Introducing the YCS Duelist Diary

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We’ve been busy the past two months, trying to come up with new and exciting ideas in order to bring you even more cool content from the second Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series of 2012. This one we’ll be calling the “YCS Duelist Diary” and the idea goes as follows: We pick one veteran player, one returning player, one experienced player who had to travel here as well as a local player and we’ll keep you posted on what they’re doing all weekend. Will some of them reach the tops? Will they participate in the Public Events? Or will they instead focus on trading cards to complete their collection? We don’t know yet, but we expect all of them to have a great time. Head inside to find out who we picked for our YCS Diary this weekend!
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This weekend we'll be taking a closer look at Vincent Ralambomiadana's performance!
This weekend we'll be taking a closer look at Vincent Ralambomiadana's performance!

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Vincent Ralambomiadana needs no introduction. Ever since he won a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series on American soil, introducing the “French Twilight” Deck to Duelist Kingdom, he’s made a name for himself! He continued to do well over the past years, reaching the tops of several larger tournaments, among them the YCS Brighton that took place a little less than 4 months ago.
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He has been busy preparing for the YCS in his home country, attending a whopping 12 WCQ Regionals! In case you didn’t take a look at the list of qualified players for the WCQ: European Championship so far, head over there right now and start looking for him! He reached the tops in [b]all[/b] of the Regionals he attended and came out winning 5 of them!
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He flew over from Paris yesterday already and with the flight only taking around an hour, he’s well rested and calm. Asked about his expectations for the event, Vincent told me that he hopes to reach the tops once more, but he’s not a 100% confident. He added that you need to add a lot of cards to stand a chance against the powerful Dino Rabbit deck and it’s hard to find the right mix for your deck. Ironically, he’s still relying on the very same deck as he feels it’s the most consistent and provides the best answers to any given situation.
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We’ll see how it goes as we catch up with Vincent several times over the weekend!
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Rodrigo Togores is back with a vengeance!
Rodrigo Togores is back with a vengeance!

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We already had one successful player, so why add Spanish magician Rodrigo Togores? Well, Rodrigo’s been rather busy the past year and didn’t quite find the time to attend some of the larger events. It’s comeback season for him and we’re thrilled to find out if he can pull off another impressive performance this weekend!
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In case you didn’t know, Rodrigo always tries to come up with something unique for the events he’s attending (just check his Feature Match of the finals of the European Championship for reference). This time, he tested Six Samurai, but he didn’t like that it depended way too much on the Normal Summon as well as having something on the field. As soon as your opponent finds a way to wipe your field, you’re in a very desperate position and it’s hard to make a comeback.
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Eventually, he settled on a Bubble Beat deck, trying to Xyz Summon [ban] quickly and use its effect to attack twice for an impressive finish. With the help of [stratos] and [bubble], it’s easier to pull off than you might imagine and I’m confident that Rodrigo will find a few ways to turn the world of his opponents upside down this weekend!
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Remy Grotestam came all the way from Rotterdam!
Remy Grotestam came all the way from Rotterdam!

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Remy grew up in Curacao (Caribbean) and moved to the Netherlands to study. He met some of the Dutch players, among them some of Europe’s most successful players like Stephan Sluis. He already played Yu-Gi-Oh! in Curacao and was thrilled to have a chance to improve as a Duelist thanks to the help of his newfound friends!
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He had to spend the longest time on the road to make it to the event out of the 4 players we feature here. However, the 10 hour drive from Rotterdam went by in a flurry as he has been able to joke around with his friends that came here with him.
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After winning a WCQ Regionals in Eindhoven, he’s feeling confident that he can also do well in the YCS. After he qualified, he decided he would be attending the WCQ: European Championship in Milan, so Toulouse is part of his preparation for the most important European event of the year.
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Remy is running a Six Samurai deck today. He likes the deck, even though it has some troubles against Inzectors. Still, it fits his playstyle and he’s having a great time unleashing its combos, so he’ll be giving it his best shot with Six Samurai this weekend!
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Edgar Valdez Mercedes is one of the Toulouse locals!
Edgar Valdez Mercedes is one of the Toulouse locals!

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Last but certainly not least, we got Edgar, one of our local players this weekend. He hasn’t always been living in Toulouse. He grew up in St. Martin (also in the Caribbean, what a coincidence!) and similar like Remy, he started studying 5 years ago and moved to France for that reason. He met a couple of friends and then eventually decided to reside here permanently!
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I asked him how he felt about the fact that the YCS is coming to his hometown of choice and he immediately replied that it’s “awesome!” He has been to Brighton, but it’s just so much nicer to “simply take the bus and be right at the venue in no time.”
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Asked about his expectations, he had this to say: “For me, it’s mostly about having fun. I’m running a Malefic deck featuring [geartown] and [drain] and I can’t wait to find out if it’ll be performing as well as I’M hoping!”
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Well, best of luck and we’ll hear from you later, Edgar!
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Be sure to check out the other YCS Duelist Diaries this weekend and learn how each of these 4 players has been doing!
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