Top 4 Teams of Grand Prix Kyoto 2018

Posted in Event Coverage on March 25, 2018

By Event Coverage Staff

Here are your top 4 teams for Grand Prix Kyoto 2018!


Team 1

Player A

Name: Yuki Yotsumoto

Age: 32

Occupation: Company Employee

Hometown: Saitama Prefecture

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 1 Grand Prix Top 8

How did you choose your teammates?

They are my best friends!

Which format and which deck did you play?

Standard. Red-Green Monsters.

Why did you play this format and why did you choose this deck?

I like five-mana cards which are red. (Editor's note: Glorybringer?)


Player B

Name: Ryota Endo

Age: 29

Occupation: Civil Servant

Hometown: Saitama Prefecture

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 1 Grand Prix Top 8

How did you choose your teammates?

I have been friends with Yuki and Koji for over ten years.

Which format and which deck did you play?

Modern. 5-Color Humans.


Player C

Name: Koji Takeishi

Age: 30

Occupation: Company Employee

Hometown: Saitama Prefecture

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 1 Grand Prix Top 8

How did you choose your teammates?

Ten years of friendship!

Which format and which deck did you play?

Legacy. 4-Color Leovold. It’s an okay matchup against Delver, and I get to play Force of Will.


Team 2

Player A

Name: Ryouichi Yamamoto

Age: 24

Occupation: Civil Servant

Hometown: Tochigi Prefecture

Previous Magic Accomplishments: None.

How did you choose your teammates?

Matsubara told me that Takamura was a Legacy specialist. Thanks, Matsubara and Takamura!

Which format and which deck did you play?

Standard. Blue-Black Midrange. I like two-color decks.


Player B

Name: Yuusuke Matsubara

Age: 30

Occupation: Manufacturing Industry

Previous Magic Accomplishments: None.

How did you choose your teammates?

We live close to each other and get along well.

Which format and which deck did you play?

Modern. Affinity. The deck is currently under the radar.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

It’s always been my dream to play in a Pro Tour.


Player C

Name: Kazuki Takamura

Age: 28

Occupation: Company Employee

Hometown: Ibaraki Prefecture

Previous Magic Accomplishments: None.

How did you choose your teammates?

We enjoy gaming with each other.

Which format and which deck did you play?

Legacy. Show and Tell, because my "sensei” is a master at the deck.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

I got the experience in playing high-level Magic.


Team 3

Player A

Name: Kentaro Ichihara

Age: 28

Occupation: Company Employee

Hometown: Hyōgo Prefecture

Previous Magic Accomplishments: None.

How did you choose your teammates?

Friends for many years.

Which format and which deck did you play?

Standard. Mono-Red splash Black. It was recommended to me.

Why did you play this format and why did you choose this deck?

I like five-mana cards which are red. (Editor’s note: Glorybringer?)

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

I won an overseas trip to Richmond!


Player B

Name: Takahiro Uemoto

Age: 28

Occupation: Civil Servant

Previous Magic Accomplishments: None.

How did you choose your teammates?

I asked my friends if they wanted to come to Kyoto together, and they said: “let’s play!"

Which format and which deck did you play?

Modern. Mono-Blue Time Walks. In my testing, it has a good win percentage.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

I will take a vacation from work to travel to the Pro Tour.


Player C

Name: Masataka Shibata

Age: 32

Occupation: Student

Hometown: Kyoto Prefecture

Previous Magic Accomplishments: KMC Legacy Winner

How did you choose your teammates?

Mr. Uemoto invited me. =)

Which format and which deck did you play?

Legacy. Aluren. It’s good against Delver decks.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

Thank you to my incredible teammates!


Team 4

Player A

Name: Kensuke Kato

Age: 33

Occupation: Company Employee

Hometown: Tokyo Prefecture

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 1 Grand Prix Top 8 and a few Pro Tour attendances.

How did you choose your teammates?

They are my party friends!

Which format and which deck did you play?

Standard. “Big Red." I build this Mono-Red deck myself.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

This Top 4 motivated me to play more competitive Magic and made our friendship closer.


Player B

Name: Akira Tanaka

Age: 30

Occupation: Company Employee

Hometown: Tokyo Prefecture

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2012 World Magic Cup Team Member

How did you choose your teammates?

Party friends forever!

Which format and which deck did you play?

Modern. White-Blue Control. Initially, I played Bogles, but I kept losing. My teammates advised me to play another deck, and that’s how I ended up with White-Blue Control.

What does this Top 4 mean to you?

Kato-san took the words out of my mouth.


Player C

Name: Fumiyasu Suzuike

Age: 27

Occupation: Company Employee

Hometown: Tokyo Prefecture

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 1 Grand Prix Top 8

How did you choose your teammates?

Party friend #3!

Which format and which deck did you play?

Legacy. Miracles. It is the solution to the format.

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