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Japan Nationals 2001 Day 2: The Standard Metagame

Keita Mori

The Top 16 of yesterday's draft contain some of the best-known Japanese players. Leading the pack is Goro Matsuo, an old-time player who has come out of retirement with a vengeance, and Min-Su Kim, a regular at the Tokyo DCI Japan Tournament Center.

Below are the decks these players have chosen to play, which are sure to represent and define the metagame for today.

Rank Player Points Op.Win%
1 Matsuo, Goro 18 66.66%
2 Kin, Minsu 18 55.55%
3 Okamoto, Jin 15 63.88%
4 Kawasaki, Hiroshi 15 63.88%
5 Usami, Yukihiro 15 63.88%
6 Hassaku, Jinpei 15 61.11%
7 Nishioka, Kazuya 15 61.11%
8 Higashino, Masayuki 15 61.11%
9 Mori, Masaya 15 58.33%
10 Oguri, Fumiaki 15 56.48%
11 Kuroda, Masashiro 15 55.55%
12 Nakamura, Satoshi 15 55.55%
13 Morita, Masahiko 15 55.55%
14 Anan, Go 15 53.70%
15 Sasakawa, Tomohide 15 52.77%
16 Ando, Reiji 15 51.85%

LONG FIRE designed by Mike Long
Goro Matsuo 1st after Day 1

Main Deck
Sideboard
1 City of Brass
8 Forest 
4 Karplusan Forest
5 Mountain
4 Rishadan Port
1 Rith's Grove

4 Birds of Paradise
4 Blastoderm
4 Flametongue Kavu
4 Llanowar Elves
1 Rith the Awakener
4 Yavimaya Barbarian
2 Assault/Battery
2 Chimeric Idol
4 Fires of Yavimaya
4 Saproling Burst
4 Urza's Rage
2 Artifact Mutation
2 Boil
2 Hull breach
2 Kavu Chameleon
2 Obliterate
2 Rith the Awakener
1 Shivan Wurm
2 Simoon

Machine Head
Min-Su Kim

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Urborg Volcano
6 Mountain
4 Rishadan Port
4 Sulfurous Springs
7 Swamp

4 Blazing Specter
4 Phyrexian Scuta
4 Plague Spitter
4 Skizzik
4 Dark Ritual
4 Duress
4 Terminate
4 Urza's Rage
4 Vendetta
3 Boil
2 Blood Oath
3 Flametongue Kavu
1 Obliterate
3 Scorching Lava
1 Terminate
2 Void

Aggro ORB
Jin Okamoto

Main Deck
Sideboard
18 Island 
2 Drake Hatchling
4 Ribbon Snake
2 Rishadan Airship
3 Waterfront Bouncer
4 Counterspell
4 Foil
4 Gush
2 Misdirection
4 Opt
2 Rushing River
4 Sleight of Hand
4 Static Orb
3 Thwart
2 Gainsay
3 Hibernation
3 Prodigal Sorcerer
2 Rishadan Airship
2 Wash Out
3 Withdraw

Counter Rebel
Hiroshi Kawasaki

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Coastal Tower
4 Adarkar Wastes
9 Island
8 Plains

2 Defiant Falcon
2 Defiant Vanguard
3 Lin Sivvi ,Defiant Hero
4 Meddling Mage
1 Rebel Informer
1 Ramosian Lieutenant
4 Ramosian Sergeant
1 Ramosian Sky Marshal
4 Absorb
4 Brainstorm
4 Counterspell
3 Disenchant
2 Reverent Mantra
1 Disenchant
3 Disrupt
2 Dominate
3 Gainsay
4 Mageta the Lion
1 Reverent Mantra
1 Worship

MORI-KATSU-GO
Yukihiro Usami

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Underground River
12 Island
1 Rath's Edge
4 Salt Marsh
3 Swamp

1 Ascendant Evincar
3 Nether Spirit
4 Accumulated Knowledge
4 Counterspell
1 Cremate
4 Daze
2 Duress
4 Fact or Fiction
3 Foil
1 Misdirection
2 Recoil
4 Undermine
3 Vendetta
3 Air Elemental
1 Cremate
1 Dominate
2 Duress
2 Engineered Plague
2 Juntu Stakes
2 Teferi's Response
2 Tsabo's Decree

Rebel
Jinpei Hassaku

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Dust Bowl
22 Plains

4 Defiant Falcon
2 Defiant Vanguard
4 Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero
2 Ramosian Lieutenant
4 Ramosian Sergeant
1 Ramosian Sky Marshal
4 Steadfast Guard
4 Disenchant
4 Parallax Wave
4 Reverent Mantra
1 Seal of Cleansing
4 Afterlife
2 Liberate
2 Rebel Informer
3 Seal of Cleansing
4 Wrath of God

Nether Void
Kazuya Nishioka

Main Deck
Sideboard
2 Dust Bowl
8 Mountain
4 Rishadan Port
4 Sulfurous Springs
4 Swamp
4 Urborg Volcano

4 Nether Spirit
1 Pyre Zombie
2 Cave-In
4 Duress
4 Pillage
4 Seal of Fire
4 Terminate
3 Urza's Rage
4 Vendetta
4 Void
4 Addle
4 Mogg Salvage
2 Obliterate
3 Pyre Zombie
2 Tsabo's Decree

