Tsuyoshi Fujita The first Magic superstar from Japan ... First Japanese player to make a Pro Tour Top 8, blazing a trail for many more to come ... One of the game's most influential deck designers ... Made the finals in two Pro Tours (one Block Constructed, one Limited) ... 2004 Japan National Champion ... Twelve Grand Prix Top 8, including two wins.
Class of: 2007
Hometown: Osaka, Japan
Debut: 1998 World Championships
Career winnings: $172,245
Lifetime Pro Points: 277


When Tsuyoshi Fujita squared off with Zvi Mowshowitz in the finals of Pro Tour–Tokyo, it was a momentous occasion. It may seem shocking to imagine a time when Japan was not one of the dominating forces on the competitive Magic scene, but before Tsuyoshi's Top 8 turn no Japanese player had ever played beyond Saturday at the Pro Tour level.

Fujita has led a pack of Japanese players into the game's highest reaches.
"It doesn't feel real. It's much more like some kind of dream," was Tsuyoshi's reaction at the time of crossing the Top 8 threshold. Since that appearance he has gone on to make the Top 8 of three Pro Tours in his career (including another finals finish), reached the Top 8 of a dozen Grand Prix tournaments, and been the Japanese National Champion in 2004.

Tsuyoshi is 10th on the all-time money list and 11th on lifetime Pro Points, tops among all Japanese players. Tsuyoshi became one of the first Japanese players to travel outside of his region for Grand Prix competition and is widely recognized as one of the game's great deckbuilders. His Sneak Attack deck for Grand Prix–Seattle was one of the most unexpected decks that season and his refined Goblin Bidding deck that won Grand Prix–Bangkok became an industry standard.

When asked which of his Magic accomplishments stands out most, Fujita was quick to show his trademark humor: "Spreading the fame of 'Go Anan' and his decks throughout the world!"

"All kidding aside, I am really happy when I think about how many people use my decks and how well they perform," he said. "Including Kuroda's win at Kobe, ever since Tokyo all of my Block Constructed decks have made Top 32 at a Pro Tour. Thinking about it objectively, if I may say so myself, that's pretty amazing."

THE POWER OF TSUYOSHI

Pro Tour:
London 2005: 2nd (Booster draft)
Los Angeles 2005: 5th (Extended)
Tokyo 2001: 2nd (Invasion Block Constructed)

Grand Prix:
Seattle 2005: 7th (Extended)
Kuala Lumpur 03-04: 4th (Standard)
Bangkok 02-03: 1st (Standard)
Hiroshima 02-03: 7th (Extended)
Utsunomiya 02-03: 3rd (Rochester draft)
Nagoya 01-02: 4th (teams)
Fukuoka 01-02: 6th (Booster draft)
Hong Kong 01-02: 3rd (Rochester draft)
Hiroshima 00-01: 6th (Booster Draft)
Kyoto 00-01: 1st (Extended)
Taipei 99-00: 2nd (Extended)
Kyoto 98-99: 4th

Masters San Diego 2002: Top 8 (Standard)

Japan National Championship 2004: 1st

Fujita's Pro Tour career began at the 1998 World Championships when he finished 99th—the highest placing by any Japanese player in the tournament. He went on to post a Top 64 and Top 32 during the following season before blazing a Top 8 trail that would become well-worn by the likes of Masashi Oiso, Kenji Tsumura, Tomoharu Saito, Shuhei Nakamura, and Masashiro Kuroda.

Fujita says that a certain Hall of Famer played a big role in his development as a Magic player.

"Back when Jon Finkel was in his prime, all the good American players were strong. I mean, really strong. I fell in love with them. Around the time Finkel won Worlds in Belgium, I was seriously thinking about enrolling in a study-abroad program so I could go to the U.S. and study Magic with him and the other pros."

