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Live Coverage of 2003 Grand Prix Hiroshima

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日本語の取材へ

Amateur Motokiyo Azuma has won Grand Prix – Hiroshima! Playing a forgotten deck, Enchantress, he smashed through a field populated with red beats, green-blue madness and Psychatog. He wasn't a heavy favorite to take the title, though. The Top 8 had too much star power for people to bet on the little guy. In the quarters he dispatched Tsuyoshi "Mr. Rolly" Fujita with incredible speed. In the semifinals he drew Takao Higaki, whose Tinker deck was not up to the task.

That put him head to head with Osamu Fujita, who had just narrowly escaped defeat at the hands of Korea's Jisang Kang and his Aluren deck. Fujita's deck was a red-green hybrid designed for pure speed and an advantage against other red decks. He jokingly called it "Two Deuce" (though it might be hard to resist calling it The Double Deuce), after the utility deck Three Deuce from way back. Though Fujita had all the pros pulling for him to get Grand Prix gold, the matchup against Azuma's Enchantress was nigh impossible. With consummate ease, Azuma eliminated Fujita as he had so many before him. Congratulations to Motokiyo Azuma, Grand Prix – Hiroshima Champion!


Top 8 Final Standing

 1.  Motokiyo Azuma (Japan) $2,400
 2.  Osamu Fujita (Japan) $1,700
 3.  Takao Higaki (Japan) $1,200
 4.  Kang Jisang (South Korea) $1,000
 5.  Junichi Kinoshita (Japan) $800
 6.  Yoshitaka Nakano (Japan) $800
 7.  Tsuyoshi Fujita (Japan) $800
 8.  Atsushi Tabuchi (Japan) $800

(Click here for complete final standings)


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals Champion
1 Junichi Kinoshita Osamu Fujita,
2-0
8 Osamu Fujita Osamu Fujita,
2-1
4 Yoshitaka Nakano Kang Jisang,
2-0
Motokiyo Azuma,
2-0
5 Kang Jisang
2 Takao Higaki Takao Higaki,
2-0
7 Atsushi Tabuchi Motokiyo Azuma,
2-0
3 Motokiyo Azuma Motokiyo Azuma,
2-0
6 Tsuyoshi Fujita

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EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Finals: Osamu Fujita vs. Motokiyo Azuma
    by Josh Bennett
  • Semifinals: Takao Higaki vs. Motokiyo Azuma
    by Josh Bennett
  • Quarterfinals: Yoshitaka Nakano vs. Kang Jisang
    by Josh Bennett
  • Decklists: Top 8 Decks
    by Sideboard Staff

  • Round 14: Ji-Hoon Lee vs. Jisang Kang
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 13: Kazuya Mikawa vs. Akira Asahara
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 12: Takao Higaki vs. Katsuhiro Mori
    by Josh Bennett
  • Feature: Day 2 Archetype Breakdown
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 11: Itaru Ishida vs. Jun Nobushita
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 10: Yuichi Ito vs. Shuuhei Nakamura
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 9: Masayuki Higashino vs. Yoshitaka Nakano
    by Josh Bennett

  • Decklists: Day 1's Top 16 Decks
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Round 8: Takao Higaki vs. Itaru Ishida
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 7: Katsuhiro Mori vs. Akira Asahara
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 6: Junichi Kinoshita vs. Masahiko Morita
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 5: Satoshi Nakamura vs. Jun Nobushita
    by Josh Bennett
  • Feature: A Look at the Field
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 4: Shinichi Kumagai vs. Jin Okamoto
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 3: Hisaya Tanaka vs. Kiyoshi Sasanuma
    by Josh Bennett
  • Round 2: Tarou Kageyama vs. Takayuki Kawahara
    by Josh Bennett
  • Feature: Quick Interviews
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Sideboard Staff
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