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National Champions Profiles Part 3

29.06.2019 | 14:23 |

In out hunt for Champions we would like to present you part 3 of the series. This time we are featuring the National Champions of Finland, Poland and Greece.

Jaakko Penttinen


Name: Jaakko Penttinen
Age: 29
Country: Finland, National Champion of Finland
What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? I was running Orcust at Natinals, but I switched to Altergeist for this event. My testing buddies couldn’t test with me, so I had to go with something I was more comfortable with.
Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? My only loss during Swiss was the guy I faced in the finals. Were are close friends, but I had my revenge. Actually, I was surprised I won, because I was already very tired in the finals after a long day.
How did you prepare for this event? I feel not very well prepared. My goal is to make it to Top 16. I’m feeling very confident with the Deck, but in the end it depends on my match-ups.
Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? Most likely! If I fail in the main event I will go and see the city. I’ve been to the WCQ in 2017 as well. It’s a fine country and a lot has changed since 2017.
Final Word Shoutouts to my team: Naamataulun sulatus inc

 


Imran Khan Jadoon

Name: Imran Khan Jadoon
Age: 21
Country: Germany, National Champion of Poland
What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? Danger Orcust! For Euros I decided to run a similar build but increase the amount of Main Deck cards to 60. There re mire Thunder Dragons in the Deck now. I was expecting to face more Thunder Dragon for this event, so I had to change the Main Deck to increase my Match-Up.
Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? I was lucky to win my Top 8 game. I played against Sky Striker. I was a very close and a ripped Twin Twister from the top finish him off.
How did you prepare for this event? I playtested a lot with my guys from Berlin, especially Jack und Kha.
Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? I’ve been here twice before. I like the city a lot, everything looks very modern and shiny.
Final Word Shoutouts to BB-Land Berlin and my Team Seventh Sense and especially to Jack Verma, the German National Champion.

 


Themis Gkyzis

Name: Themis Gkyzis
Age: 25
Country: Greece, National Champion of Greece
What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? Orcust, I tested it for the metagame and made a few changes. I’m expecting Salamangreat, Sky Striker, some Orcust, less TD and some rogue for Euros. Due to the shift in the metagame I had to change my Deck accordingly.
Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? I lost only two games the whole tournament. There were a few close games in the Top 8. In the top cut I had the hardest bracket, but I my preparations were too good. I put in a lot of effort to finally win my first National Championship.
How did you prepare for this event? I did playtesting with my testing partner Lorenzo Santoni.
Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? It’s my third time here in Utrecht. This time I arrived and immediately went to get the best Argentinian ribs of my life.
Final Word Shoutouts to Lorenzo Santoni, my girlfriend for supporting me and Raphael Neven and his father for providing a house to stay for the third time. And last but not least, to all my friends for really supporting me at nationals and thereafter.