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Live Coverage of 2003 Japan National Championships

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日本語の取材へ

Koutarou Ootsuka is the 2003 Japanese National Magic: the Gathering Champion! The University student from Nagoya made the Top 8 last year only to fall short of making the team, but this year he returned to the Sunday stage, and not only made the team, but won the whole thing. Piloting a unique green/blue madness deck that splashed black for Smother, Zombie Infestation and disruption out of the sideboard, Ootsuka swept Kazumasa Shiki’s red/green deck in the Quarterfinals, swept Hisaya Tanaka’s Goblin land destruction deck in the Semifinals, and defeated Osamu Fujita’s mono-black control deck 3-1 with the help of Compost and Upheaval. Osamu Fujita, who is notorious for constantly coming in second place at big events, will have to settle for yet another Finalist performance. He joins Ootsuka on the Japanese National Team for Worlds, along with Tooru Maegawa, who gained quite a bit of attention this weekend for his odd, yet effective Beast deck. Will Ootsuka, Fujita and Maegawa be able to put the exclamation point on a breakout season for Japan with a strong showing at Worlds? Do they have what it takes to take on the world and perhaps even come out victorious? In August, we will find out.

Top 8 Final Standings

1 Koutarou Ootsuka $20,000
2 Osamu Fujita $10,000
3 Tooru Maegawa $5,000
4 Hisaya Tanaka $3,000
5 Youhei Yamamoto $2,000
6 Nao Atsuta $2,000
7 Kazumasa Shiki $1,500
8 Makihito Mihara $1,500

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2003 Japan National Champion,
Koutaro Ootsuka
Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Yamamoto, Youhei   Tanaka, Hisaya, 3-2        
8 Tanaka, Hisaya   Ootsuka, Koutarou, 3-0
       
4 Shiki, Kazumasa   Ootsuka, Koutarou, 3-0   Ootsuka, Koutarou, 3-1
5 Ootsuka, Koutarou    
       
2 Atsuta, Nao   Maegawa, Tooru, 3-2
7 Maegawa, Tooru   Fujita, Osamu, 3-1
       
3 Fujita, Osamu   Fujita, Osamu, 3-2
6 Mihara, Makihito    

3rd/4th-Place Playoff

Tanaka, Hisaya Maegawa, Tooru, 3-1
Maegawa, Tooru

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EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Feature: Final Recap
    by Toby Wachter
  • Finals: Koutarou Ootsuka vs. Osamu Fujita
    by Toby Wachter
  • 3/4 Playoff: Hisaya Tanaka vs. Tooru Maegawa
    by Toby Wachter
  • Semifinals: Koutarou Ootsuka vs. Hisaya Tanaka
    by Toby Wachter
  • Quarterfinals: Nao Atsuta vs. Tooru Maegawa
    by Toby Wachter
  • Feature: Top 8 Profile:Kazumasa Shiki
    by Kenji Matsui
  • Feature: Top 8 Profile:Tooru Maegawa
    by Takayuki Nagaoka
  • Feature: Top 8 Profile:Osamu Fujita
    by Kenji Matsui
  • Feature: Top 8 Profile:Makihito Mihara
    by Kazuyuki Momose
  • Feature: Top 8 Profile:Hisaya Tanaka
    by Keita Mori
  • Feature: Top 8 Profile:Nao Atsuta
    by Masami Ibamoto
  • Feature: Top 8 Profile:Koutarouo Oostuka
    by Kimio Imai
  • Feature: Top 8 Profile:Youhei Yamamoto
    by Masami Ibamoto

  • Feature: Day 2 Recap
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Decklists: Top 8 Decklists
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Round 12: Ken’ichi Fujita vs. Kenji Tsumura
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 11: Akira Asahara vs. Masashiro Kuroda
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 10: Yohei Yamamoto vs. Osamu Fujita
    by Toby Wachter
  • Feature: The New Metagame
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 9: Masashiro Kuroda vs. Kotarou Ootsuka
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 7: Kazuya Hirabayashi vs. Katsuhiro Mori
    by Toby Wachter
  • Draft: Katsuhiro Mori
    by Toby Wachter
  • Info: Draft 2 Pods
    by Sideboard Staff

  • Feature: Standard Metagame Breakdown
    by Takayuki Nagaoka
  • Feature: Day 1 Recap
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 6: Masayuki Higashino vs. Koichiro Maki
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 5: Jin Okamoto vs. Kenji Sato
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 4: Shuuhei Nakamura vs. Masashi Ooiso
    by Toby Wachter
  • Draft: Masashiro Kuroda
    by Toby Wachter
  • Info: Draft 1 Pods
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Round 3: Katsuhiro Mori vs. Masahiro Kuroda
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 2: Akihiro Kashima vs. Tsuyoshi Fujita
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 1: Jinpei Hassaku vs. Masahiko Morita
    by Toby Wachter
  • Feature: Quick Interviews
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Info: Player List
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Feature: Intro
    by Sideboard Staff
  • Decklists: Open Qualfier Decks
    by Sideboard Staff
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