Top 8 Player Profiles

Posted in GRAND PRIX TOKYO 2016 on May 8, 2016

By Chapman Sim

After many rounds of Swiss and some great games of Magic, the Top 8 for Grand Prix Tokyo is set! Learn more about this event’s Top 8 competitors, their history at the top tables, and more by taking a look through the Top 8 profiles.


Riku Kumagai

Age: Secret
Occupation: Secret
Hometown: Sendai, Japan
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Two Magic Online PTQ Wins

Number of Byes: 2 Score in Day 1: 8-1 Score in Day 2: 5-0-1

Where do you usually play Magic?
Magic Online!

What deck did you play and why?
Naya Midrange, I built and tweaked the deck and had great results with it.

Would you change anything if you were to play this deck again?
If I am not playing Naya Midrange, I would probably end up playing Bant Humans or a Ramp deck.

What is your favorite card from the plane of Innistrad?
Restoration Angel. I like cards with a lot of synergy with other and are solid themselves.


Kazushige Suzuki

Age: 24
Occupation: Student
Hometown: Nagoya, Japan
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Finalist at WMCQ 2015 in Nagoya

Number of Byes: 1 Score in Day 1: 8-1 Score in Day 2: 5-1

Where do you usually play Magic?
I grind a lot of PPTQs all over Nagoya.

What deck did you play and why?
Grixis Control, because it was the only deck which I could build with my own cards.

Would you change anything if you were to play this deck again?
If I went back to two days ago, I would change a few cards from my sideboard. I would also consider playing Human decks, I just don't know which build.

What is your favorite card from the plane of Innistrad?
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. I've used it in both Standard and Modern and I really like the artwork!


Takuma Morofuji

Age: 35
Occupation: Office worker
Hometown: Fukuoka, Japan
Previous Magic Accomplishments: World Championship 2005 Team Champion, Japanese National Champion 2005, GP Kobe 2015 Winner

Number of Byes: 2 Score in Day 1: 8-1 Score in Day 2: 5-0-1

Where do you usually play Magic?
Baburusu, Yellow Submarine Fukuoka

What deck did you play and why?
White-Green Tokens, because I'm not good at flipping 6 cards with Collected Company.

Would you change anything if you were to play this deck again?
I would remove Evolutionary Leap from the maindeck, it was out of line.

What is your favorite card from the plane of Innistrad?
Declaration in Stone, because it is almost as strong as Path to Exile is.


Carlos Ballester

Age: Secret
Occupation: Computer Engineer and Traveler!
Hometown: Spain
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 4 at Grand Prix Seville 2015

Number of Byes: 2 Score in Day 1: 7-2 Score in Day 2: 6-0

Where do you usually play Magic?
I play in Alicante, Spain with Team Lighteambolt!

What deck did you play and why?
White-Green Tokens, I think it's very powerful.

Would you change anything if you were to play this deck again?
I might cut the Thraben Inspectors from the main and replace it with something else.

What is your favorite card from the plane of Innistrad?
Archangel Avacyn. Esta Rota! (It's broken, in Spanish.)


Kazuki Yada

Age: 23
Occupation: Graduate Student
Hometown: Chiba, Japan
Previous Magic Accomplishments: None

Number of Byes: 2 Score in Day 1: 8-1 Score in Day 2: 6-0

Where do you usually play Magic?
Jamila Clan, Yellow Submarine Chiba, Club House

What deck did you play and why?
Black-Green Aristocrats. I think I have a 55% win rate against all decks if I don't make any mistakes.

Would you change anything if you were to play this deck again?
No changes. It's great!

What is your favorite card from the plane of Innistrad?
I'm not sure about the old Innistrad block, but my current favorite card in Shadows over Innistrad is Cryptolith Rite!


Takaya Saito

Age: 29
Occupation: Office worker
Hometown: Niigata, Japan
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8 at Grand Prix Niigata 2009

Number of Byes: 0 Score in Day 1: 9-0 Score in Day 2: 4-1-1

Where do you usually play Magic?
Cards of Paradice Sakuragi

What deck did you play and why?
White-Black Humans, for Anguished Unmaking, because I prefer fast decks and I practiced with this deck a lot.

Would you change anything if you were to play this deck again?
Nope, I like it as it is.

What is your favorite card from the plane of Innistrad?
Restoration Angel, I love it while it was legal in Standard and I think it's great in Modern too!


Eng Chu Heng

Age: 24
Occupation: Self-Employed
Hometown: Singapore
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Nothing Much

Number of Byes: 1 Score in Day 1: 9-0 Score in Day 2: 4-1-1

Where do you usually play Magic?
I play magic mainly at Gamersaurus Rex, with the regulars there.

What deck did you play and why?
4-Color Company. The original deck was by Seth Manfield and it has amazing interaction and amazing cards.

Would you change anything if you were to play this deck again?
Nope. I like it as it is.

What is your favorite card from the plane of Innistrad?
I love the original Innistrad Block. Yuuya-san played an awesome Delver of Secrets deck, so I like Delver of Secrets. I also like Archangel Avacyn, because it is an awesome Angel.


Kensuke Kato

Age: 31
Occupation: Office worker
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Some money finishes at Grand Prix

Number of Byes: 2 Score in Day 1: 8-1 Score in Day 2: 5-1

Where do you usually play Magic?
With Team Butagoya at Hareruya

What deck did you play and why?
Grixis Control, because I thought they would be a lot of Black-Green Aristocrats decks. Radiant Flames and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is good against them.

Would you change anything if you were to play this deck again?
No changes.

What is your favorite card from the plane of Innistrad?
Snapcaster Mage! I opened it in my first booster when I returned to Magic for the first time in 10 years!

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