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Player Profiles #9

14.08.2011 | 14:45 |

We’ve done it! We interviewed all of the 38 competitors from both the Card as well as the Videogame World Championship! Check out our player profiles of Thomas Morrissey, Levi Nissen, Takahiro Nose and Merlin Schumacher that complete this epic feature!

 


The United Kingdom sent their finest Duelist: Thomas Morrissey!

The United Kingdom sent their finest Duelist: Thomas Morrissey!


 


Age: 26


From: Osset, United Kingdom



Tell us how you qualified for the World Championship:



I played an Anti Meta Deck at the National Championship in the UK and was lucky enough to win the tournament. My friend James Sargent lent me the game, so props go out to him – I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for him!


What does it take to make it to the World Championship?



Concentration – you’re sitting on a computer and you have to make sure you’re not mis-clicking something. So always take your time to not mess up your moves. Additionally, you also need a good Deck against what you expect!


How do you like Amsterdam so far?



It’s alright. I didn’t see that much of it as I arrived a little later, but maybe I’ll find the time tomorrow or later today.


What do you like the most about the videogame?



You can just play it on your own and don’t need somebody else to play with. They also keep improving it with every new version and it’s quite sophisticated by now!


Would you like to greet some friends?



Yes, certainly! Thanks go out to James as well as Jake Quinsee and Eduard Álvarez – I’m playing his Deck.

 


Levi Nissen made it all the way to the US finals!

Levi Nissen made it all the way to the US finals!


 


Age: 21


From: Des Moines, IA, USA



Tell us how you qualified for the World Championship:



I was playing an Anti Meta Deck at the National Championship in the USA and my Deck was built to beat Six Samurais. That’s what got me to the finals and this is why I’m here today!


What does it take to make it to the World Championship?



Dedication, time, a lot of practice and I think that’s around it. For the Card Game, you have to have a number of friends so you can practive with them!


How do you like Amsterdam so far?



In one word: Amazing! A lot better than Iowa.


What do you like the most about the videogame?



It helped me making it to Worlds and traveling to another country. I also like the fact that you can meet a lot of new people!


Who’s crossing their fingers for you right now?



My family, Bessie and Pam, Joe Mooney, Dakota K. and all of my friends! Oh, and everyone who’s into Top Control!

 


Takahiro Nose made it to the final four!

Takahiro Nose made it to the final four!


 


Age: 22


From: Fukuoka, Japan



Tell us how you qualified for the World Championship:



I think I was a little lucky, otherwise I couldn’t have made it. I put my money on the Six Samurai and they didn’t let me down all day so I earned an invite!


What does it take to make it to the World Championship?



You need to know the cards that you and your opponent could use in the Duel – so basically: a good knowledge of the cards. Also, it helps to know about the popular Decks and come up with an expected environment for every given event. Add a bit of luck and you can come out winning even in bigger tournaments.


How do you like Amsterdam so far?



I think it’s really cool; most buildings in Japan are made of concrete and it looks so much different here. There are also a lot of old buildings that give the city a certain touch and it’s a nice experience.


What do you like the most about the videogame?



It offers a lot of strategical depth and you can spend a lot of time figuring out how to break your opponent’s defenses! This is what attracts me to the game so much.


Do you want to greet some friends?



I want to thank all my friends in Japan and let them know that I made the top 4! Thank you for supporting me!

 


Germany's National Champion Merlin Schumacher

Germany's National Champion Merlin Schumacher


 


Age: 19


From: München, Deutschland



Tell us how you qualified for the World Championship:


The coolest situation was in the Top 16 – I had to consider my options for almost 2 minutes, then came up with the decision to activate Pot of Avarice, drew into what I needed and claimed the win. After that, the rest of the event went like a charm and I took home the title of National Champion!


What does it take to make it to the World Championship?



You have to have a lot of self confidence and a good understanding of the game and the cards. You should be prepared for everything your opponent can throw at you!


How do you like Amsterdam so far?



It’s one of the best trips I’ve ever made! From the moment we arrived I really enjoyed my time here and with all the cool service, there’s nothing you could ask for!


What do you like the most about the videogame?



I like the fact that it’s impossible for your opponent to gain an unfair advantage – the software makes sure all cards are played according to the rules, etc.
Additionally, it’s a nice change after having played the TCG for more than 10 years and it feels totally different to sit across some of your friends when you’re both looking at a small screen!


Would you like to greet some friends?



I would like to greet Tati from Munich as well as everyone from Freiburg! Oh, and everyone who’s into Top Control!