Magic World Cup Qualifiers and GP Yokohama news
Today I have more news about the Magic World Cup qualifiers in Nagoya as well as news about GP Yokohama.
I have been so focused on GP Nagoya in December that GP Yokohama has sneaked under the radar. The format for GP Yokohama will be Modern and will be held on June 23rd and June 24th. This might explain why I have seen an increase in modern format tourneys in the Nagoya area over the past few weeks. Though I haven’t seen a location for this event yet or a schedule, I believe it will be the same as the previous GP in Yokohama which can be seen on Wizards of the Coast’s website here (http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/event/grandprix/yokohama10).
Unless stated otherwise by WoTC, you can probably go by the same information on the time of the event (which are usually standard for GPs), as well as location and directions to get there. I’ll be sure to post more information about GP Yokohama as I find out but if you’re interested in going I recommend doing some more research online. I have been to the Pacifico Yokohama a few times, and have been to Yokohama too, so if you have any questions about the area I can give you some suggestions and advice if you’d like it.
World Magic Cup Qualifiers in Nagoya:
This last weekend I ran into one of the organizers (and level 2 Judge) of this event, Takanori Nakamura and got some more information for anybody considering playing on June 30th.
I was wrong about some of the information I posted last time, so please pay attention if you are interested in going.
- The date of the event is June 30th, Saturday.
- The main event is STANDARD format
- The cost is 3000 yen
- There will be 9 rounds at 50 minutes each, with the Top 8 facing single elimination at the end of the day.
- While this event is to help decide who will be representing Japan in the World Cup, anybody with a Japanese address listed on WotC website AS OF January 1st, 2012 is eligible to register.
Sadly I am ineligible to play at the event because Wizards never changed my address after I asked them repeatedly to do so. However, if you have been registered as a resident of Japan in Wizard’s website since 1/1/2012, you should be able to play!
If you still want to go but can’t take part in the main event, you can also take part in the side events that day. There will be a Vintage swiss draw tourney for 1000 yen, 8 player Booster drafts (for as many groups of 8 that they can make) at 1500 yen that are single elimination, and other 8 player events for Modern, Legacy, and Vintage that are 1000 yen apiece and are also single elimination.
I will definitely be going to the event to cover it and collect information about the metagame in Japan, and if I can I would love to interview some players afterwards. If you’d like me to meet you that day and help you get to the site of the tournament near Chikusa station, I would be happy to do that as well. Registration for the main event is 8:30-9:30 am, while the side events all start at 1:30pm after lunch. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. You can also see the previous post about the tournament along with the pictures of the location in this post (https://thejapanhobbyist.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/reflecting-on-the-past-present-and-future/).
I’d also be up for some casual play with my standard decks if you end up coming, so let me know if you’re interested. I’m expecting anywhere from 300-700 people at this event since players will be coming not only from Nagoya, but all of Aichi, Shizuoka, Gifu, Mie, and other surrounding prefectures as well. Good luck if you go and see you there!