Feature: The Top 4 Team Profiles

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Kentaro Yamamoto


Age: 22
Hometown: Tokyo

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 5

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-San Diego? Pro Tour Qualifier

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments: Nothing

How did you decide to play with your teammate for Pro Tour-San Diego?
Good friends

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?
Ikebukuro in Tokyo with Naoki Shimizu

What was your draft strategy over the weekend? Did it change, and if so, to what?
No white.

What cards do you think are undervalued in Two-Headed Giant draft?
Ana Battle Mage

What were your MVP cards in the Swiss rounds?
Sulfurous Blast

Yuuta Takahashi


Age: 21
Hometown: Tokyo

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 7

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-San Diego? Pro Tour Qualifier

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments: Nothing

How did you decide to play with your teammate for Pro Tour-San Diego?
He never gets upset.

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?
Ikebukuro

What was your draft strategy over the weekend? Did it change, and if so, to what?
No white

What cards do you think are undervalued in Two-Headed Giant draft?
Psychotic Episode

What were your MVP cards in the Swiss rounds?
Thunderblade Charge


Eugene Harvey


Age: 25
Hometown: Hillsborough, N.J.

Occupation: Piano teacher

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: A lot

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-San Diego? Two Pro Club levels plus three from John

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 5 Grand Prix / 3 Pro Tour previous to this

Other previous Magic accomplishments: USA Nationals win 2002, Team Worlds win 2002, multiple Pro Tour/Grand Prix Top 8s

How did you decide to play with your teammate for Pro Tour-San Diego?
He offered at Worlds 2006 and I said "sure"

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?
I could not get too many drafts in, but I did draft a lot with Gerard Fabiano and Jon Sonne.

What was your draft strategy over the weekend? Did it change, and if so, to what?
Take early removal, and then draw first.

What cards do you think are undervalued in Two-Headed Giant draft?

Charms

What were your MVP cards in the Swiss rounds?

Storm cards

John Fiorillo


Age: 28
Hometown: New York City, currently live in Carlsbad, CA

Occupation: Game designer

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: Not sure. 8 or 9?

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-San Diego? Pro level

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 2 Grand Prix Top 8, 1 Pro Tour Top 4 (now)

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
A bunch of Grand Prix Top 16 and making friends with all the masters.

How did you decide to play with your teammate for Pro Tour-San Diego?
Eugene and I are friends and I figured I was buying low since he only had two levels. If he had better options I probably would do much worse.

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?
A bunch of drafts with the local teams -- Antonino and Ken Ho, TBS and Jeff Liu, Anthony Shaheen, Justin Gary, Ben Rubin.

What was your draft strategy over the weekend? Did it change, and if so, to what?
Always draw first and play control/defensive with card advantage

What cards do you think are undervalued in Two-Headed Giant draft?
Evolution Charm, Porphyry Nodes, and Utopia Vow.

What were your MVP cards in the Swiss rounds?

Essence Warden, Whitemane Lion, and anything with Storm. Also Smallpox was huge in our final draft.


Jacob Van Lunen

Age: 21
Hometown: Wayne, New Jersey

Occupation: Escort

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 1

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-San Diego? Pro Tour Qualifier

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments:
$3000 amateur limited nationals first place; three second-place PTQs, one first-place PTQ

How did you decide to play with your teammate for Pro Tour-San Diego?
He's the best ever.

What was your draft strategy over the weekend? Did it change, and if so, to what?
Slivers!

What cards do you think are undervalued in Two-Headed Giant draft?
Virulent Sliver

What were your MVP cards in the Swiss rounds?
Forests, Mountains, Islands, Plains, Swamps, and Virulent Sliver.

Chris Lachmann


Age: 22
Hometown: Pompton Plains, N.J.

Occupation: Zombie Exterminator

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 1

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-San Diego? Pro Tour Qualifier

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments: None

How did you decide to play with your teammate for Pro Tour-San Diego?

He killed all my other teammates.

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?

Couple practice drafts with Gerard.

What was your draft strategy over the weekend? Did it change, and if so, to what?

SLIVERS!!!

What cards do you think are undervalued in Two-Headed Giant draft?

SLIVERS!!!

What were your MVP cards in the Swiss rounds?

Virulent Sliver


Genki Taru


Age: 27
Hometown: Kanagawa

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: 9

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-San Diego? Pro Tour Qualifier

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments: Nothing

How did you decide to play with your teammate for Pro Tour-San Diego?
Kaneko is best player in 2HG!

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?
Ogre (card shop) with Kurihara, Saito, Shimizu, and many Japanese friends.

What was your draft strategy over the weekend? Did it change, and if so, to what?

Enjoy draft.

What cards do you think are undervalued in Two-Headed Giant draft?

Slivers and Thallids.

What were your MVP cards in the Swiss rounds?

Crovax

Masami Kaneko


Age: 21
Hometown: Saitama

Occupation: Student

Number of Times Playing on the Pro Tour: Third Pro Tour

How did you qualify for Pro Tour-San Diego? Pro Tour Qualifier

Number of GP/PT Top 8s: 0

Other previous Magic accomplishments: Nothing

How did you decide to play with your teammate for Pro Tour-San Diego?
Tarmogoyf is very good card!

How did you prepare for the event? Who did you prepare with?
(Tokyo) Ogre (shop), with Kurihara, Saito, Shimizu

What was your draft strategy over the weekend? Did it change, and if so, to what?
Enjoying draft!

What cards do you think are undervalued in Two-Headed Giant draft?
Vitaspore Thallid/Slivers and Thallids

What were your MVP cards in the Swiss rounds?

Mirari

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