Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on November 27, 2016

By Chapman Sim

Learn more about Grand Prix Chiba's Top 8 competitors—including who they are, what they've done in the game, and more—by taking a look through their profiles!


Kentaro Yamamoto

Age: 32
Occupation: Team Cygames Pro Player
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Three Pro Tour Top 8s
Where do you usually play Magic?
Magic Online

Number of Byes: 3
Score in Day 1: 8-1
Score in Day 2: 5-0-1

What deck did you play and what is the most important card?
Sneak and Show

What is your favorite card in Legacy?
Griselbrand

Did you see any cool decks or good plays this weekend?
I saw someone playing Gideon, Ally of Zendikar in the sideboard of Miracles.

Everyone has different habits and styles when it comes to their own deck. Do you have any particular requirements?
Nothing special.


Atsuki Kihara

Age: 24
Hometown: Tokyo
Previous Magic Accomplishments: The very first “God of Standard” of Hareruya.
Where do you usually play Magic?
Hareruya, Toyland Hara and Chagamo Fireball

Number of Byes: 2
Score in Day 1: 8-1
Score in Day 2: 5-1

What deck did you play?
Miracles

What is your favorite card in Legacy?
Sensei's Divining Top

Did you see any cool decks or good plays this weekend?
Not much.

Everyone has different habits and styles when it comes to their own deck. Do you have any particular requirements?
Nothing for me.


Yuuya Watanabe

Age: 27
Occupation: Team Cygames Pro Player
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Hall of Fame 2016 and any more.
Where do you usually play Magic?
Magic Online

Number of Byes: 3
Score in Day 1: 8-1
Score in Day 2: 5-0-1

What deck did you play and what is the most important card?
Miracles. I played more Monastery Mentors because I'm a beginner in playing this deck.

What is your favorite card in Legacy?
Ponder!

Did you see any cool decks or good plays this weekend?
Takuma Morofuji played Stoneforge Mystic, didn't search for an equipment and won.

Everyone has different habits and styles when it comes to their own deck. Do you have any particular requirements?
I like to use two layers of card sleeves for all my decks.


Keisuke Sato

Age: 27
Occupation: System Engineer
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Shizuoka 2014 Top 8
Where do you usually play Magic?
Hareruya, Card of Paradice Sakuragi and Gamebeat

Number of Byes: 2
Score in Day 1: 8-1
Score in Day 2: 5-0-1

What deck did you play?
Sneak and Show.

What is your favorite card in Legacy?
Lightning Bolt or Knight of the Reliquary

Did you see any cool decks or good plays this weekend?
The Food Chain combo deck was awesome. You can generate infinite mana and use Tidespout Tyrant to bounce everything.

Everyone has different habits and styles when it comes to their own deck. Do you have any particular requirements?
I like to use promo cards or Premium foil cards whenever possible. I also try to use Japanese language cards as much as I can.


Kouichi Miyabe

Age: 34
Occupation: Employee
Hometown: Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Nagano Cup 2011 and 2015 Champion.
Where do you usually play Magic?
Chagamo Fireball, Hama-ya Matsumoto, Touch Matsumoto and Dogs Cup.

Number of Byes: 1
Score in Day 1: 9-0
Score in Day 2: 4-1-1

What deck did you play and what is the most important card?
Miracles (but without red, because I play 2 Back to Basics).

What is your favorite card in Legacy?
Back to Basics

Did you see any cool decks or good plays this weekend?
Misdirection and Stifle are very useful cards.

Everyone has different habits and styles when it comes to their own deck. Do you have any particular requirements?
I always use Premium foil cards as well as Premium foil Unhinged basic lands. My deck is all foil where possible, except Force of Will!


Ryo Takahashi

Age: 24
Hometown: Mie-Ken
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 3-0 at Friday Night Magic
Where do you usually play Magic?
Magic Online and Phase Aratamabashi

Number of Byes: 1
Score in Day 1: 8-1
Score in Day 2: 5-1

What deck did you play?
Storm.

What is your favorite card in Legacy?
Brainstorm

Did you see any cool decks or good plays this weekend?
Nothing.

Everyone has different habits and styles when it comes to their own deck. Do you have any particular requirements?
I like to copy the decklists of good players instead of trying to build my own.


Akira Honma

Age: 29
Occupation: Employee
Hometown: Nigata-Ken
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Nothing.
Where do you usually play Magic?
Toyland Hara

Number of Byes: 2
Score in Day 1: 8-1
Score in Day 2: 5-1

What deck did you play?
Elves

What is your favorite card in Legacy?
Gaea's Cradle

Did you see any cool decks or good plays this weekend?
I'm playing two Nissa, Vital Force in my deck and I think she's cool.

Everyone has different habits and styles when it comes to their own deck. Do you have any particular requirements?
Nothing much.


Liu Jin

Age: 28
Hometown: Tianjin, China
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Beijing Top 64

Where do you usually play Magic?
Tianjin Peng Fei Card Store

Number of Byes: 2
Score in Day 1: 8-1
Score in Day 2: 5-1

What deck did you play and what is the most important card?
Death and Taxes. It's either Palace Jailer or Wilt-Leaf Liege.

What is your favorite card in Legacy?
Wasteland

Did you see any cool decks or good plays this weekend?
Dragon Stompy
Food Chain. It was the coolest deck by far.

Everyone has different habits and styles when it comes to their own deck. Do you have any particular requirements?
I love my Premium foil deck especially the Rishadan Ports

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