Meet Team Europe II
02.07.2019 | 10:11
On Friday we hosted the World Championship Points Play-off and identified the first half of Team Europe. Jonas Koschel and Joshua Schmidt both secured their spots by making it all the way to the finals. In an intense playoff for 3rd place Raphael Neven, being first in points throughout the year, grabbed the last remaining spot and all other Duelists had to try again at the European Championship. Now, we are finally able to present you the final four World Championship competitors making Team Europe complete.
For two of the unlucky Duelists on Friday that lost in the playoff, the chance of making it to worlds, was still alive. Jake Quinsee and Adrian Dursun both made it to the Top 8 and faced each other in a Duel for Worlds. So, only one of them would get the chance to go to worlds. This might sound like we scripted it, but we didn’t. After a close game, Jake Quinsee finally obtained his ticket to worlds to fulfill his dream!
Of all the National Champions in Utrecht Herman Hansson made it all the way to Top 4 and also received his invite to Worlds! He entered with a unique Thunder Dragon built and it paid off!
For the first time ever in WCQ history, we had an all French final. Gabriel Soussi and Samir Bachar faced each other in the last Duel of the weekend. Both already had their ticket to Worlds, but only one of the would be crowned European Champion 2019. Samir already knew what it is to be Champion, he took home the title in 2016. Now, he was back to repeat his success and become the first 2-time European Champion. Only his fellow countryman Gabriel Soussi was in his remaining! In the end, it was Gabriel’s day. He beat Samir in a tight game, making him the European Champion 2019.
The French made a strong showing in general. They were the second largest country entering the event and sent two Duelists to the finals. After Luke Parks from the UK, the title went to France this time, making a strong statement for the French community.
Meet the rest of Team Europe:
Winner and European Champion 2019: Gabriel Soussi from France
Runner-Up and World Championship Competitor Samir Bachar from France
Semi-Finalist and World Championship Competitor Jake Quinsee from the UK
Semi-Finalist and World Championship Competitor Herman Hansson from Sweden