Interviewing a celebrity about Vintage! 芸能人インタビュー！
UW Deck Tech with Saito ― 齋藤選手が解説する青白コントロール
More impressions from the floor
Former Vintage World Champion Hiromich Ito, showing off his favorite coffee at the Vintage side event
A close-up reveals why this has become a running gag in the Japanese Vintage community ;-)
The winner of the 34 man Vintage side event and his prize, an uncut foil rare sheet of Theros
very cool card alterations done by @GhostArms. Check out more of his cool work on Twitter!
the wrestling ring is used for one final spectacle: a showdown between Japan's two most prolific card stores and their pros
Interview with Lucas Graciano
Legacy Game Video: ANT vs. Affinity
Brief talk with one of the dealers at the GP
More impressions from around the floor
GH新大久保店長横川さんのすばらしいコレクション Trading for ALL the angels
More really sweet trade binders (yes, that's all foil!)
hand made life counters, seen in the Legacy side event
even late at night, judges are hard at work
Legacy popular as usual, still running as the last big event
and there's many pretty decks
Opening a Japanese Mirage Starter! ミラージュスタータ開封！
3D Alterations at GP Shizuoka
3D alteration artists Ookubo, Tsukamoto and Yamamoto are at it again in Shizuoka with their beautiful 3D artworks.
GP Shizuoka Day 1: Impressions
Shizuoka on Saturday morning: who to keep an eye on
The main event here in Shizuoka has just started, and while the pros can still relax a bit thanks to their byes and the sleep-in special, we wanted to have a quick look at who to keep an eye on during this weekend. Japan is full of ambitious players, and many of them are expected to show up to battle.
We tried to get an idea of what decks the pros would be using during Friday, but as expected, nobody was willing before the actual event to spill the beans on their tech.
- Yuuya Watanabe. Currently ranked the 7th best player in the world, and thus second in Japan only to Shuhei Nakamura. Watanabe has been a force in the MTG world for quite a while now, so as usual, expectations are high for the former Player of the Year. Especially since he has a shot at surpassing his countryman Nakamura in the Pro Player ranking this weekend.
- Tzu-Ching Kuo, pro player from Taiwan and regular at Japanese events, was seen looking for Watanabe on Friday to discuss deck choice. When asked what he would be playing, he said he simply didn't know yet and was waiting for his Japanese friend to show up to decide. It will be interesting to see what the international cooperation can come up with to attack the metagame.
- Shuhei Nakamura, currently highest ranked Japanese player in the world and popular Hall of Famer, will not be playing in the main event this weekend. Instead, he will be joining the niconico booth to do full-time live coverage on the Japanese website. When asked why he would pass up on a chance to climb in the world ranking, he cited his lack of interest in Standard as a format as a major reason.
- Tomoharu Saito, popular store owner and traveling player. After having fallen off the Pro tour circuit for a while, his Twitter has been full of proclamations of his return to the highest level. He seems poised to make a comeback, and has been playing in tournaments at his own store in Tokyo almost every day to prepare for this GP. He also showed us his secret tech for this metagame, but we had to promise to only reveal it after the event is over.
- Makihito Mihara. Currently ranked 11th best player in the world, Mihara has long had less of a reputation outside Japan than within the country. Only lately, with his name on the Hall of Fame ballot, and his 5th Pro Tour Top8 at Pro Tour Theros, the former World Champion has started to get the attention he deserves internationally. In Japan, he has always been considered one of the best to ever play the game, and it will be interesting to see what he brings to the December Standard metagame after bringing the Green Devotion deck to the Pro Tour.
- Shota Yasooka. Yet another long-term pro from Japan, Yasooka has also long been considered part of the elite rank of players from the country. Known for his eccentric style and his love for Blue/Black control decks, it's always interesting to see him tackle a metagame in his unique fashion.
- Kentaro Yamamoto. Similarly to Mihara, he has started to make more of a name for himself internationally fairly recently, but has been known in Japan for quite a while as a Rising Star. With the potential to rise to the very top of Japanese Magic, he has not quite made it yet, but should definitely be a competitor to look out for. At every event, it seems like his true breakout performance is only a few steps away.
- Katsuhiro Mori. Yet another former world champion from Japan, Mori has been on a break from professional Magic for some time to concentrate on other games and managing his own card store in Tokyo. But lately he is becoming more and more active again, constantly streaming games on Magic Online and showing up to more events. Can he also make a comeback to former heights, or is his rekindled interest in the game more a factor of hanging out with his old buddies? He certainly has the play skill to make the Magic happen again.
This might look like an extensive list, but it is really only a small selection of all the talent Japan has to offer. We will check back during the weekend with several of these players to see how they are doing, and you should also check out the official coverage over at DailyMTG for extensive reports from the Main Event:
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Mono Blue Devotion Mirror in a GPT Finals
A brief outlook on the expected Standard metagame
A quick look around the GP Shizuoka 2013 venue
Welcome to GP Shizuoka 2013! ― GP静岡２０１３へようこそ！
Welcome to TokyoMTG's coverage for GP Shizuoka!
During the weekend, we will be on site all three days to bring you the latest news from the Japanese metagame and report about what is happening at this festival of MTG extravaganza.
While you can check out the official live coverage by WotC on "The Mothership" and also their Japanese livestream on niconico, we will look at what else besides the main event is happening, and what all types of players are doing here during the weekend to enjoy themselves.
For starters, here are some first impressions from the fairly big venue. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the weekend, and make sure to follow us on Twitter, Youtube and Facebook. You can find links to all of them on the top right of the page.