This week’s judge is a recent level 2 from Kyoto. Find out more about her and the cultural exchanges she promotes in this edition of Judge of the Week, featuring Moe Furusawa!
Name: Moe Furusawa
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Judge start date:June 2017, leveled up in February 2018
Why did you become a Judge? I wanted to judge at Pro Tour Kyoto 2017. I didn’t know that only L3 can judge in Pro Tour…
Favourite card: True-Name Nemesis
Least favourite card: Collected Company
Favourite format: Limited
Commander General: I don’t play commander.
Favourite non-Magic Game: Mah-Jongg
Best tournament result: Standard Showdown 3-0
Random fact about yourself: At GP Nagoya, I got my nameplate which I had been eagerly waiting for.
How did you get involved in Magic in the first place?
I joined Friday Night Magic. I just learned the rules the day before. I remember that my first opponent asked me, “Do you know the stack?” because my playing was too poor.
You were nominated for being involved in the organization of a cultural exchange at Japanese GPs. Can you tell us more about this?
I think GPs are a wonderful chance for communicating Japanese to foreign judges. But many Japanese has no confidence about their English and they only talk in Japanese. What a waste! So we started this activity. Around 20 judges participated in our activity at GP Nagoya 2018.
What is one tip you have for other Judges?
Be more positive. If you want to challenge anything, you should tell your friend. I’m sure your friend will help you.
What has been your favourite Magic event that you’ve judged?
Grand Prix Kyoto 2017 – This is my first GP as judge. Everything was fantastic! All players played greatly. I was proud to be a judge.
If you could chat with one person, real or fictional, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Sorin Markov, because I love him. My first standard deck was WB Tokens. And he (Sorin, Solemn Visitor) was a key card. I couldn’t buy Gideon, Ally of Zendikar because it was too expensive.
What would you be doing now if Magic no longer existed?
I’d make Magic!
If you were a Planeswalker what would be your ultimate?
-8: You get an emblem with “At the beginning of your end step, create two 3/3 white Cat Angel tokens with flying and lifelink.”
Proudest moment of your Judge life?
I’ve never experienced it. I save it for the day that I judge in Pro Tour!
Two Truths and a Lie
Two of the following statements are true and one is false. Figure out which!
- At GP Nagoya 2018, I forgot my judge pants, so I had to back to the judge hotel.
- I am a steady person.
- I love judging.
If there is a judge who is also doing something exemplary, please nominate a judge TODAY!