There is little doubt that Fujita will be sitting down for the first round of action at this year's event. His monoblue Pickles build from Pro Tour–Yokohama nearly got Masahiko Morita his first Top 8 and has become one of the dominating archetypes of this Block Constructed season. He is the only player from this year's class who already had Level 3 status and he will also be playing in Valencia, where he will no doubt have an exciting deck in store.

"I have always been a competitive person," Fujita admits. "I love playing hardcore with other people. So, to me, Magic is the ultimate hobby.

"It may even be the most important thing in my life."

By Format

Format W L D BYE Matches Win %
Limited 218 143 18 49 428 57.52%
Constructed 362 230 20 63 675 59.15%
Total 580 373 38 112 1103 58.53%

By Event Type

Event W L D BYE Matches Win %
Worlds 84 57 4 0 1445 5.81%
Pro Tour 169 118 8 4 299 57.29%
Nationals 54 30 3 1 88 62.07%
Continental Championships 20 8 2 0 30 66.67%
Masters 5 6 0 2 13 45.45%
Grand Prix 248 154 21 105 528 58.63%
Total 580 373 38 112 1103 58.53%

By Event

Event Date Finish W L D BYE Matches Win %
1998 World Championships 8/15/1998 99 10 10 1 0    
1997-98 Season     10 10 1 0 21 47.62%
Grand Prix-Kyoto 1/15/1999 4 9 3 1 0    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/26/1999 116 4 3 0 0    
Pro Tour-Washington D.C. (Team) 3/5/1999 15            
Pro Tour-New York 2/23/1900 54 8 6 0 0    
1999 APAC Championship 7/3/1999 3 5 0 1 0    
1999 World Championships 8/13/1999 26 11 6 1 0    
1998-99 Season     37 18 3 0 58 63.79%
Grand Prix-Tohoku 9/11/1999 108 2 3 0 0    
Pro Tour-London 10/15/1999 141 3 3 1 0    
Grand Prix-Kyushu 10/30/1999 n/a 7 4 0 0    
Pro Tour-Chicago 12/3/1999 273 2 4 0 0    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/4/2000 73 7 6 1 0    
Grand Prix-Taipei 2/12/2000 2 10 3 1 3    
Grand Prix-Kuala Lumpur 3/4/2000 29 6 4 0 0    
Pro Tour-New York 4/14/2000 108 4 3 0 0    
2000 APAC Championship 7/8/2000 11 8 3 1 0    
2000 World Championships 8/4/2000 63 10 7 1 0    
1999-2000 Season     59 40 5 3 107 56.73%
Grand Prix-Sapporo 9/23/2000 17 6 3 1 0    
Masters-New York 9/28/2000 82 0 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-New York (Teams) 9/28/2000 40            
Grand Prix-Kyoto 11/11/2000 1 11 2 1 0    
Grand Prix-Singapore 12/9/2000 16 6 3 1 0    
Grand Prix-Hiroshima 1/27/2001 6 7 2 2 3    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2/2/2001 99 7 6 0 1    
Pro Tour-Tokyo 3/16/2001 2 12 4 1 0    
Masters-Barcelona 5/3/2001 25 0 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-Barcelona 5/4/2001 216 3 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Yokohama (Teams) 5/12/2000 6            
2001 Japan Nationals 6/3/2001 23 8 4 0 0    
2001 Asia Pacific Championship 6/23/2001 23 7 5 0 0    
Grand Prix-Taipei (Teams) 7/21/2001 19            
2001 World Championships 8/10/2001 59 11 7 0 0    
2000-01 Season     78 42 6 4 130 61.90%
Grand Prix-Kobe 8/18/2001 323 2 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-New York (Teams) 9/7/2001 57            
Grand Prix-Shizuoka 10/14/2001 128 2 3 0 3    
Masters-New Orleans 11/1/2001 23 0 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-New Orleans 11/2/2001 48 8 5 1 0    
Grand Prix-Hong Kong 11/17/2001 3 7 2 2 3    
Grand Prix-Sendai 12/15/2001 30 6 4 1 3    
Masters-San Diego 1/10/2002 7 2 1 0 0    
Pro Tour-San Diego 1/11/2002 334 1 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Fukuoka 2/16/2002 6 7 1 3 3    
