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Player Profile: Shuhei Nakamura

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Country: Japan
Invitation Source: Top Pro Points, At-Large
Lifetime Pro Points: 470

Professional Magic Accomplishments:
  • Member of the Magic Pro Tour Hall of Fame
  • Player of the Year in 2008
  • Grand Prix St. Louis 2006 Champion
  • Grand Prix Hiroshima 2006 Champion
  • Grand Prix Stuttgart 2007 Champion

Player of the Year Top 10s: 6

  • 2005: 5th
  • 2006: 2nd
  • 2008: 1st
  • 2009: 5th
  • 2010: 5th
  • 2011: 5th

Pro Tour Top 8s: 5

  • Columbus 2004-05: 2nd
  • 2005 World Championships in Yokohama: 7th
  • Prague 2006: 3rd
  • Valencia 2007: 4th
  • Hollywood 2008: 3rd

Grand Prix Top 8s: 18

  • Kobe 2001-02: 2nd
  • Fukuoka 2001-02: 8th
  • Nagoya 2001-02: 2nd
  • Utsunomiya 2002-03: 2nd
  • Yokohama 2003-04: 6th
  • Seattle 2005: 3rd
  • Matsuyama 2005: 6th
  • Toulouse 2006: 3rd
  • St. Louis 2006: 1st
  • Hiroshima 2006: 1st
  • Stuttgart 2007: 1st
  • Copenhagen 2008: 4th
  • Rimini 2008: 2nd
  • Rotterdam 2009: 3rd
  • Houston 2010: 5th
  • Florence 2010: 3rd
  • Prague 2011: 3rd
  • Nashville 2012: 8th

National Team Appearances: 2

  • 2004: 3rd
  • 2009: 7th

There are few players in the world who can match Shuhei Nakamura's dedication to the game of Magic or his skill slinging spells. The Japanese Hall of Famer is a true world traveler with 18 Grand Prix Top 8s on three continents in basically every format known to man. The 2008 Player of the Year has more than 400 lifetime Pro Points and is a constant presence at Magic events worldwide—even when not competing.

As the second Japanese player elected to the Hall of Fame, Nakamura has served as one of Japan's ambassadors to the world racking up frequent flier miles as a true road warrior. As part of the American-based Team Channelfireball, he'd have to be, and he's one of the few writers who speak to both Japanese and English-speaking audiences.

The one hole remaining in Nakamura's otherwise rarified resume—which includes three Grand Prix wins and five Pro Tour Top 8s as well as his Player of the Year trophy—is a win at a Pro Tour. However, as one of the at-large invitees to the inaugural Players Championship, a win from Nakamura this week would add considerably to his already sizeable legend.

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