Player Profiles #7

[p]Now that we have concluded our interviews with the Card Game comeptitors, it’s time to take a closer look at the Videogame![/p]
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Eduard Álvarez had one of the shorter trips to this year's World Championship!
Eduard Álvarez had one of the shorter trips to this year's World Championship!

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[p][b]Age:[/b] 20[/p]
[p][b]From:[/b] Barcelona, Spain[/p]
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[p][b]Tell us how you qualified for the World Championship:[/b][/p]
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I was almost playing the same Deck I’m playing today – an Anti Meta Deck. I only exchanged 2 cards, but I feel like I made the right choices. There was a lot of diversity at our National Championship, but I pulled through and won it to become the Spanish Champion!
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[p][b]What does it take to make it to the World Championship?[/b][/p]
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You have to test a lot so you know exactly what you’re doing. You need some friends that you LIKE to play with and who are also rather competitive so you can become a top contender!
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[p][b]How do you like Amsterdam so far?[/b][/p]
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It’s all been very great! I met some new friends like the South American Champion and it’s been very great to make conversation with them.
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[p][b]What do you like the most about the videogame?[/b][/p]
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I really like it’s consistency. Sometimes, when you’re playing the Card Game, different judges make different rulings, but that can’t happen in the Videogame. Also, it takes care of all the necessary things and it shows me the game in its purest form!
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[p][b]Do you want to greet some friends?[/b][/p]
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I want to thank Rodrigo Togores for coming here, testing with me and cheering me own! I also want to send greets to all my friends from Barcelona who were probably cheering me on the whole weekend!
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The most experienced Duelist in the field: Makoto Ito
The most experienced Duelist in the field: Makoto Ito

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[p][b]Age:[/b] 34[/p]
[p][b]From:[/b] Kanagawa, Japan[/p]
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[p][b]Tell us how you qualified for the World Championship:[/b][/p]
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There were a number of WiFi tournaments in Japan and you have to make the top 50 and at least play 4 Duels. I was pretty successful and made the top 4 which meant I would get a ticket for Worlds.
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[p][b]What does it take to make it to the World Championship?[/b][/p]
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That’s a hard question! I think it’s very important to enjoy the game!
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[p][b]How do you like Amsterdam so far?[/b][/p]
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I like it very much! I haven’t seen so much of it yet, but what I saw was rather impressive!
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[p][b]What do you like the most about the videogame?[/b][/p]
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It’s great that I can Duel players from all around the world!
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[p][b]Would you like to greet some friends?[/b][/p]
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I want to thank everybody who’s supporting me! You are giving me the strength to go all the way and become a World Champion!
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Thanks to the help of 2 translators, we could get Lee Jong-Hwan's answers!
Thanks to the help of 2 translators, we could get Lee Jong-Hwan's answers!

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[p][b]Age:[/b] 20[/p]
[p][b]From:[/b] Seoul, South Korea[/p]
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[p][b]Tell us how you qualified for the World Championship:[/b][/p]
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I had a blast playing at the South Korean National Championship. I almost couldn’t believe that I made it to the finals and when I won it, I felt overjoyed as I realized I would be allowed to travel to Worlds!
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[p][b]What does it take to make it to the World Championship?[/b][/p]
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I think one of the most important aspects is the choice of Deck. If you’re picking the right Deck that fits your play style, then you’ll certainly succeed on the big stage!
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[p][b]How do you like Amsterdam so far?[/b][/p]
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It feels very special! I’m just a university student and have never seen anything like it. It’s a unique opportunity for me and I just love the fact that everything feels and looks so different!
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[p][b]What do you like the most about the videogame?[/b][/p]
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It’s mainly 2 things for me: Firstly, I can play whenever I want and secondly, thanks to the WiFi support, I can play people from all over the world!
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[p][b]Who’s keeping their fingers crossed for you right now?[/b][/p]
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My family’s probably sitting at home right now and following up on the live coverage!
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[p][b]Anything else you want to say?[/b][/p]
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I think everyone who’s not playing Yu-Gi-Oh! is really missing out on something. It’s just such a great and rewarding experience for me and I hope that every other player will set himself the goal of making it to the World Championships as they’ll certainly have a blast there!
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Stefano Lenti-Livraghi is representing Italy with pride!
Stefano Lenti-Livraghi is representing Italy with pride!

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[p][b]Age:[/b] 24[/p]
[p][b]From:[/b] Milan, Italy[/p]
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[p][b]Tell us how you qualified for the World Championship:[/b][/p]
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I played in the TCG National Championship, but that didn’t go too well. Therefore, I wanted to try my luck in the Videogame tournament and this time I succeeded in making it to Worlds!
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[p][b]What does it take to make it to the World Championship?[/b][/p]
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I think that the most important factor is training. You have to come prepared to a tournament if you want to make it to the World Championships. You have to be a little lucky, but also make the right choice and pick a Deck that fits your style!
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[p][b]How do you like Amsterdam so far?[/b][/p]
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I have been here before for the 2008 European Championship and I very much liked to return. It’s a beautiful city (apart from the weather) and it’s a wonderful experience and I’ll remember it for a long time!
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[p][b]What do you like the most about the videogame?[/b][/p]
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I like the fact that the software is making sure the game is played according to the rules. It’s impossible to make mistakes as there’s no judge involved – the game takes care of everything itself!
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[p][b]Would you like to greet some friends?[/b][/p]
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I would like to greet my girlfriend Valentina, my friends from Milan and my family!
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