A look behind the scenes

Competing in a large tournament like the European Championship is one of the most rewarding experiences for a Duelist. Usually we cover interesting matches, present you imaginative deck ideas or provide you with the latest information of what’s happening on site. However, all this wouldn’t be possible without the help of our volunteers, so we decided to put the focus on these amazing people. Although being a judge at a big event can be a lot of work, it also is a lot of fun and judges often gain a new perspective on their favourite hobby. If you’ve never done so before, you should definitely give it a try and help out at your local store.

We asked some of our WCQ: European Championship judges why they love to be a judge at official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events.

Judges come together for a judge dinner on the evening before the tournament

 

[b]Trevor Ralph[/b]

[b]Where are you from:[/b] Southampton England

[b]Your role at the tournament:[/b] Head Judge

[b]What do you love about judging?[/b]

[quote]

I like to meet new people and renew old friendships. You also constantly see new places and learn a lot of things from others. For me, that’s a very enjoyable experience.

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[b]Toan Nguyen[/b]

[b]Where are you from:[/b] Brussels, Belgium

[b]Your role at the tournament:[/b] I’ll be a team leader for the side events.

[b]What do you love about judging?[/b]

[quote]

As a player, I like to have a fair tournament environment. For this reason, I like to judge so I can ensure the same for everyone. It’s also a good opportunity to meet a lot of cool people, like fellow judges and players. Also, I like to help people and explain things to them they don’t understand.

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[b]Jerome Naulin[/b]

[b]Where are you from:[/b] Paris, France

[b]Your role at the tournament:[/b] Deck check.

[b]What do you love about judging?[/b]

[quote]

I like to share my experiences with other players and judges. I also like to monitor tournaments and make sure everything goes smoothly. Meeting judges from other countries that share a common hobby is also a big plus for me!

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[b]Martina Eckloff[/b]

[b]Where are you from:[/b] Köln, Germany

[b]Your role at the tournament:[/b] Logistics

[b]What do you love about judging?[/b]

[quote]

I like the fact that I can always learn new things and explain a lot of what I know to the players, especially the younger ones.

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Trevor Ralph giving instructions at the judge briefing prior to the tournament

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