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National Champion Profiles – Part 4

05.07.2015 | 14:44 |

This is the fourth and final part of our National Champion Profile series. Unfortunately we couldn’t catch them all for an interview. Here’s the champion of Turkey, United Kingdom, Switzerland and France – enjoy!

Turkey

 



Name: Kaan Tiryakioğlu
Age: 15
Country: Turkey, Istanbul

What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today?
I was running Ritual Beast. I will be playing the same Deck for tomorrow as well. I love to play skilful and combo Decks. The Deck seems to be a sleeper pick for this event. Furthermore I just love the artwork of the cards.

Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship?
I faced a Shaddoll Deck and he was already winning. Then I drew a [rb lara] from the top of my Deck to steal the game. I went undefeated throughout the whole tournament.

Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win?
I feel more professional now.

How did you prepare for this event??
Last month despite school exams I tested a lot with friends of mine.

Finally, have you had a chance to explore Dublin yet?
Me and my father will stay three more days to visit the city.

 


UK

 



Name: Oliver Newton
Age: 20
Country: UK, Gillingham, Kent

What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today?
I played my favourite Deck Satellarknights. I will play the same Deck tomorrow at the Main Event. It feels like an anti-meta Deck which just suits my playstyle.

Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship?
It was Qliphort in Round 2. He already maindecked a lot of cards that are good against my Deck. I lost the first game really quickly but managed a comeback in Games 2 and 3.

Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win?
I got more known in the community and my Facebook page got flooded with good comments.

How did you prepare for this event??
I was testing with friends. We were trying techs like Phoenix Wing Wind Blast but can’t make it fit. There is too little room in my Deck for further Trap Cards.

Finally, have you had a chance to explore Dublin yet?
Not yet, but we will after the event.

 


France

 



Name: Leo Giner
Age: 24
Country: France, Paris

What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today?
I chose to run Nekroz as I think it’s the strongest of the most consistent Decks. Burning Abyss is still more consistent, but it’s the power of Nekroz of Trishula that makes all the difference. At Nationals I maindecked Djinn Releaser of Rituals and a Reinforcement of the Army target for the out to the lock. This time I chose to not play the Djinn Releaser of Rituals and also no out to the lock but I maindeck Shared Ride for the mirror. I also side into Droll & Lock Bird. I think it’s an amazing card. If I start Droll & Lock Bird freezes my opponent for the whole turn. Then I push and he can’t Nekroz of Valkyrus because there is not target in his grave. It worked out really good for me.

Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship?
I had many tight Duels because I had bad opening hands and some of my opponents started really god. I think the final was hardest match of all. I Decked him out Game 1, Game 2 I misplayed and that cost me the game. Game 3 he played Mystik Wok and I had only two turns go for the push. My first attack got stopped by Nekroz of Valkyrus. In my final turn I Summoned Divine Dragon Knight Felgrand to negate the Nekroz of Valkyrus play. He coundn’t mount a comeback after that.

Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win?
I didn’t notice any difference. I was already very well known in the community due to my tops at YCS.

How did you prepare for this event??
We didn’t have time to play a lot, because I had to work a lot lately. We met only one night a week at the most. Two friends of mine helped me out a lot: Kevin and Guillaume. Thank’s for that! Kevin also told me to play Denko Sekka and Droll & Lock Bird which proved to be very good today.

Finally, have you had a chance to explore Dublin yet?
Friday we went through the city and had some time to hang out. I already have to leave in the evening after the event.

 


Kevin

 



Name: Kevin Züger
Age: 23
Country: Switzerland

What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today?
Nekroz: it was the Deck that I most tested with and felt most comfortable with. For this event, I stayed true to my Nekroz Deck. I tweaked the Deck to win the Nekroz mirror match, but unfortunately I didn’t get any mirror matches throughout the day.

Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship?
T final match was pretty tough. It started very late – around 4 in the mourning and it was so hard for me to stay focused.

Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win?
Nothing really has changed. My country has a small community and we all know each other very well. Cool thing was that I won an invitation to Dublin.

How did you prepare for this event??
I playtested a lot against all the possible matchups. I even took the game 1 loss against Burning Abyss in order to win the mirror match.

Finally, have you had a chance to explore Dublin yet?
I’ve been around for a while and I felt like Dublin is a very modern city.