Pro Tour-Osaka 3/15/2002 14 11 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Kuala Lumpur 3/30/2002 19 6 4 0 3    
Grand Prix-Nagoya (Teams) 5/11/2002 4            
2002 Japan Nationals 6/2/2002 42 7 5 0 0    
Grand Prix-Taipei 7/13/2002 20 5 3 2 3    
2002 World Championships 8/16/2002 177 7 8 1 0    
2001-02 Season     71 47 10 21 149 55.47%
Grand Prix-Sapporo 8/24/2002 55 5 6 0 3    
Pro Tour-Boston (Teams) 9/27/2002 77            
Grand Prix-Utsunomiya 10/12/2002 3 9 3 1 3    
Masters-Chicago 1/16/2003 69 0 1 0 1    
Pro Tour-Chicago 1/17/2003 195 3 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Hiroshima 1/25/2003 7 8 4 0 3    
Pro Tour-Venice 3/21/2003 56 8 5 1 0    
Grand Prix-Kyoto 3/29/2003 74 3 2 0 3    
Masters-Yokohama 5/8/2003 5 3 1 0 1    
Pro Tour-Yokohama 5/9/2003 94 4 3 0 0    
2003 Japan Nationals 6/21/2003 58 6 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Bangkok 7/12/2003 1 11 2 0 3    
2002-03 Season     60 35 2 17 114 61.86%
Grand Prix-Yokohama 8/22/2003 17 9 4 0 3    
Pro Tour-Boston 9/12/2003 97            
Pro Tour-New Orleans 10/31/2003 126 4 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Shizuoka 11/8/2003 22 6 4 0 4    
Grand Prix-Okayama 1/23/2004 51 5 6 0 3    
Pro Tour-Kobe 2/27/2004 22 9 5 1 1    
Grand Prix-Hong Kong 3/6/2004 62 5 7 0 2    
Grand Prix-Sendai 3/20/2004 213 2 3 0 2    
2004 Japan Nationals 6/11/2004 1 13 2 2 0    
Pro Tour-Seattle 7/9/2004 25            
Grand Prix-Kuala Lumpur 7/24/2004 2 8 2 1 3    
Grand Prix-Nagoya 8/28/2004 415 2 3 0 2    
2004 World Championships 9/3/2004 18 12 6 0 0    
2003-04 Season     75 46 4 20 145 60.00%
Pro Tour-Columbus 10/29/2004 9 12 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Yokohama 11/20/2004 153 3 2 0 2    
Grand Prix-Osaka (Teams) 1/8/2005 15            
Pro Tour-Nagoya 1/28/2005 100 3 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Boston 2/5/2005 38 7 5 0 3    
Grand Prix-Seattle 3/5/2005 7 8 4 0 3    
Pro Tour-Atlanta (Teams) 3/11/2005 102            
Grand Prix-Singapore 3/19/2005 53 5 5 0 3    
Pro Tour-Philadelphia 5/6/2005 20 7 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Matsuyama 5/14/2005 11 8 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-London 7/8/2005 2 13 4 1 0    
Grand Prix-Niigata 7/23/2005 33 6 4 1 3    
Grand Prix-Taipei 8/6/2005 17 7 4 0 3    
2005 Japan Nationals 9/2/2005 19 9 4 1 0    
Pro Tour-Los Angeles 10/28/2005 5 12 4 1 0    
Grand Prix-Kitakyuushuu 11/5/2005 63 2 4 1 3    
Grand Prix-Beijing 11/26/2005 73 1 3 0 3    
2005 World Championships 12/2/2005 85 10 8 0 0    
2005 Season     113 64 5 26 208 62.09%
Pro Tour-Honolulu 3/3/2006 205 4 4 0 0    
Grand Prix-Hamamatsu (Teams) 4/8/2006 110            
Pro Tour-Prague 5/5/2006 405 0 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Kuala Lumpur 6/3/2006 143 1 3 0 3    
Pro Tour-Charleston 6/16/2006 17            
Grand Prix-Hiroshima 8/19/2006 28 6 4 1 3    
2006 Japan Nationals 8/24/2006 86 4 6 0 1    
Pro Tour-Kobe 10/20/2006 239 3 3 0 0    
Grand Prix-Yamagata 11/18/2006 31 6 4 1 3    
2006 World Championships 11/29/2006 10 13 5 0 0    
2006 Season     37 32 2 10 81 52.11%
Pro Tour-Geneva 2/9/2007 129 4 7 0 2    
Grand Prix-Singapore 3/3/2007 60 4 5 0 3    
Grand Prix-Kyoto 3/17/2007 91 6 6 0 3    
Pro Tour-Yokohama 4/20/2007 33 10 6 0 0    
2007 Japan Nationals 8/30/2007 70 7 5 0 0    
Pro Tour-Valencia 10/12/2007 280 3 5 0 0    
Grand Prix-Kitakyuushuu 11/10/2007 37 6 5 0 3    
2007 Season     40 39 0 11 90 50.63%

