National Champions Part 1
07.07.2018 | 13:31
As this event is the clash of the champions we would like to present to you all the National Champions here in attendance at the 2018 WCQ: European Championship in Berlin. How did they qualify, how did they prepare and what happened at their Nationals. Take a look at part 1 of their profiles!
Name: Adrian Dursun
Country: Germany, National Champion of Spain
What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? True Draco Demise, but I switched to Trickstar, Mekk-Knights, Sky Striker with Phantom Sky Blaster for this event. I had to switch Decks, because True Draco lost Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King. I feel very confident with the Deck. Our team picked up the idea, because a similar Deck topped at Oceanics and we made a few changes to fit the Deck into the current metagame.
Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? In my Top 4 Match I had to play a Mirror Match and waking the dragon was released a few days prior to the event. My opponent pulled out Raidraptor Ultimate Falcon with it and the card is almost impossible to out for True Draco. Still, I managed to run over it using Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King, Dragonic Diagram and Forbidden Chalice.
How did you prepare for this event? I was playtesting a lot with my friends and teammates. I checked coverages and Decklists of the other nationals. After the NAWCQ we prepared for the Gouki Match-Up in particular.
Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? I arrived on Tuesday and had already took some time to see the city. The Brandenburger Tor is always worth a visit.
Name: Leonard König
Country: Germany, National Champion of the Netherlands
What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? I ran pure Trickstar for the Dutch Nationals. The event took place one day after the release of Dark Saviors and I couldn’t get my hands on the Sky Striker cards for this event. I decided to go with Trickstar since I was convinced that I would be a great metacall against Sky Striker thanks to Trickstar Reincarnation and Droll & Lock Bird. In the end it turned out that I won all my Sky Striker Match-Ups. I switched to Gouki for this event, because I had to find out that Gouki beats Trickstar any time.
Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? That was during my last Round of Swiss. My opponent was playing Dino Paleozoics. I only had Goats and no Trickstars to work with and he had Survivals End to punish me. He nuked my whole field and flooded the field with Dinosaurs.
How did you prepare for this event? I was playtesting with my team. I look at the top Deck and see how the mirror match is going. Then I check how the Deck performs against rouge Decks and finally I try to find a Deck that beats the best Deck consistently. If I cannot find one than I play a Tier 1 Deck.
Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? I know Berlin very well, even though I don’t live here. I would advise anybody to go and see the Sony Center. It’s one of my most favourite places in Berlin and I love the atmosphere there to hang out, meet people and have a good time.
Final Words: Shoutouts to Team Trent, the Belgium National Champion Max van Nijverseel. We playtested together for this years National Season and built our Decks together. Last but not least and want to say “Hi” to my mon and dad.
Name: Adam Hajek
Country: Czech Republic, National Champion of Slovakia
What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? I didn’t have time to attend the Nationals of the Czech Republic. Luckily, I met some friends in Slovakia and found the time to attend the National Championship of Slovakia. I was SPYRAL back then. It was the time before the release of Dark Saviors. Now, I’m running Sky Striker Trickstar with Mekk-Knight in the Sideboard. When the set was announced I was already hyped to get my hands on the Sky Striker engine. I feel like it has really good synergies with Trickstars and improves my chances of drawing into Droll & Lock Bird and other handtraps.
Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? During the finals I faced Pendulum Magician. It was the FTK version and Game 1 I bricked pretty hard. In Game 2 my opening hand was not that good either, but I was able to keep my opponent from completing his scales.
How did you prepare for this event? I talked to my friends, checked the coverage of recent events to find out which Decks are currently played and what Match-Ups I will be facing.
Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? It is my first time in Berlin. I couldn’t find time to see the city yet, but I hope I will get the chance on Monday.
Final Words: Shoutouts to my friends from Brno and also everyone that helped me to prepare for this event.