History of the World Championship Qualifiers

[p]It’s time for a little history lesson, Duelists! Back in the days when [bewd] was the strongest monster in the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe, the World Championship was an entirely different event. Most of the competitors were National Champions that earned the honor of competing at the very highest stage. Nowadays, in quite a few cases, it takes a little more than “just” being the best Duelist in your respective country![/p]
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European Duelists had to gear up!

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[p]Back in 2006, things were spiced up for Europe’s finest Duelists as they could show off their skills in the very first European Championship! The tournament was a huge success, attracting more than 300 players from various parts of Europe. It was held in the very same venue that the first European Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series took place, so I guess you’ll stumble upon the RuhrCongress in Bochum a couple of times if you’re studying Yu-Gi-Oh! history.
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Vincent Wielandt is the first ever European Champion!
Vincent Wielandt is the first ever European Champion!

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Vincent Wielandt won the title of the first ever European Champion and he went on to represent Europe at the World Championship 2006!
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Ever since, the tournament went on to become the most prestigious European event of the year, only surpassed by the World Championships that took place in Europe – Worlds 2008 in Berlin and this year’s Worlds in Amsterdam!
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Big changes for Central and South America

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[p]Up to 2009, Mexico had their very own National Championship, while the rest of the Central and South American players participated in the South American Continental Championship. As a result of the increasing popularity of Yu-Gi-Oh! in Central America, another World Championship Qualifier was created: The Continental Championship Central America.
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Galileo de Obaldia put Central America on the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Map!

Galileo de Obaldia put Central America on the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Map!

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Galileo De Obaldia, the reigning World Champion, did well enough at the Central American Championship 2010 to earn his spot in last year’s World Championship. That’s where the rest of the world learned not to underestimate the Central American Duelists. Can he pull off the seemingly impossible task of winning 2 World Championships?
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North America and Oceania follow suit!

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I heard a couple of Canadian Duelists rejoicing when it was announced that there won’t be any more Canadian Nationals. They expected to take the North American Continental Championship by storm and secure all of the 6 seats for their country. Well, it turned out that only one of them emerged from the field of more than 1800 Duelists at this year’s World Championship Qualifier, but maybe they’ll have a little more luck next year.
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However, the US and Canada weren’t the only 2 countries that followed suit in 2011. Australia and New Zealand also abandoned their respective National Championships and sent the best of their Duelists to the newly found Oceanic Continental Championship! New Zealand certainly won that battle of the nations this year as they sent 2 representatives to the World Championship. I’m sure Australia’s finest players will have something to say about that next year!
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[p]So there you have it; ever since the first Duelists picked up tablets in ancient Egypt, Yu-Gi-Oh! has come a long way! Still, the game is always evolving and that’s why the World Championship title is so prestigious and every Duelist’s ultimate goal!
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