Today is our last interview of the Hall of Fame candidates series. I did my best to interview as many candidates as I could—I’m sorry if I couldn’t get the person you were looking for. I hope this series was helpful, if not in deciding who you’re voting for, at least in letting you know the candidates a little bit better. A big thanks to everyone who took the time to answer those!
Check out the previous interviews, if you haven’t yet:
281 lifetime Pro Points
34 PTs played
4 PT Top 8s
1 PT win (Worlds in Paris, 2006)
2 PT Top 16s
4 PT Top 32s
4 PT Top 64s
14 PT at Top 64 or better
6 GP Top 8s
2 GP wins (Okayama 2008; Taipei, 2012).
Median finish: 83.5
3-year median: 39
Years in PoY top 10: 1
Lifetime winnings: $150,650 (27th)
What is your current relationship with Magic and how would that change if you were inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Magic is a hobby which I enjoy very much and consider very fulfilling. Winning a prize with a deck designed by myself and seeing it become played all over the world is delightful. Changes will be small if I get inducted into the Hall of Fame.
You have five Nationals Top 8s, which is very impressive considering Japan is such a strong Magic nation. Do you think there is any significant difference between Japanese Nationals and international tournaments?
I think that the difference in Limited skill is large. Although the Constructed players in Japan are world class, the Limited players are not so strong compared with the global average.
There used to be PTs in Japan every year, but now it looks like it’s not going to happen again anytime soon. Is that a big disappointment for the Japanese Magic community?
Just like that. That there is no Pro Tour in Japan has affected the motivation of the Japanese players.
We don’t often get to hear about what happens in Japan, which puts Japanese players at a big disadvantage when it comes to things like community contributions being considered for the Hall of Fame. Is there anything you’ve done for the Japanese community that you think is worth sharing?
A long time ago, I used to collect the local players and we’d go on the Tour. Since I became employed, I’ve always been busy, so I’ve been indebted to the community. Thank you always.
Other than your five Nationals Top 8s, what other accomplishments do you have that are not listed on the stats page?
I have designed various decks! They are: CAL (2005 GP Kitakyuushuu), RazorTron (2005 JAPAN nationals), Gargadon-Lark (2008 PT Hollywood), and 64 Omen Valakut (2011 GP Kobe). I’m very sad we don’t have extended anymore. Recently, I’ve designed 4C Reanimator (No Mana Elves, IN Boros Reckoner & Blasphemous Act).
(Mihara also won Team Worlds in 2011 – PV)
What is your best memory from Magic?
Of course, it is the 2006 World Championships.
Have you ever written Magic articles? Can you give us the link to the one/ones you like the most?
There is almost nothing.
What do you think your greatest strength is as a player, something you do better than most people?
A very strong point that I have is deckbuilding, especially arranging the optimal mana base, which is built from probability and expected value. I’m good at adding colors to a deck and figuring out combo decks mana bases.
Do you have a preferred archetype?
Combo decks! I like the deck that can deal 100 damage.
What are your favorite deck and card of all time?
CAL (Confinement-Assault-Loam). I remember in details the circumstances of the deck design even now. Regarding specific cards,, I like CoPRed and [card]Wrath of God[/card].
What’s your favorite format?
What Ravnica Guild are you?
Imagine every person that gets into the HoF gets to make a card to represent them, like the Invitational. What card would you make?
Flying, ETB bounce target Creature
If ~ becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it.
What is your Hall of Fame ballot this year?
Probably LSV, Shouta Yasooka, Martin Juza, Ben Stark, Tsuyoshi Ikeda.
Apollo 13 (1995)
The Unix Philosophy – Mike Gancarz
Wife’s homemade dish.
Is there anything you’d like to say?
Thank you for interviewing. It is a valuable opportunity for me.