2001 Grand Prix Sendai Coverage

It was a nailbiting finals. Topdecks on either side. A comeback from a mulligan to even the match. And then, Kazuaki Arahori hindered by a one-land, five card hand in the final game, fought back to take the title on the backs of four zombie tokens. The amateur takes home a huge pile of cash, as well as the satisfaction of seeing his innovative Zombie-Go deck smash both Rookie of the Year Katsuhiro Mori and Pro Tour mainstay Mike Long, upending a Top 8 that featured five Donate decks. Congratulations to Kazuaki Arahori, Grand Prix - Sendai Champion!

 

 

Top 8 Final Standing

     
 1.  Kazuaki Arahori (Japan) $2,400
 2.  Kazuya Hirabayashi (Japan) $1,700
 3.  Mike Long (USA) $1,200
 4.  Yuki Murakami (Japan) $1,000
 5.  Itaru Ishida (Japan) $800
 6.  Kazufumi Abe (Japan) $800
 7.  Djinn Okamoto (Japan) $800
 8.  Katsuhiro Mori (Japan) $800

(Click here for complete final standings)

 

top 8 bracket

Quaterfinals

Itaru Ishida

Yuki Murakami

Kazufumi Abe

Kazuya Hirabayashi

Kazuaki Arahori

Katsuhiro Mori

Mike Long

Djinn Okamoto

Semi-finals

Yuki Murakami, 2-0

Kazuya Hirabayashi, 2-1

Kazuaki Arahori, 2-0

Mike Long, 2-0

Finals

Kazuya Hirabayashi, 2-1

Kazuaki Arahori, 2-1

Champion

Kazuaki Arahori

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Kazuaki Arahori (Day 1 standing: 3rd): Zombie Infestation. Tomoya Tsushima (Day 1 standing: 1st): Rancor. Michihisa Onoda (Day 1 standing: 2nd): Swords to Plowshares.

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