Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in GRAND PRIX BEIJING 2016 on April 17, 2016

By Ben Swartz

After 15 rounds, only eight players remained in the running for the fame and the fortune, the title and the trophy. Find out more about these people here!


Hironobu Sugaya

Hometown: Chiba, Japan
Age: 36
Occupation: Producer
Number of Byes: 2
Day 1 Record: 8-1
Day 2 Draft 1 Record: 3-0 (U/B)
Day 2 Draft 2 Record: 2-0-1 (B/R)
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2008 GP Manila Champion

What draft archetype do you think is best and why?
White-Green Humans. The Green uncommon creatures are very strong.

What is your favorite uncommon in draft and why?
Tooth Collector, I used it in both Day 1 and in Day 2!


Xu Su

Hometown: Beijing
Age: 45
Number of Byes: 2
Day 1 Record: 8-1
Day 2 Draft 1 Record: 2-1
Day 2 Draft 2 Record: 2-0-1
Previous Magic Accomplishments: GP Shanghai 2014 Finalist

What draft archetype do you think is best and why?
R/G Wolf

What is your favorite uncommon in draft and why?
Duskwatch Recruiter.


Kazuaki Fujimura

Hometown: Osaka, Japan
Age: 25
Occupation: Freelancer
Number of Byes: 2
Day 1 Record: 7-2 (W/G Humans)
Day 2 Draft 1 Record: 3-0 (W/G Humans)
Day 2 Draft 2 Record: 3-0 (U/G Aggro)
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Next Pro Tour Champion

What draft archetype do you think is best and why?
W/G Humans, it's easy and strong. You don't need rares.

What is your favorite uncommon in draft and why?
Duskwatch Recruiter. You can take it without hesitation. It's like a mythic rare, but it's uncommon.


Gao Zhen Xing

Hometown: Beijing
Age: 33
Occupation: Manager
Number of Byes: 0
Day 1 Record: 9-0-0
Day 2 Draft 1 Record: 1-1-1 (W/B)
Day 2 Draft 2 Record: 2-0-1(B/R)
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2004 GP Kuala Lumpur 3rd place. 2013 GP Singapore Top 8

What draft archetype do you think is best and why?
Madness. It's very beatdown and fast.

What is your favorite uncommon in draft and why?
Kindly Stranger. She is a solid creature with a removal ability.


Makihito Mihara

Hometown: Chiba, Japan
Age: 33
Occupation: SE
Number of Byes: 3
Day 1 Record: 9-0
Day 2 Draft 1 Record: 3-0 (with W/B)
Day 2 Draft 2 Record: 1-1-1 (with R/G + Sigarda)
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Many

What draft archetype do you think is best and why?
R/G Werewolf. It's Powerful!

What is your favorite uncommon in draft and why?
Duskwatch Recruiter


Kenataro Yamamoto

Hometown: Tokyo
Age: 31
Occupation: Team Cygames
Number of Byes: 3
Day 1 Record: 7-1-1
Day 2 Draft 1 Record: 3-0 (R/G)
Day 2 Draft 2 Record: 2-0-1 (U/G)
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2nd Pro Tour San Diego 2007

What draft archetype do you think is best and why?
Green-X. The best color is Green.

What is your favorite uncommon in draft and why?
Duskwatch Recruiter. I want to pick Green!


Toru Inoue

Hometown: Fukuoka
Age: 27
Occupation: SE
Number of Byes: 2
Day 1 Record: 8-1
Day 2 Draft 1 Record: 2-1
Day 2 Draft 2 Record: 2-0-1
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Japan Limits 2010 Champion

What draft archetype do you think is best and why?
Use Green. Green creatures are powerful.

What is your favorite uncommon in draft and why?
Ulvenwald Mysteries, I like card advantage cards.


Mak Wai Hou

Hometown: Macau
Age: 22
Occupation: Student
Number of Byes: 0
Day 1 Record: 8-1
Day 2 Draft 1 Record: 3-0
Day 2 Draft 2 Record: 1-1-1
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Magic Online PTQ Top 8

What draft archetype do you think is best and why?
Black-Red. If you really get the deck, you'll get 3-0 easy.

What is your favorite uncommon in draft and why?
Heir of Falkenrath. It's just good!

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