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National Champion Profiles – Part 1

24.06.2017 | 11:45 |

As this event is the clash of the champions we would like to present you all the National Champions here in competition at the WCQ: European Championship 2017 in Utrecht. We asked everyone of them for an interview and see how they prepared for this important event. Take a look at part 1 of their profiles!
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Lungisa Takane[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Lungisa Takane
[b]Age: [/b] 25
[b]Country: [/b] South Africa
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] I played pure Zoodiacs. I felt like it was the best deck. It could do the most with only one card. The rest can be protection and counters to your opponents plays. Today I chose to play a Kaiju version. I felt I needed more ways to get rid of [m peace] and [ulttyr]. I felt like the deck needs more ways to special summon monsters and deal 8000 points of damage in a single turn.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] I would rather tell a funny story: everytime I faced a Dinosaur player they looked for [norden] in my Extra Deck to banish it. But since I wasn’t running it they had to choose something different. They couldn’t punish me.
[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] People really look up to me since I’m successful like that. I’m some sort of a role model for the new players. They ask me for advice and my opinion on card choices and decks.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I tested out every single metadeck right now to find out their strengths and weaknesses. I chose to run the deck that has the least amount of weaknesses and solve the problems.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? [/b] Unfortunately, I won’t be able to visit the city as I’m not staying any extra days.
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Patrick Berger[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Patrick Berger
[b]Age: [/b] 24
[b]Country: [/b] Austria
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] True Draco Zoo, it was the best deck back then. I will play a similar build for the WCQ but the deck has evolved since my Nationals. In the meantime I also tried some other decks, but after thoroughly testing I stuck with True Draco Zoo again.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] That was Lorenzo Roma in the final round of Swiss. He 2:0ed me in a very impressive fashion. It was my only loss during the tournament.
[b] Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] In Austria I was already well know. People in Munich know me now, so guess I’m more recognized at an international level.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I played some locals and tested the big three decks in order to find out which build suits me best. My goal is to get to the top cut, but I’m mainly here for the fun.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? [/b] I will go and see Amsterdam on Monday. It’s my first time here and I’m really looking forward to it.
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Jan Oliver Gross[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Jan Oliver Gross
[b]Age: [/b] 19
[b]Country: [/b] Germany, National Champion of Belgium
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] I played True Draco, since I felt like Zoodiac didn’t do me any favour when playing the mirror match. So, I decided to run a deck that is consistent enough to be better than the average 50:50 chances. The deck is not dependent on the die roll. I can also win with this deck going 2nd. Basically that was my strategy and it worked out fine.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] It was in the last Round of Swiss. My opponent played Mermail and set up a board with [moulin] and [toadally]. It was hard to break, but I managed to beat his board.
[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] I’m already quite a successful player in my area. It was the only event I played this year and I managed to win. I’m very proud of my achievement. Other than that not a lot has changed.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I’m going to be part of the judge team tomorrow. I prepared like I was going to play since for my job it is necessary to know the metagame as well as all the cards that are currently played.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? [/b] When I find the time I will probably go to see the city. But as a judge it will be a long weekend and I will be glad to get some sleep.
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Eero Sorakunnas[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Eero Sorakunnas
[b]Age: [/b] 19
[b]Country: [/b] Finland
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] I played True Draco Zoodiacs. I was testing with my friend and the deck offered the most consistency and the flexibility and the power of [m peace]. I’m not yet sure which deck I will play tomorrow, but I think it will be something similar to some degree at least.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] Well, I think it was the one loss I took in Swiss. It was the guy I playtested a lot with. We tested together and had a very similar deck. Game 1 he had [maxxc] to stop me dead in my tracks and Game 2 turned into a grind game. In the end he had more resources than I did.
[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] I don’t really think it has changed a lot. I’ve been doing fairly well before and the Finnish community is rather small. Still, it was my biggest success so far.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I prepped mostly the same way like for Nationals. We went to my friend’s house and invested a decent amount of time. For this event we had a bigger group.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? [/b] We already took a walk through the city yesterday evening. On Sunday we will take another city tour.
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Joel Ramershoven[abstand]

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[b]Name: [/b] Joel Ramershoven
[b]Age: [/b] 19
[b]Country: [/b] Germany
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] Wind Witch Invoked: I chose to run the same deck for WCQ with a few iterations. I was playing the deck for three months and it was the deck I was most familiar with. It has a great matchup against all the current metadecks. You only need to find the right build. It can go 1st and 2nd so it is not very much dependent on the die roll.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] Each game was tough and close. The hardest match was in the Top 8 against Alpay Engin. He won Game 1 and he is such a good player that I felt like my chances of winning this are low. I had to consider all his possible options and he’s truly a master of mind games.
[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win?[/b] Not really, I feel like the deck became a more important part of the metagame since my win.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare. I feel like my deck go stronger with the release of the new Forbidden & Limited List. I have almost endless resources due to [aleister].
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? [/b] I went to the city on Thursday evening. It is very beautiful, the only thing that bothers me is the expensive parking places.
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