  • Tsuyoshi cut his competitive teeth on the Grand Prix circuit with Top 8 finishes in Kyoto and Taipei during the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons.
  • RECORD VS. HALL OF FAME W L D
    Jon Finkel 1 0 0
    Darwin Kastle 1 1 0
    Tommi Hovi 1 0 0
    Alan Comer 0 0 0
    Olle Rade 0 0 0
    Bob Maher 0 1 0
    David Humpherys 1 2 0
    Raphael Levy 1 2 0
    Gary Wise 1 0 0
    Rob Dougherty 0 0 0
    Kai Budde 1 1 0
    Zvi Mowshowitz 1 3 0
    Nicolai Herzog 0 1 0
    Randy Buehler 0 0 0
    Career Total 8 11 0

  • Tsuyoshi became the first Japanese player to step onto the Sunday stage at the Pro Tour when he reached the finals of Pro Tour–Tokyo 2001, blazing a trail for a wave of dominating Japanese performances.
  • Tsuyoshi is the leading Japanese Pro in terms of money won and lifetime Pro Points. He is 10th on the all time money-winners list and 11th all-time on the Pro Points list.
  • Tsuyoshi reached the Top 8 of a Pro Tour three different times and making it to the Finals twice (along with a heartbreaking ninth-place finish at Pro Tour¬–Philadelphia).
  • Tsuyoshi's dozen Grand Prix Top 8 finishes are punctuated by two victories, including his win in Bangkok in 2003 with Goblin Bidding. The way that deck transformed Standard in the wake of that event helped to solidify Fujita's reputation as one of the game's great deck designers.
  • Tsuyoshi was the Japanese National Champion in 2004, once again playing Goblins.
  • One of the most influential deck builders in the history of the game, Tsuyoshi had a hand in another landmark moment in Japanese Magic when he built Masashiro Kuroda's Pro Tour Kobe-winning Big Red deck.
  • Tsuyoshi has a restless deck design quality that leads him to play with different and unexpected decks. When he made the Top 8 of Grand Prix–Seattle playing a Sneak Attack deck, he became a fan favorite designer.
  • Tsuyoshi reached the finals of the Magic Invitational in 2006 playing a rareless Standard deck which he designed with budget-conscious players in mind.
  • In 2005 Tsuyoshi submitted Unluckyman's Paradise as his Invitational card and it was voted upon by Magicthegathering.com readers to be developed. The card eventually saw print as Gemstone Caverns.
  • Listed below are notable decklists from Tsuyoshi Fujita's Pro Tour career.

