Japan Championship 2022 Satoshi Kamezaki

Japan Championship 2022: Top 16 Standard Decklists and Metagame Breakdown

Tabletop Magic: The Gathering is on its way to returning to full capacity with the new Premier Play structure starting this new competitive season. Soon, tournament organizers will be holding events for real life play, and what better way to kick it all off with the annual Japan Championship?

Japan Championship 2022

Will their innovation of spicy brews take down the tournament without the confinement of the digital client, or the usual Esper Midrange, Runes, or Mono White Aggro that we’ve grown accustomed to over the past few months? In this article, we are reporting the metagame breakdown, as well as the top 16 decklists. You can find the complete coverage on the MTG Japan website.

Metagame Breakdown

The tournament had 237 qualified players from all over Japan, with 7 Swiss rounds on Day 1, with the top 64 players advancing to Day 2. A further 6 rounds are played before a single elimination top 8 bracket.

Deck Name# of Players% of Field
Esper Midrange6627.9%
Grixis Vampires2611.0%
Jund Midrange239.7%
Temur Control229.3%
Naya Runes125.1%
Jeskai Hinata114.6%
Jeskai Storm83.4%
Izzet Dragons73.0%
Mono-White Aggro62.5%
Naya Midrange62.5%
Mono-Green Aggro52.1%
Boros Aggro52.1%
Orzhov Midrange41.7%
Others3615.2%

Fireshoes provided a helpful breakdown on the day 2 metagame breakdown with conversion rates:

Top 16 Decklists

The tournament was won by Sho Kamezaki, with Orzhov Midrange featuring Silverquill Silencer and Elspeth Resplendent!

