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David Sharfman

Age: 21
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Occupation: Medical Assistance
How did you quality for Pro Tour Nagoya?
Level 4 and Grand Prix Paris.

Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: first one!
GP: 1, Grand Prix Paris 1st

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
1 Nationals Top 8
2 GP Top 16, StarCityGames.com Legacy Orlando 1st

Record by format:
Block Constructed: 7-2-1
Booster Draft: 5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Nagoya? Who did you prepare with?
Testing Block with Pat Cox, Antonino de Rosa, Billy Postlethwaite, Orrin Beasley. Playing a deck designed by Mark Herberholz. Drafting a lot on Magic Online.

How many hours did you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
12 hours.

What Block Constructed deck did you play and why?
Puresteel Paladin. It crushes Tempered Steel and Mono-Red, which were the most popular decks.

What is your Top 8 draft strategy?
Open a mythic for the first time this weekend...

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or, if you don’t go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
The Game Academy (check them out!).



Fabian Thiele

Age: 25
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany
Occupation: Student (Business Psychology)
How did you quality for Pro Tour Nagoya?
PT Paris Top 50

Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: 0
GP: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
PT Paris 20th

Record by format:
Block Constructed: 7-2
Booster Draft: 5-1

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Nagoya? Who did you prepare with?
Max Pritsch, Simon Görtzen, T and D Grafensteiner, other Germans. Two Saturdays, occasional reading, two days before the Pro Tour.

How many hours did you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
2.5.

What Block Constructed deck did you play and why?
Red because it felt right and fits my style of play. Also, the Steel matchup is okay.

What is your Top 8 draft strategy?
Pick the best cards that I see.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or, if you don’t go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Spieleland Hamburg



Gaudenis Vidugiris

Age: 26
Hometown: New York City, New York
Occupation: Lawyer
How did you quality for Pro Tour Nagoya?
Pro level

Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: 0
GP: 5

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
None

Record by format:
Block Constructed: 8-1-1
Booster Draft: 4-2

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Nagoya? Who did you prepare with?
Tested and drafted on Magic Online. Worked with Zvi, Sam Black, Tom Martell, Alex West, and Ben Dempsey.

How many hours did you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
5

What Block Constructed deck did you play and why?
Mono-Black Infect. Ben Dempsey built it and said it was beating everything and told me to try it. I tried it and only lost one match the week before, so I decided to play it.

What is your Top 8 draft strategy?
“Take the good cards,” Mike Hron.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or, if you don’t go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Pegasus Games or Netherworld Games.



Toshiyuki Kadooka

Age: 23
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Occupation: None.
How did you quality for Pro Tour Nagoya?
GP Top 16

Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: 0
GP: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Some Grand Prix Top 16s.

Record by format:
Block Constructed: 8-1-1
Booster Draft: 4-2

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Nagoya? Who did you prepare with?
Drafted with my friends, and my Block Constructed deck is built by Yoshihiko Ikawa and Taichi Fujimoto.

How many hours did you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
10.

What Block Constructed deck did you play and why?
Mono-Red. I’m not good at metagaming this format, so I wanted to play simple beatdown. Therefore, I decided to play a stable red deck.

What is your Top 8 draft strategy?
Metalcraft.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or, if you don’t go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Famicom-kun #2 in Tachikawa.



Tsuyoshi Fujita

Age: not listed
Hometown: Osaka, Japan
Occupation: None.
How did you quality for Pro Tour Nagoya?
Pro Points (thanks Hall of Fame!)

Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: about 3
GP: about 10

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Japan National Champion. Hall of Famer.

Record by format:
Block Constructed: 6-3-1
Booster Draft: 6-0

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Nagoya? Who did you prepare with?
Constructed – None
Limited – Two drafts. I was playing Pauper on Magic Online to motivate and encourage me. Now I’m passionate enough!

How many hours did you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
21-30 hours

What Block Constructed deck did you play and why?
Four-Color beatdown

What is your Top 8 draft strategy?
Who is the beatdown? I’m going aggro.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or, if you don’t go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
Amenity Dream in Osaka, Japan.



Luis Scott-Vargas

Age: 28
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Occupation: Editor, Channelfireball.com
Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: 4
GP: 6

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Pro Tour Berlin 2008 champion
US Nationals Champion 2007
3rd, US Nationals 2006

What was your record by format?
Block Constructed: 9-0-1
Booster Draft: 3-3

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Nagoya? Who did you prepare with?
Tested in Singapore with Team Fireball, practiced my coin-flipping skills.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
0-40, all depending on what formats are relevant (or if Tempest Block Draft is up).

What Block Constructed deck did you play and why?
Tempered Steel, because no deck in the format convincingly beat it.

What is your Top 8 Draft strategy?
Mono-Hexplate Control (Slow controlling decks)

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don’t go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
The Channelfireball Game Center, in scenic downtown San Jose.



Pat Cox

Age: 27
Hometown: Melbourne, FL
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer
Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: 0
GP: 2

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
Starcitygames Invitational champion. It has been a good year.

What was your record by format?
Block Constructed: 8-1-1
Booster Draft: 4-2

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Nagoya? Who did you prepare with?
Tested with Billy P, Sharfman, Orrin Beasley, and Antonino de Rosa.

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
None usually. 7-8 if a tournament is coming up.

What Block Constructed deck did you play and why?
Puresteel Paladin, because Ant was beating all of our decks with it. Two of us Top 8’d, so he was obviously on to something.

What is your Top 8 Draft strategy?
U/x control, I love seven drops.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don’t go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
I typically do not, but I used to play at Dogs of War Gaming in Palin Bay, FL.



Elie Pichon

Age: 23
Hometown: Toulouse, France
Occupation: Engineer Trainee
Number of Grand Prix/Pro Tour Top 8s:
PT: 0
GP: 0
Other previous Magic accomplishments:
None

What was your record by format?
Block Constructed: 8-1-1
Booster Draft: 4-2

How did you prepare for Pro Tour Nagoya? Who did you prepare with?
Draft on Magic Online, tested block with friends (not so much)

How many hours do you spend on Magic Online in an average week?
10, more before an earlier event or after a release

What Block Constructed deck did you play and why?
Tempered Steel, because I hadn’t tested a lot and I know it was a solid deck.

What is your Top 8 Draft strategy?
Even if I prefer black and blue, I stay open on any archetype.

Where do you play Friday Night Magic, or if you don’t go to FNM anymore, where did you play?
I don’t except Legacy events. For Booster Draft, Standard, Block and Extended I prefer Magic Online.

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