Interview with YCS Trial Winner Wytze Kluitenberg

[p]At the last 2 European [ycs] events there were special Public Events called YCS Trials. The winners of these 100+ person tournaments were awarded with free flights and accommodation to this weekend’s event, giving them the experience of a lifetime! The Trial winner at YCS Brighton was Dutch Duelist Wytze Kluitenberg, and I caught up with him during Friday registration to talk about his rather successful year of Dueling, take a look.[/p]

Wytze Kluitenberg is hoping 2012 will be even better than 2011 for him.

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[quote][b][p] It’s been quite a successful year for you, winning the Dutch National Championship in 2011 and then the YCS Trial just before Christmas; do you think you’ll be able to top that this year?[/b][/p]

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It has indeed; hopefully when the weekend is over I have topped it, but thanks to that [i]Battle Pack: Epic Dawn[/i] and the cards that are re-released I see lots of opportunities at Nationals and the European Championships as well this year, so yeah hopefully I will. [/p][/quote]
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Competing in an event on a different continent is always a unique experience, but with YCS events being so well documented these days you might be familiar with how American Duelists are playing already. How do you think you’ll do this weekend?[/p][/b]

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I actually feel that I will do well to be honest. I don’t think there will be much difference in ‘playing style’ or anything. Each country in Europe basically has its own way of playing and choosing Decks; I’ve played in 10 countries by now and it really doesn’t make that much of a difference to me. You have to play your cards right wherever you are playing in order to win, it’s not “easier” in any one area to another. [/p][/quote]
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[quote][b][p] You’re known by many players as a highly experienced Gravekeeper Duelist, and did well with them at YCS Leipzig last month. Now that we’re in a new format, are you still running the Deck, and are there any key changes you’ve made to the build?[/p][/b]

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I was going to play Gravekeeper’s this weekend, but then a friend of mine told me to play Inzektors and lent me all the cards. That deck is pretty fun so I will play that this weekend, though I brought a Gravekeeper Deck just in case! I did make some changes to my Gravekeeper Deck after Leipzig. Although [b]Maxx “C”[/b] won me some games I cut them from my Side Deck, cards like [b]Maxx “C”[/b] don’t really work out in Gravekeeper’s and that is one more reason why I decided not to run the Deck this weekend. [/p][/quote]
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[quote][b][p] Do you have any advice for players out there who are looking to be more competitive in higher level tournaments, such as WCQ Regionals and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series?[/p][/b]

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Not much to say really besides the obvious; playtest a lot, get your rest, don’t change your Deck at the last minute but go with what you know best etc. I always go to an event to have a blast and of course you’ll try your hardest too; and if you do well that is great but the most important thing to me is that you enjoy yourself no matter how well you do. [/p][/quote]

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