Looking back at last year’s European Championship

On this weekend last year the WCQ: European Championship 2013 was held in Frankfurt, Germany. Let’s take a brief look back at what happened and who triumphed.

The tournament proved that a true winner is a Duelist not just skilled at building and using their Deck; but also with the mental proficiency to see out a gruelling eight rounds of Swiss on the first day which lasted until well into the late evening. At 9am sharp the following day another three rounds followed, with six knock-out rounds standing between eventual winner Chris Bountaloudis and his title of champion.
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It was an event heavily lead by two main Deck types, Spellbooks – fuelled primarily by the replenishment powers of the since-forbidden [sb jud] – and Dragon Rulers which had their baby-sized counterparts at the time. Each turn would usually swing the game in one player’s favour with Spellbooks trying to protect their [jowgen] while Dragon Rulers would look to keep [sack] on the field.

The Spellcasters came out on top in the end with a Greek Duelist winning the European Championship for the first time since the tournament was last held in the city we are in this weekend, Amsterdam.

There were some great Public Events on offer as well as the Dragon Duel for those aged under 13. Possibly the most popular activity of the weekend was for Duelists to immortalise themselves in token form with the token maker! People flocked in their hundreds to get a usable token of them with their friends, especially with the popularity of [sack]!

It was Europe’s largest ever invite-only championship with 1142 Duelists registering. With the popularity of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG increasing all the time, and YCS London beating the records for most players at a European event, Amsterdam looks set to give last year’s number a beating and break another record!

2013 provided us with some great moments – stay tuned to see what the European Championship 2014 has to offer![nbsp]

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