Pro Player Talk: Bohdan Temnyk (2019 Australian National Champion)

When you think of Australian Yu-Gi-Oh! players, there is no doubt anybody in the world has not heard of Bohdan Temnyk. Having both a huge online presence as well as being one of the most accomplished players in the history of the game, Bohdan is definitely one name to look out for at this event. He has had what seems like an endless list of achievements spanning across 12 years starting with a Top 4 Pharaoh Tour back in 2008 up to becoming the Australian National Champion last year. He has represented Australia twice at the World Championship, once in 2016 and as well as making it to the finals of the World Championship in 2018. He has seen success across the world having top 4 in YCS London and Utrecht in 2018 as well as topping YCS Atlanta in 2014 and 2019 and Niagra Falls in 2018 and even winning YCS Toronto in 2016. Back home in Australia, he narrowly lost in the finals of 2017 and is here to claim a YCS title on home soil. While he rarely finds a dull moment as he maximises his effort to maintain his performance, I was able to catch him for a chat.

Pro Player Bohdan


Hey Bohdan, how are you feeling about this weekend?

I am feeling very confident and very happy with my deck. I think I’ve only lost one match since I started playing this deck.


What deck are you playing?

I am playing the Sky Striker Orcust Deck this weekend, because I believe it is the strongest deck going into the tournament.


When did you decide on this deck and what other decks did you consider?

I decided on this deck shortly after YCS Pasadena, I also considered Sky Striker, True Draco Sky Striker and Salamangreat but I settled on Sky Striker Orcust because it does the most because it can play Sky Striker Mobilize – Engage as well as making many powerful plays before you even get into making Orcust plays.


How do you approach big events and what is your goal?

My approach to big events is to have as much fun as possible and I would like to win it.


How do you stay on top of your game throughout the long day?

I take the tournament one game at a time and try not to let mistakes get to me and make me upset. I try to be as happy as possible and learn from my mistakes so I don’t make them again later in the tournament.


How long have played this game and how did you improve to get where you are today?

I have played this game since 2003 and over my years have met like-minded people who make this game fun to play. I try to play with people who are considered very good at the game so we can all learn off each other and improve together.


What would be one piece of advice you would give to aspiring players?

I would suggest finding a group of friends who are willing to get better and then work to get better together. I think that is the best way to improve.


Which locals do you play at and what is it like?

I play at Gametraders Live Penrith. It is pretty good and there is a dedicated community of nice players.


How was the World Championship?

It was a very fun experience. Japan was an amazing place to go and it’s surreal to feel the magnitude of the event. It’s quite an experience to have 2000 people watching you play the game live and to have a lot of support back at home.


Any shoutouts or final words?

I would like to shout out to my team, Team JRBJobber and to all of my friends who have helped me along the way.

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