2001 Japan Nationals Coverage

National Championships Logo

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


We use cookies on this site to personalize content and ads, provide social media features and analyze web traffic. By clicking YES, you are consenting for us to set cookies. (Learn more about cookies)

No, I want to find out more