2001 Japan Nationals Coverage

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As the over-used saying goes, "There can be only one." At the end of 12 rounds of competition plus Top 8 playoffs, one player from among 151 has been crowned with one of the most prestigious titles a Magic player can earn: National Champion. Going undefeated in Saturday's draft and 4-2 in Sunday's Standard portion, Goro Matsuo has been crowned 2001 Japan National Champion. He will lead the Japanese National Team, consisting of Finalist Min-Su Kim and Masahiko Morita, at the Team Event at Worlds in Toronto this year, and takes home $10,000 in prizes.

Final Standings

Goro Matsuo $10,000
Min-Su Kim $5,000
Masahiko Morita $3,000
Masaya Mori $2,000
Yudai Yamasaki $1,500
Takamasa Fukata $1,500
Yukihiro Usami $1000
Masashiro Kuroda $1000

Photo Coverage

By day By subject

Japanese Coverage


top 8 bracket


(1) Morita, Masahiko

(8) Fukata, Takamasa

(4) Kim, Min-Su

(5) Usami, Yukihiro

(2) Matsuo, Goro

(7) Yamazaki, Yudai

(3) Mori, Masaya

(6) Kuroda, Masashiro


Morita, Masahiko, 2-0

Kim, Min-Su, 2-0

Matsuo, Goro, 2-0

Mori, Masaya, 2-1


Kim, Min-Su, 2-0

Matsuo, Goro, 2-0


Matsuo, Goro, 3-1


Loser bracket

Loser's Bracket Semifinals

Semifinal 2 Loser

Quarterfinal 1 Loser

Fukata, Takamasa

Quarterfinal 2 Loser

Usami, Yukihiro

Quarterfinal 3 Loser

Yamazaki, Yudai

Quarterfinal 4 Loser

Kuroda, Masashiro

Semifinal 1 Loser

Loser's Bracket Finals

Mori, Masaya

Fukata, Takamasa, 2-0

Yamazaki, Yudai, 2-0

Morita, Masahiko

Loser's Bracket Winners

Mori, Masaya, 2-0

Morita, Masahiko, 2-0

3/4-Place Playoff

Morita, Masahiko, 2-1


US National Championship Coverage