Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on January 31, 2016

By Chapman Sim

Learn more about Grand Prix Nagoya's Top 8 competitors by taking a look through their profiles!


Shawn McNeace

Hometown: Okinawa, Japan
Age: 29
Occupation: Information Technology

Number of Byes: 2
Day 1: 8-1 with White-Red Aggro
Day 2 Draft 1: 3-0 with Blue-Green Landfall featuring Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
Day 2 Draft 2: 2-1 with Red-Green Aggro and many bad cards

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 10th at GP Kobe 2015

What is your favorite card from Oath of the Gatewatch?
Eldrazi Displacer! It does EVERYTHING!

What was your happiest moment this weekend, and why?
My girlfriend cried in joy when she heard that I made the Top 8. She's my biggest supporter!


Sean Li

Hometown: Cambridge, UK
Age: 23
Occupation: English Instructor

Number of Byes: 2
Day 1: 8-1 with Jeskai, but sideboarding into Bant almost everytime
Day 2 Draft 1: Blue-Green splash Red with 7 rares
Day 2 Draft 2: d-Green splash Black and lucky topdecks!

What is your favorite card from Oath of the Gatewatch?
Baloth Null(drifter). Too much value in one card.

What was your happiest moment this weekend, and why?
Getting to play in the same tournament with many great and supportive friends! Dinner after Day 1 was also pretty super.


Ryota Takeuchi

Hometown: Shizuoka, Japan
Age: 24
Occupation: System Engineer

Number of Byes: 2
Day 1: -0 with Blue-White Fliers including Drowner of Hope and Strip Mine!
Day 2 Draft 1: 2-1 with White-Green “Support” Aggro
Day 2 Draft 2: 2-1 with Blue-Black splash White. Eldrazi Displacer, Guardian of Tazeem, and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet are pretty good

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2nd place at the last Junior Japan Nationals

What is your favorite card from Oath of the Gatewatch?
Goblin Dark-Dwellers

What was your happiest moment this weekend, and why?
Using Strip Mine to kill my opponent's colored mana source. I won the match and then Nico Nico asked me to go on camera!


Kazuaki Fujimura

Hometown: Osaka, Japan
Age: 25

Number of Byes: 2
Day 1: 8-0-1 with White-Black Allies
Day 2 Draft 1: 3-0 with White-Black Allies
Day 2 Draft 2: 2-0-1. Red-Green splash Blue-Black

What is your favorite card from Oath of the Gatewatch?
Wasteland. You'll likely be happier than if you were to open other cards.

What was your happiest moment this weekend, and why?
My apprentice, Hirami Tomonori, made the Top 8 together with me! We both build the best decks!


Ikuya Asai

Hometown: Aichi, Japan
Age: 29

Number of Byes: 2
Day 1: Black-Red Devoid Aggro
Day 2 Draft 1: Black-Green Aggro
Day 2 Draft 2: White-Black Allies

What is your favorite card from Oath of the Gatewatch?
Reality Smasher. It was my MVP on Day 1.

What was your happiest moment this weekend, and why?
When I heard my name being announced for a Featured Match for the very first time.


Tomonori Hirami

Hometown: Osaka, Japan
Age: 26
Occupation: MTG Player

Number of Byes: 2
Day 1: 8-1
Day 2 Draft 1: 2-1
Day 2 Draft 2: 3-0

What is your favorite card from Oath of the Gatewatch?
Expedition Raptor

What was your happiest moment this weekend, and why?
I made Top 8 with Kazuaki Fujimura, one of my close friends.


Park Jun Young

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Age: 30
Occupation: Company Employee

Number of Byes: 2
Day 1: 9-0 with Esper Allies and some Eldrazi
Day 2 Draft 1: Black-Red Eldrazi
Day 2 Draft 2: Blue-Black Eldrazi

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Minneapolis 2014 Champion and 3 other Grand Prix Top 8s. World Magic Cup 2015 competitor

What is your favorite card from Oath of the Gatewatch?
Oath of Nissa. It helps reduce troubles with mana and lands.

What was your happiest moment this weekend, and why?
Meeting many old friends and spending a great weekend together.


Satoshi Haji

Hometown: Aichi, Japan
Age: 26

Day 1: Red-Black Devoid
Day 2 Draft 1: White-Red Aggro
Day 2 Draft 2: White-Black Allies

What is your favorite card from Oath of the Gatewatch?
Essence Depleter

What was your happiest moment this weekend, and why?
Tapping many Allies and having fun with Cohort!

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