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National Champion Profiles – Part 2

04.07.2015 | 16:40 |

A round of applause for the second five National Champions. Take a look at their best stories of their National Championships.

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[b]Name: [/b] Daniel Bendtsen
[b]Age: [/b] 19
[b]Country: [/b] Denmark, Hvidovre

[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b]
I was running an innovative Star Seraph Hands Shaddoll Anti Meta Mix. I felt quite comfortable going into the event and today I’m playing more or less the same deck.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b]
Yes, I remember it very well. It was the last round of Swiss and I had to play Arne Gunnert, he’s one of the judges here in Dublin. He easily beat me with his Burning Abyss deck. It was a clear 2:0 where he had an out to everything I tried to do. It felt frustrating, but since it happened during Swiss it didn’t matter that much.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b]
Not really, people recognize my deck more than me.

[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b]
I sat down with one of my friends and talked to him about my Burning Abyss matchup and how to improve my side deck. I feel confident with the Match-Up right now.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Dublin yet? [/b]
I’ve only been here for some time and didn’t find time to see the city. Probably if I drop out of the tournament I might spend some time in the city.
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Joona Mustonen[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Joona Mustonen
[b]Age: [/b] 23
[b]Country: [/b] Finland, Nurmes

[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b]
I played the best deck of the format: Nekroz. I feel like it fits my playing style and I feel confident with it. I’m also running the same deck in the European Championship.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b]
That was the game in the finals. I had to play against Burning Abyss. I knew he was a good player and that he knew how to play the deck. It was a long game and we went into time. He tried to burn me to death with [ba barbar]. But in the end I managed to pull off the win.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b]
Something I was really happy about that I got mentioned in an article in our local newspaper in Nurmes.

[b]How did you prepare for this event?? [/b]
I played with friends and other guys participating in the event. I prefer to playtest in real life, because we see and can talk to each other. Body language and bluffing is so important this time.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Dublin yet? [/b]
I didn’t find any time to see the city. All we did was look for some pizza for lunch but I will check out a pub in the evening, that’s for sure.
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Idan Ytzhak[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Idan Ytzhak
[b]Age: [/b] 28
[b]Country: [/b] Isreal, Jerusalem

[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b]
I was running Nekroz just like today. It’s the deck I’m most familiar with. A friend of mine recommended the deck to me. I can’t play as much anymore as I used to since I study and have to work.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b]
It was the same friend that recommended me to play the deck. We faced each other in the finals and I won. It may sound ironic but he also helped me to get the cards. I want to add that we are still friends *smiles*

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b]
I used to be very active in our community about ten years ago. Due to my lack of time I fell behind a little lately but I noticed a rise in recognition ever since my win.

[b]How did you prepare for this event?? [/b]
I playtested with all my friends. We tried all kinds of decks and Match-Ups in order to get ready for this big event right here.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Dublin yet? [/b]
Not too much, but I think on Sunday I will go and check out the city. It seems to be a very pleasant and peaceful city. And I really like the free Wifi here at the venue!
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Errikos Bek[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Errikos Bek
[b]Age: [/b] 18
[b]Country: [/b] Greece, Athens

[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b]
I picked Nekroz as my deck to go for Nationals. I had two exams in my final grade so I didn’t have much time to playtest and it seemed to be the best deck at the moment. I will run Nekroz for European Championship as well.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b]
That was Game 3 in the finals versus a good friend of mine. He opened with two [mind crush] and I was lucky to topdeck into [denko] to steal the game. I feel like I didn’t really deserve the win, but was very happy with the result.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b]
Not really changed a lot since I was already well known in my country.

[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b]
I played like 4 – 5 times a week with my friends in Greece in order to prepare properly. All of them are a great support to me. Without them and their a advice I wouldn’t be here today.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Dublin yet? [/b]
I arrived yesterday but we didn’t have time to look around. I was too tired.
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Mikołaj Drzewiecki[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Mikołaj Drzewiecki
[b]Age: [/b] 25
[b]Country: [/b] Poland, Warszawa

[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b]
I chose the most consistent deck to run at my Nationals: Nekroz. I will run it a European Championship as well, but with a few different card choices.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b]
It was a match against Burning Abyss. He took the [maxx] challenge and let me draw 15 cards! He finished his turn up with 3 [dante] and hit a [ccv] with [akbj]. After that I ended up with only 2 cards in hand, still I won the Match.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b]
We have our own ranking in Poland so nothing really has changed.

[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b]
I didn’t really find time to playtest a lot. Still, I feel pretty confident with my deck right now.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Dublin yet? [/b]
I took a bus tour through Dublin. The city is very nice and I’m happy it’s not as hot as in Poland right now.
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