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Photo Coverage of Grand Prix-Nagoya 2000

Sunday's Pictures

  • [view] Team "Unluckys"
  • [view] Team "T.T.Y." (Hatta, Goto, Inki)
  • [view] Team "Iwamoto" is looking cool. (Nakamura, Ito, Higuchi)
  • [view] Team "Godzilla" (Williams, Long, Maher)
  • [view] Team "Masato Club" (Matsuo, Nobushita, Komiya)
  • [view] New Wave (Wong, Blackwell, Shvartsman)
  • [view] New Wave drafts vs. Masato Club
  • [view] Team "Geddon Beta" vs. team "Poor Shark" drafting.
  • [view] Team Godzilla, feeling confident.
  • [view] The draft begins (round 8).
  • [view] "Geddon Beta" vs. "Poor Shark" drafting.
  • [view] Team "T.T.Y." considers their drafting options.
  • [view] "Wasato" vs. "Wachi-De?" drafting
  • [view] Explaining the Rochester Draft procedures.
  • [view] The second draft of the day (round 9).
  • [view] Meeting of the judges.
  • [view] Cross-cultural communication.
  • [view] "Trickster" vs. "Imabiki" drafting.
  • [view] The amazing Grand Prix Nagoya trophies.
  • [view] "Executioners" vs. "Ray Force" drafting.
  • [view] Players enjoyed the Rochester draft.
  • [view] Team "Executioners" communicate non-verbally during the draft.
  • [view] "Masato" vs. "New Wave" drafting.
  • [view] Godzilla surveys their draft options.
  • [view] Team Nagoyan confidently drafts versus team Godzilla. (Round 9)
  • [view] Team Nagoyan.
  • [view] Team Wild - Doctor Wong, Robin Ki, Jack Ho
  • [view] Trevor Blackwell makes a draft pick for team New Wave.
  • [view] Hand signals evolve as the draft continues.
  • [view] Bob Maher is sleepy.
  • [view] Doctor Wong, Robin Ki, Jack Ho.
  • [view] Itaru Ishida.
  • [view] "Executioners" - Satoshi Nakamura, Koichiro Maki, Kenichi Fujita.
  • [view] Bob Maher picks a card.
  • [view] Godzilla's first draft opponent, team Iwamoto.
  • [view] David Williams uses non-verbal communication during the draft.
  • [view] Team "Nagoyan" (Ryoma Shiozu, Ryo Ogura, Koji Nose).
  • [view] Ron Foster calls the draft.
  • [view] Godzilla teaches their opponent how to draft.
  • [view] Japanese National Champion: Masayuki Higashino
  • [view] Team Geddon Beta: Tatsuya Umemiya, Kuniyuki Iwamoto, Nobuyuki Iwamoto.
  • [view] The amazing Doctor Wong.
  • [view] Satoshi Nakamura indicates that he would like the card.
  • [view] Draft technology evolves as the draft continues.
  • [view] Team Godzilla drafts against Team Nagoyan (round 9).
  • [view] David Williams is happy about his drafting selections.
  • [view] Samurai!
  • [view] David Williams has not lost a GAME this tournament (as of round 10).
  • [view] Team Wild drafts vs. Team Imabiki
  • [view] Team Ray Force drafts vs. Team T.F.Z.
  • [view] Level 1 judge Terry Mansfield (US Air Force) watches the draft.
  • [view] "Wachi-De?" drafts vs. Poor Shark
  • [view] Team New Wave drafting in round 10.
  • [view] Team Masato Club, featuring Jun Nobushita.
  • [view] Mike Long looks on as David Williams suffers his first game loss of the tournament.
  • [view] Team "Long Thinking Neo Alpha"
  • [view] "Executioners" Satoshi Nakamura, Koichiro Maki and Kenichi Fujita finish in 5th place at GP Nagoya.
  • [view] Team Iwamoto finish in 8th place at GP Nagoya.