Orzhov Midrange by Sho Kamezaki (1st)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
13 mythic
37 rare
2 uncommon
8 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (7)
Instants (6)
3
Vanishing Verse
$10.47
2
Infernal Grasp
$1.98
1
Hagra Mauling
$2.29
Sorceries (1)
1
Emeria’s Call
$5.99
Enchantments (9)
60 Cards
$476.34
Sideboard
2
Fracture
$1.98
3
Duress
$0.75
1
Humiliate
$0.25
1
Go Blank
$1.99
1
Crippling Fear
$0.25
15 Cards
$18.67
Izzet Control by Masayasu Tanahashi (2nd)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Control
best of 3
5 mythic
24 rare
12 uncommon
19 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (7)
4
Goldspan Dragon
$111.96
Instants (17)
2
Fading Hope
$1.58
2
Negate
$0.50
4
Dragon’s Fire
$1.00
2
Memory Deluge
$1.58
2
Big Score
$1.58
Sorceries (6)
Artifacts (3)
2
The Celestus
$2.98
Enchantments (4)
Lands (23)
5
Island
$1.25
5
Mountain
$1.25
2
Field of Ruin
$0.70
60 Cards
$369.44
15 Cards
$17.65
Esper Midrange by Kenji Ishikawa (3rd)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
12 mythic
39 rare
6 uncommon
3 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (5)
1
Kaito Shizuki
$8.99
Instants (12)
2
Spell Pierce
$0.50
2
Fading Hope
$1.58
4
Vanishing Verse
$13.96
2
Infernal Grasp
$1.98
2
Exotic Pets
$0.50
Sorceries (1)
1
Emeria’s Call
$5.99
Enchantments (5)
Lands (25)
1
Island
$0.25
1
Plains
$0.25
1
Swamp
$0.25
2
Deserted Beach
$21.98
2
Shipwreck Marsh
$8.98
60 Cards
$517.32
Sideboard
2
Negate
$0.50
1
Valorous Stance
$0.25
2
Go Blank
$3.98
1
Farewell
$8.99
15 Cards
$21.93
Jund Midrange by Ryosuke Kobayashi (4th)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
8 mythic
39 rare
7 uncommon
6 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (2)
2
Wrenn and Seven
$27.98
Instants (7)
3
Voltage Surge
$0.75
2
Riveteers Charm
$0.50
Sorceries (1)
1
Duress
$0.25
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (6)
60 Cards
$557.82
15 Cards
$68.71
Grixis Control by Hironori Tanaka (5th)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Control
best of 3
5 mythic
33 rare
14 uncommon
8 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (18)
2
Fading Hope
$1.58
2
Negate
$0.50
3
Dragon’s Fire
$0.75
1
Infernal Grasp
$0.99
1
Make Disappear
$0.25
1
Hagra Mauling
$2.29
1
Memory Deluge
$0.79
Sorceries (5)
Artifacts (3)
Enchantments (4)
Lands (21)
1
Island
$0.25
1
Mountain
$0.25
60 Cards
$438.86
Sideboard
1
Fading Hope
$0.79
2
Voltage Surge
$0.50
1
Infernal Grasp
$0.99
1
Power Word Kill
$0.25
1
Test of Talents
$0.69
2
Go Blank
$3.98
15 Cards
$17.43
Izzet Dragons by Mizuki Fujiwara (6th)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Control
best of 3
9 mythic
22 rare
12 uncommon
17 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (7)
1
Wandering Mind
$0.25
4
Goldspan Dragon
$111.96
Instants (19)
1
Spell Pierce
$0.25
2
Fading Hope
$1.58
3
Voltage Surge
$0.75
3
Negate
$0.75
4
Dragon’s Fire
$1.00
Sorceries (7)
Artifacts (3)
Enchantments (4)
60 Cards
$403.9
Sideboard
2
Mind Flayer
$0.50
2
Annul
$0.50
2
Fading Hope
$1.58
1
Test of Talents
$0.69
15 Cards
$32.49
Grixis Vampires by Masashi Horie (7th)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
6 mythic
36 rare
11 uncommon
7 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (2)
2
Kaito Shizuki
$17.98
Instants (9)
2
Spell Pierce
$0.50
4
Voltage Surge
$1.00
2
Infernal Grasp
$1.98
Sorceries (2)
1
Duress
$0.25
1
Soul Transfer
$0.25
Enchantments (6)
Lands (26)
1
Mountain
$0.25
1
Swamp
$0.25
4
Haunted Ridge
$67.96
1
Shipwreck Marsh
$4.49
60 Cards
$473.62
Sideboard
1
Mind Flayer
$0.25
3
Annul
$0.75
1
Abrade
$0.25
1
Negate
$0.25
1
Duress
$0.25
3
Go Blank
$5.97
1
Soul Transfer
$0.25
15 Cards
$8.97
Esper Midrange by Kotaro Yamaguchi (8th)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
13 mythic
37 rare
5 uncommon
5 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (4)
Instants (10)
1
Spell Pierce
$0.25
2
Vanishing Verse
$6.98
1
Infernal Grasp
$0.99
2
Make Disappear
$0.50
4
Exotic Pets
$1.00
Sorceries (1)
1
Emeria’s Call
$5.99
