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Meet Team America

17.12.2011 | 21:17 |

[p]A YCS is an international event and for Brighton we even had a few players coming over all the way from the USA. I thought it would be cool to ask them some questions about their trip – after all, they probably had to cross the longest distance to attend YCS Brighton! So here we go…
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If you’re not familiar with the faces, check out the picture below.
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Meet Robert Boyajian, Billy Brake, Alistar Albans and Barrett Keys!

Meet Robert Boyajian, Billy Brake, Alistar Albans and Barrett Keys!


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I asked the guys if they were all from the same area and they were quick to point out that they came here taking rather different ways. While Billy and Alistar flew out from Washington, Barrett and Robert came all the way from sunny California. That’s an extra 4.500 kilometers for those two!
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As they arrived at different times, they also took different hotels. Still, they did work together when it came to preparing for the tournament, exchanging deck ideas and strategies.
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Asked about their experience in Europe and what they felt the differences were, this is what the Duelists had to say:
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[p][b]Billy:[/b] “The player base is a lot different. It feels a little like people are generally more friendly, maybe less competitive.[br]
[b]Barrett followed it up:[/b] “I’m not sure, maybe it’s the fact that they got less YCS tournaments. They don’t feel so inclined to win them, they are happy for just being able to participate in them, which is great.”
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[b]What else feels different about Europe?[/b]
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[p][b]Alistar:[/b] The popular Decks differ a lot from the typical choices in America. I’m don’t intend to make it sound like a bad thing, it’s just totally new and a rather different environment![br]
Billy added that he liked that particular fact a lot![/p][/quote]
[b]What are your favorite experiences so far?[/b]
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[p][b]Alistar:[/b] “I enjoyed meeting the well known players in Europe! We see a lot of the more famous US players a lot and it’s cool to finally meet their European counterparts. Those guys like Claudio Kirchmair or Vincent Ralambomiadana which were able to make a name for themselves in the US already![br]
[p][b]Robert:[/b] “People have a totally different opinion on the value of their cards. It’s very confusing to do trades over here, unless it’s card for card with different languages!”
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[p]As you could see, all of the American globetrotters enjoyed the experience of playing on a different continent. Maybe we’ll some of them again in February when we’re inviting Duelists from all over the world to beautiful Leipzig in Germany?!
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