Opp-Orb Fish Designed by Tsuyoshi Fujita
Masayuki Higashino

Main Deck
Sideboard
18 Island
2 Rishadan Port

4 Coral Merfolk
4 Lord of Atlantis
4 Merfolk Looter
3 Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
4 Spiketail Hatchling
1 Counterspell
1 Daze
3 Foil
4 Gush
4 Opposition
4 Static Orb
4 Thwart
1 Bribery
3 Counterspell
2 Daze
1 Foil
4 Glacial Wall
2 Hibernation
2 Misdirection

Square Void designed by Chikara Hayashi
Masaya Mori

Main Deck
Sideboard
2 Darigaaz's Caldera
1 Forest
4 Mountain
2 Shivan Oasis
4 Sulfurous Springs
6 Swamp
4 Urborg Volcano

3 Plague Spitter
4 Pyre Zombie
4 Thunderscape Battlemage
1 Addle
4 Assault/Battery
4 Duress
3 Moss Diamond
4 Terminate
3 Tsabo's Web
4 Urza's Rage
3 Void
1 Addle
2 Hull Breach
2 Pyroclasm
3 Saproling Burst
3 Tangle
2 Tsabo's Decree
1 Tsabo's Web
1 Yawgmoth's Agenda

Big Blue
Fumiaki Oguri

Main Deck
Sideboard
21 Island
2 Rath's Edge

2 Mahamoti Djinn
3 Spiketail Hatchling
3 Thieving Magpie
4 Accumulated Knowledge
2 Boomerang
4 Counterspell
2 Daze
2 Dominate
2 Exclude
3 Foil
1 Misdirection
4 Opt
3 Thwart
2 Tsabo's Web
1 Wash Out
3 Gainsay
2 Hibernation
2 Prodigal Sorcerer
2 Static Orb
2 Submerge
1 Temporal Adept
2 Wall of Air
1 Wash Out

No Fires
Masashiro Kuroda

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Brushland
2 City of Brass
4 Forest 
4 Karplusan Forest
4 Mountain
4 Rishadan Port
1 Rith's Grove

4 Birds of Paradise
4 Blastoderm
3 Flametongue Kavu
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Shivan Wurm
1 Tahngarth, Talruum Hero
3 Thornscape Battlemage
4 Thornscape Familiar
2 Disenchant
3 Seal of Fire
3 Urza's Rage
3 Aura Mutation
3 Blood Oath
3 Boil
1 Flametongue Kavu
1 Obliterate
1 Rith, the Awakener
3 Scorching Lava

Opp-Orb
Satoshi Nakamura

Main Deck
Sideboard
10 Forest
12 Island
1 Treva's Ruin

3 Air Elemental
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Chimeric Idol
4 Opposition
3 Repulse
3 Rushing River
4 Saproling Burst
4 Static Orb
4 Tangle Wire
4 Blurred Mongoose
2 Bribery
4 Kavu Chameleon
2 Teferi's Response
3 Wash Out

No Fires
Masahiko Morita

Main Deck
Sideboard
3 Brushland
2 City of Brass
5 Forest 
4 Karplusan Forest
4 Mountain
4 Rishadan Port
1 Rith's Grove

4 Birds of Paradise
4 Blastoderm
3 Flametongue Kavu
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Shivan Wurm
1 Tahngarth, Talruum Hero
3 Thornscape Battlemage
4 Thornscape Familiar
2 Disenchant
2 Ghitu Fire
3 Seal of Fire
3 Urza's Rage
3 Aura Mutation
3 Blood Oath
3 Boil
1 Flametongue Kavu
1 Obliterate
1 Rith, the Awakener
3 Scorching Lava

Opp-Orb Fish Designed by Tsuyoshi Fujita
Go Anan

Main Deck
Sideboard
18 Island
2 Rishadan Port

4 Coral Merfolk
4 Lord of Atlantis
4 Merfolk Looter
3 Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
4 Spiketail Hatchling
2 Counterspell
1 Daze
3 Foil
4 Gush
3 Opposition
4 Static Orb
4 Thwart
2 Bribery
2 Counterspell
2 Daze
1 Foil
2 Gainsay
4 Glacial Wall
1 Hibernation
1 Opposition

Saturday Night Special Designed by Kazuya Hirabayashi
Min-Su Kim

Main Deck
Sideboard
4 Karplusan Forest
2 Mountain
4 Rishadan Port
4 Sulfurous Springs
8 Swamp
2 Urborg Volcano

2 Phyrexian Scuta
4 Plague Spitter
1 Pyre Zombie
3 Shivan Zombie
4 Assault/Battery
4 Chimeric Idol
4 Dark Ritual
4 Duress
3 Terminate
4 Urza's Rage
3 Blood Oath
1 Flametongue Kavu
4 Flowstone Wall
2 Lightning Dart
1 Pyre Zombie
2 Scorching Lava
1 Terminate
1 Tsabo's Decree

Fires Designed by Itaru Ishida
Reiji Ando

Main Deck
Sideboard
9 Forest 
4 Karplusan Forest
6 Mountain
4 Rishadan Port
1 Rith's Grove

4 Birds of Paradise
4 Blastoderm
3 Flametongue Kavu
4 Llanowar Elves
2 Shivan Wurm
4 Assault/Battery
4 Chimeric Idol
4 Fires of Yavimaya
3 Ghitu Fire
4 Saproling Burst
4 Blood Oath
4 Citadel of Pain
1 Obliterate
1 Shivan Wurm
2 Simoon
3 Tangle


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