magic Cup mean to you?
It would mean I won today.



Name:
Ryoichi Tamada

Age: 32

Prefecture: Osaka

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar finalist
Grand Prix Manilla 2017 Champion

What did you play in Standard and how did you do in the Constructed portion?
Mardu Vehicles (5-0-1)

What decks did you draft and how did you do in the Limited portion?
White-Blue (2-1) and White-Blue (3-0)

What does winning Nationals and representing Japan at the World Magic Cup mean to you?
Fashion. Accessory.



Name:
Yuki Matsumoto

Age: 26

Prefecture: Kanagawa

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Grand Prix Kyoto 2017 Champion

What did you play in Standard and how did you do in the Constructed portion?
Mono White Eldrazi (4-1-1)

What decks did you draft and how did you do in the Limited portion?
Blue-Red (3-0) and 5-Color Green (3-0)

What does winning Nationals and representing Japan at the World Magic Cup mean to you?
It would be a great chance for me to make Japan proud.



Name:
Yuuya Watanabe

Age: 28

Prefecture: Tokyo

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Hall of Fame, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, 4 Pro Tour Top 8s, 7-time Grand Prix Champion

What did you play in Standard and how did you do in the Constructed portion?
4-Color Energy (5-1)

What decks did you draft and how did you do in the Limited portion?
Blue-Red (3-0) and Blue-Green (2-1)

What does winning Nationals and representing Japan at the World Magic Cup mean to you?
I have yet to be a National Champion by winning Nationals, but I also want my good friend Shota Yasooka to win. I've played in a few World Magic Cups so far, so it does not mean much to me.



Name:
Takeshi Hattori

Age: 31

Prefecture: Aichi

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Participating in a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier

What did you play in Standard and how did you do in the Constructed portion?
Mardu Vehicles (5-1)

What decks did you draft and how did you do in the Limited portion?
Red-Green (3-0) and Blue-Red (2-1)

What does winning Nationals and representing Japan at the World Magic Cup mean to you?
I would be very happy to be a National Champion. It means the world to me.



Name:
Kenta Harane

Age: 28

Prefecture: Tokyo

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Two Grand Prix Top 8s

What did you play in Standard and how did you do in the Constructed portion?
4-Color Energy (6-0)

What decks did you draft and how did you do in the Limited portion?
Black-Red (2-1) and White-Black (2-1)

What does winning Nationals and representing Japan at the World Magic Cup mean to you?
I can't imagine what it feels like to be the National Champion but I would like to play in the World Magic Cup with Yuuya Wannabe and share the same goal.



Name:
Yuuta Hirosawa

Age: 30

Prefecture: Tokyo

Previous Magic Accomplishments:
None

What did you play in Standard and how did you do in the Constructed portion?
Femur Energy (5-1)

What decks did you draft and how did you do in the Limited portion?
Blue-Black (3-0) and White-Black (2-1)

What does winning Nationals and representing Japan at the World Magic Cup mean to you?
It would be the first victory for me in Premier event and I wish to play against other players of other countries with my teammates.

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