    Tsuyoshi Fujita – CounterSlivers
    Grand Prix–Taipei 2000, 2nd Place – Extended


    Tsuyoshi Fujita – NecroDonate
    Grand Prix–Kyoto 2000, 1st Place – Extended


    Tsuyoshi Fujita – Red Deck Wins
    Grand Prix–Hiroshima, 7th Place – Extended


    Tsuyoshi Fujita – Goblin Bidding
    Grand Prix–Bangkok 2003, 1st Place – Standard


    Tsuyoshi Fujita – Astral Slide
    Grand Prix–Kuala Lumpur 2004, 4th Place – Standard


    Tsuyoshi Fujita – Sneaky Go
    Grand Prix–Seattle 2005, 7th Place – Extended


    Tsuyoshi Fujita – Boros Deck Wins
    Pro Tour–Los Angeles 2005, 5th Place – Extended


    Tsuyoshi Fujita – The Rats
    Pro Tour–Tokyo 2001, 2nd Place – Invasion Block Constructed

    Main Deck

    60 cards

    11  Island
    Salt Marsh
    Swamp

    24 lands

    Phyrexian Scuta
    Ravenous Rats
    Urborg Shambler

    8 creatures

    Addle
    Exclude
    Fact or Fiction
    Prohibit
    Recoil
    Repulse
    Spite // Malice
    Undermine
    Yawgmoth's Agenda

    28 other spells

    Sideboard
    Gainsay
    Nightscape Familiar
    Phyrexian Scuta
    Spinal Embrace
    Urborg Shambler
    Yawgmoth's Agenda

    15 sideboard cards



    Tsuyoshi Fujita – Go Anan Deck
    2004 Japanese Nationals,1st Place – Standard

    Main Deck

    60 cards

    City of Brass
    Forest
    12  Mountain
    Wooded Foothills

    23 lands

    Clickslither
    Goblin Goon
    Goblin Sharpshooter
    Goblin Sledder
    Goblin Warchief
    Siege-Gang Commander
    Skirk Prospector
    Sparksmith

    29 creatures

    Electrostatic Bolt
    Oxidize

    8 other spells

    Sideboard
    Naturalize
    Skullclamp
    Starstorm
    Viridian Shaman

    15 sideboard cards


    Hall of Fame: Tsuyoshi Fujita

    Members of the Magic community share their memories of Tsuyoshi Fujita on his induction into the Pro Tour Hall of Fame.

    Video

  • Pro Tour-London 2005 Finals: Geoffrey Siron vs. Tsuyoshi Fujita (51 MB zip)
  • Pro Tour-London 2005 Quarterfinals: Tsuyoshi Fujita vs. Arnost Zidek (second half of clip, 109 MB zip)
  • Pro Tour-Los Angeles 2005 Quarterfinals: Tsuyoshi Fujita vs. Antoine Ruel (80 MB zip)
  • Pro Tour-Tokyo 2001 Semifinals, Game 1: Tsuyoshi Fujita vs. Lucas Hager (54 MB zip)
  • Pro Tour-Tokyo 2001 Semifinals, Game 3: Tsuyoshi Fujita vs. Lucas Hager (34 MB zip)
  • Pro Tour-Tokyo 2001 Semifinals, Game 4: Tsuyoshi Fujita vs. Lucas Hager (64 MB zip)
  • Pro Tour-Tokyo 2001 Finals: Zvi Mowshowitz vs. Tsuyoshi Fujita (60 MB zip)
  • Pro Tour-Tokyo 2001: Awards Ceremony (21 MB zip)
  • Photo Gallery

    Tsuyoshi Fujita was the first breakthrough star from Japan, the first player from that country to make a Pro Tour Top 8.


    Fujita has made it as far as the finals of a Pro Tour twice, including Pro Tour-London 2005.


    Fujita poses here with fellow godfather of Japanese Magic, Itaru Ishida.


    An innovative deck designer, Fujita is part of a long tradition of Japanese creativity when it comes to Constructed formats. Along with playing his own decks, he has outfitted some of the best Japanese players with tournament-winning decks.


    One of the brightest personalities on the Tour, Fujita is rarely found without a smile on his face.

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