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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
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[b]Name: [/b] Jaakko Penttinen
[b]Age: [/b] 29
[b]Country: [/b] Finland, National Champion of Finland
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] 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.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] 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.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] 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.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? [/b] 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.
[b]Final Word[/b] Shoutouts to my team: Naamataulun sulatus inc
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Imran Khan Jadoon
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[b]Name: [/b] Imran Khan Jadoon
[b]Age: [/b] 21
[b]Country: [/b] Germany, National Champion of Poland
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] 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.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] 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.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I playtested a lot with my guys from Berlin, especially Jack und Kha.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? [/b] I’ve been here twice before. I like the city a lot, everything looks very modern and shiny.
[b]Final Word[/b] Shoutouts to BB-Land Berlin and my Team Seventh Sense and especially to Jack Verma, the German National Champion.
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Themis Gkyzis
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[b]Name: [/b] Themis Gkyzis
[b]Age: [/b] 25
[b]Country: [/b] Greece, National Champion of Greece
[b]What Deck did win your Nationals with and what Deck are you playing today? [/b] 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.
[b]Who was your toughest opponent at your National Championship? [/b] 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.
[b]How did you prepare for this event? [/b] I did playtesting with my testing partner Lorenzo Santoni.
[b]Finally, have you had a chance to explore Utrecht yet? [/b] It’s my third time here in Utrecht. This time I arrived and immediately went to get the best Argentinian ribs of my life.
[b]Final Word[/b] 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.
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