Top 8 Profiles of the 2018 Japan Nationals

Posted in Event Coverage on September 10, 2018

By Event Coverage Staff

After thirteen rounds of Swiss, the field of 811 was down to just 8! Let's take a look at the Top 8 of the largest Nationals tournament in the world and get to know these talented players!


Name: So Iwabuchi

Age: 31

Standard Portion Summary:

Black-Red Aggro. 7-0.

Limited Portion Summary:

Draft 1: Blue-Black-Red (3-0)

Draft 2: White-Red splash Black (2-1)

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

It feels like a difficult goal to reach.


Name: Ken Yukuhiro

Age: 29

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 4 Pro Tour Top 8s

Standard Portion Summary:

Mono-Blue Aggro. 6-1 with 2 byes.

Limited Portion Summary:

Draft 1: 5-Color Dragons (3-0)

Draft 2: White-Black Control (2-1)

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

Winning Nationals is one of the goals I would love to accomplish. I also hope to be a responsible captain of Team Japan and lead us to a good result.


Name: Boku Takashi

Age: 29

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2nd place at Grand Prix Nagoya 2014, Eternal Weekend 2018 Top 8

Standard Portion Summary:

Black-Red Aggro. 6-1 with 1 bye.

Limited Portion Summary:

Draft 1: Mono-White Aggro splash Black (3-0)

Draft 2: White-Red Aggro (2-1)

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

I’d be very happy!


Name: Naoya Nanba

Age: 20

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

Top 8 at Grand Prix Chiba 2018

Standard Portion Summary:

Black-Red Aggro. 5-1-1.

Limited Portion Summary:

Draft 1: White-Black Control (3-0)

Draft 2: Black-Green Tempo (3-0)

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

National Champion is a title which I can’t imagine achieving. If I get a chance to represent Japan, it feels like I’m challenging the world!


Name: Kenta Harane

Age: 29

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Japan National Champion 2017

Standard Portion Summary:

Blue-Black Midrange. 5-2 with 1 bye.

Limited Portion Summary:

Draft 1: Blue-Red (3-0)

Draft 2: Blue-Black (3-0)

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

I would become the defending champion if I won today. I would also get a chance to defend the World Magic Cup!


Name: Masahide Moriyama

Age: 25

Standard Portion Summary:

Black-Red Midrange. 7-0!

Limited Portion Summary:

Draft 1: Green-White Enchantments (2-1)

Draft 2: White-Black Artifacts (2-1)

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

Winning Nationals seems like a goal that is far to reach but going to the World Magic Cup has always been one of my goals.


Name: Kazuhiro Suzuki

Age: 31

Standard Portion Summary:

Esper Control. 5-2.

Limited Portion Summary:

Draft 1: White-Red (3-0)

Draft 2: Blue-Red (3-0)

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

I’d be very happy to win Nationals and it’s always been my goal to go to the World Magic Cup.


Name: Yuuya Watanabe

Age: 29

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

2017 World Magic Cup Champion (and many others).

Standard Portion Summary:

Black-Red Aggro. 7-0 with 2 byes.

Limited Portion Summary:

Draft 1: Green-White (2-1)

Draft 2: Green-White (2-1)

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

I have never won Nationals and I would like to win it so its one more achievement I have yet to achieve. If I go to the World Magic Cup again, I get to attempt to win the World Magic Cup two years in a row.

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