Looking back at 2013!

01.12.2013 | 18:55 |
Today is the first day of December, which is a clear sign the year is starting to end. With YCS Turin beeing the last YCS of the year it is the perfect time to have a look back at 2013.
Breaking the Record: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Bochum The year 2013 started with a blast. Almost 3 years after the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series debuted for the very first time in Europe here in Bochum, it came back. And how it came back! 1455 players made it the biggest European event of all time. It was Alpay Engin who won the tournament, claiming his first big title in his career thanks to his Wind-Up Deck. Back then it was mainly Wind-Up, Mermail and Fire Fist which competed for the crown, but other Decks like Dino Rabbit, HERO and Six Samurai made the cut as well.

The first Anniversary: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Lille For the 10th time people across all Europe headed to one city of choice to play in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series. This anniversary was visited by 826 players. Despite a new Forbidden and Limited Card List the Metagame hadn't changed that much. Wind-Up were replaced by the relatively new Spellbooks. In the end it was Long Dao with Mermail claiming another victory for the Austrian players. It was the 3rd win for Austria making the small country one of the most successful Yugi-Countries in Europe.

Bigger is always Better: WCQ: European Championship 2013 in Frankfurt After YCS Bochum break the first record of the year it was again to a German location to break another record. The WCQ: European Championship was held for a 2nd time in Germany. Frankfurt am Main was the city of choice and astonishing 1142 Duelist saw Chris Bountaloudis from Greece claiming the crown. Also representing Europe at the World Championship 2013 were Michel Grüner (Germany), Sergio Soldani (Italy) and Valerio Rozza (Italy). Thanks to the release of Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy the metagame had shifted quite dramatically in Frankfurt. It qas an epic battle of Spellbook and Dragon Ruler, reminding everybody of the classic fights between Yugi's Magicians and Kaiba's Dragons. At the end of the day it were the Magicians keeping the upper hand.

Seal the Deal: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Brussels Belgium has never seen a Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series. Until YCS Brussels took place in the city many consider the “Capital of Europe”. This time nobody had to worry about Spellbook or Dragon Ruler. This was the 2nd Sealed YCS in Europe and saw Battle Pack: War of Giants in the premier spotlight for the first time. It was a big final with 2 of the most successful European Duelists of all time: Peter Gross vs. Michel Gruner! Michel won and claimed one of the very first of Number 106: Giant Hand, which made its debut in Brussels.

Breaking the Record – Again!: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series London Everybody of the Staff Team cheered when we saw a new record at YCS Bochum. But almost no one expected it to be shattered just a few months later. The YCS made its debut in London and once again it was Austria claiming the win: Patrick Rieder literally ruled the competition with his Dragon Rulers.

Another Anniversary: 125th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Turin After the 75th SHONEN JUMP Championship and also the 100th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series took place in the USA, it was time to shake since up. This time it was Europe to hold an Anniversary YCS! Turin was chosen and has just been finished when you are reading this line. Here's to more great events in 2014!