  • [view] Team "Wachi-De?" finish in 7th place at GP Nagoya.
  • [view] Team Iwamato enjoy their top 8 plaques.
  • [view] Team Ray Force finish in 6th place at GP Nagoya.
  • [view] Teams Masato Club and Godzilla make a few jokes while waiting to draft in the semi-finals.
  • [view] The awards ceremony begins. Ron Foster on the left, Chris Zantides on the right.
  • [view] Robin Aida helps create the top 8 certificates.
  • [view] Chris Zantides guards the trophies.
  • [view] Greek-Australian, Chris Zantides.
  • [view] The 8 best teams each receive a trophy.
  • [view] Team Iwamoto receiving their trophy.
  • [view] Team "Wachi-De?" receiving their trophy.
  • [view] Team New Wave in a group prayer before the semi-final draft.
  • [view] Team Godzilla looks on as Jun Nobushita imitates Mike Long's chair crouching technique.
  • [view] Team Masato Club's Jun Nobushita is really enjoying drafting against Mike Long.
  • [view] Ron Foster and Mike Long discuss the rules enforcement level of the tournament.
  • [view] Mike Long teases Trevor Blackwell about his goatee.
  • [view] Team "Ray Force" enjoys their certificate and trophy for placing in the top 8.
  • [view] The highly-regarded "Executioners" receiving their top 8 accolades.
  • [view] Ron Foster and Chris Zantides are the master of ceremonies.
  • [view] Team Executioners admire their certificates.
  • [view] Satoshi Nakamura signs an autograph for a young fan.
  • [view] Team "Ray Force" receives their awards.
  • [view] Players enjoying their certificate prizes.
  • [view] New Wave drafts against the Unluckys in the semifinals.
  • [view] Team New Wave has a good luck mascot.
  • [view] New Wave considers their drafting options in the semifinals.
  • [view] Godzilla drafts in the semifinals.
  • [view] Nick Wong drafts in the semifinals.
  • [view] Godzilla drafts versus Masato Club in the semifinals.
  • [view] Jun Nobushita drafts in the semifinals.
  • [view] Mike Long drafts his deck.
  • [view] Bob Maher carefully drafts his deck in the semifinals.
  • [view] David Williams stares down Matsuo Goro and loses.
  • [view] Williams vs. Goro in the semifinals.
  • [view] Alex Shvartsman is a trained professional.
  • [view] New Wave versus Team Unluckys.
  • [view] Mike Long sufficiently sideboards.
  • [view] Ayumi Hidaka plays against Trevor Blackwell in the semifinals.
  • [view] Alex Shvartsman shuffles with his pretty blue sleeves.
  • [view] David Williams is losing his semifinal match.
  • [view] Mike Long is enjoying his match.
  • [view] Team Unluckys has a chance of beating New Wave.
  • [view] Alex Shvartsman's lucky charm.
  • [view] Trevor Blackwell is losing game one of the semifinals.
  • [view] Jun Nobushita in the semifinals.
  • [view] Top 12 players from the Regionals (also held today) advance to Japanese Nationals.
  • [view] Team New Wave prepares for the finals.
  • [view] Team Masato Club prepares for the finals.
  • [view] Team New Wave is all smiles.
  • [view] The trophies eagerly await the results of the finals.
  • [view] Trophies are presented to second place team Masato Club.
  • [view] Team New Wave is victorious! (Alex, Trevor and Nick).
  • [view] Thumbs up from second place team Masato Club.
  • [view] Head Judge Chris Zantides gives the farewell address after the final awards ceremony.
  • [view] The trophy is presented to Jun Nobushita of team Masato Club.
  • [view] Jose Cintra congratulates team New Wave on their impressive victory.
  • [view] Masato Club is proud of their hard-fought second place finish.
  • [view] Congratulations are in order for Alex Shvartsman, Trevor Blackwell and Nicholas Wong for their victory at Grand Prix Nagoya.
