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Taiwan claims first World Magic Cup

2012/08/20 23:22:23

Los Angeles, Aug. 19 (CNA) Taiwan defeated Puerto Rico 2-0 in the final round of the first World Magic Cup in Indianapolis Sunday to claim the title.

Taiwan's Kuo Tzu-ching, Cheng Tung-yi and Yang Yu-min and coach Paul Renie took home championship trophies and a total of US$40,000 in a competition that saw players from 71 countries compete for the top honor in the world of magic.

The Taiwanese team showed its strength from the opening rounds Friday by locking up the fourth overall seed and went into Sunday's Top 8 as the third seed.

The team defeated Slovakia in the quarterfinals and Hungary in the semifinals before winning the championship against Puerto Rico.

The competition involved having the players collect and trade magic cards with different illustrations to strategically build up the strongest possible deck to defeat their opponents.

Kuo, who surprised onlookers with his 12 straight wins during the World Magic Cup held in Indianapolis Aug. 17-19, will represent the Asia Pacific region to compete with 15 other players in the Magic Players Championship in Seattle from Aug. 29 to 31.

(By Oscar Wu and Lisha Hsu)