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Coming back to Bochum after 2,5 years

23.02.2013 | 21:57 |

[p]It’s been 2,5 years since we’ve last been to Bochum. A lot has happened in the meantime, so let’s take a quick walk down memory lane and reminisce for a bit!
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1286 players showed up at the first ever European YCS back in 2010 in Bochum!

1286 players showed up at the first ever European YCS back in 2010 in Bochum!

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[p]We’re in exactly the same venue today we’ve been in back in 2010. The difference? It’s a lot more packed! We had to find space for an additional 169 Duelists that didn’t show up back then. Take a look at our Bird’s Eye gallery to learn what it looks like when we’re packing Duelists as densly as possible!
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The YCS comes to Italy

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2 months after YCS Bochum went down in the history books as the – at that time – largest European Yu-Gi-Oh! event of all times, the YCS returned to Europe or to be more precise: To the vibrant Italian city of Milan. The UK’s own Mat Collins came out on top in a classic final that we still remember today. It was France vs. the UK or Anti vs. the back then dominant Synchro Plant Deck. If you feel like giving it another read, head back to our Finals Feature Match of YCS Milan.
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Tokens and Synchro Monsters everywhere? Must have been 2011!

Tokens and Synchro Monsters everywhere? Must have been 2011!

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The World Championship returns to Europe

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A lot happened in 2011. We started with a bang with YCS Paris, where we welcomed 852 Duelists all eager to become the third European YCS winner! In the end, it was Stephan Sluis who rose to the occasion after he had come close before, only losing to Rodrigo Togores in the finals of the 2010 European Championship! After this event, Sluis was a household name that you always had to have on your list when it came to predicting the possible winners of events to come!
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One of the most prestigious Top 4 of all time!

One of the most prestigious Top 4 of all time!

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Michel Grüner does it again!

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Michel Grüner already went down in Dueling history as the first winner of a European YCS as well as one of the few players that did well on events of various sizes. His impressive resume prior to the European Championship already featured a National Championship title as well as a few other successes back in the tournaments that acted as the predecessors of the YCS. Still, he was hungry for more and in 2011, he added a European Champion title to his belt!
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Michel Grüner becomes the European Champion 2011!

Michel Grüner becomes the European Champion 2011!

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While Paris and the EC in Madrid and a lot of great Dueling action, it was overshadowed by the highlight in 2011, the World Championship in Amsterdam.
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The top finishers of the 2011 World Championship!

The top finishers of the 2011 World Championship!

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Takashi Ogawa must have thought something along the lines of: If the event’s not held in Japan, I will at least make sure the title returns to the land of the rising sun. He overcame fierce competition in an amazing World Championship where we were able to watch some great plays and plenty of proof of great sportsmanship.
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The YCS comes to the UK for the first time!

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Just when quite a few players feared that we wouldn’t be able to organize a second YCS in 2011, Konami announced the first ever YCS on UK soil: YCS Brighton. The coastal city known for its unique taste in music and exciting nightlife welcomed more than 500 Duelists that duked it out in thousands of Duels!
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Rabbit was easily the most important card in the YCS Brighton Finals!

Rabbit was easily the most important card in the YCS Brighton Finals!

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The story of the event was the finals between 2 friends that were used to Dueling each other from their local store: Ping Xiao and Nathan Pang. Both players relied on Dino Rabbit and brought their a-game to the table, but in the end, it was Ping Xiao who emerged victorious!
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And what about 2012?

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Fortunately, we have already put together an overview of the Dueling year 2012. You can find it in the coverage of the YCS Barcelona or to make things a little easier for you: RIGHT HERE! So head on over to our summary of the so far most successful year in Dueling history that will most likely be surpassed by 2013 – at least if the 2013 edition of YCS Bochum is to be trusted!
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