Parents & Opinions: Uros Lavrencic

01.12.2019 | 17:10 |
At the parental area we spotted Uros Lavrencic. He came all the way from Slovenia to accompany his son Malin to play at the Dragon Duel event. Malin already made Top 4 at the European Championship 2019 in Utrecht and aims to go to Worlds one day.




Hi Malin, how did you get started playing Yu-Gi-Oh!?
My uncle introduced me to it. He won cards in the lottery and gave them to me. After getting familiar with the game, I started attending to locals about two years ago. Ever since I played at the Slovenian Nationals and made it to first place in the Dragon Duel. Having earned my invite to Euros, we went to Utrecht where I placed 4th. It felt great being one of the top 4 Dragon Duelists in Europe. Unfortunately, I missed out on Worlds Qualification, but I decided to try this year again.
Where do you usually play?
We have a local in a city that is 20 minutes away from our home. The guy there hosts the events and has OTS packs as well. For bigger events like Regionals I need to go to Ljublian. These event are much bigger than our local and really like to go there. I enjoy playing these big events. During our summer holidays we went to Vienna. We’ve spent there two weeks and I’ve to a local store there almost every day. It was amazing.
What Deck are you running for this event?
I decided to go with Altergeist for this event. I like the Deck and how it runs. When preparing for this event I thought that there will be a lot of Orcust and Altergeist has a good matchup against it. In the first three rounds I faced three Orcust and won all the matches. So, until now, my decision paid off.


Uros, how do feel about your son playing Yu-Gi-Oh!?
It’s ok! He started playing chess some time ago and quit for Yu-Gi-Oh!. He is successful and I feel like he’s learning a lot. He also learns how to deal with uncertain situations and figure out ways how to cope with pressure. Overall, I have the feeling that it’s a good thing for him.


How do support your son?
I’m driving him to locals. Sometimes he goes there with his friends and they take him there. He learns a lot from the game. In chess, there is no such thing as luck. Yu-Gi-Oh! is a card game and since card are shuffled, there is a certain amount of luck involved. He also needs to talk English and communicate with other children from different countries. I was surprised to see that how much certain cards are worth. He won prize cards at Euros and we sold it and I was surprised to see how much they are worth.


Have you ever tried to play Yu-Gi-Oh! yourself?
I’ve tried it but it’s nothing for me. I’m developing board games and like to play games, but it didn’t really catch me. Furthermore, it is his game and I want to leave it to him. Sometimes I try to help him out how to stay focused and how to prepare and approach the game. I do have some coaching appearance and I try to make use of it when going to these big events.


What impression do you have from the event?
I’m surprised how well run these events are. Utrecht, which was our first event, was pretty impressive. We had a great time going there and I try to take home as much impressions as possible. We have a local table tennis club and I like to spread the word about it. Maybe some things I’ve experienced here might work there as well. The only thing that I wonder is: why is there no online registration system?