Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on November 12, 2017

By Chapman Sim

These eight players fought hard all weekend and made it through to the elimination rounds. Let's get to know these players in a nutshell and have them tell us about their fantastic weekend!


Takuma Morofuji

City, Country: Fukuoka, Japan

Age: 36

Occupation: Company Employee

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Kobe 2015 Champion

Day 1 Score: 9 - 0 (3 byes)

Day 2 Score: 6 - 0

What was the most important card or secret tech in your deck, and why?

Hazoret the Fervent. It's great!

What is your best and your worst matchup?

The best matchup for me is the mirror, especially in the Top 8 because I will be playing first. Ironically, I also feel like it is the worst matchup because the mirror can sometimes be a coin flip.

What was your favorite memory of the weekend?

Going 15 - 0 in the Swiss Rounds.


Yuuya Watanabe

City, Country: Tokyo, Japan

Age: 28

Occupation: MTG Pro Player

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Many.

Day 1 Score: 8 - 1 (3 byes)

Day 2 Score: 5 - 1

What was the most important card or secret tech in your deck, and why?

Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh! Super, ultra, crazy cool!

What is your best and your worst matchup?

Temur Energy is my best matchup because I think I have a good sideboard plan (4 Vizier of Many Faces). My worst matchup is Ramunap Red. Turn-four Hazoret the Fervent is GG.

What was your favorite memory of the weekend?

Happy birthday to Azusa Nakano, my idol!


Song Huachao

City, Country: Beijing, China

Age: 34

Occupation: Game Designer

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Some China Nationals Top 8s, but most importantly I'm a Zendikar Champion too!

Day 1 Score: 8 - 1 (2byes)

Day 2 Score: 4 - 1 - 1

What was the most important card or secret tech in your deck, and why?

I play 1 Negate and 1 Supreme Will in the main deck and the River's Rebuke in the sideboard helped me win three mirror matches.

What is your best and your worst matchup?

Temur Energy or 4-Color Energy are great matchups and I won all of them this weekend. Ramunap Red is my bad matchup because I sacrificed that matchup when I tuned this decklist.

What was your favorite memory of the weekend?

My teammate's company successfully got listed and we are getting a free dinner!


Lee Wing Tat

City, Country: Hong Kong

Age: 30

Occupation: Marketing Officer

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Money finish at a Grand Prix.

Day 1 Score: 8 - 1 (1 bye)

Day 2 Score: 4 - 1 - 1

What was the most important card or secret tech in your deck, and why?

The secret tech is to play a Grand Prix during your birthday month and ask Yam Wing Chun for a Mono Red decklist.

What is your best and your worst matchup?

Sultan Energy, based on discussions with my local playtesting group, HBD.

What was your favorite memory of the weekend?

Making Top 8 with Yam Wing Chun, who is also part of HBD.


Yam Wing Chun

City, Country: Hong Kong

Age: 25

Occupation: Gamer

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8 at Pro Tour Ixalan and two other Grand Prix Top 8s.

Day 1 Score: 8 - 1 (3 byes)

Day 2 Score: 4 - 2

What was the most important card or secret tech in your deck, and why?

Hazoret the Fervent. It is the backbone of Ramunap Red and it helped me gain a lot of success recently.

What is your best and your worst matchup?

4-Color Energy or Sultai Energy. Traditional wisdom suggests that monocolored decks have an edge over multicolored decks.

What was your favorite memory of the weekend?

Making Top 8 together with Lee Wing Tat from my local playtesting group, HBD, and also with Team MTG Mint Card teammate Kelvin Chew.


Kelvin Chew

City, Country: Singapore

Age: 31

Occupation: MTG Mint Card Pro Player

Previous Magic Accomplishments: Pro Tour Return to Ravnica Top 8, Top 4 at 2017 World Championships, and 4 other Grand Prix Top 8s.

Day 1 Score: 8 - 1 (3 byes)

Day 2 Score: 4 - 2

What was the most important card or secret tech in your deck, and why?

Vizier of Many Faces. It allows me to copy the best creature on the battlefield.

What is your best and your worst matchup?

Ramunap Red is my best matchup because Whirler Virtuoso is too good against them. White-Blue Approach is the worst because Game 1 is basically unwinnable.

What was your favorite memory of the weekend?

Lost Round 10 against Yam Wing Chun and then making the Top 8 together with him.


Okada Naoya

City, Country: Nagano, Japan

Age: 28

Occupation: Company Employee

Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2011 The Finals Champion

Day 1 Score: 7 - 2 (2 byes)

Day 2 Score: 5 - 1

What was the most important card or secret tech in your deck, and why?

Inventor's Goggles. It's such a good artifact for just one mana.

What is your best and your worst matchup?

Ramona Red is a good matchup because I have many tokens and I can block Hazoret forever. White-Blue Approach or any control deck is the worst because they have a lot of mass removal.

What was your favorite memory of the weekend?

Getting lost in Shanghai but eventually managing to find my way to the hotel. Thanks for Hekyle!


Hironao Tanaka

City, Country: Kobe, Japan

Age: 30

Occupation: Consultant

Previous Magic Accomplishments: None

Day 1 Score: 8 - 1 (2 byes)

Day 2 Score: 4 - 2

What was the most important card or secret tech in your deck, and why?

Invigorated Rampage. It solves the problems of Ramunap Red and turns losses into wins.

What is your best and your worst matchup?

I feel confident against Temur Energy because I practiced the matchup a lot. As for my worst matchup, it's any deck with a lot of tokens.

What was your favorite memory of the weekend?

Making my first Grand Prix Top 8 and qualifying for my very first Pro Tour.

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