TOP 8 PLAYER PROFILES

Posted in GRAND PRIX SHIZUOKA 2015 on January 11, 2015

By Event Coverage Staff

The field of 2205 players has been narrowed down to 8. You can learn more about Grand Prix Shizuoka 2015's Top 8 players below.

Yuki Matsumoto

Hometown: Tokyo
Age: 23
Occupation: Student

Previous Accomplishments:
Nothing.

Where do you normally play Magic?|
Hareruya. I started Magic Online this season.

What was your record in Sealed Deck? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
7-2 with 1 bye. I played Jeskai with Arrow Storm.

What were your records in the drafts? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I played two Temur decks, going 3-0 both times.

What is the most underrated card in this format?
Blinding Spray, Monastery Flock, Bloodfire Mentor, and Dragon’s Eye Savants.

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
Walls, unblockables, and removals.

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Shizuoka?
In the 3rd pack of the 1st draft, I received a 12th-pick Swiftwater Cliffs and 13th-pick Thornwood Falls.

Which Fate Reforged preview has excited you the most?
Temporal Trespass and Ugin, the Spirit Dragon.


Shinji Nakano

Hometown: Tokyo
Age: 26
Occupation: Student

Previous Accomplishments:
Nothing.

Where do you normally play Magic?
I mostly play Magic Online.

What was your record in Sealed Deck? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
8-1 with 0 byes. I played Abzan with Wingmate Roc.

What were your records in the drafts? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I played Jeskai twice. The first was 3-0 and second was 2-0-1. Act of Treason and Jeskai Student were the best in each deck.

What is the most underrated card in this format?
Summit Prowler.

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
Pick Flying Crane Technique and Win.

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Nagoya?
My deck helped me when I needed anything.

Which Fate Reforged preview has excited you the most?
Bloodfire Enforcers


Akito Shinoda

Hometown: Kyoto
Age: 21
Occupation: Student

Previous Accomplishments:
3-1 at a Magic Online Daily Event.

Where do you normally play Magic?
I play Magic Online. (Name: usokui3)

What was your record in Sealed Deck? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
8-1 with 2 byes. I played Abzan with a 5 color sideboard plan.

What were your records in the drafts? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I played Jeskai with Mantis Rider, going 3-0. And I played Abzan with Duneblast, going 2-1.

What is the most underrated card in this format?
Nothing.

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
RG.

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Shizuoka?
My opponent played Despise on turn 2, and then I drew Mantis Rider on turn 3. The next draw!

Which Fate Reforged preview has excited you the most?
Nothing.


Junichi Yabuta

Hometown: Tokyo
Age: 30

Previous Accomplishments:
PT Amsterdam 2010 appearance.

Where do you normally play Magic?
Tachikawa, Saitama.

What was your record in Sealed Deck? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
8-1 with 0 byes. I played Jeskai with Mantis Rider.

What were your records in the drafts? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I played GB+wr with Duneblast, going 2-1. Then I had WB+u with Mardu Hordechief and Raiders’ Spoils and went 3-0.

What is the most underrated card in this format?
Mardu Hordechief

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
WB Warrior.

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Nagoya?
Too many, so I can’t write down here.

Which Fate Reforged preview has excited you the most?
Nothing.


Bo Sun

Hometown: Beijing,China
Age: 33
Occupation: Owner of Angel Card Shop.

Previous Accomplishments:
2 GP Top 8 (Manila 2006, Kobe 2014), and 2nd at the MTGO Player of the Year 2009.

Where do you normally play Magic?
Angel Card Shop

What was your record in Sealed Deck? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
8-1 with 2 byes. I played Jeskai with Mantis Rider.

What were your records in the drafts? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I played Mardu with Sorin, Solemn Visitor, and Jeskai with Jeskai Ascendancy. The scores were 2-1 and 3-0.

What is the most underrated card in this format?
Villainous Wealth

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
Jeskai is the most powerful in this draft format.

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Shizuoka?
I was very surprised at how orderly GP Shizuoka was. I’d like to make a trip to a Japanese GP again.

Which Fate Reforged preview has excited you the most?
I didn’t check the list yet.


Satoshi Yamaguchi

Hometown: Aichi
Age: 32
Occupation: Engineer

Previous Accomplishments:
GP Yokohama 2012 Top 8 and PT Return to Ravnica Top 16.

Where do you normally play Magic?
I play Magic Online only for practice before GPs. Our community’s name is “Team So Cool”

What was your record in Sealed Deck? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
7-2 with no byes. I played Temur with Icy Blast!

What were your records in the drafts? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I did 6-0 with Jeskai and Temur. The Jeskai deck had 4 copies of Jeskai Charm!

What is the most underrated card in this format?
Nothing.

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
Play UR.

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Nagoya?
I could 5th-pick Jeskai Charm in draft.

Which Fate Reforged preview has excited you the most?
I don’t know because I focused on this GP’s format.


Yuuki Ichikawa

Hometown: Kanagawa
Age: 26
Occupation: Big Magic Pro

Previous Accomplishments:
2 PT Top 8s and 1 GP Top 8

Where do you normally play Magic?
Basically I only practice at Magic Online.

What was your record in Sealed Deck? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
8-1 with 3 byes. I played 5 color good stuff with Ghostfire Blade.

What were your records in the drafts? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
3-0 and 2-1 with 5-color decks.

What is the most underrated card in this format?
Bloodfire Mentor

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
Pick lands early, then go 5 color.

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Nagoya?
I cast Duneblast many times.

Which Fate Reforged preview has excited you the most?
Whisperwood Elemental.


Chihiro Kawada

Hometown: Tokyo
Age: 28
Occupation: Office worker

Previous Accomplishments:
“The Limits” 2008 Finalist

Where do you normally play Magic?
Yu-Vic Nakano. I don’t play Magic Online.

What was your record in Sealed Deck? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
7-2 with no byes. I played WG+rb with High Sentinels of Arashin.

What were your records in the drafts? What did you play, and did you have any key cards?
I did 6-0 with Abzan and Mardu. Armament Corps was the key of the first deck. The second deck had 3 Mardu Hordechief, 2 Ponyback Brigade, and 2 Trumpet Blast.

What is the most underrated card in this format?
Mardu Hordechief

What is your favorite Draft strategy?
Mardu beat down

What surprised you the most at Grand Prix Nagoya?
The moment that my name was announced for the Top 8.

Which Fate Reforged preview has excited you the most?
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon.