Far from Home Talk: Kodai Okamoto from JAPAN

While we often get visitors from Europe or North America, every now and then we get visitors from other countries such as Japan. They come here for study or to gain work experience but at the same time to get a feel of the TCG side of the game which is fairly different to the game back home. One of these players I’ve had the pleasure of knowing over the past few years is Kodai Okamoto who is sadly going to be returning home at the end of this month as his studies have been completed. After reaching the Top 4 of the National Championships last year as well as the Top 8 of the Oceanic WCQ right after, he is aiming for a solid finish at the YCS before he departs. As always, Kodai was keen to talk to me about his time here in Australia.

Kodai Okamoto Pro Player


Hey Kodai, how are you feeling about this weekend?

I am just feeling okay. A bit nervous. This is the second YCS I’ve played in but in the first one I played, I didn’t play serious.


How did you like Australia while you were here?

I like this country. I miss Japan but I think I’ll also miss this place when I leave. I think I like Australia more and will definitely come back to visit!


What deck are you playing?

I’m playing Sky Striker Orcust because I think it’s the best deck. I don’t know how to play the other decks as well as I know this deck.


When did you decide on this deck and what other decks did you consider?

I decided on this deck in November. I tried pure Sky Striker, True Draco, Thunder Dragon and Salamangreat but I didn’t like any of them.


How do you approach big events and what is your goal?

My goal is to win. I practice a lot with my friends and talk to people from both the OCG and TCG territory to try get the best approach at the game.


How do you stay on top of your game through the long day?

I drink a lot of water and get a lot of sleep the night before!


How long have played this game and how did you improve to get where you are today?

I have played for two and a half years. I improved from practicing a lot. I play as much as I can so that’s every regional I can and as many local tournaments I can attend each week.


What would be one piece of advice you would give to aspiring players?

Just figure out the best deck and practice that deck a lot. That way you can improve your skills.


Which locals do you play at and what is it like?

I play at Good Games Central and it’s the best locals in Sydney. There are a lot of friendly players and good amount of competition!


Any shoutouts or final words?

Not really, my friends know who they are!

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