A quick chat with Simon He

[p]If you’ve been reading YCS coverage regularly this year you may have noticed one name popping up in the final stages more often than most. British Duelist Simon He has been on an incredible run of form this year, making the top cut of Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series events on [b]seven[/b] different occasions, both in Europe and North America (8 if you cound the European Championship). Before this weekend’s event got underway I had a quick chat with him about his 2012.[/p]

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Simon He's been one of the year's strongest Duelists.

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[quote][b]You’ve been on an incredible run of form this year, coming close to winning a YCS on many occasions; do you think that the elusive victory will come soon?[/b]

[p] I try to improve after every event, learning from my mistakes and my victories; I do not think my record in the past will make it any more likely to succeed in the future, but I sure hope so! [/p][/quote]
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[quote][b]How do you prepare for your events; is there a lot of research, practice, Deck building and so-on? [/b]

[p] I can write a short book on this topic, but generally it’s researching all new cards and testing specific things with friends. I also sit down and theorise heavily, noting down anything that can give me a potential advantage.[/p][/quote]
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[quote][b]Having competed in both North America and Europe at the highest level, have you noticed any differences between the way the game is played in those regions?[/b]

[p] I’ve noticed many cultural differences, but the actual way the game is played at a premier level is fairly similar.[/p][/quote]
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[quote][b]The right Deck is often as important as the Duelist’s skill level when aiming to do well at an event; is there anything in particular you focus on when constructing your Decks?[/b]

[p] Not really; a format is ever-changing with new cards released and sentiment by the general players. With that said, I focus on predicting the format first before choosing a Deck, its content and strategies. In most formats it’s usually the fast yet stable Decks that do well, so I prefer to find and use those types of Decks. [/p][/quote]
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[quote][b]Your Feature Matches have often seen some impressive plays or combos; is there one that stands out?[/b]

[p] Well, the recent feature match in YCS Seattle where I won with a Side-Decked [b]Dark Magician[/b] was pretty epic, I promised a friend I’d Side-Deck it if I got a Feature Match and I’m glad it helped me go undefeated in Day 1. Although that’s not really a combo, I think my favourite will have to be from YCS Providence in Top 16 where I took down an [obelisk] down with [hyperion], equipped with [arm] and powered up by an extra 400 ATK with [ggg]. [/p][/quote]
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[quote][b]Do you have a particular highlight from this year?[/b]

[div] I have many; I love when my opponents push me to the edge, it’s that competitive thrill why I love this game and strive to be better, there are too many to mention.
Finishing second in YCS Long Beach, the biggest TCG event of all time, was amazing, I also had a lot of fun in that event and during YCS Providence. [/div][/quote]
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[quote][b]Finally, do you have any tips or advice for newer Duelists or those looking to become successful at this game?[/b]

[p]The most general thing is to always learn from mistakes and find new ways to improve; never just copy, but get inspiration from Decklists and adapt. Try to come up with theories and ideas of your own, and to not put any losses down to luck alone. [/p][/quote]
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[p]Will we see Simon make it to another Top Cut playoff here in Barcelona? We’ll have to wait and find out![/p]
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