Parents & Opinions: Wilbur & Nicolas from the Netherlands

23.02.2020 | 13:00 |
At the Dragon Duel we met Wilbur and Nicolas from the Netherlands. Nicolas is 9 years old and playing in first Dragon Duel ever! He’s pretty excited to be part of this event and his father seems to be impressed as well.


Wilbur & Nicolas


Hi Nicolas, how did you get started playing Yu-Gi-Oh!?
The Anime got me into the game! Then, I found out that there are real cards as well and I received my first cards for my 8th birthday. I started Dueling friends at home and at school, until we found out about a store in Den Haag. Now we go there regularly! At our local an older player picked me up and is coaching me on how to improve my game and my Deck. Now I’m here playing in my first Dragon Duel and it’s amazing!
What do you like about Yu-Gi-Oh!?
I love that it is a thinking game. You have to stay smart and focused during the duels. I also like that it is very challenging. You build your Deck, bring it to an event and see how it runs against the other Decks. I also like to improve my Deck and make it stronger for the next tournament.
What Deck are you running for this event?
I brought my most favourite Deck to Utrecht: Zombies! I like the cards, I like the archetype and that they are recursive. So, I can special Summon my monsters from the Graveyard again. That’s cool!
Wilbur, how do feel about your son playing Yu-Gi-Oh!?
From a parent’s perspective, I appreciate the thinking part. He learns a lot from playing the game. He needs to stay focused for a longer period of time, he needs to keep track of his life points and there are a lot of things to remember.
How do support your son?
We go to our local store almost every Wednesday. This is quite challenging, because he is the oldest of three! When he needs new cards for his Deck, he usually trades smart and tries to sell when cards are high to buy other cards he needs. That’s something he learns here as well: economics!
Have you ever tried to play Yu-Gi-Oh! yourself?
I feel like it would take too much time and effort to learn how to play the game. So, I’m not planning on picking it up anytime soon.
What impression do you have from the event?
I quite impressed by the sheer size of this event. That’s an enormous amount of impressions for my son and for me as well. People are very polite and helpful. Nobody ever treated him derogative. For me as parent that’s very important. He entered the Main Event yesterday and all his adult opponents were very appreciative.