  • [view] Team New Wave is all smiles after their victory.
  • [view] Shvartsman hoists the trophy in the air.
  • [view] Shvartsman smiles as he calculates his Pro Point total in his head.
  • [view] These boys just love to play Magic.
  • [view] Team Godzilla with big smiles.
  • [view] Team Unluckys, 4th place finisher.
  • [view] Team Unluckys smile with their trophy and certificates.
  • [view] View of Nagoya.
  • [view] View of Nagoya.
  • [view] View of Nagoya.

Saturday's Pictures

  • [view] Chris Zantides hard at work putting together banner stands.
  • [view] Hobby Japan staff prepare for big sales at GP-Nagoya.
  • [view] Some US players hanging out with the locals outside the Congress Center.
  • [view] Outside of the Nagoya Congress Center.
  • [view] Entrance to Nagoya Congress Center.
  • [view] Bob (Masanobu) Kawahara from Hobby Japan.
  • [view] Judges readying the product for the first round of team sealed deck.
  • [view] Ron Foster instructs the judges in Japanese.
  • [view] Robin (Takashi) Aida, Hobby Japan's DCI liaison and level 3 judge.
  • [view] Team New Wave: Nick, Trevor and Alex.
  • [view] Ron Foster and the Grand Prix Nagoya judging staff.
  • [view] The artist signing line and dealer area.
  • [view] Judge Tatsuo Fujiwara sets a land station.
  • [view] Alex Shvartsman, Trevor Blackwell and Nick Wong discuss their deck construction options.
  • [view] Wizards of the Coast Japan Sales Manager: Paul Adachi.
  • [view] Mike Long, David Williams and Bob Maher review their cards for first deck construction.
  • [view] The players enter the Grand Prix tournament area.
  • [view] Satoshi Nakamura, former APAC Champion.
  • [view] Air Force level 1 judge, Terry Mansfield and Chris Zantides accessing his Palm Pilot.
  • [view] The Japanese news crew shooting the action.
  • [view] Players check out their seating assignments for deck construction.
  • [view] Cameramen stalk the tournament area.
  • [view] Ron Foster (level 3 Japan), Robin Aida (level 3 Japan), Paul Adachi and Chris Zantides (level 4 Australia) on the GP stage.
  • [view] Robin Aida (level 3 DCI Certified Judge) prepares the result entry slips for round 1.
  • [view] Team "Masato Club": Matsuo Goro (1997 Japanese National Team), Jun Nobushita (Top 8 at several GPs) and Tadayoshi Komiya (Champion of GP Taipei 2000 and GP Kyushu)
  • [view] Team "New Wave": Alex Shvartsman (Eight GP Top 8 finishes), Trevor Blackwell (Pro Tour LA 2000 Champion), Nick Wong (Singapore).
  • [view] Team "Usagi" (Bunny in Japanese): Masakazu Chino, Takashi Ogasawara and Tomoharu Ishibashi
  • [view] Team "Executioners": Kenichi Fujita (GP Taipei 1999 Champion, GP Tokyo Champion), Koichiro Maki (Top DCI Ranking for APAC, Magic Invitational 2000 player) and Satoshi Nakamura (1998 APAC Champion).
  • [view] Team "Gai-Jin": Shayne Schvest, Chris Hunn, and Ollie Canty (from Yokota Airbase - US Air Force).
  • [view] Deck construction begins.
  • [view] Team Bunny building their decks.
  • [view] The Grand Prix Nagoya stage.
  • [view] Paul Adachi (Japan country manager) studies the player surveys for business purposes.
  • [view] Head Judge Chris Zantides giving opening instructions.
  • [view] Australia's finest, Chris Zantides.
  • [view] Bob Maher looking through Alex Shvartsman's cards.
  • [view] Deck construction is in high gear.
  • [view] Deck construction is mid-through.
