Top 4 Profiles

Posted in GRAND PRIX KYOTO 2016 on September 11, 2016

By Ben Swartz

After 14 rounds of swiss we have our Top 4 teams assembled. Learn more about Grand Prix Kyoto 2016's competitors below!



(left to right) Tom Ristovsky, Petr Sochůrek, Pavel Matousek

Name, Age, Occupation, Hometown, and Previous Magic Accomplishments

A: Pavel Matousek, 38, Hospital Manger, Prague, Top 8 GP Kobe 2015

B: Petr Sochůrek, 22, Pro Player, Prague, 3 GP Top 8, PT Top 16, Platinum

C: Tom Ristovsky, 29, Manager ZR Games, Prague, Couple of GP Top 32/64s

How did you form your team?

Pavel and Tom wanted to go and convinced they convinced me to come with them. Then we qualified for the top 4.

What has been the top moment of the event?

We lost the first round. In the second round we had a less than 2% chance to win, but we topdecked a 1-outer 3 times in a row and we won.

Tell us about your local store or Magic Community.

Czech Republic is by far the greatest for Magic Cosplay in the world (not close, sorry America).

Day 1 Sealed

Colors: G/W Splash U, U/R, R/B (2-7 score)

Key cards or important moments: No good cards (skill)

Day 2 Sealed

Colors: U/G, G/W, R/B

Key cards or important moments: 2 Trackers

How are you feeling going into the final draft?

We've never played it, we're doomed. It will be fun though.



(left to right) Matsumoto Yuki, Yuuki Ichikawa, Kazuyuki Takimura

Name, Age, Occupation, Hometown

A: Matsumoto Yuki, 25, Company Employee, Kanagawa

B: Yuuki Ichikawa, 28, Proplayer/Team Cygames, Kanagawa

C: Kazuyuki Takimura, 32, Game Planner, Kanagawa

How did you form your team?

We gathered at the sun.

What has been the top moment of the event?

(Ichikawa) My personal record was 7-7, yet I'm in Top 4

Tell us about your local store or Magic Community.

Magic Online

Day 1 Sealed

Colors: Blue Green, Black Red, White Blue

Key cards or important moments: We came back from a 1:32 Life Total defecit

Day 2 Sealed

Colors: Blue Green, Black Red, White Black

Key cards or important moments: Nothing in particular

How are you feeling going into the final draft?

Matsumoto: I've never been very good at team draft, so wish me luck

Ichikawa: "Unearned Income"

Takimura: WCS



(left to right) Kenta Harane, Fumiya Matsumoto, Tomonori Hirami

Name, Age, Occupation, Hometown, and Previous Magic Accomplishments

A: Kenta Harane, 27, Hareruya Pro, GP Kyoto 2015 Top 4

B: Fumiya Matsumoto, 27, None, Ishikawa Prefecture, 26-1 combined record at sealed GP day ones.

C: Tomonori Hirami, 26, MTG Player, Osaka, GP Nagoya 2016 Champion

What has been the top moment of the event?

The moment we locked up Top 4

Tell us about your local store or Magic Community.

Harane: Hareruya

Matsumoto: FamiconLand Komatsu

Hirami: Rimiken Kimura

Day 1 Sealed

Colors:B/G, U/G splash Red, W/R

Key cards or important moments: None

Day 2 Sealed

Colors: U/R, U/G, W/B splash Red

Key cards or important moments: None

How are you feeling going into the final draft?

In one word: "Enjoy"



(left to right) Kitahara Hiroaki, Ken Yukuhiro, Kentaro Yamamoto

Name, Age, Occupation, Hometown, and Previous Magic Accomplishments

A: Ken Yukuhiro, 27, Pro Player, Tokyo, 2 time PT Top8 competitor

B: Kitahara Hiroaki, 26, None, Wakayama, 1 GP Top 8

C: Kentaro Yamamoto, 32, Team Cygames Pro, Tokyo, 3 time PT Top 8 competitor

How did you form your team?

Yukuhiro assembled the two strongest players

What has been the top moment of the event?

After we locked in 9-0, Yamamoto was so happy that he gave us all high-5s

Tell us about your local store or Magic Community.

Kitahara: Mana Source

Yukuhiro: Dig.cards

Yamamoto: Magic Online

Day 1 Sealed

Colors:U/R, U/B, W/G

Key cards or important moments: None

Day 2 Sealed

Colors: W/U, R/G, W/B

Key cards or important moments: None

How are you feeling going into the final draft?

We think we are the strongest team drafters.