Top 4 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on October 1, 2017

By Chapman Sim

After fourteen rounds of Swiss, only four teams made it to the top from among 558 others. From 1674 players, we are down to the final 12 players. Which of these teams will win it all?


The Top 4 teams of Grand Prix Shizuoka (Autumn) 2017!


Team Abe-Hayakawa-Tachibana


(from left to right) Michio Abe, Syo Hayakawa, Kentarou Tachibana

Seat: A

Name: Michio Abe

Age: 25

Occupation: Company Employee

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments: Nothing previously. This is my first Grand Prix Top 8!

Day 1 Archetype: White-Black Vampires with Deathless Ancient and 2 Call to the Feast.

Day 2 Archetype: White-Red Aggro with Captivating Crew.

Among your team, who is most likely to survive in Ixalan?

Tachibana-kun.

Among your team, who is most likely to become dinosaur food?

Our captain, Mr Hayakawa, will sacrifice himself to protect us.


Seat: B

Name: Syo Hayakawa

Age: 26

Occupation: Company Employee

Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments: WMCQ Top 8

Day 1 Archetype: Blue-Green Menfolk. My key cards were Tempest Caller and River's Rebuke.

Day 2 Archetype: Green-White Dinosaurs with Wakening Sun's Avatar.

Among your team, who is most likely to survive in Ixalan?

Mr. Tachibana.

Among your team, who is most likely to become dinosaur food?

Michio Abe, but I think he will try to run away.


Seat: C

Name: Kentarou Tachibana

Age: 24

Occupation: Company Employee

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments: A few Grand Prix Day 2s.

Day 1 Archetype: Black-Red Pirates with Pirate's Cutlass.

Day 2 Archetype: Blue-Black Pirates with Pirate's Cutlass.

Among your team, who is most likely to survive in Ixalan?

Myself.

Among your team, who is most likely to become dinosaur food?

Hopefully one of my teammates instead of me.


Team Ishii-Hironobu-Kozakai


(from left to right) Daisuke Ishii, Sugaya Hironobu, Yukio Kozakai

Seat: A

Name: Taisuke Ishii

Age: 39

Occupation: System Engineer

Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments: Grand Prix Kitakyushu 2009 Champion

Day 1 Archetype: Black-White Vampires with Boneyard Parley.

Day 2 Archetype: Blue-Black Pirates splash Vona, Butcher of Magan

Among your team, who is most likely to survive in Ixalan?

Myself.

Among your team, who is most likely to become dinosaur food?

When you spell his name in Japanese characters, the last few alphabets sounds like "little fish". Since he is little fish, he is likely to be eaten up.


Seat: B

Name: Sugaya Hironobu

Age: 38

Occupation: "Producer"

Hometown: Chiba, Tokyo

Previous Magic accomplishments: Two Grand Prix titles.

Day 1 Archetype: Blue-Green Merfolk.

Day 2 Archetype: Red-Green Dinosaurs.

Among your team, who is most likely to survive in Ixalan?

Mammoth, of course.

Among your team, who is most likely to become dinosaur food?

Mr. Kozakai.


Seat: C

Name: Yukio Kozakai

Age: 38

Occupation: Office Worker

Hometown: Yokohama, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments: Participated in Pro Tour Amsterdam 2010

Day 1 Archetype: Red-White Dinosaurs. I am missing plenty of key cards. All I got were the leftovers.

Day 2 Archetype: Red-White Dinosaurs. This time, I got Burning Sun's Avatar!

Among your team, who is most likely to survive in Ixalan?

Daisuke Ishii. His nickname is Mammoth. Since he is a big elephant, I think he will survive.

Among your team, who is most likely to become dinosaur food?

Mr. Kozakai.


Team Watanabe-Nakamura-Yasooka


(from left to right) Yuuya Watanabe, Hajime Nakamura, Shota Yasooka

Seat: A

Name: Yuuya Watanabe

Age: 28

Occupation: Pro Player

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments: LOTS!

Day 1 Archetype: Blue-Green Merfolk.

Day 2 Archetype: Blue-Green Merfolk.

Among your team, who is most likely to survive in Ixalan?

Yasooka. He is easygoing and he can adapt.

Among your team, who is most likely to become dinosaur food?

Hajime Nakamura. He looks yummy!


Seat: B

Name: Hajime Nakamura

Age: 32

Occupation: Game Designer

Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments: Grand Prix Sydney 2017 finalist

Day 1 Archetype: White-Red Dinosaurs with Charging Monstrosaur.

Day 2 Archetype: White-Red Aggro with Captivating Crew.

Among your team, who is most likely to survive in Ixalan?

Yaso. He survives everything.

Among your team, who is most likely to become dinosaur food?

I think, myself.


Seat: C

Name: Shota Yasooka

Age: 33

Occupation: Pro Player

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments: Many!

Day 1 Archetype: Blue-Black Pirates with Pirate Cutlass.

Day 2 Archetype: Blue-Black Pirates with Hostage Taker.

Among your team, who is most likely to survive in Ixalan?

I think everyone will die.

Among your team, who is most likely to become dinosaur food?

Hajime Nakamura.


Team Chew-Lee-Dezani


(from left to right) Kelvin Chew, Lee Shi Tian, Jérémy Dezani

Seat: A

Name: Kelvin Chew

Age: 30

Occupation: MTG Mint Card Pro Player

Hometown: Singapore

Previous Magic accomplishments: 1 Pro Tour Top 8 and 3 other Grand Prix Top 8s

Day 1 Archetype: Blue-Green Menfolk with River's Rebuke and Entrancing Melody.

Day 2 Archetype: Blue-Green Merfolk with One with the Wind and Dive Down.

Among your team, who is most likely to survive in Ixalan?

Myself.

Among your team, who is most likely to become dinosaur food?

Lee Shi Tian. Nice appetizer.


Seat: B

Name: Lee Shi Tian

Age: 30

Occupation: Accountant

Hometown: Hong Kong

Previous Magic accomplishments: 5 Pro Tour Top 8s, 7 other Grand Prix Top 8s

Day 1 Archetype: Red-White Dinosaurs with 1 Charging Monstrosaur.

Day 2 Archetype: Red-White Dinosaurs with 2 Charging Monstrosaurs. However, this deck was terrible.

Among your team, who is most likely to survive in Ixalan?

Kelvin Chew. He has a stone cold face and has a good character to be a pirate.

Among your team, who is most likely to become dinosaur food?

Not me, I hope. (But I know Kelvin and Jérémy will point at me.)


Seat: C

Name: Jérémy Dezani

Age: 27

Occupation: Hareruya Writer

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Previous Magic accomplishments: 2014 Player of the Year, 12 other Grand Prix Top 8s, Pro Tour Theros Champion

Day 1 Archetype: Black-White Vampires. Bishop's Soldier is so strong.

Day 2 Archetype: Black-White Vampires. I sacrificed Rutless Knave in order to cast spells.

Among your team, who is most likely to survive in Ixalan?

Kelvin Chew. He is a robot who doesn't care about dinosaurs. Also, robots have 0% flesh.

Among your team, who is most likely to become dinosaur food?

Lee Shi Tian. Nice appetizer. (Editor's note: Both Chew and Dezani completed this questionnaire without consulting each other and came up with the exact same answer.)

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