National Champions Profiles Part 1
29.06.2019 | 11:15
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 2019 WCQ: European Championship in Utrecht. How did they qualify, how did they prepare and what happened at their Nationals. Take a look at the National Champions of Turkey, Switzerland and Norway!
Name: Kaan Tiryakioglu Age: 18 Country: Turkey, National Champion of Turkey What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? I ran Sky Striker at my National and I guess I will run the same Deck for Euros. The Deck grinds very well, but it’s also versatile enough to win in a single turn. Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? That was the finals. I received a game loss in Game 1 and felt very frustrated about it. But I was able to stay calm and focussed. Winning the following two games in a row made my day. How did you prepare for this event? I didn’t prepare for Euros. I had an exam at university and couldn’t find the time. My goal is to make it to Day 2, but I wish for Top 64. Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? I will stay two days in Amsterdam after the evnet to go and see the city. Since, I mostly travel for Euros I take the chance to do sightseeing as well. Final Word Believe in your dreams!
Name: Guillaume Venier Age: 22 Country: Switzerland, National Champion of Switzerland What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? I was playing Orcust at my National. The Deck was fairly new back then and I like playing new Decks. The Deck was running under the radar back then, so I tried to take advantage of it. After testing, I realized that it’s not that good anymore and I switched to something else. Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? My only loss was in Round 2 during Swiss. I played a friend of mine, whom I built the Deck with. We were running a similar build, so he knew what he was up against. How did you prepare for this event? I’ve been playtesting a lot at my locals and online. I’ve also been to the States to play at YCS Knoxville. Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? I arrived only two hours ago and headed for the venue immediately. My priority is on Yu-Gi-Oh!, but if I scrub out I guess I take some time to see the city. Final Word Shoutouts to my Team Mountain Owls.
Name: Mateusz Gozdan Age: 18 Country: Norway, National Champion of Norway What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? Salamangreat, I still feel like it is the most consistent Deck. It is not as explosive ike Thunder Dragon, but it’s good at what it does. For this event I changed the playstyle completely. At our Nationals I focused on maining a lot of handtraps. For this event, I run more of the engine and fewer handtraps. The idea was to break boards and establish my own field. Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? I came 2nd in Swiss. I only lost one mirror match. He maindecked Super Poly, which is extremely good in the mirror, but really bad in other Match-Ups. How did you prepare for this event? I have playtested a lot with my friends and teammates. The idea behind the Deck came from my friend of mine, who played it at the UK Nationals. He did very well with it, so I decided to adopt the idea. Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? I’ve been here both years prior. So I already know the city very well. I can easily get here by plane and it feels nice to be here again. Final Word Shoutouts to my Team Frozen Card Gaming. It is the team I manage. Currently, the team is situated in the north of Europe, but we are expanding to rest of Europe as well as the States and Australia. Shoutouts to Tristan Pugh who came up with the concept of Salamangreat.