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2001 Grand Prix Shizuoka Coverage

In what he describes as "The most nerve-wracking money draft I've ever been in", Kohei Yamadaya managed to draft a bomb-heavy blue-white-green deck and pilot it to the finals. There he met Masahiko Morita, a regular at the top of the standings of Japanese tournaments, and a player thirsty for his first title. In a tense three-game match, Yamadaya showed that he had Hoop Dreams of his own. Congratulations to Kohei Yamadaya, Grand Prix - Shizuoka 2001 Champion!

Top 8 Final Standing

 1.  Kohei Yamadaya (Japan)$2,400
 2.  Masahiko Morita (Japan)$1,700
 3.  Ryouma Shiozu (Japan)$1,200
 4.  Olivier Ruel (France)$1,000
 5.  Katsuhiro Mori (Japan)$800
 6.  Tsuyoshi Douyama (Japan)$800
 7.  Reiji Ando (Japan)$800
 8.  Eiho Kato (Japan)$800

(Click here for complete final standings)

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Katsuhiro Mori   Kohei Yamadaya, 2-1        
8 Kohei Yamadaya   Kohei Yamadaya, 2-0
4 Tsuoyshi Douyama   Olivier Ruel, 2-0   Kohei Yamadaya, 2-1
5 Olivier Ruel    
2 Masahiko Morita   Masahiko Morita, 2-0
7 Eiho Kato   Masahiko Morita, 2-0
3 Ryouma Shiozu   Ryouma Shiozu, 2-1
6 Reiji Ando    

Quick Interview (archive)

Tell us what color combination you want to draft in Odyssey, and why.
Ryouma Shiozu: Red, for the removal. If not red, then blue. I personally have trouble playing green, and I always seem to lose with a green-red deck. Tsuyoshi Douyama: Blue-white. I like to play blue anyway, and it lets me avoid fighting people over green. Toshiharu Niwa: Green-blue, for the fatties and bounce.

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