Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on May 28, 2017

By Chapman Sim

Learn more about Grand Prix Kobe's Top 8 competitors—including who they are, why they chose their Modern deck, and more—by taking a look through the Top 8 profiles!


Joe Soh

Age: 29

Hometown: Malaysia

Occupation: Self Employed

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Taipei 2014 Top 8, Grand Prix Kobe 2015 finalist, 2003 and 2009 Malaysia National Champion.

What deck did you play this weekend and how do you feel about your choice?

White-Black Eldrazi. I liked Eldrazi but I didn't like the Eldrazi decks in the format, so I brewed my own.

What is your favorite card in Modern?

Wasteland Strangler and Thought-Knot Seer

What was the most interesting memory this weekend?

Turn 2 Tidehollow Scullers into turn 3 Wasteland Strangler has surprised many people, as well as the maindeck Relic of Progenitus.


Terumasa Kojima

Age: 27

Hometown: Osaka, Japan

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

3-0 at Friday Night Magic

What deck did you play this weekend?

Dredge.

What is your favorite card in Modern?

Golgari Grave-Troll and Gitaxian Probe.

What was the most interesting memory this weekend?

Nothing special.


Park Bi-o

Age: 34

Hometown: South Korea

Occupation: Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments: WMCQ Finalist

What deck did you play this weekend and how do you feel about your choice?

Grixis Shadow. I like big and fast creatures plus discard spells to cripple my opponent. Gurmag Angler and Tasigur, the Golden Fang on turn 2 is very good.

What is your favorite card in Modern?

Lightning Bolt

What was the most interesting memory this weekend?

I had a very lucky event all week.


Fumiyasu Suzuike

Age: 27

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Occupation: Office Worker

Previous Magic Accomplishments:

X-3 at a Grand Prix.

What deck did you play this weekend and how do you feel about your choice?

Eldrazi Tron.

What is your favorite card in Modern?

Reality Smasher!

What was the most interesting memory this weekend?

Casting Chalice of the Void where X was 4 to trigger Sanctum of Ugin.


Tomoya Tsubouchi

Age: 30

Hometown: Aichi, Japan

Occupation: Self-employed

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Atlanta competitor, BMO Modern Top 4, Team Legacy champion

What deck did you play this weekend and how do you feel about your choice?

Ad Nauseam. I'm really happy with my result because I worked hard to tune this deck with my team, Enukiru. I'll continue playing Ad Nauseam because it is a great deck!

What is your favorite card in Modern?

Pact of Negation

What was the most interesting memory this weekend?

I need to learn how to play Spoils of the Vault better and I'm glad to not play any mirror matches.


Takeshi Kagawa

Age: 29

Hometown: Hyogo, Japan

Occupation: System Engineer

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Trial winner, MMM Finalist

What deck did you play this weekend and how do you feel about your choice?

Affinity with a single copy of Collected Company.

What is your favorite card in Modern?

Cranial Plating.

What was the most interesting memory this weekend?

I surprised many opponents by getting Arcbound Ravager onto the battlefield at instant speed and dealing lethal damage out of nowhere.


Akio Chiba

Age: 30

Hometown: Sapporo, Japan

Occupation: Office Worker

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 3rd Place GP Chiba 2015

What deck did you play this weekend and how do you feel about your choice?

Esper with Glory-Bound Initiate.

What is your favorite card in Modern?

Painful Truths

What was the most interesting memory this weekend?

I was paired against an Esper Polymorph deck!


Ryoichi Tamada

Age: 32

Hometown: Osaka, Jaan

Occupation: Store Owner

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Battle for Zendikar Finalist

What deck did you play this weekend and how do you feel about your choice?

Jeskai Control. It is a very fun deck to play and it is made with all my favorite cards!

What is your favorite card in Modern?

Lightning Helix

What was the most interesting memory this weekend?

I was surprised to see many unexpected decks winning and doing well!

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