efore Masashi Oiso, Jin Okamoto, Osamu Fujita and Masashiro Kuroda were tearing up the Sunday stage of the Pro Tour, Tsuyoshi Fujita was the first Japanese player to earn that accomplishment. In fact, it would take a few more years after his Pro Tour Tokyo finalist appearance for Japan to truly shine in competitive Magic. Fujita was the pioneer, showing the world what was to come. Kazumasa Shiki is a prime example of Japan's bright present and future, as his accomplishments have been well documented. The leader of the Rookie of the Year race entered today without a loss, but his Trinket Mage draft strategy didn't pan out quite as he had hoped. He finished his pod with a 1-2 record, bringing him to 8-2 on the weekend.
Shiki mulliganed his opening hand. He had Chromatic Sphere and a Frogmite, which died to Electrostatic Bolt. He played an Arcbound Worker, and Fujita's Goblin Warchief was killed by the Spellbomb. Fujita summoned Goblin Goon and Shiki played a Ravager, stuck at two lands but putting up a good fight. The Ravager died to an Electrostatic Bolt, and a third Bolt took care of the Worker. The Goon attacked, and Fujita played a Siege Gang Commander to take the first game with ease.
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Fujita mulliganed to five. Shiki played Skullclamp and Welding Jar, followed by a Thoughtcast that drew him into Frogmite. Shiki gave it the Clamp, and Fujita Bolted it in response. Shiki added the Welding Jar to the stack to let his Frogmite lived, and then attacked for three. Fujita just had a Spaksmith, and ended his turn. Shiki played an Arcbound Worker and gave it the Skullclamp to draw two cards and make the Frogmite bigger. He then played Pyrite Spellbomb, and ended his turn. Fujita had a Skullclamp of his own, using it on the Sparksmith. Shiki played an Arcbound Ravager, and Fujita had Viridian Shaman to destroy Shiki's Skullclamp. He put his own Skullclamp on the Shaman, and while things weren't looking great, it seemed that he at least had a hope to stabilize.
Shiki kept the threats coming with a Worker and a Myr Enforcer, but didn't attack into the Shaman. Fujita played a Sledder, gave it the Skullclamp, and ended his turn. Shiki played a second Ravager, and killed the Shaman with his Spellbomb. He then sent all his creatures in for an attack, which was enough to force a third game.
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Shiki opened with Chromatic Sphere, and Fujita played Oxidize on end step to blow up a Great Furnace. Fujita dropped two Skullclamps on the table, and had two Viridian Shamans to destroy two more of Shiki's lands. Shiki tried to mount a comeback with Chromatic Spheres and a Frogmite off a lone Glimmervoid, but Fujita's draw was too good. He Naturalized a Welding Jar, and killed the Frogmite in response to the Jar being activated. This left Shiki with just a Glimmervoid, and that of course went to the graveyard as well.
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