National Champions Profile – Part 4

This is part 4 of our National Champions Profile series. This time we would like to introduce to you: Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Italy and Spain. All of them have records good enough to take them into Day 2.
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Slovakia
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[b]Name: [/b] Matúš Martinko
[b]Age: [/b] 24
[b]Country: [/b] Slovakia

[b]What Deck did you win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] Fire King Kozmo, today I’m running Demise Kozmo for Euros. I wanted to keep it simple and the deck is pretty fun to play.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] It was a friend of mine and we played a similar deck. The game lasted very long and went back and forth. You couldn’t really tell the outcome. It hurt me a lot that I beat him, but I had to.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] I was already a respected player in our community. I do get more attention from players from other countries though.

[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I didn’t really test a lot.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? [/b] I’ve already been to YCS Berlin in 2014 so I know the city very well.
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Ivan
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[b]Name: [/b] Ivan Modesto
[b]Age: [/b] 27
[b]Country: [/b] Croatia

[b]What Deck did you win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] Phantom Knight Burning Abyss, I play exactly the same list today.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] It was an Extra Deck Monarch in the last Round of Swiss. It was a very important match. After losing I thought my dreams were shattered. I was lucky to get into tops due to my good tie breakers.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] Croatia is a small country and everybody knows each other.

[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I playtested with people on my Team Mean Machine.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? [/b] I’m hoping to find time. It’s the first time I’m here. But I also want to top so it’s a catch 22 situation.
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Italy
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[b]Name: [/b] Andrea Militano
[b]Age: [/b] 21
[b]Country: [/b] Italy, Catania

[b]What Deck did you win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] Extra Deck Monarch, I changed my deck because I think it is a different metagame here.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] The final was like a massacre. My opponent was playing Phantom Knight Burning Abyss and I wanted to win so badly. I’m really happy to be here now. It’s a great experience so far.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] I’m more popular in my community and a pro-player amongst others in Italy.

[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I played for about 2 months with friends at locals.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? [/b] I already went to Alexanderplatz and the Wall of Berlin. It’s a very beautiful city.
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Spain
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[b]Name: [/b] Samuel García Cabas
[b]Age: [/b] 16
[b]Country: [/b] Spain, Cadiz

[b]What Deck did you win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] Phantom Knight Burning Abyss, but I switched to Extra Deck Monarch for this Event. I think Monarch is the best deck for now. [bri fu] and [pantheism] win games.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] I placed 1st after Swiss. The Top 4 game was my hardest. It was a mirror match and I only have [tour] in my hand. My opponent has a full field of [leviair] and [47]. I draw and topdeck into [enemy]. I summon [tour] to take his [leviair] and attacked for game.

[b]Has anything changed since the your National Championship?[/b] I think Demise is really good now and Fire King Kozmo, but Monarch is the best deck.

[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I playtested with friends in my locals.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? [/b] I don’t have a lot of time but probably tomorrow.
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Germany
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[b]Name: [/b] Timo Hempel
[b]Age: [/b] 21
[b]Country: [/b] Germany, Fritzlar

[b]What Deck did you win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] I relied on a Majespecter deck. The deck was rather unknown back then. Nobody knew how to beat it. Going into Euros I changed a few cards due to my experiences at my nationals.

[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] I can’t remember the round, but it was Yosenju Demise. The deck was good and the guy playing it really knew how to play it. I took a tough beating.

[b]Have you gained any more recognition because of your National Championship win? [/b] At my locals I get more respect and players look up to me.

[b]How did you prepare for this event?? [/b] I played a bigger event close to my home town to test out my deck and the card choices.

[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Berlin yet? [/b] Last year I earned an invite to Stage 2 of [llds] in Berlin so I already know the city very well. I guess I will go to the hotel to rest. It was a very long event.
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