Magic: the Gathering
Yuta Takahashi becomes Magic's 2021 World Champion
The player went undefeated through all the Standard rounds of the event and, with his Izzet Dragons, became the fifth Japanese to become the World Champion!
Yuta Takahashibecame, this Sunday night, the newest Magic: The Gathering World Champion by beating Frenchman
Jean-Emmanuel Deprazin the finals, where he won two rounds with 2-1 matches.
Takahashi's Matchups on the World Championship
7-3and qualifying in the last round, where the player could not contain the emotion of entering the Top 4 and cried at the camera.
Jean-Emmanuel Deprazin the first round and then beating the German
Jan Merkel, becoming the first guaranteed competitor in the finals, while the other Top 4 players competed between themselves as to who would face him. In the Lower Bracket, Jean-Emmanuel defeated the Swiss-rounds undefeated player
Ondrej Stráskyand then faced Jan Merkel in the semifinals, where the decisive match was unfortunately decided by a bad mulligan from Merkel, which placed him far behind against Jean-Emmanuel's aggressive deck.
The World Championship's Finals Match
Yuta Takahashi's Decklist
Izzet Dragons, a less combo-oriented and more aggressive version of the currently famous Izzet decks, looking to clock their creatures instead of taking a succession of extra turns. The Izzet Dragons were particularly distrusted in the event's Metagame, with Yuta being the only player who piloted the list, which seems to have been built to prey on decks that prey on Izzet Epiphany. Ultimately, the mix of a more aggressive clock, a more straightforward game plan, and a more focused card choice to deal with creature matches rewarded Yuta, making him not only the undefeated player in the Standard rounds, but also the new world champion. With the title, Yuta Takahashi becomes the fifth Japanese player to become the World Champion, joining Katsuhiro Mori (2005), Makihito Mihara (2006), Jun'ya Iyanaga (2011) and Yuuya Watanabe (2012).