National Champions Profile – Part 1

As this event is the clash of the champions we would like to present all the national champions here in competition at the WCQ: European Championship 2016 in Berlin. We asked every one of them for an interview and see how they prepared for this important event. Take a look at part 1 of their profiles!
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Loan Cite-Mielle[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Loan Cite-Mielle
[b]Age: [/b] 20
[b]Country: [/b] France, National Champion of Belgium

[b]What Deck did you win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] I chose to run Pendulum and play a similar deck for Euros.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] I guess that was against Burning Abyss in Top 4. I lost Game 1 due to [mh law] and 3 set cards. Then I managed to mount a comeback in Games 2 and 3 due to [flyingc] in my opening hand.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] I’m already very well known in France.

[b]How did you prepare for this event?? [/b] I playtested a lot with friends of mine.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? [/b] Not really. I arrived late and I’m focused on the event. Probably I will find some time to hang out with my friends on Monday.
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Dave Graberth[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Dave Grabert
[b]Age: [/b] 25
[b]Country: [/b] Germany, National Champion of the Czech Republic

[b]What Deck did you win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] Fire King Kozmo, I still rely on Kozmo for Euros, but decided to change a few things.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] That was my Top 8 match. Game 3 was really tight. I had to play a mirror match. I broke his very strong field and won afterwards.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] I’m already well known in Germany. The only thing that really changed was that I’m a proud owner of a great price card now.

[b]How did you prepare for this event?? [/b] I couldn’t find time to prepare very well. A few days before the event I started to look through cards and decks. Kozmo is a combo based deck. All you need to know is your plays and side board options.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? [/b] I live here.
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Jared Stone[abstand]
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[b]Name: [/b] Jared Stone
[b]Age: [/b] 19
[b]Country: [/b] UK

[b]What Deck did you win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] Tzolkin Monarch: it’s a deck resolving around [quickdraw] to go into [lvl0] with the help of [prime] and summon dragons from the Extra Deck. Basically, I play the same deck with some changes. I added [megazaborg] to send cards from the Extra Deck in order to beat my own deck with it.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] A Pendulum deck during the 1st round. That was one of my two losses. I played like 10 mirror matches the whole event and won all of them.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] My deck was copied a lot times and so I had to improve my decklist and evolve. I did this for Nationals and Euros as well.

[b]How did you prepare for this event?? [/b] I watched coverage from Nationals and NAWCQ. I didn’t playtest as much as I used to. I rather focused on checking what my opponents are possibly going to play.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? [/b] I arrived on Friday, so I had no time. I plan to check out the city afterwards.
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Jörg Müller
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[b]Name: [/b] Jörg Müller
[b]Age: [/b] 28, tomorrow is my birthday
[b]Country: [/b] Germany, National Champion of Poland

[b]What Deck did you win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] Extra Deck Monarch, I’m playing the same deck here in Berlin. I added [bri fu] to make better 1st turn plays.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] I lost Round 1 vs. Qliphort with [cod]. After that I went undefeated through the rest of the tournament.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] I feel like I’m more recognized and Duelists ask for my opinion on decks and card choices.

[b]How did you prepare for this event?? [/b] I played a lot locals and smaller events to prepare and test out my deck. I also spoke to friends and other players using the same deck.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? [/b] I live here. Places you should definitely visit are: Alexanderplatz and Bundesplatz.
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Kaan
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[b]Name: [/b] Kaan Tiryakioglu
[b]Age: [/b] 16
[b]Country: [/b] Turkey

[b]What Deck did you win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] Extra Deck Monarchs, I altered my build a little bit due to the changes in the metagame.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] The final was my hardest match. I was lucky to draw strong opening hands all day. In fact, I never bricked the whole day long.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] I won my Nats twice in a row, so I’m already well known in the Turkish community. Personally, I feel a lot more confident.

[b]How did you prepare for this event?? [/b] I playtested a lot and spoke to my friends. I tested Match-Ups to be ready for everything and bring a good Side Board.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? [/b] I arrived here on Tuesday to check out the city and popular places.
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