1 Year European Yu-Gi-Oh! Coverage Anniversary

[p]The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is always evolving! New cards get published on a monthly basis, resulting in strategists reinventing popular decks all the time! It’s not just the decks that are constantly changing, though; you’re growing as a Duelist whenever you attend an event, especially when it comes to major events like the WCQ: European Championship. One more thing that sees constant change is the official Yu-Gi-Oh! website. Just one year ago, at the WCQ: European Championship 2010 in Birmingham, we presented you with a live coverage of an European event for the very first time. Let’s take a look back and see what happened in the past 12 months![/p]

[p]A little more than a year ago, the announcement of the live coverage for the WCQ: EC 2010 in Birmingham got published. [/p]

[p]It marked the start of the coverage of European events on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! website and we received lots of positive feedback. Our live reports from Birmingham kept you posted with everything to know about the popular decks as well as the most successful Duelists. Additionally, we had pictures to present you with live impressions from the site, giving you an idea of what it felt like to participate in the European Championships.[/p]
[p]Rodrigo Togores went on to win the tournament with his version of quick striking Frogs, catching most of his opponents completely off-guard. Read over our Coverage Wrap-Up from Birmingham once again and see for yourself what went down in the United Kingdom the past year![/p]
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Setting up some records!

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The YCS finally came to Europe!

[nbsp][p]Next up was the first ever [b]European Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series[/b]! No one knew what to expect, but a whopping 1286 Duelists proved that they’ve been waiting for this event for a very long time indeed! It was full of innovation, fast paced Duels and lots of focused players! Read our opening blurp again to travel back in time and reminisce a little.[/p]
[p]In the end, Michel Grüner took home the trophy of YCS Winner, adding yet another title to his already impressive resume as a player. It was the high time of the X-Sabers and they certainly stood the test against Eden Zamir’s Dandywarrior Deck. The Feature Match of the final saw some very tricky turns that have been talked about rather often in the past months.
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The YCS comes to Italy!

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The YCS continued its journey through Europe and stopped in Milan, Italy in late November. Once again, more than 900 players wanted to prove that they got what it takes to become YCS Winner, however, only one was meant to overcome the opposition. The popular Decks saw quite some change with a new set ready to make an impact in competitive play. Read about it again in the Welcome to YCS Milan! article.
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The Swiss portion of the tournament had to be spread over 2 days, but after 10 rounds total, we were ready to start with the knock out portion of the event. It was UK vs. France in the finals, an instant classic for the European Dueling community: Mat Collins vs. Noel Garde. The game went back and forth and it was impossible to make out who would have the upper hand. Check the Final Feature Match to see for yourself! In the end, Collins’ [spore] meant he could Tune his monsters to [brionac], allowing him to clear the way for a game-ending attack![/p]
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Spore + Cyber Dragon = Brionac. Brionac = WIN!

Spore + Cyber Dragon = Brionac. Brionac = WIN!

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Showdown in Paris!

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Players waiting for the registration

Players waiting for the registration of the YCS Paris

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After we had already covered the UK, Germany and Italy, it was time to travel to another big European market. Next in line was France and we certainly delivered when the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series stopped in its beautiful capital, Paris! This time, more than 850 players showed up, complete with French powerhouses like Vincent Ralambomiadana as well as players from the various other European countries as can be read here.
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2 players stood out although they didn’t went on to win the tournament: Michael Ciplak from Austria and Yohann Descamps from France – both managed to make it to the knock out portion of all 3 European YCS! Descamps went on to make it to the semi finals, however, Tudor Mitchell was able to beat him and advance to the finals.
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There he met the X-Sabers as Stephan Sluis relied on the popular Deck. Mitchell on the other hand relied on an under the radar deck with his Chaos Plants – that was long before [tengu] saw the light of day. Once again, both Duelists gave it their all and the final Feature Match of the day was very hard fought just as expected. Sluis came out on the winning end, finally going home with a title after losing to Rodrigo Togores in the WCQ: European Championship 2010 final!
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Your latest European YCS Winner: Stephan Sluis

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That sums up 1 year of coverage on the official European Yu-Gi-Oh! website and we are looking forward to bring many more events to your Webbrowsers in the future.
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