Top 4 Teams

Posted in GRAND PRIX BEIJING 2015 on October 25, 2015

By Chapman Sim

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 4 teams for Grand Prix Beijing is set! Learn more about this event’s Top 4 teams, their history at the top tables, and more by taking a look through the Top 4 team profiles.

(Photographs by Masashi Koyama)



Craig Wescoe, Richard Hoaen and Mike Hron

Name: Craig Wescoe
Hometown: New York City, USA
Age: 32
Occupation: Columnist for TCGplayer.com
Day 1 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 6-3 with White-Red. Valakut Invoker was my MVP.
Day 2 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 4-1 with Bant. I loved Roil Spout.
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Dragon's Maze Champion and 2 other Pro Tour Top 8s. 8 Grand Prix Top 8s.

What was your most memorable moment this weekend?
The Chinese team was overjoyed when we scooped them into the Top 4 as we were about to beat them.

Anything nice to say to your teammates?
They're two of the best Limited players of all time!


Name: Richard Hoaen
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Age: 30
Occupation: Probability Analyst
Day 1 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 9-0 with Naya Allies. Resolute Blademaster.
Day 2 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 4-1 with Black-Green Eldrazi. Awakening Zone (From Beyond) is great!
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Kyoto 2013 Champion

What was your most memorable moment this weekend?
Five hours walking The Great Wall of China.

Anything nice to say to your teammates?
Mike never loses, while Craig plays the White cards!


Name: Mike Hron
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Age: 35
Occupation: Risk Manager
Day 1 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): I went 8-1 with Blue-Black Ingest. Adverse Conditions won me a lot of games.
Day 2 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 4-1 with Blue-Red Devoid. Adverse Conditions, once again.
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Geneva 2007 Champion. Pro Tour Kuala Lumpur 2008 Top 8. Two-time Wisconsin State Champion.

What was your most memorable moment this weekend?
Visiting the Great Wall!

Anything nice to say to your teammates?
Craig has the most format experience, while Rich is full of youthful exuberance!



Liu Yuchen, He Yue and Zhang Zhiyang

Name: Liu Yuchen
Hometown: Beijing, China
Age: 24
Occupation: MTG Sheep
Day 1 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 6-2-1 with Naya Allies. The Ally Encampment made everything work!
Day 2 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 5-0 with Red-Green Landfall. Blighted Woodland is excellent in this archetype.
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 3 Grand Prix Top 8s

What was your most memorable moment this weekend?
Wescoe/Hoaen/Hron conceded to us in the last round! Thanks!

Anything nice to say to your teammates?
I've only one thing to say. Both you guys are the best of the best!


Name: He Yue
Hometown: Beijing, China
Age: 24
Occupation: MTG Sheep
Day 1 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 6-2-1 with Jund-Devoid. Vile Aggregate is disgustingly good.
Day 2 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 5-0 with Bant. Nissa's Renewal was excellent!
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Won a PTQ.

What was your most memorable moment this weekend?
Thank you Wescoe/Hoaen/Hron!

Anything nice to say to your teammates?
Both of my teammates are not only good at deckbuilding, but also very skilled players. Also, they've got strong faith in me, which is what a good team should have in each other.


Name: Zhang Zhiyang
Hometown: Beijing, China
Age: 26
Occupation: MTG Sheep
Day 1 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 6-2-1 with Esper. Clutch of Currents was my MVP.
Day 2 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 5-0 Blue-Black Devoid with Ruination Guide.
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 3 Grand Prix Top 8s, 2009 World Team Champion

What was your most memorable moment this weekend?
Wescoe/Hoaen/Hron deserve another word of thanks. =)

Anything nice to say to your teammates?
Together, let's do well at the Pro Tour!



Yuuya Watanabe, Makihito Mihara and Yuuki Ichikawa

Name: Yuuya Watanabe
Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan
Age: 26
Occupation: MTG Pro Player with Team Mint
Day 1 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 7-1 with Blue-Black Ingest. Ruin Processor!
Day 2 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 3-1-1 (ID) with Blue-White Awaken. Halimar Tidecaller is so powerful.
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Too many.

What was your most memorable moment this weekend?
In Round 2, we played against a team of cute elementary school children.

Anything nice to say to your teammates?
You two are really strong players!


Name: Makihito Mihara
Hometown: Chiba, Japan
Age: 24
Occupation: Employer
Day 1 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 7-2 with Black-Green Eldrazi. Bane of Bala Ged was a gamewinner!
Day 2 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 3-1-1 (ID) with Black-Green Eldrazi again. Bane of Bala Ged continues to help me win!
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Hall of Fame, and many more...

What was your most memorable moment this weekend?
We played against a team of young schoolboys in Round 2, and they were very adorable. I feel a little bad to beat them because they were so enthusiastic about Magic!

Anything nice to say to your teammates?
You guys are very strong!


Name: Yuuki Ichikawa
Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan
Age: 27
Occupation: Team Cygames' Player
Day 1 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 6-3. Red-Green Landfall. Evolving Wilds is the best!
Day 2 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 4-0-1 (ID) with Black-Red Devoid. Serpentine Spike is very, very good.
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2 Pro Tour Top 8s, 3 Grand Prix Top 8s (1 Win)

What was your most memorable moment this weekend?
Same as Watanabe and Mihara. Round 2 was very interesting. Haha!

Anything nice to say to your teammates?
You two are great teammates because you never need to ask me about anything. Relax!



Shintaro Ishimura, Yoshihiko Ikawa and Kazuyuki Takimura

Name: Shintaro Ishimura
Hometown: Japan
Age: 26
Day 1 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 6-2-1 with White-Red Allies. Shatterskull Recruit was surprisingly good.
Day 2 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 2-3 with White-Black. Rising Miasma saved my life a few times.
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Paris 2011 Top 8

What was your most memorable moment this weekend?
After we picked up our first loss and were feeling disappointed, Craig Wescoe gave us a banana to cheer us up!

Anything nice to say to your teammates?
Thank you for the best weekend ever!


Name: Yoshihiko Ikawa
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Age: 29
Occupation: Hareruya Employee
Day 1 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 7-1-1 with Blue-Green splashing Red. I had Kiora, Master of the Depths.
Day 2 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 3-2. 4-Color Green (no Black) with Oran-Rief Hydra.
Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Pro Tour San Diego 2010 Top 8

What was your most memorable moment this weekend?
In Round 13, I was faced with a very, very, VERY bad situation, but was able to turn it around into a victory.

Anything nice to say to your teammates?
You are reliable teammates in building good decks and piloting them. Thank you!


Name: Kazuyuki Takimura
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Age: 31
Occupation: Office Worker
Day 1 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 7-1-1 with Black-Green Eldrazi. From Beyond is best!
Day 2 Deck Colors, Score and MVP(s): 3-2 with Blue-Black Ingest. Ruin Processor was my MVP.
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar Champion

What was your most memorable moment this weekend?
The moment when I knew that we squeezed into the Top 4.

Anything nice to say to your teammates?
Congratulations for qualifying for the Pro Tour. Let's go and win it together!

We use cookies on this site to personalize content and ads, provide social media features and analyze web traffic. By clicking YES, you are consenting for us to set cookies. (Learn more about cookies)

No, I want to find out more