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Parents & Opinions: Martin Rasmussen and his son

30.06.2019 | 10:06 |

At the Dragon Duel area we spotted Martin Rasmussen. He came here to accompany his son Malthe. Both are hailing from Denmark and got hooked after playing at YCS Düsseldorf for the first time. We were curious to find out what made them come to Utrecht and how he feels about his son playing competitive Yu-Gi-Oh!.

 


Martin Rasmussen

 


Hi Malthe, what made you come to Utrecht?
Malthe: We are here to take part in the Dragon Duel Championship. We went to YCS Düsseldorf in February and after toping the event, I wanted to give it another shot. My goal was to make it to top 16, now I was Top 8! That’s so amazing! Yesterday, during Swiss I faced the European Champion in Round 1 and was able to beat him. I’m so proud of myself. Unfortunately, I just lost my Top 8 match due to misplaying with Trickstar Reincarnation. He twin-twistered my set card and I Chained it, banshing one of his monsters to trigger a search. That was the crucial misplay that gave him the chance to come back. But in the end, it doesn’t really bother me at all. I’m very happy with my result today.

How is is playing in a huge event like this?
Malthe: If feel very motivated to do better here. There are better prizes to win, so I tend to play a lot better. Besides, that it’s a good chance to meet new friends and enjoy it together.

How do feel about your son playing Yu-Gi-Oh!?
Martin: I’ve not been playing Yu-Gi-Oh! myself, but I must say that I really love the enthusiasm he shoes. Coming here to Utrecht gives me the chance to spend time with him and do stuff that matters to him a lot. We also get to travel and see other cities and do stuff outside of Yu-Gi-Oh!. Yesterday for example we rented a boat to drive through the canal. This time we also got the chance to see friends who live here. So overall, it is a pleasant experience for the both of us.

How do support your son?
Martin: Apart from going to event with him, we try to him cards for presents and Christmas. On Saturday, he goes to a local store by himself and spends the afternoon there. The cards itself can be quite expensive, but we are always trying to find something different that can beat the metadecks nonetheless. Of course, we are trying to offer him sports and outside activities as well, because I feel like it is important for him.

How do you build your Decks?
Malthe: At first, I saw a video online where they presented the Decklist. I really liked what I saw and started to build the Deck myself. At my locals I talked to some friends of mine and they gave me tips an how to change the Deck and make it even better. Now I run Trickstars and feel very confident with it.

What are your impression from the event?
Malthe: I’m just here to play Yu-Gi-Oh! and it doesn’t matter where.

Martin: As a parent I fell it is very well organized. Malthe plays in a club in Copenhagen and some of the older guys are here as well. So, even though they play in the older tournament the have a very strong team spirit and are very appreciable. I like to see how they support the younger Duelists as well. Also, the staff and the judges are doing a tremendous job at hosting this event. Thank you very much for the experience.

Do you have any final words
Martin: We’ll be back next time!