Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on April 19, 2015

By Ben Swartz

Kazuya Murakami

Age, Hometown, Occupation: 23, Aichi Prefecture, student

Previous Accomplishments: none

Where do you normally play Magic? Table Game Square “Draw”

What deck did you play? Counter Top Mentor

Why did you choose it? Because I wanted to win with an original deck.

What was your record?

Byes: 2

Day 1: 8-1

Day 2: 5-0-1

What was your best sideboard card and what sideboard card did you wish you had? Flusterstorm; a fourth Meddling Mage

What's your favorite Magic card of all time? Cruel Ultimatum


Kei Umehara

Age, Hometown, Occupation: 25, Ōsaka, full-time company employee

Previous Accomplishments: Top 8, Grand Prix Yokohama 2012

Where do you normally play Magic? Project Core, KMC

What deck did you play? Temur Delver

Why did you choose it? Because someone told me it was like Faeries

What was your record?

Byes: 1

Day 1: 8-1

Day 2: 5-1

What was your best sideboard card, and what sideboard card did you wish you had? Price of Progress; Dismember

What's your favorite Magic card of all time? Cryptic Command—it pretty much solves any problem
 


Shōta Yasooka

Age, Hometown, Occupation: 30, Tōkyō, pro Magic player

Previous Accomplishments: Finalist, Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir

Where do you normally play Magic? Online

What deck did you play? Omnitell

Why did you chose it? It seemed to be the strongest

What was your record?

Byes: 3

Day 1: 9-0

Day 2: 4-2

What was your best sideboard card, and what sideboard card did you wish you had? I wish I had included Mindbreak Trap

What's your favorite Magic card of all time? Island. The best!
 


Kai Sawatari (Thiele)

Age, Hometown, Occupation: 23, Tōkyō, card shop employee (TōkyōMTG)

Previous Accomplishments: Eternal Pragoe

Where do you normally play Magic? TōkyōMTG

What deck did you play? Ad Nauseam Storm

Why did you choose it? It's the one I'm most familiar with, and it's strong against OmniTell and UR Delver!

What was your record?

Byes: 0

Day 1: 8-1

Day 2: 5-1

What was your best sideboard card, and what sideboard card did you wish you had? Flusterstorm; Young Pyromancer

What's your favorite Magic card of all time? Rain of Filth. It's a macho card.
 


Yūta Takahashi

Age, Hometown, Occupation: 29, Tōkyō, card shop employee (Hareru-ya)

Previous Accomplishments: I've played a lot on Day 1 of Pro Tours.

Where do you normally play Magic? Hareru-ya

What deck did you play? UW Miracles

Why did you choose it? It has the best matchups—there are very few decks it has trouble with

What was your record?

Byes: 2

Day 1: 8-1

Day 2: 5-1

What was your best sideboard card, and what sideboard card did you wish you had? Venser, Shaper Savant, because it's strong against Omnitell; Dack Fayden, because I really should have at least one anti-artifact card

What's your favorite Magic card of all time? Cryptic Command—most of my epic wins have come from it.
 


Kenta Harane

Age, Hometown, Occupation: 26, Aichi Prefecture, full-time company employee

Previous Accomplishments: losing the bubble match at GP Shizuoka

Where do you normally play Magic? Magic Online, my friend Katō's house

What deck did you play? Omnitell

Why did you choose it? It was a lot stronger against other decks than I thought

What was your record?

Byes: 0

Day 1: 9-0

Day 2: 4-1-1

What was your best sideboard card, and what sideboard card did you wish you had? Pyroclasm; Volcanic Fallout

What's your favorite Magic card of all time? Urza's Rage—it was my favorite as a kid
 


Yōsuke Morinaga

Previous Accomplishments: none

Where do you normally play Magic? The Gojōṝo Cup, TMC

What deck did you play? Grixis Delver

Why did you choose it? Seemed like a good idea

What was your record?

Byes: 1

Day 1: 8-1

Day 2: 5-1

What was your best sideboard card, and what sideboard card did you wish you had? Null Rod; Sudden Demise

What's your favorite Magic card of all time? Lion's Eye Diamond
 


Yukihiro Satake

Age, Hometown, Occupation: 34, Hyōgo Prefecture, full-time company employee

Previous Accomplishments: none

Where do you normally play Magic? Ryū no Shippo, KMC, my friend Katō's house

What deck did you play? UWR Stoneforge

Why did you choose it? I have the most experience with it

What was your record?

Byes: 2

Day 1: 8-1

Day 2: 5-0-1

What was your best sideboard card, and what sideboard card did you wish you had? My best card was Ethersworn Canonist. My sideboard was fine as is

What's your favorite Magic card of all time? Brainstorm—the best draw spell
 


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