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Meet (some of) the National Champions!

28.06.2014 | 21:03 |

This weekend National Champions from all over Europe and a few select countries outside are honing in on what they hope will be their next title: European Champion 2014. Over the course of the day I have sat down with a few of them in order to find out what goes on in the mind of a National Champion before the biggest European event on their calendar.


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Kevin Langenberg from the Netherlands!

Kevin Langenberg from the Netherlands!


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[b]Name:[/b] Kevin Langenberg
[b]Age:[/b] 23
[b]Country:[/b] Netherlands
[b]What Deck are you playing this weekend?[/b]
Spellbooks
[b]What was an important factor in winning your National Championship?[/b]
It was really important for me to expect nothing from the tournament which meant there was no disappointment if I lost. I hoped to make top 16 and every game from there was a bonus.
[b]How have you prepared for this year’s European Championship?[/b]
The same way! I am playing the same Deck as in the National Championship because I knew exactly how it works. I still expect nothing and am grateful every time I win. It’s great that the European Championship is in the Netherlands because it means not much travelling for me!
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Jack Bruun from Sweden

Jack Bruun from Sweden


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[b]Name:[/b] Jack Bruun
[b]Age:[/b] 17
[b]Country:[/b] Sweden
[b]What Deck are you playing this weekend?[/b]
Spellbooks – the same Deck as at the National Championship
[b]What was an important factor in winning your National Championship?[/b]
[sb world] and [sb fate]! They are the best cards. I really like Spellbook at the moment because it is a very random format where you can come up against lots of different Decks and Spellbook is strong against most of them.
[b]How have you prepared for this year’s European Championship?[/b]
I have been watching a lot of football and sleeping! I haven’t practiced as much as I should but I know the Deck inside and out and every play that I can make so I can get away with not practicing. I won a YCS and now my National Championship so I am pretty confident that I can perform well in big events!
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Umut Serin from Turkey

Umut Serin from Turkey


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[b]Name:[/b] Umut Serin
[b]Age:[/b] 35 (and proud!)
[b]Country:[/b] Turkey (living in Germany)
[b]What Deck are you playing this weekend?[/b]
Mermails – the same Deck I played in my National Championship. I played other Decks between then and now but settled on Mermails in a difficult meta.
[b]How have you prepared for this year’s European Championship?[/b]
I have playtested a lot but the meta is very wide open with a lot of Decks. I kept jumping between Decks a lot but played with Mermails the most so decided on them!
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Zack Bloundele from Romani- er, England

Zack Bloundele from Romani- er, England


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[b]Name:[/b] Zack Bloundele
[b]Age:[/b] 21
[b]Country:[/b] United Kingdom… although I qualified by winning the Romanian National Championship! I couldn’t get to the UK National Championship because I had exams at university so went to a different country to play!
[b]What Deck are you playing this weekend?[/b]
Spellbooks which I played at the National Championship too. I didn’t really want to play any other Deck and I know it so well it was a good choice. (It’s worth noting that former UK champ Tom Paine was sat next to Zack at the time and chirped in that the reason Spellbook was chosen was because “he likes going in to overtime”).
[b]What was an important factor in winning your National Championship?[/b]
Well… there wasn’t that many players there. Only 18 turned up and I like to think that I appropriately countered the meta but I don’t think I’ll get away with saying that.
[b]How have you prepared for this year’s European Championship?[/b]
I did loads of testing with friends and made sure I knew every available play for my Deck so that I am prepared for all situations.
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