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Live Coverage of the 2004 Japan Nationals

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日本語の取材へ

Tsuyoshi Fujita is the 2004 Japanese National Champion!

With Japanese players becoming a fixture on the Sunday stage of Pro Tours, the first one to accomplish that feat has returned to the spotlight in a big way. Fujita piloted his beloved Goblins through the tournament, this time splashing green for tons of artifact destruction to disrupt the Affinty dominated field. Oxidizes, Naturalizes and Viridian Shamans blew up artifact lands and Skullclamps along the way, letting Fujita's Goblins take care of the rest.

Joining Fujita on the National team are Kenji Tsumura, and Shunsuke Kamei. Tsumura grinded into Nationals on Thursday, and went on to a finalist appearance. The student from Hiroshima has been to a handful of Pro Tours, but this is his first big finish. Kamei played blue-white control to a third place finish, and will be the other member of the team. Kamei is a local from Osaka, who made his first big impact in competitive Magic in his hometown.

  

Top 8 Final Standing

 1.  Tsuyoshi Fujita $20,000
 2.  Kenji Tsumura $10,000
 3.  Shunsuke Kamei $5,000
 4.  Shuhei Nakamura $3,000
 5.  Yoshitaka Nakano $2,000
 6.  Tomohiro Yokosuka $2,000
 7.  Makihito Mihara $1,500
 8.  Teruya Kakumae $1,500

(Click here for complete final standings)

Without a doubt, as the National Champion and the veteran on the squad, Tsuyoshi Fujita will be the leader of this year's Japanese team. He has the experience and the deckbuilding skills to be successful, and Tsumura and Kamei certainly have the talent to win on the largest stage for Magic competition. Will they be able to bring the team trophy back home to Japan? We will find out in September.

Congratulations to Tsuyoshi Fujita, the 2004 Japanese National Champion!

3rd/4th Place Playoff  
Shuhei Nakamura Shunsuke Kamei, 3-2
Shunsuke Kamei


Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
1 Shuhei Nakamura   Shuhei Nakamura, 3-1        
8 Teruya Kakumae   Kenji Tsumura, 3-1
       
4 Kenji Tsumura   Kenji Tsumura, 3-1   Tsuyoshi Fujita, 3-1
5 Tomohiro Yokosuka    
       
2 Tsuyoshi Fujita   Tsuyoshi Fujita, 3-1
7 Makihito Mihara   Tsuyoshi Fujita, 3-0
       
3 Shunsuke Kamei   Shunsuke Kamei, 3-0
6 Yoshitaka Nakano    

EVENT COVERAGE INFORMATION
  • Feature: Japan National Team Profile
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Final: Kenji Tsumura vs. Tsuyoshi Fujita
    by Toby Wachter
  • Third/Fourth Playoff Match: Shuuhei Nakamura vs. Shunsuke Kamei
    by Toby Wachter
  • Semifinals: Shunsuke Kamei vs. Tsuyoshi Fujita
    by Toby Wachter
  • Quarterfinals: Tomohiro Yokosuka vs. Kenji Tsumura
    by Toby Wachter
  • Info: Metagame Breakdown
    by Toby Wachter
  • Info: Day Three Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff

  • Info: Day Two Wrap-Up
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decks: The Top 8 Decks
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Decks: The Standard Decks
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 14: Teruya Kakumae vs. Akihiro Takakuwa
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 14: Jun'ichirou Bando vs. Shunsuke Kamei
    by Eli Kaplan
  • Round 13: Tomohiro Yokosuka vs. Yoshitaka Nakano
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 13: Takuya Oosawa vs. Tsuyoshi Fujita
    by Eli Kaplan
  • Round 12: Teruya Kakumae vs. Kenji Tsuruma
    by Eli Kaplan
  • Round 11: Ken'ichi Fujita vs. Makihito Mihara
    by Eli Kaplan
  • Round 11: Tsuyoshi Fujita vs. Kazumasa Shiki
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 9: Chikara Nakajima vs. Kazuhiko Mitsuya
    by Eli Kaplan
  • Round 9: Ken'ichi Fujita vs. Shuuhei Nakamura
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 8: Masahiro Kuroda vs. Masahiko Morita
    by Eli Kaplan
  • Round 8 Draft: Drafting with Kazumasa Shiki
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 8 Draft: Drafting with Masashi Oiso
    by Eli Kaplan
  • Round 8: Kazumasa Shiki vs. Shuuhei Nakamura
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 8: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day Two Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff

  • Info: Day One Wrap-Up
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 7: Masahiko Morita vs. Jun Nobushita
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 6: Yoshitaka Nakano vs. Itaru Ishida
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 5: Kenichi Fujita vs. Katsuhiro Mori
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 4 Draft: Drafting with Masashi Oiso
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 4: Ryou Ogura vs. Masashi Oiso
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 4: Pods
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Round 3: Masashiro Kuroda vs. Toshiki Tsukamoto
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 2: Kazuya Hirabayashi vs. Kei Ikeda
    by Toby Wachter
  • Round 1: Toshiki Tsukamoto vs. Hisaya Tanaka
    by Toby Wachter
  • Info: Player List
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Day One Introduction
    by Event Coverage Staff
  • Info: Fact Sheet
    by Event Coverage Staff
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