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Let’s talk to the current World Champion!

13.08.2011 | 14:31 |

[p]Every year the current World Champion comes back to defend his title, and this time that challenge falls to Panama’s Galileo de Obaldia! We sat down for a quick chat right after Round 1 was over to talk about the past year, his experience and how he hopes to do in Amsterdam this year, take a look.[/p]

Galileo de Obaldia is hoping to become a double World Champion this weekend.

Galileo de Obaldia is hoping to become a double World Champion this weekend.

[quote][p][b]Good afternoon Galileo, welcome to Amsterdam! To start, can you tell us a little about last year’s [wc], and how it went for you?[/b][/p]
[p]First off I won my National Championship in 2010, and qualified for the WCQ. I did well there, but lost in the Top 8. Luckily though, I was still able to go to the [wc] that year, and played Frog, one of the strongest Decks at the time. Thankfully I managed to win the event and now I’m here![/p][/quote]
[quote][p][b]How was the 2010 [wc] for you, was it a tough event to compete in?[/b][/p]
[p]Yeah there were a lot of good players, so it was actually really difficult. My Main Deck wasn’t perfect but my Side Deck was strong, and that won me the tournament. I sided out from the main Frog cards, and added cards like [qd] and [decree] to catch my opponents off-guard. It worked really well since they weren’t expecting to see [qd] in my Deck and had no way to stop it after they took out several key cards.[/p][/quote]
[quote][p][b]How did your year go after that?[/b][/p]
[p]In late 2010 I played in YCS Mexico and made it to the Top 32, and this year I won my National Championship for the second time. In Mexico City I made it to the Top 16 of the WCQ, but wasn’t disappointed with losing out at all as I still had my [wc] invite from 2010.[/p][/quote]
[quote][p][b]What was the reaction in Panama to you winning the world championship?[/b][/p]
[p]At home everything was pretty normal and people were happy for me, but when I played in other countries I realised how much it meant to people to meet the World Champion. Everybody was really nice, and it was just a really humbling experience. I’d also like to say hello to all my friends at home, and thank you all for your support![/p][/quote]
[quote][p][b]Did players tend to play stronger knowing that they were up against a World Champion?[/b][/p]
[p]Many tried to concentrate harder but some of the less experienced players were a little nervous when playing against me, and made a few mistakes here and there. It’s okay to be nervous when playing against a well-known player, but at the end of the day you’ve got just as much of a chance of winning as they do, so don’t worry too much. The top players saw me as a challenge though, and those games were quite tactical, with both of us giving our best.[/p][/quote]
[quote][p][b]Let’s talk about 2011 for a moment, how has your week been in Amsterdam so far?[/b][/p]
[p]It’s been a lot of fun! The players are really nice and we’ve had a lot of fun hanging out, at the meals, going on the tours and so-on. Obviously I’m a little nervous about playing in the [wc] again, which is normal, but I just won my first round and that will calm me down a little bit.[/p][/quote]
[quote][p][b]Do you think you can win again this year? Will it be a very difficult thing to do?[/b][/p]
[p]I think I can do well, but since this is the [wc] everybody is very good, so there will be no easy games. I’m just going to take it one Duel at a time and see how well I do as the event progresses.[/p][/quote]
[quote][b][p]Finally, do you have any advice for players that want to qualify for an event like this, or just do well at their local and Regional events?[/b][/p]
[p]Don’t be afraid to play against the strongest players in your area as you’ll learn a lot from them. Try to play in as many tournaments as you can. It’s okay if you don’t win all the time, but the important thing is to find out exactly why you lost a Duel, so that you can learn from it in future. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, such as why a Duelist made a certain play, or why one Deck can be stronger than another. [/p][p]For Deck building, it’s important that your Deck has a lot of different plays, but can also do them very often. The most powerful and “quickest” Decks out there may be tough to beat, but they don’t get their combos off all the time and can lose as easily as they win. Try and make your Deck as consistent as possible, as this will teach you a lot about tactics as well.[/p][/quote]
[br][p]And with that the Duelists were called back to the main stage to compete in Round 2 of the [wc]. We’ll have an opportunity to talk to some more Duelists after the next few rounds, so stay tuned for more updates![/p][br]