National Champions Part 2
Welcome to Part 2 of our National Champions Spotlight. This time we are introducing the National Champions of Croatia, Austria and Greece. Enjoy!
[b]Name: [/b] Matija Kisur
[b]Age: [/b] 21
[b]Country: [/b] Croatia
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] I played Altergeist at my Nationals. I like to play control decks with a lot of floodgate and Altergeist was the deck to turn to. Floodgates allow you to go either first or second, making the deck less dependent on the die roll. For this event I added [rai oh] as a tech card against all the current decks, but it didn’t work out for me.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] It was last Round of Swiss against True Draco going second. True Draco is a very tough Match Up for Altergeist in general and our score was tied going into Game 3. He had a bad hand and I moved on to win the match.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I was playtesting with my friends and spoke to my friends.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? [/b] I already checked out parts of the city. I will go and watch the World Cup Soccer in the evening. I will be rooting for Croatia. I think our team is really good and we have a good shot at the title.
[b]Final Words:[/b] Shoutouts to my homeboys from Croatia!
[b]Name: [/b] Eugen Heidt
[b]Age: [/b] 24
[b]Country: [/b] Germany, National Champion of Austria
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] [dasa] was released a few days prior the event. A team member posted the list in our group chat. I took a look at it, tested it a bit and decided to stick with it. Today I’m running a similar build. I tested Gouki a few days prior to Berlin, but I couldn’t get used to it. The deck was ok, but I never felt really confident with it. Furthermore, I hate to play the mirror matches all day long. I changed the amount of handtraps to beat Gouki and try not to lose to [called by the grave].
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] The finals were pretty close. The first two games were finished after two or three turns. Game 3 was more of a war of attrition. We both had handtraps to out each other plays, but in the end he had to take a lot of burn damage via [lycoris].
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I playtested a lot, not only with my team, but also in my locals to gain a lot experience and see which decks are currently played. I also check current rulings and get familiar with changes in the game like the new time-out procedure.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? [/b] It’s my fourth time in Berlin and I’m not a fan of the city at all. Yesterday we decided to watch the World Soccer Cup in Russia.
[b]Final Word[/b] Shoutouts to Complexity Card Gaming, to Bricks & Potatoes and all the people I came here with.
[b]Name: [/b] Vassilis Stamatiadis
[b]Age: [/b] 21
[b]Country: [/b] Greece
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] Sky Striker Trickstar, it was the most consistent deck back then and I had the chance to get my hands on the cards. Today, I’m running a similar build with more handtraps like [gamma] and removed [impermanence]. My current record is 5:0 and I still got a good shot at Top 64. This mourning I wasn’t very confident, because I didn’t have a lot of time to playtest, but I started to grow confident in the course of the event.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] Aris Samaras, who was my only loss in Swiss. In the Top 4 I took my revenge and beat him. I only lost 4 games the whole day, both of them were against him. When we met again, I was so focussed on winning, it didn’t matter anymore what happened during Swiss.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I was on vacation with my girlfriend and didn’t find a lot of time to prepare. Basically, I was familiar with the deck, since I ran a very similar build at Nats, but I wasn’t familiar with the current metagame. My friends gave me a lot of advice and helped me prepare.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? [/b] Thanks to a friend of mine who studies here, I was able to see the city on Thursday. He offered me to stay at his house, so I could come here a bit earlier. People in Berlin the architecture as well as the way they are living is so much different to Greece. It’s very impressive.
[b]Final Word[/b] Thanks to everyone who lend me cards and helped me with the deck, especially to Birakos Theodoros, Katsaris Costas, Farmakis George, Petros Markantonakis, Stantzopoulos Alex, Nikos Kantzoyrakis, Erik Beck And Giannis Thodis. I’m pretty sure I forgot many more, so thanks to them too.