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Osawa’s Wurms Flog Prague

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日本語の取材へ


Four hundred and fifteen Pro Magic players descended on Pro Tour-Prague with drafting on the brain. Seeing as it was the debut of Dissension, there may have been that many unique draft strategies too.

With other players working complex theories on mana-fixing via bounce lands and signets to maximize the shininess of Ravnica's gold cards, Japan's Takuya Osawa played it cool and drafted a tried-and-true archetype of huge creatures and removal, spicing it up with the new Graft ability that came with the introduction of Dissension. Osawa's recipe couldn't have been any hotter, cooking up a win in the finals over Germany's Aaron Brackmann. The 21-year-old Japanese player dropped just one game all day, and the win marked the first for a Japanese player outside their own country.

Osawa's strategy involved dropping wurms of the Streetbreaker and Golgari Rot variety, making them even bigger and badder with a few Simic-enhanced grafts thanks to six Graft creatures. Two Pyromatics, a Seal of Doom, a Douse in Gloom, and a Char helped him clear up the board and deliver killing shots to the dome on his way to taking home the $40,000 first prize.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
  • Top 8 Finals (93 MB zip) | BitTorrent
  • Top 8 Semifinals (59 MB zip) | BitTorrent
  • Top 8 Quarterfinals (125 MB zip) | BitTorrent
  • Top 8 Draft (33 MB zip) | BitTorrent
  • Top 8 Pregame (14 MB zip) | BitTorrent


  • Day One Wrap-up (8.3 MB zip)
  • Day Two Wrap-up (7.9 MB zip)
  • Day Three Wrap-up (6.7 MB zip)
  • Welcome Back, Finkel (11 MB zip)
  • Justin Gary Riding High at 5-0 (5 MB zip)
  • Mike Donovan, Surprising Himself(5.3 MB zip)
  • Olivier Shining Yet Again (4.5 MB zip)
  • Terry Soh Says ‘Draft Blue’ (5.3 MB zip)
  • Ben Goodman Delivers the Beats (3.9 MB zip)
  • Time Out with Karsten the Fanatic (6.7 MB zip)
  • Joe Crosby’s Good Day (5.1 MB zip)
  • Around the Floor at Pro Tour-Prague (3.8 MB zip)
  • The Top 8 draft saw two distinct strategies play out regarding mana. While six players grabbed bounce lands and signets, Osawa and Brackmann eschewed that plan for Utopia Sprawls and Silhana Starfletchers. Many thought Antonino De Rosa came out of the draft with the top deck thanks to multiple Steamcore Weirds and Ogre Savants, but mana issues in the first two games put the U.S. National champion in too deep a hole against Shuhei Nakamura. Nakamura then fell to his countryman Osawa in the semis, after Osawa had steamrolled Joe Crosby in three quick games.

    On the other side of the bracket, Rasmus Sibast, who had dropped only one match all weekend prior to Sunday, picked a bad time to see loss No. 2 come his way as he fell to Brackmann in the quarterfinals. Christian Hüttenberger, a German player in his first individual Pro Tour, defeated Quentin Martin in the other quarters before falling to Brackmann 3-0 in the semifinals.

    While many questions about Ravnica-Guildpact-Dissension drafting were answered here in Prague, almost as many questions have been raised. Is Bloodgraft the dominant draft archetype? What are the best mana solutions? Is there key pack in the set? You can start answering those questions by replaying the Top 8 draft in the Draft Viewer. Follow how the Pros made their picks and design your strategy before your next draft!


    The Top 8 bracket is determined randomly; seeds do not correspond with the final Swiss standings.

    Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
    1 Takuya Osawa [JPN]   Takuya Osawa, 3-0        
    8 Joe Crosby [USA]   Takuya Osawa, 3-1
           
