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Community Feature: The Italian Connection

28.06.2014 | 15:30 |

I came across a group of players lead by Marco Mazzuccolo that travelled here all the way from Naples, Italy. These friends tested together for today’s event and since they seemed like a very friendly and cheerful group, I decided to do a little community feature with them.

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Francesco Castaldo, Gennaro Pelliccia, Marco Mazzuoccolo and Armando Giuseppe Mandile from Naples, Italy!

Francesco Castaldo, Gennaro Pelliccia, Marco Mazzuoccolo and Armando Giuseppe Mandile from Naples, Italy!


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[b]How did you end up testing together for this year’s European Championship?[/b]
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We’re all either living in Naples or we were born there and that’s how we got to know each other. We were all big fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! and eventually ran into each other. That’s how we originally met.

After this year’s National Championship, we decided to join forces and train together so we could better prepare for the European Championship.[/quote]
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[b]How was testing in a group different when compared to testing by yourself?[/b]
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It was a lot of fun to playtest together and we learned a lot of things in the process. We came up with a couple of Deck ideas and it was very cool to talk about card choices and coming up with reasons why card A was better than card B.

Marco used to be a big fan of Evilswarm, but we eventually managed to convince him that Geargia (with [i hand] and [f hand] in the Side Deck and a [106] in the Extra Deck) is the better choice for this event).[/quote]
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[b]Was there some completely unique Deck idea that you tried to make work together?[/b]
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Not really. We were instead focusing on tuning the existing archetypes. It didn’t seem like anything else could come close; the popular Decks have a proven track record of being successful.

What we did come up with, though, were some interesting choices for our Side Decks. We’re big fans of [xyzu] as it works so well against Geargia and other Decks that can [ss] a couple of Xyz Monsters in no time.
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[b]Are you all fans of different Decks or are your playing styles rather similar?[/b]
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We have very different playing styles. This is very helpful during testing since we can constantly try out different strategies and see how they are working against any particular Deck.
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[b]Are there any other benefits of testing and playing together and how did it affect your friendship?[/b]
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We’re definitely better friends than before! We developed a real team spirit and it helps us to focus at the tournament because if one of us loses, the rest will try to build him up again and make sure he can bring his A game in the following round.
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[b]What are your plans for the future? Will we see your group more often at the European events from now on?[/b]
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Yes, certainly. We are already planning trips to Madrid and Milan to make sure we can make a strong showing there.
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Alright, thank you for the short interview and best of luck today!
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