National Champion Profiles – Part 2

Take a look at part 2 of our National Champions Profile series. This time we would like to introduce to you the National Champions of Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania and Malta.

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Balazs Bartha[abstand]

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[b]Name: [/b] Balazs Bartha
[b]Age: [/b] 18
[b]Country: [/b] Hungary
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] D/D/D – it was a fairly cheap deck back then. It was also very surprising to me that I managed to win the event. For this event I decided to run Shinobirds, because I like the artwork of the cards. Overall, I’m mainly here for the fun and to have a good time.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] I guess that was the mirror match during Swiss. My opponent sided [pachy] and used it to clear my field. It was my only loss during Swiss.
[b] Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] It was the first time ever I played at a premier event and I won! Before that people only knew me from my online activities. After the event the Hungarian community started to give me some credits.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I playtested with my friends and tried to find the perfect ratios and card choices.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? [/b] I haven’t had time but think I will go and see the city after the event.
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Gary White[abstand]

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[b]Name: [/b] Gary White
[b]Age: [/b] 24
[b]Country: [/b] Ireland
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] Pure Zoo: I ran the pure version, because I felt that it was the best deck back then. And it still is the best deck right now, so I chose to run it for the Main event as well. I’ve changed a few things like removing some of the handtraps for real traps.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] The best game was the final where I played my best friend Jack. He basically built the deck and we were playing the same list. It was a very friendly final even though the organizer said it was the best final he’s ever seen.
[b] Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] Irish National Championship took a step back since me winning it. Everybody keeps saying that Irish Nationals must be a joke if Gary White can win it.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I got my friend Jack to do all the work again. He built my deck and I only need to pilot it. I tested at locals and with other friends of mine.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? [/b] I literally got here this morning and for the rest of the weekend I will be too busy winning the event.
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Tom Braudo[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Tom Braudo
[b]Age: [/b] 16
[b]Country: [/b] Israel
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] ABC, it was the best deck for the format. [macr] wasn’t released back then. I tricked everyone that I would play invoked. For this event I chose True Draco Demise, because I didn’t want to play Zoodiac like everybody else.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] That was the semi-final vs. 60 card Paleo deck. Game 3 I surprised everybody with [jinzo] which I was siding for this particular match-up.
[b] Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] Everybody is surprised about my age, they all think that I’m a Dragon Duel winner.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I played a lot and prepared for all the different match-ups in the current metagame.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? [/b] Not really, there was no time and after the event we will head home.
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Jonas Siuksteris[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Jonas Siuksteris
[b]Age: [/b] 18
[b]Country: [/b] Lithuania
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] True King Dinosaurs – I really liked how the deck runs and I playtested a lot. It was a good choice to beat rogue decks as well as Zoo. I maindecked a lot of tech cards like [flyingc]. I run Zoo for WCQ. I thought the key to success is consistency and True King isn’t consistent enough.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] There were some close games in Swiss. In top 4 I faced a Zoo player and drew into 2 [flyingc] in my opening hand and I completely locked him out of his game. Even though he had [z barrage] to handle the first copy, I had the second [flyingc] to beat him.
[b] Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] I won last year as well. The expectations were high going into the event.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] There were not a lot of different match-ups in my area, so I had to play online to prepare.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? [/b] I visited some places this morning. After the event I will go and see Amsterdam as well.
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Noah[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Noah Assouline
[b]Age: [/b] 20
[b]Country: [/b] France, National Champion of Malta
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] I played Pure Zoodiac, twelve handtraps and [tinfish]. If you have [tinfish] and [z rat] you can expand the combo to draw even more cards and end up with [z drident] and [toadally]. I’m not sure on what to play tomorrow. I will make a last-minute decision and a few tech cards like I did for Malta.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] At Round 2 I played against True Draco and lost the die roll. Game 3 I went 1st and had my setup. He did his plays and already extended a lot. He summoned [m peace] and I had no outs for it. I was topdecking and was lucky to draw into a Kaiju to get rid of [m peace].
[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] I made a lot of new friends in Malta. They are very warm and welcoming people. A lot of the people attending the event were not from Malta. They all went to Malta just to play at the WCQ. I’m still in touch with most of them. What has changes is that my goals going into this event have changed. I’m here to win not only to top.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I played every single local in my area and met with friends a lot. We arrived yesterday and did a lot of playtesting.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? [/b] As this is my first time in the Netherlands I plan to see Utrecht and Amsterdam. Of what I saw the city is very nice.
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