    4 Shuhei Nakamura [JPN]   Shuhei Nakamura, 3-2   Takuya Osawa, 3-0
    5 Antonino De Rosa [USA]    
           
    2 Christian Huttenberger [DEU]   Christian Huttenberger, 3-2
    7 Quentin Martin [ENG]   Aaron Brackmann, 3-0
           
    3 Aaron Brackmann [DEU]   Aaron Brackmann, 3-2
    6 Rasmus Sibast [DNK]    


    EVENT COVERAGE FINAL TOP 8 STANDINGS

    • Finals: He's Grafty, but He's Just My Type
      Takuya Osawa vs. Aaron Brackmann
      by Ted Knutson
    • Semifinals: A German Showdown
      Christian Huttenberger vs. Aaron Brackmann
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Semifinals: Scattered into Dust
      Shuhei Nakamura vs. Takuya Osawa
      by Scott Johns
    • Decklists: The Top 8 Decks
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Quarterfinals: Do the Twist
      Christian Hüttenberger vs. Quentin Martin
      by Devin Low
    • Quarterfinals: That Harsh Mistress Mana
      Shuhei Nakamura vs. Antonino De Rosa
      by Ted Knutson
    • Quarterfinals: Wurms Break out the Broom
      Joseph Crosby vs. Takuya Osawa
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Quarterfinals: Living the Dream
      Rasmus Sibast vs. Aaron Brackmann
      by Hanno Terbuyken
    • Draft Viewer: The Top 8 Draft
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Top 8 Draft: Complete Pack List
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Feature: The Top 8 Player Profiles
      by Event Coverage Staff



    • Round 15: Win and You're In
      Antonino De Rosa vs. Justin Cheung
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 15: The Decider!
      Shuhei Nakamura vs. Olivier Ruel
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Draft Recap: Soh Stays on Target
      by Devin Low
    • Round 14: Good Start, Poor Finish
      Paolo Vitor Da Rosa vs. Olivier Ruel
      by Ted Knutson
    • Draft Viewer: Draft 5, Table 1
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Feature: Taste the Rainbow: The Colors of RGD Draft
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Round 13: Brit Beats the Bluffs
      Terry Soh vs. Quentin Martin
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Round 13: Pods
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Round 12: Tilt Takes a Terrible Toll
      Joseph Crosby vs. Rasmus Sibast
      by Scott Johns
    • Round 11: Mass Removal
      Geoffrey Siron vs. Benjamin Caumes
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Round 10: Will the Undefeated Fall?
      Olivier Ruel vs. Rasmus Sibast
      by Scott Johns
    • Feature: Colonialism and Magic
      by Ted Knutson
    • Feature: Picking Your Path: A Ravnica Block Draft Primer
      by Scott Johns
    • Round 9: Back on His Heels
      Antonino De Rosa vs. Andre Mueller
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Round 8: Flipping the Burn
      Pierre Canali vs. Olivier Ruel
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 10: Pods
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Day 2 Country Breakdown
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Day 2 Player List
      by Event Coverage Staff



    • Feature: The Return of Jonny Magic
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Round 7: Bluff Redux, or Swing for Two?
      Frank Karsten vs. Terry Soh
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Draft Recap: The Flow of Color at Table 1
      by Ted Knutson and Tim Willoughby
    • Round 7: Pods
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Round 6: Silence is Deadly
      Jeff "Ffej" Cunningham vs. Guillaume Wafo-Tapa
      by J. Evan Dean
    • Round 5: Battle of the Bad Decks
      Chris McDaniel vs. Craig Krempels
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Round 4: Defending the Home Turf
      Osyp Lebedowicz vs. Arnost Zidek
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Round 4: Thinking Things Through
      Katsuhiro Mori vs. Olivier Ruel
      by J. Evan Dean
    • Draft Recap: Walamies Finds an Angle
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Round 3: Masters of their Craft
      Masashi Oiso vs. Anton Jonsson
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Round 2: Prague's Favored Son Back in Action
      Jakub Slemr vs. Maximilian Bracht
      by Scott Johns
    • Round 1: Breakfast of Champions
      Antoine Ruel vs. Justin Gary
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Round 4: Pods
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Draft Recap: Nuijten's Options Open
      by Peter van den Brink
    • Draft Recap: Reeves Still in Control
      by Tim Willoughby
    • Draft Recap: Hoaen's Pimp Hand is Way Strong
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 1: Pods
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Day 1 Player List
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Feature: Can’t Hardly Wait: A Prague Playlist
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Info: Fact Sheet
      by Event Coverage Staff
     1.  Takuya Osawa [JPN] $40,000
     2.  Aaron Brackmann [DEU] $22,000
     3.  Shuhei Nakamura [JPN] $15,000
     4.  Christian Huttenberger [DEU] $14,000
     5.  Rasmus Sibast [DNK] $11,500
     6.  Antonino De Rosa [USA] $11,000
     7.  Joe Crosby [USA] $10,500
     8.  Quentin Martin [ENG] $10,500
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