  • [view] Grand Prix Nagoya stage.
  • [view] Paul Adachi, Jeff Donais and Chris Zantides.
  • [view] Chris Zantides and Ron Foster begin the first round.
  • [view] Judge Ryuji Ohashi.
  • [view] A Japanese news reporter explains Magic for the television cameras.
  • [view] Behind the scenes of Sideboard Online updates.
  • [view] Many girls play Magic in Japan.
  • [view] Team Bunny in action during round 1.
  • [view] A team of young Magic players.
  • [view] The US Air Force team takes on some players with mascots hanging all over them.
  • [view] A Japanese player sports a voodoo doll on his head.
  • [view] A news team shoots an interesting match.
  • [view] Overhead view of Grand Prix Nagoya round 2.
  • [view] Overhead view of the Grand Prix stage.
  • [view] Sideboard reporter, Jeff Donais on the left. Judges pairing for round 2 on the right.
  • [view] Overhead view of the dealer area.
  • [view] Chris Zantides hulks up.
  • [view] Grand Prix Nagoya overview.
  • [view] 651 players seated comfortably.
  • [view] 30 minutes remaining in round 2.
  • [view] The new and improved Grand Prix display.
  • [view] Judge Ron Foster making a proxy.
  • [view] Jose Cintra is happy to buy and sell Magic cards at events around the world.
  • [view] Team Bunny ("Usagi") during the second deck construction period.
  • [view] Thankfully for this young man, there is no height requirement for Magic players.
  • [view] Bob Maher builds his deck. David Williams builds his deck. Mike Long eats McDonalds.
  • [view] Paul Adachi with the producer of the new Sega Magic game.
  • [view] The Grand Prix site also features a monument dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci.
  • [view] Deck construction before round 4.
  • [view] The impressive exterior view of the Grand Prix building.
  • [view] Artist Anthony Waters.
  • [view] Anthony Waters and Randy Gallegos after signings thousands of cards for their fans.
  • [view] A fan asks Anthony Waters to sign his child.
  • [view] Wherever you go, there is always a dice game.
  • [view] Artist Randy Gallegos.
  • [view] Round 4, Table 1: Wachi-De? vs. Unluckys
  • [view] Round 4, Table 1: Wachi-De? vs. Unluckys
  • [view] Round 4, Table 2: Bin Bi Bin vs. T.F.C.
  • [view] Round 4, Table 2: Bin Bi Bin vs. T.F.C.
  • [view] Round 4, Table 3: New Wave vs. I's
  • [view] Round 4, Table 3: New Wave vs. I's
  • [view] Randy Gallegos and wife.
  • [view] Randy Gallegos and Anthony Waters sign for 1/2 hour exclusively for the judges on the Grand Prix stage.
  • [view] Alex Shvartsman kisses a duck.
  • [view] Jeff Donais discusses a ruling with Ron Foster.
  • [view] Ron Foster translating for team Godzilla's opponents.
  • [view] Chris Zantides and a player's scooter.
  • [view] Japanese player with a topknot. Ronin (masterless samurai) generally wore their hair in this fashion.
  • [view] Godzilla's opponents: team Imabiki
  • [view] Mike Long promises to be on his best behavior for this tournament.
  • [view] Team Godzilla in action.
  • [view] Round 6, Table 1: team Godzilla versus team Imabiki.
  • [view] Valerie is enjoying watching the event.
  • [view] Round 7, Table 1: team Wachi-De?
  • [view] Satoshi Nakamura, 1998 Asia-Pacific Champion. Member of team "Executioners".
  • [view] Shinya Wachi of team "Wachi-De?"
  • [view] Shinya Wachi leads his team with a smile.
  • [view] Alex Shvartsman. If there were a Grand Prix Player of the Year Award, he would have it.
  • [view] Koichiro Maki, team "Executioners".
  • [view] The Grand Prix stage at the end of the day.


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