National Champion Profiles – Part 3

Here’s the rest of the bunch. With part 3 of our National Champion Profiles we finish this series!

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[b]Name: [/b] Darjan Žužul
[b]Age: [/b] 17
[b]Country: [/b]

[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b]
I won with my Nekroz deck. In my opinion it is still the best deck in the format and I also brought it here to European Championships. Unfortunately I “bricked” a lot and dropped out of the Main Event after Round 3.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b]
It was Shaddolls in Round 1. I lost the first Match, which is very unfortunate, but after that I went undefeated.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b]
I got better known in my community.

[b]How did you prepare for this event?? [/b]
I tested with my friends at home for hours and hours. Both of them are in Day 2 of the Main Event. They still have a shot at Top 64. I wish them best of luck.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Dublin yet? [/b]
Not yet, we arrived on Friday went directly to venue to trade. Maybe on Sunday we will check out the city.
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[b]Name: [/b] Alessandro Di Patria
[b]Age: [/b] 20
[b]Country: [/b] Italy, Napoli

[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b]
I won with Burning Abyss. I found running Nekroz was too risky due to floodgates, so I decided to take the second best deck. I’m still playing it for today even though I have changed a few things.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b]
I remember my luckiest game. It was a mirror match in the Top 32. After losing Game 1 my opponent received game loss for missing a card in the deck at the start of Game 2. Finally I won Game 3 and proceeded to Top 16.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b]
I managed to top last year as well and was close to topping a YCS. This year I won my fist premier event and noticed that players started to look up to me.

[b]How did you prepare for this event?? [/b]
I need to rely on the internet in order to improve my game, discussing strategies with many players.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Dublin yet? [/b]
Not yet, but I will go to a pub later on!
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[b]Name: [/b] László Zsolt Andrássy
[b]Age: [/b] 23
[b]Country: [/b] Hungary, won Slovakia National

[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b]
I was running Nekroz for my Nationals. I’m still not sure what to run for European National. I think that Burning Abyss is the better choice against the Qliphort Match-Up and hardly ever runs out of resources.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b]
Robert was my toughest opponent with Qliphort. He was the only player to beat me during the Swiss portion of the event.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b]
No, not at all. I’m the same and people treat the same.

[b]How did you prepare for this event?? [/b]
I have a good friend of mine he’s the best player in Hungary and I playtested a lot with him. I appreciate his advice and part of my success this year I owe to him.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Dublin yet? [/b]
I’m going to visit the city after the event. I didn’t find time on Friday.
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Matej[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Matej Lavrinšek
[b]Age: [/b] 26
[b]Country: [/b] Slovenia, Ljubljana

[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b]
I chose to go with Nekroz, because it’s the most fun. I still rely on my Nekroz, because I think it’s still the best deck. I just don’t like the djinn, but you have to play it.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b]
It was a mirror match against a friend of mine. I managed to Djinn-lock my opponent and had [nz gung] as a backup.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b]
I couldn’t notice any changes. It was my second National Championship after 2009. I feel like the game has changed a lot. We have more decks in the metagame and it’s a lot harder to build a decent Side Deck. There is just not enough room in the Side Deck.

[b]How did you prepare for this event?? [/b]
I talked with my friends and received a lot of suggestions. After that I did a lot of testing.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Dublin yet? [/b]
I didn’t have much time yet. We arrived late yesterday, but on Sunday I will go to a pub!
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Eddi[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Eddi Ramsgård
[b]Age: [/b] 20
[b]Country: [/b] Sweden, Lund

[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b]
I think I am the only National Champion that won with Qliphorts. I knew the format in Sweden would be Nekroz and very little Burning Abyss. Qliphort still is the best Match-Up versus Nekroz. So I decided to play the best deck against the best deck. Even though I think that Burning Abyss is more consistent and has a better Match-Up against all the other decks.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b]
I was going undefeated into Round 5. I played at Table 1 and he 2:0ed me with Nekroz thanks to [eek] twice. Even though I had my floodgates I couldn’t win. The final Match was also pretty tough. I played a very good friend of mine. It was a very intense game and managed to turn a game around I shouldn’t have won. He didn’t draw an out to [vane] in 6 turns! I was lucky to win this one.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b]
In Sweden and Denmark I got more known in the community. I wasn’t featured on any of the big sites and everybody hates the deck anyway.

[b]How did you prepare for this event?? [/b]
I was playtesting with friends a lot and switched my mind two weeks before the event after losing two locals in a row against Burning Abyss. I played Burning Abyss before so I feel comfortable with it. I play one game at a time and see how it goes. I don’t want to set my goals to high since I might fall down. After all I play for the fun.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Dublin yet? [/b]
We had a bus ride here and from what I’ve seen so far it’s a beautiful city and I’m excited to be here.
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