Japanese Language Sideboard
Archives Table of Contents Event Coverage Question Mark Facts Book Fantasy Pro Tour Links  

Koichiro Maki

Last Updated: 5/2/00

Birthdate: June 30th, 1971
Birthplace: Otaru, Hakkaido, Japan
Residence: Tokyo, Japan
Languages: Japanese (fluent), English (good)
Occupation: Programmer and System Engineer

Notable Results

  • Winner of the Hong Kong Open 1997. (Held at the APAC Championships)
  • 25th at Pro Tour Los Angeles 1999.
  • 5th at Japanese Nationals 1997
  • 5th at Japanese Nationals 1998

Magic Origins

"In 1995 I first saw Magic: The Gathering in a Japanese magazine called Log In which was featuring a special article on new games. It appealed to me because it was a game that required you to use your brain. I went to a local store and bought some Japanese Fourth Edition. This was the first set that had been released in Japanese."

New Player Experiences

"When I first started playing I thought that whenever you countered a spell, you took the spell for yourself. I also made the typical mistake of thinking that a creature with summoning sickness could not block."

Influential People as Novice

"The person who had the most influence on me as a new player was Toshiki Tsukamoto. Toshiki owns a store called Offbeat, which is where he taught me how to play."

Favorite Formats

"Booster draft is my favorite format because it offers a different playing experience with each draft."

Favorite Decks

"My favorite deck was a deck called Steroid. It was a red weenie burn deck that was made by Satoshi Nakamura. I used this deck to win the Hong Kong Open in 1997. It was very fun to play. I also enjoyed the Type 1 Bazaar of Baghdad deck I played at the Magic Invitational 2000."

Magic Invitational 2000 Type 1 Deck


Main Deck
4 Bazaar of Baghdad
4 Saproling Burst
4 Pandemonium
4 Replenish
4 Squee, Goblin Nabob
4 Duress
4 Dark Ritual
2 Demonic Consultation
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Yawgmoth's Will
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Mana Crypt
1 Lim-Dul's Vault
1 Balance
1 Intuition
1 Time Walk
1 Ancestral Recall
1 The Abyss
1 Black Lotus
1 Library of Alexandria
1 Mox Jet
1 Mox Sapphire
1 Mox Pearl
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Ruby
1 Mana Vault
4 City of Brass
4 Gemstone Mine
2 Scrubland
1 Underground Sea
1 Sol Ring
1 Sacred Ground
2 Spiritual Focus
2 Defense Grid
3 Red Elemental Blast
2 Abeyance
1 Aura of Silence
3 Seal of Cleansing
1 Lobotomy

Favorite Opponent

"I like to play against Itaru Ishida; he's an all-around cool guy."

Best Player in the World

"I consider Jon Finkel the best player in the world overall."

Favorite Cards

"Giant Growth is one of my favorite cards; it's always fun when you use it. I also love Bazaar of Baghdad."

Favorite Magic Mechanic

"I think Flanking was one of the best abilities."

Favorite Moment in Magic History (that doesn't involve you)

"Having the World Championships in Japan in 2000."

Favorite Moment in Magic History (that does involve you)

"I loved doing the commentary for the ESPN show at Worlds 2000 with Kenta Iioka."

Favorite Place in Magic Travels

"I really enjoyed travelling to Mainz, Germany for the Pro Tour. They had great sausage in that country!"

Deck Building Accomplishments

"Itaru Ishida and I created the Japanese Oath of Druids deck in 1998. Itaru placed 4th in the 1998 Japanese Nationals with the deck, I placed 5th with the deck."

Greatest Magic Accomplishment

"My most valuable accomplishment was the friends that I have made playing Magic. From a tournament perspective I was proud to finish 25th at Pro Tour Los Angeles 1999."

Magic Playing

"I play Magic almost every day for 2-4 hours. I mainly play Booster Draft or Standard."


"I playtest regularly with a group of about 20 friends. Itaru Ishida is the person I mainly playtest against."

Favorite Historical Magic Development

"My favorite development in Magic history was when Magic was printed in Japanese. I also really appreciated the 6th Edition rules improvements."


"I am mostly known for having an interesting personality and sometimes being a character."

Other Interests

"Scuba Diving, Computer Games (such as Everquest) and Gambling."

© 1995-2003 Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Wizards is headquartered in Renton, Washington, PO Box 707, Renton, WA 98057.