There were many things going on this weekend at GP Nagoya, and a big Modern side event was just one of the many cool attractions.
Modern is booming here, as can be seen from the number of players in attendance for the relatively new format here on Sunday. Slightly over 200 participants gathered to try their luck, and the decks they brought look to be just as varied as in other tournaments around the world lately.
We talked to Masayuki Yasuda, an enthusiast of the format from Osaka, to see what kind of competition he faced in the event, and 3-color Traft was the only archetype he had to battle with more than once. Other than that, his opponents had brought a variety of decks, including Merfolk, Storm, Junk, BW Tokens, Living End, and Affinity.
Looking around the tables during his rounds, he saw all kinds of decks, although by the end of the tournament, there was a clear trend towards more 3-color Traft, Birthing Pod, and Storm decks at the top tables. One player in particular who managed to use Splinter Twin to great effect was Makihito Mihara, who navigated the combo deck to a Top 8 finish, which gave him a chance to potentially be able to participate in the Super Series finals if he manages a decent Top 8 draft.
With a Modern GP coming up in Japan in August, it will definitely be interesting to see how the player base and metagame develop. Tournament Organizer Big Magic has been working hard to get the format established, and there are many positive signs to their efforts being successful. We will make sure to keep an eye on the format here, and also to report again in the future, including from the upcoming GP!
Asking pro players about Journey into Nyx
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GP Nagoya - First Impressions
Welcome to our GP Nagoya Coverage!
GP Nagoya will be held from April 11th to 13th in the Theros block Sealed format,
and we are there both with a vendor booth and our coverage team to bring you news directly from the venue!
We will start updating this blog as the weekend goes on, so make sure to check back from time to time to find out what is happening here in Nagoya.
Check our Facebook page for information about what side events and contents we are offering at our GP booth.
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- TokyoMTG.com staff