Enchantments (4)
Lands (25)
1
Island
$0.25
1
Plains
$0.25
1
Swamp
$0.25
2
Deserted Beach
$21.98
2
Shipwreck Marsh
$8.98
60 Cards
$421.82
Sideboard
1
Annul
$0.25
1
Power Word Kill
$0.25
1
Duress
$0.25
2
Farewell
$17.98
15 Cards
$59.15
Selesnya Aggro by Kentaro Kodama (9th)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Aggro
best of 3
17 mythic
33 rare
0 uncommon
10 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (5)
Instants (2)
2
Snakeskin Veil
$0.50
Sorceries (4)
4
Emeria’s Call
$23.96
Artifacts (7)
60 Cards
$330.84
15 Cards
$57.55
Jund Midrange by Shota Yasooka (10th)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
4 mythic
45 rare
5 uncommon
6 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (9)
3
Voltage Surge
$0.75
2
Infernal Grasp
$1.98
3
Riveteers Charm
$0.75
Sorceries (2)
2
Duress
$0.50
Artifacts (4)
Enchantments (6)
Lands (25)
1
Forest
$0.25
3
Darkbore Pathway
$25.47
2
Deathcap Glade
$13.98
3
Haunted Ridge
$50.97
60 Cards
$476.38
Sideboard
2
Duress
$0.50
2
Go Blank
$3.98
15 Cards
$45.59
Temur Control by Yo Akaike (11th)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Control
best of 3
9 mythic
33 rare
10 uncommon
8 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (11)
3
Goldspan Dragon
$83.97
Instants (13)
2
Fading Hope
$1.58
1
Voltage Surge
$0.25
1
Negate
$0.25
3
Dragon’s Fire
$0.75
1
Make Disappear
$0.25
1
Memory Deluge
$0.79
Sorceries (5)
Artifacts (2)
Enchantments (4)
Lands (25)
1
Island
$0.25
1
Mountain
$0.25
4
Rockfall Vale
$9.96
60 Cards
$387.7
15 Cards
$50.23
Esper Midrange by Tsuyoshi Igarashi (12th)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
16 mythic
36 rare
4 uncommon
4 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (7)
4
Kaito Shizuki
$35.96
Instants (12)
1
Spell Pierce
$0.25
1
Negate
$0.25
2
Vanishing Verse
$6.98
1
Infernal Grasp
$0.99
2
Make Disappear
$0.50
3
Exotic Pets
$0.75
1
Memory Deluge
$0.79
Enchantments (2)
60 Cards
$530.1
Sideboard
1
Negate
$0.25
3
Duress
$0.75
1
Path of Peril
$0.59
1
Farewell
$8.99
2
Portable Hole
$6.98
15 Cards
$56.79
Jeskai Hinata by Hiroki Yamagata (13th)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Control
best of 3
9 mythic
30 rare
9 uncommon
12 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (8)
4
Goldspan Dragon
$111.96
Instants (21)
1
Voltage Surge
$0.25
2
Negate
$0.50
3
Dragon’s Fire
$0.75
3
Make Disappear
$0.75
4
Magma Opus
$17.96
Sorceries (5)
Enchantments (4)
Lands (22)
1
Island
$0.25
1
Mountain
$0.25
2
Deserted Beach
$21.98
3
Sundown Pass
$26.97
60 Cards
$465.56
Sideboard
2
Valorous Stance
$0.50
1
Cinderclasm
$0.25
1
Dragon’s Fire
$0.25
2
Memory Deluge
$1.58
2
Farewell
$17.98
15 Cards
$34.47
Jeskai Storm by Toru Saito (14th)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Combo
best of 3
7 mythic
20 rare
16 uncommon
17 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (7)
4
Goldspan Dragon
$111.96
Sorceries (4)
Enchantments (4)
60 Cards
$396.48
15 Cards
$14.49
Jeskai Hinata by Kenichiro Omori (15th)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Control
best of 3
9 mythic
31 rare
8 uncommon
12 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (8)
4
Goldspan Dragon
$111.96
Instants (21)
1
Spell Pierce
$0.25
1
Voltage Surge
$0.25
2
Negate
$0.50
2
Dragon’s Fire
$0.50
2
Make Disappear
$0.50
4
Magma Opus
$17.96
Sorceries (5)
Enchantments (4)
Lands (22)
1
Island
$0.25
1
Mountain
$0.25
2
Deserted Beach
$21.98
3
Sundown Pass
$26.97
60 Cards
$465.42
15 Cards
$12.67
Esper Midrange by Nobuhisa Katsubayashi (16th)
by MTG Arena Zone
Standard
Midrange
best of 3
13 mythic
39 rare
6 uncommon
2 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (8)
2
Kaito Shizuki
$17.98
Creatures (13)
2
Legion Angel
$1.98
Instants (10)
1
Spell Pierce
$0.25
3
Vanishing Verse
$10.47
3
Infernal Grasp
$2.97
Enchantments (5)
Lands (24)
1
Plains
$0.25
1
Swamp
$0.25
2
Deserted Beach
$21.98
2
Shipwreck Marsh
$8.98
60 Cards
$518.18
Sideboard
2
Legion Angel
$1.98
2
Negate
$0.50
15 Cards
$120.23

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