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Top 8 Profiles

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Masayasu Tanahashi
Masayasu Tanahashi

Hometown: Niigata
Age: 24
Profession: Company employee

What deck did you play, who designed it, and what was the best card in it?
I played a Kithkin deck designed by Aikora. My best card was Windbrisk Heights.

Which card do you think is currently the most undervalued in Eventide?
Drain the Well.

In your opinion, which Eventide card has had the most influence on Constructed?
Figure of Destiny.

What interests do you have other than Magic?
I like the Japanese comedy duo “Sekai no Nabeatsu”.

What is your most lasting impression from Grand Prix Kobe?
Not getting Mirrorweave off even once in the Swiss.

What are your other major Magic achievements?
None.

What are your other major non-Magic achievements?
None.


Shou Yoshimori
Shou Yoshimori

Hometown: Chiba
Age: 24
Profession: Company employee

What deck did you play, who designed it, and what was the best card in it?
I played a traditional Doran, the Siege Tower I designed myself. My best combo was Leaf-Crowned Elder with Doran, the Siege Tower.

Which card do you think is currently the most undervalued in Eventide?
I don’t know yet.

In your opinion, which Eventide card has had the most influence on Constructed?
Figure of Destiny and Unmake.

What interests do you have other than Magic?
Acapella and games in general.

What is your most lasting impression from Grand Prix Kobe?
In the 8th round, I was playing against Quick and Toast, and managed to pull out a win after getting hit by Profane Command.

What are your other major Magic achievements?
I made Top 8 at three different GP Kobe Trials. I’ve also played in the Finals.

What are your other major non-Magic achievements?
Performing acapella throughout university.


Hiroshi Yoshida
Hiroshi Yoshida

Hometown: Mizushima
Age: 20
Profession: Freelancer

What deck did you play, who designed it, and what was the best card in it?
A mono-red deck I built myself. My best card was Ashling the Pilgrim.

Which card do you think is currently the most undervalued in Eventide?
Flame Jab.

In your opinion, which Eventide card has had the most influence on Constructed?
Raven’s Crime.

What interests do you have other than Magic?
I’m a wine connoisseur. I also like following Matsumoto, one of my local players.

What is your most lasting impression from Grand Prix Kobe?
Getting a game loss for tardiness in the last round, which I ended up ID’ing anyway.

What are your other major Magic achievements?
Winning the Book Island Mizushima Cup (a local Magic tournament).

What are your other major non-Magic achievements?
(no answer)


Katsuya Ueda
Katsuya Ueda

Hometown: Near Nagoya
Age: 29
Profession: Secret

What deck did you play, who designed it, and what was the best card in it?
A UB Faerie deck I built myself. Peppersmoke was my VIP.

Which card do you think is currently the most undervalued in Eventide?
Bloom Tender.

In your opinion, which Eventide card has had the most influence on Constructed?
Figure of Destiny.

What interests do you have other than Magic?
Kobe beef.

What is your most lasting impression from Grand Prix Kobe?
The carnival event,

What are your other major Magic achievements?
None.

What are your other major non-Magic achievements?
None.


Yuuta Takahashi
Yuuta Takahashi

Hometown: Tokyo
Age: 22
Profession: Student

What deck did you play, who designed it, and what was the best card in it?
I used a UB Faerie deck of my own design. All 15 of my sideboard cards were strong.

Which card do you think is currently the most undervalued in Eventide?
Endless Horizons.

In your opinion, which Eventide card has had the most influence on Constructed?
For Block Constructed, Stillmoon Cavalier. For Standard, Figure of Destiny.

What interests do you have other than Magic?
Jazz, the works of Yukio Mishima.

What is your most lasting impression from Grand Prix Kobe?
I was playing Shintarou Ishimura. He went first and played Devoted Druid followed by Chameleon Colossus, then Cloudthresher, but I still won.

What are your other major Magic achievements?
I’ve lost a lot.
(Editor’s Note: Takahashi won Grand Prix Shizuoka 2008 and was a Finalist at PT San Diego.)

What are your other major non-Magic achievements?
None...says a friend of mine.


Takayuki Takagi
Takayuki Takagi

Hometown: Chiba
Age: 29
Profession: Company employee

What deck did you play, who designed it, and what was the best card in it?
Firespout.

Which card do you think is currently the most undervalued in Eventide?
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In your opinion, which Eventide card has had the most influence on Constructed?
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What interests do you have other than Magic?
Hot springs.

What is your most lasting impression from Grand Prix Kobe?
I wasn’t able to go to a hot spring.

What are your other major Magic achievements?
Winning the Lunatic Moon Convention.

What are your other major non-Magic achievements?
None.


Koutarou Ootsuka
Koutarou Ootsuka

Hometown: Sagamihara, Kanagawa
Age: 25
Profession: Freelancer

What deck did you play, who designed it, and what was the best card in it?
A Faerie deck I picked up from the net. I relied on Snakeform a lot.

Which card do you think is currently the most undervalued in Eventide?
Snakeform.

In your opinion, which Eventide card has had the most influence on Constructed?
Snakeform.

What interests do you have other than Magic?
Math and probability.

What is your most lasting impression from Grand Prix Kobe?
Using Puppeteer Clique to reanimate 2 Cloudthreshers and deal 18 damage.

What are your other major Magic achievements?
4th place, 2007 World Championship.

What are your other major non-Magic achievements?
(no answer)


Tsuyoshi Ikeda
Tsuyoshi Ikeda

Hometown: Fukuoka
Age: 35
Profession: Card shop owner

What deck did you play, who designed it, and what was the best card in it?
A mono-red shaman deck designed by Tsuyoshi Fujita. Thunderblust was my most solid card.

Which card do you think is currently the most undervalued in Eventide?
Thunderblust.

In your opinion, which Eventide card has had the most influence on Constructed?
Thunderblust.

What interests do you have other than Magic?
Watching my daughter grow.

What is your most lasting impression from Grand Prix Kobe?
Getting into the Top 8 on tiebreakers.

What are your other major Magic achievements?
A lot.

What are your other major non-Magic achievements?
Winning an award at a children’s fashion show.

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