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Komuro Finishes the Rochester

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日本語の取材へ


Less than a year after Masashiro Kuroda became the first Japanese player to hoist a Pro Tour trophy, Shu Komuro became the second by defeating heavy favorite Anton Jonsson at Pro Tour-Nagoya.

Komuro bested Anton Jonsson in a eye-opening four-game match that saw both players making extensive sideboard changes every game based on who would be playing first.

Kuroda had his shot at back-to-back Pro Tour titles on his home soil but he fell to Jonsson in the quarterfinals. Anton had to fight off Worlds Top 8 alumni Terry Soh, who had dispatched Frank Karsten in his quarters match with a classic bluff, before Shu avenged the defeat of his countryman in the final of the last Rochester Draft event of the Pro Tour.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Randy Buehler and Brian David-Marshall are your guides to all of Sunday's Top 8 action, and Jonathan Becker brings you the rest of the sights and sounds from Pro Tour-Nagoya.

  • Finals: Shu Komuro vs. Anton Jonsson (57 MB zip)
  • Semifinals, Part I (45 MB zip)
  • Semifinals, Part II (62 MB zip)
  • Quarterfinals, Part I (45 MB zip)
  • Quaterfinals, Part II (94 MB zip)
  • Top 8 Draft (13 MB zip)


  • Day 3 Wrap-up (4.4 MB zip)
  • Day 2 Wrap-up (5.5 MB zip)
  • Behind the Art of Kamigawa (8.9 MB zip)
  • Murray Evans' Harrowing Journey (3.4 MB zip)
  • Day 1 Wrap-up (3.8 MB zip)
  • Introducing the Pro Players' Lounge (1.9 MB zip)
  • Living the Pro Tour Lifestyle (4.7 MB zip)
  • Shu's quarterfinal opponent was Vasilis Fatouros, the first player from Greece to reach Sunday action on the Pro Tour, and the Japanese player worked him over with his splice-happy deck. Murray "The Mauler" Evans came back from the brink of defeat several times against Jarno Harkonen in his quarterfinal matchup before falling to Shu in the semis.

    In addition to the sensational matches, players were greeted this weekend by some Pro Tour innovations. From the a hospitality table during registration Thursday night that offered free drinks, snacks, and - most importantly - land for drafting to the swanky, exclusive Player's Lounge where competitors could kick back and watch a movie, enjoy complimentary food and beverages, surf the Internet, or even make long distance calls to friends and family, the change could be felt around the venue. There were even free pens throughout the event!

    By the time the hall closed, the Pro Tour players had a new champion, some new friends, and memories of a fantastic weekend in Nagoya, Japan.

  • Day 2 Blog: The High Cost of Jet Lag, The Mauler's Draft Strategy, the true Betrayer of Kamigawa, and much more!

  • Day 1 Blog: Dampen Dumped, Osyp Tears it Up, the Two Undefeateds, and much more!

  • Matchups were determined at random. Seeds do not reflect players' standings after Day 2.

    Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals   Champion
    1 Masashiro Kuroda   Anton Jonsson, 3-1        
    8 Anton Jonsson   Anton Jonsson, 3-1
           
    4 Frank Karsten   Terry Soh, 3-1   Shu Komuro, 3-1
    5 Terry Soh    
           
    2 Jarno Harkonen   Murray Evans, 3-1
    7 Murray Evans   Shu Komuro, 3-1
           
    3 Vasilis Fatouros   Shu Komuro, 3-1
    6 Shu Komuro    


    EVENT COVERAGE FINAL TOP 8 STANDINGS
    • Finals: A Decisive Victory
      by Scott Johns
    • Semifinals: A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
      by Ted Knutson
    • Semifinals: A Blistering Beating
      by Paul Sottosanti
    • Feature: A Photo Tour of Pro Tour-Nagoya
      by Brian David-Marshall and Craig Gibson
    • Quarterfinals: All Eyes on Kuroda vs. Jonsson
      by Eli Kaplan
    • Quarterfinals: Trickery in the Top 8
      by Ted Knutson
    • Quarterfinals Roundup: The Other Bracket
      by Scott Johns
    • Feature: Top 8 Draft Analysis
      by Paul Sottosanti
    • Decklists: The Top 8 Decklists
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Feature: The Top 8 Player Profiles
      by Event Coverage Staff

    • Round 15: Win and In? Maybe Not
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Round 14: Curse You, Osyp!
      by Scott Johns
    • Round 14: Glacial Ray, a Splice of Heaven
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Feature: Betrayers, on the Record
      by Jonathan Becker
    • Round 13: The Greatest Match of the Season
      by Paul Sottosanti
    • Round 13: Hometown Hero vs. Malaysian Menace
      by Eli Kaplan
    • Round 13: Pods
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Round 12: What Does a Grecian Earn?
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Round 11: Defender of the Soil
      by Scott Johns
    • Round 10: When Powerhouses Collide
      by Eli Kaplan
    • Round 10: Pods
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Round 9: Home-Island Advantage?
      by Paul Sottosanti
    • Round 8: There Can Be Only One
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Feature: Welcome to the Pro Players Lounge
      by Scott Johns

    • Feature: Experiencing the Tour Through New Eyes
      by Scott Johns
    • Round 7: Showdown of the Stars
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 7: Pods
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Round 6: Putting the 5-0s to the Test
      by Paul Sottosanti
    • Round 5: Japan's Stalwart vs. U.S.'s Upstart
      by Ted Knutson
    • Feature: When Everything Goes Wrong
      by Scott Johns
    • Feature: Ask the Players: Flesh or Spirit?
      by Paul Sottosanti
    • Round 4: Pods
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Round 3: Pro Tour Power vs. Grand Prix Gusto
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 2: Opposite Ages Attract
      by Paul Sottosanti
    • Round 1: A Dampening Debut
      by Jonathan Becker
    • Feature: A Limited View on Kamigawa
      by Ted Knutson
    • Round 1: Pods
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Feature: Fun Stuff To Do In Nagoya
      by Eli Kaplan
    • Feature: Pro Tour–Nagoya Preview
      by Brian David-Marshall
    • Info: Day 1 Player List
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Day 1 Country Breakdown
      by Event Coverage Staff
    • Info: Fact Sheet
      by Event Coverage Staff
     1.  Shu Komuro $30,000
     2.  Anton Jonsson $20,000
     3.  Terry Soh $15,000
     4.  Murray Evans $13,000
     5.  Masashiro Kuroda $9,500
     6.  Frank Karsten $8,500
     7.  Jarno Harkonen $7,500
     8.  Vasilis Fatouros $6,500
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